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January 15, 2008

VA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1386  Issue Date: January 15, 2008 at 1726 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Reports: Boeing To Announce Second Delay To 787 Program

Would Push First Flight To Late June, No 2008 Deliveries

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 01.15.08 1845 EST: Several sources, including The Wall Street Journal and Seattle Post-Intelligencer aerospace reporter James Wallace, say Boeing will announce a second delay to its 787 Dreamliner program early Wednesday.

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Boeing's 'Sky Commuter' Sells On eBay For $131,700

Buyer Says Historical Curiosity Bound For Museum

It's truly amazing what you can find on eBay. Back in the 80s, engineers at Boeing burned through a reported $6 million developing three prototype vehicles designed to be able to drive on roads, float on water, and fly.

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MI TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1370  Issue Date: January 15, 2008 at 1647 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 01.15.08

Eclipse's ETIRC Announcement, Part One Of Three

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.15.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.15.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Eclipse Aviation's ETIRC Announcement: 01.15.08 (ANN Special Report, with Part One of Monday's press briefing in Albuquerque, NM.)

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University Of Michigan Sued By Charter Operator Over Contract Termination

School Backed Out One Month After June 2007 Accident

The Belleville, MI-based charter operator of a Cessna Citation Bravo that crashed in Lake Michigan last June recently sued the University of Michigan for over $1 million, saying the college terminated its contract after the accident without due cause.

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Ulysses Spacecraft Flies Over Sun's North Pole

Visit Comes After New Solar Cycle Detected

NASA's Ulysses spacecraft made a rare flyby of the sun's north pole Monday. Unlike any other spacecraft, Ulysses is able to sample winds at the sun's poles, which are difficult to study from Earth.

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IndUS Aviation To Display Revamped Thorpedo At Sebring

2008 Models Offer New Equipment, "Show Quality Fit And Finish"

The Sport Aircraft Expo at Sebring, FL is set to kick off later this week... and planemakers are eager to display their new models. One of those companies is Dallas, TX-based IndUS Aviation, which will display its heavily revamped Thorpedo LSA throughout the show.

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Report: Lockheed's Marine One Program In Jeopardy Due To Cost Overruns

Sikorsky May Be Asked To Resubmit Its Bid

As ANN reported Friday, the first two VH-71 helicopters built to serve as Marine One for the President of the United States have entered the flight test phase at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. Over the next 11 months, the initial fleet of five presidential helicopters are scheduled to be among additional test aircraft delivered. But now, it's not clear the program will continue.

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BTS: Airline Employment Up 3.7 Percent For November 2007

Largest Same-Month Increase Since August 2001

Despite clouds looming on the horizon, in the forms of high fuel prices and a slowing economy... domestic airlines continue to show strong signs of resurgence, according to the latest hiring figures from the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

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NWA's Steenland Sees Benefits From Merger

But Only If It's Done Right

As the board of directors at Delta Air Lines remains silent about the result of last week's meeting to explore a potential merger with another carrier, the CEO of one of the most likely candidates says his airline could certainly benefit... if, that is, the deal is right.

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American Airlines Turns Down Union's Mediation Request

Railway Act Allows APA To Pursue Action Themselves

Asserting that asking a federal mediator to assist in contract talks would only bog the process down, on Monday American Airlines rejected last week's request from the Allied Pilots Association for both sides to seek such action.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.15.08

Eclipse drops a bombshell at a press conference.
EADS says its new tanker will mean more jobs in Alabama.
Boeing counters that its design will save the Air Force fuel.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.15.08

Eclipse drops a bombshell at a press conference.
EADS says its new tanker will mean more jobs in Alabama.
Boeing counters that its design will save the Air Force fuel.

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ANN Special Feature: Part I -Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation - 01.15.08

ANN brings you the Monday press briefing at which Eclipse Aviation President/CEO Vern Raburn announced the company will get a $100-million infusion of cash from ETIRC, and assemble the Eclipse 500

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Continental Takes Delivery Of First 737-900ER In US

Long-Legged Next-Generation Narrowbody Can Travel 3,175 NM

On Monday, Boeing and Continental Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane. With this delivery, Continental becomes the first airline in the Americas to operate the 737-900ER -- a higher-capacity, longer-range derivative and newest member of the venerable 737 airplane family.

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Aero-TV Checks Out The Jet A-Powered Skyhawk!!!

Cessna, Thielert Partner On 172S Turbo Diesel Option

Last fall, we asked ANN readers to, "Just imagine how cool will it be for a student pilot... on their first cross-country flight... to ask the lineperson to 'fill it with Jet-A, please' -- and then point to their Cessna 172!" The new Skyhawk TD (turbo diesel, of course)  features a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) equipped Thielert Centurion 2.0 liter engine. The DOHC (double overhead camshaft) inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine develops 155 horsepower, is certified to operate on Jet-A fuel, is liquid cooled and drives a composite three-blade constant speed propeller.

