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December 23, 2008

More Signs Of Tough Times... NBAA Cancels ABACE 2009

OK, We Could Sure Use An Upswing Anytime Now...

Just when you have your fingers crossed things won't get any worse... The National Business Aviation Association announced Wednesday that economic conditions have led to the cancellation of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in 2009. The event was scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on February 11 and 12.

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NTSB: Tires, Brakes Likely Not Factors In Flight 1404 Accident

CVR Picked Up Unusual Sounds Before Jet Departed Runway

Preliminary evidence determined from the wreckage of Continental Airlines Flight 1404 shows no sign of any pre-impact problems with the Boeing 737-500's tires or braking systems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday night.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.23.08

Your Flying Questions Answered, In A 2-Meg File... With CFI Of The Year Max Trescott

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.23.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.23.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Your Flying Questions Answered, In A 2-Meg File: 12.23.08 (ANN Special Report, with Max Trescott, 2008 National

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PW4000 Advantage70 Turbofan Earns FAA Certification

Will Enter Service On A330s In Mid-2009

Pratt & Whitney's PW4000 Advantage70 engine received Federal Aviation Administration FAR 33 certification recently, with the first -100" series upgraded engines slated to enter service on new Airbus A330-200 and -300s by mid-2009. 

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V Australia Revises Start Dates For LAX Service

December Launch Delayed By Boeing Strike

V Australia confirmed Monday a new launch date of February 27, 2008 for launch of its inaugural trans-Pacific flight from Sydney to Los Angeles.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.23.08

The NTSB starts its work in Denver.
Patty Wagstaff apologizes, but says the show will go on.
And DOT wants to work with airlines to ease congestion at LaGuardia.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.23.08

The NTSB starts its work in Denver.
Patty Wagstaff apologizes, but says the show will go on.
And DOT wants to work with airlines to ease congestion at LaGuardia.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Max Trescott - 'Learn to Fly' E-book - 12.23.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Max Trescott, 2008 National CFI of the Year, about his new e-book, Learn to Fly. The 37-page book answers many common questions about learning to fly in a 2 MB PDF file

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Acquires SpaceDev

Will Be Cornerstone Of New Space Systems Business Area

Sierra Nevada Corporation President, Eren Ozmen, announced Monday SNC has completed the acquisition of SpaceDev Inc, following the passing of company founder Jim Benson in October.

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NASA Hangs In Limbo On Obama Transition

Agency Awaits Griffin's Next Move, Constellation's Future

Widely rumored development problems with NASA's next-generation manned space program, early campaign promises by President-elect Brack Obama to trim spending on space exploration, and reports of head-butting between the transition team and Administrator Michael Griffin are causing uncertainty within NASA.

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UAL Looks To Form Non-Traditional Relationship With Continental

Less A Marriage... More 'Friends, With Benefits'

The unlikely pairing of United Airlines with Continental may redefine the very notion of an airline partnership, and analysts are curious to see what 2009 has in store for the two carriers.

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NTSB Notes Maingear Serviced Prior To CRJ Gear-Up Landing

Air Wisconsin Plane Landed Without Left Main December 14

In its Preliminary Report issued this week, the National Transportation Safety Board notes a Bombardier CRJ200 that landed with its left maingear up at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) December 14 had just been serviced by maintenance workers... during which time they may have failed to properly attach the main gear uplock assembly.

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FAA Approves Boeing 787 Dreamliner Maintenance Program

Airliner Will Require Less Frequent Mx, Manufacturer Claims

Boeing announced some progress Monday for its 787 Dreamliner. The US Federal Aviation Administration has approved the composite-bodied airliner's scheduled maintenance program.

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Are You Ready For KC-X, Round Three?

Bidding War To Start Anew In 2009

Boeing and Northrop Grumman revealed hints last week on how each company will approach the next round of their bidding war for a US Air Force tanker contract.

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KC-767s Complete Fuel Transfer Operations

Italian Tanker Tops Off Second Refueler

A Boeing aerial refueling aircraft built for the Italian Air Force transferred fuel to another Italian KC-767 during a December 17 flight test over northern Kansas, marking the first time a KC-767 tanker has been refueled by another aircraft.

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Aero-TV: Corkey Fornof -- Continuing The Legend (Part 2)

OK... We Admit It, We're BIG Fans!

