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October 28, 2008

US Forces Kill Militants After Helicopter Attack in Afghanistan

Black Hawk Downed By Small-Arms Fire, But Later Recovered

US forces in Afghanistan assigned to NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Regional Command East killed 12 militants Monday and detained one other while securing the site where a coalition helicopter was forced to land in Wardak province after taking enemy fire.

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Forecast International Projects End of Eclipse 500 Production

Believes Company Will Not Be Able To Secure New Investment Capital

In a new report to be issued in December, Forecast International has projected that production of the Eclipse 500 will soon end. The Connecticut-based market research firm believes the aircraft's manufacturer, Eclipse Aviation, will not attract new investment necessary to allow it to continue making the aircraft beyond the first quarter of 2009.

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AAI Acquisition On The Ropes Due To Economic Slump

Investment Capital "Pared Down" On Fall Of Russian Stocks

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.29.08 1600 EDT: Aero-News has been chasing down numerous News-Spy tips over the past 18 hours, stating Englewood, CO-based AAI Acquisition Inc. -- which purchased the assets of the former Adam Aircraft out of bankruptcy earlier this year -- shut its doors Monday and laid off workers. Calls to AAI headquarters and personnel for information have gone unanswered.

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SPEEA Postpones Negotiations To Give Boeing Time To Regroup

IAM Talks End Late Monday With Announcement Of TA

Responding to a request by The Boeing Company, the union representing 20,300 engineers and technical workers agreed to delay negotiations one day to give the company extra time to complete negotiations and end the strike by the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

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L-3 Awarded Navy T-45 Logistics And Maintenance Support Contract

Five-Year Award Valued At $569 Million

L-3 Communications announced Tuesday its Vertex subsidiary has been awarded an indefinite-delivery contract valued at $569 million by the US Navy. Vertex, which has teamed with The Boeing Company for this project, will provide logistics services and maintenance materials in support of T-45A and T-45C trainer aircraft.

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Bombardier Flies -- And Lands -- Plane With Electric Brakes

Combines Brake-By-Wire With Electric Actuation

On Tuesday, Bombardier Aerospace announced a milestone in the advancement of civil aviation: a Bombardier test aircraft executed a first-flight equipped solely with an all-electric braking system.

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New Charge Brought Against Wagstaff In Oshkosh Incident

Deputy Says Performer Was "Physically And Verbally Resistive"

Air show performer Patty Wagstaff was once again scheduled to go before the Winnebago County Circuit Court on Tuesday, in connection to an incident earlier this year during EAA AirVenture 2008. She also had a new charge to answer to.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 10.28.08

The NAFI Crisis, With Master Instructor And 2006 CFI Of The Year Rich Stowell

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.28.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.28.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The NAFI Crisis: 10.28.08 (ANN Special Report, with 2006 National CFI of the Year Rich Stowell.)

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Narco Avionics, XCOM Sign Manufacturing Partnership Agreement

XCOM Says "Production Issues" In Australia Spurred Decision

Australian avionics manufacturer XCOM Avionics announced recently the company has signed a "Joint Manufacturing Agreement" with Narco Avionics, under which the latter with manufacture and support the XCOM 2 1/4" COM Transceiver.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.28.08

There's a tentative agreement in the Boeing strike.
The NAFI board battles for credibility.
And NASA insiders leak another problem with the Ares I.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.28.08

There's a tentative agreement in the Boeing strike.
The NAFI board battles for credibility.
And NASA insiders leak another problem with the Ares I.


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ANN Special Feature: MCFI Rich Stowell, TBO NAFI - 10.28.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with NAFI Master Instructor and 2006 National CFI of the Year Rich Stowell about the political crisis within the National Association of Flight Instructors, and about a new g

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Aero-TV: Boeing's Biggest Jet -- Dreamlifter's Oshkosh Premiere

This Monster Dwarfed Virtually Everything At Oshkosh!

If you visited on the "right days" at Oshkosh 2008, you either saw this monster... or were under its shadow. You could hardly miss Boeing's huge Dreamlifter... a plane so big, it swallows 787 fuselage sections whole. The Boeing Dreamlifter is a modified 747-400 passenger airplane that can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world. It is the primary means of transporting major assemblies of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to the 787 final assembly site in Everett, Wash. This reduces delivery times to as little as one day from as many as 30 days today.

Tentative Agreement Reached in Boeing-Machinists Talks

News Of Deal Comes As SPEEA Talks Begin Tuesday

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.28.08 0025 EDT: Arthur F. Rosenfeld, Director of the US Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), announced late Monday negotiators for the Boeing Company and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have reached a tentative agreement during talks overseen by federal mediators in the nation's capital.

