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November 19, 2008

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AD NUMBER: PL2008-24-51 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2008-24-51 SUMMARY: We received a report of failure of the left-hand fuel pump of the center wing tank (CWT) to shutoff after being selected "OFF" by the flight crew during flight on a Boeing Model 737-700 airplane.

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Frontier Names Fill-In Leader For Regional Subsidiary

Cam Kenyon Steps In At Lynx To Replace Tom Nunn

Frontier Airlines announced this week VP of Flight Operations Cameron Kenyon has been named interim President of its Denver-based regional subsidiary, Lynx Aviation, effective November 21. Kenyon replaces Tom Nunn, who resigned as Lynx President in early November.

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EADS Delivers USCG's Sixth HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft

'Ocean Sentry' Based On CN-235 Transport

The US Coast Guard recently accepted its HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft platform from EADS. This new medium-range surveillance maritime patrol platform significantly enhances the mission execution capability of Coast Guard aircrews.

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Young Appears Before Armed Services Subcommittee On F-22

"Bridge" Funding Keeps Raptor On Life Support Through Early '09

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want answers from Pentagon procurement officer John J. Young, regarding the Defense Department's authorization of "bridge" funding to keep the F-22 Raptor program on life support through early next year.

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NTSB Updates Factual Report On ABE Runway Incursion

Releases Timeline Of Near-Miss Incident, Runway Photo

In its continuing investigation of a September 2008 runway incursion in Allentown, PA involving a general aviation aircraft and a Chicago-bound regional jet airliner, the National Transportation Safety Board issued the following updated factual information Wednesday.

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Middle East Show Ends On High Note, And Big Order

Cessna Wins $90 Million Contract For Three Columbus Jets, Other Planes

For all the woes now plaguing the global private aircraft industry, there was little sign of financial turmoil at this week's Middle East Business Aviation 2008 show in Dubai. The three-day event wrapped up Tuesday with close to $1.5 billion in new aircraft orders for exhibitors.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 11.19.08

Tales From The Trenches: CAPBOR's Kate Hanni, On The "Tarmac Task Force"

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.19.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.19.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tales From The Trenches: 11.19.08 (ANN Special Report, with CAPBOR's Kate Hanni.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.19.08

Bush opens military airspace to airlines for the holidays.
The DOT doesn't want any part of new passenger protections.
And airline employment is declining.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.19.08

Bush opens military airspace to airlines for the holidays.
The DOT doesn't want any part of new passenger protections.
And airline employment is declining.


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ANN Special Feature: Kate Hanni, CAPBOR - 11.19.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Kate Hanni, founder and executive director of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bills of Rights, about her year as a member of the US Department of Transportation'

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Anderson: Delta Will Not Favor One Manufacturer Over Another

Says Merged Airline "Will Be An Opportunistic Purchaser"

One of the big questions in the Delta/Northwest merger has been answered -- whether Boeing or Airbus could expect a windfall from the recent merger. And the answer is... probably not.

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Nations Mark 10th Anniversary of Space Station

Happy Birthday, ISS!

Nations around the world will join together to mark a milestone in space exploration this week, celebrating the 10th birthday of a unique research laboratory, the International Space Station.

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Sonex Intros Optional Pre-Assembled Spars For Xenos Motorglider

Also Offers Partial Xenos Machined Angle Kit

Sonex Aircraft, LLC announced this week the introduction of a new labor-saving Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kit option: Pre-Assembled Main Wing Spars for the Xenos Motorglider. This upgrade can be added to the purchase of a Xenos Complete Airframe Kit for $4,000, and in the company's words makes "the best value in the motorglider market easier to build than ever before."

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Eurofighter Test Fleet Surpasses 6,000 Flying Hours

Refueling Tests, Paveway IV Trials Now Underway

The international test fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons recently surpassed the 6,000 flight hour mark, according to the European consortium that produces the advanced fighter.

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NASA Invites Students To Name New Mars Rover

Partners With Disney For Contest

NASA is looking for the right stuff... or in this case, the right name for its next Mars rover.

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American Eurocopter Delivers 14th AS350B2 To Los Angeles Police

Helo Will Join LAPD's Air Support Division

On Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department took delivery of its 14th AS350B2 from American Eurocopter. The helicopter will join a mixed fleet of rotary and fixed wing aircraft in the LAPD's Air Support Division.

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S-TEC Offers Chelton Autopilot Owners Chance To Swap

Can Upgrade To A New 55X For Less Than $25K, Plus Install

S-TEC Corporation recently extended a special, one-time offer to owners of Chelton autopilot systems, as both companies recently came under the same corporate umbrella.

