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April 13, 2007

AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7994 Issue Date: April 12, 2007 at 1832 UTC Location: Pinal Airpark, Arizona near TUCSON VORTAC (TUS) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary Flight restrictions are In effect for Aircraft Accident Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Albuquerque (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580

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Foundation Hopes To Acquire And Restore Last B-26K Counter Invader

Honoring 609th Special Operations Squadron Of The Vietnam War

Their story was never featured in the nightly news, nor was broadcast over any radio station. The missions they flew were perilous and were accomplished under extraordinary secrecy in what became one of the first, and possibly most public wars in the modern age. Now, nearly 40 years later, their experiences are coming to light and are being honored by the people that their efforts protected; their children. 

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NASA Rules Battery Failure Doomed Mars Global Surveyor

Agency Unlikely To File Warranty Claim, Though

They just don't build 'em like they used to. After studying Mars -- for, it must be noted, four times longer than originally planned -- NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter appears to have succumbed to battery failure in early November 2006, caused by a complex sequence of events involving the onboard computer memory and ground commands.

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Marines Announce The Osprey Is Going To Iraq

September Deployment Will Mark Tiltrotor's First Combat Mission

After years of testing marred by a number of incidents, including a pair of fatal accidents, the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor transport aircraft will head for its first combat deployment in September, the US Marine Corps said Friday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 04.13.07

An Updated Thunderbolt, Part II

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.13.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.13.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: A Better Thunderbolt, Part II -- 04.13.07 (ANN Special Feature, Wednesday's USAF press conference on the A-10C Thunderbolt II)

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Advanced AWACS Aircraft Completes First Mission Test Flight

Upgraded Plane Takes To Skies For Seven-Hour Systems Shakedown

Boeing tells ANN it has conducted a successful first mission system test flight of an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft upgraded under the Block 40/45 program, the largest enhancement in the history of the US Air Force E-3 AWACS fleet.

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BAE Systems Receives Contract For USAF Drones

Will Convert F-4s To Targeting UAVs

Aero-News learned this week BAE Systems recently received a $26.5 million contract to convert 20 F-4 Phantom fighter jets to full-scale aerial targets for the US Air Force.

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Arguments Continue Over PHL Noise Reduction Plan

County Council Chair Declares: 'Cannot Let FAA Plan Happen'

At a recent Delaware County Council meeting, council chairman Andrew Reilly took exception to US Congressman Joseph Sestak's reported request the FAA call "... a short delay," in the implementation of the integrated airspace alternative at Philadelphia International Airport.

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Airports Explore Speed-Through Security

RFID, Detection Technology May Shorten Lines

Human beings are impatient creatures... and few things flare that impatience like today's air travel experience. Believe it or not, some airports are actually exploring ways to speed and simplify their parking-lot-to-gate process without sacrificing security.

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Spring Snowstorm Hits Upper Midwest

Airlink Jet Skids Off Runway At TVC

One day after a deadly storm grounded hundreds of flights, more snow fell on parts of the Midwest Thursday.

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FAA Says No Collision Risk In March Incident Over Gary, IN

Adequate Separation Maintained Between Landing 737, Citation

The Federal Aviation Administration concluded Wednesday a SkyValue flight did not come close to colliding with another aircraft during a botched landing last month in Gary, IN.

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AD: McCauley

AD NUMBER: 2007-08-04 MANUFACTURER: McCauley SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-08-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for McCauley Propeller Systems models 3A32C406/82NDB-X and D3A32C409/82NDB-X propellers, installed on Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) IO-520, TSIO-520, or IO-550 reciprocating engines. These propellers are herein referred to as C406 and C409 propellers, respectively.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2007-08-03 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-08-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2006-17-04, which applies to certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 172R, 172S, 182T, T182T, 206H, and T206H airplanes.

