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December 17, 2008

NATA: Illinois Congressman To Be Named DOT Secretary

Ray LaHood A "Leading Advocate" For State Transportation Needs

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.17.08 1710 EST: The National Air Transportation Association tells ANN it has learned Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL) will be nominated by President-elect Obama on Friday as the next secretary of the US Department of Transportation.

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Airbus Conducts Flight Tests Of A400M Turboprop Engine

Plane Over 20 Years In The Making

It was a long time coming... but Airbus Military finally has some reason to cheer for its troubled A400M military transport program. The European company conducted the first test flight Wednesday of the TP400-D5 turboprop engine slated to power the airlifter.

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Delta Shuffles Around Combined Fleet

Northwest Planes, Crews Coming To Delta Routes

Delta Airlines is diving right into the task of reorganizing its fleet deployment following its acquisition of Northwest Airlines. In a break from the now-common strategy of focusing on as few aircraft models as possible to save on training and maintenance costs, Delta will instead embrace fleet diversity to optimize aircraft for routes served.

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Eclipse Customers Organize To Stake Out Position In Bankruptcy

Call For 'Mutually Beneficial' Relationship... But 'Will Consider All Options'

Customers of Eclipse Aviation announced this week the formation of an Ad Hoc Customers Committee to represent owners and position holders -- many of whose dreams of flight remain grounded, they say, since the troubled VLJ manufacturer filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on November 25.

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FBI Charges Federal Air Marshal With Bribery

Says Fremon Myles Accepted Bribes To Conduct Illegal Database Searches

Acting United States Attorney Laurie Magid and FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk, announced this week the filing of an information charging defendant Fremon Myles, 43, with two counts of bribery of a public official.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.17.08

'Temporary' No More: AOPA's Andy Cebula On The DC ADIZ

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.17.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.17.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- 'Temporary' No More: 12.17.08 (ANN Special Report, with Andy Cebula, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for the Aircraft Owners an

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.17.08

There's an airline bailout coming, but not from government.
Airline employment has dropped sharply.
And JetBlue founder David Neeleman is back in business.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.17.08

There's an airline bailout coming, but not from government.
Airline employment has dropped sharply.
And JetBlue founder David Neeleman is back in business.


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ANN Special Feature: AOPA EVP Andy Cebula, DC ADIZ - 12.17.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Andy Cebula, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, about AOPA's strategy now that the FAA has made the Washingto

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NetJets' Wunderlich Named New NATA Environmental Committee Chairman

Replaces Former DayJet Exec Gruen-Kennedy

National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne announced Tuesday the selection of Eric Wunderlich of NetJets Aviation as chairman of the association’s Environmental Committee. Wunderlich replaces Traver Gruen-Kennedy of now-defunct DayJet.

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USAF Thunderbirds To Headline 2009 OC Air Show

Team Will Headline Second Annual Event

The Air Force Thunderbirds have announced that they will perform at next year's OC Air Show in Ocean City, NJ. The event will open the town's summer season in style as it moves to a weekend, taking place June 13-14, 2009.

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B-1B Aircrews Bring Unique Capabilities To The Fight

...And A Lot Of Firepower, Too

B-1B Lancer aircrews of the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron guard warfighters from high above Iraq and Afghanistan while carrying the largest payload of any aircraft in the theater. Squadron members are responsible for close-air support, nontraditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and armed overwatch for troops supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.

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50th UH-72A Lakota Delivered To US Army

Milestone Helo Assigned To Pennsylvania ANG

EADS North America delivered the 50th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to the US Army on Tuesday. The 50th and 51st UH-72As were delivered to the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) from American Eurocopter's Mississippi production facility, where the Light Utility Helicopter, based on Eurocopter's EC145, is built.

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SAIC Awarded NASA Contract To Support Kennedy Space Center

Will Provide Engineering Support On Constellation

Science Applications International Corporation announced this week it has been awarded a contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide engineering and technical services to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Ground Operations Project Office in support of NASA's Constellation Program.

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Aero-TV: An Eye on Certification -- Comp Air's Newest Heavy Lifters

Two Seriously Big Birds Heading For Certification

Among the more intriguing aircraft of NBAA 2008 were two good-sized birds brought by a manufacturer formerly best known for their experimental designs. Ron Lueck was on hand to discuss the new and upcoming airplanes from Comp Air, starting with the most recent Comp Air 9 and continuing on to the Comp Air 12.

