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July 30, 2008

Branson, Rutan Stun AirVenture Audience With SS2 Announcement

"The First Place We're Going To Bring It Commercially Is Oshkosh"

Every chair was filled, and for most it was standing room only at Pavilion 7 at Oshkosh. Anticipation filled the room Tuesday to hear Will Whitehorn, Burt Rutan and Sir Richard Branson speak on the future of space flight, and White Knight Two.

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Aero-News Alert: Piperjet Makes Its Historic First Flight

The First Pure Jet-Powered Design in the Company's History… Makes History

As previously alerted through our Aero-Twitter system, Piper Aircraft has flown the PiperJet. The new aircraft, the first pure, jet-powered, turbofan design in the company's 71-year history, made its first flight at 11:11 AM today from Piper Headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla.

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Ouch! Delta Raises Baggage Fees Again

Media-Types Will Want To Avoid The Widget

This one hits the ANN staff where we live... onboard commercial airliners, traipsing from one corner of the country to another, often with heavy camera equipment stowed in the cargo hold safely below (or, alas, misrouted onto a different flight entirely.) Delta Air Lines announced this week it will double its charge for a second checked bag to $50 on domestic flights.

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JetBlue CEO Barger Cuts Salary In Half

Gesture Isn't As Empty As You Might Think

It's a show of solidarity that will never, ever be termed 'Tilton-esque.' JetBlue Airways CEO Dave Barger announced this week he has given himself a pay cut, shaving 50 percent from his $500,000 annual base salary days after his airline posted a $7 million loss in the second quarter.

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Lancair To Offer Piston-Powered Evolution

Airframe Will Showcase New Lycoming IE2 Engine

Lancair International says customer response to its new Evolution turboprop has been phenomenal, but some potential builders expressed their desire to build the high-performance homebuilt without a turbine engine. The Bend, OR-based kit maker has responded... teaming up with Lycoming to offer a new piston power plant for the Evolution.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 07.30.08

A New ICON In Light Sport? With Steen Strand Of ICON Aircraft

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.30.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.30.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A New ICON In LSA? 07.30.08 (ANN Special Report, with Steen Strand, COO and VP/Design for ICON Aircraft.)

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Updated REMOS GX Light Sport Aircraft Makes Its Debut

Substantial Improvements Over G3 Predecessor

REMOS CEO Corvin Huber unveiled the new REMOS GX at AirVenture 2008 Tuesday. Among the changes incorporated are a new wing, changes to the fuselage that allow a greatly expanded cargo area, a ground adjustable Sensenich propeller and night VFR certification, plus design features which enhance crew safety in the event of a mishap.

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Officials Hope Helmet Cam Sheds Light On Fatal Accident

23-Year-Old Skydiver Lost On His 299th Jump

Investigators into a deadly skydiving accident last weekend have recovered the victim's helmet-mounted camera, a find they hope will help them understand what went wrong.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.30.08

The Rocket Racer flies at AirVenture.
What would it take to field your own racing team?
And the Martin Jetpack draws a big crowd at AeroShell Square.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.30.08

The Rocket Racer flies at AirVenture.
More demo flights are coming this weekend.
And the Martin Jetpack draws a big crowd at AeroShell Square.


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ANN Special Feature: Steen Strand, Icon Aircraft - 07.30.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Steen Strand, COO and VP/Design for Icon Aircraft about the company's boldly-styled new light sport amphibian, the Icon A5.

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OSHCast 2008 Aero-TV Daily Update: Day Two!

Welcome to Aero-TV's Daily Update from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for Tuesday, July 29th, 2008.

If Tuesday's AirVenture highlights had a theme, it might be aerospace fantasies come to life.

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OSHCast 2008: The Rocket Racing League Roars into Reality

First Public Flight Deemed "Amazing Success"

The Rocket Racing League did it! They flew Tuesday, and they flew up a storm. And make no mistake about it, this was no taxi test.

Aero-TV Salutes The USAF Heritage Flight Program

We Admit It... We Get a Lump In Our Throats Over This Stuff

There can't be a patriotic aviator anywhere in America immune to the "Lump In Your Throat" sensation created by the extraordinary sights, sounds and aura of a USAF Heritage Flight.

OSHCast 2008 Aero-TV Daily Update: Day Two!

Welcome to Aero-TV's Daily Update from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for Tuesday, July 29th, 2008.

If Tuesday's AirVenture highlights had a theme, it might be aerospace fantasies come to life.Given the level of excitement over the Martin Jetpack exhibited by executives of the Experimental Aircraft Association, it was a little surprising to see them caught off-guard by the size of the crowd in AeroShell Square ...

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OSHCast 2008: The Rocket Racing League Roars into Reality

 First Public Flight Deemed "Amazing Success" 

The Rocket Racing League did it! They flew Tuesday, and they flew up a storm. And make no mistake about it, this was no taxi test. Just after 2:30pm, former NASA astronaut Rick Searfoss took off for a demo flight. Despite threatening clouds which imposed a 2,000-foot ceiling on what was supposed to be a 4,000 foot vertical climbout after takeoff, Searfoss did a nice job improvising a "low show" to show off the rocket racer's turns and burns for the crowd. More demos are scheduled later this week for Friday and Saturday.

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OSHCast 2008: Aero-TV Salutes The USAF Heritage Flight Program

We Admit It... We Get a Lump In Our Throats Over This Stuff

There can't be a patriotic aviator anywhere in America immune to the "Lump In Your Throat" sensation created by the extraordinary sights, sounds and aura of a USAF Heritage Flight.

