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September 09, 2008

Rockwell Collins Joins With King Schools On Pro Line 21 Training

Team Up To Offer Online Instruction For Owners/Operators

Rockwell Collins and King Schools recently entered into an agreement offering on-line computer-based training (CBT). The agreement improves and extends training opportunities for owners/operators by providing direct access to King Schools aviation training and Rockwell Collins OEM avionics training modules.

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Massport Waives Fees To Lure Carrier To Worcester Regional Airport

Direct Air To Launch Service To Florida In November

The state of Massachusetts has tried since 2006 to lure a new commercial airline to Worcester Regional Airport (ORH,) located about 45 miles west of Boston. And the state's transportation authority, Massport, was willing to put some skin in the game to make it happen.

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Two Injured In DA20 Downing Near Pueblo

Aircraft Impacted Short Of The Runway

A flight instructor and student pilot were injured late Monday morning when their Diamond DA20-C1 impacted short of the runway while attempting to land at Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB).

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NASA Debuts 50th Anniversary Art Book

Space-Inspired Artwork Pays Tribute To Exploration

To celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary in October, the agency is releasing the book "NASA/ART - 50 Years of Exploration," a historic collection of almost a half-century of space-inspired artwork.

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Gustav Damage Assessment Continues In Louisiana

CAP Wings Now Preparing For Ike

Members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Louisiana Wing continued Hurricane Gustav damage assessment missions Monday with seven new photo sites, primarily for the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals. To date, the wing has flown four days, 42 sorties and more than 83 hours in CAP Cessna 172s and 182s to photograph dams, river locks, power plants, power lines and gas plants.

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Coast Guard Foundation Establishes Relief Fund After HH-65 Downing

Non-Profit Organization Issues Call for Aid in Time of Crisis

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced Monday it has established an emergency Family Disaster Relief Fund. In response to the September 4 downing of a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter off the coast of Honolulu, the Coast Guard Foundation is asking for financial support to assist the families of the lost crew.

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EAA Sweepstakes Winner Claims His Prize

Greg Thompson Takes Delivery Of His New SR20

Over the past decade or so, Greg Thompson and his wife, Esme, have attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh every year. However, a business trip conflicted with the 2008 convention dates, so they couldn't come... but he was still able to take home a wonderful reminder of this year's event.

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Alaska Airlines Equips Fleet With Runway Awareness Technology

Honeywell System To Enhance Safety Before Takeoff

When you're flying regular commercial service to some of the most desolate regions in the United States... you must be on the forefront of safety, says Alaska Airlines. Continuing the airline's longtime practice of safety innovation, Alaska will be the first major US passenger carrier to equip its entire aircraft fleet with a system designed to help prevent accidents on runways and taxiways.

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Andrew Nelson Joins XCOR As Chief Operating Officer

Former Banker Says Company's Safety Record Speaks For Itself

Building rocket-powered vehicles to take people into space is not the usual career path for a Boston-based investment banker... but Andrew Nelson is not your ordinary gray-suited executive. A competitive sailor, Nelson has long charted his own course, and believes his future lies with Mojave, CA-based aerospace firm XCOR Aerospace.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 09.09.08

A Turbine Toucan Update! With Infinity Entertainment's David Kervinen

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.09.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.09.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Turbine Toucan Update: 09.09.08 (ANN Special Report, with Infinity Entertainment's David Kervinen.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.09.08

United Airlines discovers just how low investor confidence can drop.
Another leak embarrasses NASA's Michael Griffin.
And Boeing suppliers are already adapting to the machinists' stri

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.09.08

United Airlines discovers just how low investor confidence can drop.
Another leak embarrasses NASA's Michael Griffin.
And Boeing suppliers are already adapting to the machinists' stri

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ANN Special Feature: David Kervinen, Turbine Toucan - 09.09.08

OK. So, imagine you start your takeoff roll on a 4,400' runway, climb to 10,000 feet in two minutes, then look down and realize you still had runway left! Welcome to the world of the Turbine Toucan

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Aero-TV Heads Aloft With Sagem's R44 Glass Panel Retrofit

A True Glass Panel Display For GA's Most Popular Helo!

