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October 22, 2008

AD: Bombardier; Boeing; McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2008-22-01 MANUFACTURER: Boeing,Bombardier,McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-22-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for various transport category airplanes.

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Evaluating The Numerous LSA Choices On The Market, With Rick Reuland of Downing Aviation Associates

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.22.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.22.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Evaluating The Numerous LSA Choices On The Market: 10.22.08 (ANN Special Report, with Rick Reulan

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Report: American Eagle Risks Removal From ASAP Due To Overloading Concerns

Two More Cases Of Improper Load Reporting Uncovered

The potential fallout from an FAA investigation into reports of overloaded American Eagle commuter planes appears to be growing more severe. Sources tell ABC News the airline -- the regional subsidiary of American Airlines -- may soon be booted from a voluntary safety reporting program over evidence the carrier flew overloaded or improperly balanced aircraft on at least 19 occasions.

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NTSB Updates Investigation Of SC Learjet Accident

Notes "Numerous" Pieces Of Tire Debris On Runway

The following is an update on the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of a business jet accident on September 19, 2008, at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina.

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United Pilots Decry Carrier's Abysmal Q3 Performance

Say Fuel Hedge Losses Further Proof Of Misdirection At Airline

On the heels of United Airlines' announcement Tuesday of a $779 million loss for the third quarter -- $519 million attributable to poor fuel hedges -- pilots at the airline say those losses are more examples of incompetence and lack of fiscal responsibility by United's CEO and his executives.

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Tourniquet, Stat! UAL Posts $779 Million Loss For Third Quarter

Fuel Hedge Losses Take Big Bite Out Of $5.57 Billion In Revenues

There's losing money... and then there's hemorrhaging cash. United Airlines took another giant step towards the latter Tuesday, reporting a third-quarter loss of $779 million due to hits incurred from the carrier's fuel hedging program.

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US Navy Launches Raytheon Tomahawk Block IV From Virginia Class Submarine

Flight Marks 16th Consecutive Test Of The Tomahawk Block IV

 A US Navy Virginia class submarine recently fired a Raytheon Tomahawk Block IV missile from the Gulf of Mexico to engage a simulated target. The flight completes the integration of the Tomahawk cruise missile onto the Navy's newest fast-attack submarine, adding another platform to the list of combatant vessels that can carry the combat-proven weapon.

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Royal Air Force Receives Its First Tranche 2 Typhoon

Up To 20 Planes To Be Delivered Annually Over Seven Years

Britain's Royal Air Force has taken delivery of the first of 91 new Typhoon combat aircraft, ordered four years ago and delivered on time. New Defence Equipment and Support Minister Quentin Davies was at RAF Coningsby to witness the arrival of the second generation Typhoons.

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Sikorsky Announces Contract With Boston MedFlight For S-76C++

Will Be Manufacturer's First Night Vision-Capable Medevac Helo

Sikorsky Aircraft announced this week the signing of a contract to provide an S-76C++ helicopter to Boston MedFlight for air medical critical care transports in the Northeast.

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IAM Strike Hits Boeing's Q3 Performance Hard

Net Income Declines 38 Percent On Halted Deliveries

We expected the news to be grim... and it is. Boeing announced Wednesday income declined 38 percent in the third quarter of 2008, to $695 million... while earnings per share declined 33 percent to $0.96 per share.

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All Safe Following Bizarre Mid-Air Collision Over Colorado

C-180, Centurion Carrying Prisoners Both Land Safely

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.22.08 1245 EDT: Six people are reported safe after two Cessna aircraft collided Wednesday morning in the skies south of Grand Junction, CO.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.22.08

A bizarre lawsuit is filed against an aviation columnist.
A battle within NAFI may come to a head this Friday.
And airline employment sees its biggest drop in two years.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.22.08

A bizarre lawsuit is filed against an aviation columnist.
A battle within NAFI may come to a head this Friday.
And airline employment sees its biggest drop in two years.


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ANN Special Feature: Rick Reuland, Downing Aviation Associates - 10.22.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Rick Reuland of Downing Aviation Associates about the firm's new service, which helps would-be buyers evaluate the many avaliable choices in the Light Sport Aircraft mar

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Matalin and Carville: Political Chatter At NBAA2008... Via Aero-TV!

Powerful Political Duo Sounds Off In Bizjet Land

The hits from NBAA2008 just keep on coming and as soon as business heats up a little in these chilly economic times, we're likely to remember them quite fondly (we hope).

