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September 10, 2008

AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2008-18-10 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-18-10 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 airplanes.

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AD: Harco Labs Pitot/AOA Probes

AD NUMBER: 2008-19-01 MANUFACTURER: Pitot/AOA Probes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-19-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Harco Labs, Inc. part numbers 100435-39, 100435-39-001, 100435-40, and 100435-40-001 pitot/angle of attack (AOA) probes installed on, but not limited to Eclipse Aviation Inc. Model EA500 airplanes.

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AD: Rolls-Royce

AD NUMBER: 2008-18-08 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-18-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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Emirates Stops Flying Its Only A380 Due To Electrical Glitch

Superjumbo Scheduled To Resume Flights On Friday

The Airbus A380 was nearly two years late in reaching its first customers, due in large part to problems integrating wiring harnesses designed in France and Germany. In an unwelcome irony, Emirates has reportedly taken its first A380 offline to work on an electrical fault.

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Airbus Mulls Over Power8+ Cost-Cutting Program

Includes Plans To Build Parts Factory In Tunisia

EADS appears to be betting a weak US Dollar will remain a problem for its Airbus division through at least 2012. It's union workforce isn't likely to be happy with its response.

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SpaceX Receives USAF Operational License For SLC-40

Plans To Initiate Falcon 9 Commercial Operations At Cape In Q4 2008

Fledgling commercial space launch provider SpaceX announced Wednesday it has been granted an Operational License by the US Air Force for the use of Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida coast.

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DOT Calls On FAA To Implement 13 New Safety Recommendations

Independent Review Found Areas Where Agency Could Improve

On Wednesday, US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters directed the Federal Aviation Administration to implement 13 new safety recommendations from an independent review team tasked with reviewing the current US aviation safety system. 

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Boeing Completes Acquisition of Insitu

UAS Developer Adds To Company's Defense Portfolio

Boeing announced Tuesday it has completed its acquisition of Insitu Inc., a pioneer in the unmanned air systems (UAS) market and leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance, low-cost UAS used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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Continental Furloughs 148 Pilots... But It Could Have Been Worse

Mitigation Agreement Spared 326 Jobs Through Retirements, Leaves Of Absence

The union representing pilots at Continental Airlines announced Tuesday that its efforts, along with the participation of pilots who took part in the programs outlined in a negotiated agreement with Continental, were successful in saving the jobs of 326 Continental Airlines pilots who otherwise would have been furloughed.

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Pilots Tell Congress DHL/UPS Proposal Is 'One Bad Deal'

Say Agreement Would Axe 10,000 Jobs, Slash Competition

The head of the world's largest pilots union called a DHL/United Parcel Service proposal to transfer all DHL flying from ASTAR and ABX to competitor UPS "One Bad Deal" for workers, air express competition, and the US economy in testimony before the US House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 09.10.08

All About The Super Sky Cycle... With The Butterfly, LLC Founder Larry Neal

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.10.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.10.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- All About The Super Sky Cycle: 09.10.08 (ANN Special Report, with Larry Neal, founder and president of The Butterfly, LLC

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Advocates On Both Sides Of KC-X Battle Respond To DoD Decision

Not Surprisingly, Boeing Proponents Applaud Delay

If you thought the current rhetorical stampede to the November 4 US presidential election was overly political, you obviously haven't been following the oft-delayed (and even more-oft-bungled) KC-X tanker competition.

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Terminated: DoD Tanks KC-X Competition

KC-135s Will Soldier On Indefinitely

It may be the final postscript in the evergreen KC-X tanker competition... but it's far from a satisfying ending. On Wednesday, the Department of Defense notified the Congress and the two competing contractors, Boeing and Northrop Grumman, that it is terminating the current competition for a US Air Force airborne tanker replacement.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.10.08

The verdict is in for the guys who brought you the shampoo ban.
EADS announces further restructuring to get Airbus profitable.
And Emirates grounds its A380 over an electrical problem

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.10.08

The verdict is in for the guys who brought you the shampoo ban.
EADS announces further restructuring to get Airbus profitable.
And Emirates grounds its A380 over an electrical problem

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ANN Special Feature: Larry Neal, The Butterfly LLC - 09.10.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Larry Neal, founder and president of The Butterfly, LLC about his career, the fly-drive Super Sky Cycle which is available now, and what he sees for the future.


