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August 06, 2008

Airline On-Time Performance Slips In June, But Beats '07 Figures

Fewer Cases Of Bumpings, Lost Bags Reported

Flights operated by the nation’s largest airlines arrived on time at a higher rate this past June than in June of last year, but at a lower rate than in May 2008, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Tuesday by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).  

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Carson S-61 Down Near NorCal Forest Fire

Four Reported Seriously Injured; Nine Missing

There are conflicting reports of fatalities following the downing of a Sikorsky S-61 firefighting helicopter in Northern California.

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Delayed 787 Center Fuselage Segment Arrives In Everett

Final Assembly Begins On Fourth Test Plane

Following a five-week delay due to damage at the production facility, this week the center-fuselage section of Boeing's fourth 787 Dreamliner arrived at the planemaker's assembly center in Everett, WA.

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Qantas Ponders Moving A380 Operation To SFO

Warns LAX Gate Upgrades Still Must Be Made

Talk about a mixed message. Officials at Qantas have reportedly threatened to move its planned Airbus A380 operation to San Francisco, unless Los Angeles International Airport moves quickly to upgrade its facilities. But a spokesman for LAX says Qantas representatives visited the airport just last week... and praised the airport's progress.

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Report: Pentagon's Revised RFP Favors KC-X Refueling Capabilities

Northrop/EADS Have Reason To Be Happy... Boeing, Not So Much

Details of the Pentagon's revised Request for Proposals on the US Air Force KC-X tanker bid -- leaked to press outlets Wednesday -- likely won't win much favor in the halls of Boeing's corporate headquarters, or among its supporters on Capitol Hill.

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L-3 Avionics Intros Glass Standby Instrument For Part 23 Aircraft

Trilogy ESI-1000 Makes All-Glass Cockpit Possible

L-3 Avionics Systems had more news to announce last week at AirVenture 2008, in addition to its plan to incorporate synthetic vision technology on its SmartDeck glass panel syste. The company also announced the introduction of the Trilogy ESI-1000 Electronic Standby Instrument, the first solid-state integrated standby system created specifically for Part 23 aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 08.06.08

AirVenture 2008 In Review, With EAA's Tom Poberezny And Dick Knapinski

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.06.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.06.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AirVenture 2008 In Review: 08.06.08 (ANN Special Report, with Tom Poberzny, President of the Experimental Aircraft Assocation,

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'Pilots-N-Paws' Offers Lifesaving Flights For Man's Best Friends

Group Flies Strays From Shelters, To Areas Where They Can Be Adopted

Here's a heartwarming tail -- er, tale -- that should bring a smile to even the most downtrodden pilot's face. Jon Wehrenberg flies some unusual, and occasionally loud, packages. On a recent flight to Greensboro, NC, his cargo -- five dogs from a Knoxville, TN animal shelter -- started barking at 13,000 feet, filling the cockpit of his Cessna with a howling cacophony.

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Aero-TV Reviews Our 'OSHCasts' From AirVenture 2008

Let's Look Back At Our First Two Aero-TV 'Dailies' From Oshkosh 2008

Oshkosh 2008 is pretty much over... and it was a great show. So... while the images are still fresh in our minds (and on our video servers), we're going to take a quick look over the daily episodes we produced at Oshkosh 2008 for the rest of this week, while our video crews get a little rest, start editing some new projects and get back to normal. We hope you enjoy these programs as much as we enjoyed producing them.

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EAA: AirVenture 2008 Attendance Dropped Slightly From '07

But Event Saw Growth In Number Of Int'l Visitors

We know it was big. It's big every year. But exactly how big was it this year?

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DOT's Peters Announces Newark Slot Auction

Airlines Threaten Lawsuit

US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has announced an upcoming event the major US airlines hoped would never happen.

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X Prize Foundation Announces Lunar Lander Challenge Teams

10 Teams To Vie For Prize October 24-25

The X Prize Foundation announced Tuesday that 10 teams will compete in the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, which will take place at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM October 24-25, 2008. The Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge is a two-level, two million dollar competition requiring a vehicle to simulate trips between the moon's surface and lunar orbit.

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Obama Changes Tune On NASA Support

"We Cannot Cede Our Leadership In Space"

Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama may have set himself up for charges of being a flip-flopper, when it comes to supporting NASA's quest to return to the Moon.

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Port Authority Also Wants Newark Slot Auctions Blocked

Says It Will Refuse Flights Resulting From Experiment

The airlines aren't the only ones upset about the debut of slot auctions. The Associated Press reports the managers of New York City's big-three airports say they'll fight the experiment.

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Team Talks Perchlorates

Says Discovery Of Potentially Toxic Substance "Is Neither Good Nor Bad For Life"

Following days of speculation about the possibility of conditions on Mars that could support carbon-based life, Phoenix Mars mission scientists spoke Tuesday on research in progress concerning an ongoing investigation of perchlorate salts detected in soil analyzed by the wet chemistry laboratory aboard NASA's Phoenix Lander. 

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Sikorsky's H-53 Inducted Into USAF National Museum

Helo Performed Many CSAR Missions During Service

A battle-proven and time-tested Sikorsky Aircraft H-53 helicopter that accomplished Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) and other demanding missions during the past several decades has been inducted into the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH.

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Kelly Manufacturing Announces Lightweight All-Electronic AI

Maker Of RC Allen Instruments To Market LCD Horizon, Battery Backup

Jim Turner, General Manager of Kelly Manufacturing Co/RC Allen Instruments, displayed the company’s new RCA 2600 Series Digital Horizon at AirVenture 2008. This all electronic attitude indicator is designed to be a direct replacement for any 3 1/8 inch electric attitude instrument. It also meets the replacement requirements for electrically driven turn and bank "rate" indicators as listed in FAA Advisory Circular AC 91-75, "Attitude Indicator."

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Delta To Offer Wireless Internet On Domestic Flights

Service Coming As Early As September On MD88s, MD90s

Delta Air Lines says it will begin offering wireless broadband Internet service on domestic flights as early as next month. The Washington Post reports that makes Delta the first US carrier airline to commit its entire fleet to the technology.

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Eclipse Aviation Names Canadian Designated Service Center

Harbour Air Of Vancouver To Provide MRO Services

Eclipse Aviation announced to its customers last week at EAA AirVenture 2008 that Harbour Air of Vancouver, British Columbia, will be Eclipse’s first Designated Service Center for the Eclipse 500 in North America.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.06.08)

Aero-Linx! 

Pacific Southwest Airlines began initial operations on May 6, 1949, flying a leased DC-3 aircraft with a seating capacity of 31 once a week between San Diego and Oakland via Hollywood/Burbank. This website is a fantastic history of the airline, featuring a year by year timetable of major events within the company.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.06.08): Localizer Offset

Aero-Terms!

An angular offset of the localizer from the runway extended centerline in a direction away from the no transgression zone (NTZ) that increases the normal operating zone (NOZ) width. An offset requires a 50 foot increase in DH and is not authorized for CAT II and CAT III approaches.  

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.06.08)

"The concern was that 2008 would be less than a banner year, because of questions and challenges in areas such as fuel prices and the economy, but it turned out to be an overwhelming week. Each day on the grounds was filled with outstanding activities that made every day at AirVenture a unique event in itself. This year's 'Oshkosh' was the shot of enthusiasm, inspiration, and economic boost that aviation needed."

Source: EAA President Tom Poberezny. On Tuesday, the Experimental Aircraft Association released official figures on attendance for AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, which officially wrapped up Sunday afternoon. Overall attendance is estimated at 540,000, which is a slight drop from last year but on par with 2006. More than 10,000 aircraft arri

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