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December 13, 2007

CA TFR: 12.14.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7421  Issue Date: December 13, 2007 at 1211 UTC  Type: Security 

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MN TFR: 12.14.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7501 Issue Date: December 13, 2007 at 1730 UTC Type: Hazards

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.13.07

The Benefits Of Advanced Engine Monitoring, With JP Instruments' Ottis Cameron

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.13.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.13.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Benefits Of Advanced Engine Monitoring: 12.13.07 (ANN Special Report, with JP Instruments' Ottis Cameron.)

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Congress Honors Barrington Irving For Solo RTW Flight

Recognized As Youngest Person To Perform Feat

The 23-year-old black man who enthralled thousands earlier this year by flying his Columbia 400 around the world, solo, received national recognition for the feat Tuesday... with a resolution by the US House of Representatives.

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THEMIS Satellites Uncover Possible Energy Source For Northern Lights

Mystery Of Auroras Borealis Solved?

Thanks to a quintet of NASA satellites stationed over the Northern Hemisphere, scientists believe they now know what causes the strange phenomena of the auroras borealis, or the Northern Lights.

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XCOR Successfully Tests New Rocket Engine

Small Package, BIG Wallop

XCOR Aerospace announced Thursday it has successfully completed its first series of tests on a new 56-pound thrust rocket engine. The engine, designated XR-3E17, is a direct descendant of the company’s XR-2P1 "Tea Cart" engine developed in 2000.

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EADS North America Touts 2007 Progress On US Army UH-72A

Says LUH Achieved All Key Milestones, Despite Some Issues

EADS North America tells ANN its UH-72A Lakota program has completed a highly successful year, delivering on-time or ahead deliveries of 16 operationally-ready Light Utility Helicopters for deployment with US Army units across the country.

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Lifeguard Alaska Helo Accident Brings Back Memories For Pilot

Describes Flight In Similar Conditions To What May Have Downed BK117

It's looking more and more like we'll never know exactly what happened to a Lifeguard Alaska medevac helicopter which went missing 10 days ago while transporting a patient from Cordova to Anchorage. But one helicopter pilot, who now flies air ambulance in California, remembers flying the same route as the missing Alaskan helo, and recently shared his memories of a particularly harrowing day with reporter Jason Moore of KTUU-2 in Anchorage.

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Senate Passes Age 65 Legislation

Vote Comes One Day After House Approves Separate Provision

Sometimes, the Senate CAN act quickly. One day after the House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure increasing the mandatory retirement age for US commercial pilots to 65, the Senate voted its approval for the legislation as well... sending the bill to the president's desk.

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Star Alliance Network Adds Two Chinese Carriers

Air China, Shanghai Airlines Join Large Code-Share Group

The Chinese are coming... and they'll be flying on airliners bearing the Star Alliance logo.

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NWA, Pilots Union Join Forces To Seek Pension Changes

Older Pilots Cry Foul

Northwest Airlines asked a federal judge this week to let the company adjust pension contributions, to allow more for younger pilots who suffered disproportionately from the company's post-bankruptcy shift to a 401K plan.

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UN Secretary-General Decries Climate Change Before Long Junket

What A Load Of Hot Air!

Climate change needs to be curbed... but not, apparently, at the risk of personal inconvenience. That mixed message came this week not from a self-proclaimed activist rock star, Hollywood actor or even former Vice-President Al Gore... but from Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations.

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CIT Aerospace Orders Five More 737s

Will Bring Total 737 Fleet To 46 Planes

Global commercial finance company CIT Group Inc. announced this week its CIT Aerospace unit signed contracts with Boeing for five new 737 aircraft, valued at approximately $311 million at list prices.  The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2011.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.13.07

The House votes to help pilots over 60 keep their jobs...again.
Canada's safety board has suggestions to help stop overrun accidents.
And NASA will try to fix the shuttle while it's still on

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.13.07

The House votes to help pilots over 60 keep their jobs...again.
Canada's safety board has suggestions to help stop overrun accidents.
And NASA will try to fix the shuttle while it's still on the

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ANN Special Feature: Ottis Cameron, JP Instruments - 12.13.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Ottis Cameron, Business Development Manager at JP Instruments, about how modern electronic engine monitoring can help aircraft owners get the most from their aircraft.

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440th Airlift Control Flight Named AMC's Top Command And Control Unit

Unit Was Inactivated Last June

It was bittersweet news for the 440 Airlift Control Flight to learn this month it was named Air Mobility Command Mobile Command and Control Unit of the Year (Air Reserve Component)... as the unit was inactivated in June.

