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February 19, 2008

Aero-News Alert: Adam Aircraft Files For Chapter 7 Liquidation

Bankruptcy Court Petition Lists "Hundreds" Of Creditors

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 02.19.08 1430 EST: Aero-News has learned Adam Aircraft has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation, effectively dashing hopes the company would manage an 11th-hour funding miracle and continue operations.

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Bent Again: 'Liberty Girl' Destroyed In Emergency Water Landing

Maurice Kirk Rescued Up After Ditching Cub In Caribbean

It's likely the end for a storied aircraft... but it could have been far, far worse. Eccentric adventurer Maurice Kirk was successfully rescued Saturday, after he was forced to ditch his prized "Liberty Girl" restored Piper Cub in the Caribbean.

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AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5298  Issue Date: February 19, 2008 at 0105 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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FAA Investigates Suspicious go! Airlines Flight

Pilots May Have Napped On 45-Minute Hop

The FAA wants to know if the flight crew onboard a recent go! Airlines flight took a nap at 21,000 feet over Hawaii.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.18.08

A New Airport Clears Another Legal Hurdle

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.19.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.19.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A New Airport Clears Another Hurdle: 02.19.08 (ANN Special Report, with Randy Curtis, Executive Director of Florida's Panama City–Bay County International Airport and Indust

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Singapore Airlines' A380 Grounded For Fuel Pump Problem

Plane Expected To Be Back In Service Tuesday

It wasn't a major problem... but it came at a bad time. Singapore Airlines said Tuesday the carrier was forced to cancel its Monday night A380 flight from Singapore to Sydney, Australia, due to a defect with one of the superjumbo's fuel pumps.

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Singapore 2008: Boeing Basks In 737 Glow, As Clouds Hang Over Dreamliner

Planemaker Touts 56-Plane Lion Air Deal

Thank goodness for the 737. Even as Boeing faces increasing heat from customers over delays to its newest aircraft, the upcoming 787 Dreamliner, the planemaker was able to tout the latest accomplishments of its oldest aircraft family at this week's Singapore Air Show.

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Singapore 2008: Eclipse Announces First Fleet Sale In India

10-Plane Eclipse 500 Deal For New Air Charter Service

On Tuesday, Eclipse Aviation announced during the Singapore Air Show it has sold 10 Eclipse 500 jets to Club One Air of New Delhi, India. The purchase marks the Albuquerque, NM-based planemaker's entry into the Indian business aviation market, and marks another step for the company into the global aircraft market.

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Bombardier Gives Global 5000 Longer Legs

Range Grows To 5,200 NM

Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday a 400-nautical mile increase to the non-stop intercontinental range of its high speed Global 5000 business jet.

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Helicopter Pilot Breaks Transcontinental NY-LA Speed Record

Will Announce New Record Attempt At Heli-Expo 2008

Aero-News has learned a Northern Virginia businessman and helicopter pilot recently broke the international New York to Los Angeles transcontinental rotorcraft speed record at 07:21:30 pm EST on Saturday, February 16, 2008.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.19.08

Airlines worldwide will lose 40 billion dollars this year.
Delta's board will meet this week to consider a merger.
And British investigators have ruled out water, ice and birds.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.19.08

Airlines worldwide will lose 40 billion dollars this year.
Delta's board will meet this week to consider a merger.
And British investigators have ruled out water, ice and birds.

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ANN Special Feature: Randy Curtis, Panama City Airport - 02.19.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Randy Curtis, Executive Director of Florida's Panama City–Bay County International Airport and Industrial District.

A plan in the works for years, to reloca

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Singapore 2008: Rockwell Collins To Open India Engineering Center

Also Wins Contract For Air China 737 Avionics

Rockwell Collins announced Monday plans for opening an engineering center in Hyderabad, India. The Hyderabad center, which represents an expansion of Rockwell Collins employment, is scheduled to begin providing services in October.

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Aero-TV: GAMA's 2008 Annual Industry Review (Part 2 of 3, with Alan Klapmeier)

2007 Was Another Record Year (Thankfully) For GA Manufacturers Just this past week, leaders of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that the 2007 year-end shipment figures for the general aviation industry have led to another record high in industry billings.

