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August 10, 2008

Ready For Good News? Piper '08 Deliveries Reported At 'Record-Breaking' Levels

The Company's Turn-Around Strategy Continues... Impressively

The recent GAMA stats produced reasons to think positively about the future of aviation... along with a few low points, most notably the slight downturn in piston aircraft sales. So, at a time when General Aviation's overall piston-aircraft deliveries are down by 16 percent for the first half of this year, Piper Aircraft underscored its string of successes with ANN by disclosing that its piston aircraft deliveries are up 18 percent.

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NRPM Seeks To See Robinson SFAR Renewed

Long-Running SFAR Dictated Upgraded Training Protocols... Successfully

A 13 year old SFAR, instituted after a number of training related R-22 and R44 accidents, is to be continued by the FAA, according to an NPRM just published in the Federal Register.

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FAA Conference Features 'Competition for the Sky 2008'

Aim: 'Managing the Competing Demands within the National Airspace System'

The FAA has announced an event focused on providers, suppliers, regulators and users of the NAS. Scheduled for September 29 – October 2, 2008, at the Mirage (3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109), the FAA states that the "2008 Competition for the Sky Conference, 'Managing the Competing Demands within the National Airspace System (NAS)' is an integrated educational, networking and social event focusing on competing operational demands in the NAS.

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NASA: Cassini Prepares to Swoop by Saturn's Geyser-Spewing Moon

Enceladus flyby blog Fractures, or "tiger stripes," where icy jets erupt on Saturn's moon Enceladus will be the target of a close flyby by the Cassini spacecraft on Monday, Aug. 11. Cassini will zoom past the tiny moon a mere 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the surface.

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Mooney Employees Surpass 50 Year Milestones

Bill Wheat and Stanley Feller May Be Longest-Serving Employees in the Industry

 When Stanley Feller decided to pursue a job with the local airplane manufacturing company at Louis Schreiner Field in 1958, "he was still just a kid." At least, that's the way Bill Wheat remembers it. A self-proclaimed "old hand" at 23 back then, Wheat was the company's full time test pilot. He had actually been involved with company founder Al Mooney and his brother, Art, since they had moved their company to Kerrville in 1954. Both Wheat and Feller admit that they experienced some uncertainty in those early days and hoped their new jobs would last.

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HAI: Industry Boasts 'Notable' New Helo Pilot

Sitting Governor Receives Helicopter Pilots License

The staff of the HAI, via the Atlanta Helicopter Pilots Association, tells ANN that we have a new helo pilot in the ranks... and one that is gaining some attention.HAI reports that Governor George Ervin Perdue III (Sonny) of Georgia has added Private Rotorcraft Helicopter privileges in a Robinson R44 to his pilot’s license July 22nd.

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USAF Releases Report on Columbus AFB T-38 Accident

Air Force officials have completed their investigation of the April 23 T-38C Talon (file photos, below) accident at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., which resulted in the deaths of two pilots and destroyed the airplane.

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Airbus Pays Tribute To 100th Anniversary Of First Wright Flights In Europe

A380 Low Pass Fly-By Over Hunaudieres Horse-Racing Track, Le Mans

 On 8th August at around 17:00 an Airbus A380 performed a low pass fly-by over Hunaudières horse-racing track at Le Mans. This was to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the first European flights by Wilbur Wright on 8th August 1908 at Le Mans.

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French Airmen Train At Luke AFB

Approximately 20 French air force aircrews, 60 maintainers and support personnel and four Rafale aircraft visited Luke Air Force Base to participate in an exercise July 28 to Aug. 8. The major coalition exercise here provided a unique opportunity for the French Rafale pilots and Luke's F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots to familiarize themselves with combined operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.10.08)

Aero-Linx! 

The AAMS was founded in 1923, and is the second oldest aerophilatelic society in the world with over 1,500 members worldwide. The AAMS publishes the monthly magazine The Airpost Journal & the Jack Knight Air Log, as well as the American Air Mail Catalogue, and many other aerophilatelic books. See the list of Airpost Journal & Air Log Staff & Department Editors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.10.08): Blind Transmission

Aero-Terms!

A transmission from one station to other stations in circumstances where two-way communication cannot be established, but where it is believed that the called stations may be able to receive the transmission.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.10.08)

"In the last three years, Piper has moved forward on virtually every front - from new product introductions to strong sales, from strategic alliances to breaking into an entirely new segment with our all-new PiperJet... We are a modern-day, American success story: a company that relies on American workers to provide the next generation aircraft for the world."     Source: An ebullient Piper President & CEO James K. Bass, discussing recent record sales activity for the veteran company. 

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