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January 25, 2008

MD TFR: 01.29.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2288  Issue Date: January 24, 2008 at 2110 UTC  Type: VIP 

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AK TFR: 01.25.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2366 Issue Date: January 25, 2008 at 1739 UTC Type: Hazards

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-13 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-13 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 727 airplanes.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-18 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-18 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company 172 series airplanes with the BRS -172 Parachute System installed via Supplemental Type Certificate(STC) No. SA01679CH and Cessna Aircraft Company 182 series airplanes that are equipped with the BRS-182 Parachute System installed via STC No. SA01999CH.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas (Boeing)

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-12 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-12 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model 717-200 airplanes.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: 2008-02-11 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-02-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (ECF) model helicopters.

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Ethiopian Cleaning Crew Sneaks Onboard Flight To Dulles

Two Men Hid In Ceiling Of B767 For 36 Hours

Investigators would like to know how two men were apparently able to sneak onboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767, and remain unseen for 36 hours until they were discovered at Washington's Dulles International Airport.

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Report: Boeing, Lockheed Will Team Up For New USAF Bomber Contract

Service Wants Deployment Within 10 Years

Two competitors for US government defense and aerospace contracts are expected to team up to develop a next-generation US Air Force bomber, according to news reports.

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NASA Says Fuel Sensors Don't Have To Be Perfect For Atlantis Launch

Will Launch If Only Three ECO Sensors Are Cleared

They've done all they can. That's the underlying tone to NASA's announcement this week shuttle launch operators won't require all four engine cut-off sensors to be operational when Atlantis finally lifts off the pad next month.

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Computer Glitch Leads To Delays Along East Coast

FAA, Union Dispute Safety Concerns

Another computer problem has resulted in some tense moments in US skies... and delays to dozens of flights on the ground. At least 265 flights along the East Coast were affected this week, after a computer glitch cut off communications at Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center.

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Philippine Gov't Asks FAA To Reconsider Safety Rating

Says Plans Underway To Create Civil Aviation Authority

The downgrading by the FAA of the Philippine aviation industry to "Category 2" status has drawn calls from the country's government to revisit the rating in 90 days.

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Proponents Of New FL Airport Go Before Federal Panel

Relocation Faces Opposition From Three Organizations

The new Panama City-Bay County International Airport in Florida has faced what proponents hope will be the final legal hurdle to the start of construction. On Wednesday, airport proponents went before a three-judge federal panel in New York City to confront three organizations trying to stop construction of the new, 1,300-acre facility.

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Chicago, FAA Sign Agreement On New ORD Control Tower

May Not Be Needed If Expansion Plans Shot Down

Earlier this month, the city of Chicago signed a 20-year agreement under which the FAA will pay the city $42.3 million to occupy the North Air Traffic Control Tower now under construction as part of the O’Hare Modernization Program. Mayor Richard Daley and US Senator Dick Durbin made the announcement at a joint press conference.

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Authorities Charge Teenager With Suicide Plot Involving Airliner

Reportedly Planned To Crash Southwest Jet Into Concert

It was, perhaps, not the most well-thought-out of plans. FBI agents charged a 16-year-old boy this week, who allegedly said he planned to hijack a commercial airliner and commit suicide.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 01.25.08

A Simpler SparrowHawk Kit, With Project Manager Devon Hansen

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.25.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.25.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Simpler SparrowHawk: 01.25.08 (ANN Special Report, with Devon Hansen, Groen Brothers Aviation's SparrowHawk project manager.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.25.08

Textron gives Cessna the green light to develop the large-cabin Citation.
NASA refutes claims astronauts flew drunk.
And the Envision glass panel comes to early Cirrus planes.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.25.08

Textron gives Cessna the green light to develop the large-cabin Citation.
NASA refutes claims astronauts flew drunk.
And the Envision glass panel comes to early Cirrus planes.

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ANN Special Feature: Devon Hansen, Groen Brothers Aviation - 01.25.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Groen Brothers Aviation's SparrowHawk project manager, Devon Hansen, about the company's just released, quick-build, SparrowHawk III two-place kit gyroplane.

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Did NASA Find Bigfoot On Mars?

