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June 06, 2008

Boeing, Blue Air Reach Agreement For Three Boeing 737-900ERs

Builds On Earlier Two-Plane Deal

Boeing and Romanian low-cost carrier Blue Air announced this week an agreement on an order for three Next-Generation 737-900ER jetliners.

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NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0829 Issue Date: June 06, 2008 at 0048 UTC Location: 31 MI NE OF ALAMOGORDO , New Mexico near BOLES VOR/DME (BWS) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 1200-0500 UTC Daily Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Automated Flight Service Station, 505-856-4580

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MD TFR: 06.06.08 - 06.08.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0859 Issue Date: June 06, 2008 at 1219 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: June 06, 2008 at 1830 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 08, 2008 at 1700 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 8/9903: Due to a change in times.

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TX Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0881 Issue Date: June 06, 2008 at 1326 UTC Location: 10 NM NORTHWEST OF MARFA , Texas near MARFA VOR/DME (MRF) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4500

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 06.06.08

Advice For Aspiring Airline Pilots, From Someone Who's Been There

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.06.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.06.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Advice For Aspiring Airline Pilots: 06.06.08 (ANN Special Report, with airline captain, flight instructor, career counselor and author Karen Kahn.)

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Highest Resolution View Ever From Mars Comes From NASA Lander

Phoenix Continues To Dazzle From Red Planet Surface

A microscope on NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander has taken images of dust and sand particles with the greatest resolution ever returned from another planet. The mission's Optical Microscope observed particles that had fallen onto an exposed surface, revealing grains as small as one-tenth the diameter of a human hair.

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Teamsters Agree To Wage Concessions At Frontier

Airline Employees Take One For The Team

It's an important step, one that Frontier Airlines hopes will help keep it in business as the carrier slogs through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Frontier announced this week members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union "overwhelmingly" voted to support temporary wage and benefit concessions requested by the company.

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Industry Pundit Predicts New Era In US Air Travel -- The Low-Cost Era

Says Legacies May Soon Disappear As Budget Carriers Reap Benefits

Some industry analysts and armchair pundits predict the current spike in fuel prices -- and resulting cutbacks in airline capacity, along with ever-climbing air fares -- may prove to have one unintended benefit for US carriers, and some travelers. Those persons predict that as fares climb, fewer "budget" flyers will fill the planes, resulting in lower passenger numbers for legacy carriers... but also a return to profitability, and possibly the return of some onboard amenities and service that had disappeared in the wake of cut-rate fares.

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Flying Heritage Collection Exhibition Opens At Paine Field

Public May See Paul Allen's Storied Fleet Of Fighters

The Flying Heritage Collection, one of the world's great collections of rare World War II-era fighter planes from five major countries of the war, announced Friday its exhibition facility at Paine Field in Everett, WA is now open to the public. The collection features 15 of the most famous fighting planes ever designed and built, and it is one of the nation's largest collections of vintage planes in flyable condition.

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Lockheed Martin Cleared To Begin Production F-16s For Morocco

$233.6 Million Contract For 24 Block 52 Fighters

The United States government recently awarded Lockheed Martin an Undefinitized Contract Authorization (UCA) for the production of 24 Advanced F-16 Block 52 aircraft for Morocco, making the Kingdom of Morocco the 25th nation to select the F-16.

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First KC-30B MRTT Arrives In Australia

Will Be Converted To Tanker

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Defense Procurement, Greg Combet, announced Friday the first Airbus A330 recently arrived in Australia for conversion to a KC-30B Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) under Project Air 5402.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.06.08

US Air Force leadership gets a shake-up.
Continental will cut capacity and jobs this Fall.
And Burt Rutan hands off the president's post at Scaled Composites.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.06.08

US Air Force leadership gets a shake-up.
Continental will cut capacity and jobs this Fall.
And Burt Rutan hands off the president's post at Scaled Composites.

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ANN Special Feature: Captain Karen Kahn - 06.06.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Karen Kahn, an airline captain, flight instructor, career counselor and author. Karen's book is entitled, "Flight Guide to Success: Tips and Tactics for the Aspiring Air

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Aero-TV Checks Out The New Eclipse 400! (Part Two)

The Racy ECJ Gets A 'Go" For Production!

