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February 25, 2008

USAF Suspends B-2 Operations Following Guam Accident

Fleet Available To Fly If Needed

It's not a "grounding," per se... but for the next day or so, the US Air Force would prefer not to fly its remaining 20-plane fleet of B-2 Spirit bombers, following the weekend crash of one of the stealthy aircraft in Guam.

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CA TFR: 02.27.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5785 Issue Date: February 23, 2008 at 0044 UTC Type: Security

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CA TFR: 02.28.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5786 Issue Date: February 23, 2008 at 0043 UTC Type: Security

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CA TFR: 02.26.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5784  Issue Date: February 23, 2008 at 0039 UTC  Type: Security 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.25.08

CFIs Are Human Too... With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.25.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.25.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- CFIs Are Human Too: 02.25.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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Heli-Expo 2008: P&WC Launches New Maintenance Program For Helo Customers

Dedicated Fleet Management Program Adds To Offerings

Pratt & Whitney Canada launched an all-new Fleet Management Program at Heli-Expo 2008. The new program is designed to meet the wide-ranging engine maintenance needs of helicopter customers around the world.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Sikorsky Unveils X2 Technology Demonstrator

Aims To Show Rotorcraft Can Travel VERY Fast

An on-again, off-again development project that could change the nature of rotorcraft design has seen the light of day. Sikorsky unveiled its X2 Technology Demonstrator this weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center at Heli-Expo 2008.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Schweizer Aircraft Launches S-434 Commercial Helicopter

New Model Will Feature Fire-Scout Tech

Sikorsky-subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft announced the launch of its new S-434 helicopter Sunday at Heli-Expo 2008. Now in development, the single-turbine aircraft is the next iteration of the Schweizer model 333 (shown below) incorporating many of the design and performance technologies developed on the Fire Scout VTUAV.

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Boeing, Virgin Atlantic Complete Biomass-Fueled 747 Flight

Tout Coconut-Derived Fuel As Sustainable Energy Source

On Sunday, Boeing, Virgin Atlantic and GE Aviation conducted what those companies called the first commercial aviation flight using a sustainable fuel from biomass, mixed with traditional kerosene-based jet fuel.

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Passenger Dies On AA Flight From Haiti

Relatives Say Woman Was Denied O2, Equipment Malfunctioned

An American Airlines passenger died onboard a flight from Haiti last Friday, after being denied access to oxygen twice... and then finding the plane's onboard O2 tanks were empty, according to one of the woman's relatives.

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Reports: Cathay Pacific Pilot Canned Over 777 Flyby

Low, LOW Pass On Delivery Flight Attracts Ire

The South China Sunday Morning Post reports veteran pilot Ian Wilkinson was piloting a new Boeing 777-300ER from Paine Field, near Boeing's plant at Everett, Washington, to its new home in Hong Kong when he reportedly came around and did a low pass. And we mean low.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.25.08

The FAA fights back against NATCA hyperbole.
A turboprop is down in Venezuela -- 46 are lost.
And Seattle Avionics releases Voyager 4.0.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.25.08

The FAA fights back against NATCA hyperbole.
A turboprop is down in Venezuela -- 46 are lost.
And Seattle Avionics releases Voyager 4.0.

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, CFI Human Factors - 02.25.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about when and how to tell your CFI he's making a mistake, and how CFIs are subject to the same "human factors" students train to re

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Heli-Expo 2008: AFS, Le Bozec Offer Inlet Barrier Filters In Europe

Over 3000 IBFs In Service Worldwide

Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS) and French aerospace company Le Bozec Filtration & Systems are joining forces to offer helicopter engine Inlet Barrier Filters direct into the EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Africa) market. Both companies design and manufacture filtration solutions for a variety of commercial and military helicopter applications.

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Heli-Expo 2008: AeroComputers Offers Dual Screen Displays For Tactical Mapping

High-Definition-Capable Displays For UltiChart Maps

AeroComputers recently announced the addition of Dual Screen Displays to the AC line of Ultra High-Resolution Display-Monitors. Created to meet the growing need for high definition capable displays, the dual displays are among a variety of options offered by AeroComputers for dedicated viewing of maps and video.

