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September 03, 2008

Bombardier Completes First Flight Of CRJ1000

100-Seat Airliner Sees Light Under Its Wheels

Bombardier Aerospace announced Wednesday the prototype CRJ1000 NextGen jetliner, serial number 19991, made its successful inaugural flight from the Bombardier facility at Mirabel, Quebec earlier in the day.

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FAA Lauds Performance Of Its 'Storm Busters'

Says Gustav Was First Chance To Test Lessons Learned From 2005 Storms

As Hurricane Gustav bore down on the coast of Louisiana over the Labor Day weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration said its personnel played a critical role in evacuating New Orleans and supporting law enforcement and military flights. Now, as the worst storm to hit the region in three years has moved inland, the FAA is assisting recovery efforts.

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Gov't Says Boeing Overcharged On B-1B Decoy System

Sues Planemaker Under False Claims Act

The US government filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Boeing, saying the American planemaker and defense contractor deliberately inflated the price for a decoy system fitted to US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers.

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FAA Ordered To Pay Pilots' Attorney Fees And Expenses

Agency Wrongfully Cited Pilots For Infractions

Aviation Law Experts, LLC tells ANN the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently ordered the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to pay two corporate pilots $12,475.00 for attorney fees and expenses pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act. The ruling came after the NTSB determined the FAA erred in citing the pilots for two infractions related to a March 2008 complaint.

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ATK Awarded $97 Million Contract To Develop Supersonic Target

US Navy Project Aims To Counter Surface-To-Surface Missile Threats

Alliant Techsystems announced Wednesday it was awarded a $97 million contract for the design, development, integration, and test of the Multi-Stage Supersonic Target (MSST) by the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD. With incentives, the value of the contract could reach $103 million.

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AirTran Names Steven Rossum As Executive VP Of Corporate Development

Marks Second Stint At Orlando-Based Carrier

AirTran Airways announced this week the airline has hired Steven A. Rossum as its executive vice president of corporate development. In this new position, Rossum will be focused primarily on corporate strategy, corporate finance, fleet planning, aircraft financing and other strategic transactions.

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United Nixes Buy-On-Board Meals For Overseas Flights

Pilots Say "Flip-Flop" Another Sign Management Has Not A Clue

In response to a number of complaints following its announcement last month of plans to charge travelers -- even business class passengers -- for meals onboard trans-Atlantic flights, on Tuesday beleaguered United Airlines quietly retracted the controversial plan, and said it will continue serving complimentary hot meals on its longest routes.

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BRS To Provide Parachute System On Martin Jetpack

Personal Flying Machine Will Sport Emergency 'Chute

Whole-aircraft emergency parachute system manufacturer Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. announced this week it has entered into an agreement with Martin Aircraft Company to provide the BRS-patented emergency parachute recovery system for all production model Martin Jetpacks.

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Lunar Engine Fired Up Once Again... This Time With Liquid Methane

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Says Tests Will Help Constellation Development

Engineers from NASA and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of hot-fire altitude tests using liquid methane on the RS-18 engine. The tests, conducted at White Sands test facility in New Mexico, are part of the technology development for NASA's Constellation program, and gathered important data on ignition, performance measurement, and rapid start and stop.

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Eclipse Streamlines Management Structure In Quest For 'Operational Excellence'

Billson Named President Of Manufacturing; McConnell To Lead Customer Division

In a release sent to current Eclipse 500 owners and position holders, Eclipse Aviation on Tuesday announced a new divisional structure, as part of the company's ongoing 'operational excellence strategy.'

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Texas Manufacturer Emerges Victorious In Crankshaft Case Trial

Court Throws Out Appeal By Enginemaker Lycoming

The Supreme Court of Texas has denied an appeal by airplane engine manufacturer Lycoming, effectively ending a six-year legal battle with a victory for a Texas company that made aircraft engine parts.

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One Year Later, Teams Continue Search Efforts To Find Fossett

Billionaire Adventurer Disappeared On Labor Day 2007

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of famed aviator and adventurer Steve Fossett... and though official search efforts for the billionaire have ended, friends and admirers continue to scour the desolate Nevada landscape for some sign of what happened.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 09.03.08

AOPA's Andy Cebula, On New ADIZ Training Requirements And Other FAA Developments

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.03.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.03.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- New ADIZ Training Requirements, And Other FAA Developments: 09.03.08 (ANN Special Report, with Andy Cebula, Executiv

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.03.08

A firebomber is down with three casualties in Nevada.
It's official - the hole in that Qantas jet was caused by an oxygen cannister.
And, EAA to FAA: Please keep it simple!

