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January 19, 2008

EADS Socata Unveils Its Glass-Equipped 2008 TBM 850

Garmin G1000 Fronts Expanded Interior

It would be hard to improve on a such an impressive performer as the TBM 850 single-engine turboprop...  but that said, if there was one area the previous generation aircraft came up lacking, it was in cockpit integration. That concern has been nicely addressed by EADS Socata for 2008, with a simple one-word explanation: Garmin.

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BA Captain Praises FO's Handling Of Heathrow Emergency

Wouldn't Comment On Possible Causes

As investigators work to determine what led to the emergency landing of a British Airways Boeing 777 Thursday at London's Heathrow Airport, the captain of the flight played down his role in the successful outcome... giving credit instead to the first officer, who was the flying pilot at the time.

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ILFC Expects Delivery Shuffle Due To New 787 Delay

Leasing Firm Is Largest Dreamliner Customer

"Take whatever time you need, but get it right." That was the stern message John Plueger, chief operating officer of International Lease Finance Corporation, has for Boeing, following this week's announcement of a second delay to its 787 Dreamliner program.

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European Commission Puts GA, BizAv On Its Agenda

Move To Integrate Private Aviation Welcomed By EBAA

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) recently joined other members of the European Business and General Aviation communities in welcoming the recent proposal by the European Commission to integrate business and general aviation into EU air transport policy.

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American Attempts To Ease Employee Tensions With Bonuses

Pays Out $67 Million Throughout Ranks

In the words of one union representative, it was "an acknowledgement of a debt owed." This week, American Airlines handed out some $67 million in bonuses to employees at the Fort Worth, TX-based carrier, as well as its American Eagle subsidiary.

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Kellner Says Continental Isn't Seeking Merger

...But Wouldn't Turn Down The Right Deal, Either

This may be something of a rarity in these turbulent times: an airline apparently NOT in a hurry to merge with another carrier. At least, that's what Continental Airlines CEO Larry Kellner would have us believe.

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Sonex Intro's New Machined Angle Component Kit

Labor-Saving Upgrade Available Now

Prolific homebuilt aircraft manufacturer Sonex Aircraft, LLC announced Friday the introduction of a new labor-saving Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kit Upgrade Option: Machined Angle Components.

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Coming Soon: A Way to 'Bypass The Airline Mess' In Northeast US

Hopscotch Air To Debut SR22 'Air Limo' Service

A new air taxi provider plans to soon offer customers in the northeastern US a way to, in the words of company representatives, "bypass the airline mess."

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Finmari Takes Delivery Of An AgustaWestland Grand

Helo Handed Over During Italian Pilot Conference

AgustaWestland announced this week the delivery of a Grand helicopter to Finmari at a ceremony attended by the participants of the first AgustaWestland Italian Corporate Pilot Conference.g

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.19.08)

Aero-Linx!

The purpose of The First Across Organization is to spread the history of the NC-4, the U.S. Navy flying boat, which was the first aircraft to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean... or any ocean for that matter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.19.08): Wet Wing

Aero-Terms!

A type of aircraft construction in which part of the wing structure is sealed and used as a fuel tank. Wet wings are more properly called integral fuel tanks.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.19.08)

"Take whatever time you need, but get it right."

Source: The pointed advice of John Plueger, chief operating officer of International Lease Finance Corporation, to Boeing, following this week's announcement of a second delay to its 787 Dreamliner program.

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