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October 09, 2008

Two Lost In CT-114 Tutor Downing Near Snowbirds Base

Not Confirmed That Jet Was Part Of Canadian Demonstration Team

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.09.08 1815 EDT: Officials confirm a Canadian CT-114 Tutor training jet crashed near 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Thursday afternoon... but there's no word yet on possible survivors.

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AgustaWestland Signs Contracts On 12 New AW139s

Helis To Be Used For Offshore Oil Flights, Medevac Ops

AgustaWestland collected a pair contracts this week that added 12 new AW319 helicopters to its order book.

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F-35A Deployed To Edwards Air Force Base For Expanded Testing

First JSF To Begin Some Serious Flight Testing

Lockheed Martin's F-35A successfully flew from Fort Worth, TX to California's Edwards Air Force Base on October 1, to begin expanded flight testing and initiate test activities at Edwards. Flying non-stop for more than 1,000 nautical miles, this was the aircraft's first long-range, cross-country flight.

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Astronomers Locate Asteroid Hours Before Earth Impact

No Danger... But Not Much Warning, Either

Astronomers made a first-of-its-kind prediction earlier this week, discovering a new space object on a collision course with Earth just hours before the two paths converged.

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Strike May Push Boeing Out Of Washington

Planemaker Strongly Hints At Such During Conference

Boeing is either pursuing an extremely aggressive tactic to bring its striking employees back to the table, or actually considering what in the Pacific Northwest would be unthinkable. Having already moved its corporate headquarters to Chicago a few years ago, Boeing officials are now openly talking about the possibility that it could move aircraft assembly to Alabama, or elsewhere.

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No Surprise: DOT Plans To Go Ahead With Slot Auctions, Against GAO Ruling

Unveils $89 Million Plan To Increase JFK Capacity, Lower Prices

The Bush Administration will commit almost $90 million over the next eight years to expand capacity at John F. Kennedy International Airport, US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Thursday. She also unveiled new rules designed to lower fares, increase consumer choices and improve service for air travelers using JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 10.09.08

NBAA 2008 Very-Light Jets Panel

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.09.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.09.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- NBAA 2008 VLJ Panel: 10.09.08 (ANN Special Report, with Rick Schrameck, CEO of Epic Aircraft; Michael McConnell, President and General Manager, Customer Division, Ec

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Aero-News Alert: TSA Unveils Security Restrictions On Large Aircraft

Requires Implementation Of "Approved" Programs

The days of relatively unfettered travel onboard large business aircraft may soon come to an abrupt end. Thursday morning, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled its proposed rule that will govern operations for all aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, which would require those operators to implement an approved security program.

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NBAA, GAMA Weigh In On TSA Large Aircraft Security NPRM

New TSA Proposal Must Balance Security With Mobility

Add two more aviation "letter groups" to the list of those which plan to carefully review Thursday's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Transportation Security Administration, regarding sweeping changes to security requirements on all aircraft over 12,500 lbs MTOW.

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Governor Announces Nearly $440,000 Investment For Four PA Airports

Program Aims To Spur Growth At Smaller Facilities

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced Thursday that four state airports will begin marketing efforts to raise community awareness and attract more passengers with the help of a federal and state investment of nearly $440,000.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.09.08

We now know more about that biz-jet forced down in Iran.
Could an unfriendly labor market drive Boeing to leave the Pacific Northwest?
And Mesa reaches a new contract agreement with t

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.09.08

We now know more about that biz-jet forced down in Iran.
Could an unfriendly labor market drive Boeing to leave the Pacific Northwest?
And Mesa reaches a new contract agreement with t

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ANN Special Feature: NBAA VLJ Panel I: Credit Crisis - 10.09.08

Today, we'll hear an excerpt from the opening-day VLJ panel at NBAA 2008. Will the worldwide credit crisis impact the rollout of new very light jets? We get answers from Rick Schrameck, CEO of Epic

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Aero-TV Chills Out With NASA-Glenn's Icing Encounter Flight Simulator

A Vital Topic... Deserving Of NASA's Attention (and YOURS)

Late last year, ANN's Aero-TV crews spied a truly marvelous piece of flight simulation technology... NASA Glenn's icing flight training simulator. Demonstrated at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), we were incredibly impressed at the apparent accuracy of the model (ANN's Jim Campbell has plenty of Twin Otter time -- the aircraft used in the icing encounter sim model -- and knows only too well that the icing behavior they displayed is what he has experienced, personally, in real icing conditions).

