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October 17, 2007

Bombardier Extends Completion Deal With Savannah Air Center

Facility Outfits Global Express Jets

Bombardier Aerospace announced this week it has extended an existing agreement with Savannah Air Center as a preferred completion center for Global 5000 and Global Express XRS jets. With this contract, Bombardier has secured capacity for a minimum of 12 addtional Global business jets over the next three years.

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Boeing Says Its Hummingbird Has Legs

Flies A160T UAV For Over 12 Hours

Boeing tells ANN it successfully completed a 12-hour test flight of its A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft on October 12. The half-day excursion marks the aircraft's longest flight to date.

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It Fell From Outer Space?

Officials At Loss To Explain Falling Metal

UFO watchers have a new topic for their internet forums. The FAA has ruled a 16-inch-long piece of metal, which fell from the sky in Delaware Monday, was not part of an airplane.

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Delta Forms JV Partnership With Air France-KLM

Hmmm...

Now, this is interesting. Delta Air Line announced Wednesday it has signed a 50/50 cost- and revenue-sharing agreement with Air France-KLM, to operate transatlantic flights under the Open Skies agreement signed earlier this year between the US and EU.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 10.17.07

What Went Wrong At Columbia? Part One Of Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.17.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.17.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- What Went Wrong At Columbia? 10.17.07 (ANN Special Feature, with part one of ANN's talk with former Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing VP/Sales Rich Belzer.)

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PR TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0501  Issue Date: October 17, 2007 at 1141 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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EASA Launches General Aviation Safety Initiative

First EGAST Meeting Held In Cologne

Representatives of the General Aviation community from across Europe met Wednesday at the EASA headquarters in Cologne for the first meeting of the European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST).

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China Wants A Piece Of The ISS Action

Hopes To Further Ramp Up Space Program

A Chinese government official has stated publicly that China would like to become a partner in the International Space Station.

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Reports: Feds Crack JFK Drug-Smuggling Ring

Drug-Filled Suitcases Sent From Dominican Republic

In what appears to be the cracking of an international drug-smuggling operation, officials arrested 18 airline employees this week for trafficking narcotics through John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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American Legend To Step Up December Deliveries

Get A Cub For Christmas!

Trying for a last-minute sales push to close out 2007, on Wednesday American Legend Aircraft Company told ANN the light-sport aircraft manufacturer has a limited number of available delivery slots in December for its Legend Cub.

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Excel-Jet Sues FAA In 2006 Sport-Jet Accident

Says Separation From Departing DHC-8 Wasn't Adequate; NTSB Disagrees

Excel-Jet, Ltd. tipped ANN Wednesday to the planemaker's forthcoming legal action against the FAA, regarding the June 22, 2006 crash of the company's single-engine Sport-Jet.

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NASA Clears Discovery For October 23 Launch

Says Tile Degradation Doesn't Affect Safety

NASA senior managers Tuesday completed a detailed review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight, and gave approval for an October 23 launch date. Commander Pam Melroy and her six crewmates are scheduled to lift off at 1138 EDT on the STS-120 mission to the International Space Station.

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Airbus Hit With Yet Another Delivery Delay

Engine Supplier Blamed For Slip In A400M Schedule

Aerospace consortium EADS formally announced Wednesday delays in another Airbus development program, this time for the A400M military transport.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.17.07

Boeing's Dreamliner program gets a new manager.
The FAA has shut down AMI Jet Charter, and the NATA is angry.
And EADS announces a delay in another development program.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.17.07

Boeing's Dreamliner program gets a new manager.
The FAA has shut down AMI Jet Charter, and the NATA is angry.
And EADS announces a delay in another development program.

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ANN Special Feature: Part I - Rich Belzer, Columbia Bankruptcy - 10.17.07

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with former Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing VP/Sales Rich Belzer about the circumstances which brought the company to the point of bankruptcy.

