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December 09, 2008

Certified!* Embraer's Phenom 100

*In Brazil... FAA Approval Expected Soon

Embraer's smallest jet has been given approval to operate in its home market... and should soon be approved for its largest market, as well. The Phenom 100 entry level executive jet received its Type Certificate from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Authority (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC), in a ceremony held Tuesday at Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos.

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AirVenture 2009 To Honor Unsung Heroes Of Aviation

Program Will Honor Humanitarian Pilots

The breadth and depth of good works accomplished by general aviation will be in the spotlight at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, as a weeklong "Fly for Life" program will recognize those who fly to serve others around the world.

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Arbitrator Signs Off On Pilot Seniority List At Delta

Memo To US Air... THIS Is How You Do It!

Check off another item on the dwindling list of tasks needing resolution in the merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest. Late Monday, a federal arbitrator signed off on a plan to integrate both pilot groups into a single seniority list, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.09.08

'Transition' Talk, With Incoming AOPA President Craig Fuller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.09.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.09.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Transition Talk: 12.09.08 (ANN Special Report, with Craig Fuller, incoming president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.)

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Berlin Airlift Re-Enactment To Launch This Weekend In North Carolina

Col. Halvorsen To Drop Candy At ECG On December 13

From the cockpit of a C-54, US Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen made international news in 1948 when he dropped chocolate bars and gum to West German children, deprived of food and treats through a Soviet-controlled blockade.

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Continental To Kick Off 2009 With Biofuel Test Flight

First Carrier In The Americas To Do So

Continental Airlines announced plans Monday for the first biofuel-powered demonstration flight of a US commercial airliner, to be conducted in Houston on January 7, 2009.

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Sukhoi Receives 15-Plane Superjet Order From Indonesia

$448 Million Deal Includes 15 Options

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) received a big boost to its fledgling Superjet 100 regional jet program, with a 15-plane order announced Friday from Kartika Airlines of Indonesia.

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USAF Issues Yet Another Amendment To CSAR-X RFP

Hopefully LAST Change To Oft-Delayed Contract Award

Last week, US Air Force officials released Amendment 7 to the Request for Proposals for the oft-delayed Combat Search and Rescue helicopter program contract... which may finally be awarded sometime in 2009, for the second time.

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Azerbaijan Airlines Selects CF6s For 767-300ERs

Latest Variant Will Power Two New Aircraft

Azerbaijan Airlines has selected GE's CF6-80C2 engines to power its two new Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The engine order is valued at $40 million list price. Delivery will begin in 2010.

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American Eurocopter Delivers First EC145 To Texas DPS

Department Operates Fleet Of AS350 AStars

At a ceremony held in their Grand Prairie, TX, Delivery Center on Friday, American Eurocopter delivered an EC145 to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). It is the first EC145 for the department and it will complement a fleet that already includes 13 Eurocopter AS350 AStar helicopters.

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Software Company Offers Aircraft Design 'Tool Kit'

CAD Program Helps Reduce Costs

When it comes to designing aircraft of any type, one concern that every company boss will tell you about is that it's not only very expensive to design airplanes but it can take too long to complete. And these days, cost reduction and being first to market are important factors in aviation.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.09.08

An F/A-18 is down in a California neighborhood.
The big airline lobby group gets a new chairman.
And two US pilots face manslaughter charges in Brazil.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.09.08

An F/A-18 is down in a California neighborhood.
The big airline lobby group gets a new chairman.
And two US pilots face manslaughter charges in Brazil.


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ANN Special Feature: Incoming AOPA President Craig Fuller - 12.09.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Craig Fuller, incoming president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, about his recent discussions with transportation officials in the Obama transition team.<

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Aero-TV: Working Tomorrow -- AOPA Outlines Support For Members

Aero-TV At AOPA Expo 2008: From Boyer To Fuller

It was somewhat bittersweet to all concerned... the thought that Phil Boyer was presiding over his last AOPA Expo as the President of the world's largest pilot's organization.