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.03.08

A firebomber is down with three casualties in Nevada.
It's official - the hole in that Qantas jet was caused by an oxygen cannister.
And, EAA to FAA: Please keep it simple!


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ANN Special Feature: Andy Cebula, AOPA - 09.03.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Andy Cebula, Executive VP of Government Affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, about new training requirements for VFR pilots flying near Washington DC,

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Aero-TV: Quest Kodiak Enhances Migration Monitoring Programs

US Fish and Wildlife Service Chooses The Kodiak To Monitor Waterfowl Populations

Waterfowl all over North America may soon have to get used to a new but increasingly familiar sight... that of a massive Quest Aircraft Kodiak Turbo-Prop... an airplane chosen by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct surveys and monitoring under the watchful eye of our Department of the Interior, in cooperation with other affected nations. This aircraft will operate far from home, often in remote areas and have to cover a lot of ground... and on land or water, the Kodiak seems like the ideal aircraft for one of the most demanding missions in the world.

Aero-TV: Quest Kodiak Enhances Migration Monitoring Programs

US Fish and Wildlife Service Chooses The Kodiak To Monitor Waterfowl Populations

Waterfowl all over North America may soon have to get used to a new abut increasingly familiar sight... that of a massive Quest Aircraft Kodiak Turbo-Prop... and airplane chosen by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct surveys and monitoring under the watchful of our department of the Interior, in cooperation with other affected nations.

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NTSB: Main Rotor Separated From Air Evac Helicopter

Identities Of Three Victims Onboard Released

We're days away from the release of the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the weekend crash of a Bell 206B medevac helicopter in Indiana... but investigators released one important piece of the puzzle Tuesday.

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European Commission Looks At Proposed BA-AA-Iberia Agreement

Two Previous Attempts At American/British Airways Partnership Shot Down

The European Commission is examining a transatlantic alliance which allow American Airlines, British Airways and Spain's Iberia SA to coordinate their loyalty programs, schedules and fares on flights between North America and Europe.

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Survivor Recalls Memories of Pentagon Attack

Trauma "Subsides Over The Years, But It Never Goes Away"

The emotional trauma caused by memories of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon have dulled some for survivor Patrick Smith, but the pain will never leave him.

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Families Sue MoD For Negligence In 2006 Nimrod Downing

Suit Alleges Aging Planes Have Never Been Safe To Fly

Two of the United Kingdom families who lost sons when a Royal Air Force Nimrod MR2 burst into flames over Afghanistan two years ago began a landmark lawsuit against the Ministry of Defence in Britain's High Court Tuesday.

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Upgraded! Dennis Constantine Named To New Position At Cutter Aviation

Will Serve As Director Of Technical Services For FBO Network

Aero-News learned this week Cutter Aviation recently named Dennis Constantine as the Director of Technical Services for all locations within the Cutter Aviation network throughout the southwestern United States. Constantine will head up the newly-created Technical Services business unit, which combines all maintenance, avionics, warranty service, and support units into one singular business unit.

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K-State Salina Students Practice Mountain Flying

Fortunately, Pancake-Flat State Is Next Door To Rocky Mountains

Summer was an "elevating" experience for aviation students at Kansas State University at Salina. Troy Brockway, associate professor of aviation at K-State at Salina, took a group of aviation students west this summer to fly high in the Rockies.

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Challenger Center For Space Science Education Welcomes New Board Member

Alan Stern Brings Over 25 Years Experience In Planetary Research To Role

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education's Board of Directors recently welcomed a new member to its ranks: Dr. S. Alan Stern.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.03.08)

Aero-Linx!

Site honoring what is perhaps the most famous of all fighter groups, the "Yoxford Boys".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.03.08): Shepherd Moons

Aero-Terms!

Moons which gravitationally confine ring particles.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.03.08)

"It's an image that haunted [me] repeatedly for at least the first couple of years. I guess the trauma of it subsides over the years, but it never goes away."

Source: Patrick Smith, a survivor of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Smith, an information management specialist for the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel, spoke to the Pentagon Channel last week before the seven-year anniversary of the morning hijackers drove American Airlines Flight 77 into a section of the Pentagon next to Smith's office.

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