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October 14, 2008

Expedition 18 Docks At International Space Station

Both E18 Crewmembers Have Previous ISS Experience

Commander Edward Michael "Mike" Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Valentinovich Lonchakov of the 18th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-13 to the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module at 0426 EDT Tuesday.

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Two Lost In Southern New Mexico Maule Downing

Witnesses Say Plane Flew Into Storm Before Accident

Two men were killed Saturday when their single-engine propeller aircraft crashed near Dona Ana County Airport (5T6) in southern New Mexico.

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Red Bull Air Race World Championship Final Flies To Australia

Showdown Between Arch, Bonhomme Will Decide Title

Sunny Perth in Western Australia will host the final showdown of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on November 1-2, where the 2008 title will be decided between Austria's Hannes Arch (shown below) and Britain's Paul Bonhomme.

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USAF To Negotiate Transfer Of Tyndall Property

Proposed Swap Of Fuel Depot Land In Exchange For Construction Rights

Air Force officials and Florida Congressman Allen Boyd announced Tuesday the selection of Tyndall Development Partners, LLC, as the highest ranked offeror for negotiating a transfer of the Lynn Haven Fuel Depot property in Lynn Haven, FL, in exchange for performing military construction at Tyndall Air Force Base.

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Alteon Earns EASA Approval For Boeing 777 Maintenance Training

Allows EASA Part 66 Holders To Complete Practical Training On Sims

Boeing announced Tuesday that Alteon, the aviation training business unit for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, recently earned European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for maintenance training on the Boeing 777 Program.

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AIR Inc. Reports Increase In Monthly Pilot Job Hires

In Fact, Pilot Hirings Almost Doubled Over August Numbers

Airlines that report to AIR, Inc. hired a total of 429 pilots in September... approximately 99% more pilots than in August, which saw 215 new pilot hires.

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TSA Screener Posts $100K Bail On Theft Charges

Pythias Brown Accused Of Selling Stolen Items On eBay

For those of you who avoid packing valuable items in your checked luggage, afraid of the sticky hands of less-reputable members of the Transportation Security Administration's employment ranks... well, here's a story that appears to vindicate those concerns.

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Pilot Group Joins In Effort To Save Maine Airport

AOPA Partners With Friends Of Biddeford Airport

Last Friday, opponents of a November 4 ballot referendum to close a small airport in Biddeford, ME kicked-off an aggressive information campaign to help city voters better understand the airport’s importance. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has joined with the Friends of Biddeford Airport (FOBA) to urge a "no" vote against a referendum asking Biddeford residents to spend at least $3-million to close Biddeford Municipal Airport.

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AOPA Gives 2008 Hartranft Award To Kansas Senator

Pat Roberts Honored For Efforts To Block User Fees

In a Tuesday morning ceremony in Wichita, KS the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association presented US Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) with its highest honor, the Joseph B. "Doc" Hartranft Award.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 10.14.08

Marketing The BA609, With Don Barbour Of Bell Agusta Aerospace

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.14.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.14.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Marketing The BA609 Tiltrotor: 10.14.08 (ANN Special Report, with Don Barbour, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Bell Agus

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CSC Signs $106 Million IT Outsourcing Agreement With Eclipse Aviation

Will Allow Company To Focus On Building Planes, IT Provider Says

CSC announced Tuesday it has signed a new information technology (IT) outsourcing contract with very light jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation. The new agreement has a five-year base period and three one-year options, bringing the estimated total eight-year contract value to $106 million.

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Rocket Racing League Earns Experimental Exhibition Certificate From FAA

Permits Rocket Powered Aircraft Flights At Over 20 Venues In US

The Rocket Racing League has announced that it has been granted an Experimental Exhibition Certificate from the FAA for the first of its next-generation Rocket Racer that has been selected as the baseline design for the fleet moving forward.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.14.08

Mooney Airplane's president resigns.
Two are dead in the crash of a Texas TV news helicopter.
And two Indian airlines announce the tightest alliance ever.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.14.08

Mooney Airplane's president resigns.
Two are dead in the crash of a Texas TV news helicopter.
And two Indian airlines announce the tightest alliance ever.


