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April 03, 2008

Eclipse Adds Additional Garmin Gear To Avio NG

Dual GPS 400Ws To Be Incorporated

Eclipse Aviation announced Thursday the incorporation of dual integrated Garmin GPS 400W units into Avio NG, to provide dependable state-of-the-art GPS navigation to the Eclipse 500.

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Like Buddah: Jules Verne ATV Docks At ISS

Fully Automated Cargo Vehicle Performs Flawlessly

It may not sound like much... but it's a major step towards the continued resupply of the International Space Station. NASA reports the first European Space Agency Automated Transfer Vehicle, the Jules Verne, docked to the aft port of the International Space Station's Zvezda Service Module at 1045 EDT Thursday morning.

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WI TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0998  Issue Date: April 03, 2008 at 1402 UTC  Location: VIOLA , Wisconsin near LONE ROCK VOR/DME (LNR)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: CHICAGO (ZAU) Center, 630-906-8341 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 04.03.08

A Sport Pilot Rating On The Horizon, With Rob Finfrock

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.03.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.03.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Training For The Sport Pilot License: 04.03.08 (ANN Special Report, with ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock.)

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Denied, But Not Out: Northrop Says It 'Welcomes' Slimmer Boeing KC-X Protest

GAO Says No To Requests For Dismissal Of Boeing Allegations

When is a defeat not a defeat? Ask Northrop Grumman... which on Thursday acknowledged the Government Accountability Office denied its motion, and one filed by the US Air Force, asking for a partial dismissal of a protest filed last week by Boeing regarding the KC-X decision process.

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Shutdown! ATA Airlines Closes Its Doors, Discontinues Service

Employees, Passengers Surprised By Overnight Announcement

Four days... three airline shutdowns. Early Thursday morning, ATA Airlines suddenly announced it is shutting its doors, and abruptly cancelled all current and future scheduled flights.

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And ANOTHER Airline In Trouble: Sun Country Cuts Back Pilot Ranks

Will Idle Almost 30 Percent Of Workforce Over Summer

On Thursday, Minnesota-based low-cost carrier Sun Country Airlines announced plans to furlough nearly 30 percent of its pilots, effective May 1.

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Alitalia Acqusition Talks Fall Apart; Carrier's Future Unclear

Former CEO Says "Only An Exorcist" Can Save Airline

Talk about cutting off one's nose, to spite their face. The controversial -- but, in the eyes of many analysts and investors, absolutely necessary -- sale of Italian flag carrier Alitalia appears to be dead in the water Thursday, after new demands from the beleaguered airline's unions sent negotiators from Air France-KLM packing.

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ATA Vows To Fight DOT On Congestion Pricing

Airlines Don't Want User Fees... Oh, The Delicious Irony...

Most economists agree landing fees for airliners, which vary based on traffic levels, are a good way to trigger market forces to solve congestion. Even The Department of Transportation agrees.

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UAL Pilots Say Company Survey Confirms Neglect Of Employees

Morale Down As CEO Tilton's Profits Are Climbing

A recent employee survey conducted by United Airlines confirms what the airline's pilots and other employees have been expressing to CEO Glenn Tilton and his executives over the past several years: that the airline has neglected its employees for too long.

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Reports: Delta Board To Consider Merger Options

Two-Day Meeting Begins Thursday

The Delta Airlines Board of Directors reportedly will hold a meeting Thursday and Friday. Wouldn't it be great to be a fly on the wall, and find out firsthand how the merger idea is playing?

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.03.08

Sturgell says airline maintenance is 99 per cent compliant.
United announces more cancellations for airliner inspections.
And the airlines may sue the DOT over congestion pricing.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.03.08

Sturgell says airline maintenance is 99 per cent compliant.
United announces more cancellations for airliner inspections.
And the airlines may sue the DOT over congestion pricing.


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ANN Special Feature: Rob Finfrock, Sport Pilot - 04.03.08

Today, ANN's Paul Plack talks with Aero News Managing Editor Rob Finfrock. Rob is nearing readiness for his Sport Pilot practical test, and describes coming back from a year's layoff, and what its

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Aero-TV Special Report: College Park Airport Remains A Victim Of 9/11 (Part 2 of 3)

A Very Important Mini-Documentary On The Most Famous of the "DC-3"

They called them the 'DC-3.' Three of the nation's most interesting and vital airports were restricted, strangled and severely punished for the fact that they were located in somewhat close proximity to the nation's capital... and after 9/11, that was a bad thing, indeed. The most celebrated of these airports is College Park Airport, in Maryland... and is none other than the world's oldest continuously operated airport.

