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June 07, 2008

AOPA Celebrates An Airport 'Miracle'

Lanett Municipal Active Once Again After Four-Year Shutdown

As this year's Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's annual Fly-In kicks off Saturday in Frederick, organization officials and attendees alike will have one more reason to celebrate. Thank in large part to the efforts of volunteers with the pilot advocacy group, a small general aviation airport that once was closed has reopened, after four years.

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Cambridge University Project Looks At Cutting Airline Turnaround Times

Says Time Savings Could Result In Millions Of Dollars Saved

A new project which could help slash airport delays by reducing snarl-ups in the chain of operations that prepare an aircraft for its next flight is being launched by Cambridge University.

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Oil Crisis Expected To Hit Boeing's Order Book Hard

Anticipated Orders From US Airlines May Not Materialize

Anyone casting even the most casual eye towards commercial airliner sales totals over the past three years has no doubt been amazed at the record order tallies coming in. In 2007 alone, Boeing and Airbus combined for over 2,700 sales... thanks largely to massive orders from emerging markets in Asia, and the Middle East.

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X Prize Foundation Announces 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge

Competition To Take Place October 24-25 Near Alamogordo, NM

The X Prize Foundation today announced that the 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge will take place at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM October 24-25, 2008. This year's competition will also be webcast online, so the public can follow the action at the X Prize Foundation website.

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NASA Mars Lander Scoops First Soil Sample For Lab Analysis

Thermal Analyzer Will Study Sample For Signs Of Water

Looking a bit like the world's most awesome Tonka toy, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander made its first dig into Martian soil for science studies and is poised to deliver the scoopful to a laboratory instrument on the lander deck. The instrument will bake and sniff the soil to assess its volatile ingredients, such as water.

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Colorado Pilot Lost In Extra 300 Downing

FAA, NTSB On Scene In Western Nebraska

Nebraska State Police told ANN Friday the Civil Air Patrol discovered the wreckage of a single engine plane in southern Custer County. The Extra 300 aerobatic plane was reported missing after taking off from Lee Bird Field (LBF) in North Platte, NE on Thursday, June 5.

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Rural Communities Face Loss Of Essential Air Service

Airlines Say Even With Gov't Help, They Just Can't Afford It

With rising fuel costs and spiraling debt loads, one of the first steps a number of regional airlines have taken to cut costs has been to trim or cancel service to smaller communities, under the Essential Air Services program.

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NATA 'Safety 1st' Program Initiative Takes Off At TEB

Busy Airport Provides Specific Flight Crew Briefing Info

New Jersey's Teterboro Airport has become the first in the nation to implement a new airport-specific flight crew briefing, produced by the National Air Transportation Association's (NATA) Safety 1st program.

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FAA Inspectors Union Applauds Proposed Foreign Repair Station Legislation

Bipartisan Senate Bill Calls For Increased FAA Oversight

This week, US senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) introduced the Safe Aviation Facilities Ensure Aircraft Integrity and Reliability Act of 2008. which calls for stricter oversight of foreign repair stations. Not surprisingly, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO -- the union that represents more than 11,000 FAA employees -- including aviation safety inspectors, are commending the action.

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Finnish Border Guard Orders Three AW119 Ke Helicopters

AW Fleet Recently Surpassed 100,000 Flight Hours

AgustaWestland announced Friday the Finnish Border Guard recently selected the AW119 Ke as its new helicopter to sustain its fleet modernization and enhancement programs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.07.08)

Aero-Linx!

Human Factors Associates, Inc. has developed an online Organizational Safety Effectiveness Survey (OSES) for civilian aviation applications.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.07.08): Blade Damper

Aero-Terms!

Hydraulic spring or similar device which restrains motion of helicopter rotor about drag (lag) hinge, reducing noise and vibration.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.07.08)

"To finally achieve this goal is very fulfilling but also exhausting."

Source: AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Mike Ballard, who was actively involved in raising community awareness and support for Lanett Municipal Airport in Alabama. Thank in large part to Ballard's efforts, Lanett -- a small general aviation airport that closed four years ago -- reopened in May.

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TX TFR: 06.13.08 - 06.14.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0779  Issue Date: June 05, 2008 at 1943 UTC  Location: Denton, Texas near RANGER VORTAC (FUZ)  Beginning Date and Time: June 13, 2008 at 1800 UTC  Ending Date and Time: June 14, 2008 at 2130 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations during the Denton Air show  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) TRACON, 972-615-2568 

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GA TFR: 06.13.08 - 06.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0858 Issue Date: June 06, 2008 at 1214 UTC Location: Ft Stewart, Georgia near SAVANNAH VORTAC (SAV) Beginning Date and Time: June 13, 2008 at 1730 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 15, 2008 at 1830 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force F-15 and other teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Savannah (SAV) Air Traffic Control Tower, 912-964-3740

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WA TFR: 06.14.08 - 06.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0817 Issue Date: June 05, 2008 at 2219 UTC Location: Olympia, Washington near OLYMPIA VORTAC (OLM) Beginning Date and Time: June 14, 2008 at 0100 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 15, 2008 at 2230 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (S46) TRACON, 206-214-4657

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WA TFR: 06.14.08 - 06.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0816 Issue Date: June 05, 2008 at 2218 UTC Location: Olympia, Washington near OLYMPIA VORTAC (OLM) Beginning Date and Time: June 14, 2008 at 0001 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 15, 2008 at 2315 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (S46) TRACON, 206-214-4657

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