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April 23, 2008

Pilots Lost In T-38C Downing At Mississippi Base

Plane Crashed On Grounds Of Columbus AFB

US Air Force officials confirm two pilots died when an Air Force T-38C Talon trainer crashed Wednesday afternoon on the grounds of Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.

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Crews Continue Search For Missing Brazilian Priest

Searchers Reportedly Find Balloonist's Chair

A Brazilian priest and amateur balloonist who was attempting to set a new world record went missing Sunday, and crews say they're continuing their search despite dwindling hope he will be found alive.

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BTS Releases Fourth-Quarter 2007 Air Fare Data

Average Fares Rose Four Percent From 2006

If you've flown commercially lately, you already know ticket prices are a lot higher than they were one year ago... and on Wednesday, the DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics released figures to back that up. The government says average air fares in the fourth quarter of 2007 were up 4.0 percent from the fourth quarter of 2006 -- reaching the highest fourth-quarter level since 2001 but remaining 2.7 percent below the high set in 2000 for any October-to-December period.

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ScanEagle UAS Flies With Kerosene-Based Fuel In Iraq

Testing Use Of Jet Fuel In Unmanned Aircraft

Insitu, Inc. announced this week the company recently flew Heavy Fuel Engine (HFE) equipped ScanEagles in Iraq. This was the first demonstration of HFE technology in a real-world environment and was conducted in cooperation with the US Navy.

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First Production Kolb LSA Takes To The Skies

Expects To Introduce Flyer Super Sport At Oshkosh

The New Kolb Aircraft Company proudly told ANN Wednesday the first production unit of its light sport aircraft, the Kolb Flyer Super Sport, took flight for the first time on April 3. The flight was a milestone in a testing program which started six months ago, should be completed by the first week of July.

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Tourniquet, STAT! Delta Posts $6.4 Billion Q1 Loss

Most Of That Is Tied To Bankruptcy Charges

We have a new "winner" in the contest of which US airline managed to lose the most money in the first quarter of 2008... by a significant margin. On Wednesday, Delta Air Lines posted a staggering $6.4 billion loss -- that's not a typo -- for the first three months of the year. The carrier attributed the mind-numbing loss to high fuel prices, and a slumping US economy.

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Business Jet Technologies Installs 60th Stage 3 Hush Kit

QTA Kit Fitted To Gulfstream IIB

Business Jet Technologies announced Wednesday its 60th Quiet Technology Aerospace Stage 3 Hush Kit installation was recently completed on Gulfstream IIB business jet, serial number 16. Now free to access airports with Stage 2 noise abatement restrictions, the aircraft equipped with the QTA kit will also provide passengers with a quieter cabin than ever before.

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Boeing Posts 43 Percent Increase In Q1 2008 Earnings

Despite Economic Woes, 787 Delays... Boeing Continues To Make Money

Even as most of its domestic airline customers continue to bleed red ink, on Wednesday Boeing posted a 43-percent increase to its first quarter earnings for 2008. Net income rose 38 percent to $1.2 billion, according to the American planemaker, and operating margin rose to 11.3 percent.

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Three Lost In Lancair Downing Near Falcon Field

Pilot Reported Mechanical Problems

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.23.08 1100 MDT: The Wednesday morning downing of a Lancair IV-P shortly after takeoff from Falcon Field (FFZ) in Mesa, AZ resulted in the loss of all three people onboard.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.23.08

It's A Tough Job... But SOMEONE Has To Do It!

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.23.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.23.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- It's A Tough Job... But SOMEONE Has To Do It: 04.23.08 (ANN Special Report, with Dan Gryder, on flying the Herpa DC-3.)

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MS TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4662 Issue Date: April 23, 2008 at 2012 UTC Location: CALEDONIA , Mississippi near CALEDONIA VORTAC (CBM) 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

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CT TFR: 04.25.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4625 Issue Date: April 23, 2008 at 1807 UTC Location: Hartford/South Kent, Connecticut Beginning Date and Time: April 25, 2008 at 1355 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 25, 2008 at 1925 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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NC Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4641 Issue Date: April 23, 2008 at 1843 UTC Location: SPRUCE PINE , North Carolina near SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN VORTAC (SUG) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.23.08

United loses a half-billion dollars in the first quarter.
Three astronauts almost didn't make it home Saturday.
And Robert Crandall says US airlines are "now laggards in every category."


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.23.08

United loses a half-billion dollars in the first quarter.
Three astronauts almost didn't make it home Saturday.
And Robert Crandall says US airlines are "now laggards in every category."

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ANN Special Feature: Dan Gryder, Herpa DC-3 - 04.23.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Dan Gryder, who brought the Herpa DC-3 to Lakeland, about the plane's history, and what it can do.

FMI: www.theaviator

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AD: APEX Aircraft

AD NUMBER: 2008-09-02 MANUFACTURER: APEX Aircraft SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-09-02 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-25 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-25 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-400F and -400 series airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2008-09-04 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-09-04 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all McDonnell Douglas airplanes identified above.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-09-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-09-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747 airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-23 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-23 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-200C series airplanes.

