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October 16, 2008

NTSB Recommends Immediate Inspections For Pratt & Whitney PW2037s

Engines Should Be Pulled From Service Pending Checks, Board Says

As a result of its ongoing investigation of an incident involving a Pratt & Whitney PW2037 engine experiencing an uncontained failure, the National Transportation Safety Board issued an urgent recommendation Thursday to the Federal Aviation Administration to require all Pratt & Whitney PW2037 engines be removed from service for inspection of the second stage turbine hubs when they have accumulated significantly fewer hours (10,880) and/or cycles (4,392) than the incident engine.

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Flu Shots Coming To An Airport Near You

Can Layover-Friendly Dental Care Be Far Behind?

Imagine being poked by a large needle in front of total strangers during your next layover at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson, New York JFK or Chicago O'Hare. No, we're not talking about the latest TSA "security" initiative... particularly since this program may actually benefit travelers, for a change.

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NASA Powers Up Hubble Backup System, Plans More Tests

So Far, So Good In Returning Observatory To Functional Status

NASA reports that Wednesday night, Space Telescope Operations Control Center engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center turned on and checked out Side 'B' of Hubble's Science Instrument Control and Data Handling (SIC&DH) system... powering up a backup system the space agency hopes will return the orbiting observatory to near-full functionality.

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Southwest Posts Its 70th Consecutive Quarterly Profit*

* If You Ignore The BIG Hit The Airline Took On Fuel Hedges

Fuel hedges are wonderful for airlines when oil prices are high, as they were this summer... but when the price of oil falls, those hedges are a noose around an airline's fiscal neck. Just ask Southwest Airlines.

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OpenSkies Takes Flight On Inaugural Trip From Amsterdam To New York

British Airways Subsidiary Launches Second Route

British Airways' grand experiment to take advantage of the 19-month-old "Open Skies" agreement between the United States and the European Union has launched its second route. OpenSkies -- the airline -- launched new service Wednesday between New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport.

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US Army, Lockheed Martin Conduct Second Int'l PAC-3 Missile Test At White Sands

Interceptor Fired From German Patriot Unit

Airmen of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe), supported by Lockheed Martin and the US Army Lower Tier Project Office, successfully conducted the second international PAC-3 Missile flight test Thursday at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The test successfully fired a PAC-3 Missile from a German Patriot fire unit with Configuration-3 upgrades.

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California Guard Conducts Predator Maintenance Training

Program Expands From Initial Training At Nellis

As the unmanned aerial system mission continues to grow in the Air National Guard, the 163rd Maintenance Group is stepping up its training program to ensure the availability of enough highly skilled people to support these systems.

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Four Lost In Illinois Medevac Accident

Ninth Fatal Crash Of A Medical Helo This Year

The year has not been kind to the helicopter medevac industry... with eight fatal accidents through the first nine months of 2008. And, sadly, ANN must now report on the ninth fatal crash.

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Lawsuits Fly Between Charter Jet Operators

Fallout From Failed Buyout Plays Out In Dueling Press Releases

Sometimes, it's best to simply sit back... and let two warring parties duel it out, until either a victor emerges or both combatants are too tired to continue. With that in mind, ANN presents two press notices that came across the wire this week, concerning what obviously seems to be the total breakdown in communications between two charter aircraft companies, Jet One Jets and Halcyon Jets.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 10.16.08

More From The NBAA 2008 VLJ Panel -- Will DayJet's Closing Ground Eclipse?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.16.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.16.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- What Impact Will DayJet's Closing Have On The VLJ Market? 10.16.08 (ANN Special Report, more from the VLJ Panel at NBAA 20

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BRS Touts Three More Parachute Saves

Sometimes... Hitting The Silk IS The Only Option

Whole-aircraft emergency parachute manufacturer Ballistic Recovery Systems announced this week it was notified of an aircraft accident this past Sunday, October 12, in northern Spain... where its parachute recovery system saved the life of the pilot and two passengers.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.16.08

An outrageous liability verdict against EAA is reversed on appeal.
NATCA says the FAA sent real airliners near thunderstorms as a training exercise for controllers.
And Jet Airways an

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.16.08

An outrageous liability verdict against EAA is reversed on appeal.
NATCA says the FAA sent real airliners near thunderstorms as a training exercise for controllers.
And Jet Airways an

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ANN Special Feature: NBAA VLJ Panel III - DayJet Impact - 10.16.08

NBAA Moderator Mike Nichols asks Eclipse Aviation's Mike McConnell -- what effect will the shutdown of DayJet have on Eclipse, and on the VLJ segment?

