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December 20, 2008

NBAA Scales Back Inaugural Light Business Airplane Conference

Economy Leads To Lower Exhibit Fees, One Less Day

Blame it on the economy. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)  announced Friday its inaugural Light Business Airplane Conference (LBA2009) has been changed from a three-day conference to a two-day conference that will take place in San Diego, CA, on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 2009. 

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'Tis The Season: DOT's Peters Authorizes 'Santa Skylanes'

No Delays For Santa's Sleigh... Must Not Be Connecting In ATL...

Santa Claus will enjoy special express lanes in the skies over the United States to help him make speedy deliveries to good girls and boys on Christmas Eve, US Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced Thursday.

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FAA Lowers Israel's Aviation Safety Rating

Category 2 Classification "Not Related To Security Issues"

On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changed Israel's aviation safety standard rating to Category 2 following an assessment made last July of the country's civil aviation authority. The agency pointedly noted the rating "is not related to security issues."

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NTSB Expresses Concern As Carriers Suspend ASAP

'Proactive' Programs Lapse At US Airways, American

The National Transportation Safety Board is concerned that Aviation Safety Action Programs (ASAP) have recently been discontinued by some major air carriers.

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'Wig Wag' Recognition Lights Now Standard On Sting S3

Flashing Lights Improves Visibility

SportairUSA is making a run at the US light sport aircraft market, by equipping its Sting S3 with more and more unique features. The company announced this week that so-called 'wig-wag' recognition lights are now standard equipment on the composite-bodied, low-wing LSA.

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Elliott Aviation Completes Air Ambulance Interior In King Air B200

Quad Cities Company Expands Capabilities In Custom Aircraft Interiors

Moline, IL-based Elliott Aviation announced this week it has completed a custom air ambulance interior in a Beech King Air B200 for Intermountain Life Flight, a division of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare.

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HAI Announces Honorary Lifetime Member Award Recipients

W. "Dub" Blessing, Dennis Nichols To Receive Honors At Heli-Expo 2009

Helicopter Association International announced this week that W. "Dub" Blessing and Dennis Nichols will receive HAI's Honorary Lifetime Member Awards at Heli-Expo 2009, during HAI's 48th annual "Salute to Excellence" awards ceremony and banquet.

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Mozambique Carrier Joins Q400 Flock

LAM-Mozambique Purchases Used Turboprop Airliner

Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday LAM-Mozambique (Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique) will take delivery of a previously owned Q400 high-speed turboprop airliner this week, and will acquire another in the near future.

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NASA To Participate In Obama Inaugural Parade

STS-126 Crew Will Join In Procession Down Pennsylvania Avenue

The Inauguration Committee for President-elect Barack Obama officially extended an invitation Wednesday for NASA to be part of the 56th Inaugural Parade on January 20.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.20.08)

Aero-Linx!

The 7406th Support Squadron was activated at Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany on May 10th, 1955 and received its first aircraft in March 1956.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.20.08): LAHSO

Aero-Terms!

Land and Hold Short Operations -- Operations which include simultaneous takeoffs landings, or simultaneous landings. When a landing aircraft is instructed by ATC, and is able, to touch down, come to a stop and hold in position prior to an intersecting runway or taxiway.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.20.08)

"We know Santa Claus must adhere to a really tight schedule to get to every house on his list. Allowing him to use military airspace will ensure that crowded skies won't mean empty stockings on Christmas morning. It just wouldn't do to have the gridlock Grinch stealing Christmas." 

Source: DOT Secretary Mary Peters, announcing the opening of special "Santa Skylanes" in US airspace over the upcoming holiday travel season.

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