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November 20, 2008

Hawker Beechcraft CEO Jim Schuster To Retire

Oversaw Company Through Transition To New Ownership

Eight years will apparently be enough for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) Chairman and CEO Jim Schuster, who on Thursday announced his intent to retire from the company once a successor is found.

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IS&S Takes $6 Million Hit On Loss Of Eclipse Work

Company Still Posts Profit, Thanks To Legal Settlement

Innovative Solutions & Support announced this week its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended September 30... and while the news was mostly positive, the woes of one client in particular strained the company's resources in 2008.

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Southwest Airlines Seeks Rights To Operate At LGA

Places Bid To Purchase Slots Held By Bankrupt ATA

Southwest Airlines confirmed this week it has submitted a bid that would allow the airline to assume ATA Airlines' rights to operate at New York's LaGuardia (LGA) Airport through a purchase of ATA Airlines.

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Report: Commercial-Rated FA Helped Land Air Canada 767 In January

'Belligerent' First Officer Was Removed From Cockpit

Back in January, ANN reported on what had to be a scary event for the crew of a trans-Atlantic Air Canada flight. At the time, little information was released, but Agence-France Presse has published new details from a report by the Irish transport ministry.

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Dassault Puts In Bid For Avionics Maker Thales

Talks Now Underway To Acquire 20.8 Percent Stake

Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer of the Falcon line of business jets, has reportedly offered to expand its stake in the French avionics manufacturer Thales SA by acquiring a 20.8 percent interest owned by Alcatel-Lucent SA, the telephone equipment manufacturing firm.

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Reports: Boeing Further Pushes Off Production Schedules

Carson Says Orders Will Continue To Decrease

There's been no official statement from Boeing on a revised airliner delivery schedule following a 57-day strike my the International Association of Machinists, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting sources familiar with the matter say deliveries will be set back 10 weeks.

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Post-9/11 Airline Bailout Touted As Model For Automakers

Board Acted "Like Investment Bankers" In Airlines... And Made Money

This may come as bad news for members of the United Auto Workers, but the old Air Transportation Stabilization Board, which oversaw the federal bailout of the airlines following the 9/11 attacks, is being eyed as a model for how a bailout of domestic automakers might work.

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Italian Government Clears Sale Of Alitalia To Investment Group

Will Carrier Pull A "Phoenix?" Place Yer Bets...

When it comes to surprise news, this isn't at the level of a certain, very hot place seeing its first snowfall... but man, it's close. The Italian government has signed off on the sale of bankrupt national carrier Alitalia... and furthermore, someone actually wants to buy the struggling airline, which was described as "cursed" by its former CEO earlier this year.

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DoD's Young Stands His Ground Before Congress

Says $50 Million F-22 Appropriation Aimed At Saving Money

Let this be stated in no uncertain terms. Undersecretary of Defense John Young stood his ground before a House subcommittee that grilled him for nearly three hours Wednesday over funding allocated for the F-22 Raptor... and emerged absolutely victorious.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 11.20.08

The Biddeford Airport Saga, With AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer Alan Lyscars

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.20.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.20.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Biddeford Airport Saga: 11.20.08 (ANN Special Report, with AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer Alan Lysca

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.20.08

Alitalia has been sold. Finally!
A bailout for Detroit may look alot like the airline bailout.
And Boeing will lay off 800 in Wichita.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.20.08

Alitalia has been sold. Finally!
A bailout for Detroit may look alot like the airline bailout.
And Boeing will lay off 800 in Wichita.


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ANN Special Feature: Alan Lyscars, Biddeford Airport - 11.20.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Alan Lyscars, AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer for the Biddeford Municipal Airport in Maine. Supporters of the airport beat back an election day referendum to clos

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'Firefly' CubeSat Mission To Study Atmospheric Electrical Discharges

CubeSat Will Study Link Between Lightning, Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes

Massive energy releases occur every day in the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere. Lightning may give rise to these bursts of radiation. However, unlike the well-known flashes of light and peals of thunder familiar to Earth-dwellers, these energy releases are channeled upward and can be detected only from space. Our atmosphere protects us from the effects of this radiation, but the mechanisms at work can impact Earth's upper atmosphere and its space environment.

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SJ30 Returns To What It Does Best -- Setting Speed Records

Emivest Flies S/N 007 From London To Dubai In Just Over 7 Hours

Hoping to attract some positive headlines for what has been an extremely troubled light jet program, Emivest Aerospace Corporation recently touted a new speed record for the SJ30 business aircraft -- flying from London to Dubai on November 10 in seven hours and seven minutes, including a 41-minute fuel stop in Istanbul.

