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August 19, 2008

ATA Predicts Drop In Labor Day Air Travel

Passengers Showing Disgust At Fees By Staying Home?

Several US domestic airlines have announced capacity cuts to be implemented in September, but passengers aren't waiting.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 08.19.08

Three Questions For AOPA Fly-In Attendees

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.19.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.19.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- "Three Questions" For AOPA Fly-In Attendees: 08.19.08 (ANN Special Report, Jim Campbell asks three questions of pilots attending the annual Aircraft Owners

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Truck Vs. Turbo Commander Collision Grounds NDOT Plane

Wind Blows Vehicle Into Parked Aircraft's Prop

If you've ever spent time in some of the more desolate locales in Nevada, you know how strong the winds can be... and the state's Department of Transportation can attest to that fact as well.

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BTS Says June 2008 Airline Employment Numbers Show Incremental Rise

0.1 Percent Increase Over 2007 Smallest In Over A Year

US scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.1 percent more workers in June 2008 than in June 2007, the 17th consecutive increase in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, according to the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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FAA Orders Southwest To Pay Fine By August 29

Faces DOJ Action; Airline Considers Options

When you don't pay your bills, you run the risk of having creditors call. When an airline doesn't pay an FAA-mandated fine, it runs the risk of drawing the ire of the US Attorney's office.

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Couple Freed After Spending Three Hours Hanging From High-Voltage Lines

Plane Became Entangled On Approach To Land In Germany

A dangerous accident and potentially life-threatening situation came to a happy ending this weekend, after rescuers were able to extract a couple from their Europa light aircraft that became entangled in high-voltage power lines near Ulm, Germany.

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Chicago Officials Draw Flak Over Show Attendance Numbers

Estimate 3.1 Million Came To 50th Annual Air & Water Show

Hey, maybe they all came out to see Bill Murray's parachute jump. Attendance figures cited by the city of Chicago for last weekend's 50th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show invited skepticism, and called attention to the imperfect (cough) science of gauging crowd attendance at air shows and other large public events.

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Northwest Asks Clear Channel To Pull MSP 'Anti-McCain' Ad

Group Says Similar Ad Placed At DEN For Obama, Too

An anti-nuclear group's efforts to garner political attention from the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has raised eyebrows, and ire.

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Grob Aerospace Files For Insolvency

CEO "Confident This Disruption Can Be Overcome"

Aero-News has confirmed storied German planemaker Grob Aerospace filed for insolvency Tuesday, citing delays in the development of its all-composite Grob spn very light jet.

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General Dynamics To Acquire Jet Aviation For $2.25 Billion

Aims To Create Worldwide Bizjet Support Network

General Dynamics announced Tuesday it has agreed to acquire Zurich, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation for approximately $2.25 billion in cash, in a move aimed at strengthening the company's presence in the lucrative international business jet service market.

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More Buyouts: Woodward Acquires MPC Products Corporation

Combination To Expand Focus In Aerospace Market

Woodward Governor Company announced Tuesday it plans to acquire aerospace electronics supplier MPC Products Corporation, in a transaction valued at approximately $383 million.

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Eclipse Supplier Says Planemaker 'Substantially' Reducing Production

Cutting Purchases For Rest Of Year, First Half Of '09

A picture of future events for Albuquerque, NM-based Eclipse Aviation is starting to come together. On Tuesday, composites supplier Albany International Corp. said its sales growth for the remainder of the year will take a significant hit, due to cutbacks in planned production rates at Eclipse.

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Avidyne Briefs Aero-TV On The New Entegra IFD8000 and PFD4000 Systems

Compact 8" PFD4000 Joins Massive 15" Systems From Avidyne -- With Synthetic Vision!

It's been an interesting year for a renewed and reinvigorated Avidyne. Avidyne Corporation had a message for pilots, manufacturers, and the general aviation industry as a whole, at AirVenture 2008: the company's back, and anyone who had written them off should take notice.

Avidyne Briefs Aero-TV On The New Entegra IFD8000 and PFD4000 Systems

Compact 8" PFD4000 Joins Massive 15" Systems From Avidyne -- With Synthetic Vision!

