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August 18, 2007

ID Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3682 Issue Date: August 17, 2007 at 1833 UTC Type: Hazards

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UT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3728 Issue Date: August 17, 2007 at 2320 UTC Type: Hazards

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Two Safe Following Cirrus CAPS Deployment Over Nantucket

Parachute System Brings SR20 To Safe 'Landing'

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 08.18.07 1115 EDT: CAPS comes to the rescue once again. A Cirrus pilot deployed the aircraft's parachute Friday night, after weather conditions deteriorated over Nantucket, MA, according to the Associated Press.

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MA TFR: 08.24.07 - 08.26.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3584  Issue Date: August 17, 2007 at 0951 UTC  Location: Otis ANGB, Massachusetts near MARTHAS VINEYARD VOR/DME (MVY)  Beginning Date and Time: August 24, 2007 at 1500 UTC  Ending Date and Time: August 26, 2007 at 2130 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, other high performance aircraft and the U.S. Army Golden Knights  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Otis (FMH) Air Traffic Control Tower, 508-968-7107 

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MI TFR: 08.24.07 - 08.26.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3585 Issue Date: August 17, 2007 at 0953 UTC Location: Gratiot Community Airport, Alma, Michigan near MOUNT PLEASANT VOR/DME (MOP) Beginning Date and Time: August 24, 2007 at 1800 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 26, 2007 at 2100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstations for the Gratiot Community Airshow Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Saginaw (MBS) Approach Control, 989-695-9143

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CA TFR: 08.24.07 - 08.26.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3590 Issue Date: August 17, 2007 at 1012 UTC Location: Santa Maria Public APT/Capt G Allan Hancock FLD, Santa Maria, California near MORRO BAY VORTAC (MQO) Beginning Date and Time: August 24, 2007 at 2215 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 26, 2007 at 2300 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations for the Thunder Over the Valley airshow Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Santa Maria (SMX) Air Traffic Control Tower, 805-925-5380

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MO TFR: 08.24.07 - 08.26.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3586 Issue Date: August 17, 2007 at 1002 UTC Location: Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, Kansas City, Missouri near RIVERSIDE VOR/DME (RIS) Beginning Date and Time: August 24, 2007 at 1700 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 26, 2007 at 2130 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Kansas City Aviation Expo and Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Kansas City Downtown (MKC) Air Traffic Control Tower, 816-329-2854

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NATCA: SoCal Tracon Suffers Rash Of Operational Errors

FAA Suspends Training To Review Operation

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association tells ANN five operational errors have occurred in less than two weeks at the Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) -- the nation’s busiest such facility -- including three that happened in a span of four recent days.

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Speeding-Bullet Star Leaves Enormous Streak Across Sky

NASA Says Comet-Like 'Tail' Contains Carbon, Oxygen

When is a star also a comet? NASA scientists should have a fascinating time answering that question, posed recently after the agency's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spotted an amazingly long comet-like tail behind a star streaking through space at supersonic speeds.

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Heathrow Still Recovering From 'Black Wednesday'

Just When They Thought Things Couldn't Get Any Worse...

London Heathrow International Airport has been a bit beleaguered of late. So, imagine the headache that surely must have struck Heathrow management when Wednesday morning deteriorated into chaos and every single flight was late.

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Shuttle, ISS Crews Hold On-Orbit News Conference

Preparations Underway For Saturday Spacewalk

The STS-118 and Expedition 15 crews fielded questions Friday from reporters in the United States and Canada, during the traditional on-orbit news conference, NASA tells ANN.

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Weather Possible Factor In Alaska DHC-2 Downing

Five Lost In Thursday Evening Air Tour Accident

A DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver float plane carrying nine people on a sightseeing tour in Alaska went down Thursday evening, killing five and injuring four.

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FAA: Pilot, Controller Contribute To Near-Miss On LAX Runway

Dual Mistakes Bring Jets As Close As 50 Feet

In the eighth reported runway incursion at Los Angeles International Airport this year, two jets came within at least 200 feet and possibly as close as 50 feet of each other Thursday.

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ALPA American Eagle Elects New Officers

"No Secret There Is A Lot Of Turmoil In The Industry"

Leaders of the American Eagle unit of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) elected Captain Herb Mark this week, to serve as chairman of the Master Executive Council (MEC), the union's governing body.

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Angel Flight West -- Washington Celebrates 10 Years

Governor Proclaims August 19-25 As AFW-WA Week

Aero-News has learned Angel Flight West (AFW) -- Washington Wing  will celebrate its landmark 10th anniversary in Walla Walla, WA. The AFW mission is to help Washington citizens in need of access to health care and other compelling human needs by arranging free air transportation on private aircraft.

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NTSB Prelim: NASCAR C310 Came In Low, Fast Before Impact

Witnesses Also Saw Smoke Coming From Aircraft Before Impact

Below is the unedited text of the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the July 10 downing of a Cessna 310R near Sanford, FL. As ANN reported, the two persons onboard -- both affiliated with NASCAR -- were lost in the accident, as were three victims on the ground.

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Lockheed Martin Earns BIG US Navy Contract For MH-60R

Follow-On $952 Million Order To Develop, Integrate Helo Systems

Lockheed Martin tells ANN the company recently received $951.7 million from the US Navy to produce and integrate mission systems for the MH-60R helicopter over five years. This funding, in combination with two advanced procurement contracts totaling $113.6 million, increases the total value of this multi-year contract to $1.065 billion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.18.07)

Aero-Linx!

An aviation related cartoon that's accurate enough to amuse aviators and aviation fans, without bogging the reader down with too much technical stuff. So if you're a professional pilot or e.g. "just" an airshow visitor, you should be able relate to these stories! 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.18.07): Flat Spin

Aero-Terms!

An aircraft maneuver in which the aircraft is autorotating as it descends, with one wing flying and the other stalled. Flat spins are often caused when the Center of Gravity (CG) is too far aft. This allows centrifugal force to flatten the spin. Few aircraft can be recovered from an unintentional flat spin.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.18.07)

"We have had mandatory six-day work weeks for a few months now and that has led to fatigue and a loss of focus and has reduced our margin for error to a bare minimum. Our normal shift rotation has become a mixture of varying start and stop times and controllers have been pushed to their physical and mental limits."

Source: Steve Merlin, Facility Representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association at the Southern California TRACON.

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