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October 10, 2008

Three Skydive Over Mount Everest

Land At Drop Zone At 12,350' AGL

Apparently so many people have now summitted Mount Everest that it's become passe. The Times of London reports a British woman was among three skydivers who became the first to freefall at extreme altitude through the skies above Mount Everest.

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Qantas Pins Blame On Laptop Computer For A330 Incident

ATSB Says Onboard Electronics Have Caused Problems Before

Perhaps you suspect ulterior motives when the airlines require you to shut down your computer and cell phone during critical flight phases. Especially with recently announced plans to offer in-flight cellphone and wireless internet services, can these seemingly benign consumer devices really interfere with navigation and control of an airliner?

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NASA, ATK Successfully Deploy Solar Arrays For Orion

Test Provides Risk Reduction Data For NASA

NASA and Alliant Techsystems have successfully concluded initial testing and deployment of the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA's New Millennium Program Space Technology 8 Project (NMP ST8). The project will also produce data that can support Lockheed Martin in it is effort to develop the Orion crew exploration vehicle for NASA with the goal to safely transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the Moon and Mars.

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Goodrich Receives FAA Approval For 'Monolithic' V2500 Fan Cowl

Says Design Saves On Maintenance Costs

Goodrich Corporation tells ANN it recently received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for a lightweight durable fan cowl design for V2500-A5 engine nacelles. Goodrich's Aerostructures business unit, through its Alabama Service Center in Foley, AL will provide a one-piece, or monolithic, fan cowl as part of its Prime Solutions aftermarket support program.

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First Mississippi-Assembled UH-72A Delivered To US Army

Includes First Tailboom Produced At Columbus Plant

EADS North America marked a major industrial milestone for the US Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter program this week, delivering its first final assembly line (FAL) aircraft from the Eurocopter production facility at Columbus, MS.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-21-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-21-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 767-200, -300, and -400ER series airplanes.

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Engine Alliance Says GP7200's Performance On A380 'Flawless'

Turbofan Entered Service On Emirates Plane In August

The entry into service for the Engine Alliance GP7200 on the Airbus A380 has been "flawless," according to Engine Alliance President Jim Moravecek.

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NASA Lowers Predicted Shuttle Jobs Losses

New Transition Plan Calls For Net Reduction Of 3,500 Jobs

NASA is adjusting its projection for job losses at the end of the shuttle program, and providing one of the few bits of good economic news this week.

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HeliSim, Eurocopter Inaugurate First EC225 Full-Flight Simulator

Company Trains 2,400 Pilots Annually

HeliSim and Eurocopter officially inaugurated the first EC225 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) in Marignane, France, on Friday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 10.10.08

NBAA 2008 Very-Light Jets Panel, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.10.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.10.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- NBAA 2008 VLJ Panel: 10.10.08 (ANN Special Report, with Rick Schrameck, CEO of Epic Aircraft; Michael McConnell, President and General Manager, Customer Di

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Banyan Executive Appointed Chairman Of NARA

O'Keeffe Member Of Aircraft Resale Organization Since 2008

Aero-News has learned Michael O'Keeffe, Sr. Vice President at Banyan Air Service, was recently appointed as Board Chairman for the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA).

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One Fatality Reported In Balloon Downing Near Albuquerque

Witnesses: Balloon Struck Power Lines On Landing

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.10.08 0830 MDT: At least one fatality has been confirmed in a hot air balloon accident near Bernalillo, NM, north of Albuquerque on the last Friday of the city's annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.10.08

US Homeland Defense proposes new rules to keep us safe from GA aircraft.
The NBAA and GATA promise careful readings of all 260 pages.
And DOT and the FAA will press on with slot aucti

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.10.08

US Homeland Defense proposes new rules to keep us safe from GA aircraft.
The NBAA and GATA promise careful readings of all 260 pages.
And DOT and the FAA will press on with slot aucti

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ANN Special Feature: NBAA VLJ Panel II - 10.10.08

Today... more comments on the challenges and rewards of building very light jets, from Rick Schrameck, CEO of Epic Aircraft; Michael McConnell, President and General Manager, Customer Division, Ecl

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AD: Hawker Beechcraft

AD NUMBER: 2008-21-04 MANUFACTURER: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-21-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Model 390 airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-21-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-21-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-21-02 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-21-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, and -800 series airplanes.

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Above It All... The Goodyear Blimp Takes Aero-TV For A Ride

One Of The World's Most Recognizable Aircraft Plays In The Skies Above Oshkosh

At the recently concluded Oshkosh 2008 aerial extravaganza, ANN and Aero-TV, yet gain, got to play with the Goodyear Blimp. We admit it... we love the big monster gas bag and we thought an update and additional look at this amazing and gentle flyer was worth a second look from Aero-TV.