It's been an interesting year for a renewed and reinvigorated Avidyne. Avidyne Corporation had a message for pilots, manufacturers, and the general aviation industry as a whole, at AirVenture 2008: the company's back, and anyone who had written them off should take notice.

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Presidential Candidates Talk Space Amid Russian Tensions

"Is The Gap Going To Be 5-6 Years... Or 3-4?"

There's no other way to say it: NASA's planned reliance on Russian Soyuz capsules to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, once the space shuttle is retired in 2010, is looking increasingly dubious in the face of that country's continued strong-arm tactics in the former Soviet state (and US ally) of Georgia.

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Pentagon Disputes Iranian Rocket Claims

Says Test Of Satellite-Capable Booster Failed

With most of the world's attention this weekend focused on Russia's military action in the former Soviet state of Georgia -- and, oh yeah, the Olympics -- Iran announced Sunday it successfully tested a rocket capable of lifting a satellite into orbit. But officials in the United States say that's highly unlikely.

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Lockheed Rolls Out Fourth F-35 Lightning II

Says Production Line Is Filling Up

With one F-35 Lightning II aircraft in structural testing, two in flight test, six in final assembly and another 14 in various stages of production, Lockheed Martin added to the program's momentum Saturday by finishing assembly of the fourth F-35 aircraft, a short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B.

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Avemco Offers New Insurance For Aircraft Traders

Offers Add'l Coverage For Non-Dealer Sellers

Avemco Insurance Company recently launched a new specialty insurance product for aircraft traders -- insurance coverage for those aircraft owners who buy and sell aircraft on a part-time or sideline basis. 

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Boeing, Machinists To Begin Final Negotiations On New Contract

Union Compares Venue To "Hotel California" -- But Not As Enjoyable

"It's a lockdown." That's how International Association of Machinists (IAM) leader Tom Wroblewski terms a planned meeting this Thursday between union leaders and executives at Boeing, where they hope to hash out a new contract and avoid a crippling strike.

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Inner-City Students Meet At KSU-Salina For 10-Day Aviation Camp

Aerospace Flight Academy Offers Chance For Students To Experience "The Power Of Flight"

More than 40 high school students from inner-city neighborhoods of Washington, DC visited Kansas State University at Salina recently, to learn firsthand about the power of flight.

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Industry Organizations Share AirVenture Enthusiasm With Students, Part Two

A Science Teacher And State of Kentucky Team Up To Promote Aviation Education

On Monday, ANN examined efforts by the Thomas Wathen Foundation to extol the virtues of flight to students. Our next story is about the role of a teacher (with great networking skills) as a champion for aviation education.

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Remains Discovered By Pilots Identified

They Went Looking For Gold... And Found A Mummy

The identity of human remains from a 60-year-old crash site in Alaska have finally been identified. In this case, DNA analysis and advanced fingerprinting techniques appear to have finished the race in a dead heat.

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USAF Announces Future UAV Formal Training Unit

Holloman AFB Selected For Predator/Reaper Ops

General John D.W. Corley, Air Combat Command commander, with concurrence from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, announced Monday that Holloman AFB near Alamogordo, NM has been selected as the preferred potential location for an additional unmanned aircraft system formal training unit.

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FlyRight To Offer Industry-First Recurrent Program

Training Center Receives FAA & Insurance Approval For QRT

FlyRight Inc. tells ANN the company received FAA certification and insurance company approvals last week for its Quarterly Recurrent Training (QRT) program for King Air pilots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.19.08)

Aero-Linx!

The European Airshow Council consists of a group of like-minded people that meet annually and understand that everyone involved in Airshows should be striving to achieve standards of excellence in their activities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.19.08): Heliopause

Aero-Terms!

The boundary theorized to be roughly circular or teardrop-shaped, marking the edge of the sun's influence, perhaps 100 AU from the sun.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.19.08)

"Sometimes it's difficult to know what a politician will actually do once in office because they say different things at different times to different people."

Source: Republican presidential candidate and Arizona senator John McCain, speaking Monday to reporters along Florida's "Space Coast."

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