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December 12, 2007

PR TFR: 12.13.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7298  Issue Date: December 12, 2007 at 1543 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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OH TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7331 Issue Date: December 12, 2007 at 1825 UTC Type: Hazards

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Winter Storm Slams Chicago Hard

Over 550 Flights Cancelled At ORD

Over 550 flights into and out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport were cancelled Tuesday, as a fierce ice storm hit the nation's midsection hard.

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Congress Passes Age 65 Legislation

Oberstar Strips Measure From FAA Bill For Separate Vote

In a 390-0 vote, on Tuesday the US House of Representatives cut debate short on legislation to increase the mandatory retirement age for US airline pilots to age 65, and passed the bill.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.12.07

The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide, With Dr. Brent Blue

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.12.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.12.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide: 12.12.07 (ANN Special Report, with physician and Senior AME Dr. Brent Blue)

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Neighborhood Complains After Apparent Waste Rains Down From Above

Lisle, IL Residents Find Yellowish-Brown Splotches On Yards, Roofs

Some citizens of Lisle, IL are feeling a bit down in the dumps... after what appears to be waste effluent from a passing airplane rained down on homes along Arborview Drive.

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IATA Revises Airline Profit Forecasts Downward

And US Economy Will Lead The Slump

In a move that wasn't unexpected -- but still paints a gloomy picture -- on Wednesday the International Air Transport Association lowered its 2008 profit forecast for airlines worldwide, citing high fuel costs as the primary reason for the downturn.

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US Airways To Pay Workers For Improved Performance

Employees Stand To Earn Extra $100 If Goals Are Met

Happy Holidays, everybody... now get to work! US Airways has come up with an incentive the airline hopes will lift its customer rankings out of the proverbial gutter in December.

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American Legend Aircraft Company Partners With CFI On Tailwheel Instruction

DPE Flies Out Of Mid-Way Airport Near DFW

American Legend Aircraft Company announced this week the planemaker has partnered with a local FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and Certified Flight Instructor to provide tailwheel instruction specific to the operation of the Legend Cub. Carol Walker operates a flying school in Midlothian, TX, a short 100-mile trip southwest of Legend's headquarters in Sulphur Springs. She specializes in tailwheel instruction and Sport Pilot training.

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NASA To Test Atlantis Fuel Tank Sensors Next Week

Hoping To Avoid Trip Back To VAB

Technicians and engineers in NASA's space shuttle program plan to test the engine cutoff (ECO) sensor system onboard space shuttle Atlantis by pumping super-cold liquid hydrogen into the external fuel tank. The test is tentatively planned for December 18, and will be conducted on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center where Atlantis remains poised for launch.

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Is NASA's Spirit Rover Facing Its Last Sunset?

Racing The Clock To Reposition Rover For Martian Winter

It's a race against the clock... at 10 mm/second. NASA engineers are becoming concerned the Mars Spirit Rover may miss a deadline to reposition itself in time for the Martian winter. If the craft cannot be parked with its solar panels aimed at the sun by Christmas, it risks starving its batteries beyond the point of recovery.

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NASA Still Debating Orion Touchdown Scenarios

Land, Or Water?

We've been hearing for quite awhile about NASA's Orion space capsule, and how it will replace the retiring space shuttle fleet in the next decade. But despite all the work done to date, one major design issue has yet to be resolved...

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-09 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-08 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-08 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (ECF) model helicopters.

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AD: Dassault Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-10 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-10 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-07 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-07 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (BHTC) Model 206A and 206B helicopters, serial numbers (S/N) 0004 through 3906, with two-piece vertical stabilizer (fin) supports (fin supports) installed, that requires inserting a revision into the applicable maintenance manual, verifying the torque on the fin support attachment hardware, inspecting the fin support bracket and fins for paint or gaps, and inspecting the fin support bracket for cracking, and if a crack is found, replacing the two-piece vertical fin support with a one-piece casting support.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700,-700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-06 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-02 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A310 series airplanes.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-11 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.12.07

Boeing says the Dreamliner is staying on its revised schedule.
It looks as if Airbus will win the sale race, and there won't be a loser.
And the DOT backs down on congestion pricing.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.12.07

Boeing says the Dreamliner is staying on its revised schedule.
It looks as if Airbus will win the sale race, and there won't be a loser.
And the DOT backs down on congestion pricing.

