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October 03, 2008

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 10.03.08

No More VAAB, With Valkaria Airport Manager Steve Borowski

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.03.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.03.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- No More VAAB: 10.03.08 (ANN Special Report, with Steve Borowski, manager of the Valkaria Airport in Florida.)

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Feds Seize Businessman's G-IV On Drug Transport Charges

Attorneys Ask Permission For Family To Keep Flying

A California businessman has asked the court's permission for his family to continue flying his Gulfstream G-IV, even after the high-dollar bizjet was seized in July over charges it was used to transport narcotics.

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Jacksonville Aviation Authority Lays Off Workers

Exact Number Unreported; Falloff In Traffic Cited

It's no secret that fewer people are flying today... be it on the airlines, or in their own private or rented aircraft. But that may not be the entire reason why one city has started cutting back its aviation advisory council.

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FreeFlight Offers New RA 4000 Radar Altimeter For Sale

Unit Provides Vital Information When It's Needed Most

Avionics manufacturer FreeFlight Systems announced this week the availability of the newly-certified RA 4000 Radar Altimeter. The FAA awarded FreeFlight Systems a technical standard order (TSO-C87) authorization for the RA 4000 in late August.

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Boeing Receives Contract For Third Mach 6 Missile Test

DARPA Follow-On Deal For HyFly Valued At $18.3 Million

Boeing was recently awarded an $18.3 million follow-on contract from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to conduct a third powered flight of the HyFly hypersonic missile. HyFly is powered by a Dual Combustion Ramjet (DCR) engine.

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Boeing Q3 Deliveries Plummet On IAM Strike

Company Delivers 25 Fewer Planes Than Last Year

Any plans Boeing had to make 2008 a record year for aircraft deliveries appear gone for good, in the wake of an ongoing machinists strike.

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Frontier Airlines Reaches Tentative Concessions With TWU

Dispatchers Will Now Vote On Agreement

Frontier Airlines announced this week it has reached a tentative agreement with one of its unions for long-term wage and benefit concessions.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.03.08

A DNA test may end the Fossett mystery.
NATCA accuses the FAA of a double standard.
And Chicago strikes a deal to privatize Midway Airport.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.03.08

A DNA test may end the Fossett mystery.
NATCA accuses the FAA of a double standard.
And Chicago strikes a deal to privatize Midway Airport.


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ANN Special Feature: Steve Borowski, Valkaria Airport - 10.03.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Steve Borowski, manager of the Valkaria Airport in Florida, which is now moving ahead without its antagonistic advisory board.

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AOPA To Expand Its Presence At NBAA

Pilot Advocacy Group Reaches Out To All Flyers

Fully 70 percent of all general aviation flight hours are in support of business activities. That includes everything from the Fortune 500 company with a fleet of business jets and professional staff pilots... to the salesman with a VFR private pilot certificate and a 5,000 square mile territory.

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AEA To Distribute Copies Of Avionics Guide At NBAA

Available At AEA Booth 4205 During Convention Next Week

The Aircraft Electronics Association’s 2008/2009 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics is a complimentary annual avionics publication, which is distributed during the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention. The Pilot's Guide is available at no charge to pilots, avionics technicians, AEA members and attendees of NBAA's trade show.

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NASA's MESSENGER Spacecraft Returns To Mercury

Second Of Three Flybys Coming Early Next Week

A NASA spacecraft will conduct the second of three flybys of Mercury on October 6 to photograph most of its remaining unseen surface and collect science data.

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BLR Aerospace To Take Orders For King Air 90 Winglets At NBAA

Space Is Limited... So Order Soon!

Operators of King Air 90s may soon significantly increase aircraft performance and cost savings by installing Winglet Systems from BLR Aerospace.

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The KC-10 Extender Shows Aero-TV It's Multi-Mission Tanker Role (Part 3)

Cool: A KC-10 Flight Engineer Explains life Aboard A Multi-Mission Tanker

One of the highlights of the 2008 Oshkosh Fly-In was the chance to get up close and personal with all manner of military aircraft -- the same birds that can be called upon at a moment's notice to serve and protect this nation...

The KC-10 Extender Shows Aero-TV Its Multi-Mission Tanker Role (Part 3)

Cool: A KC-10 Flight Engineer Explains Life Aboard A Multi-Mission Tanker 

While the fighters get most of the glory and the bombers get some notice here and there, rarely do we hear about the tankers. Take the KC-10 for instance...