Above It All... The Goodyear Blimp Takes Aero-TV For A Ride

One Of The World's Most Recognizable Aircraft Plays In The Skies Above Oshkosh

At the recently concluded Oshkosh 2008 aerial extravaganza, ANN and Aero-TV yet again, got to play with the Goodyear Blimp. We admit it... we love the big monster gas bag and we thought an update and additional look at this amazing and gentle flyer was worth a second look from Aero-TV.

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Report: Boeing, IAM Heading Back To Bargaining Table

Mediated Talks May Resume This Weekend

The New York Times reports contract talks between Boeing and its largest union will resume as soon as this weekend, in an attempt to end a five-week strike which is costing the company $100 million a day, and no doubt pinching the holiday season plans of many union families.

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Kentucky Air Taxi Startup Selects D-Jet

YourJet Orders Six Planes; Plans To Start Flying DA42 This Year

Startup air taxi company YourJet has selected the Diamond D-Jet to inaugurate jet air taxi operations to serve more than 4,300 airports within a 700-mile radius of its base in Louisville, KY.

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Expedition 18 Crew Prepares For Liftoff

Launch From Baikonur Scheduled Early Sunday Morning

Commander Edward Michael "Mike" Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Valentinovich Lonchakov of the 18th International Space Station crew are scheduled to launch in their Soyuz TMA-13 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan about 0300 EDT Sunday to begin a six-month stay in space.

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NASA's Mars Odyssey Shifts Orbit For Extended Mission

Places Orbiter In Better Position For Thermal Emission Imaging System

The longest-serving of six spacecraft now studying Mars is up to new tricks for a third two-year extension of its mission to examine the most Earthlike of known foreign planets. NASA's Mars Odyssey is altering its orbit to gain even better sensitivity for its infrared mapping of Martian minerals. During the mission extension through September 2010, it will also point its camera with more flexibility than it has ever used before.

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XOJET Follows Up CAE Citation X Training With Challenger 300 Contract

New Jersey Facility To Include Full-Flight Simulator

CAE announced this week at NBAA 2008 that XOJET has chosen CAE's business aviation training facility in Morristown, NJ for the initial training of its new fleet of Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft.

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Sikorsky Selects TrueNorth Simphone For Forward-Fit S-76 Installations

System To Be Offered On S-76C++ and S-76D, Under Consideration For S-92s

TrueNorth Avionics, Inc., has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation to supply its advanced executive-class Simphone airborne telecommunications system for the S-76 helicopter, starting with two installations this summer at Keystone Helicopter in Coatesville, PA.

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Klyde Morris (10.10.08)

Hmm... That Still Might Be Tough To Market, Klyde...

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Conklin & Decker Awards First Scholarship At NBAA 2008

Winner Is A Junior At Daniel Webster College

Conklin & de Decker -- in association with the National Business Aviation Association -- announced the first annual Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management scholarship will go to Carly Butwell of Newburgh, NY. The award was presented at the 2008 NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, FL, which wrapped up Wednesday.

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Aero Vodochody Signs Contract For Saab Gripen Pylons

Swedish Planemaker Also Helps Market L-159 Aircraft

Saab has placed an order with Czech aerospace company AERO Vodochody for the production of NATO pylons for the Gripen aircraft system. Transfer of production will commence at the Aero facilities at Vodochody in the Czech Republic in autumn this year.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.10.08)

Aero-Linx!

This site is dedicated to the 1,701 Brothers In Arm's who gave their lives, the 4 Medal of Honor recipients, the 5,400 who suffered injury and the 100 still missing in action from the 1st Aviation Brigade of the U.S. Army during Vietnam. "Men may die, but reputation lives on."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.10.08): Altocumulus Clouds

Aero-Terms!

White or grey layers or patches of cloud often having a wavy appearance. Cloud elements appear as rounded masses or rolls and are comprised mostly of liquid water droplets which may be super cooled. Altocumulus clouds may contain ice crystals at subfreezing temperatures.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.10.08)

"Scheduled airlines are pulling out of small, regional airports so they are literally giving us the regional market. Service cutbacks by the major and regional air carriers are paving the way for the emerging, per-seat, on-demand, air taxi services. Our business model will give business and vacation travelers better service than they had before."

Source: Todd House, CEO and founder of YourJet. The upstart air-taxi service has ordered six Diamond D-Jets, to supplement its lone DA42 Twin Star.

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