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January 14, 2008

TX TFR: 01.18.08 - 01.20.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1249  Issue Date: January 14, 2008 at 1609 UTC  Location: Pampa, Texas  Beginning Date and Time: January 18, 2008 at 1845 UTC  Ending Date and Time: January 20, 2008 at 2005 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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CA TFR: 01.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1283 Issue Date: January 14, 2008 at 1922 UTC Type: Security

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Eclipse Aviation Secures Long-Term Financing Through Agreement with ETIRC

Expanded Partnership Targets Eclipse 500 As The Global Standard for VLJs

Talk about a BIG deal. On Monday, Albuquerque, NM-based planemaker Eclipse Aviation announced it will expand its partnership with European Technology and Investment Research Center (ETIRC) Aviation. Under terms of the deal, Eclipse can take advantage of an equity investment by ETIRC in Eclipse that is "substantially" in excess of $100 million.

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EADS Pulls Out All The Stops To Win KC-X, Garner US Support

Will Assemble A330 Freighter In Mobile... But Only If KC-30 Selected By USAF

It's great news for Alabama... but comes with strings attached. European aerospace consortium EADS announced Monday it will set up production lines for the upcoming Airbus A330 Freighter and Northrop Grumman KC-30 Tanker platform in Mobile, AL... but only if the KC-30 is selected by the US Air Force as its new aerial refueling platform.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 01.14.08

Walking The Walk, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.14.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.14.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Putting His Theories Into Practice: 01.14.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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Sea Launch Begins New Countdown For Thuraya-3 Launch

Liftoff Scheduled Early Tuesday Morning

Representatives with Sea Launch tell ANN its team has arrived at its launch site on the Equator and initiated a new 72-hour countdown, in preparation for the launch of the Thuraya-3 mobile communications satellite on Tuesday, January 15.

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Lockheed Goes With ATK To Design, Build Orion's Solar Arrays

CEV Contract Expected To Exceed $50 Million

Alliant Techsystems was recently selected by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to design, develop and build UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA's next generation Orion crew exploration vehicle.

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Report: Virgin Atlantic To Fly Biofuel-Powered 747 In February

First Flight Will Come 10 Months Earlier Than Planned

Virgin Atlantic has given itself the green light to go green, a lot earlier than planned. On Monday, the British airline announced it plans to operate the world's first commercial jet flight powered by biofuel next month.

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Mesa Pilots Begin Contract Negotiations With Management

Regional Carrier Announces Q4 Loss Of $62.2 Million

Mesa Air Group pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), began expedited negotiations with management last week -- ahead of the airline's announcement Monday of an operating loss of $62.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

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Argentine Airline Flight Delays Cause Chaos

Angry Passengers Vent On Airline Staff

The scene at Buenos Aires' Ministro Pistarini International Airport this weekend looked like something straight out of a bad movie.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.14.08

Suddenly, the Delta merger rumors are coming from Delta!
The latest runway incursion in Atlanta was a really close call.
And the courts block new background checks at the Jet Propulsion Lab.<

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.14.08

Suddenly, the Delta merger rumors are coming from Delta!
The latest runway incursion in Atlanta was a really close call.
And the courts block new background checks at the Jet Propulsion Lab.

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller - 01.14.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about his new flight school near Buffalo, NY, where Bob will have the chance to demonstrate his theories about how flight instructio

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Canadian Students To Enter International UAV Competition

Hoping Computerized Plane Is A Winner

After three years of hard work, a team of engineering students at the University of Alberta successfully launched their unmanned, computer-controlled aircraft into the Edmonton skies last summer. Now they’re ready to take on a new challenge.

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #3--Former FAA Boss Marion Blakey

From the Heartbreaker's List #3: Former FAA Boss Marion Blakey  

Let's face it... Marion Blakey broke our hearts in 2007. The Administrator of the FAA not only seemed to forget the importance of general and business aviation, she suddenly seemed to redefine the role of the FAA to stand as the Federal Airline Administration. The decisions and rhetoric coming out of the FAA HQ building last year sounded as if it was written for, or by, the airline lobby and a number of pundits rudely but justifiably wondered out loud if, in fact, that was just what was happening.

