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October 11, 2008

ASF Gives Pilots Chance To Learn From Bad Decisions, From Safe At Home

How Adventurous Is Too Adventurous? You Decide In Newest Online Course

Very few aircraft accidents are the result of a single catastrophic event or decision. Instead, they are usually caused by a string of decisions, each of which made sense at the time it was made. To help pilots improve their decision-making skills, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation launched a free online version Friday of its "Do The Right Thing" series at the ASF Web site.

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NTSB Tells FAA To Revise Fan Cowl Attachment Procedures

Notes 76 Instances Where Panels Detached In-Flight

Citing numerous instances over the past several years in which engine fan cowls have taken flight of their own accord -- and right off a number of Airbus A320-Family aircraft, and Bombardier CRJ models -- on Friday the National Transportation Safety Board issued four new recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration (which all boil down to, essentially, "make sure the damn things are attached properly before flight" -- Ed.)

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Astronaut Foundation Charity Auction Offers Out-Of-This-World Experiences

Dine With John Glenn... Or Ski With Buzz Aldrin!

Imagine dining with legendary astronaut John Glenn, hitting the slopes with moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, or viewing a Space Shuttle launch with the very first space shuttle pilot Robert Crippen. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is offering these experiences and many more during its 6th Annual Online Auction of Astronaut Experiences and Memorabilia.

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Embraer Delivers 145 Jets Through Q3 2008

Production 'Cadence' Stabilizes, Planemaker Says

Embraer released the figures on its aircraft deliveries and order book Friday, updated to the end of the third quarter of 2008.

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NASA Awards Global Hawk Support Contract To L-3 Communications

Valued At $15 Million Over Five Years

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center recently awarded a multi-year contract to L-3 Communications Corporation's Communications Systems West of Salt Lake City for engineering, technical and product support services in support of the center's pending operation of two Global Hawk aircraft.

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Frasca Contracts With FlightSafety For Helicopter FTDs

Includes AS350B2, Bell 206 And Model 407 Sims

Frasca International tells ANN it recently contracted to sell FlightSafety International three Level 7 Helicopter Flight Training Devices (FTDs) to include an AS350B2 FTD, a Bell 206B/206L reconfigurable FTD and a Bell 407 FTD.

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Maz-Viz Earns EASA Approval For Bell 206/407 EVS-1500 Install

Colorado Company Holds STC, Spearheaded European Efforts

Max-Viz, Inc. announced this week European (EASA) approval of the firm's EVS-1500 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) installation on EC registered Bell 206/407 helicopters.

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Air Force Reservists Fight Insect Infestation In Wake Of Hurricanes

Flights Combat Mosquitos Through Use Of MASS

An Air Force Reserve C-130 crew recently sprayed insecticide in southern Louisiana to combat insect infestation seen in the aftermath of last month's hurricanes, the squadron's commander said Thursday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.11.08)

Aero-Linx! 

This site is dedicated to all the flight and maintenance crews who flew or are now flying these great aircraft. Photos, history, specifications and more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.11.08): Test Club

Aero-Terms!

A wide bladed, short diameter propeller used on a reciprocating engine when it is run in a test stand. A test club applies a specific load to the engine and forces the maximum amount of air through the cylinder cooling fins.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.11.08)

"Breaking that chain of decisions is one of the easiest ways to prevent an accident -- and one of the hardest."

Source: Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. To help pilots improve their decision-making skills, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation launched a free online version Friday of its "Do The Right Thing" series at the ASF Web site.

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