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October 23, 2007

CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1322  Issue Date: October 23, 2007 at 1734 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Aero-News BOLO: SoCal Firefighting TFRs

Be Sure To Check Before YOU Fly

The news reports paint a grim picture: southern California is burning, with a line of fires spreading from north of the Los Angeles basin down to San Diego. Fueled by the harsh Santa Ana winds, the fires continue to resist the best efforts of firefighters, and steady bombardments by aerial firebomber crews.

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President Bush To Nominate Bobby Sturgell As Next FAA Administrator

Letter Groups Applaud Move; NATCA Unimpressed

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.23.07 1400 EDT: When searching for a replacement for former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, President George W. Bush didn't look very far. On Tuesday, the President nominated Bobby Sturgell, currently the Acting FAA Administrator and previously Blakey's deputy, to take on the job full-time.

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1131  Issue Date: October 23, 2007 at 0418 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1130  Issue Date: October 23, 2007 at 0418 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1133  Issue Date: October 23, 2007 at 0419 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1134  Issue Date: October 23, 2007 at 0419 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1132  Issue Date: October 23, 2007 at 0419 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Sikorsky Delivers VIP S-76C++ Helicopter To LG

Second Of Type In Company's Fleet

Sikorsky tells ANN the helomaker delivered an S-76 C++ helicopter to LG International Corp.

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Boeing Opens F-22 Maintenance 'School' At Sheppard AFB

Wichita Falls, TX Facility Will Train Raptor Repairers

Boeing, the US Air Force 82nd Training Wing and industry partners opened a state-of-the-art, Boeing-designed F-22 maintenance training facility at Sheppard Air Force Base, near Wichita Falls, TX on October 19. The facility offers a realistic training environment for future Raptor maintainers.

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Bernalillo County Sheriff Takes Delivery Of New AS350 B3

Replaces Hughes 369 Shot Down In 2005

In a brief but flashy ceremony Monday at the Sandia Casino and Resort north of Albuquerque, NM, the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department showed off its new Eurocopter AS350 B3. The helicopter is the first AS350 B3 for the BCSD, and it will be an integral part of the county’s Air Support Unit.

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Meeting Of Airline Minds On JFK Overcapacity Kicks Off

DOT Asks Airlines To Come To Agreement On Cutting Back

The Department of Transportation's much-bandied airline summit on efforts to restrict capacity at New York's JFK International Airport kicked off Tuesday.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 10.23.07

Cirrus Expresses Interest In Bankrupt Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.23.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.23.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Cirrus Joins The Fray: 10.23.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier.)

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LAX Wants Orange County Residents To Pay Fee

Retribution For Rejecting El Toro As Alternative?

A proposal to charge Orange County residents to use Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has surfaced again.

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Plane Lost For 55 Years Found by Co-Pilot's Nephew

Engine Part Found Accidentally While Hiking In Northern CA

When Dan Brewster stumbled onto the site where his uncle's military plane crashed on California's Mt. Lassen 55 years ago, it was a dream come true for his family.

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Airport Near Misses Prompted Immediate Action

Incursions Down At Dozens Of Airports

FAA officials say after ratcheting up airport markings and giving clearer instruction that runway incursion safety has improved.

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Discovery Safely In Orbit Following Flawless Launch

14 Day Mission Begins

"Hoisting Harmony to the heavens." That's how NASA's shuttle launch director Mike Leinbach summarized Tuesday morning's launch of the shuttle Discovery, as it sped towards a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

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Griffin Expresses Surprise At Furor Over Safety Survey

NASA Administrator Will Review FOIA Request

Sounding a bit like the farmer surprised to see eggs in his henhouse, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin expressed apparent shock Monday over the furor surrounding the agency's apparent attempt to quell a damning air safety survey, for fear of damaging passenger confidence in the nation's airlines and air traffic control system.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.23.07

NASA admits burying a safety survey unflattering to the airlines.
NATCA calls the FAA on its attempt to spin the controller shortage.
And two single-engine planes land safely after a mid-air.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.23.07

NASA admits burying a safety survey unflattering to the airlines.
NATCA calls the FAA on its attempt to spin the controller shortage.
And two single-engine planes land safely after a mid-air.

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ANN Special Feature: Alan Klapmeier, Cirrus Design - 10.23.07

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier about a possible Cirrus bid for bankrupt Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing.