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It Flies! Rocket Racing Makes Its Inaugural Public Flight

This Is Gonna Be Awesome...

Afternoon thunderstorms threatened... but held off long enough for the first public demonstration flight of a rocket racer at AirVenture Tuesday.

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OSHCast 2008 Aero-TV Feature: ICON A5 Unveiled!

Plane Makes Public Debut

Startup light-sport aircraft manufacturer ICON unveiled its original prototype aircraft at Oshkosh during a media-only reception Sunday, ahead of Monday's scheduled public unveiling Monday morning at 10:30 AM on AeroShell Square. 

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Aspen Avionics Adds XM Weather To Evolution Flight Display

Also Adds More Shifts To ABQ Manufacturing Plant

Aspen Avionics, makers of the Evolution Flight Display system, announced Tuesday their new Evolution Weather Receiver. The receiver will deliver the full suite of XM WX Satellite Weather aviation products featuring graphical in-flight weather data, and present integrated weather hazard data on Evolution Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) and Primary Flight Displays (PFDs).

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American Airlines Shifts 777 Maintenance To Tulsa

All Three Bases Should Expect Cuts

What's good for Tulsa is bad for Fort Worth... and may not prove to be so great for Tulsa, either, in the long run. American Airlines said Monday it will relocate maintenance operations for its fleet of Boeing 777s from its Texas headquarters, as part of a long-term plan to trim its operations in a desperate  attempt to save cash.

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HF120 Turbofan Prototypes Paving Way For Cert Testing

GE Honda Aero Notes Success Of Aggressive Program

Through rapid engine prototyping, GE Honda Aero Engines has built and tested eight HF120 engine cores and eight full turbofan engine configurations to prepare for formal certification testing later this year, the company said this week at AirVenture 2008.

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Top USAF Acquisitions Official Resigns

Aides Say Kenneth Miller Was Under Investigation

The fallout from recent scandals involving the US Air Force continues. A senior USAF acquisitions official resigned Monday, less than two months after his civilian boss was forced out of the service.

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First A380 Enters Emirates Fleet

Unveils Shower Spas, Lounges On Flagship Airliner

Emirates Airline took delivery Monday of its first Airbus A380 'superjumbo' at the planemaker's new Jürgen Thomas A380 Delivery Center. 

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AirVenture Forum On Unmanned Planes In NAS Not A Crowd Favorite

A Lesson In Patience, And Due Process... But Is Anyone Listening?

A beautiful opening day at Oshkosh, and it's about 4:10 pm. I'm late for my last forum of the day. This forum deals with unmanned aircraft in the NAS, and is a subject that I'm really interested in, as someone who works with UAVs.

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EAA Stresses Benefits Of Insurance Package

Promises No 'Cookie Cutter Approach' For Members

Bob Mackey of Falcon Insurance, and Agent for EAA, announced at Oshkosh Tuesday EAA Insurance is dedicated to making sure every individual under their plan has the correct and most affordable insurance on the market.

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Klyde Morris (07.30.08)

For One, Komet Pilots Didn't Wear DKNY MEN Uniforms...

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Found Aircraft Canada Earns Amended TC For Expedition E350

Piston Single A Worthy Successor To The Bush Hawk-XP

Found Aircraft's Drew Hamblin, Director of Marketing and Sales, announced the granting of a type certification amendment (TC) by Transport Canada for the FBA-2C3 Expedition E350 aircraft at AirVenture Tuesday.

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Say... Something's Different...

ANN Revamps Layout, Adds OSHCasts To Daily Coverage

We know, we know... it's completely uncharacteristic for us here at ANN to do ANYTHING quietly. After all, when you have Jim Campbell for a boss, one grows accustomed to living life at setting 14 on a proverbial scale of 1-10 (for better and for worse.)

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S-TEC Says Merger With Chelton Nearly Complete

Will Give Company Access To New Markets

Autopilot manufacturer S-TEC told attendees at EAA AirVenture 2008 this week the company has essentially completed its merger with Chelton Flight Systems, and the newly-joined companies are ready to get down to business from a centralized facility.

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Colorado FBO Ramps Up For Democratic National Convention

Denver AirCenter Preparing For Thousands Of Travelers

Executive fixed-based operator Denver AirCenter, located at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, tells ANN they are busily preparing for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver this August. The DNC is expected to bring thousands of travelers to the area, many of whom will arrive on private and corporate aircraft that will land at Denver AirCenter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.30.08)

Aero-Linx!

The National Sundowners' web site is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history of National Airlines’ stewardesses and flight attendants.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.30.08): Cannibalize

Aero-Terms!

To take serviceable components from one unit and use them on another. Military and industrial surplus equipment is often used as a source of components that can only be obtained by cannibalizing defunct equipment.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.30.08)

"What does this mean for GA? This means that you still have a voice. Anything that is submitted by SC-203 has to go through an approval process through the FAA. This is where you can express your opinion."

Source: ANN Correspondent Valentino Valencia, regarding what general aviation pilots can do to voice their concerns about unmanned aerial vehicles operating in the National Airspace System. A Monday forum on the subject at EAA AirVenture 2008 was attended by eight people, plus Valentino... a disturbing sign that while many pilots have expressed real concerns about remotely piloted aircraft flying near manned planes, few showed much of an interest in learning more about the issue.

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