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AD: Oxygen

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-11 MANUFACTURER: Oxygen SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain oxygen reserve cylinders.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-01-04 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-01-04 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Aero-TV Update: Talking Sport Aviation EFIS Systems With Dynon Avionics

Popular Sport Aviation EFIS Builder Continues To Push The Envelope

Check out a seeming majority of the current crop of LSAs and you're likely to see one of Dynon Avionics' uniquely compact experimental EFIS systems aboard. Check out a number of experimental aircraft and you're still likely to see a Dynon in the panels.

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Aero-TV Update: Talking Sport Aviation EFIS Systems With Dynon Avionics

Popular Sport Aviation EFIS Builder Continues To Push The Envelope

Check out a seeming majority of the current crop of LSAs and your likely to see one of Dynon Avionic's uniquely compact experimental EFIS systems aboard. Check out a number of experimental aircraft also, and you're still likely to see a Dynon in the panels. Dynon Avionics entered the turbulent sport aviation marketplace with the announcement of their EFIS-D10 barely eight years ago. This compact offering packed a lot of EFIS capability into a standard 3-1/8" panel hole, making it an easy choice for pilots looking for lots of info without sacrificing an equivalent amount of panel space.

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Four Lost In Ohio C-340 Accident

Witnesses Say Twin Spiraled Into Yard

A twin-engine Cessna 340 crashed Saturday afternoon while preparing to land at Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport near Port Clinton, claiming the lives of four north-central Ohio residents.

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CA Flight School Under Investigation By Immigration Agents

No Apparent Terrorism Link

Immigration authorities are investigating a flight school near San Diego, CA on suspicion of sponsoring student visas while lacking Federal Aviation Administration certification.

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FAA Wants Alaska To Kick In For ADS-B

$34 Million Needed For Safety Program

FAA officials have asked the State of Alaska to assist in equipping 4,000 commercial and private aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics over the next five years.

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Klyde Morris (01.14.08)

Klyde Sees A Moneymaking Opportunity...

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ATC: Pilot Had Difficulties On Approach Before St. Pete Accident

Skyhawk Goes Into Bay, Three Onboard Lost

Tim Monville, investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters the pilot of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk that ditched on approach to St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport (PIE) Saturday appeared to line up for approach to the wrong runway before the accident.

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #4--A Tough Year For Airshows

From the Heartbreaker's List #5: A Tough Year For Airshows

Dear Lord... what an unfortunate year for the airshow industry -- though to be honest, we're not exactly sure why it flew along on such a low note. The airshow industry experienced a far larger than normal number of accidents in 2007 -- of all manner of types and causes. We lost aerobats, military jet team members, warbird drivers, you name it... and in every case, of course, a great tragedy occurred. We lost valued members of an elite aspect of aviation who make all aviators look good to the groundhogs of the world and serve the very best interests of the aviation world every time they take flight.

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Prez Candidate Continues To Have Trouble With Planes

Obama's G-II Clips Caravan On Midway Ramp

Illinois Senator and presidential hopeful Barack Obama had just flown into Midway Airport from a long day of campaigning in Nevada, when the wing of his chartered plane clipped the wing of another plane parked nearby.

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #5--ATA

From the Heartbreaker's List #5: ATA

Those who work in the higher echelons of the airline biz may look upon ATA and its President, James May, as one of their more vocal proponents... but the last year has proven that ATA was willing to go to great lengths and make great sacrifices in search of sympathy for its agenda -- and they didn't seem to care about how far they had to twist the facts to do so.

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AV-ED Flight School Selected As Latest Diamond Flight Center

Will Hold January 19 Open House To Celebrate

AV-ED Flight School, Inc., President Dr. Don Robb announced this week the company has been appointed as the first Diamond Flight Center in Northern Virginia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.14.08)

Aero-Linx!

AMCA is a group dedicated to honoring and reuniting sailors and aircrew who served in Airborne Mine Countermeasures squadrons.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.14.08): Airfoil

Aero-Terms!

Any surface designed to obtain a useful aerodynamic reaction when air passes over it. Airplane wings, propeller blades, and helicopter rotors are examples of airfoils.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.14.08)

"Any time this kind of violation occurs, we’re going to make sure we do a very thorough investigation including any possible security breaches. But the investigation is ongoing and it would be premature to make any terrorism link."

Source: Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency spokeswoman Lauren Mack. Immigration authorities are investigating flight school Anglo-American Aviation near San Diego, CA on suspicion of sponsoring student visas while lacking Federal Aviation Administration certification.

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