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Boeing Pledges $100,000 To Pacific Northwest Flood Relief Efforts

Company Also Commits To Match Employee Donations

With torrential rains wrecking havoc throughout the Pacific Northwest, Boeing announced Wednesday it has committed $100,000 toward future rebuilding efforts in areas of Washington and Oregon damaged by the recent flooding.

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AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-14 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-14 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 helicopters.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-12 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-12 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-15 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; and all Airbus Model A300-600 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-19 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Boeing - Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-19 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-400 series airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-16 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: McDonnell Douglas - Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-16 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-81 (MD-81) and DC-9-82 (MD-82) airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-13 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 767-300F series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-17 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Boeing - Airworthiness Directive 2007-25-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-100, 747-00B, 747 100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-25-18 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: BOEING - AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE 2007-25-18 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-400 and 747-400D series airplanes.

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NYT Columnist Says TSA 'Security' Remains More Show Than Substance

See, There Ya Go Applying Logic To The Situation...

In a scathing editorial this week titled "Screening Dreams," New York Times columnist Clark Kent Ervin accuses the Transportation Security Administration of merely going through the motions to convey a false sense of security to airline travelers.

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Canada's TSB Issues Report On 2005 Air France A340 Overrun

Recommends Lengthening Runways, New Severe WX Rules

A call to lengthen runways and new rules governing landing procedures during thunderstorms are just two of the recommendations from Canada's Transportation Safety Board, following the August 2005 runway overrun accident involving an Airbus A340 operating for Air France.

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Frontier's Lynx Finally Gets Off The Ground

Subsidiary Kicked Off Inaugural Service Last Friday

Following a difficult gestation process, Frontier Airlines proudly delivered its new Lynx subsidiary to the world last week.

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Ares I Avionics Contract Goes To Boeing

Deal Marks Final Major Award In Orion Program

On Wednesday, NASA awarded Boeing an initial contract valued at approximately $265 million to produce the Ares I crew launch vehicle's instrument unit avionics (IUA).

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Reserve, Active Duty Airmen And Soldiers Partner In 'Operation Toy Drop'

Over 1,000 Soldiers Jump For A Good Cause

Army Private Gregory Amones sat on the ground with a cherry pie oozing out the right thigh pocket of his uniform. Facing his first parachute jump at Fort Bragg, NC, the soldier didn’t mind the smashed cherry stain on his battle uniform.

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Jet-Alliance To Add Second Eclipse 500 To Fleet

Shared Ownership Program Expects S/N 84 By End Of Month

California-based jet ownership company Jet-Alliance tells ANN it is scheduled to take delivery of a second Eclipse 500 jet this month. The aircraft, serial #84, will fly in conjunction with the very first Eclipse 500 delivered.

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HAI Announces Recipient Of 2008 Aviation Repair Specialist Award

Gary Royer Works As Avionics Shop Supervisor For Canadian Helicopters Ltd.

This week, HAI announced the recipient of the 2008 Aviation Repair Specialist Award, Mr. Gary Royer; Avionics Shop Supervisor, Canadian Helicopters Limited, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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BLR Receives Record Winglet Orders From Elliott, Cutter

Orders Fill Bulk Of Company's 2008/2009 Production Schedule

As oil prices keep climbing, business is booming for suppliers of fuel-saving winglets. BLR Aerospace announced Wednesday two record-breaking sales of their King Air Winglet Systems. Elliott Aviation and Cutter Aviation placed 90 shipset orders apiece -- effectively BLR's entire 2008/2009 US production capacity of King Air winglets.

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NATA Forms Committee To Address Environmental Issues Confronting Members

Will Meet For First Time Next Month In Savannah, GA

National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne announced Wednesday the creation of the association's new Environmental Committee, tasked with the responsibility for reviewing issues and developing the association’s position on a wide array of environmental concerns confronting NATA members.

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Cancer Doesn't Stop Man's Dream Of Air Force Service

"Everything Does Happen For A Reason"

Kyle Causey fulfilled a lifelong dream November 20 when he left Massachusetts for Texas to attend Air Force Basic Military Training. It took him more than six years, and he had to defeat cancer to reach this milestone.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.13.07): Monoplane

Aero-Terms!

An airplane having only one main supporting wing.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.13.07)

"If ignorance is bliss, let those of who believe TSA press releases be happy. And if it is better to be lucky than good, TSA, so far at least, has it made."

Source: New York Times columnist Clark Kent Ervin, in an editorial piece titled "Screening Dreams" in which Ervin accuses the Transportation Security Administration of merely going through the motions to convey a false sense of security to airline travelers.

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VA TFR: 12.17.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7323  Issue Date: December 12, 2007 at 1725 UTC  Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia  Beginning Date and Time: December 17, 2007 at 1535 UTC  Ending Date and Time: December 17, 2007 at 1805 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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