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April 09, 2008

NBAA Announces Upcoming Light Aircraft Conference & Exhibition

Aims To Spotlight Smaller Side Of BizAv

When you think of the National Business Aviation Association, what types of aircraft first come to mind? Citations, Challengers, Falcons and the like... right? Well, NBAA would like people to think smaller, too.

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MN TFR: 04.09.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1851 Issue Date: April 08, 2008 at 1921 UTC Location: ELY , Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: April 09, 2008 at 1500 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 09, 2008 at 1615 UTC Reason for NOTAM: DUE TO BLASTING ACTIVITY AT BABBITT IRON MINES Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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TX TFR: 04.10.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1848 Issue Date: April 08, 2008 at 1907 UTC Type: VIP

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TX TFR: 04.10.08 - 04.13.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1838 Issue Date: April 08, 2008 at 1854 UTC Type: VIP

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NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1792  Issue Date: April 08, 2008 at 1604 UTC  Type: Airshow 

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Boeing Drops A Bomb: 787 Delayed For Third Time

First Flight Now Q4 2008; Deliveries In Q3 '09

It's not really unexpected... but it's still a major blow to Boeing's struggling 787 Dreamliner program. Moments ago, the American planemaker announced a revised plan for first flight and initial deliveries of the 787, that moves target dates for those milestones off by as much as six months beyond earlier expectations.

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Tales From The Swamp: Day One At Lakeland 2008

Rain, Low Clouds Turn Sun 'N Fun Grounds Into 'Mud And Scud'

As is often the case when ANN staffers first steer our rental cars down West Pipkin Rd, approaching the gates of the Sun 'N Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, FL each year, several questions crossed my mind.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.09.08

Van's Aircraft Founder Dick VanGrunsven

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.09.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.09.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- An RV-12 Update: 04.09.08 (ANN Special Report, with Van's Aircraft founder Dick VanGrunsven.)

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ERAU Workshop Explores Ways To Counter Pilot Supply Challenge

Proposed Solutions Range From Airline Partnerships, To Faster Training

One of the most pressing issues in the aviation industry today is the challenge to the pilot supply pipeline as employers who used to require 1,000 hours or more of flight experience now hire pilots graduating from collegiate programs with as few as 250 to 300 hours.

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Eurocopter AS350/355 Receive Chelton Software Upgrade

6.0B Earns Additional STC Approval

The Chelton Flight Systems Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) recently approved the amendment to Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR02230AK-D, allowing software version 6.0B to be run on Chelton’s Synthetic Vision EFIS displays in Eurocopter models AS350 and AS355. 6.0B was TSO'd in December 2007 and is DO-178B Level-A certified.

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FAA Reassigns Regional Safety Official

Was In Charge Of Southwest Airlines Oversight

According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the FAA says it has reassigned a senior safety official days after Congress was told about maintenance lapses and ineffective oversight at Southwest Airlines.

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Certified! G1000-Equipped Cessna Caravans

Also Cleared For TKS Ice Protection

The 'Garmin-ization' of Cessna's single-engine line is complete. Cessna announced this week in Lakeland that it recently achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification to deliver its Caravan models with Garmin G1000 integrated avionics as standard equipment.

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Aspen Avionics Previews 'Evolving' Product Line At Lakeland

Work Well Underway On EFD1000 MFD, ATP-Variant PFD

With certification of its Evolution EFD1000 primary flight display still hot off the presses, the crew at Aspen Avionics previewed their upcoming line of Evolution multi-function displays.

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Liberty Launches New XL-2 Model At Lakeland

But Questions Remain About Layoffs

Liberty Aerospace Inc. announced the launch of the advanced XL2 Vanguard Edition at Lakeland 2008.

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First Completed Texas Sport Cub Displayed At Lakeland

Father/Daughter Team 'Kwikbuilt' Plane

Texas Sport Aircraft Company announced this week the recent completion of the first-sold Texas Sport aircraft kit. The aircraft was flown to Lakeland, FL and is on display in the American Legend Aircraft Company booth at Sun 'n Fun Fly-In from April 8-13.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.09.08

Diamond upstages Cessna to be first with Garmin's synthetic vision.
Garmin adds FliteCharts and SafeTaxi to the GMX 200.
And EAA's insurance now includes powered parachutes and weight-shift t

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.09.08

Diamond upstages Cessna to be first with Garmin's synthetic vision.
Garmin adds FliteCharts and SafeTaxi to the GMX 200.
And EAA's insurance now includes powered parachutes and weight-shift trik

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ANN Special Feature: Dick VanGrunsven, Van's Aircraft - 04.09.08

In an opening day surprise at Lakeland, Van's Aircraft started taking orders for wing kits for the company's new RV-12 Light Sport Aircraft on Tuesday morning. ANN's Paul Plack cornered company pre

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Aero-TV Checks Out 'Two Weeks To Taxi! (Part 3 of 3)

One of the most exciting and innovative programs in the sport aviation industry is an interesting little program that attempts to defeat the many common issues that prevent today's kit aircraft builder from completing the complex task of completing a kit-built SportPlane. Called "Two Weeks To Taxi," the folks at Glasair Aviation have looked at all the factors that keep airplanes from being built and built a packaged solution that not only virtually guarantees a completion, but does so in near record time.

