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March 04, 2008

Citation 500 Down After Takeoff From PWA

Witness Says Plane Flew Through Bird Flock

Authorities now report as many as five persons may have died in the Tuesday afternoon crash of a Cessna Citation 500 shortly after takeoff from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City, OK... but they won't know for sure until daybreak.

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Boeing Delivers Its 700th 777 To ILFC, Cathay Pacific

No Low-Altitude Fly-Bys This Time

Boeing told ANN this week that on Friday, the American planemaker delivered its 700th 777 -- a 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft to International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) and its customer, Cathay Pacific Airways. The 777 Program reached this milestone after 12 years in service -- faster than any other twin-aisle airplane program in commercial aviation history.

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Virgin Charter Launches Online Marketplace

Booking Service Now Open To All Customers

It's out of beta... but will it work? This week, Virgin Charter announced its online marketplace is now open to the public, offering those looking for business charter operators another option for selecting their next flight.

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Texas Primary, Caucus Force Candidates To Define Views On NASA

Policies Range From More Money Now, To Less Money Later

A sidebar to the stories in the general media about Tuesday's Texas presidential primary and state caucus is the attention the campaigning has drawn to NASA. The policies of the next president are important to Texas voters, and the topic is one of the few on which the candidates have relatively distinct differences.

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DOT Says January Airline On-Time Figures Improve From December

US Airways, Delta Near Top Of On-Time Rankings; American, United At Bottom

The nation’s largest airlines’ rate of on-time flights this past January was higher than in December but lower than in January 2007, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Tuesday by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Reason Foundation Supports Third Runway For JFK

Says NextGen Tech Will Help Increase Capacity And Safety

A new study by the Reason Foundation states New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport could reduce delays and increase capacity by adding a new runway between two existing runways. The group adds even with the new runway -- which the Foundation says could safely be built between runways 4R and 4L -- JFK would still have runway spacing that is greater than the current separation between runways at San Francisco International Airport, and similar to Boston’s Logan International.

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Pratt & Whitney's F135 Exceeds 9,000 SDD Ground Test Hours

Says Flight Testing Program Also Coming Along

Pratt & Whitney told ANN Tuesday the F135 engine exceeded 9,000 system development and demonstration (SDD) ground test hours this week. This achievement, in addition to the 3,600 test hours accumulated during the F-35 concept demonstration program, puts engine test program hours at more than 12,600.

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DFW Counts Down The Days To Open Skies

Plans "Super Sunday" Event March 30

DFW International Airport in North Texas is counting down the days -- literally -- until the historic Open Skies Agreement between the United States and European Union goes into effect at the end of March.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.04.08

PASS Fears 'Labor Fatigue' Getting In Way Of NextGen Talks

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.04.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.04.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- 'Labor Fatigue' Getting In Way Of NextGen Talks: 03.04.08 (ANN Special Report, with representatives of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists.)

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Attorney Recommends Martin County Accept FAA Compromise For SUA

Says Lawsuit Could Be Successful, But Costly

In the long-running NIMBY battle between Florida's Martin County and the Federal Aviation Administration, a Denver attorney representing the county is recommending the county accept a settlement with the FAA rather than file lawsuit against the feds.

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Pilot's 'Eagle' Landing Turns Out To Be A Bogey

Parks PA-16 On Illinois Golf Course

An Illinois pilot has some explaining to do, after landing his Piper PA-16 Clipper on a snow-covered golf course this weekend so his son could make it to a nearby tennis club on time.

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MI TFR: 03.07.08 - 03.08.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7017 Issue Date: March 04, 2008 at 1733 UTC Location: Battle Creek, Michigan Beginning Date and Time: March 07, 2008 at 2055 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 08, 2008 at 0025 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: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6979  Issue Date: March 04, 2008 at 1611 UTC  Location: MECCA , California near THERMAL VORTAC (TRM)  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  Pilots May Contact: LOS ANGELES (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.04.08

Chuck Schumer panders from a new angle.
A Cirrus crash in Brazil is blamed on a tank full of Jet-A.
And another 777 fails to respond to a throttle command.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.04.08

Chuck Schumer panders from a new angle.
A Cirrus crash in Brazil is blamed on a tank full of Jet-A.
And another 777 fails to respond to a throttle command.

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ANN Special Feature: Professional Aviation Safety Specialists - 03.04.08

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with representatives of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists about concerns they expressed at AOPA Expo 2007. Is the FAA letting "labor relations fatigue" push unio

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-10 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF, and -200CB series airplanes powered by Rolls-Royce engines.

