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October 31, 2008

AD: Eurocopter France

AD NUMBER: 2008-21-10 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-21-10 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (ECF) model helicopters. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by the aviation authority of France to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-06 R1 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-06 R1 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to revise AD 2007-07-06, which applies to certain Cessna Aircraft Company (type certificate previously held by Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing) (Cessna) Models LC40-550FG, LC41-550FG, and LC42-550FG airplanes.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 10.31.08

The Man Behind The Ant, Part Two: Klyde Morris Creator Wes Oleszewski

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.31.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.31.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Man Behind The Ant, Part Two: 10.29.08 (ANN Special Report, with Wes Oleszewski, who draws the Klyde Morris cartoon.)

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Challenger Center Welcomes New President

Daniel Barstow Brings 34 Years Education Experience

The Board of Directors of Challenger Center for Space Science Education named Daniel Barstow as the education organization's new President on Wednesday.

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ARINC EMEA Operations Certified as Carbon Neutral

Approved For 'CarbonNeutral' Ops Status

ARINC Incorporated announced this week its operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa have been certified as carbon neutral, and accredited with CarbonNeutral operations status.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.31.08

Garmin debuts its new top-of-the-line portable GPS.
Cirrus announces a second round of layoffs.
And a lost defense contract triggers 500 layoffs at Bell Helicopter.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.31.08

Garmin debuts its new top-of-the-line portable GPS.
Cirrus announces a second round of layoffs.
And a lost defense contract triggers 500 layoffs at Bell Helicopter.


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ANN Special Feature: Wes Oleszewski, Klyde Morris (cont) - 10.31.08

ANN's Paul Plack concludes his conversation with Wes Oleszewski, who draws the Klyde Morris cartoon seen on ANN. What news stories provide inspirations for comic strips, and which should be off-lim

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Strike Could Be Tipping Point For Boeing To Leave Seattle

Even If TA Is Passed, IAM Strike May Have Been Last Straw

While officials of the International Association of Machinists are high-fiving each other over a tentative contract settlement with Boeing, others worry frequent labor disputes are pushing the manufacturer to look for sunnier skies -- literally.

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First Aerial Firefighting Conference Attended By 22 Nations

Industry Meets To Discuss Ways To Safely, Efficiently Battle Blazes

Organizers say the Aerial Firefighting Conference 2008, which took place in Athens, Greece on October 22-23, was highly successful. Organized by Tangent Link Ltd, the first annual conference was attended by twenty-two nations.

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Air New Zealand Coming Closer To Biofuel Test Flight

Jatropha-Based Fuel Arrives At Rolls-Royce Facility

The world's first commercial aviation flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel moved a step closer this week. The jatropha-based fuel to power one of four engines on the Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 arrived at the Rolls-Royce facility in Derby, UK, for testing prior to the flight.

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Chelton Announces Amended STC For FlightLogic EFIS

Now Available For Many Business, Commercial Aircraft

S-TEC/Chelton Flight Systems, part of Cobham's Avionics and Surveillance Division, announced this week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted an amendment to STC# SA02254AK, covering Part 23, Class III and IV aircraft.

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APA Repeats Misgivings About American Airlines, BA Partnership

Urges Members To Contact Their Representatives In Congress

Beginning last week, the Allied Pilots Association asked its members to contact lawmakers on Capitol Hill to echo the union’s concerns about American Airlines’ joint venture plans and related application for antitrust immunity. The union says in response to the request APA e-mailed to its members, well over half of the airline’s active pilots have already responded by sending messages to their US representatives.

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Sikorsky S-76 Latest To Be Equipped With Max-Viz Enhanced Vision

EVS-1500 Approved For A-Through-C-Model Helicopters

Max-Viz Inc. announced this week the award of FAA STC # SR02322AK for installation of the firm's newest Enhanced Vision System, the EVS 1500 on Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, A through C models.

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Malaysian MEA Signs Contract For Three AW139 Helicopters

Includes Options For "Several" Additional Rotorcraft

AgustaWestland announced this week the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin engine helicopters plus options for "several" additional aircraft. These helicopters will be used to perform search and rescue, coastal patrol and law enforcement duties around Malaysia's extensive coast line.

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Aero-TV Exclusive First Look: Bigger, Better, Brighter--The NEW Garmin GPSMAP 695/696 (Part 2)

Just When You Thought The Portable GPS Map Game Couldn't Get ANY More Interesting...