Matalin and Carville: Political Chatter At NBAA2008... Via Aero-TV!

Powerful Political Duo Sounds Off In Bizjet Land

One of the highlights of this year was the return of veteran political couple Mary Matalin and James Carville. This intriguing pair spoke at NBAA's the Opening General Session, offering their perspectives on this year’s election, and marking the couple’s second appearance at an NBAA Convention.

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NJ Senator Calls For End To Airline Fuel Surcharges

Airlines Reluctant To Part With Revenue Stream

If an airline imposes a "fuel surcharge" above and beyond the normal fare to compensate for record fuel prices, it's hard to argue with that. The assumption, of course, is that if jet fuel prices fall nearly in half, the surcharge will be reduced or eliminated.

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FAA Plan To Narrow Controller Training Draws Fire

Tower, Or TRACON? Some Won't Be Trained In Both

In a move intended to speed training as the agency faces a critical shortage of experienced air traffic controllers, the FAA plans to narrow the training requirements for personnel heading to Memphis and Orlando... a plan the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says could be dangerous.

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Writer Tests Airport Security... And Says TSA Failed

Still, You Probably Shouldn't Wear Bin Laden T-Shirts When Flying

The Transportation Security Administration tests its own security screeners periodically by sending investigators to attempt to sneak contraband past checkpoints, for state stated purpose of finding and patching vulnerabilities. Past reports have indicated the results of those tests are decidedly mixed, at best.

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Report: Camera Shows Tower Lights Operating Before Illinois Helo Accident

Investigators Suspect Air Angels 222 Struck Guy Wire In Downing Near Aurora

Video footage from a highway traffic camera may shed some light on last week's fatal crash of a medevac helicopter near Aurora, IL... by revealing whether or not warning lights on a 734-foot transmission tower near the accident site were operating.

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Marines Give Thumbs-Up To Ospreys In Iraq

But Admit Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Hasn't Been Battle-Tested

It's hard to recall an aircraft which was criticized more during its development than the V-22 Osprey. But after a year of deployment in Iraq without a major incident, the pilots who fly the tilt-rotor hybrid are giving it great reviews.

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Embraer's E-Jet Fleet Passes Two Million Flight Hours

Over 450 Airliners In Operation

Embraer's 170/190 family of E-Jets in operation, worldwide, recently surpassed the milestone of two million flight hours. Over 450 aircraft fly in service with 50 airlines, in more than 30 countries.

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Hartzell Propeller Enjoys Perfect Record At Reno Air Races

Company's Props 10 For 10 At Annual Championships

Hartzell Propeller Inc. has maintained a perfect record in the Reno Air Races Sport Class since its inception a decade ago. The company's tenth consecutive win took place September 14 at the 2008 National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV.

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Navy Pilot Reprimanded For Venezuela Incursion

Further Action May Be Pending For May 17 Transgression

As if diplomatic relations between the US and Venezuela weren't rocky enough already, a veteran naval pilot and air wing commander apparently flew a US Navy S-3B Viking into Venezuelan airspace this past May 17, setting off a diplomatic firestorm.

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Apical Emergency Floats Approved By EASA For MD-369, MD-500 Helos

Adds To US, Canadian Certifications

DART Helicopter Services recently announced its subsidiary Apical Industries Inc., has received EASA approval of their Cylindrical Emergency Float System for MD 369HS/HM/HE/D/E/FF and MD 500N helicopters. Transport Canada and FAA certification have been previously received.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.22.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Aircraft Carrier USS HORNET Museum is a national treasure, having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century -- World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission. Now peacefully moored at historic Alameda Point on San Francisco Bay, the USS HORNET is a timeless memorial to those who defended our American values and to those who have pursued America's technological advancements.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.22.08): Tinsel

Aero-Terms!

RAF airborne jamming device used by wireless operators to transmit engine noise over the German night fighter control frequencies. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.22.08)

"It's deceptive to say you still need a fuel surcharge when aviation fuel prices are down $2 per gallon. It's just wrong."

Source: Robert Menendez, New Jersey's Democrat junior senator. Menendez has sent letters calling on the airlines to discontinue the practice of charging the fees, which were blamed on fuel costs when imposed. He notes the price paid by airlines for jet fuel averaged $2.34 a gallon last week, down 45 percent from an average of $4.33 in July.

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