Aero-TV Chills Out With NASA-Glenn's Icing Encounter Flight Simulator

A Vital Topic... Deserving Of NASA's Attention (and YOURS)

Late last year, ANN's Aero-TV crews spied a truly marvelous piece of flight simulation technology... NASA Glenn's icing flight training simulator. Demonstrated at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), we were incredibly impressed at the apparent accuracy of the model ...

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Mesa Reaches Tentative Deal With Pilots

Next Goes To Rank-And-File For Ratification Vote

Mesa Air Group has reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with its pilots after only 10 months of negotiations, according to a joint release from the airline and the Air Line Pilots Association.

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Diamond Goes With ATP For D-Jet Flight Training

Factory-Authorized Program To Include Pre-Type Rating Training, Mentoring

Diamond Aircraft has announced that ATP (Airline Transport Professionals) will provide factory-authorized initial and recurrent type rating flight training for the Diamond D-Jet personal jet.

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Sagem Awarded STC For Commander 690 ICDS Installations

Glass Cockpit Suite May Include Two, Three Or Four Displays

Sagem Avionics announced this week at NBAA 2008 it has earned a Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA for installation of the company's ICDS glass cockpit avionics suite in the Commander 690 series of turboprop aircraft.

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Nepalese Twin Otter Downing Claims 18

Tourist Plane Crashed On Foggy Approach

A De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter carrying tourists from Germany, Australia and Nepal crashed on approach to land in foggy conditions near Mount Everest Wednesday, claiming the lives of 18 passengers onboard but apparently sparing the life of the pilot.

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Goodrich To Equip Army UH-60s With Vehicle Health Management Systems

Contract Valued At $300 Million Over Program Life

Goodrich Corporation has received a contract from the US Army to provide up to 1,000 Vehicle Health Management Systems (VHMS) for UH-60A/L Black Hawk helicopters. The five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract is potentially valued at up to $300 million and covers deliveries through 2013.

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Chinese Entrepreneur Tries Selling Mao's Plane

But Wants Trident To Go To Preservationist

It was ironic when the personal airliner of former Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong was erected as a static display in the parking lot of an icon of capitalism -- a shopping mall in the seaside city of Zuhai, in southern China.

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded F-16 Production Contract From Lockheed Martin

Follow-On Contract For Wing Components Valued At Over $14 Million

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has awarded Curtiss-Wright Corporation a multi-year production contract valued at over $14 million to provide leading edge flap rotary actuators and attachment tie bars for the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The agreement is a follow-on contract to Curtiss-Wright's existing production contract with Lockheed Martin.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.09.08)

Aero-Linx! 

As universal military service fades from the public experience, many members of the American public will never get to meet their soldiers and learn of our military's legacy of service and contribution to our Country. Our military's deeds will be recorded in history books but our veterans will not be heard.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.09.08): Lubber Line

Aero-Terms!

The reference line used in a magnetic compass or directional gyro to indicate the nose of the aircraft. The heading of the aircraft is shown, in degrees, on the card or dial of the instrument opposite the lubber line.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.09.08)

"Developing flight simulators that incorporate the aerodynamic effects of icing will provide a critical element in pilot training programs by giving pilots a pre-exposure of icing-related hazards, such as ice-contaminated roll upset or tailplane stall. Integrating these effects into training flight simulators will provide an accurate representation of scenarios to develop pilot skills in unusual attitudes and loss-of-control events that may result from airframe icing." Source: From the NASA documentation saupporting the development of an Icing Encounter Flight Simulator at the NASA Glenn Research Center, documented in today's episode of Aero-TV.

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