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AD: Alpha Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2008-09-01 MANUFACTURER: Alpha Aviation Design SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-09-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-22 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-22 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700,-700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-08-26 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-08-26 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 767 airplanes. This AD requires a one-time inspection to determine the material of the forward and aft gray water drain masts.

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Aero-TV Gets Turned Inside Out With RC Helicopters! (Part One)

A few weeks ago, Aero-TV traveled to Champaign, Illinois, to sample the delights of an all indoor radio-controlled model aircraft event known as E-Fest. It was quite the weekend and we, admittedly, had a great time seeing the best in small model aircraft. While many of the aircraft thrilled us to no end, it was the wild and seemingly non-aerodynamic antics of the RC helicopters that really got our attention. How they work, what you can do with them, and how you can get one for yourself, is the subject of this two part episode of Aero-TV.

Aero-TV Gets Turned Inside Out With RC Helicopters! (Part One)

ANN's Video Crew Gets "Rotor-Happy"

A few weeks ago, Aero-TV traveled to Champaign, Illinois, to sample the delights of an all indoor radio-controlled model aircraft event known as E-Fest. It was quite the weekend and we, admittedly, had a great time seeing the best in small model aircraft. While many of the aircraft thrilled us to no end, it was the wild and seemingly non-aerodynamic antics of the RC helicopters that really got our attention.

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FAA Congestion Plan Draws Ire Of Upstart Canadian Carrier

Porter Airlines Loses Two Of Seven Routes Into Newark

The FAA's recent decision to impose caps on hourly operations at Newark Liberty International Airport has been criticized in some circles as a blunt instrument... and now one Canadian airline says the FAA caps could put it out of business.

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NASA Goes With SpaceX For Launch Contract

IDIQ Agreement Allows Company To Compete For Agency Flights

NASA has awarded Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, a NASA Launch Services contract for the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles.

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NTSB Says Failed Clips To Blame For 757 Wing Panel Shedding

Fastener Change Performed As Part Of 1991 AD

It now appears a Boeing 757 which lost a four-by-five-foot composite wing panel somewhere over Maryland late last month, suffered failed fasteners which were installed as part of an FAA airworthiness directive in 1991.

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Everything Must go! Aloha To Sell Off Aviation Services Business

$2.2 Million Sale Price Will Pay Off Main Creditors

Aloha Airlines, which ended passenger service last month in the face of competition from Mesa's go! subsidiary, has been struggling to move forward with sales of its other divisions. The company's hopes of selling its air cargo division have been placed in jeopardy by assertive creditors, and pilots threatening to strike.

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines Orders Four Apiece Of 777s, 787s

Order Includes Purchase Rights For Another Eight Planes

Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Boeing announced Tuesday the airline's order for four 777-300ER and four 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, during a signing ceremony in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.

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Boeing, Airbus Say They'll Cooperate On NextGen ATC

It's An Earth Day Miracle!

Boeing and Airbus said Tuesday they will join forces to support the development of next generation air traffic control, to improve fuel efficiency, and reduce emissions and congestion.

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HAI Offers Free One-Year Membership To Aviation Students

Hopes To Attract Young People To Industry

Helicopter Association International (HAI) told ANN Tuesday any aviation student wishing to join HAI -- who is currently taking helicopter flight lessons, or is enrolled, or has been enrolled within the past 12 months from date of application, in a helicopter pilot flight training, maintenance technician, or aviation dispatcher course -- can apply for a complimentary one-year membership in HAI.

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Navy Awards Northrop Grumman Unmanned Aircraft System Contract

BAMS UAS Utilizes RQ-4N Platform

The Department of the Navy announced Tuesday the Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded the system development and Demonstration (SDD) contract for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS).

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Careers In Aviation Awarded International Grant

YSA Grant One Of Five Implemented By Group

Careers in Aviation announced this week the organization recently received one of five internationally awarded grants implemented by Youth Service America (YSA), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), division of the US Department of Justice.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.23.08)

Aero-Linx!

Information on the Wright Brothers and Sir George Cayley. Includes simulators of several early aircraft, including the 1903 Wright Flyer I. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.23.08): Specific Fuel Consumption

Aero-Terms!

Rate at which fuel is consumed divided by power or thrust developed, and thus a measure of engine efficiency. For jet engines (air-breathing, not rockets) unit is mg/Ns, milligrams per Newton-second; for shaft engines unit is ?g/J, micrograms (millionths of a gram) per Joule (SI unit of work or energy).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.23.08)

"We need to cooperate where possible for the good of the environment."

Source: Airbus CEO Thomas Enders. Boeing and Airbus said Tuesday they will join forces to support the development of next generation air traffic control, to improve fuel efficiency, and reduce emissions and congestion.

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MN TFR: 04.23.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4439 Issue Date: April 22, 2008 at 1945 UTC Location: HIBBING , Minnesota near HIBBING VOR/DME (HIB) Beginning Date and Time: April 23, 2008 at 1630 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 23, 2008 at 1745 UTC Reason for NOTAM: DUE TO BLASTING ACTIVITY AT KEETAC IRON MINES Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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