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May 23, 2008

CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8817 Issue Date: May 23, 2008 at 2134 UTC Location: SOUTH OF LOMA PRIETA , California near SAN JOSE VOR/DME (SJC) 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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Mesa Warns Of Bankruptcy Upon Loss Of Delta Contract

SEC Filing Predicts Loan Defaults

A "he said/she said" battle now playing out in a courtroom could result in dire circumstances for cash-strapped Mesa Air Group. The Phoenix-based regional airline -- which has branches throughout nearly the entire US air travel network, including Hawaii -- warned Thursday it could be forced into bankruptcy if Delta Air Lines cancels its contract.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 05.23.08

The 'Stringer' Experience, With ANN's Rob Finfrock

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.23.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.23.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Stringer Experience: 05.23.08 (ANN Special Report, with ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock.)

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EBACE 2008: Embraer Collects Orders From Middle East Customers

Includes LOIs For New Legacy 450 And 500 Jets

Embraer announced at EBACE 2008 this week it has bolstered its executive jet order book in the Middle East with the signing of orders for two Legacy 600 jets, one Phenom 300, and one Phenom 100. The deal also includes a letter of intent for two Legacy 500s and one Legacy 450.

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Aero-News Alert: LIMITED NOTAM Services Return Following FAA Systems Failure

System "Crashed" At 2045 EDT Thursday 

If any of our readers are looking for an IT job... may we suggest applying with the FAA?

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Beech 1900 Down On Takeoff In Billings, MT

Freight Hauler Impacts Building, Pilot Lost

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 05.23.08 0855 EDT: Details are sketchy regarding the fatal downing of a Beechcraft 1900 twin turboprop in Billings, MT early Friday morning.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.23.08

L3's SmartDeck is STC'd for the Cirrus SR22.
NASA says the Phoenix Mars lander is on course and on schedule for its Sunday landing.
And the airlines are back on the attack against general avi

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.23.08

L3's SmartDeck is STC'd for the Cirrus SR22.
NASA says the Phoenix Mars lander is on course and on schedule for its Sunday landing.
And the airlines are back on the attack against general aviati

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ANN Special Feature: Rob Finfrock, Stringers at Oshkosh - 05.23.08

This coming week is the last call for applicants to work with Aero News Network as stringers at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. Managing Editor Rob Finfrock talks with ANN's Paul Plack about what woul

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NASA Sets New Shuttle Target Launch Dates

Hubble Mission Will Lift Off October 8; Atlantis To Continue Flying

On Thursday, NASA officially adjusted the target launch dates for two space shuttle missions in 2008. Atlantis' STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope is now targeted for October 8, and Endeavour's STS-126 supply mission to the International Space Station has moved from October 16 to November 10.

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NASA Says Phoenix Still On Track For May 25 Landing

Scheduled To Land On Mars Sunday Afternoon

With three days and 3 million miles left to fly before arriving at Mars, NASA says its Phoenix spacecraft is on track for its destination in the Martian arctic.

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USAF Retires 48-Year-Old Stratotanker

Only One KC-135E Left In Utah ANG Fleet

One of only two remaining KC-135E-model Stratotankers of the Utah Air National Guard was delivered to its final resting place April 24 to officials of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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DOT Says Combined Delta/NWA TATL Service Passes Anti-Trust Muster

Expanded SkyTeam Alliance Also Includes Four Int'l Carriers

On Thursday, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) said it will grant antitrust immunity to Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, and four of their international partners to combine their transatlantic operations in an expanded SkyTeam alliance. 

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Vector Helicopter Services Flies Glass-Equipped S-61

Workhorse Helo Equipped With Sagem ICDS

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America announced this week the company has successfully test-flown the world’s first Sikorsky S-61 equipped with an Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) from Sagem Avionics.

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Aero-TV At AEA 2008: New Solutions In Aircraft Security

A Novel Solution To An Important Problem

Airplanes are expensive... and valuable...especially when they're yours. Securing them properly has always been a concern to owners and operators but in an era when access and security of aircraft is becoming more and more a "Public" issue, novel solutions to aircraft security would seem to be apropos.

Aero-TV At AEA 2008: New Solutions In Aircraft Security

A Novel Solution To An Important Problem

Airplanes are expensive... and valuable...especially when they're yours. Securing them properly has always been a concern to owners and operators but in an era when access and security of aircraft is becoming more and more a "Public" issue, novel solutions to aircraft security would seem to be apropos.