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Aero-TV: Boeing's Biggest Jet -- Dreamlifter's Oshkosh Premiere

This Monster Dwarfed Virtually Everything At Oshkosh!

If you visited on the "right days" at Oshkosh 2008, you either saw this monster... or were under its shadow. You could hardly miss Boeing's huge Dreamlifter... a plane so big, it swallows 787 fuselage sections whole. The Boeing Dreamlifter is a modified 747-400 passenger airplane that can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world.

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Engineers Warn Of Still More Ares Rocket Woes

NASA Says New Problem Will Be Solved, Too

NASA's Constellation program, which is a collection of technologies intended to replace the US Space Shuttle as America's primary way into space, is up against a number of serious technical challenges. The Ares I rocket, in particular, has acknowledged problems with adequate lift capability and vibration.

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GE And NASA Revisit Open-Rotor Turbofan Designs

Plan Wind-Tunnel Tests For Possible Alternative To P&W Geared Turbofan

GE Aviation and NASA are teaming on a wind-tunnel test program to evaluate counterrotating fan-blade systems for "open rotor" jet engine designs that could sharply reduce fuel consumption.

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Airship Ventures Zeppelin Arrives At Its New Home In CA

Long Journey Reaches Its End In SF Bay Area

Passing over the Golden Gate Bridge on the last leg of the flight from Beaumont, TX to Mountain View, CA on Saturday, the Airship Ventures Zeppelin has finally arrived at its new home at Moffett Field.

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Embraer Opens Third Executive Jet Center In Two Months

FLL Facility Joins Connecticut, Arizona Centers

For a company that had little-to-no presence in the business aircraft market just three short years ago, Embraer continues to go all-in with its plans to rival industry giants like Cessna and Bombardier. The Brazilian planemaker cut the ribbon Monday at its third company-owned executive jet service center in the United States.

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British Prince Aims To Follow Family Tradition

Harry Wants To Fly Helis, Too

Britain's Prince Harry will continue a family tradition, and try out to become a military helicopter pilot. CNN reports Harry will find out next month whether he's been accepted for training.

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Spitzer Telescope Finds Nearby Planetary System Has Two Asteroid Belts

Epsilon Eridani May Also Hold Additional Planets

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicate that the nearest planetary system to our own has two asteroid belts. Our own solar system has just one.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Establishes Montreal PW800 Facility

Will Handle Final Assembly And Testing For PurePower Engines

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced Monday it will establish a new aerospace center at Montréal-Mirabel International Airport for the final assembly and test of the new generation PW800 family of engines.

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EADS Socata Hosts Australia's First TBM Fly-In

80 Percent Of Country's Fleet In Attendance

The first Australian fly-in of TBM owners, pilots, and industry partners was hosted by EADS Socata last weekend at Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta, Queensland.

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Leading Edge Paints 600th Aircraft For Continental

Victorville Facility Handles Work For Several Airlines

Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS), the largest commercial aircraft painting company in the world, announced Monday it recently achieved an interesting milestone -- by painting  the 600th aircraft for Continental Airlines at its Victorville, CA facility.

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Raytheon, US Navy Demonstrate UAS Capability For Submarines

Simulated Launches Go Swimmingly

Aero-News has learned Raytheon and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport, demonstrated an unmanned aircraft system capability for submerged submarines September 10.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.28.08)

Aero-Linx!

The gas turbine was one of the greatest inventions of the last century; it is a unique and fascinating power plant. It is simple in its basic operation yet immensely complicated to design and build. Gas turbines come in all shapes and sizes and range from miniature model aircraft units to the awesome GE90. This website is principally a celebration of small engines capable of producing up to 250 BHP, these are often referred to as APUs (Auxiliary Power Units).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.28.08): Apoapsis

Aero-Terms!

The farthest point in an orbit from the body being orbited.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.28.08)

"It's time for a rethink... At the highest levels of the agency, there seems to be a belief that you can mandate reality, followed by a refusal to accept any information that runs counter to that mandate."

Source: NASA engineer Jeff Finckenor, who resigned from the Ares I rocket program last month, in his farewell letter to colleagues obtained by agency watchdog NASAWatch.com. The Orlando Sentinel cites anonymous sources in reporting that a tendency by the solid-fuel rocket to drift laterally immediately after ignition poses a risk of damage to -- or even a collision with -- the launch tower... the latest in a series of technical problems to plague NASA's next-generation rocket program.

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