Most of the world has seen him fly -- but often in the guise of some other person... whether it be James Bond or The Phantom. The man behind the stick for some of aero-movie-dom's most famous scenes is none other than JW "Corkey" Fornof... one of the best pilots in the biz and a helluva nice guy. Better yet, he claims to be ANN's biggest fan... and with that particular approbation (one he hasn't been bashful about voicing -- Thanks!), it seemed only natural that he become the subject of an Aero-TV feature.

Aero-TV: Corkey Fornof -- Continuing The Legend (Part 2)

OK... We Admit It, We're BIG Fans!

Most of the world has seen him fly -- but often in the guise of some other person... whether it be James Bond or The Phantom. The man behind the stick for some of aero-movie-dom's most famous scenes is none other than JW "Corkey" Fornof... one of the best pilots in the biz and a helluva nice guy.

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DOT Announces Stopgap Congestion Remedy For LaGuardia

Short-Term Effort Calls For Airlines To Work With Gov't

Even though the Department of Transportation's fevered effort to implement slot auctions at delay-plagued New York-area airports is on indefinite hold, the agency appears eager to try anything in order to reduce congestion. On Monday, outgoing DOT Secretary Mary Peters announced the FAA proposes to work with carriers to voluntarily reduce scheduled operations there from 75, to an average of 71 per hour.

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NASA Study Links Severe Storm Increases To Global Warming

Study's Findings Consistent With Earlier Report, Says Scientists

The frequency of extremely high clouds in Earth's tropics -- the type associated with severe storms and rainfall -- is increasing as a result of global warming, according to a study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

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Cessna Delivers First Retail Citation XLS+

EASA Certification Expected By Early '09

Last week, Cessna completed the first Citation XLS+ retail delivery to an undisclosed customer based on the East Coast of the United States.

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Embraer Wins 11-Plane Order From British Airways

To Be Operated By BA CityFlyer Subsidiary

Embraer and British Airways signed a contract Monday for 11 E-Jets to be operated by regional subsidiary BA CityFlyer, which operates international and domestic routes from London City Airport, England.

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HAI Announces 2009 Eurocopter Golden Hour Award Recipient

Chicago FD Air Sea Rescue Unit Plucked Baby In Stroller From Lake Michigan

HAI recently announced the 2009 Eurocopter Golden Hour Award recipient, Chicago Fire Department Air Sea Rescue, Chicago, Illinois.

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The Weather Outside? Frightful

Winter Storms Pound US, Snag Flights

From ice storms in the Pacific Northwest, to blizzard conditions over the Upper Midwest and the usual winter mix in the Northeast... it looks to be a truly lousy holiday travel season throughout much of the United States.

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German Aircraft Winning The War... In Model Plane Sales

Model Maker Reports Apparent Fascination With German Designs

Airfix, an established name in model replica kits of all sorts, said current buying trends show German WWII kits have taken the lead over their counterpart Allied forces kits. German replicas have captured 55 percent of the market, reversing a decades-old sales pattern.

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KSC Selects SRA For Constellation Launch Control Systems

Spacecraft Command Language Will Help NASA Modernize LCS Computers

Technology consulting firm SRA International announced this week NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has chosen SRA's Spacecraft Command Language (SCL) to support the Constellation Program, which will develop the new systems and vehicles that will replace the Space Shuttle and provide for the nation's next generation of space exploration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.08)

Aero-Linx!

Founded in 1940, NATA aggressively promotes safety and the success of aviation service businesses through its advocacy efforts before government, the media and the public as well as by providing valuable programs and forums to further its members' prosperity. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.23.08): GDP

Aero-Terms!

Ground Delay Programs are implemented to control air traffic volume to airports where the projected traffic demand is expected to exceed the airport's acceptance rate for a lengthy period of time.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.23.08)

"Too many flyers know that LaGuardia's delays are the worst of the worst, and we want to use every tool at our disposal to help passengers stuck with this grueling congestion."

Source: Outgoing DOT Secretary Mary Peters, who announced Monday the FAA proposes to work with carriers to voluntarily reduce scheduled operations at New York LaGuardia from 75 per hour, to an average of 71 per hour.

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AD NUMBER: 2008-26-02 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-26-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain GE CT7-8A turboshaft engines.

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