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November 28, 2008

STS-126 Undocks From International Space Station

Endeavour's Heading Home

The crew of space shuttle Endeavour has left the International Space Station. STS-126 undocked from the station at 9:47 am EST Friday.

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US Airways Orders Sikh Musicians Off Flight

Organization Asks For Apology, Compensation

Someone once said that history doesn't repeat itself... but it does rhyme. That seems appropriate here, for a couple of reasons.

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Field Aviation Appoints Christophe Chollet Director Of Sales

Worked On Bombardier's Global Express, Q-Series Programs

Field Aviation, of Toronto and Calgary, has named Christophe Chollet to the position of director of sales, effective November 25. Chollet will be based in Toronto and will further Field Aviation's position as a leader in aviation services to commercial, military and government communities worldwide. He will report to David Jensen, Field Aviation's vice-president, business development.

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Eurocopter Teams With French Authorities To Test New Medevac Route

Hospital Consolidation Means Even Greater Need For Safe Helicopter Ops

Eurocopter has teamed up with the hospital in Dreux, the French association of helicopter emergency medical services (AFHSH), and the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) to conduct a series of instrument flight tests that will, in the near future, allow patients to be transported by helicopter from one hospital to another even under poor weather conditions.

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VH-71 Systems Integration Labs Achieve Full-Function Capabilities

Presidential Helo Moves Closer To EOS

Lockheed Martin recently attained full function capability in all the systems integration laboratories that support the VH-71 presidential helicopter program, after completing the Master Systems Bench (MSB) located at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.

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DART Aerospace Earns EASA Approval For BK117 Skidtubes

Follows FAA, Transport Canada Certifications

Dart Helicopter Services announced Thursday its affiliate DART Aerospace Ltd. has received EASA approval of its Round-I-Beam skidtube for Eurocopter BK117A1/A3/A4/B1/B2/C1 model aircraft. FAA and Transport Canada approvals were previously received.

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Aero-TV Holiday Redux: Amazing RC Model Airplane Technologies at E-Fest 2008!

DO NOT Call Them 'Toys'

E-I-C Note: The Aero-TV Team -- Jim, Sarah, Bill, Nathan, Jim, Laura, Ben, Birgit, Rob, Paul, Scott and the rest of the aero-gnomes -- want to wish you a Happy Holiday while we all pursue our own various and sundry holiday diversions. Our regular daily webcasting schedule will resume promptly on Monday. In the meantime, please enjoy this 'classic' episode of Aero-TV from the last year as we all recover from the obligatory turkey induced comas.... -- Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C.  

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NASCAR Sues Cessna Over Sanford C310 Accident

Previous Settlements Allow Families To Sue As Well

Auto racing giant NASCAR and an affiliated company have filed a lawsuit against Cessna, charging that a Cessna 310 owned by NASCAR crashed entirely due to the manufacturer's negligence, and that the plane Cessna's instructions, warnings, inspections and repairs for the aircraft were inadequate.

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'Tis The Season... To Test Biofuels

Air New Zealand Biofuel Test Flight All Set

The 'world's first' commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel is ready to go next Wed. Dec. 3, 2008.

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General Motors Wants To Fly Incognito

Asks FAA To Bar Public Flight Tracking Of G-IV

General Motors is flying under the radar, so-to-speak, asking the FAA to remove a leased Gulfstream IV from the FAA's public flight tracking service.

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Gone West: USAF Space Pioneer BG Maurice A. Cristadoro Jr.

Air Force Space Community Loses One Of Its Stars

One of the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers, retired Brig. Gen. Maurice A. Cristadoro Jr., 88, died Nov. 22. His wake and funeral will be held today, Nov. 28th, in Pensacola, Fla.

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Virgin Atlantic Tells EC To Reject 'Virtual Merger' Between BA, American

Calls Joined Airline A "Monster Monopoly"

Virgin Atlantic Airways urged the European Commission this week to reject the planned alliance between two of the world's largest airlines, British Airways and American Airlines.

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Klyde Morris (11.28.08)

Klyde Looks Hard For Something To Be Thankful For In Aviation Today...

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Flying High: Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Returns From Deployment

Five ships and more than 5,500 Sailors of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7 returned to their homeport of San Diego Nov. 25 after a six-month deployment to the 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. The strike group flagship, the Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)...

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NASA Conducts Pilot Cognition Studies

NASA Wants BRAINS!

NASA is investigating the best methods for monitoring brain activity as part of a study designed to help airplane pilots realize when they are operating under dangerous levels of stress, fatigue and distraction.

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EADS Socata Breaks Ground On Moroccan Facility

Will Be Operated By Regional Subsidiary Socaero

On Wednesday, EADS Socata CEO Jean-Michel Léonard ceremonially placed the first stone for the industrial center of EADS Socata’s Moroccan subsidiary, Socaero.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.28.08)

Aero-Linx!

Warpaint, LLC is a Michigan based company that carries a full line of unique aviation and armor models, diecasts and collectibles. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.28.08): Photovoltaic

Aero-Terms!

Materials that convert light into electric current.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.28.08)

"We do this routinely."

Source: FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown. General Motors has asked the FAA to remove a leased Gulfstream IV from the agency's public flight tracking service, which allows services such as FlightAware.com to display flight information for anyone to see. Such practices are fairly common among business operators... who usually don't want curious onlookers (or shareholders, or the media) to know where their executives are traveling.

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