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March 03, 2007

New Evidence Could Delay Murder Trial In OV-10 Crash

Defense Attorney Accuses CDF Of Sabotage

The strange circumstances surrounding the September 6, 2006 loss of a California Department of Forestry OV-10 Bronco spotter plane just became a lot stranger. The CDF announced to attorneys this week a bottle of alcohol and a gun were found amidst the wreckage of the crash, that killed two airborne firefighters.

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Hunter Solves Louisiana Crash Mystery

Cessna 185 Went Down In 1966

Harold Schoeffler just couldn't let the wreckage go. It had obviously been there awhile, judging from the rust and a tree having grown around the planes foot pedals. As ANN reported, the businessman stumbled onto the wreckage during a February hunting trip near the Atchafalaya River in southern Louisiana.

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Boeing Says It Will Stop Orders For C-17 Parts

Lack Of New Orders May End Production Of Transport

For the second time in as many years, Boeing laid down an ultimatum Friday -- announcing it will cease ordering parts from suppliers for new C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft that aren't already under contract, or have firm commitments.

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US, EU Reach Tentative Open Skies Agreement... But Few Details Revealed

Several Potential Sticking Points Remain

Friday afternoon, US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced negotiators with the United States and the European Union reached a tentative agreement on easing restrictions on trans-Atlantic flights.

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Liberty Aerospace Lays Off Approximately 20 Workers

COO Says Management Reorganization 'Not A Sign Of Trouble'

 Aero-News received a News-Spy tip early Friday regarding layoffs at Liberty Aerospace. Subsequently, ANN has confirmed that approximately 20 people lost their jobs Friday morning, as part of what the company is calling a "management reorganization."

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Glasair Says 'Two Weeks To Taxi' Has Yielded Surprising Responses

Novice Builders Able To Get More Plane For Less Money

It's been nearly one year since Glasair Aviation announced its Two Weeks to Taxi program... and company representatives say they've been surprised by the response.

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US Air Force Battles Aging Planes

Average Military Aircraft Is 24 Years Old

During the Vietnam War, the average age of aircraft used by the US Air Force was nine years. Now, the average age is 24 years... with aircraft such as the B-52H Stratofortress logging in at greater than 40.

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Jet-Care International Awarded USCG Contract

Will Conduct Oil, Debris Analysis

Aero-News got word on the floor of Heli-Expo 2007 the United States Coast Guard has awarded Jet-Care International a five-year contract to provide oil and debris analysis for the Turbomeca Arriel 2C2CG engines that power the service's HH-65 Dolphin helicopters. Jet-Care will provide analysis for more than 200 engines.

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No Surprise... UPS Cancels Its A380F Orders

Stillborn Freighter Loses Last Customer

From the "two can play at that game" file... one day after being reportedly caught off guard by the announcement Airbus was suspending development of its A380 Freighter, sole remaining customer UPS responded by stating it will scrap its $2.8 billion order for 10 of the aircraft.

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Sikorsky Wins Two S-76 Deals From Brazilian Operator

Lider Aviacao Orders Two S-76++, Four S-76Ds

Sikorsky Aircraft and Lider Aviacao signed a contract for two S-76C++ aircraft in a ceremony held at Heli-Expo 2007 Friday, continuing the 30-year relationship between these companies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.03.07)

Aero-Linx!

Over 2,000 airplane models from around the world grace this small aviation museum, from the size of a postage stamp to wingspans of over six feet, all made of at least 95% paper products.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.03.07): Frederick Brant Rentschler

Aero-Terms!

An engine designer and the founder of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company. He was made US Army captain and assigned to oversee production of aircraft engines during World War I.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.03.07)

"Of course, our critics are eager to triumphantly say "I told you so!" And perhaps they are right -- for the near term. I have often told you that although Eclipse is not yet as good I believe we will eventually be at avoiding problems, I’ll put our ability to solve tough problems up against that of any other individual or company. Pundits have predicted our demise an almost incalculable number of times... There is zero doubt in my mind that our current challenges will produce a stronger company, and a better product. We’ve done it before, and we will do it again.

Source: Eclipse Aircraft CEO Vern Raburn, in a letter to customers Friday detailing the reasons for a regretable slip in the company's planned production schedule through

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