Aero-TV: Working Tomorrow -- AOPA Outlines Support For Members

Aero-TV At AOPA Expo 2008: From Boyer To Fuller

It was somewhat bittersweet to all concerned... the thought that Phil Boyer was presiding over his last AOPA Expo as the President of the world's largest pilot's organization.

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Appeals Court Blocks DOT's Slot Auction Plan

Opponents Cheer Victory Against 'Ill-Advised Scheme'

It came down to the wire, but on Monday a US appeals court blocked the federal government's controversial plan to auction off operations slots at New York's LaGuardia and JFK International Airports, and at nearby Newark International.

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Say What? Airline Fuel Crises May Have Been A Good Thing

Harsh Summer Prepared Carriers For Current Global Slump

If you've felt like a sardine on packed airliners this holiday season, you might think the airlines are doing pretty well. They're not.

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Ferry Flight Pilots Spend Night On Ice Floe

Engine Failure Forced Ditching In North Atlantic

A ferry flight for a new owner ended prematurely with the forced landing of Cessna 337 Skymaster in icy arctic waters off the Canadian territory of Nunavut Sunday.

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Spirit Of Flight Center Moves Collection To EIK

Move Was Nearly 10 Years In The Making

Colorado's Spirit of Flight Center has made a move to a new facility at the Erie Municipal Airport (EIK) in Erie, northwest of the Denver metropolitan area. The move gives the collection three times more square footage than the previous facility provided and now allows for aircraft to fly in to tour the mostly WWII items.

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US Airways Works To Remake Shoddy Image

Reliability Improved... Now Comes Work On 'Touch Points'

We're coming into the season for new year's resolutions, and US Airways has already started.

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Reid Seems Glad He Left Airlines When He Did

Ousted From Virgin America, Lands At Bombardier FlexJet

It's a safe bet that the economy in 2009 will provide lots of stories about people who are handed employment lemons, and make lemonade. For Fred Reid, that opportunity came early.

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'Tis The Season: Children May Take To The Sky During Toy Airlift

Virginia Ninety-Nines Organizing Weekend Event

Pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles Program will be giving children, ages 8-17, free aircraft rides during the Christmas Toy Airlift on December 13 at Virginia's Chesterfield County Airport (FCI).

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Lockheed Martin 'CATBird' Begins F-35 Avionics Suite Tests

Fourth JSF Will Fly With Systems Now Being Tested On Modified 737

Lockheed Martin's Cooperative Avionics Test Bed, or "CATBird," has begun in-flight integration and verification of the F-35 Lightning II mission systems suite, launching another stage of risk reduction for the world's newest fighter.

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AeroMechanical Services Receives $1.3M Contract For C-130 Upgrades

Will Install Flight Reporting Systems On Middle Eastern Planes

AeroMechanical Services Ltd. announced Monday the company has received the its contract from a leading Canadian electronics provider, representing a Middle Eastern military organization, to outfit their Lockheed Martin (LMCO) C-130H Hercules aircraft with AMA's patented Automated Flight Information Reporting Systems (afirs) UpTime package, as part of an upgrade program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.09.08)

Aero-Linx!

In 2000 civilian aircraft flew a total of 25 billion kilometres. If someone flew this distance they could circle the earth more than 630 000 times. If the total distance flown by all aircraft passengers was divided equally between everyone living in the world, we would each fly 317 kilometres a year.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.09.08): Specific Impulse

Aero-Terms!

A measurement of a rocket's relative performance. Expressed in seconds, the number of which a rocket can produce one pound of thrust from one pound of fuel. The higher the specific impulse, the less fuel required to produce a given amount of thrust.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.09.08)

"The court's ruling puts a firm halt to the Department of Transportation's ill-advised, illogical auction scheme. This is a clear win for passengers, as the department was stopped from proceeding with an ideological experiment that would have resulted in higher fares, less service and a confiscation of airline property."

Source: James May, president of the Air Transport Association. On Monday, a US appeals court blocked the federal government's controversial plan to auction off operations slots at New York's LaGuardia and JFK International Airports, and at nearby Newark International.

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