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September 05, 2008

Strike! Boeing Says Negotiations Have Failed

IAM Workers To Walk Out At 12:01 AM

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.05.08 2000 EDT: It's an announcement likely to surprise few in the industry. Late Friday afternoon, Boeing conceded that mediated talks with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers failed, without reaching agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

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NASA Bumps Remaining Shuttle Launch Dates For 2008

STS-125 Now Scheduled For Liftoff October 10; STS-126, November 12

Confirming what may NASA-watchers saw as a likelihood, on Friday the space agency announced the adjustment of the target launch dates for the two remaining space shuttle missions in 2008. Shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope is now targeted for October 10, while Endeavour's STS-126 supply mission to the International Space Station has moved to November 12.

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For Sale: Demo AATDs, Slightly Used

ELITE Has Deals On Show Sims Through EOY

If you are in the market for an FAA Approved Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) but didn't think you could afford it, now is your chance.

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At Least Three Lost In Coast Guard HH-65 Downing In Hawaii

Search Continues For Fourth Crewmember

Search efforts are underway following the fatal downing of a US Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter during a training exercise Thursday night south of Honolulu, HI.

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Navy Conducts Second Test Of Raytheon's Standard Missile-6

Follows June Firing Of New Interceptor Missile

The US Navy conducted the second test of Raytheon Company's Standard Missile-6 extended range anti-air warfare missile September 5.

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TrueNorth Adds Chris de Hoog As Product Program Manager

Satcom Specialist To Assist In Product Support

TrueNorth Avionics, Inc. announced this week it has hired 11-year Satcom industry veteran Chris de Hoog as Avionics Product Program Manager to assist with customer and product sales support for its growing line of Simphone airborne telecommunications systems.

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University Students Severely Burned In TB-20 Downing

Both In Critical Condition; Plane Impacted Tree Near Airport

Two flight students from the University of Dubuque remain in critical condition, following the Wednesday afternoon downing of their Socata TB-20 Trinidad near Cassville, WI.

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FAA: US Airlines Comply With ADs 98 Percent Of Time

And They're Working On That Other Two Percent

The results are in following an FAA audit of US airline compliance with Airworthiness Directives, announced in April... and the agency says the results are encouraging.

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Qantas Shuffles LAX Terminals In Preparation For A380 Service

Make Way For The Superjumbo!

With the start of the Qantas A380 service scheduled for October 20, the Australian flag carrier is making terminal changes to more efficiently accommodate passengers flying into and out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Qantas currently operates out of Terminals 3 and 4, and Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

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F-22 Raptor Refuels Using Synthetic Fuel

First Aerial Alternative Fuel Transfer Between USAF Aircraft

The F-22 Combined Test Force reached another milestone as an F-22 Raptor based at Edwards AFB performed aerial refueling using a synthetic fuel. It is the first time an Air Force aircraft refueled mid-air using an alternative jet engine fuel.

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RRL Completes Successful Flight Test Campaign At Oklahoma Spaceport

Rocket Racer Flies Record Seven Times In Four Days

The Rocket Racer has some serious flight time under its wings. The Rocket Racing League announced Thursday the successful results of the first seven test flights of the Bridenstine DKNY Rocket Racer conducted at the Oklahoma Spaceport (OKSP) in Burns Flat.

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Aerojet Completes Additional Engine Tests For NASA's Orion Crew Module

Aimed At Reducing Risks In Service On Manned Capsule 

Aerojet tells ANN it successfully completed a hot-fire testing program of NASA's Orion Crew Module's 160 lb. thrust mono-propellant engine. Test program objectives were met by demonstrating pulse mode operation of the engine at expected Orion flight conditions.

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Spirit Airlines Says ALPA Lawsuit Comes At Bad Time

Claims Suit Is 'Without Merit' And Ill-Considered

Spirit Airlines acknowledged Thursday the Air Line Pilots Association had filed a lawsuit against the airline seeking to require the Airline to reverse certain work rule and other changes implemented by the company over the past two months.

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Final Settlements Reached In 1996 Palwaukee Accident

No Further Suits May Be Filed

The participants have finally tired of a marathon lawsuit in Chicago which started more than a decade ago.

