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July 03, 2008

Boeing Delivers 126 Planes In Q2 2008

Marks Seven-Year High In Quarterly Deliveries

Fueled by a 16 percent increase in the number of 737s heading out the doors in Renton, on Thursday Boeing announced it delivered 11 percent more aircraft in the second quarter of 2008, or 126 planes, compared to the same period last year.

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NTSB Says ABX Received Threat Days Before 767 Fire At SFO

No Evidence Of Incendiary Devices Found

In its continuing investigation to determine the cause of the June 28, 2008, fire that burned a hole through the top of the fuselage of an ABX Air Boeing 767 cargo airplane parked at San Francisco International Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board has developed the following factual information.

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DOT IG Says FAA Must Do More To Address Safety Concerns

Faults Agency For Bungling Of Airline Maintenance Issues

A new report from the Inspector General of the US Department of Transportation says that even after this spring's embarrassing public spectacle over the FAA's handling of airline maintenance and safety issues, the agency isn't ensuring full investigations when its safety inspectors find problems.

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Midwest Airlines To Cut Employee Pay

CEO Will Also Take 40 Percent Hit

Call it the cost of doing business. Midwest Air Group, parent company of Midwest Airlines, announced this week it will cut pay for most of its workers, including CEO Tim Hoeksema.

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American Looks At Alliance With British Airways, Iberia

Virgin Atlantic Says Joint Venture Should Be Blocked

In the face of record fuel prices and a plummeting global market, airlines that were once rivals are now increasingly willing to let bygones be bygones, in the mutual interest of surviving these tough times.

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Continental Workers Among Five To Stand Trial Over Concorde Accident

Others Include French Aviation Representative, Concorde Project Engineer

Continental Airlines is among the entities that will stand trial in a Paris court for the 2000 downing on takeoff of an Air France Concorde, French officials declared Thursday.

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A Tale Of Two Cities, And 2.5 Airlines

Southwest Traffic Up, But Load Factors Drop; American's Just Down

Cross-metroplex rivals Southwest Airlines and American Airlines each posted their June passenger numbers Thursday, and each tells the "tale" of that carrier's respective fortunes.

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ANN EXCLUSIVE First Photos: 'The-Jet' Flies!

N280CJ Sees Light Under ALL Its Wheels

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 07.03.08 1130 EDT: The moment workers at a certain airplane manufacturer in Duluth, MN -- and dozens of prospective owners -- have been waiting for has arrived. Moments ago, Cirrus Design's "The-Jet" prototype touched down back at its home at DLH, completing its first successful test flight.

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GE Aviation Completes Purchase Of Walter Engines

Enters Market For Small Turboprop Engines

The Associated Press reports General Electric Aviation Engines has completed its purchase of Walter Engines, the Czech producer of small turboprop engines for light aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 07.03.08

Nemesis And Rocket Racers And Dreamlifters... Oh My!

(NOTE: In observance of the Fourth of July holiday in the United States, ANN will not feature any podcasts on Friday. They will return Monday, July 7 -- Ed.) ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.03.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.03.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) Read More

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Lancair IV-P Fatal

Investigators Eye Dry-Rotted Oil Seal, Broken Connecting Rods

Below is the unedited text of the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the June 18 loss of a homebuilt Lancair IV-P in Springfield, KY. As ANN reported, businessman Dan Hutson Jr. was killed when his plane crashed during an emergency landing attempt at Lebanon-Springfield Airport (6I2) after telling controllers of an oil pressure problem.

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5942 Issue Date: July 03, 2008 at 2301 UTC Location: WEST OF SAN BERNARDINOCA , California near PARADISE VORTAC (PDZ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 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: LOS ANGELES (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5862 Issue Date: July 03, 2008 at 1449 UTC Location: 25 SE PRESCOTT , Arizona near DRAKE VORTAC (DRK) 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) Center, 505-856-4580

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5932  Issue Date: July 03, 2008 at 2144 UTC  Location: 25 MILES SE OF PRESCOTT , Arizona near DRAKE VORTAC (DRK)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  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) Center, 505-856-4580 

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WA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5901 Issue Date: July 03, 2008 at 1746 UTC Location: SW OF OKANOGAN , Washington near EPHRATA VORTAC (EPH) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 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: SEATTLE (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5737 Issue Date: July 03, 2008 at 0303 UTC Location: KING CITY , California Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 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: OAKLAND (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5907  Issue Date: July 03, 2008 at 1752 UTC  Location: 14 SW CHESTER , California  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: OAKLAND (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.03.08

The US DOT's Inspector General levels still more criticism at the FAA.
American Airlines tells 900 flight attendants they face furloughs.
And former Airbus CEO Gustav Humbert is quest

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.03.08

The US DOT's Inspector General levels still more criticism at the FAA.
American Airlines tells 900 flight attendants they face furloughs.
And former Airbus CEO Gustav Humbert is quest

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ANN Special Feature: Adam Smith, EAA AirVenture - 07.03.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Adam Smith of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Director of Aircraft Attractions for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, about some of the amazing aircraft to be displayed this

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Aero-TV Tours Piper With CEO Jim Bass (Part 2 of 2)

An Inside Look At One Of The World's Aviation Legends

Piper Aircraft is one of the legends of aviation... responsible for some of the iconic aircraft that literally define what the world thinks about general aviation, this is a company that is determined stay a force in the GA world. And, of course, the fact that Piper is about to launch the test program for their first jet project is ample testimony of their commitment to the future of the company and the position they want to play in the aviation world.