Aero-TV: An Eye on Certification -- Comp Air's Newest Heavy Lifters

Two Seriously Big Birds Heading For Certification

Among the more intriguing aircraft of NBAA 2008 were two good-sized birds brought by a manufacturer formerly best known for their experimental designs. Ron Lueck was on hand to discuss the new and upcoming airplanes from Comp Air, starting with the most recent Comp Air 9 and continuing on to the Comp Air 12.

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Cessna's Pelton Marks Wright Brothers 105th Anniversary

Pays Tribute To Historic Dawn Of Powered Flight

On the eve of the 105th anniversary of the first powered flight on December 17, 1903, Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton paid tribute to the Wright brothers' world-changing feat.

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Spaceport America Earns FAA/AST Approval, License to Operate

Cleared For Vertical And Horizontal Launches To Commence

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) received its launch license for vertical and horizontal launch this week from the Federal Aviation Administration's Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST). This is a critical step to moving forward with Spaceport America, the nation's first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

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Pentagon Official Says Int'l F-35 Orders Are 'Coming On'

Britain, Netherlands May Commit To Fighters Soon

A worsening global economy hasn't made much of a dent in the international sales prospects for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a Pentagon official told a defense industry conference this week.

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Mesa's go! Sees Uptick In November Traffic Numbers

But Load Factor Drops Noticeably

On Tuesday, Mesa Air Group's interisland subsidiary go! reported preliminary passenger traffic figures for November 2008, and noted it achieved 55,591 passenger enplanements, a 1.27% increase over the 54,895 passengers carried in the prior November.

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IATA: Boeing, Airbus Readying Airline Bailout Packages

Bisignani: Manufacturers May Cover Billions In Loans

The International Air Transport Association predicts 2009 will present airlines with the worst revenue crisis since the end of the Second World War. But there is a bailout on the way... not from government, but from Boeing and Airbus.

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HAI Announces Recipient Of 2009 Sikorsky Humanitarian Award

Grand Canyon National Park Helitack Played Vital Role In Flood Evacuation

Helicopter Association International announced this week the 2009 Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service recipient, Grand Canyon National Park Helitack, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon, AZ.

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Camelina-Based Aviation Fuel To Power JAL Demo Flight

Boeing 747 Will Fly For About An Hour In Late January

Sustainable Oils, a producer and marketer of renewable, environmentally clean, and high-value camelina-based biofuels will participate in an historic flight by Japan Airlines (JAL) planned for January 30, 2009. The demonstration flight will make JAL the first Asian carrier to fly on fuel derived from sustainable feedstocks, and the first airline to use camelina-based bio-jet fuel.

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Embraer Trains Crews For TRIP Linhas Aereas

FAs First In Line, Followed By Pilots And Mechanics

Ahead of the delivery of TRIP Linhas Aereas' first Embraer 175 early next year, the Brazilian planemaker has begun training the airline's flight crews on the proper operation of the jetliner.

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Titan's Volcanoes Give NASA Spacecraft Chilly Reception

Water, Ammonia May Lie Under Surface Of Saturnian Moon

Data collected during several recent flybys of Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft have put another arrow in the quiver of scientists who think the Saturnian moon contains active cryovolcanoes spewing a super-chilled liquid into its atmosphere. The information was released Monday during a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, CA.

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Pilatus Announces Northeastern US Sales Distributor

New Hampshire's Pro-Star Aviation Will Also Handle Service

Pilatus Aircraft announced Monday it has selected Pro-Star Aviation of Londonderry, NH as its new dealership for the northeastern United States.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.17.08)

Aero-Linx!

All things espionage. Austin Powers could learn a thing or to about reconnaissance aircraft, balloons, satellites and UAVs from this excellent site.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.17.08): ARSR

Aero-Terms!

Air Route Surveillance Radar. Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) radar used primarily to detect and display an aircraft's position while en route between terminal areas. The ARSR enables controllers to provide radar air traffic control service when aircraft are within the ARSR coverage. In some instances, ARSR may enable an ARTCC to provide terminal radar services similar to but usually more limited than those provided by a radar approach control.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.17.08)

"The Wrights' legacy lives on today by inspiring our engineers, who continue to design and develop aircraft based on new ideas and technologies. General aviation -- business aviation -- will continue to play a vital role in rebuilding the global economy by enhancing productivity -- by continuing to shrink the world."

Source: Cessna Chairman and CEO Jack Pelton, paying tribute to the Wright brothers' ahead of the 105th anniversary of the first manned powered flight on December 17, 1903.

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