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December 28, 2007

ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2007: Scaled Composites, One and ALL (#7)

From the Hero's List... #7: Scaled Composites, One and ALL

Burt Rutan and his troops have undertaken the 'improbable' and turned it into recorded history. Burt and his troops have taken the 'nearly impossible' and made it look (dare I say it?) 'easy.' 2007 was the year that Burt and the folks at Scaled Composites found out that every revolution oft requires a price be paid for the challenges you undertake. This year, despite incredible safety measures, and a nearly flawless record, Scaled Composites found out how costly their dreams can be.

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2007: Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn (#8)

From the Hero's List... #8: Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn

Having Vern on this list is likely to earn me as much hate mail as praise... and for (pretty much) all the same reasons. Still; I truly believe that this guy demands a prominent spot on the heroes list.Yeah, I know all the nay-sayers will talk about busted schedules, the rumors of financial problems (more from hope than actual evidence, we think), and dozens of other issues, but the fact of the matter is that Raburn and the Eclipse troops have pushed the entire industry to react, and adapt, to the challenges he has put before a biz that was so mired in the same old BS, that many honestly feared (at times) the business would sink out of sight and no one would notice.

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AD: Hartzell

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-09

MANUFACTURER: Hartzell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all Hartzell Propeller Inc.models ( ) HC-( )( )Y( )-( )( )( ) compact series, constant speed or feathering propellers with Hartzell manufactured 'Y' shank aluminum blades.

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AOPA Launches New Online Security Course

The security of the nation's airspace, airports and aircraft is every pilot's concern. As the voice for general aviation, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has teamed with the Transportation Security Administration to develop an exciting new online course to help flight schools, FBOs, aircraft owners, renter pilots and flying clubs enhance aviation security.

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Shuttle Team to Modify Fuel Sensors; Jan. 10th Launch Not Gonna Happen...

No New Launch Specified

The Space Shuttle Program met Thursday to assess the progress made to troubleshoot an issue with the engine cutoff sensor circuit that occurred during the recent launch attempts and tanking test. Instrumentation installed for the tanking test indicate that there are one or more intermittent open circuits in the area of the feed through connector on the external tank’s liquid hydrogen tank.

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DOT Lithium Battery/Airline Baggage Limits Start New Year's Day

New US DOT Hazmat Safety Rule to Place Lithium Battery Limits in Carry-on Baggage on Passenger Aircraft Effective January 1, 2008

Passengers will no longer be able to pack loose lithium batteries in checked luggage beginning January 1, 2008 once new federal safety rules take effect. The new regulation, designed to reduce the risk of lithium battery fires, will continue to allow lithium batteries in checked baggage if they are installed in electronic devices, or in carry-on baggage if stored in plastic bags.

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'Ready For Your Close-up? Might YOU Be One Of The Faces Of Aero-TV?

Help Shape The Future of Aviation News!

 ANN has been enormously gratified by the response to our sneak-peek at Aero-TV and with the first debut of SCHEDULED programming coming up (WAY TOO) quickly, it's time to fill in some more staffing requirements (oh, my aching payroll...). Mind you, what you've seen so far is a TINY fraction of what we have in our action plan -- not even the tip of the iceberg -- but apparently it was enough of a start for thousands of you to let us know that YOU want your Aero-TV! FMI: I Want To Be One Of The Faces Of Aero-TV!

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2007: Cessna Boss, Jack Pelton (#9)

From the Hero's List... #8: Cessna Boss, Jack Pelton

Over the last few years I've humorously asked the question, "what in the heck are they putting in the drinking water in Wichita, Kansas these days?" The reason for such an inquiry is the aggressive (and dare say) nonconformist behavior of Cessna's CEO, Jack Pelton. Cessna has been known as a bastion of solid conservative aviation business for quite a few years, and under the legendary leadership of folks like Russ Myers, it often seemed as if Cessna could do no wrong (and for many years, it didn't)... though real change came about at a slower than desired pace.

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2007: Alternative Fuels/Powerplants (#10)

From the Hero's List... #9: Alternative Fuels/Powerplants

AvGas is lovely stuff... but it's getting more expensive by the day -- and there are rumors that its availability may soon be endangered by any number of unseemly factors. Be that as it may... it's time for a change and the rush to alternative fuels and alternatively fueled powerplants couldn't come fast enough for those of us at ANN. We're happy to say the the alternative fuel revolution is in full swing.

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2008 Air Charter Safety Symposium Set For February

2008 ACSS To Include Walk Through of Reconstructed TWA Flight 800 Aircraft 

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has informed ANN that the 2008 Air Charter Safety Symposium, entitled "Developing a Healthy Safety Culture" will take place February 19-20, 2008, at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center in Ashburn, VA, just west of Washington, DC.