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AD: Hawker Beechcraft

AD NUMBER: 2007-21-08 MANUFACTURER: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-21-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hawker Beechcraft Model Hawker 800XP airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-21-03 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-21-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-21-13 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-21-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747 and 767 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-21-07 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-21-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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We Will Go A-Rovin' -- NASA Extends Ops for Its Long-Lived Mars Rovers

The Energizer Bunny has BUPKUS on the Mars Rover team. Bupkus!

NASA is extending, for a fifth time, the activities of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The decision keeps the trailblazing mobile robotic pioneers active on opposite sides of Mars, possibly through 2009. This extended mission and the associated science are dependent upon the continued productivity and operability of the rovers.

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Eaglesoft Twin Comanche FlightSim Released

Eaglesoft Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche Package for FS9 goes Gold!

'Team Eaglesoft,' a pretty highly-regarded developer of Microsoft Flight Simulator Aircraft Add-Ons, tells ANN that their Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche Package for FS 2004 has just been released and is now available for purchase. Eaglesoft has attempted, within simulator limitations, to model a faithful replica of Roy Wilbanks' PA-30 Twin Comanche.

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FAA Addresses 'Large Flocking Bird Threat'

OK; We Said FLOCKING...

The FAA has published the final version of a rule designed to eliminate threats from "Large Flocking Birds" (say that VERY slowly) and has drafted new certification standards by which engine manufacturers can prove their ability to deal with this feathered threat.

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NTSB: 'Wide Range Of Safety Issues In First Investigation Of UAV Accident'

As a result of its first investigation of an accident involving an unmanned aircraft (UA), the National Transportation Safety Board has issued a total of 22 safety recommendations to address what NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker said were "a wide range of safety issues involving the civilian use of unmanned aircraft."

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Plattsburgh Aviation Institute To Benefit From Lycoming Training Engines

Donates Engines for Powerplant Training

Lycoming Engines has donated eight aircraft training engines and engine stands to the Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute in northern New York, giving its students hands-on experience during powerplant training.

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USAF Special Ops Command Selects CMC TacView Portable Mission Display For AC-130

CMC Electronics' newly-launched portable mission display known as 'TacView' has been selected by the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) for its AC-130 gunship aircraft. The TacView displays will be offered in a dual installation that will enable paperless cockpit operations, including aircraft data and procedures manuals, interactive electronic charts and improved situational awareness, using the U.S. Air Force FalconView mission planning system.

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More Boeing Changes: New Leaders for Boeing Int'l, Biz Development and Strategy

Shep Hill Named President, Boeing Int'l, Mike Cave Leads Corporate Business Development and Strategy

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney has named Shephard W. Hill president, Boeing International, replacing Laurette Koellner, who is retiring. At the same time, he named Michael J. Cave to replace Hill as senior vice president, Business Development and Strategy at Boeing Corporate Offices.

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ANN Seeks Additional Video Editor/Journalists For Aero-TV Programming

We're Still Looking For Additional Aero-TV Staffers

We have a big job ahead of us as we get ready to "Go Live" with daily operations for ANN's much-awaited Aero-TV programming. ANN's Aero-TV division is still looking to augment its staff with some exceptional Video talent. FMI: Aero-TV Needs YOU!

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Sikorsky Delivers Three S-92 Helicopters to Korean Air Force

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has added three deliveries of S-92 helicopters to their list this week as the Korean Air Force took part in a ceremony during the Seoul Air Show.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.17.07)

Aero-Linx!

One of the most important times of the year for the First Flight Society is December 17th when they commemorate and celebrate the historic achievement of the first powered flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.17.07): Lacing Cord

Aero-Terms!

A strong cotton, linen, or synthetic fiber string used to lace fabric to an aircraft structure. Also known as rib-stitching cord.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.17.07)

"After more than three-and-a-half years, Spirit and Opportunity are showing some signs of aging, but they are in good health and capable of conducting great science..." Source: John Callas, rover project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., following the decision to continue and extend the mission of the ever-ready Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

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