Aero-TV Special Report: College Park Airport Remains A Victim Of 9/11 (#2 of 3)

A Very Important 3-Part Documentary On The Most Famous of the "DC-3"

They called them the 'DC-3.' Three of the nation's most interesting and vital airports were restricted, strangled and severely punished for the fact that they were located in somewhat close proximity to the nation's capital... and after 9/11, that was a bad thing, indeed. The most celebrated of these airports is College Park Airport, in Maryland... and is none other than the world's oldest continuously operated airport.

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Gone West: Autogiro Preservationist Steven Pitcairn

Worked To Further Legacy Of Father's Company, Aircraft

Aero-News learned with sadness this week that autogiro proponent Steven Pitcairn passed away Saturday, March 29, at the age of 83.

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AOPA Marks Fifth Year Of DC ADIZ With Reminder To Pilots

Violations Still Occur... But They Can Be Avoided!

Ever since federal security officials imposed an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around the Washington, DC area in March 2003, general aviation pilots have been getting better and better about not making mistakes and operating as required in the ADIZ and its inner "no-fly" Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ).

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FAA Says Airline Audit Is Yielding Real Results

Agency Says Findings Validate Overall Approach To Safety

No doubt that most of us would be quite content to earn a 99 percent approval rating on nearly any test... but is that a passing grade for airline safety? The FAA says yes... mostly.

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NTSB Says VFR Into IMC To Blame For April 2006 Accident

T-Storm In Area When Sierra Went Down

The National Transportation Safety Board says bad weather and a pilot in over his head in stormy, nighttime conditions caused an April 2006 crash that killed a Florida neurologist and his 17-year-old son.

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PASS Plans To Tell Congress FAA Culture Lacking On Airline Safety

To Testify Thursday Before Congress About FAA Oversight

Tom Brantley, national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), released the following statement regarding his upcoming testimony on April 3 before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on FAA oversight of air carriers:

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Citation Mustang RTW Flight To Start Over From Qatar

India Denied Landing Of Record Flight From Pakistan

Sometimes, even the grandest intentions fall victim to political unrest... and such appeared to be the case last week for Jared Isaacman, 25, who set out March 29 on a privately-funded, round-the-world trip in his Cessna Citation Mustang.

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NAFI Announces March 2008 Master Instructors

"The Best Of The Best"

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

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US Navy Bids Farewell To VS-31 At NAS JAX

Topcats End 60 Years Of Service In Ceremony

The US Navy said farewell to the Topcats of Sea Control Squadron 31 (VS-31) in a disestablishment ceremony held March 27, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville.

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If You Needed More Proof A-10s Are Tough...

Warthog Makes Gear-Up Landing At Edwards

Aero-News has learned a US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II made an emergency gear-up landing at Edwards Air Force Base March 25, while participating in a Green Flag sortie out of Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base.

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NASA Launches Airborne Study Of Arctic Atmosphere And Pollution

DC-8 Flying Lab Takes To Alaska Skies

NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory departed the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA Tuesday for Fairbanks, AK to participate in one of the largest international atmospheric studies ever attempted.

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AirVenture 2008 To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Nanchang CJ-6

50-Plane Formation Planned For Chinese Airplane

One of the longest-produced aircraft models in history, the Nanchang CJ-6, will have its 50th anniversary celebrated during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 on July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.03.08)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome Aboard! Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SEVEN served the Navy and the United States faithfully and honorably for seven years and ten months in the war to preserve the independence of the Republic of Vietnam.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.03.08): Velocity Turbine

Aero-Terms!

A turbine designed so that it is driven by forces produced by the velocity, rather than the pressure, of the gasses flowing through the vanes. Velocity turbines are used on turbocompound engines as power recovery turbines (PRT). See tomorrow's Aero-Linx for more info on PRTs.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.03.08)

"It’s been five years since this ‘temporary’ flight restriction was imposed and local pilots have learned to just deal with it. But it’s been long enough that pilots from outside the region flying through the Mid-Atlantic may need a not-so-subtle reminder."

Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer. Ever since federal security officials imposed an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around the Washington, DC area in March 2003, general aviation pilots have been getting better and better about not making mistakes and operating as required in the ADIZ and its inner "no-fly" Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). However, two high-profile incursions into the FRZ during a recent one-week period raised security concerns and prompted a ren

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