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December 27, 2007

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.28.07

Klapmeier says "humbug" to reports Cirrus Design is on the block.
Boeing has now sold more than 787 Dreamliners.
And don't get caught singing "Let It Snow" around United Airlines.

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A Few Aero-Tips For The (Icing) Season #1: Changing Seasons

Avoiding That "Chilling" Sensation

For those of us who have "hit the boots" (or the equivalent system on your favorite bird) a few times in the last few days (despite my home base in Northern Florida...) due to the ever-present seasonal 'charms' of in-flight icing, we thought a series of short tips from Cirrus Design's Scott Winter (yes, that IS his real name) might help us all to consider some of the realities of this time of year.

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Pipistrel's Aero-Electric Aircraft Takes Flight

Lightplane manufacturer, Pipistrel, has notified ANN that they are the latest company to tackle and fly an all-electric powered aircraft. Based on their flighty two place, side-by-side, Taurus motor-glider; the Electro Taurus boasts similar performance and characteristics to their gas-powered Taurus 503.

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Chicago Midway: 737s... Blowin' In The Wind

OK... Just HOW Much Wind Does It Take To Blow Around A Boeing?

Face it... you should never just leave your airplane sitting around without it being tied down -- in most cases. But... a Boeing 737?

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UAL's ALPA Rep: UAL's Holiday Efforts Were 'Feeble Attempt'

UAL/ALPA's Captain Mark Bathurst Is NOT Feeling The Holiday Spirit

Captain Mark Bathurst, Chairman of the United Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association, had a few things to say, Wednesday, about United Airlines' Christmas holiday flight cancellations.

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Kadena Airmen Aerovac Patients In Need

Airmen from the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Kadena Air Base recently were kept busy while 'aerovacing' patients on a KC-135 Stratotanker Dec. 18 from Yokota Air Base, Japan. Members of the 18th AES travel throughout the Pacific picking up critical patients and transporting them to hospitals that can meet their needs.

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TSA Wants You

But Do YOU Want Them? TSA Seeks Officers at DFW and Love Field

The TSA tells ANN that it is looking for talented candidates in the Dallas area to 'work on the front lines of our nation's airports in an ongoing effort to secure the homeland.'TSA at DFW International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) are seeking full- and part-time transportation security officers (TSOs).

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NASA Extends Space Shuttle External Tank Contract

NASA has signed a $465.7 million contract modification with Lockheed Martin, New Orleans, for space shuttle external tanks. The modification aligns and extends all activities associated with the production contract for the tanks to the launch schedule for the space shuttle's retirement date of 2010.

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Boeing Tapped To Build Sixth Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite

Boeing has been chosen by the Air Force to build another SATCOM satellite by exercizing an option for a sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite. The Commonwealth of Australia is funding the procurement as part of a cooperative agreement between the U.S. and Australian governments. The satellite is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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Upgraded: Bombardier's Jason Moir

Joins Learjet Sales Team

Bombardier Learjet has appointed Jason Moir as Learjet's  sales director, for the central United States. Reporting to Ed Thomas, regional vice-president, Learjet sales, US, Mr. Moir is responsible for the sale of new Learjet business aircraft in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.27.07)


The Canadian Aerial Applicators Association (CAAA) was formed in 1986 to promote professionalism among aerial applicators and others associated with aerial application.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.27.07)

"Even short encounters and small buildups of ice can drastically affect the performance and handling qualities. The horizontal stabilizer, which has a smaller radii than the wing, will accumulate ice at a faster rate than the wing. It is estimated that ice accumulates 3-4 times faster on the tail than the wing." Source: Sage advice from Cirrus Design CFI Scott Winter, in the first of a number of icing-related Aero-Tips he prepared for us htis chilly holiday season...  

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