FMI: www.cirru

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AOPA Awards Another $1,000 To Project Pilot Mentor

Quarterly Drawing Nets Cash For Illinois Pilot

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently awarded its third quarterly Project Pilot mentor $1,000 prize to Michael Lardino of Grayslake, IL. He won by being a mentor to student Tim Tierney of Lake Zurich, IL.

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2007-22-01 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-22-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 206A and 206B series helicopters.

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Columbia Bankruptcy Hearing Reveals More Delays And Uncertainty

Former Columbia Sales VP, Rich Belzer, Reports For ANN

Another hearing was held, Monday in Oregon, in the continuing legal drama surrounding the future of bankrupt Columbia Aircraft. Former Sales Veep, Rich Belzer, was in attendance and filed this report for ANN:  Is it the presence of Cessna that has brought bidders for Columbia Aircraft's assets out of the woodwork? Or were potential bidders mislead about the value of the company this summer and are now back because the price has fallen off a cliff?

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Discovery Set To Fly, Despite Lingering Safety Concerns

Weather Also Poses Potential Conflict

The countdown to the scheduled Tuesday morning launch of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-120 mission is proceeding on schedule, NASA Test Director Steve Payne told reporters Monday. But that doesn't mean all's clear for the shuttle flight.

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Garuda Investigation Finds Singing Pilot Was Fixated On Landing

Copilot Also Ignored Procedures, Did Not Take Control

The singing pilot of an ill-fated Garuda flight that crashed in Indonesia, killing 21 people, ignored as many as 15 inflight alarms on the descent to landing.

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Hedge Funds Have Delta Pilots On Edge

Shorted Stock May Hint At Looming Merger

Hedge fund investors have put Delta Air Lines Inc.'s pilots on alert, by shorting Delta stock... just as CEO Richard Anderson renewed speculation the airline could combine with a rival.

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United's Tilton Continues To Talk About Change

Looking For Merger, Added Charges

Believing United Airlines needs competitive change, Chief Executive Glenn Tilton wants to pursue everything... from a merger, to charging passengers who want their luggage to come first off the plane, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Report: China To Launch Lunar Probe This Week

Probe Will Send Photos In Late November

It's official -- there is an Asian space race developing, albeit an undeclared one. China announced Monday it would launch its first lunar probe this week, according to The Associated Press.

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Fossett Likely Won't Be The Next Amelia Earhart

Most Aircraft Lost In Nevada Eventually Located

Despite the most intensive search effort in US aviation history, millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett and his Decathlon remain missing in northern Nevada... and his friend Sir Richard Branson is afraid the aviator might be lost "forever."

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Sioux City Airport Accepts Unfortunate Identifier

Encourages Travelers To "FLY SUX"

For years, it has been a thorn in the sides of officials with Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, IA. Every time a pilot entered the airport's identifier on a flight plan... every time they'd see a sectional chart... they were reminded as far as the FAA was concerned, Sioux City's airport was, well, SUX.

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AIAA Presents 2007 Aircraft Design Award To Dr. Jan Roskam

Author Of Numerous Books Joins Prestigious List

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) presented Dr. Jan Roskam with the 2007 AIAA Aircraft Design Award on October 16, 2007, during a ceremony in Wichita, KS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.23.07)

Aero-Linx!

Headquartered in Houston, TX, United Space Alliance is one of the world's leading space operations companies. Established in 1996, USA is equally owned by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation and employs people in Texas, Florida, Alabama, California, Washington, D.C. and Russia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.23.07): Autoignition System

Aero-Terms!

A system on a turbine engine that automatically energizes the igniters to provide a relight if the engine should flame out.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.23.07)

"At this point in the count, we're on schedule, our systems are all good and we're in great shape."

Source: NASA Test Director Steve Payne. The shuttle Discovery is due to lift off Tuesday morning from Kennedy Space Center, although less-than-optimal weather conditions could bump the launch to Wednesday.

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OK TFR: 10.25.07 - 10.28.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0990 Issue Date: October 22, 2007 at 1039 UTC Location: Davis Field Airport, Muskogee, Oklahoma near OKMULGEE VOR/DME (OKM) Beginning Date and Time: October 25, 2007 at 1700 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 28, 2007 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Oklahoma Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Davis Field (MKO) Air Traffic Control Tower, 918-831-6710

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