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Aero-TV: So... Let's Take A Thorough Look At Cessna's SkyCatcher (Part 2 of 4)

Let's Take a Good Long Look At An Exciting LSA offering... From An Industry Heavyweight

With industry heavyweights Cirrus Design and Cessna Aircraft now firmly committed to the LSA market, the future for the entry level of aviation appears to be a bit more "sure" than it has been in many a moon. Our series on the Cirrus Design SRS took a long look at that exciting entry, but now it's time to take an equally thorough look at Cessna's SkyCatcher program... as well as its controversial decision to do some major assembly work in China.

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Aero-TV: So... Let's Take A Thorough Look At Cessna's SkyCatcher (Part 2 of 4)

Let's Take a Good Long Look At An Exciting LSA offering... From An Industry Heavyweight

With industry heavyweights Cirrus Design and Cessna Aircraft now firmly committed to the LSA market, the future for the entry level of aviation appears to be a bit more "sure" than it has been in many a moon. Our series on the Cirrus Design SRS took a long look at that exciting entry, but now it's time to take an equally thorough look at Cessna's SkyCatcher program... as well as its controversial decision to do some major assembly work in China.

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'It Was A Dicey Situation. People Were Quite Shaken'

Lufthansa A320 Avoids Landing Mishap In Strong -- STRONG! -- Crosswind

Chances are good your friends have already swamped your email Inbox with the images of a Lufthansa A320 scrapping its left wing fence along the concrete at Fuhlsbuettel Airport in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday -- evidence, caught on tape by a planespotter, of a go-around that very nearly wasn't.

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PASS Applauds Employees For Efforts During Florida Power Outage

Quick Response, Professionalism Can't Be Outsourced, Says Union

One week ago Tuesday, a major power outage swept across south Florida... but the loss of normal power did not impact air traffic in the area due to the work performed everyday by dedicated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, said the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents FAA technicians.

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Lockheed Martin Machinists Approve New Contract

Three-Year Agreement Included Bonuses, Cuts For New Hires

Not everyone was thrilled with the deal... but in the end, workers at the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, GA voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new three-year contract.

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Honda Aircraft Company Expands HondaJet Sales To Mexico, Canada

Also Announces First South-Of-The-Border Fractional Order

Honda Aircraft Company announced Monday the expansion of sales of its advanced light jet HondaJet throughout North America with the selection of a retail sales and service representative for Mexico and a direct sales and US service support plan for Canada. Honda Aircraft Company also announced its first fractional booking from Mexico with an order for 10 aircraft.

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Proponents For New Panama City Airport Score Another Legal Victory

11th Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules Against Airport Opponents

The Panama City – Bay County International Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) told ANN Monday the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently denied yet another attempt by opponents to halt construction at the new Panama City-Bay County International Airport.

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Amphibious SeaMax Wins SLSA Airworthiness Certification

Company Logs Its First Flying Boat Delivery In US

SeaMax USA told ANN Monday of the recent S-LSA certification of its amphibious aircraft, as well as the first delivery of a customer plane in the United States. The company believes this is the first flying boat delivery to a retail customer certified under the ASTM standards.

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Porter Airlines Orders Two More Q400 Turboprops

Toronto-Based Airline Converts Options

Bombardier Aerospace announced Monday Porter Airlines of Toronto recently signed a firm order contract for two 70-seat Q400 turboprop airliners. The transaction represents the conversion of two of the 10 options taken by Porter when it placed a firm order for 10 Q400 aircraft in 2006, and brings the total number of firm Q400 aircraft orders placed by the airline to 12.

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CAPT Partners With Aviation English Services

Will Help Int'l Student Pilots Learn Language Of Aviation

The Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) Program announced recently its partnership with aviation English training provider, Aviation English Services (AES), to help transition pilots unfamiliar with English to the worldwide, official language of aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.04.08)

Aero-Linx!

The purpose of this website is to educate and inform, for over the years, many people have moved to the area and are unaware of the history, or locations, of these airfields that are now close to the new town of Harlow.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.04.08): Fowler Flaps

Aero-Terms!

Trademarked name of a split-flap attached to a wing through a system of tracks and rollers to roll the flap backward and downward, increasing the wing area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.04.08)

"Three different courts have issued six consecutive rulings in two different cases each allowing construction to go forward. The Federal Aviation Administration, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Airport Authority have followed a methodical, fact-driven process from the day we began considering airport relocation."

Source: Bill Cramer, Vice Chairman of the Panama City – Bay County International Airport and Industrial District, which recently won another legal victory against opponents hoping to halt construction at the new Panama City-Bay County International Airport.

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