It is, undoubtedly, the world's most popular civil piston helicopter... but the R44 has never sported something that seems all the rage these days... and for a number of reasons. Yup; the R44 is bereft of a glass panel cockpit. For the moment, Heli-Boss Frank Robinson is sticking with steam gauges... which leaves a forward-thinking helo pilot with just one way to get the panel of their dreams... retrofit.

Aero-TV Heads Aloft With Sagem's R44 Glass Panel Retrofit

A True Glass Panel Display For GA's Most Popular Helo!

It is, undoubtedly, the world's most popular civil piston helicopter... but the R44 has never sported something that seems all the rage these days... and for a number of reasons. Yup; the R44 is bereft of a glass panel cockpit. For the moment, Heli-Boss Frank Robinson is sticking with steam gauges... which leaves a forward-thinking helo pilot with just one way to get the panel of their dreams... retrofit.

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Three Of Eight Conspirators Charged In Airliner Bomb Plot

Middling Verdict Follows Lengthy Trial

A British jury convicted three of eight alleged conspirators involved in the August 2006 terror plot against trans-Atlantic airliners, that caused mass confusion and delays in the months following... and worldwide restrictions on liquids in carry-on luggage that continue to this day.

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Confusion Reigns Over Vegas Media's Use Of Term 'Certified' Aircraft

Area Pilots Reach Out To Educate Public About Experimental Planes

In the wake of deadly back-to-back light airplane crashes into residences near North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT) in Nevada last month, and subsequent comments from the county's aviation authority about banning operation of experimental aircraft there, a group of pilots has come together to form a public outreach.

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CAF, US Air Force Museum At Odds Over F-82 Ownership

Court Rules In Favor Of USAFM, But CAF Promises To Appeal

A vertiable dogfight is playing out between the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) and the United States Air Force Museum, with both sides going to court to determine which entity owns a unique World War II/Korean War-era F-82 "Twin Mustang."

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Advent Launch Services Methane-Fueled Rocket Engine Explodes

Company Founder Uninjured In Blast

A fledgling private spacecraft company's quest for cheaper paths to space appears to have suffered a setback.

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Sikorsky Completes First Flight Of Naval Hawk Helo

Seahawk Variant To Be Delivered In Q1 2009

Another week... another first flight for a new Sikorsky helicopter. The helomaker announced Monday it recently completed the first flight of a Naval Hawk S-70B helicopter. This initial helicopter was built at the Sikorsky HAWK WORKS at Schweizer Aircraft.

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ERAU Offers New Online Aircraft Ground Schools

Covers Most New Boeing, Airbus Airliners

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Campus, through its Office of Professional Education, is expanding its online course offerings to support the continuing education of professional pilots.

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Flight Diverts After Fight Breaks Out Between Family Members

JetBlue Apparently NOT The Airline Of Brotherly Love

A failed attempt to sneak a quick smoke inside a airplane lavatory appears to have led to the diversion of a JetBlue flight between Boston and Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

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Boeing To Provide C-17 Aircrew Training to RAAF

Hardware Coming From Flight Safety Int'l

Boeing recently announced that it has been awarded a $33 million US Air Force Foreign Military Sales contract to provide a C-17 Aircrew Training System (ATS) to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The contract marks the first international sale of the system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.09.08)

Aero-Linx! 

Read about aces like Pappy Boyington, Butch O'Hare,  Chuck Yeager, Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron), Eddie Rickenbacker, & Erich Hartmann, or about pioneering aviators like Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes. Or great planes like the P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, B-17 Flying Fortress, and the Sopwith Camel.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.09.08): Trojan Satellites

Aero-Terms!

Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.09.08)

"[W]hen you are physically watching young Muslims known to be extremists recording suicide videos, there comes a point in a plot when you have to interfere, and run with what evidence you can get."

Source: An unnamed counter-terrorism official, commenting on Monday's verdicts against three of eight conspirators charged in the foiled August 2006 terror pilot against airliners flying between Britain and the United States. While officials welcomed the guilty verdicts that did come down, they expressed shock and anger the jury was not swayed by what appeared to be overwhelming evidence against all eight members of the clandestine terror cell suspected of planning the attacks. That evidence included copies of "martydom" videos made by all but one o

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