Image Looks Like Seated Figure On Red Planet

A tiny, cropped section of a large panoramic image of Mars, taken by the Spirit rover in November and posted on NASA's website earlier this month, has caused a stir among those who want to believe there's life on the red planet.

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Aero-TV: More Than A Cub... Sport Cub S2

Aero-TV Keeps Up With This Week's Theme Of Sport Aviation... With The Sport Cub S2

The folks of CubCrafters intro'd the Sport Cub S2 at Oshkosh this year... boasting that the bird incorporated "more than 100 new standard features, options and design improvements." While we haven't actually stopped to count them all, it's obvious that considerable effort was expended on this newest Cub by folks who look at all things "Cub" with the greatest of expertise.

Aero-TV: More Than A Cub... Sport Cub S2

Aero-TV Keeps Up With This Week's Theme Of Sport Aviation... With The Sport Cub S2

The folks of CubCrafters intro'd the Sport Cub S2 at Oshkosh this year... boasting that the bird incorporated "more than 100 new standard features, options and design improvements." While we haven't actually stopped to count them all, it's obvious that considerable effort was expended on this newest Cub by folks who look at all things "Cub" with the greatest of expertise.

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Maine Latest State To Prove 'Taxing' To GA Pilots

Flyers Respond By Taking Their Business Elsewhere

You may not see it if you look in the mirror... but if you fly your small general aviation aircraft into the state of Maine, you have a target on your back.

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Administration Moves To Ease Restrictions On Tech Sharing

JSF Program May Benefit From Loosening Of Export Laws

The Joint Strike Fighter project was supposed to strengthen relationships among the US and its allies, but program suppliers have become increasingly frustrated by security-related red tape. On Tuesday, the White House moved to expedite the licenses and clearances allies need to collaborate effectively with the US.

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It's A Record! Cessna Delivered 387 Business Jets In 2007

Company Reports Order Backlog Of $12.6 Billion

2007 was a good year for piston aircraft... and a great year for jets. On Thursday, Cessna announced it delivered 1,274 aircraft in 2007.

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Scaled Composites Fined By State In 2007 Fatal Accident

California Authority Cites Five Violations

Mojave, CA-based aerospace company Scaled Composites was fined $25,870 last week by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, following its investigation into a fatal July 2007 accident that claimed the lives of three Scaled employees.

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Klyde Morris (01.25.08)

Klyde Rues Flying In Northern Climes...

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US Airways Posts 2007 Profit, But Fuel Prices Hurt In Q4

Carrier Reports Loss Of $79 Million In Last Three Months

Add US Airways to the growing list of airlines that lost money in the fourth quarter of last year, due mostly to high fuel prices.

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FAA Takes A Second Look At Alleged SAN Runway Incursion

Controllers Say Bizjet Failed To Clear Runway

The Federal Aviation Administration is reopening its investigation into a January 16 runway incursion at San Diego's Lindbergh Field, an incident the agency originally dismissed as posing no safety hazard, but which the controllers' union described as very serious.

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USAF Admits Fighter Jets Were Operating Near TX UFO Sightings

Let The Conspiracy Theories Continue!

This week, US Air Force Reserve officials backtracked from their earlier assertions there were no military aircraft in the vicinity of Stephenville, TX on the night dozens of residents swear they saw a UFO. As it turns out, several jets were conducting training operations nearby.

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Southwest Jumps On In-Flight Wi-Fi Bandwagon

Will Offer Satellite-Based Service By Summer

Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines followed in the footsteps of cross-town rival American Airlines, and announced this week it, too, plans to test in-flight passenger Wi-Fi service this summer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.25.08)

Aero-Linx!

Everything you could ever want to know about the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.25.08): Penguin Trainer

Aero-Terms!

A type of training aircraft used by the French in the early stages of World War I. The engines in these aircraft were not powerful enough to sustain flight.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.25.08)

"Scaled Composites regrets that this accident occurred, and we have expressed our condolences to the victims and their families and provided support during this difficult time. We cooperated fully with Cal/OSHA during the investigation, and we continue to work with the agency so that the enhanced procedures already implemented promote the safest workplace conditions possible."

Source: From a company statement issued by Scaled Composites, following a ruling by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, following its investigation into a fatal July 2007 accident that claimed the lives of three Scaled employees.

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