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AD: Hartzell

AD NUMBER: 2007-08-02 MANUFACTURER: Hartzell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-08-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Hartzell Propeller Inc. model HC-E4A-3( )/E10950( ) propellers.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.13.07

Pilots under 40 may soon be able to hold onto their medicals a bit longer...
An urgent matter in a Boston-area control tower delays flights...
And the Civil Air Patrol has found a missing Sea

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.13.07

Pilots under 40 may soon be able to hold onto their medicals a bit longer...
An urgent matter in a Boston-area control tower delays flights...
And the Civil Air Patrol has found a missing Sea

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ANN Special Feature: Pt II - US Air Force, A10-C Update - 04.13.07

Today, we bring you Part II of the US Air Force news conference, held Wednesday, to update reporters on a major update to the A10 Thunderbolt II. Hosts are Col. James Ratti, 508th Aircraft Sustainm

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Delta Pilots Selling Bankruptcy Claims

Payout Amounts will Vary

Roughly 6,233 pilots employed by Delta Air Lines, Inc. have opted to sell their individual portions of a $2.1 billion unsecured bankruptcy claim the carrier gave them during pay negotiations in 2006.

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FCY May Head In New Direction

New Commission Believes Shift In Priority Due

The Forrest City Municipal Airport's newly appointed commission has indicated the airport may be headed in a new direction after an informational meeting Tuesday night in Forrest City, AR.

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Merlin Skids Off Runway Following Aborted Takeoff At PWK

Pilot Says Engine Was 'Pulling, Surging'

A twin-engine turboprop airplane skidded into a ditch at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, IL earlier this week after the pilot experienced engine trouble and aborted the takeoff, authorities said.

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Airline Passenger Bill Of Rights Pitched To Senate

PBOR Joins Forces With Other Public Advocacy Groups

The Airline Passenger Bill of Rights (PBOR) made its way to the US Senate this week, as two consumer organizations joined forces with the Coalition for Airline Passenger Bill of Rights to support the group's goal of guaranteeing passengers left for hours on runways such basic rights as food, water and the right to deplane.

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Investigators: Garuda Accident Pilot Felt 'Compelled To Save Fuel'

Report Does Not Identify Cause Of Accident

Investigators state a Garuda airlines policy to preserve fuel may have compelled a pilot to attempt a landing at an excessive speed last month, contributing to the subsequent crash in Yogyakarta that killed 21 people.

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Klyde Morris (04.13.07)

The FAA Senses Growing Opposition To User Fees...

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NASA Draws On Apollo Lessons For Orion Landing Procedures

CEV Will Be Able To Land On Land, Or Water

NASA's next manned spacecraft, the Orion, will parachute to the ground in the western United States at the end of its missions, much as Russia's Soyuz space capsules (and China's similar Shenzhou capsules) do today. Orion, however, will also have the ability to land in the ocean in the case of a launch failure, similar to the landings used during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions... and that's an area many NASA engineers aren't as familiar with as they'd like to be.

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Boeing's Second C-130 AMP Aircraft Flies

Comprehensive Avionics Mod Program For Stalwart Transport

Boeing told ANN this week the second C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft flew for the first time late last month, marking a significant step forward in what Boeing calls the most comprehensive C-130 avionics modification ever conducted.

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Body Found in Jet Lavatory Spurs Lawsuit

Carrier Accused of Negligence

A recently filed federal lawsuit contends an airline passenger died in the restroom during a commercial airline flight, but wasn't discovered for more than two hours after the aircraft landed at Chicago O'Hare Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.13.07)

Aero-Linx!

Did you ever wonder what the FAA's Flight Standards Service Civil Aviation Registry does? Get the details here, including issuing some 70,000 aircraft registration certificates and 180,000 airmen certificates annually, providing information to over 140,000 telephone callers, and reserving 17,000 special N-Numbers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.13.07): TACAN

Aero-Terms!

Tactical Air Navigation Aid. An ultra-high frequency electronic rho-theta air navigation aid which provides suitably equipped aircraft a continuous indication of bearing and distance to the TACAN station.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.13.07)

"We want to get off on the right foot and make sure we're going to head down the right path. We want to learn from history and push forward and take it to the next level." Source: Brig. Gen. Susan Helms, commander of the US Air Force's 45th Space Wing, which coordinates Department of Defense emergency support for US human spaceflight missions.

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