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August 14, 2008

FAA Seeks $7.1 Million Penalty Against American Airlines

Goes After Carrier For Deferred Maintenance, Other Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday actions totaling $7.1 million in civil penalties against American Airlines for improperly deferring maintenance on safety-related equipment and deficiencies with its drug and alcohol testing programs and exit lighting inspections.

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Raburn: Though Nominated, I Will Not Run

Denies Rumors About Offshore Move

Responding to a number of reports by various media outlets -- both within and without the aviation industry -- on Thursday Eclipse Aviation issued a terse statement to the press, asserting the company has no plans to move production outside the US.

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Rare Luscombe T8F Observer To Be Awarded In Raffle

Luscombe Endowment Offers Opportunity To WIN ME!

The not-for-profit Luscombe Endowment told ANN this week of its latest effort to spur aviation education, and preserve the classic planes... and it's a beaut.

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BTS Notes Monthly Decline In Airline Traffic Numbers

But Overall Numbers Still Up For 2008

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on US airlines during the first five months of 2008 grew by 0.1 percent from the same period in 2007, reaching 310.4 million, 0.3 million more than a year earlier, the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Thursday.

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Investment Firm Predicts Better Times Ahead For Airlines

Lower Oil Prices Could Mean Profits... Even For United

We may have seen the darkest of days for the nation's airlines. That's the word from one analyst with Morgan Stanley, who predicted Monday 2009 could be a profitable year for many airlines.

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Airmen Help Iraqi Pilot Earn His Wings

And It Wasn't Your Typical Checkride

Dressed in a tan flight suit adorned with the Iraqi Flag, an LA Dodgers hat and aviator sunglasses, one pilot is helping his country take a step closer to having an independent air force. With help from US Airmen, Iraqi Air Force Maj. Thagel took his last training flight prior to being certified as a mission commander in the Iraqi air force July 20.

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Investigators Say No Mayday Prior To Fatal MA Accident

ATC Warned Pilot Of Altitude Deviation

Controllers received no indications of difficulty from the pilot of a Beechcraft BE35 Bonanza that crashed Tuesday morning in Easton, MA... but they definitely knew something was wrong.

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Goodrich, Rolls-Royce Propose Engine Controls Partnership

Sign LOI For Joint Venture

Goodrich Corporation and Rolls-Royce plc announced Thursday both companies have signed a Letter of Intent proposing the formation of a joint venture company, which would develop and supply engine controls for Rolls-Royce aero engines.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 08.14.08

A Privately-Funded Commercial Airport, With Jeff Bourke, Executive Director of Branson Airport LLC in Missouri

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.14.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.14.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Privately-Funded Commercial Airport: 08.14.08 (ANN Special Report, with With Jeff Bo

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.14.08

A maintenance audit of Qantas is turning up a few problems.
The US Air Force will be "reinvigorated."
And pilot hirings by US airlines have slowed abruptly.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.14.08

A maintenance audit of Qantas is turning up a few problems.
The US Air Force will be "reinvigorated."
And pilot hirings by US airlines have slowed abruptly.


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ANN Special Feature: Jeff Bourke, Branson Airport LLC - 08.14.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Jeff Bourke, Executive Director of Branson Airport LLC in Missouri. This company is building the first US commercial airport to be financed privately, without FAA grants

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AAL: Flight 31 Crew Handled Emergency Properly

Passengers Hurt In Slide Evacuation

American Airlines has determined oil residue heated by an engine caused Flight 31, bound from Los Angeles to Honolulu, to return to Los Angeles International Airport on August 5. The odor of the oil and a smoky haze was taken into the cabin through the air conditioning system.

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NTSB: PA-23 Broke Apart Prior To Impact In NC Mishap

Pilot Reported Severe Turbulence Before Fatal Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of a 1955 Piper PA-23-180 Geronimo twin reported severe turbulence in the vicinity of thunderstorms shortly before the aircraft apparently broke apart in midair, and crashed in western North Carolina last month.

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Dassault Falcon To Open Service Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Facility To Support 'Soaring' Demand for Falcons

Dassault Falcon revealed plans this week to establish a factory-owned Falcon Service Center at Sorocaba Airport (SOD) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new service center will help to support a fast-growing Falcon fleet in Brazil, that the company anticipates will double in size to over 50 airplanes in the next three years.

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United Names Former USAF Thunderbird As VP of Flight Operations

Howard Attarian Tasked With Coordinating Flight Standards

United Airlines announced this week that Howard Attarian has been named vice president of Flight Operations. In this role, Attarian will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of United's Flight Operations division, including pilot domiciles, flight standards and flight technical.

