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April 05, 2008

AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2008-07-11 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-07-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Sky-Busted: Ultra-LCC Skybus To Fold After Saturday

Carrier Began Operations In May 2007

"America's Ryanair" is going the way of the dodo. Skybus Airlines, which prided itself on bare-bones operations and super-low fares, announced Friday the airline will shut down after April 5.

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Crew Escapes After B-1B Bomber Catches Fire In Qatar

Aircraft Was Taxiing After Landing

There are few details available on why a B-1B Lancer bomber caught fire as it taxied after landing at an airbase in Southwest Asia Friday, though we do know the crew was able to evacuate the plane safely.

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As If Heathrow Didn't Have Enough Problems...

Model Arrested After Confrontation With BA Employee

Talk about the perfect storm.

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Boeing's Q1 Deliveries Climb 8.5 Percent

Sales Also Up Over Same Time In 2007

A record order book only really matters when the customers take delivery... whether you're talking about widgets, or airliners. Boeing noted this week it delivered 8.5 percent more of the latter in the first quarter of 2008 than in the year prior.

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NTSB, Pilot Agree On Cause Of September '07 Accident

Was Ejected From His Own Plane

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has completed its probable cause report on an accident in Florida's Lake Okeechobee last September. It's hard to say which is more bizarre -- the circumstances of the accident, or the circumstances of the rescue.

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Northrop Grumman Launches Website To Show National Support For KC-45A

'America's New Tanker' Garners "Tens Of Thousands" Of Letters, NGC Says

Two can play at that game. Responding to a flurry of recent press announcements by Boeing, attempting to garner public favor for its protest of the awarding of a lucrative US Air Force aerial refueling contract, Northrop Grumman recently launched its own "America's New Tanker" website "to inform the general public about the facts surrounding the US Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman to deliver the KC-45 aerial refueling tanker aircraft."

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S-Tec Celebrates 30 Years With System Thirty Giveaway

Will Award System During Lakeland Fly-In

S-Tec announced this week the company is celebrating its 30th anniversary by giving a lucky aircraft owner a new S-Tec System Thirty two-axis autopilot during the 2008 Lakeland Fly-In, which runs April 8 through 13 in Lakeland, FL.

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Want To Be A Cassini Scientist For A Day?

5th-12th Grade Students Invited To Apply

If you're a student who's ever wondered what it's like to be a NASA scientist, look no further. NASA is giving 5th to 12th grade students the opportunity to study Saturn and make decisions, just as scientists on the Cassini-Huygens mission do on a daily basis.

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ARINC, Boeing Demonstrate 'Landing System Of The Future' For Military

737 Outfitted With Satellite Landing System Shows Off For Crowd

Senior military officers and pilots from the US Air Force, Army and Navy recently got a glimpse of the way many military aircraft will perform landings in the future, using the latest satellite-based Precision Approach technology.

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CAP Volunteer Leaders Enhance Leadership Abilities At Workshop

Future Leaders To Hone Skills At Maxwell AFB

Seventeen of Civil Air Patrol’s top volunteer leaders from across the nation will enhance their leadership savvy at the 2008 Wing Commander Course April 6-12 at CAP National Headquarters, at Alabama's Maxwell AFB.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.05.08)


The Hawaii Museum of Flying (dba Naval Air Museum Barbers Point) was established at the former Naval Air Station Barbers Point, now known as Kalaeloa Airport (PHJR).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.05.08): Powerplant


The complete installation of an aircraft engine, propeller, and all accessories needed for its proper functioning.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.05.08)

"Skybus struggled to overcome the combination of rising jet fuel costs and a slowing economic environment. These two issues proved to be insurmountable for a new carrier. We deeply regret the impact this decision will have on our employees and their families, customers, vendors, suppliers, airport officials and others in the cities in which we have operated. Our financial condition is such that our Board of Directors felt it had no choice but to cease operations."

Source: From a posting on the website of ultra-low-cost carrier Skybus Airlines, which announced Friday it will discontinue operations after Saturday. The carrier launched service in May 2007.

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