As part of Aero-TV's attendance at Eclipse Aviation's annual 'E-rrival' (profiled in our recent E-rrival Overview story), we were privileged to cover some good news in the form of Eclipse Aviation's announcement and comittment to future certification and production of the single-engine ECJ/Eclipse 400.

Gates Attributes Wynne, Moseley Resignations To Decline In Nuclear Program Focus

Says Incidents Revealed Lack Of Proper Oversight

As ANN reported Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the resignations of Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley. Gates says he took this action following an investigation revealing a decline in the Air Force's nuclear program focus, performance and effective leadership.

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Aero-TV Checks Out The New Eclipse 400! (Part Two)

The Racy ECJ Gets A 'Go" For Production!

As part of Aero-TV's attendance at Eclipse Aviation's annual 'E-rrival' (profiled in our recent E-rrival Overview story), we were privileged to cover some good news in the form of Eclipse Aviation's announcement and comittment to future certification and production of the single-engine ECJ/Eclipse 400.

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9/11 Conspirator Says He Welcomes Death Sentence

Khalid Mohammed Wants To Be A Martyr, One Way Or Another

Confessed 9/11 conspirator Khalid Shaikh Mohammed appeared Thursday before a Pentagon tribunal... and not only appeared to be at ease, but also told officials he wants the death penalty.

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USAF Says 'Distorted Data' To Blame For Guam B-2 Accident

Moisture In Transducers Led To Flight Control Errors

The US Air Force says distorted data introduced by a B-2 Spirit's air data system skewed information entering the bomber's flight control computers, ultimately causing the crash of the aircraft on takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, February 23. That's the conclusion reached in an Air Combat Command accident investigation report released Thursday.

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STS-124 Completes Second Spacewalk

Garan, Fossum Install Cameras On Kibo

Mission Specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan completed the second STS-124 spacewalk Thursday. The 7-hour, 11-minute excursion ended at 1815 EDT.

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Klyde Morris (06.06.08)

As Usual, Klyde Has Issues With Awful Airline Decisions...

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Politician Suffers Minor Injuries In C172 Forced Landing

Plane Flips Over In North Dakota Cornfield

They say any publicity is good publicity... but this isn't how most politicians want their names to get into the papers. A North Dakota congressional candidate suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning when his plane made a forced landing in a cornfield.

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Boeing Delivers First Fleet EA-18G Growler To US Navy

Will Replace EA-6Bs In Airborne Electronic Attack Role

This week, Boeing delivered the first fleet EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft to the US Navy's Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA... ahead of schedule and within budget, the planemaker noted.

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Continental, ExpressJet Reach New Capacity Agreement

Seven-Year Deal Locks In Lower Rates

On the same day it announced massive cutbacks to its mainline fleet and operations, Continental Airlines also announced it reached a new seven-year capacity purchase agreement with ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. to provide regional jet service for Continental.

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Embraer Delivers Its 400th E-Jet

Republic Airways Will Fly Historic Bird

Aero-News has learned Embraer delivered its 400th E-Jet Thursday, in a ceremony held at the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The aircraft, an Embraer 175, was ordered by US-based Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings.

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Rotax Expert Phil Lockwood To Host Forums In Arlington, Oshkosh

Learn Proper Care, Feeding Of Popular Sport-Plane Powerplant

Rotax aircraft engine expert Phillip Lockwood will make his signature presentation at two major airshows this summer. Lockwood has a long track record of filling all seats in his Rotax forums, so interested persons are encouraged to arrive early.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.06.08)

Aero-Linx!

The diary of a US Marine Huey Helicopter pilot with HMLA-369, the "Gunfighters" during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.06.08): Winglet

Aero-Terms!

Upturned, and usually swept back wingtip or other auxiliary airfoil designed to increase efficiency of a wing in cruise flight by reducing tip vortex.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.06.08)

"During the course of the investigation, other issued indicating a decline in the Air Force's nuclear mission focus and performance became apparent. Rather than an isolated occurrence, the shipment... was a symptom of a degradation of the authority, standards of excellence and technical competence within the nation's ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) force."

Source: Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who announced Thursday the forced resignations of Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley.

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