Other probing questions follow with fe

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An Aero-TV Powerplant Profile: The Rotax 914

Rotax's 'Mighty Mite' Remains One Of The Best Bets In Sport Or General Aviation

At the US Sport Aviation Expo, Aero-TV caught up with an old friend, Eric Tucker... a guy who is known worldwide as "Mr. Rotax." The most well-known (and easily the hardest working) expert on the Rotax 900 series sport and certified engines, Eric took a few minutes to help us profile each of the amazingly compact, powerful and fuel-efficient 900 series engines starting with our personal favorite... the 115 HP Turbocharged Rotax 914.

An Aero-TV Powerplant Profile: The Rotax 914

Rotax's 'Mighty Mite' Remains One Of The Best Bets In Sport Or General Aviation

At the US Sport Aviation Expo, Aero-TV caught up with an old friend, Eric Tucker... a guy who is known worldwide as "Mr. Rotax." The most well-known (and easily the hardest working) expert on the Rotax 900 series sport and certified engines, Eric took a few minutes to help us profile each of the amazingly compact, powerful and fuel-efficient 900 series engines starting with our personal favorite... the 115 HP Turbocharged Rotax 914.

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American Airlines Discloses Plans To Purchase Boeing 787-9s

Carrier Finally Commits To Big Dreamliner Deal... Sort Of

A long-expected order announcement from American Airlines, stating the carrier plans to purchase as many as 100 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, came to fruition Wednesday... but the order is far from a done deal.

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Report: NTSB Finds Preliminary Evidence Of Engine Issues In TX Helo Downing

Powerplant To Be Shipped To Rolls-Royce For Analysis

The National Transportation Safety Board is sharing a few clues into what may have caused the crash of a TV news helicopter in a wooded area of a Houston suburb Monday morning.

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Prosecutors Say Settlement Near In Wagstaff Case

Scheduled Court Date Passes Without Resolution

Patty Wagstaff was scheduled to appear earlier this week in a Winnebago County courtroom in connection with her arrest on drunk driving charges July 31 at EAA AirVenture.

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Airbus Announces 'Pause' To Planned Production Increases

Planemakers Taking Steps To Keep Market Viable

European planemaker Airbus has weathered this year's economic crises relatively well, with orders for 737 planes so far in 2008 and deliveries expected to come close to 470 aircraft. But that doesn't mean Airbus expects the good times to last.

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Drunk Passenger Unsuccessfully Attempts To Hijack Turkish Airliner

Plane Lands Safely, AND On-Time At Destination

The head of Turkey's civil aviation authority says a drunk passenger staged a clumsy, unsuccessful hijack attempt aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Turkey to Russia on Wednesday.

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Bell Delivers Its 100th Commercial Helicopter To India

Sold Its First Helo In Country In 1956

Bell Helicopter announced Wednesday the delivery of the 100th commercial helicopter in India. ABIR Infrastructure Private Ltd., received the keys to a Bell 412 during the India Aviation air show.

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C-130J Super Hercules Achieves 75,000 Flight Hours With Italian Air Force

Lockheed Martin Says Time Included First Combat Missions Flown By Type

The Italian Air Force has achieved 75,000 flight hours with its fleet of C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, according to manufacturer Lockheed Martin. That time included the first combat missions flown in the C-130J, as well as the delivery of humanitarian relief supplies.

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Corporate Angel Network Flies 30,000th Cancer Patient

Flown To MD Anderson For Treatment For Lung Cancer

Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the national public charity that provides free air transportation to treatment for cancer patients by using empty seats on corporate and fractional aircraft, announced Wednesday the flight of its 30,000th cancer patient.

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CMC Electronics 'Cockpit 4000' Flies Onboard Hawk Mk51 Trainer

Completes Successful 1:40 First Flight

Patria of Finland recently flew CMC Electronics' Cockpit 4000 integrated avionics suite on the Hawk Mk51 trainer aircraft from Halli Airfield, Finland. CMC's avionics suite performed successfully during the one hour and 40-minute first flight, which was flown by two Finnish Air Force test pilots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.16.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Museum of Flight exists to acquire, preserve and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts that provide a foundation for scholarly research and lifelong learning programs inspiring an interest in and understanding of science, technology and the humanities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.16.08): Null Position

Aero-Terms!

The position of an ADF loop antenna when the signal being received is cancelled in the two sides of the loop, and the signal strength is the weakest.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.16.08)

"Even as we battle the challenges of volatile and historically high fuel prices and serious economic uncertainty, we must continue to prudently invest in our Company for the long-term benefit of our shareholders, customers, employees and the communities we serve. The 787 will help reduce our fuel and maintenance costs, lessen our environmental impact, and support our goal of providing industry-leading products and services over the long haul. Fortunately, our agreement with Boeing, our long-time partner, allows for significant flexibility to manage our fleet replacement and growth plans in the way that best meets all of our stakeholders’ interests."

Source: Gerard Arpey, CEO of American Airlines parent AMR Corp, in announcing Wednesday t

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