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Northrop Grumman Conducts First Flight Of New Scalable Agile Beam Radar

System Designed To Replace Mechanical-Scan Radars In F-16s

Northrop Grumman announced this week it recently conducted the first successful demonstration flight of the company’s newest Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fighter sensor, the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR). SABR is being developed as a significant avionics enhancement for the existing fleet of F-16s and other fighter aircraft worldwide.

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Fighting Economics with Innovation: New Hawkers, New King Airs

Icing On The Cake! HBC Receives Brazilian Order Worth Nearly $200M

When Hawker Beechcraft said earlier this year it wanted to strengthen its foothold into international markets... the company wasn't kidding, or making idle comments. In the early hours of NBAA 2008, HBC announced Brazilian-based Líder Signatures S.A. had ordered 23 aircraft spanning the Hawker Beechcraft product line. Líder, a Hawker Beechcraft dealer and authorized service center since 1996, purchased what is considered to be one of the largest general aviation aircraft orders in Brazilian history with a value estimated at nearly $200 million. The contract was officially signed by Líder CEO Eduardo de Pereira Vaz at NBAA.

DOT Continues To Disappoint Passengers Rights Advocates

NPRM Coming, Based On Task Force Recommendations

Overshadowed completely by President George W. Bush's Tuesday morning announcement of measures to reduce air traffic congestion over the holidays was another announcement by the Department of Transportation (DOT) which is disappointing airline passenger advocates.

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Aero-TV: Fighting Economics with Innovation -- New Hawkers, New King Airs

Icing On The Cake! HBC Receives Brazilian Order Worth Nearly $200M

When Hawker Beechcraft said earlier this year it wanted to strengthen its foothold in international markets... the company wasn't kidding, or making idle comments. In the early hours of NBAA 2008, HBC announced Brazilian-based Líder Signatures S.A. had ordered 23 aircraft spanning the Hawker Beechcraft product line.

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STS-126 Crew Completes First Of Four Spacewalks

But Keep An Eye Out For A Missing Tool Bag...

The first spacewalk of the STS-126 mission is in the books... but it wasn't without some drama.

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NTSB Issues Prelim On Partenavia Accident Near GNV

'Mercy Flight' Crashed On IFR Approach To Airport

A mission of mercy and personal favor for a pilot's ailing friend ended in tragedy November 7, when a Partenavia P68C crashed during a nighttime approach to Florida's Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) in low IFR conditions.

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Glasgow Airport Attacker Denies He Knew About Bombing Plan

Admits He's A Terrorist... But Says He Didn't Want To Kill Innocents

Bilal Abdulla is a doctor with dual Iraqi and British citizenship who was arrested for attacking Glasgow Airport in a burning Jeep packed with gas canisters in June of 2007. He's in court this week, and Bloomberg reports he's made an odd combination of confession and admission.

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Paulding County Regional Airport Opens In Georgia

State's First New Airfield In 33 Years

The first new airport in the state of Georgia in 33 years is open for business.

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Student Succumbs To Injuries From Weekend Prop Strike

Victim Flew With Second Student, Against Regs

A young student pilot died Tuesday, three days after he was accidentally walked into a spinning propeller at Castle Airport near Atwater, CA.

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Pot-Laden Ultralight Crashes Near US/Mexico Border

Second Such Attempt In Last Two Months

Workers reporting to their jobs at a southern Arizona vegetable farm made a grisly discovery Monday morning... and authorities responding to the fatal crash of an ultralight aircraft then found something else.

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'Tis The Season: Christmas Toy Airlift Scheduled For December

Virginia Ninety-Nines Will Collect Toys At State's Airports

The Virginia Department of Aviation tells ANN the state's Ninety-Nines chapter will be collecting new and unwrapped toys for families of military and wounded veterans during their annual Christmas Toy Airlift. Toys will be collected at airports around the state until December 13, when volunteer pilots from each location will fly them into Chesterfield County Airport from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.19.08)

Aero-Linx!

Aerolocker specializes in aeronautical parts and memorabilia for collectors, restorers and enthusiasts. Stock includes items from the earliest days of aviation, through to the supersonic era. They have a large collection of WW2 instruments including British, German and North American - even aircraft for sale.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.19.08): Kuiper Belt

Aero-Terms!

A disk-shaped region about 30 to 100 AU from the sun considered to be the source of the short-period comets.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.19.08)

"Companies far and wide can now look to Paulding County for operations that require the connectivity and direct access this new airport will provide. This has truly been a team effort, from our elected officials in Washington, our federal agency partners and state and local leaders who all committed to working together to see this project complete."

Source: Georgia Governor and active pilot Sonny Perdue. Paulding County Regional Airport -- located in Dallas, GA, northwest of Atlanta -- officially opened Friday, the state's first new airport in 33 years.

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