Aero-TV: GAMA's 2008 Annual Industry Review (Part 2 of 3, with Alan Klapmeier)

2007 Was Another Record Year (Thankfully) For GA Manufacturers (Part Two, of Three)

Just this past week, leaders of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that the 2007 year-end shipment figures for the general aviation industry have led to another record high in industry billings.

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USAF Thunderbirds Gain Unique Perspective On Shuttle Endeavour

T-Bird's Eye View???

On their return home from the Daytona 500 Monday, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds caught a unique glimpse of the space shuttle Endeavour on the pad for its anticipated March 11 launch. We'll be that they enjoyed the view from up there, as much as those on the ground did of them.

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AAIB Updates Investigation Into Heathrow 777 Accident

Ruled Out Ice, Water, And Contamination Of Fuel Tanks

The BBC reports investigators have ruled out ice, water or contamination of fuel tanks on a Boeing 777 that was forced to land short of a runway at London Heathrow Airport on January 17. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is quoted as saying the plane's data recorder showed nothing wrong with major aircraft systems.

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Reports: Delta/NWA Merger Announcement Could Come After Wednesday

Boards Meeting To Consider Deal

An oft-reported union between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines could see its first official announcement this week, as the board of directors at the Atlanta-based carrier is expected to meet Wednesday to consider the plan.

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Sources Say: Thursday's The Day For Satellite Shootdown

Allows Time For Second Attempt If First Misses

Thursday's the day. In the interest of allowing as much time as possible should a second attempt be necessary -- and, so there is no risk a misfire would endanger the space shuttle Atlantis -- US Navy officials will reportedly make their first attempt to shoot down a faulty reconnaissance satellite February 21.

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Air Force Could Split Tanker Deal, Says Official

Notes Upcoming Decision Is Only For Phase One Of KC-X

In the heated competition between Boeing and a Northrop Grumman/EADS venture for the US Air Force's new aerial tanker contract, both sides -- and the analysts who watch the industry -- have talked about the contract being worth up to $40 billion to the winner, by the time all three phases of acquisition are complete.

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Singapore 2008: Cessna Says Demand Increasing In Asia-Pacific

Collects New Skyhawk, Caravan Orders

Cessna Aircraft Company kicked off this week's Singapore Airshow by noting the demand for its aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region is increasingly diverse... and announced two new orders to bolster that viewpoint.

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Could Earhart Mystery Be Solved By A Zipper?

Group Says Brass Pull May Be Missing Link

Last year marked the 70th anniversary of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. While more than one group was raising money to attempt a definitive answer to where she disappeared, the mystery remained unsolved.

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Singapore 2008: Solar-Powered RTW Flight Planned For 2011

Dr. Bertrand Piccard Outlines Solar Impulse Progress

A high-flying plan to make an unprecedented round-the-world flight, powered only by solar energy, was outlined Monday at the 2008 Singapore Air Show.

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General Fears 'Geriatric' Air Force If Budget Isn't Increased

USAF Wants $20 Billion More Annually Over Five Years

Faced with an aging fleet of aircraft, and reluctance by lawmakers to purchase expensive new fighters, the US Air Force is telling the Bush administration and Congress that deteriorating F-15 fighters are not the only issue it's facing.

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Canadian PM Implicated In Airbus Kickbacks Scandal

Accountant Says RCMP Investigation Erred

Brian Mulroney, Canada's former Prime Minister, has been implicated in a scandal involving kickbacks from Airbus in exchange for Air Canada orders for the company's planes.

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Lockheed Martin Leads Weeklong Event To Encourage Students

Aims To Put K-12 Students On Paths To Engineering Careers

Lockheed Martin's two North Texas business units will support local activities to promote math and science education for students during National Engineers Week, February 17-23. Through fun, hands-on activities, K-12 students will learn about engineering and engineering careers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Fairchild Club is a type club involved in the preservation, restoration, and flying of Fairchild Aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.08): Collector Ring

Aero-Terms!

A circular duct on a radial engine into which exhaust gases from its cylinders are discharged.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.19.08)

"If we miss, nothing changes. If we shoot and barely touch it, the satellite is just barely in orbit... If we shoot and get a direct hit, that's a clean kill and we're in good shape."

Source: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, regarding the upcoming launch of a missile to shoot down an errant spy satellite. According to unnamed sources to CNN, the first attempt is scheduled for Thursday, which would leave enough time for a second opportunity ahead of the satellite's expected reentry in early March should the first strike fail.

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