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Aero-TV: Ready For Action -- The AV-8B Harrier Jet (Part 1)

USMC's Most Versatile Jet Takes Oshkosh By Storm

You couldn't get away from it... that roar... that blast of unconfined thrust that occurs as the US Marine Corps Harrier 'Jump Jet' spools up and takes a flight... in the most amazing ways. One of the truly all-time favorites at Oshkosh, Aero TV got the chance to speak with the pilot for this year's Harrier demonstration, Major Dave Martin, call sign: Doc.

Boeing Announces Layoffs, Restructuring At Wichita Site

About 800 Job Cuts Planned, Some Will Receive Notices Friday

The tough times continue for aerospace workers in Wichita. On Wednesday, Boeing announced plans to cut approximately 800 positions at its Integrated Defense Systems facility in the Kansas community during 2009. Boeing attributed the reductions to the end of some programs and the delay in the US Air Force tanker-replacement program.

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Aero-TV: Ready For Action -- The AV-8B Harrier Jet (Part 1)

USMC's Most Versatile Jet Takes Oshkosh By Storm

You couldn't get away from it... that roar... that blast of unconfined thrust that occurs as the US Marine Corps Harrier 'Jump Jet' spools up and takes a flight... in the most amazing ways. One of the truly all-time favorites at Oshkosh, Aero TV got the chance to speak with the pilot for this year's Harrier demonstration, Major Dave Martin, call sign: Doc.

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Alaska Airlines Pilots Want Their Slice Of The Delta Pie, Too

Demand Management To Share Profits From Expanded Alliance

So much for the idea that airline alliances avoid the messier aspects of full-fledged mergers. In response to the announced expansion of the Alaska/Horizon-Delta Airlines marketing alliance, Alaska's pilots called upon management this week to negotiate a contract that includes the pilots in the success this alliance likely will generate.

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FAA Clears Pilot In California 'Buzzing' Incident

Says No Concrete Evidence Available To Prosecute

Thomas Mark Huey has reason to celebrate this week. The Contra Costa Times reports the Federal Aviation Administration absolved the 50-year-old pilot from wrongdoing in several alleged "buzzing" incidents over a Concord, CA neighborhood in July.

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NASA Successfully Tests First Deep Space Internet

But If You Thought Dial-Up Was Slow... Whoa, Boy

And here, we thought the idea of wireless connectivity onboard a commercial airliner was a nifty idea. NASA announced this week it successfully tested the first deep space communications network modeled on the Internet.

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Hawker Beechcraft Awarded $171 Million USAF Contract

Service Orders 23 King Air 350ER Turboprops

Hawker Beechcraft awarded a contract by the United States Air Force (USAF) this week for 23 extended-range (ER) special mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER turboprops. The estimated value of the contract is $171 million, and calls for deliveries to take place in 2009.

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Historical Marker To Be Unveiled At Wallops Flight Facility

Virginia To Recognize Contributions This Saturday

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility will be recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia for its contributions to aerospace research during a historical marker unveiling ceremony Saturday, November 22, at the NASA Visitor Center.

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Indonesian Airline Signs MoU For 20 ATR 72-500s

Lion Air Places Firm Orders For 10 Aircraft, Another 10 On Option

Over the past three years, as fuel prices steadily climbed towards the stratosphere, French planemaker ATR has seen a resurgence in orders for its line of regional airliners. And while the price of oil has since fallen dramatically, few expect that trend to continue.

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Diamond Offers 'Economic Stimulus Package' Of Its Own

Fly A DA40 For 'Free' -- No Kidding

While turbulent markets may make today seem like the wrong time to buy an airplane, representatives with Diamond Aircraft believe there has never been a better time to buy a Diamond DA40 XLS or DA40 CS. Customers who purchase and take delivery of a new DA40 between now and December 31, 2008 will receive free maintenance, free insurance, free fuel and free flight training, for the first year of operation -- a $13,250 value.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.20.08)

Aero-Linx!

The mission of the Project North Star Association of Canada (PNSAC) is to assist the Canada Aviation Museum in the restoration of its aircraft collection, as well as other related tasks that fall within its capabilities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.20.08): Lagrange Points

Aero-Terms!

Five points with respect to an orbit which a body can stably occupy. Designated L1 through L5.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.20.08)

"This is the first step in creating a totally new space communications capability, an interplanetary Internet."

Source: Adrian Hooke, team lead and manager of space-networking architecture, technology and standards at NASA Headquarters in Washington. NASA announced this week it successfully tested the first deep space communications network modeled on the Internet.

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