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AD: Diamond

AD NUMBER: 2008-16-20 MANUFACTURER: Diamond SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-16-20 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-02 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-02 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2008-16-11 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-16-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-8-61, DC-8-61F, DC-8-63, DC-8-63F, DC-8-71F, and DC-8-73F airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-16-14 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-16-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 747 series airplanes.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2008-16-19 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-16-19 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: 328 Support Services GmbH

AD NUMBER: 2008-17-01 MANUFACTURER: 328 Support Services GmbH SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-17-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all AvCraft Dornier Model 328-100 airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-13-09 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-13-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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Aero-TV Goes Inside TCM With CEO Rhett Ross (Part 2)

From The O-200 To The IO-550 Series, TCM Is A Major Force In Aviation--Part Two

As we noted in the first part of this program, there have been some big changes at Teledyne Continental Motors over the last year... with the retirement of long-time boss Bryan Lewis, a man with a new vision has taken the reins of one of GA's leading powerplant manufacturers with an eye toward keeping TCM at the forefront of GA tech. In addition to that, TCM's investment in FADEC is paying off as over 100 FADEC equipped Continental engines are now flying the skies, and Cessna has chosen a redesigned Continental O-200D (shown below) to power the SkyCatcher LSA.

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American Surrenders On Bag Fees For Military Personnel

Will Waive Fees For Third Piece Of Checked Luggage

What a difference a couple days -- and highly-focused public outrage -- can make. On Thursday, American Airlines bowed to recent outcry surrounding the Fort Worth-based airline's practice of charging active military personnel a fee to check their baggage when shipping out.

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Aero-TV Goes Inside TCM With CEO Rhett Ross (Part 2)

From The O-200 To The IO-550 Series, TCM Is A Major Force In Aviation--Part Two!

As we noted in the first part of this program, there have been some big changes at Teledyne Continental Motors over the last year... with the retirement of long-time boss Bryan Lewis, a man with a new vision has taken the reins of one of GA's leading powerplant manufacturers with an eye toward keeping TCM at the forefront of GA tech.

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Spectrum Adds New Fleet Deal To Its Order Book

Starfish Aviation Order Includes Freedom, Independence Jets

Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC announced this week a new fleet order for its upcoming S.33 Independence and S.40 Freedom jet aircraft. Illinois-based Starfish Aviation has ordered an undisclosed number of both aircraft, in a deal valued "in the nine-digit range," according to Spectrum president Austin Blue.

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Boeing Swings The Gear On First 787

Look Ma... No Legs!

Progress on Boeing's oft-delayed 787 Dreamliner continues to move slowly towards first flight, scheduled for November. Last weekend, Boeing began tests of the landing gear on the first aircraft, swinging both the nosegear and main landing gear as part of its testing efforts.

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Hartzell Granted Expanded STC For Top Prop On Cessna 180s

Now Available For All TCM O-470-Powered Skywagons

Following extensive engineering development and recent FAA certification, Hartzell Propeller is now offering its 80-inch diameter, wide chord Top Prop 3-blade conversion for all Cessna 180 Skywagons equipped with TCM O-470 engines. This conversion was previously limited to early Cessna 180-180D models.

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Embraer Says Latest Programs On Steady Course

Legacy 450, 500 Major Suppliers Selected

Perhaps hoping to allay concerns in the wake of last week's announcement of restructuring efforts, on Tuesday Brazilian planemaker Embraer said it is steadily moving forward with the development of its recently launched "midlight" Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 executive jets, with the conclusion of the preliminary aircraft design.

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First P-8A Poseidon Moves From Final Assembly To Preflight

Scheduled To Enter Service With US Navy In 2013

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) employees gathered this week in Renton, WA to celebrate the completion of final assembly on the first P-8A Poseidon for the US Navy and its move to preflight work.

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Spokane Turbine Center Purchases Quest Kodiak Simulator

Includes Full Garmin Cockpit

Spokane Turbine Center of Spokane, WA tells ANN it has purchased a Fidelity Flight Simulation full motion flight simulator for the Quest Kodiak. This simulator will be fully type-specific for the Kodiak, including a 3-screen Garmin G1000 avionics display, both Garmin integrated GFC-700 and STec 55x autopilot controls, and 3-axis dynamic control loading in pitch, roll and yaw axes.

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CAPT Announces New Campus At Cecil Field

Offers Alternative To Flagler Facility

The Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) Program announced Wednesday the opening of a new campus at Cecil Field (VQQ) in Jacksonville, FL. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.14.08)

Aero-Linx! 

The Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum is a non-profit organization located at Creve Coeur Airport (1H0).  The museum has on display one of the largest collections of flying antique, classic and sport aircraft in the country. The museum conducts guided tours from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Central), Saturdays, Sundays, or by appointment during the week.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.14.08): Maser

Aero-Terms!

A microwave travelling wave tube amplifier named for its process of Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Compare with Laser. In the Deep Space Network, masers are used as low-noise amplifiers of downlink signals, and also as frequency standards.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.14.08)

"Starfish has a program that is well suited to today's dynamic and demanding transportation marketplace. The Freedom and Independence will perform very effectively for them."

Source: Spectrum Aeronautical president Austin Blue. Spectrum announced this week a new fleet order for its upcoming S.33 Independence and S.40 Freedom jet aircraft. Illinois-based Starfish Aviation has ordered an undisclosed number of both aircraft, in a deal valued "in the nine-digit range."

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