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December 21, 2008

WhiteKnightTwo Makes Its Maiden Flight

SS2 Carrier Aircraft Lifts Off On One-Hour Shakeout

It's official: "Eve" has wings. Scaled Composites' WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft ascended into the skies over the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV) Sunday morning, for an hour-long test flight that marked the most public milestone to date for the company's plans to implement commercial space travel.

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Continental 737 Goes Off Runway On Takeoff In DEN

At Least 38 Injured, But None Seriously

A Continental Airlines Boeing 737-500 went off the runway on takeoff from Denver International Airport Saturday night, injuring at least 38 of the 112 passengers and crew onboard.

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Wagstaff Has Her Day In Court On DUI Charge

Fined For First-Time DUI, Resisting An Officer

Aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff appeared in a Wisconsin court Friday to face charges stemming from a July 31 incident at Wittman Regional Airport during last summer's AirVenture.

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Jeppesen Partners With Chinese Aviation University

Some 2,000 Chinese Pilots Trained Worldwide Per Year

Jeppesen has entered into an agreement with the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) to develop and deliver standardized ab initio pilot training courses that are approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

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Missouri Helo Dealer Sentenced For Fraud

Aircraft Rebuilt With Damaged And Defective Parts

The owner of a western Missouri helicopter salvage and repair operation was sentenced in federal court this month for fraudulently reselling improperly repaired aircraft.

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Forward Vision Awarded STC For Cirrus SR20/SR22 EVS

Retrofit Mod Priced At $17,500 Plus Installation

Cirrus Design made waves at AOPA Expo 2008 with the announcement of its Perspective EVS enhanced-vision system on new Cirrus SR22 G3 aircraft equipped with the Garmin G1000-based Perspective avionics suite. Now, similar technology is available for SR20s and SR22s already in the field.

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Report States FAA Facilities Continue To Fall Apart

Most Air Traffic Control Buildings Have Exceeded Their Planned Useful Life

A report requested by Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-MN and chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, was released Wednesday by the Transportation Department's Inspector General's office, painting a grim assessment of the physical condition of the nation's air traffic control facilities.

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HAI Announces Its 2009 Pilot Of The Year

Tom Brooks Is Base Manager Of Canadian Helicopters Ltd.

HAI recently announced the 2009 Pilot of the Year Award recipient, Tom Brooks; Base Manager, Canadian Helicopters Ltd. (CHL), Smithers, British Columbia, Canada.

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Golden Air Introduces The ATR 72-500 To Sweden

New -500 Joins Recently Purchased Secondhand Plane

Swedish airline Golden Air took delivery last week of its first new ATR -- a 72-seat, PW-127M-powered ATR 72-500. The airline, which currently operates a fleet of five Saab 340B, five Saab 2000 and a second-hand ATR 72-500 recently acquired, becomes the first Swedish carrier to introduce the '-500 series' ATRs in its fleet.

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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Ready To Ship To Florida

Hmmm... UPS, Or FedEx?

Here's one holiday package with a VERY high declared value. Engineers are getting ready to pack NASA's Kepler spacecraft into a container and ship it off to its launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.21.08)


Honoring the legacy of the men and women at Groom Lake and on the NASA High Range in Nevada the battleground of the Cold War. This site is dedicated to the memories of our band of brothers, especially those we lost in the CIA U-2 and A-12 Projects Aquatone and OXCART at Groom Lake, during Operation Black Shield at Kadena, Okinawa, and on the NASA High Range.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.08): ATCT


Airport Traffic Control Tower. A terminal facility that uses air/ground communications, visual signaling, and other devices to provide ATC services to aircraft operating in the vicinity of an airport or on the movement area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.21.08)

"This was an unpleasant display of somebody thinking they were more special than others."

Source: Winnebago County Assistant District Attorney Adam Levin, during Friday's court hearing into a DUI incident involving airshow performer Patty Wagstaff this past summer at AirVenture 2008. Wagstaff pleaded no contest to first-offense drunken driving and a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer. Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Key sentenced Wagstaff to pay $500 in fines plus court costs, and revoked her driver's license for eight months.

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