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February 13, 2008

GA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4696 Issue Date: February 13, 2008 at 2203 UTC Type: Hazards

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Runway Safety Focus Of House Subcommittee Meeting

Industry, FAA Debate Ways To Deal With Incursions

Though most of Wednesday's clamor in the halls of Congress had to do with baseball, Roger Clemens, and steroids, another debate raged before the House Subcommittee on Aviation -- what could be done to stem what seems to be a growing tide of runway incursions at the nation's airports.

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NC TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4564  Issue Date: February 13, 2008 at 1345 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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T-45 Goshawk Fleet Hits 800,000 Flight Hours

15th Year Of Service With Naval Air Training Command

This week, Boeing is celebrating a milestone for the T-45 Goshawk, the US Navy's jet trainer aircraft, which this week flew its 800,000th hour in its 15th year of service with the Naval Air Training Command.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 02.13.08

A NIMBY On The Valkaria Airport Advisory Board?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.13.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.13.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A NIMBY On The Board: 02.13.08 (ANN Special Report, with Mike Whaley, a supporter of the Valkaria Airport in Florida.)

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Endeavour To Move To Launch Pad Monday

STS-123 Scheduled For March 11 Liftoff

NASA tells ANN the space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL on Monday, February 18, as preparations move forward for the STS-123 mission. Endeavour is targeted to lift off March 11 on a 16-day mission to the International Space Station.

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Say It Ain't So! Virginia Suspends Airport Awards Program

Ran Out Of Prizes, No Money For More

One of the most exciting programs anywhere for general aviation pilots is Virginia's Aviation Ambassadors Awards. We regret that we must now tell you that after awarding 137 flight jackets, Virginia has run out of prizes, and also run out of money to buy any more.

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Arizona Medevac Service Affected By SSH Closure

Leaves Yuma With One Provider

There's still more fallout from the abrupt closing of Silver State Helicopters. In Arizona, Silver State Air Rescue, in which Silver State Helicopters was a partner, ended service to Yuma Regional Medical Center on Wednesday.

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Congress Looks Into FAA Oversight Of Southwest

Whistleblowers Say Agency Let Planes Fly W/O Inspections

A congressional investigation into FAA oversight of maintenance at Southwest Airlines has been triggered by whistleblowers who allege -- paraphrasing here -- that Southwest has been a little too free to move about the country.

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Bada-'Bus: Airbus Jumps Out To Sizable Orders Lead For 2008

Helped By Two Holdovers From 2007

Boeing beat Airbus for the ceremonial airliner sales trophy in 2007... but so far in 2008, Airbus is off the line way ahead of its American rival.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.13.08

It was another record year for general aviation shipments.
GAMA says user fees remain at the top of the agenda for 2008.
And the Hawker 750 earns a type certificate.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.13.08

It was another record year for general aviation shipments.
GAMA says user fees remain at the top of the agenda for 2008.
And the Hawker 750 earns a type certificate.

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ANN Special Feature: Mike Whaley, Valkaria Airport - 02.13.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Mike Whaley, a supporter of the Valkaria Airport in Florida. That's the airport that just had one of its most vocal NIMBYs named to the airport advisory board. Mike disc

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Admiral Calls Tu-95 Buzzing Of USS Nimitz 'Benign'

"They Are Stretching Their Wings, So To Speak"

The chief of naval operations downplayed the low flight of a Russian Tu-95 over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the western Pacific Ocean.

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Aero-TV Profiles The Cirrus Design SRS (Part One)

A Look Back At The Oshkosh Unveiling

With all the attention (good and bad) being paid to the aggressive position taken by Cessna in bringing an LSA to market, it seemed that it was time to catch up with Cirrus Design's LSA program... starting with an overview of the original announcement at Oshkosh 2007 and updated with the latest info as of the 2008 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, recently concluded in central Florida.

Aero-TV Profiles The Cirrus Design SRS (Part One)

First, A Look Back At The Oshkosh 2007 Unveiling

With all the attention (good and bad) being paid to the aggressive position taken by Cessna in bringing an LSA to market, it seemed that it was time to catch up with Cirrus Design's LSA program... starting with an overview of the original announcement at Oshkosh 2007 and updated (in Part Two and Parth Three) with the latest info as of the 2008 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, recently concluded in central Florida.

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Gone West: Tandem Rotor Pioneer Frank Piasecki

Father Of The "Flying Banana" Was 88

Aviation pioneer Frank Piasecki, who developed the tandem-rotor, heavy-lift helicopters now in service with US armed forces throughout the world, has Gone West.

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Analysts Believe Boeing Has Inside Track For KC-X Contract

Barring Something "Really Stupid" (Again) Bid Is Boeing's To Lose

As the Air Force continues to ponder its decision on a lucrative tanker contract, several analysts say the winds seem to be blowing Boeing's way. While nothing is official yet, word is that Boeing’s KC-767 is the favorite to win, over the Airbus-derived KC-30 offered by Northrop and EADS.

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ISS Crew Enters Columbus Module For First Time

Schlegel Cleared For Wednesday Spacewalk

The STS-122 and International Space Station crews continued setting up and activating the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory Tuesday.

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Delta Says It Won't Increase Outsourced Maintenance

Teamsters President Concerned With Foreign Shops

Will outsourcing be the final answer for Delta Air Lines after an anticipated merger with Northwest Airlines Corp? Not so much, says Delta, which stresses it plans to keep most major service work in-house for 2008.

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MIT Professor, B-52 Alternative Fuels Team Recognized By FAA

Named "Excellence In Aviation Research Award" Winners

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday the agency will present its 2007 Excellence in Aviation Research Awards to Professor Ian A. Waitz, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the United States Air Force B-52 Aircraft Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) Fuels Research Team.

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NASA Assigns Crews For STS-127, Expedition 19 Missions

Latter Will Be First Six-Member ISS Crew

NASA announced this week the crewmembers of the upcoming STS-127 space shuttle mission and the Expedition 19 International Space Station mission. The STS-127 mission will deliver the final components of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory to the station, while Expedition 19 will double the size of the resident crew on the complex, expanding it to six people.

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Careers in Aviation Receives $10,000 Donation

Vanguard Program Advisor Will Remain Anonymous

Careers in Aviation is pleased to announce that the organization has received a generous $10,000 donation from the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program. An account advisor to the endowment fund, who wished to remain anonymous, recommended the grant.

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Women In Aerospace Names New Board Of Directors

Five New Members Named For 2008

Women in Aerospace (WIA) announced this week the selection of five new members to their board of directors. In addition to selecting new members, the board also elected Dawn Sienicki, DigitalGlobe, as their 2008 chair and Linda Karanian, Lockheed Martin Corporation, as vice-chair.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.13.08)

Aero-Linx!

Fighter Squadron 31 was the highest scoring CVL (Light Carrier) squadron and the 4th highest scoring squadron when including the fleet carriers , which had 3 times the number of pilots in them!!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.13.08): Iron Compass

Aero-Terms!

Railroad tracks, as favored by pilots of yore as a dependable aid to surface navigation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.13.08)

"The preferred supplier is Boeing... [The contract] is Boeing's to lose, and Boeing would have to do something really stupid to lose it."

Source: Stephens Inc. analyst Eric Hugel. As the Air Force continues to ponder its decision on a lucrative tanker contract, several analysts say the winds seem to be blowing Boeing's way. While nothing is official yet, word is that Boeing’s KC-767 is the favorite to win, over the Airbus-derived KC-30 offered by Northrop and EADS.

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