We've been sitting on this secret for several weeks now and FINALLY, we get to let the feline out of the paper sack... Garmin has upped the ante in the ongoing portable GPS/Map wars. They call it the GPSMAP 696.

Aero-TV Exclusive: Bigger, Better, Brighter-The NEW Garmin GPSMAP 696 (Part 2)

Part 2: Just When You Thought The Portable GPS Map Game Couldn't Get ANY More Interesting...

We've been sitting on this secret for several weeks now and FINALLY, we get to let the feline out of the paper sack... Garmin has upped the ante in the ongoing portable GPS/Map wars. They call it the GPSMAP 696.

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Machinists' Reactions Mixed To Boeing TA

Say Job Protections Don't Go Far Enough

"I don't like it... It's basically the 2005 contract with minimal changes." That's how 11-year Boeing employee Kim Dove characterized the tentative agreement reached this week by Boeing management and representatives with the International Association of Machinists. And he's not alone.

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'Straight & Level' Flight Gets Its Own Button In The Sting S3

Autopilot Now Includes Pushbutton Wings-Level Capability

A new and novel safety feature first seen this year on planes costing as much as $600,000, has trickled down to the light-sport aircraft segment.

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NASA Managers Delay Hubble Servicing Mission Again

Replacement Component Won't Be Ready Until April

NASA managers announced Thursday they will not meet a February 2009 launch date for the fifth and final shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The decision comes after engineers completed assessments of the work needed to get a second data handling unit for the telescope ready to fly. The unit will replace one that failed on Hubble in late September, causing the agency to postpone the servicing mission, which had been targeted for October 14.

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British Union Says Proposed London Airport Is Ill-Conceived

Calls On Mayor To "Stop Wasting Tax Payers' Money" On Thames Estuary Airport

Unite, the largest labor union in the United Kingdom, has called on London mayor Boris Johnson to "stop wasting tax payers' money on consultants looking at plans to create a new airport on an artificially created island in the Thames estuary."

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United Airlines Introduces Door-to-Door Baggage Service

Wow! You Can Now Pay Even MORE To Send Your Luggage!!!

Hoping to stake out a presence in the increasingly lucrative overnight baggage shipping market -- while also reducing the number of checked bags on its planes -- this week United Airlines became the first US airline to offer luggage shipping via an overnight courier.

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Klyde Morris (10.31.08)

Klyde Ponders Something REALLY Frightening This Halloween...

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Senior VP Randy Nelson To Retire From Hawker Beechcraft In December

Petkus Will Take Over As Acting VP Of Engineering

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced Wednesday that Randy Nelson, HBC's senior vice president of Product Development and Engineering, will retire on December 1, 2008.

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Plane Crash Renews Fears Of 'Asian Bermuda Triangle'

Just In Time For Halloween...

Popular beaches, pristine waters... China's Penghu Islands seem like a perfect spot to build a casino resort. But the Associated Press reports officials in the region are fighting a history of aviation accidents which has prompted comparisons to the Bermuda Triangle.

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MESSENGER Spacecraft Reveals More Hidden Territory On Mercury

Probe On Track To Orbit Planet In 2011

A NASA spacecraft gliding over the battered surface of Mercury for the second time this year has revealed more previously unseen real estate on the innermost planet. The probe also has produced several science firsts and is returning hundreds of new photos and measurements of the planet's surface, atmosphere and magnetic field.

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Liberty Aerospace Reconfigures Sales & Marketing Network

SE Dealership Now Responsible For Sales Throughout USA

Liberty Aerospace, Inc. announced this week the appointment of an expanded US sales and marketing organization, Liberty Aircraft USA, Inc. Formerly known as Liberty Southeast, Inc., Liberty Aircraft USA will now represent the Liberty XL2 in most of the contiguous 48 states, Alaska and Hawaii.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.31.08)

Aero-Linx!

If you have ever heard the unique sound of a radial, and know its timeless design, then you understand why these engines remain "Ageless." Thus, Ageless Engines is dedicated to the men whose engineering talents and efforts produced the radial engines that powered the aircraft of WWII. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.31.08): Cassegrain

Aero-Terms!

Reflecting scheme in antennas and telescopes having a primary and a secondary reflecting surface to "fold" the EMF back to a focus near the primary reflector.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.31.08)

"By any measure, this contract proposal is a good offer. Did it get everything, no. However, we made significant gains with respect to job security and the ability to help guide this company into the future."

Source: The International Association of Machinists, commenting on the tentative agreement reached with Boeing management earlier this week.

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