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October 29, 2008

Lockheed Martin Receives $30M Contract For USAF SASSA Program

Will Take The Next Step Towards Orbital Missile Defense

The US Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $30 million contract for the development phase of the Self-Awareness Space Situational Awareness (SASSA) technology demonstration program.

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SpaceHab Eyes Space Florida Launch Complex At Cape Canaveral

Says It's Ready To Support Private Ops From LC36

Commercial space services provider SpaceHab, and its Astrotech subsidiary, recently joined with Space Florida in recognizing the potential opportunities for America's commercial space program in the joint Air Force Space Command and Space Florida Dedication Ceremony of Launch Complex 36.

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EAA Already Planning Ahead For AirVenture 2009

WhiteKnightTwo, Concorde Reunion Among Highlights Scheduled July 27-August 2, 2009

Even as the aviation industry's attention turns to next week's AOPA Expo in San Jose, CA, the Experimental Aircraft Association wants everyone to start planning now to attend AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh. Preparations for the 57th annual gathering are already underway, getting ready for the event at Wittman Regional Airport on July 27-August 2, 2009.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Colorado Mid-Air

Account Indicates Aircraft Collided Head-On

Below is the unedited transcript of the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on last week's "miraculous" mid-air collision near Grand Junction, CO. As ANN reported, everyone onboard the Cessna 180 and Cessna 210 that came in contact survived the incident... a very fortuitous outcome, given the scenario described below...

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DOT's Peters Cites Air Fare Data As Need For Competition, Flight Caps

Says NYC-Area Delays Undermining Efforts Across Country

New air fare data released Wednesday by the federal government underscores the need to allow all airlines access to aviation markets, particularly where local airports have hourly caps on available flights, US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced.

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Delta/NWA Merger Cleared By US Justice Department

Regulators Sign Off On Acquisition Of Northwest 

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.29.08 1700 EDT: The "New Global Airline" is finally official. The US Department of Justice approved the merger of Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines Wednesday afternoon, just over six months after both airlines announced their plans to join forces against a shaky economy.

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BTS Says Air Fares Were Higher Than Ever In Second Quarter

Even Cheapest Airport's Average Fares Shot Up Almost 200 Percent

It's no secret passengers are paying more than ever for the privilege of being stuffed onboard a commercial airliner... but numbers provided Wednesday by the Department of Transportation put the exact level of gouging into stark relief.

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Boeing Expects China To Be World's Fastest-Growing Aviation Market

$390 Billion Market Driven By Need For Narrowbody Aircraft

Boeing detailed its 2008 Current Market Outlook (CMO) for the China region Wednesday, forecasting a market for 3,710 new airplanes worth about $390 billion over the next 20 years.

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EASA Issues Airworthiness Directive For DC-9/MD-80 Aircraft

Warns Operators To Check Proper Function Of Flap/Slats Warning Systems 

Following the preliminary report of the Spanish Comisión de Investigación de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación Civil (CIAIAC) on the August 20, 2008 accident of a Spanair McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) at Madrid's Barajas International Airport, as well as the Agency's own evaluation of DC-9/MD-80 family service history, on Wednesday the European Aviation Safety Agency published an Airworthiness Directive (AD) concerning the DC-9/MD-80 family of aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 10.29.08

Is Airline "A La Carte" Pricing A Consumer Plus? With Amadeus North America's Robert Buckman

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.29.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.29.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Is Airline "A La Carte" Pricing A Consumer Plus: 10.29.08 (ANN Special Report, with Robert Buckman, avia

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Company Introduces Improved B757 Lavatory Hose Design

Says Current Design Leads To "Consistent Failures"

In response to problems experienced by the current design, Co-Operative Industries has introduced an improved Lavatory Supply Hose for use on the Boeing 757-200.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.29.08

AAI Acquisitions suspends development of the A700 as Russian stock markets tumble.
Forecast International predicts Eclipse will be next.
And IAM members will vote Saturday on a new co

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.29.08

AAI Acquisitions suspends development of the A700 as Russian stock markets tumble.
Forecast International predicts Eclipse will be next.
And IAM members will vote Saturday on a new co

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ANN Special Feature: Robert Buckman, Amadeus North America - 10.29.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Robert Buckman, aviation futurist and director of airline distribution strategy for Miami-based Amadeus North America.

