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January 24, 2008

Bell To End Production Of Several Models To Streamline Offerings

JetRanger III, 210 Among Helos On Chopping Block

Bell Helicopter announced Thursday it will terminate production of several of its older aircraft models, in order to accelerate deliveries of its high-demand aircraft.

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WV TFR: 01.25.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2085  Issue Date: January 23, 2008 at 1524 UTC  Location: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia  Beginning Date and Time: January 25, 2008 at 1635 UTC  Ending Date and Time: January 25, 2008 at 2000 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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Cessna Will Proceed With Development Of Large-Cabin Bizjet

More Details To Be Revealed Next Month

Cessna Aircraft Company announced Thursday it will proceed with developing a large cabin, intercontinental aircraft to add to the top of its line of Citation business jets. The Textron Board of Directors gave Cessna the approval for the program yesterday during the board's first meeting of 2008.

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Victory! EAA Wins E-LSA Exemption From FAA

More Time Granted For Aircraft Registered, But Awaiting Inspection

Common sense has prevailed. The Experimental Aircraft Association tells ANN officials with the FAA have approved EAA’s exemption request for the transition of ultralights and two-place machines to the Experimental-Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) category after the January 31 deadline.

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Presidential Candidates Ambivalent On US Space Policy So Far

Next Week's Florida Primary Forces The Issue

Until now, US space policy has been a yawner on the presidential campaign trail. The prevailing wisdom is that the issue is not important to voters nationally, and that the downside risk of saying something unpopular outweighs any benefit in discussing specific policy.

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Japanese Scientists Hope To Launch Paper Plane From ISS

Finally... A Paper Airplane That Won't Land You In Detention!

If you love flight, perhaps you have experienced the urge to throw a paper airplane from a really high place... but what if you had the chance to throw a paper airplane from the International Space Station? It turns out a Japanese professor and a group of origami masters have collaborated on a paper airplane which will fly that very mission.

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Air Canada Bids Farewell To The 'Gimli Glider'

C-GAUN Heads To Retirement In Arizona

To most passengers, no doubt, she was little more than a run-of-the-mill widebody airliner. Few would probably realize she was, in fact, a Boeing 767... and a somewhat tired one at that. Fewer still likely recognized the proud, but also infamous part she played in the history of modern commercial airline travel.

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NTSB Issues Update On British Airways 777 Investigation

Engines Initially Responded To Inputs; Right Turbofan Throttled Back First

The United Kingdom's Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB), which is leading the investigation into the January 17, 2008, accident in which a British Airways Boeing 777- 236ER landed short of Runway 27L at London Heathrow Airport, issued a report Thursday on the progress of their investigation. At their request, the National Transportation Safety Board is assisting in the dissemination of the AAIB report, which follows.

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United CFO Says Carrier May Sell Off Divisions Ahead Of Rumored Merger

Then Again... It May Not, Too

Following its report Tuesday of a fourth-quarter loss in 2007, United Airlines parent UAL put its chief financial officer on a conference call to clarify the company's short-term strategy.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.24.08

A Conversation With Delta Connection Academy's First FITS Graduate

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.24.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.24.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Delta Connection Academy's First FITS Graduate: 01.24.08 (ANN Special Report, with Steven Harden.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.24.08

SpaceShip Two is coming together.
Alpha aviation stuns employees with an announcement it will liquidate.
And Adam Aircraft tells shareholders what it will need to survive.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.24.08

SpaceShip Two is coming together.
Alpha aviation stuns employees with an announcement it will liquidate.
And Adam Aircraft tells shareholders what it will need to survive.

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ANN Special Feature: Steven Harden, Delta Connection Academy - 01.24.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Steven Harden, the first flight school student pilot nationwide to complete the 141 FAA/Industry Training Standards program at Delta Connection Academy.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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Aero-TV Catches Up With A Classic: The Kitfox

It's been well over twenty years since we first started playing in the skies, courtesy of the first generation of Kitfoxes... and since then, the little airplane that launched thousands of pilots toward aircraft ownership has been through great times... and not so great times... but above all, it has survived.