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ANN Special Feature: Don Barbour, Bell Agusta BA609 - 10.14.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Don Barbour, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Bell Agusta Aerospace, about the development and market viability of the BA-609 civilian tilt rotor, which was

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Aero-TV: Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training

Just How Will They Train All Those Eclipse Pilots, Anyway?

Despite all the growing pains associated with getting the Eclipse program up to speed, one thing continues unabated... Eclipse Pilot training. A visit to the factory flight training facility a few weeks back showed ANN that this was one part of the program that seems ready and able to keep up with the demand, and that Director of Customer Training, Randy Brooks, seems more than optimistic about their efforts.

Aero-TV: Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training (Part 1)

Just How Will They Train All Those Eclipse Pilots, Anyway? Despite all the growing pains associated with getting the Eclipse program up to speed, one thing continues unabated... Eclipse Pilot training. A visit to the factory flight training facility a few weeks back showed ANN that this was one part of the program that seems ready and able to keep up with the demand, and that Director of Customer Training, Randy Brooks, seems more than optimistic about their efforts.

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Boeing: Mediated Talks Adjourned Without Agreement

And The IAM Strike Drags On...

Well... so much for that. Boeing issued the following statement Monday night, after a second round of mediated talks with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers adjourned without an agreement.

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Analysts Differ On Predictions Of Airline Health

One Predicts Flying Will Suffer From Slump; Another Expects Profits On Cuts

If 2008 was an ugly year for airlines, 2009 could be even worse. Or, maybe not.

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Whether Obama Or McCain, Defense Spending Will Be The Same

Neither Will Be Able To Do Much Until 2010 Anyway

If you have a stake in the defense industry, and have wondered which US Presidential candidate would be better for your business... some defense analysts are saying you may as well toss a coin.

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Southwest Says Now's Not The Time For LAS Expansion

Carrier's Planned Expansion On Indefinite Hold, Other Airlines Also Cutting Back

The perennial boom-town mentality of the Las Vegas market is producing a disagreement between the management of McCarran International Airport and some airline officials. For years, airport officials have watched passenger volume rapidly approaching capacity, and they're now in the middle of a multi-billion-dollar expansion to accommodate it.

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Hawker Beechcraft Names Sidney E. Anderson As CFO

Brings Over 20 Years Of Financing Experience

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced Monday that Sidney E. Anderson will join the company as its new Chief Financial Officer following a brief transition period and appointment by the Board of Directors at its next meeting on November 6-7, 2008.

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NASA's Spitzer Gets Sneak Peek Inside Comet Holmes

Researchers Work To Determine Why Comet Sometimes Explodes

When comet Holmes unexpectedly erupted in 2007, professional and amateur astronomers around the world turned their telescopes toward the spectacular event. Their quest was to find out why the comet had suddenly exploded.

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ACG Reports Third Quarter 2008 Activity

Aircraft Lessor Delivered 15 Planes In Quarter

Aviation Capital Group, one of the world's Top Tier aircraft lessors, reported its activity for the third quarter on Monday.

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Sporty's Adds New Functions To Electronic E6B

Includes Required Rate Of Descent Function

Every pilot knows how valuable an E6B is for flight planning and en route calculations. Sporty’s has made this trusty pilot tool even better with several new functions on its popular electronic version.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.14.08)

Aero-Linx!

What you see on these 360+ pages is the result of a half-century of research, note-taking, and data-gathering that began one evening in Frank Tallman's retreat at Orange Country Airport and rapidly got out of hand.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.14.08): Compass Fluid

Aero-Terms!

A highly refined, clear petroleum product similar to kerosene, used to damp the oscillations of a magnetic compass.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.14.08)

"We agreed from the start that job security was the top issue and we needed to work to find common ground. We were unable to do that, and the mediator saw that and ended the meeting... Boeing made it clear that they wanted vendors, subcontractors and suppliers to perform the work our members do and that our members weren't in their future plans.

Source: Mark Blondin, chief negotiator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers during contract talks with Boeing. A second round of mediated talks between the two sides adjourned Monday without an agreement to end a five-week-old machinists strike that has crippled the planemaker's ability to deliver aircraft.

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