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July 27, 2008

Flight Design Unveils New MC Model LSA At AirVenture 2008

'Metal Concept' Intended To "Swallow The Flight School Market Whole"

The Aero-News team participated in a media-only unveiling Sunday afternoon of an all-new light sport aircraft (LSA) produced by Flight Design, the 2009 MC or Metal Concept Model. The aircraft has been in development for approximately 36 months and with significant user input, was designed to respond to the needs of flight schools, flight clubs and the preferences of aviation enthusiasts who value the characteristics and maintainability of a metal fuselage.

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FAA, NATCA Term LAX Separation Error 'A Roll Of The Dice'

Corporate Plane Came Within 1.6 Miles Of Landing Traffic

Officials are investigating why a Piaggio turboprop made a wrong turn on takeoff from Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Los Angeles last month, and strayed too close to two airliners on final approach to land at LAX.

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Sonex Pilot Touches Down In All 48 Continental US States

Thought To Be First-Ever Sport Pilot To Accomplish Feat

Over the course of three summers, Phil Simons accomplished a feat most other pilots may only dream of... and, he may have done in it in a way never tried before. On July 21, 2008 Simon landed at the Cecil County Airport in Maryland, marking the 48th state in which Simon has landed in his AeroVee powered, tricycle-gear Sonex experimental airplane.

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EAA: North Forty Drying Out Nicely, Thank You

Popular Parking Area '95 Percent' Usable

Fourteen inches of rain in June plus the usual July Wisconsin thunderstorms have literally swamped the North Forty aircraft parking areas at the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure 2008 convention at Wittman Field in Oshkosh.  As recently as last Sunday, parts of the popular General Aviation aircraft camping and parking areas were ankle-deep in water, according to Steve Owen, Assistant Chairman of Parking Operations.

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FAA, Partners Say NextGen Is Slowly Taking Shape

Conference Outlines Who's Doing What On Future Of ATC

FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell and representatives of industry organizations recently met with reporters to provide a background for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen,) the much-ballyhooed FAA proposal to transform US aviation through the use of 21st-century technologies to meet future demands, avoid gridlock in the sky, improve safety and increase environmental protections.

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Aero-News Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2008 Staff

Say Hello To ANN E-I-C Jim Campbell!

With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture 2008 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough... ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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Upgraded! Cessna Names Bill Collier VP For Citation Parts Distribution

Joined Citation Team In 2005 As Sales, Marketing Director

Cessna Aircraft Company announced Thursday the promotion of Bill Collier to vice president, Citation Parts Distribution.

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Boeing Teams With Raytheon On EP-X Aircraft Program

Tasked With Replacement For Navy's EP-3 Orion

Boeing announced last week Raytheon has joined its EP-X industry team, to develop an airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting aircraft to replace the US Navy's EP-3 signals intelligence (SIGINT) platform.

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Premier Aircraft's 50Dash4 Upgrade Proves Itself On Flight To EBACE

Trans-Atlantic Round Trip Displays Increased Performance, Efficiency

Premier Aircraft says a recent trans-Atlantic flight by a Falcon 50 modified with the company's 50Dash4 performance upgrade shows the upgrade results in increased performance on critical missions for the aircraft.

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Bombardier Customers, Suppliers Attend Q-Series Conference

Turboprop Airliners The Talk Of Weeklong Trade Show

Bombardier recently concluded its bi-annual Q-Series turboprop Operators’ Conference and Trade Show. Over 550 participants from around the world came together to participate in training opportunities and to review best practices regarding maintenance and technical solutions which were all directed towards elevating carriers’ operational efficiency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.27.08)


Bonanza Air Services (BAS) was formed in early in 1945 by Edmund Converse, a former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy; Charlie Keene, once an operator of a small charter operation in Santa Paula, California; and June Simon, daughter of "Pop" Simon the former secretary-director of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.27.08): Convertiplane


A type of heavier-than-air aircraft able to rise and descend vertically. The convertiplane rises vertically by using rotors similar to those on a helicopter. However, once airborne, the rotors can be tilted forward to produce thrust to pull the aircraft thru the air as a normal fixed wing airplane.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.27.08)

"That's about as ugly as it gets. The aircraft didn't need to be where it was."

Source: Mike Foote, Los Angeles representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, regarding a June 13 separation incident over LAX. The Los Angeles Times reports a chartered Piaggio Avanti was instructed to turn left on departure from Hawthorne Municipal, a common vector to avoid the Class B airspace surrounding LAX, located two miles to the northwest. Instead, the Avanti's pilot read back the instruction as a right turn... and the HHR tower controller did not correct the error.

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