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August 15, 2008

Cassini Pinpoints Source Of Jets On Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Photos Reveal "Tiger Stripe" Fissures On Moon's Surface

In a feat of interplanetary sharpshooting, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has pinpointed precisely where the icy jets erupt from the surface of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus.

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Union Says Airline Is Telling Pilots 'Call In Sick - And You're Fired'

Says Spirit Management Continues To Threaten Pilots

Pilots at Spirit Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, responded Thursday to what it called "continued threats of retribution from Spirit management." The union says pilots calling in sick are facing investigations and possible disciplinary actions.

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Poland Ups The Missile Ante With US Agreement

Will Allow Missile Defense System; Russia Not Pleased

Brrr... did it just get a bit chilly in here? A Russian general says Poland's agreement to allow US missile defense batteries to be placed in the formerly communist country may expose Poland to just such an attack.

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Poll Shows Most Fliers Want Separate Section For Children

But Idea Is Probably Unworkable In Practice

Not that we're against children flying... but many on the ANN staff admit to a sense of dread whenever we see a family with a baby or young child seated near us on a commercial airliner. Apparently, we're not alone -- a new poll by airfarewatchdog.com reveals the frustration most passengers feel when seated next to an active child or crying baby while flying.

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Arianespace Successfully Launches Superbird-7, AMC-21 Satellites

Fifth Launch Of 2008

On Thursday evening, August 14, Arianespace orbited two communications satellites, primarily intended for TV broadcast services: Superbird-7 for Japanese operator Space Communications Corporation (SCC), within the scope of a contract with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO), and AMC-21 for American operator SES AMERICOM, a company of the SES group.

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FAA Admits Obama MD-81 Incident Was 'Emergency'

Cockpit Recording Portrays Calm, Professional Flight Pilot

ABC News broke the "news" Thursday that last month's incident involving a Midwest Airlines MD-81 chartered for Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was an actual emergency... but upon listening to the tapes, ANN was most impressed by the cool professionalism of the plane's flight crew in handling the crisis.

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FAA Awards Contract For New PBI Control Tower

To Be Commissioned In 2011

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded an $18.1 million contract to construct a new airport traffic control tower at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 08.15.08

Robinson Takes Off, With Helicopter Innovator Frank Robinson

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.15.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.15.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Robinson Takes Off: 08.15.08 (ANN Special Report, with Robinson Helicopter founder Frank Robinson.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.15.08

American Airlines is hit with big fines.
Eclipse introduces its new reclusive PR style.
And US airline travel dropped again in May.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.15.08

American Airlines is hit with big fines.
Eclipse introduces its new reclusive PR style.
And US airline travel dropped again in May.


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ANN Special Feature: Frank Robinson, Robinson Helicopters - 08.15.08

It's hard to know whether Frank Robinson had any idea in 1979 that his little company would become the world's largest builder of civilian helicopters by unit volume. Eight-thousand machines later,

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ELITE Releases GNS 430 Software For Training Devices

Systems To Be Shipped Starting In November

ELITE announced Thursday availability of the long awaited Garmin GNS 430 GPS for its ELITE Premium, ELITE Core and ELITE Basic ATD software.

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Fuel Prices Lead To Decline In Air Freight Business

Even With Soaring Diesel Prices, Other Methods Are A LOT Cheaper

There's no doubt about it... continuing spikes in oil prices have hit everyone hard. From the gasoline we put in our cars and planes, to the oil used to heat our homes, it's clear -- petroleum costs dough.

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Garmin Briefs Aero-TV On The G600

Garmin’s G600 Receives Certification, Deliveries Begin

During the heady days of Oshkosh 2008, Garmin confirmed to ANN that it had received FAA Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certification with an Approved Model List (AML STC) for the G600. The FAA’s approval allows the G600 to be installed in 785 different makes and models of normal and utility category aircraft, including twin combustion engine and turbo-prop engine aircraft with a certification weight up to 12,500 lbs.

Garmin Briefs Aero-TV On The G600

Garmin’s G600 Receives Certification, Deliveries Begin

During the heady days of Oshkosh 2008, Garmin confirmed to ANN that it had received FAA Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certification with an Approved Model List (AML STC) for the G600. The FAA’s approval allows the G600 to be installed in 785 different makes and models of normal and utility category aircraft...

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American Airlines, British Airways And Iberia Sign Joint Business Agreement

Apply For Antitrust Immunity; APA Expresses Doubts

It's official. On Thursday, American Airlines announced it has signed a joint business agreement with British Airways and Iberia on flights between North America and Europe.

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Air Force Completes First Georgia Humanitarian Aid Mission

Russia Continues To Advance Into Country

As Russian tanks and bombers continued their push further into the former Soviet republic of Georgia, a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport jet departed Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and landed at Tbilisi International Airport Wednesday, delivering $1 million in humanitarian aid.

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NASA Postpones Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Launch To 2009

Swaps Launch Slot With USAF Space Drone

Saying the decision provides mutual benefits to the space agency and the Air Force, on Thursday NASA announced it will delay the launch of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter until February 2009 at the earliest, and swap its position on the pad at Cape Canaveral with a USAF spacecraft.

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Liberty Announces Distributor Agreement With Piper-Germany

Establishes European Sales, Support Network For XL2

Liberty Aerospace announced Thursday it has signed an exclusive distributorship agreement with Piper-Germany to sell and distribute the Liberty XL2 to the general aviation market in Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom.

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Klyde Morris (08.15.08)

NASA Eyes Current Global Events With Concern...

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Gone West: Alaska Aviation Pioneer Ray Peterson

Founder Of Northern Consolidated Airlines Was 96

It was an oddly quiet passing, for a man who made quite a mark on Alaska's rich aviation history. Ray Peterson, who built a handful of backwoods cabins into a florishing tourism business and airline, died in his sleep this week in his Anchorage apartment at the age of 96.

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Alaska Airlines Joins AAL In Waiving Third-Bag Fees For Military

Carrier Alters Policy After Seeing Fallout

Realizing it's not good PR to charge luggage fees to soldiers going off to war, Alaska Airlines and regional subsidiary Horizon Air announced Thursday both airlines are waiving service charges on baggage for active members of the US military traveling on orders, allowing them to check up to three pieces of luggage free of charge.

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Boeing Completes First BBJ 3 Ultra-Lux Bizjet

Based On Commercial 737-900ER

Boeing recently completed work on the first BBJ 3, a larger business jet based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER. The airplane is now at DeCrane Aircraft in Georgetown, DE where it will receive its long-range auxiliary fuel system and a Head-up Display.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.15.08)

Aero-Linx!

The National Biplane Association conducts various programs in support of its purpose. The National Convention and Exposition, Biplane Expo, is the largest gathering of a variety of biplanes in the world. It is held annually, on the first weekend of June at Frank Phillips Field in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 50 miles north of Tulsa.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.15.08): Cassegrain

Aero-Terms!

Reflecting scheme in antennas and telescopes having a primary and a secondary reflecting surface to "fold" the EMF back to a focus near the primary reflector.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.15.08)

"We believe our proposed cooperation is an important step towards ensuring that we can compete effectively with rival alliances and manage through the challenges of record fuel prices and growing economic concerns. In addition, we believe we will be more effective competitors with greater ability to invest in our products and services. As a result, this business agreement will create positive outcomes for our customers, shareholders, employees and the communities we serve."

Source: Gerard Arpey, Chairman and CEO of AMR Corp., parent company of American Airlines. On Thursday, American Airlines announced it has signed a joint business agreement with British Airways and Iberia on flights between North America and Europe.

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