Aero-TV Catches Up With A Classic: The Kitfox

It's been well over twenty years since we first started playing in the skies, courtesy of the first generation of Kitfoxes... and since then, the little airplane that launched thousands of pilots toward aircraft ownership has been through great times... and not so great times... but above all, it has survived.

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Southern Star Avionics Awarded STC For Envision PFD On SR20, SR22

Pre-2003 Cirrus Owners Now Have Option For Integrated Flight Deck

Owners of older Cirrus-model aircraft, rejoice! (And, get out your pocketbooks.) Mobile, AL-based Southern Star Avionics told ANN Wednesday they have attained the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) through the FAA for the Avidyne Envision primary flight display (PFD) system for Cirrus SR20 and SR22 models, giving pre-2003 model Cirrus owners the opportunity of retrofitting their aircraft with a modern glass cockpit display system like newer Entegra-equipped Cirrus aircraft.

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Marines Report Ospreys Are Handling Combat Duty Well

Tiltrotors Achieve 68.1 Percent Reliability Rate In 'Sandbox'

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 arrived at Al Asad, Iraq on October 4, 2007 to support air operations in the Al Anbar province... and so far, according to USMC officials, the squadron and its MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors have performed admirably.

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NASA Rebukes Study That Claimed Astronauts Flew Drunk

Surveys Show Allegations Were False

NASA found itself in the uncomfortable position this week of disputing a report the agency itself had commissioned. On Wednesday, the space agency said a report released last year -- at NASA's request -- that accused astronauts of flying into orbit while intoxicated, had no merit whatsoever.

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FAA Awards Airwolf AMOC To Robinson Rotor Blade AD

Protective Tape Provides Approved Level Of Safety

Airwolf Aerospace was recently granted an Alternative Method of Compliance (AMOC) by the Federal Aviation Administration for Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-12. The AD was issued for delamination of Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters' main rotor blades. Installation of Airwolf's Rotor Blade Protective Tape system is found by the FAA to provide a permanent and acceptable level of safety.

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American Autogyro Announces SparrowHawk III Quick Build Gyroplane

Offers Significantly Reduced Build Time Over Earlier Kits

Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. announced this week their American Autogyro Division is introducing the latest version of its SparrowHawk series of kit-built gyroplanes, the SparrowHawk III Quick Build.

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Wisconsin Pilot Takes Plea Deal In Fatal Accident

Surviving Spouse Agrees To Reduced Sentence

Another chapter was added this week to the sad tale of a 2004 plane crash at a charity balloon rally in Wisconsin. The husband of the woman lost in the crash agreed to support a plea deal, that drastically reduced the amount of time the pilot may need to spend in prison.

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Delta Narrows Q4 Loss, Southwest Posts Big Increase

Welcome To Today's Episode Of "As The Airlines Turn"

As airlines post their financial results for the fourth quarter of 2007 this week, some trends are becoming clear -- most notably, high fuel prices may soon mark the end of any profits for those carriers in the near future.

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Goodrich EFB Earns Canadian STC For Global Express

Allows Installation In Global Express, XRS And 5000

Goodrich announced this week its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system recently earned Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from Transport Canada for the Bombardier Global Express family of aircraft. This includes the Global Express, the Global XRS and the Global 5000.

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Boeing Awarded $14.9 Million A-10 Wing Modeling Contract

Most Work To Be Performed In St. Louis, MO

Boeing announced this week the company was recently awarded a $14.9 million US Air Force contract for systems engineering and modeling services for the A-10 Wing Replacement program. The contract will provide the engineering foundation for the program and ensure the on-schedule delivery of the production wings.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.24.08)

Aero-Linx!

Another aviation archeology site, primarily focused on the southwestern US state of Arizona... which, due to its dry climate, is a treasure-trove for planespotters!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.24.08): Lander

Aero-Terms!

A space vehicle designed to land on a celestial body, such as the moon or another planet.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.24.08)

"We're always interested in any factor that could affect crew performance and we would follow up on anything that we thought would affect performance. ... Astronauts are very professional and when they're preparing for launch, they prepare for it as the most serious endeavor of our lives."

Source: Ellen Ochoa, deputy director for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. On Wednesday, the space agency said a report released last year -- at NASA's request -- that accused astronauts of flying into orbit while intoxicated, had no merit whatsoever.

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