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December 23, 2007

First Flying Navy Chief Warrant Officers Awarded Wings

Nearly two years ago, the U.S. Navy began the "Flying Chief Warrant Officer" program to supplement the current officer aviation force by placing qualified CWOs in the cockpit as pilots and naval flight officers (NFOs) -- two of the initial applicants received their "wings of gold."

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KSC Celebrates 2007 Achievements

NASA believes that the workers at Kennedy Space Center can reflect on 2007 as a year that celebrated the agency's rich history while adding new chapters to it. Just this past July, Kennedy marked the 45th year as NASA's launch operations center. Its workers and managers focused on the center's diverse missions, including launching the space shuttle and spacecraft atop expendable launch vehicles, gearing up for the Constellation Program and working toward completing the International Space Station.

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2007 Was A Great Year For... EADS Socata’s TBM 850

Sales Reach The 150-Order Milestone

The EADS Socata’s TBM 850 program is reportedly ending a highly successful year with record sales backlog booked for 2008 and moving fast into 2009 along with production rate growth. Nicolas Chabbert, EADS Socata’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing, said that 60 TBM 850 aircraft were sold from its 2008 order book since the allocation was opened in early September of this year.

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CAE Wins Eight FFS And Training Device Orders Valued At Over $C126M

Yup, 2007 continues to have been lauded as a very good year by a number of aerospace firms... such as CAE. The company has confirmed to ANN that it has signed contracts to design and manufacture eight full-flight simulators (FFSs) and associated CAE Simfinity training devices. The contracts with Continental, US Airways, Etihad, Air Algérie and Alteon Training have a total list price value of more than C$126 million and bring the total FFS sales that CAE has announced so far in fiscal 2008 to 29.

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Alternative Water Tank Available for K-MAX Fire-Fighting Helicopters

Aerial firefighters operating Kaman K-MAX helicopters now have a new, highly efficient alternative water-drop system available for use when fighting forest and rangeland wild fires. The new system features a 700-gallon carbon fiber tank developed by Isolair, Inc., a Troutdale, Ore., based helicopter applications manufacturer, and Rainier Heli-lift, a Kirkland, Wash., operator of Kaman's K MAX medium-lift helicopters.

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HAI Announces Recipient of the 2008 Pilot of the Year Award

HAI has disclosed its annual Pilot of the Year Award recipient -- Mr. Franz Ivanovich Levitskiy, Pilot/Instructor, UTair Aviation, Surgut, Russia. Levitskiy began his career in 1965 after graduating from Kremenchug Aviation School of Civil Aviation. Beginning as an M-4 co-pilot, he advanced to pilot instructor with Flight Instruction Team #2, Flight Directorate, UTair Aviation, JSc. UTair Aviation is a large, well-known, respected helicopter operation, accounting for 14 percent of the market share in Russia.

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Book Review: 'Secrets of the Tower'

by ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas How about a little secret under the tree this holiday season? And, I don’t mean Victoria’s Secret. It’s Bob Richards “secret”. Released in July of this year, Secrets from the Tower is Richards inside look at Air Traffic Control from one of the busiest control towers; Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Richards opens his story with a near death experience he had a couple of years back and you’re hooked.

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Upgraded: M7 Aerospace's Thomas Boyle

Named As Director of Information Technology

M7 Aerospace has named Thomas Boyle to the position of Director - Information Technology, with responsibility for the company's computerized communication networks and information systems. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.07)


The Royal Australian Air Force provides air and space power for Australia's security. It is the youngest of the three armed Services in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the uniformed part of the Australian Government Department of Defence. The Royal Australian Air Force is the second-oldest air force in the world (after the British Royal Air Force).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.23.07): Relief Map


A three dimensional map, in which mountains and valleys are formed so as to show what the land actually looks like.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.23.07)

"I was initially a navigation electronics technician aboard submarines... I've always had a fascination for aviation and I've always wanted to become an officer, so this opportunity gave me the chance to do both."

Source: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dale Courtney of Richmond, Va., one of the first two Navy "Flying Chief Warrant Officers. "The Navy instituted the program to supplement the current officer aviation force by placing qualified CWOs in the cockpit as pilots and naval flight officers (NFOs). He and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Rittierodt of Kent, Wash., were among the first to take advantage of the opportunity and received their wings during a ceremony held Dec. 20th.

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