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June 09, 2007

CA TFR: 06.12.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3754  Issue Date: June 09, 2007 at 1547 UTC  Type: Special 

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CA TFR: 06.13.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3755  Issue Date: June 09, 2007 at 1554 UTC  Type: Special 

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NASA Engineers Examine Torn Thermal Blanket On Atlantis

Heat Shield Inspections Underway

It's not an area of significant concern just yet... but NASA is keeping a close eye on an exposed segment of the space shuttle Atlantis' aluminum skin, located atop the left orbital manuevering system pod near the shuttle's vertical stabilizer.

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White House Waives New Passport Rules

State Department Admits Surge Of Applications Wasn't Expected

Talk about a governmental logjam. Because of a new passport rule that took effect in January, the State Department has issued more than 4.5 million passports this year, a 60 percent increase from last year, and millions more are waiting to be processed. The wait time for a passport application to be processed has doubled over last year.

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Computer Snafu Snags Flights Along East Coast

Effects Ripple Throughout Country

By Friday evening, it was stormy weather causing delays to flights along the northeastern coast of the United States... but earlier in the day, airports from New York to Boston were socked in by a glitch in the air traffic control network computer system.

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US Airways A320 Makes Emergency Landing In Kentucky

Passengers Heard Engine 'Blow'

A US Airways flight enroute to Phoenix was forced to make an emergency landing in Louisville, KY Thursday night.

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Warbird Report: Lone Star Flight Museum's Updated B-25 Mitchell

Caution -- Warbird Ramblings Follow, Read At Your Own Risk

When we last left ANN's self-confessed "Warbird Nut" Tom Griffith, he had just spoken with Colonel Dick Cole, one of the original "Doolittle Raiders" who flew 16 specially-modified B-25s over Tokyo in April 1942, four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor that catapulted the US into World War II.

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Airlines To Test Global Flight Control System

Project Will Consolidate Current Communication Applications

SITA and Flight Explorer are targeting airlines with the development of an integrated decision-support solution that will provide airlines with the ability to track, manage and communicate with their flights through a single computer screen.

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Alliance For Aviation Across America Surpasses 3,000 Members

Lots Of People Don't Like User Fees...

The Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) tells ANN there are a LOT of entities opposed to user fees against general aviation.

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Man Posing As Pilot Boards Plane Unopposed

Lack of Aviation Knowledge Tipped off Real Pilot

An unemployed man from southwest China bought a pilot's uniform online, downloaded some identification items and proceeded to the Beijing Capital International Airport.

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Boeing Plans Extravagant Unveiling Of 787

Tom Brokaw To Emcee Rollout Event

From the sound of it, Boeing may just give Hollywood glamour a run for its money next month, when the planemaker unveils its 787 Dreamliner to the masses.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.09.07)

Aero-Linx!

The Caterpillar Club was originated at Dayton, OH in 1922. This world-wide club is for pilots who have saved their lives with a parachute in an emergency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.09.07): Thrust Vectoring

Aero-Terms!

Thrust vectoring is the ability of an aircraft to direct the thrust from its main engine(s) in a direction other than parallel to the aircraft's length.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.09.07)

"Everyone's kind of edgy. The explanations are real vague. Immediately you think the worst."

Source: Pat Maio, one of thousands of passengers who experienced travel delays upwards of four hours Friday, due to what the FAA termed a cascading failure throughout its air traffic control system computer network.

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