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Viking's New Twin Otter Prototype Makes Its First Flight

"Series 400" Amphib Takes To The Skies In Front Of Cheering Employees

Perhaps it's not wholly accurate to call the inaugural flight of Viking's DHC-6 Series 400 a true "first flight;" after all, the plane's fundamental design is over 40 years old. But don't tell that to the dozens of cheering workers who watched the plane ascend for its first time this week.

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Intrepid Returns To Her Berth At Pier 86

Two-Year Retrofit For Museum Ship Complete

All told, it was a far smoother journey back home for the USS Intrepid... than the trip out was, almost two years ago.

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Consortium Presents $2.52 Billion Bid For Chicago Midway

City Hopes For FAA Approval By Year's End

Furthering its reputation for creativity in disposing of its airports, Chicago's Daley regime (er, administration) reports reaching a landmark agreement to privatize Midway Airport.

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Canadian Charter Upstart Places Five-Plane D-Jet Order

Also Includes Options For 10 More Aircraft

SwiftJet and Diamond Aircraft announced a new order this week for the single-engine Diamond D-Jet, to support the launch of SwiftJet's new charter travel service across Canada. 

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Phenom 100, 300 Light Jets To Make First US Appearance At NBAA 2008

Aircraft To Join Embraer's Legacy 600 In Static Display At ORL

For the first time in the United States, Embraer will display its upcoming Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet at NBAA 2008. The two new aircraft will join Embraer's Legacy 600 on the ramp at the Orlando Executive Airport (ORL.)

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Klyde Morris (10.03.08)

The Party Hasn't Stopped Yet At SpaceX...

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Woman Describes Creepy FA Encounter On JetBlue Flight

Male Attendant Admits To Making Sexual Advances

After seven months of keeping it to herself, a New Jersey woman has come forward with details of what sounds like a really creepy encounter with a male flight attendant.

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NASA Assigns Crew For STS-129 Mission

Discovery Scheduled To Lift Off In One Year

NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle Discovery's STS-129 mission. The flight will deliver two experiment racks to the International Space Station.

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NBAA To Honor Flying Safety Award Recipients At 2008 Meeting

Eight Member Companies To Be Honored For 50+ Years Of Safe Flying

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) recently announced the recipients of the Association’s 2008 Flying Safety Awards Program. The award recipients will be formally recognized during NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL, which will take place from Monday, October 6 to Wednesday, October 8.

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Boeing Consolidates Aviation Training Organizations Under Alteon

Will Retain Place As Business Unit Of BCAS

Boeing announced Thursday it is combining Alteon, its wholly-owned training subsidiary, and existing training groups within Boeing Commercial Airplanes to form a new, unified training organization. The new training organization retains the Alteon name as a business unit within Boeing Commercial Aviation Services.

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Embry-Riddle, Partners To Demo Weather Advisory Info To FAA

New Tools Key To Better Air Traffic Control, Reduced Fuel Use

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced this week it will demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) its progress in developing air traffic control tools capable of reducing weather-related flight delays, reducing aircraft fuel consumption, and improving the efficiency of flight operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.03.08)

Aero-Linx!

Come join us as we welcome back the USAF Thunderbirds to the 24th annual Ron Carter Wings Over Houston Airshow! This year's array of airshow talent features an impressive parade of modern civilian aerobatic and state-of-the-art military hardware. Watch the precision formation flight of the USAF Thunderbirds. Marvel at the thunderous turns of modern military fighters such as the F-18 and A-10. Thrill to the stomach-wrenching flips of aerobatic pilots with famous names like Sean Tucker, Julie Clark, and John McGillis.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.03.08): Simulated Flameout

Aero-Terms!

A practice approach by a jet aircraft (normally military) at idle thrust to a runway. The approach may start at a runway (high key) and may continue on a relatively high and wide downwind leg with a continuous turn to final. It terminates in landing or low approach. The purpose of this approach is to simulate a flameout.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.03.08)

"This is a special moment for all at Viking, and physically represents the many months of hard work by Viking employees since the announcement of Series 400 aircraft program late last year."

Source: David Curtis, president & CEO of Viking Air, speaking after the first flight Wednesday of the company's DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter prototype.

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