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Pilot OK Following Sadler Vampire Accident

Plane Destroyed Following Emergency Landing In Quarry

A two-seat experimental Sadler Vampire made a forced landing in a rock quarry in Findlay, OH on Wednesday, after reportedly losing power. The plane was destroyed in a post-crash fire, but we're happy to say the 24-year-old pilot walked away with minor injuries.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 09.05.08

The Situation At Cirrus Design, With Company President And COO Brent Wouters

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.05.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.05.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Situation At Cirrus Design: 09.05.08 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus President and COO Brent Wouters.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.05.08

Layoffs are announced at Cirrus Design.
Machinists vote to strike against Boeing.
And Midwest Airlines sheds staff, but says it will survive.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.05.08

Layoffs are announced at Cirrus Design.
Machinists vote to strike against Boeing.
And Midwest Airlines sheds staff, but says it will survive.


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ANN Special Feature: Brent Wouters, Cirrus Design - 09.05.08

ANN's Jim Campbell gets answers to questions about the workforce cuts announced Thursday by Cirrus Design, from company President and Chief Operating Officer Brent Wouters.

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Aero-TV Checks Out Oshkosh's 'Cab With A View'

Join Us As The New $6.3M OSH Control Tower Is Dedicated

Near the close of this year's 2008 rendition of the annual Oshkosh aerial extravaganza, a new Oshkosh control tower was dedicated, and done so in the presence of a plethora of federal and local officials.

Aero-TV Check Out Oshkosh's New 'Cab With A View'

Join Us As The New $6.3M OSH Control Tower Is Dedicated

Near the close of this year's 2008 rendition of the annual Oshkosh aerial extravaganza, a new Oshkosh control tower was dedicated, and done so in the presence of a plethora of federal and local officials. After some opening remarks by Great Lakes Regional Administrator Barry Cooper, both EAA President Tom Poberezny and FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell spoke of the beautiful new facility and the commanding view from the top. Mark Harris, Winnebago County Executive, thanked the FAA for funding the tower and remarked how happy the citizens of Winnebago County are to have a new facility with no additional taxe

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FAA Adds ADS-B Equipment In South Florida

Free TIS-B, FIS-B Available To Pilots With Equipped Planes

The FAA announced Thursday that pilots flying in aircraft equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics in South Florida now receive free traffic and weather information on their cockpit displays. This marks the first time area pilots are able see the same traffic information that's seen by air traffic controllers.

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USAF General Sees No Need For New C-17 Variant

But New Orders For Current Version May Be Coming

A 'Hail Mary' proposal from Boeing in hopes of gaining new orders for its C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft may not be needed, according to the four-star general in charge of procuring new cargo planes for the US Air Force.

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Mars Phoenix Lander Raises Vapor Mystery

Probe Sensed Humidity Variances... But Can't Identify Source

NASA has a minor Martian mystery on its hands. A fork-like conductivity probe has sensed humidity rising and falling beside the Phoenix lander... but when stuck into the ground, its measurements so far indicate soil that is thoroughly and perplexingly dry.

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Klyde Morris (09.05.08)

"Fly United... Taste The Mediocrity!"

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Instructor Lands On NY Highway After Engine Failure

Two Students Get Firsthand Instruction On Engine-Out Procedures

"Any port in a storm," as they say... and, any suitable landing area when your engine dies. That's a lesson a 24-year-old Canadian flight instructor was able to impart to two student pilots Wednesday evening, when he safely landed their stricken Bonanza on an interstate highway in upstate New York.

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Evergreen Appoints Director Of Operations At New Space Museum

Ken Till Spent Over 40 Years In Aerospace Industry

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum announced Thursday that Aerospace Industry Veteran, Ken Till, has been appointed to the position of Director of Operations at the recently-opened Evergreen Space Museum. 

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CAPT Program Receives CAAC Training Authorization For Cecil Campus

New Jacksonville Facility May Train Pilots For Chinese Airlines

Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) Program announced Thursday it has received official notification from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China granting approval for CAPT's Cecil campus to train students to fly for airlines in China.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.05.08)

Aero-Linx! 

In honor of the airmen and ground crews of the U.S. Marines, Navy, and Army Air Corps who defended the skies over Guadalcanal in 1942.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.05.08): Nutation

Aero-Terms!

A small nodding motion in a rotating body. Earth's nutation has a period of 18.6 years and an amplitude of 9.2 arc seconds.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.05.08)

"I think after anything like this you always look back afterwards and say that something that seemed to be a problem at the time really isn't a big deal anymore. Because you just went through something some people don't walk away from."

Source: Flight instructor Michael Denning, who safely landed the Beechcraft Bonanza transporting him and two students to Vermont Wednesday evening after the plane's engine failed. Denning landed the stricken aircraft on Interstate 87... bringing the plane down right on the centerline, and leaving less than three feet between wingtips and guardrails on either side.

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