Aero-TV Tours Piper With CEO Jim Bass (Part 2 of 2)

An Inside Look At One Of The World's Aviation Legends (Part Two)

Piper Aircraft is one of the legends of aviation... responsible for some of the iconic aircraft that literally define what the world thinks about general aviation. This is a company that is determined stay a force in the GA world. And, of course, the fact that Piper is about to launch the test program for their first jet project is ample testimony of their commitment to the future of the company and the position they want to play in the aviation world.

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Airlines, Lawmakers Unite In Opposition To Fingerprinting Plan

Carriers Say They Can't Afford To Pay For Gov't-Mandated Program

Airlines have called upon their friends in Congress to block a White House plan calling for carriers to fingerprint foreign visitors before they travel back home.

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ABX Air Fights To Keep DHL Cargo Business

Parent Company Announced Switch To UPS In May

A large cargo operation's plans to switch to UPS for its air freight business has brought out a competitive streak in the company facing the loss of its biggest contract.

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Homebuilders Encouraged To Share Ideas At AirVenture 2008

'Hints For Homebuilders' To Be Recorded At Oshkosh

Some believe the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture celebration slips disturbingly further each year from its homebuilt roots, and has instead become more a trade show for planemakers like Cessna and Cirrus. That's a perception EAA is fighting to combat... and this year, in particular, the organization will put a bright spotlight on homebuilt aircraft.

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NATCA Congratulates Boyer On Retirement As AOPA President

Pledges "Full Support" To Craig Fuller

NATCA President Patrick Forrey praised retiring Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Phil Boyer this week, and expressed confidence in the choice of Craig L. Fuller to succeed him.

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787 Horizontal Stab Structure Test A Success

Some Good News From Alenia Aeronautica

After seeing its Global Aeronautica joint-venture with Boeing in the news twice in as many days due to production-related issues, Alenia Aeronautica was ready for some good news. The company reported Wednesday it successfully completed destructive testing on the horizontal stabilizer of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Hawker Beechcraft Names New Top Guy In Little Rock

Ronald King Appointed VP, General Manager For Completions Center

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced Tuesday the appointment of Ronald King as the vice president and general manager of the Little Rock, AR Hawker Completions Center.

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RDD Introduces Speed Bra-X For Vans RV-10s

Allows Steeper Descents At Lower Airspeeds

RDD Enterprises, LLC announced this week the immediate availability of the 'Speed Bra-X' (as in, "speed brakes") for the Vans Aircraft RV-10.

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NAFI Names June 2008 Master Instructors

"The Best Of The Best"

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.03.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Wild Weasel mission was developed by the US Air Force in 1965, during the Vietnam War era. Its primary concept was the use of two-seat aircraft, to counter hostile radar-controlled surface-to-air weapons. The first Wild Weasel aircraft were F-100Fs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.03.08): Bendix Drive

Aero-Terms!

A type of flywheel engaging device for a starting motor. It is said to be mechanical because it engages by inertia.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.03.08)

"A lot of us are concerned that they are now trying to pass off responsibility."

Source: House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS). Airlines have called upon their friends in Congress to block a White House plan calling for carriers to fingerprint foreign visitors before they travel back home. That plan, backed by the Bush administration, calls for all international carriers to tackle the financial and logistical burden of computerized fingerprinting for 33 million visitors each year... something the airlines say will cost $12 billion annually through 2018. Thompson says it's the responsibility of government, not private carriers, to handle fingerprinting of international visitors.

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VA TFR: 07.05.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5644 Issue Date: July 02, 2008 at 1557 UTC Location: Chantilly, Virginia near ARMEL VORTAC (AML) Beginning Date and Time: July 05, 2008 at 1545 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 05, 2008 at 1650 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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VA TFR: 07.04.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5564 Issue Date: July 02, 2008 at 1306 UTC Location: Charlottesville, Virginia Beginning Date and Time: July 04, 2008 at 1255 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 04, 2008 at 1555 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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IN TFR: 07.11.08 - 07.12.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5690 Issue Date: July 02, 2008 at 1926 UTC Location: Gary, Indiana near CHICAGO HEIGHTS VORTAC (CGT) Beginning Date and Time: July 11, 2008 at 2200 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 12, 2008 at 0300 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations during the Gary night hanger air show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Chicago (C90) TRACON, 847-608-5654

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