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Rockwell Collins Launches eXchange with Service by SKYLink Satellite Broadband

ARINC is now supporting the Rockwell Collins eXchange broadband communications system for business jets. Rockwell Collins announced the availability of eXchange with service by SKYLink earlier this month.

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USAF Tests 15 Ton Bomb

30,000-Pound Bomb Reaches Milestone

A team of weapons specialists has loaded a 20-foot mock bomb into the bomb bay of a simulated aircraft Dec. 18 at Whiteman Air Force Base. The bomb was a mock up of the 30,000 pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a 30,000 pound bomb that has yet to enter production, and the aircraft was a mock up of the B-2 Spirit. The MOP is approximately 20.5 feet long, with a 31.5-inch diameter and a total weight of slightly less than 30,000 pounds.

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Shades Of Sun 'n Fun! CAPBOR 'Banned' In Austin?

December 28th, 2007 Austin Press Conference Canceled - No Room At The Inn For Stranded Passengers

Kicked out of an aviation venue for speaking your mind and trying to right some wrongs? Outside of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In (and Gulag), who would think that such a thing was possible in the good ol' USA? Well... according to CAPBOR's Kate Hanni, the spirit of censorship is alive and well in... Austin, TX.

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Cirrus IPO Rumors 'Not Exactly As Reported...'

Cirrus 'Not On The Block' Right Now

No matter which way you look at it, the general aviation landscape for 2008 may look very different from just a year ago... but not nearly as much as some recent reports might suggest.

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787+: Boeing and British Airways Finalize Contract for 24 787 Dreamliners

787 Program Reaches 787th Order Milestone With Prominent British Airways Order

Boeing and British Airways have finalized an order for eight Boeing 787-8s and 16 787-9s, raising the total number of 787s ordered worldwide from 766 to 790 and taking the 787 order book past the 787th mark. The order is valued at $4.4 billion at list prices. British Airways also placed options for 18 787s and purchase rights for an additional 10.

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A Few Aero-Tips For The (Icing) Season #2: Inadvertent Encounters

Icing Aero-Tip #2 If you inadvertently enter icing conditions, your primary responsibility is to maintain control of the aircraft. Activate all anti-icing and de-icing equipment. If equipped, turn cabin heat on full defrost, turn on the pitot-heat, and activate the alternate induction air. Communicate the state of your situation to air traffic control. Clearly state the urgency of your situation...

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2007: D-Jet/ECJ/TheJet (#11)

From the Hero's List... #11: D-Jet/ECJ/TheJet

Roger Ramjet and George Jetson may soon find themselves with something to be jealous of... as a new generation of exciting GA birds start showing their feathers in the skies over North America -- in the next few years. The dream of being a jet pilot, especially of a jet you own and operate yourself, is about to become a reality for hundreds of pilots who have lined up (so far) for their chance to plunk down at least a million bucks and break free of their piston-powered chains and limitations. Three machines (so far) have shown how intensely intriguing this market segment can be.

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Klyde Morris (12.28.07)

TSA Struggles To Accept Its Newfound Professionalism...

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2007: P.A.S.S. (#12)

From the Hero's List... #12: P.A.S.S.

It's tough to do your job when so many around you seem to be doing all they can, consciously or otherwise, to keep you from succeeding... we see this as part of the burden that America's PASS members must deal with each and every day. Though not totally blameless for their plight, the fact of the matter is that PASS has been given a tough job to do and seems to have been left deliberately unequipped to do what it must to succeed, due to any number of factors, most of which seem well outside of their control.

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GOL Increases Boeing 737-800 NextGen Order to 161 Aircraft

Announces Plan for Fleet Modernization and Renewal

GOL has decided to exercise firm orders for 34 Boeing 737-800 NGs, completing the purchase option for 121 aircraft negotiated in October 2006, and has signed a new contract for the acquisition of 40 additional aircraft for delivery in 2012-2014.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.28.07)


The goal of this site is to track preserved Axis aircraft, and projects aiming at preserving and restoring Axis aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.28.07): Crazing


A form of heat damage that occurs in a transparent thermoplastic material. Crazing appears as a series of tiny, hair-like cracks in the surface of the plastic.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.28.07)

"...the one year reunion and press conference planned to commemorate the incident that spurred the popular airline passengers' rights movement in the U.S. has been canceled. The City of Austin, its airport and the Airport Hilton declined to welcome The Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights (CAPBOR)."

Source: From a statement by The Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights (CAPBOR)... December 29, 2007 will mark the one year anniversary of the stranding in Austin. Coalition members had planned to return to the city to thank its citizens for their kindness and hospitality last year. Unfortunately, the City of Austin Aviation Department declined to allow the organization to hold a press conference anywhere on airport property. The Airport H

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