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April 12, 2008

Trouble At Thielert: Board Wants Removal Of CEO From Top Position

Shares Fall On Word Big Selloff Looming

Shares in German aircraft engine manufacturer Thielert AG fell to their lowest levels in three years, after news surfaced the company planned to sell off shares to raise funding and oust CEO Frank Thielert.

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As Cancellations Continue, American Airlines Offers Another Apology

Pilots Say Carrier Has Failed... Well, Pretty Much Everybody

"We anticipate returning to a full schedule on Monday." That statement Friday from American Airlines no doubt comes as little reassurance to hundreds of thousands passengers inconvenienced in the past three days, due to the cancellation of nearly 3,000 flights for emergency inspections of its fleet of MD-80 airliners.

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FAA Publishing NPRM For Sport Pilot Ops

April 15th NPRM To Bring Sport Pilot "In Line" With Other Certificates

The FAA has proposed amended rules for sport pilots and flight instructors with a sport pilot rating, in an NPRM entitled, "Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light Sport Aircraft; Modifications to Rules for Sport Pilots and Flight Instructors With a Sport Pilot Rating."

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Sheppard Officials Begin Replacing T-37s with T-6A Texan II

The T-37 Tweet (pictured below) officially began its march toward full retirement March 31 when 80th Flying Training Wing officials at Sheppard Air Force Base "took the car keys" to its replacement, the T-6A Texan II.

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Bonhomme Dominates First Red Bull Air Race In 2008

He's The Man To Beat, But It's Still Early

Britain's Paul Bonhomme got his Air Race World Series season off to a flying start Friday. with a resounding victory in the final against Hannes Arch of Austria. Event organizers report over 250,000 spectators lined the beaches of the Corniche in Abu Dhabi to watch the first race of the 2008 series.

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Dallas Airmotive Signs Engine Maintenance Contract With Austrian Airlines

Long-Term Deal Covers MRO For Rolls-Royce Tay Engines

BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul company Dallas Airmotive recently signed an exclusive, long-term maintenance contract with Austrian Airlines for maintenance, repair and overhaul of the airline's Rolls-Royce Tay engines.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Kills Six Armed Criminals Near Baghdad

A Hellfire missile fired from a coalition unmanned aerial vehicle killed six heavily armed criminals in northeastern Baghdad Thursday, military officials reported.

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EADS Socata Offers Internships For 'Young Eagles'

College Students Offered Chance To Experience Aircraft Production

College students from Illinois and Wisconsin will have a first-hand look at EADS Socata’s aircraft design, manufacturing and support operations during an internship organized in cooperation with the Experimental Aircraft Association’s "Young Eagles" program.

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First 767-300 Converted Freighter Takes Flight

Arrives In Seattle For Flight Testing Towards Certification

Boeing and All Nippon Airlines celebrated the inaugural flight of the first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter this week, as well as completion of the airplane's journey to Seattle on the airplane's second flight.

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Xerion Intro's Digital Engine Management System For Piston Twins

Piston Twin Engine & Fuel Instrument Retrofit

Xerion Avionix, makers of the AuRACLE Engine Management System, has disclosed details of the CRM 2120, a digital engine management system upgrade for general aviation piston twins. The CRM 2120 replaces an aircraft’s existing array of engine and fuel gauges with one primary integrated system that significantly reduces pilot workload and enhances safety.

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AVMAP Offers XM WX Satellite Weather On Select Portable Navs

XM Satellite Radio has announced that AvMap will offer XM WX Satellite Weather as an option on their top-of-the-line portable navigation systems including the EKP-IV, the EKP-IV PRO and the GeoPilot II Plus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.12.08)


The New England Air Museum is dedicated to the teaching and preservation of aviation history and technology especially in regard to Connecticut's contributions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.12.08): Ruddervator


Control surfaces on an airplane that combine t he functions of the rudder and the elevators. Ruddervators are the movable surfaces in a V-tail empennage.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.12.08)

"Anyone who was surprised has been sleeping for the past weeks. The bottom line is the company has booked relatively high sales and profit, but never has had good cash flow."

Source: BHF Bank analyst Jochen Klusmann, commenting on the news German diesel aircraft engine maker Thielert AG plans to sell off shares to raise funding, and oust CEO Frank Thielert.

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