Aero-TV Checks Out The Jet A-Powered Diesel Skyhawk!!!

Cessna, Thielert Partner On 172S Turbo Diesel Option

Last fall, we asked ANN readers to, "Just imagine how cool will it be for a student pilot... on their first cross-country flight... to ask the lineperson to 'fill it with Jet-A, please' -- and then point to their Cessna 172!" The new Skyhawk TD (turbo diesel, of course)  features a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) equipped Thielert Centurion 2.0 liter engine. The DOHC (double overhead camshaft) inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine develops 155 horsepower, is certified to operate on Jet-A fuel, is liquid cooled and drives a composite three-blade constant speed propeller.

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DOT Says Airports May Soon Charge Landing Fees During Busiest Times

Shockingly, ATA Opposes User Fees Imposed On Airlines...

As it turns out, the notion of 'congestion pricing' wasn't as dead as it may have appeared.

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Report: Pilot Failed To Compensate For G-Forces In Blue Angels Mishap

Blackout Led To Accident At MCAS Beaufort

The US Navy's final report on the April 2007 loss of an F/A-18 pilot during a performance of the Blue Angels aerial demonstration team concludes the pilot failed to properly tense his muscles to counter the g-forces from a high-speed turn.

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Rocket Racing League Breaks Ground On Aerospace Business Park

First Phase Hangars Underway

The Rocket Racing League (RRL ), in collaboration with the City of Las Cruces, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Office and the New Mexico Economic Development Department, broke ground Monday on the first phase of the RRL Aerospace Business Park, construction of two of the first hangars to be built at the east end of Las Cruces International Airport.

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #1--The Disappearance of Steve Fossett

From the Heartbreaker's List #1: The Disappearance of Steve Fossett  

A hero's passing deserves a certain amount of reverence and respect -- it should be a time for the celebration of all the good things that their life meant to so many and a reaffirmation of all that is good and right about a celebrated person's life. But... fate played a cruel joke on adventurer and world record flyer Steve Fossett, who one day ventured out a routine flight similar to hundreds, maybe thousands, of others that were flown that very day... and simply vanished into history.

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Boeing-Commissioned Survey Touts 767 Fuel Efficiency Advantage Over A330

American Planemaker Says USAF Would Benefit From Savings

While perhaps not as headline-grabbing as the news EADS plans to build the upcoming Airbus A330 Freighter in Alabama -- but only if its KC-30 tanker wins a US Air Force competition -- Boeing also had some news to share Monday regarding its entrant in the KC-X bid.

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #2--Airline Implosion

From the Heartbreaker's List #2: Airline Industry Implosion

Even worse than the way the airline industry behaved over the course of 2007 is the way that it performed... ALL over the nation, the confidence in airline travel has ebbed to a point where people have more faith in the inherent honesty of Congress than they do in whether or not their airline flights are going to occur without problems.

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Air Canada Offers Compensation To Passengers

Unsettling Ride Injured 10

Air Canada plans to compensate passengers who endured a jolting ride aboard Flight AC190 last Thursday, in which ten people were injured.

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Executive Beechcraft Delivers First King Air C90 With G1000 Retrofit

Equips Venerable Turboprop With Cutting-Edge Tech

Three Kansas City-based companies formed a "triumphant trifecta" as they announced an aviation industry "first" at the city’s downtown airport Monday. Executive Beechcraft, Garmin International and Data Systems International, Inc. (DSI) all shared the spotlight, as the former became the first facility in the nation authorized to retrofit the King Air C90 with the Garmin G1000 all-glass avionics suite.

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Cessna Becomes Major Sponsor Of Able Flight

Signs On For Second Year Of Sponsorship

Able Flight announced Cessna Aircraft Company recently signed on for its second year of sponsorship, and increased its support allowing it to become one of Able Flight’s major sponsors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.15.08)

Aero-Linx!

The National Naval Aviation Museum is one of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world. Share in the excitement of Naval Aviation's rich history and see 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.15.08): Negative Stagger

Aero-Terms!

The vertical alignment of the wings of a biplane in which the lower wing is ahead of the upper wing. Most biplanes have a positive stagger, in which the top wing is located ahead of the bottom wing. The Beech Model 17 is a  well-known example of a negative stagger biplane.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.15.08)

"Airports will now be able to more efficiently and effectively finance the kind of projects that will give travelers more options, airlines more opportunities, and cities like New York more visitors." Source: Mary E. Peters, Secretary of the US Department of Transportation. On Monday, the DOT announced airports nationwide will soon be allowed to charge landing fees during their busiest times.

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CA TFR: 01.16.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1284 Issue Date: January 14, 2008 at 1922 UTC Type: Security

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