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November 24, 2007

USAF: Entire F-15 fleet Returning To Flight Status

Gen. John D.W. Corley, commander, Air Combat Command, sent a message Nov. 21 to F-15 pilots, weapons systems officers and maintenance professionals outlining the actions the Air Force has taken following the Nov. 2 F-15C Eagle mishap that resulted in the loss of the aircraft.

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Cobham Buying S-Tec

Selling For US$38 Million

Cobham plc ('Cobham') tells ANN that has reached an agreement to purchase S-TEC Corporation from Meggitt plc for a cash consideration of US$38m on a debt and cash free basis payable on completion. The purchase is anticipated to complete before the year end, subject to regulatory approval. S-TEC designs, certifies and manufactures autopilots for general aviation aircraft, ranging from small single-engined to light commuter aircraft.

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Sonex Introduces Optional Pre-Assembled Spars

Sonex Aircraft is introducing a new labor-saving Sonex Aircraft Complete Airframe Kit option: Pre-Assembled Main Wing Spars for Sonex and Waiex airframes, making Sonex Aircraft easier to build than ever before. While retaining full compliance with the FAA’s Experimental Amateur-built “Major Portion” regulations, these pre-manufactured optional kit components can be expected to reduce Sonex Aircraft build time by a significant amount. This upgrade can be added to the purchase of Sonex and Waiex Complete Airframe Kits for $2,200.

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AAA-APM Fly-In To Commemorate Air Mail Anniversary

The Antique Airplane Association, along with the Board of Directors of the Air Power Museum, have announced that the 2008 AAA-APM Invitational Fly-In at Antique Airfield, in Blakesburg, Iowa, will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the beginning of air mail service in the Unites States. The dates for the fly-in are August 27 to Sept. 1, 2008.

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Boeing Delivers Third C-40A To AFRC

To Be Used For Government Transport

Last week, Boeing delivered the third of three C-40C transport aircraft to the US Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), providing a critical airlift asset to government leaders on official business.

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KLM Splits Order With Boeing, Airbus

Three 737-700s, Two 777-300ERs, Three A330s

This week, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines added a handful of new Boeing and Airbus planes to its fleet, to strengthen its short- and- long-haul operations.

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Embraer's First Lineage 1000 Begins Interior Fitting

Delaware Company Will Provide Almost All Components

The first Lineage 1000 -- Embraer's ultra-large executive jet, based on the planemaker's E190 commercial airliner -- arrived on November 16 at PATS Aircraft Completions, a division of DeCrane Aerospace, located in Georgetown, DE. The aircraft is being outfitted with a customer-selected interior, designed by Priestman Goode from the United Kingdom.

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Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Flight Academy To Launch ASE Pilot Training Devices

DAE University has elected to team with Aeronautical Systems Engineering (ASE, Inc.) for the provision of innovative, state-of-the-art pilot training equipment for the DAE Flight Academy pilot training and education programs. ASE will deliver training devices for integration into DAEFA’s ab initio single engine Cirrus aircraft training program followed by pilot training equipment to meet their multi-engine and future training needs.

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NASA Dryden Awards Engineering, Tech Services Contract

Tybrin Corp. Wins Four-Year Base Deal

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a multi-year competitive contract to Tybrin Corporation of Fort Walton Beach, FL for engineering and technical services at the NASA field center.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.24.07)


Initiated in 1992, the AST Program is a NASA/ US industry/ FAA partnership for developing high-payoff technologies to enable a safe, highly productive global air transportation system. This system will include a new generation of environmentally-compatible, economical aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.24.07): Early Warning Radar


Long range radar that scans the sky in all directions to detect enemy aircraft and missiles. Detection and warning occur early enough to allow fighters to intercept and destroy the threat before it reaches the target.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.24.07)

"We accept this risk because of our overriding duty to provide unrivaled combat air power for the defense of our Country." Source: Gen. John D.W. Corley, commander, Air Combat Command, concerning a message sent to F-15 pilots, weapons systems officers and maintenance professionals outlining the actions the Air Force has taken following the Nov. 2 F-15C Eagle mishap that resulted in the loss of the aircraft.

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