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Challenger Center Heads To International Space Station

Garriott To Conduct YouTube Lessons For Students While In Orbit

Richard Garriott, the next civilian 'tourinaut' slated to fly into space and son of NASA's Skylab Astronaut Owen Garriott, plans to take up where Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan left off to inspire the next generation. Garriott is conducting educational activities as a part of his scheduled flight to the International Space Station, slated for October in partnership with the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

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Aero-TV: AOPA's Greg Romano Talks About The 'Mission'

AOPA's VP Of Public Relations 'Hails' (Pun Intended) From NOAA

Phil Boyer has served admirably as the figurehead and decision maker for one of aviation's most productive and progressive organizations... but one man (even the leader) does not an organization make.

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Aero-TV: AOPA's Greg Romano Talks About The 'Mission'

AOPA's VP Of Public Relations 'Hails' (Pun Intended) From NOAA

Phil Boyer has served admirably as the figurehead and decision maker for one of aviation's most productive and progressive organizations... but one man (even the leader) does not an organization make.

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Hubble Repair Mission Includes New Challenges, Increased Risks

Daunting Tasks Must Be Accomplished In VERY Hostile Environment

Astronauts preparing for the upcoming STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope -- the last such flight ever to the orbital observatory -- have a daunting tasks ahead of them. Not only will they be performing some of the most complex tasks ever in the history of the shuttle program... but they'll be doing so in a decidedly unwelcoming neighborhood.

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AAL Management Bent Out Of Shape By Pilot's 'Too Slow' Taxiing

Union Decries 15-Day Suspension, Warns Pilots Not To Speak With Chiefs

And we thought the relationship between pilots and management at United was contemptuous! Senior officials at American Airlines recently placed a Los Angeles-based pilot on 15-day suspension, after management accused the pilot of deliberately taxiing too slow at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) in May.

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Commissioners Approve Plans For Add'l 20,000 Gallon SUA Fuel Tank

Witham Field Opponents Against Bigger Fuel Tank For FBO

Lawmakers have approved plans for a new 20,000 gallon fuel tank for an FBO at Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart, FL over protests from airport opponents.

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AIRSHO 2008 Coming Soon To Midland, TX

Event Runs September 19-21

The FINA-CAF AIRSHO 2008, billed as the "Best Warbird Show in America," will be held Friday, September 19th through Sunday the 21st, in celebration of American military aviation. The show will include the Commemorative Air Force's extensive collection of flying Warbirds, modern military and daring aerobatic flights.

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NASA To Test New Equipment Racks Onboard Zero-G Flight

FASTRACK To Be Used On Reusable Suborbital Spacecraft

A new space experiment rack under development by NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL and Space Florida will undergo initial tests this week. The rack will fly aboard NASA's first commercially-provided research flights on Zero Gravity Corporation's reduced gravity aircraft.

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NTSB Rules Pilot Error To Blame For August 2007 Columbia Downing

Plane Mushed In While Turning Base; Six People Lost

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled this week the August 2007 downing of a 2005 Lancair Columbia 400 as it attempted to land at Kern Valley Airport in Kernville, CA was due to pilot error... and confirmed the plane was over its maximum gross weight restrictions.

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Aircell's Gogo In-flight Wi-Fi Goes International With Air Canada

Joins Delta, American In Offering Service In North America

Airborne communications provider Aircell and Air Canada, Canada's largest airline, announced Tuesday they have reached an agreement for the airline to offer Aircell's Gogo (TM) mobile broadband service to passengers on transborder flights -- expanding Aircell's North American footprint, and making Air Canada the first Canadian airline to offer inflight Wi-Fi. 

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FAA Awards Controller Training Contract To Raytheon

Deal Worth $437 Million Over 10 Years

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded a $437 million contract Tuesday to Raytheon, to support the agency in training air traffic controllers.

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Russian Airline Aims For Complete Fleet Renewal

S7 To Dump All Soviet-Era Planes By November

The Board of Directors for Russia's S7 Airlines approved a total fleet renewal program during a meeting held September 8... and when they say "total," they mean it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.10.08)

Aero-Linx!

This site proves that there is someone out there collecting just about anything. 2213 safety cards from 660 airlines, so if you ever find yourself on a Harlequin Air DC-10 and need an extra safety card, you'll know where to look.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.10.08): Gore

Aero-Terms!

A single triangular-shaped panel in the canopy of a parachute. The canopy is made by sewing the gores together to form a circular canopy. Shroud lines are sewed along the seams that join the gores.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.10.08)

"Hubble is where it is... We've got to go where the work is."

Source: Captain Scott Altman, commander of the upcoming STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronauts preparing for the upcoming mission to Hubble -- the last such flight ever to the orbital observatory -- have a daunting tasks ahead of them. Not only will they be performing some of the most complex tasks ever in the history of the shuttle program... but they'll be doing so in a decidedly unwelcoming neighborhood.

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