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ANN Special Feature: Dr. Brent Blue, Carbon Monoxide - 12.12.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Dr. Brent Blue of Aeromedix, a physician, senior AME, and 9,000-hour ATP who helped introduce digital carbon monoxide detection to aircraft. Dr. Blue explains what carbo

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Delta Connection Academy Opens New Facility

New 27,000 Square Foot Hangar Caps School's Full Renovation

Delta Connection Academy formally unveiled Tuesday its completed 27,000-square foot hangar at Sanford International Airport in Florida, during a grand opening held to celebrate a capstone event in the Academy’s extensive renovation and expansion.

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Preliminary Investigation Pins Atlasjet Accident On Pilot Error

Loss Of Spatial Awareness Believed To Be To Blame

A preliminary investigation into the November 30 loss of an Atlasjet MD-83 near Isparta, Turkey indicates pilot error led to the loss of the aircraft and all 57 persons onboard, Turkish media reported Tuesday.

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New NASA Mission To Reveal Moon's Internal Structure, Evolution

GRAIL Mission To Determine What Makes The Moon Tick

At a Monday meeting of the American Geophysical Union, NASA's Associate Administrator for Science Alan Stern announced the selection of a new mission that will peer deep inside the moon to reveal its anatomy and history.

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Controllers Say Increase In Orlando Delays Due To Staffing Shortage

NATCA, FAA Take Fight To The House Of Mouse

Airline delays are aggravating, they cost businesses and their customers money, but they are good for one thing -- giving the controllers union even more ammo in its ongoing fight against the FAA.

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Airbus Order Book Crosses The 1,200 Threshold

But Boeing Still Has Net Order Lead

It ain't over 'til it's over... but, yeah, it's probably over. Fueled by a large surge in orders from China, Airbus lays claim to 1,204 gross orders for its planes in 2007, 50 more than rival Boeing... but, for the moment anyway, the American planemaker has the lead in net orders.

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Aerion Collects $1.5 Billion In LOIs For Supersonic Bizjet

Looking For OEM To Produce, Certify Plane

They have the design... they apparently have the market interest... now, Aerion Corp. needs someone to build its Supersonic Business Jet.

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Cessna's Pelton Extends Term As Chairman On EAA Gathering of Eagles Committee

Will Continue In Role Through 2009

The Experimental Aircraft Association announced Tuesday Jack J. Pelton, chairman, president, and CEO at Cessna Aircraft Company, has confirmed he will extend his chairmanship of the EAA Gathering of Eagles Committee for two more years -- in line with Cessna’s pledge to serve as hosting sponsor of the EAA Gathering of Eagles event through 2009.

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Do NOT Press This Button!

Kid Presses Button

Boy, the parents of this kid have some explaining to do. An employee event Sunday morning at the Agusta Aerospace facility at Philadelphia's Northeast Airport (PNE) turned into something between an inadvertant ski trip, and chaotic free-for-all, when the hangar filled with fire suppression foam.

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ASA Relocates Closer To Where The Money Is

Will Open New HQ In Atlanta

Atlantic Southeast Airlines is moving its headquarters into a 203,000 square-foot hangar at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport -- which is also home to its sole customer, Delta Air Lines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.12.07)

Aero-Linx!

The mission of the Pacific Airfields Project is to document, through description and photos, each airfield that was used in the Pacific War during World War II. This includes airfields used by both Axis and Allied powers from Hawaii to Australia to China to the Aleutians and everywhere in between.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.12.07): Tachometer

Aero-Terms!

An instrument used to measure the rotational speed of an object. Tachometers or "Tachs" are usually calibrated in revolutions per minute, or RPM.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.12.07)

"The Delta Connection Academy is proud to be among the very best in the industry. A strong sense of pride has marked each student and graduate as belonging to a cadre of excellence. We continue to fine-tune the Academy and enhance all the elements that have marked us as innovative and cutting-edge in training some of the world’s best pilots."

Source: Doug Blissit, Vice President of Delta Air-Elite and Delta Connection Academy. The pilot training center formally unveiled Tuesday its completed 27,000-square foot hangar at Sanford International Airport in Florida, during a grand opening held to celebrate a capstone event in the Academy’s extensive renovation and expansion.

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