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FAA Bans Use Of Stop-Smoking Aid By Pilots, ATC

Pfizer Warns Of Mood-Altering Properties Of Chantrix

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration banned the use of the smoking-cessation drug Chantrix for active flight personnel and air traffic controllers, saying the product could factor into accidents.

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Southwest's Kelly Sees Profits As Other Airlines Slide

But Fuel Hedges Can Only Last So Long

Wednesday was a day for Southwest Airlines executives, managers, shareholders and employees to reflect back on the 38-year career of founder Herb Kelleher. Fortunately -- for Southwest, at least -- there was little in the way of bad news to ruin the party, even as cross-town rival American Airlines gave all indications it may be one grounded MD-80 away from the brink.

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Defense Chief Warns Pentagon, Lawmakers About KC-X Decision

Says Capabilities -- Not Jobs -- Should Decide Winner

Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave lawmakers strict instructions this week regarding the hotly-contested KC-X US Air Force tanker contract: don't listen to statements from either side noting how many US jobs might be created.

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Klyde Morris (05.23.08)

Is This American Airlines, Or The NYC Subway? Hard To Tell...

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Aussie Company Receives Patent On Inflight Ice Detection System

Swan International "Ice-Eye" Could Be Used On Most Aircraft

Sydney-based Swan International recently earned a US patent related to development of an Inflight Ice Detection System, which would rely on optical technologies to sense ice accumulating on aircraft surfaces.

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S-76 Helicopter Fleet Achieves Five Million Flight Hours

Started Life As Sikorsky's First Solely-Commercial Project

The worldwide Sikorksy S-76 helicopter fleet has topped the five million flight hour milestone, the helicopter manufacturer announced this week.

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NTSB Issues Recommendations For B757-200 Wing Panels

Says Panels Should Be Inspected For Missing, Cracked Clips

Following a March incident involving a Boeing 757-200 flying for US Airways, on Thursday the National Transportation Safety Board issued three recommendations to address loose, cracked, and incorrectly-fastened wing panels on the type.

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Airplane, Fix Thyself

Engineers Develop 'Self-Healing' Composites

If you're among those aviation old-schoolers having a hard time embracing carbon fiber, you may find this next bit of news even more difficult.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.23.08)

Aero-Linx!

The National Coalition for Aviation Education is a membership organization that was formed in 1993 when the founding member groups signed a formal charter and established a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.23.08): Ionosphere

Aero-Terms!

A region of charged particles in a planet's upper atmosphere; the part of the earth's atmosphere beginning at an altitude of about 400 kilometers (25 miles) and extending outward 400 kilometers (250 miles) or more.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.23.08)

"When I crossed swords with him, I felt like I was in a gunfight and all I had was a knife. I'm proud to call him a friend, and I wish him the very best."

Source: Gerard Arpey, CEO of AMR Corp., about Herb Kelleher. Kelleher stepped down as Chairman of Southwest Airlines on Wednesday... the same day American announced at its annual meeting in Fort Worth it plans to cut 12 percent of its flight capacity, thousands of employees will be furloughed, and passengers will be charged an extra fee for every checked bag.

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SC TFR: 05.23.08 - 05.25.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8758 Issue Date: May 22, 2008 at 2006 UTC Location: Florence, South Carolina near FLORENCE VORTAC (FLO) Beginning Date and Time: May 23, 2008 at 1800 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 25, 2008 at 2045 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Viper East F-16 and other teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Florence (FLO) Air Traffic Control Tower, 843-665-0632

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MD TFR: 05.23.08 - 05.25.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8757 Issue Date: May 22, 2008 at 2000 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: May 23, 2008 at 1730 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 25, 2008 at 1645 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 8/8295: DUE TO CHANGES IN TIMES.

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LA TFR: 05.23.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8756  Issue Date: May 22, 2008 at 1958 UTC  Location: NEW IBERIA , Louisiana near LAFAYETTE VORTAC (LFT)  Beginning Date and Time: May 23, 2008 at 0630 UTC  Ending Date and Time: May 23, 2008 at 0800 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: HOUSTON (ZHU) Center, 281-230-5560 

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FL Shuttle Launch TFR: 05.31.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8731 Issue Date: May 22, 2008 at 1826 UTC Location: Cape Canaveral, Florida Beginning Date and Time: May 31, 2008 at 1357 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 31, 2008 at 2140 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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