Aero-TV Checks Out 'Two Weeks To Taxi' (Part 3 of 3)

The Finale: Two Weeks To Taxi Turns Dreams Into Reality in Record Time

One of the most exciting and innovative programs in the sport aviation industry is an interesting little program that attempts to defeat the many common issues that prevent today's kit aircraft builder from completing the complex task of completing a kit-built SportPlane.

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American Cancels MD-80 Flights Aplenty For Reinspection

FAA Inspectors Find Planes Still Out Of Compliance

More than 500 American Airlines flights were cancelled Tuesday, so the carrier could begin re-inspecting its entire 300-plane fleet of MD-80 airliners to insure proper stowage of wiring bundles inside the aircrafts' maingear wells.

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Garmin Intros G950 All-Glass, Standard Configuration Avionics

Quartz Mountain's 11E First OEM Application

The news from Garmin just keeps on coming. On Tuesday, the avionics maker announced its G950 avionics suite, an all-glass avionics suite that is designed for aircraft manufacturers who want a standardized avionics configuration and will complete certification of their airframe’s avionics panel on their own.

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Embraer Formally Intros MSJ, MLJ Executive Jets

Best-In-Class, Brazilian Style

On Tuesday, Embraer formally introduced its new Embraer MSJ and Embraer MLJ executive jet programs, which were recently approved by the company’s Board of Directors.

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Powered Parachutes, Trikes Now Eligible For EAA Insurance

Owners May Obtain Hull, Liability Coverage

The EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, which already serves thousands of aircraft owners throughout the United States, is now available to even more owners, the Experimental Aircraft Association announced Tuesday at Lakeland 2008.

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Van's Aircraft Launches Sales of RV-12 At Lakeland

Company Says E-LSA Certification Will Be Sought

In an opening day surprise at Lakeland, Van's Aircraft began officially taking orders for the wing portions of its new RV-12 Light Sport Aircraft kit. The company brought a beautiful, yellow, flying proof-of-concept aircraft to aviation shows in the second half of 2007, but cautioned that neither the 100-HP Rotax 912ULS engine nor the wing design seen in that test aircraft were finalized.

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DOT's Peters Names New York 'Aviation Czar'

Agency's Attempt To Bring Order To Chaos

US Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced Tuesday that Marie Kennington-Gardiner of Staten Island has been tapped to serve as director of the New York Integration Office, created by the Department last year as part of a coordinated effort to address chronic aviation delays in the New York region.

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Mooney Launches Online Maintenance Training, Expands Warranty

Also Delivers First Acclaim Type-S To Speedy Dentist

In a wide-ranging press event that touched on a multitude of new programs, Kerrville, TX-based Mooney Aircraft filled in attendees Tuesday at Lakeland 2008 on the latest chapter in the storied planemaker's history.

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AFS Displays Newest Inlet Barrier Filter At AAAA Convention

ARH-70A IBF Shown At Army Aviation Assoc. Of America 2008

Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. tells ANN the company is displaying its new Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the US Army's Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH), the Bell ARH-70A, at the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) convention in National Harbor, MD this week.

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Vertical Power Introduces 'Set And Forget' CCS

Automatic Climate Control For Experimental Aircraft

Experimental aircraft systems provider Vertical Power, developer of the first solid-state electrical system for experimental aircraft, announced the launch of the VP-200 Climate Control System.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.09.08)


Bleriot was not only the originator of the monoplane design that is basic to every business aircraft manufacturer today, but he also originated streamlining of the fuselage; the engine placed forward, with the single tractor propeller; the rudder, elevator, and stabilizer placed on the aft part of the fuselage; and even a partially swiveling landing gear with a capability for crosswinds.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.09.08): Domestic Airspace


Airspace which overlies the continental land mass of the United States, plus Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. possessions. Domestic airspace extends to 12 miles offshore.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.09.08)

"The factory-built airplane concept is going to depend a lot on the market volume or potential. I think a lot of the light sport airplanes you see now are being manufactured in small quantities in small shops, and that's not conducive to keeping the price down. I've felt all along that unless we can see a sufficient volume to tool up and really have an efficient assembly line, it's going to be sort of self-defeating to even try that."

Source: Dick VanGrunsven, founder of Van's Aircraft.

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