Amadeus is a company which administers muc

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Aero-TV: Powerful Upgrades -- The Rotax 912S/ULS

Rotax's 100HP Four-Stroke Is The Backbone Powerplant For The Sport Aviation/LSA World

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, this time concentrating on the 100 HP Rotax 912S/ULS.

AAIA's Braly Announces 'Strategic Realignment'

Development Of A700 Suspended As BoD Eyes Economic Conditions

Confirming earlier reports to ANN, on Tuesday AAI Acquisition (AAIA) President and CEO Jack Braly announced what the company termed a "strategic realignment" of the company's goals and objectives in response to worldwide economic conditions.

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Aero-TV: Powerful Upgrades -- The Rotax 912S/ULS

Rotax's 100HP Four-Stroke Is The Backbone Powerplant For The Sport Aviation/LSA World

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, this time concentrating on the 100 HP Rotax 912S/ULS.

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IAM Workers To Vote Saturday On Tentative Contract With Boeing

If Ratified, Machinists Will Be Back On Job As Soon As Sunday Night

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers will vote Saturday on whether to accept a tentative contract agreement with Boeing.

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NTSB Adds EMS Operations To List Of 'Most Wanted' Aviation Safety Improvements

But Removes Airplane Fuel Tank Flammability Concerns

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its 2009 Federal Most Wanted List of safety improvements on Tuesday. Improvements to EMS flight operations were among the list of newly-added areas of concern for the aviation community... while aircraft fuel tank flammability was removed from the list.

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S-TEC Announces WAAS Upgrade For Alliant-Equipped King Airs, Conquests

Also Available For Meggitt Magic-Equipped Cheyennes, Senecas, Twin Commanders

S-TEC Corporation announced Tuesday it has received FAA approval for its Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) upgrade for Alliant integrated avionics equipped 90 and 200-series King Airs and Cessna 425 and 441 Conquest IIs. The company also has approvals to upgrade select Meggitt Magic equipped Cessna 425 and 441 Conquest IIs, Twin Commanders and Piper Cheyenne IIs, Seneca Vs, Mirages and Meridians.

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Group Plans Memorial For 1944 Army Air Corps Accident

A-26 Invader Crash Remains Deadliest In Maine's History

As is the case with so many dark moments of the World War II era, memories of the deadliest air crash in the history of the state of Maine have been buried for decades.

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NASA Orbiter Reveals Details Of A Wetter Mars

Images From MRO Indicate New Category Of Minerals

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has observed a new category of minerals spread across large regions of Mars. This discovery suggests that liquid water remained on the planet's surface a billion years later than scientists believed, and it played an important role in shaping the planet's surface and possibly hosting life.

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'Spirit Of Marshfield' Selects EC145 To Renew Its Fleet

Wisconsin Medevac Operator Will Receive Helo In Late 2009

American Eurocopter announced Tuesday that Wisconsin-based Ministry Health Care's Spirit Medical Transportation Service, aka 'Spirit of Marshfield,' has selected the EC145 to renew its fleet. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at the end of 2009.

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British Professor Pitches Nuclear-Powered Aircraft

Cold War Idea Could Make Resurgence As Oil Dwindles

With all the hype surrounding carbon footprints and fuel prices, a British professor thinks he has just the answer.

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Falling Oil Prices Force Airlines To Reconsider Hedging

But Most Will Still Save Cash Despite Losses

Attempts to use hedges to control costs have put airline executives in the odd situation of having to explain to stockholders why a stunning decline in oil prices has produced millions in losses.

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Embraer Renews Support Contract For French EMB-121 Xingu Aircraft

Covers 41 Planes In Operation With Country's Armed Forces

Embraer has renewed the contract for technical and logistical support for the fleet of EMB 121 Xingu aircraft in France, with Structure Intégrée de Maintien en Condition Opérationnelle des Matériels Aéronautiques de la Défense (SIMMAD).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.29.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Society of Experimental Test Pilots is an international organization that seeks to promote air safety and contributes to aeronautical advancement by promoting sound aeronautical design and development; interchanging ideas, thoughts and suggestions of the members, assisting in the professional development of experimental pilots, and providing scholarships and aid to members and the families of deceased members.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.29.08)

"Our Union has delivered what few Americans have -- economic certainty and quality benefits over the next four years."

Source: From the web site for Local 751 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, providing details of the tentative contract agreement with Boeing reached Monday night. Workers will vote to ratify the deal Saturday.

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