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Aero-TV Gets Updated On Flight Design's NEW CTLS

Tom Peghiny Reveals Many Upgraded Features For CTLS

The CTLS is ready for the LSA biz... Barely eleven years after the first CT entered production in June 1997, the Flight Design Team is introducing their latest bird... the new 'CTLS.' Similar to the preceding CT models, the changes are cosiderable since the new LS model was designed to address customer requests from the last two years.

Aero-TV Gets Updated On Flight Design's NEW CTLS

Tom Peghiny Reveals Many Upgraded Features For CTLS

The CTLS is ready for the LSA biz... Barely eleven years after the first CT entered production in June 1997, the Flight Design Team is introducing their latest bird... the new 'CTLS.' Similar to the preceding CT models, the changes are cosiderable since the new LS model was designed to address customer requests from the last two years.

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go! Airlines Suspends Suspect Pilots

Flight Crew Under FAA Investigation

Two pilots under suspicion for napping on an inter-island go! Airlines flight have been suspended by the carrier, pending the completion of an FAA investigation.

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Japan Launches Experimental Satellite

Kizuna To Test Sat-Based High-Speed Internet

Aero-News readers in Asia may soon find their Internet connections are quite a bit speedier than before, thanks to an experimental satellite launched Saturday.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Sandel, Aero Dynamix Partner On NVG Display Compliance

LED Displays Now Available With Night-Vision Google Compatibility

Sandel Avionics announced Monday it will partner with Aero Dynamix, Inc., of Euless, TX to offer NVG-compatible versions of its advanced LED retrofit displays, including the new 4-ATI SA4550 ADI- and SN4500 HSI-replacements and the popular 3-ATI SN3500 EHSI and ST3400 TAWS.

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HH-71 Successfully Demonstrates Aerial Refueling

CSAR-X Contender Completes Milestone

The Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland HH-71 Team successfully conducted aerial refueling tests between an RAF AW101 Merlin Mk3 helicopter and an Italian Air Force KC-130J tanker last week, further demonstrating the aircraft's capabilities for the US Air Force's Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) requirement.

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Klyde Morris (02.25.08)

TSA Encounters Yet Another PR ('Pilot Relations') Problem...

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Hawker Beechcraft Agrees To Sell Fuel, Line Service Operations

BBA Aviation To Take Over FBO Duties

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced this week it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its wholly owned fuel and line operations to BBA Aviation for $128.5 million. BBA Aviation is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network.

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SparrowHawk III Added To Eligible Amateur-Built Aircraft List

GBA Awarded FAA's Blessing Ahead Of Suspension Of Inspections

Groen Brothers Aviation announced last week the FAA evaluated its SparrowHawk III kit, produced and sold by GBA's American Autogyro Division, and determined that it qualifies to be included in the FAA listing of Eligible Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits.

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F-35 Lightning II STOVL Completes Fuel Testing

Aircraft Passes Gauge Calibration, Tests Of Systems

Last week, BAE Systems told ANN the company completed critical fuel testing on the first F-35 Lightning II short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant, five days ahead of its schedule proving the maturity of both the aircraft and program.

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Fire Scout UAV To Be Tested Ahead Of LCS Deployment

Navy Will Conduct Operational Evaluation Later This Year

The US Navy has decided to integrate Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) onto another air-capable ship before it reaches the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The Fire Scout is still slated to go aboard the LCS, and the Navy remains committed to transitioning the Fire Scout in that direction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.25.08)

Aero-Linx!

Formed in 1970 at Brampton, Ontario in Canada, this all-volunteer group is dedicated to recreating the sights, sounds and feel of World War One combat aircraft. In doing so, they honor the pilots who served with gallantry and distinction during the Great War of 1914 - 1918.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.25.08): Adverse Yaw

Aero-Terms!

Yaw generated when the ailerons are used. The lifting wing generates more drag, causing an airplane to yaw toward it.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.25.08)

"The issue is currently under investigation and we are cooperating fully with the Federal Aviation Administration. Both pilots have been removed from flight duties pending the outcome."

Source: An unidentified representative of go! Airlines, regarding the airline's suspension of two pilots suspected of taking a nap on a short inter-island flight from Honolulu to Hilo earlier this month.

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