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January 02, 2008

Report: Florida, City To Split Cost For Airline Command Center

Deal Keeps AirTran Airways' HQ In Orlando

It's a deal so appealing, it's worth the occasional risk of hurricanes. Officials with the state of Florida and AirTran Airways were expected to sign a deal Wednesday to build a new $7 million command center for the low-cost carrier -- a move that will also keep AirTran's headquarters in Orlando.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.02.08

NBAA President Ed Bolen Weighs In On The Challenges Ahead In 2008

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.02.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.02.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- New Year, Familiar Challenges: 01.02.08 (ANN Special Report, with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.)

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ICAS President John Cudahy Weighs In On 2007

Below is a statement from John Cudahy, President of the International Council of Air Shows, reflecting on what was a tough year for air shows... and what ICAS hopes to achieve in 2008 -- Ed.

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CRG Runway Controversy Reignites Interest In 2001 Letter

Opponents To Lengthening Say Former Chairman Made 'Covenant'

Six years ago in Florida, Jacksonville Port Authority Chairman Martin Fiorentino was trying to gain the votes needed to split the authority into separate entities to manage airports and seaports. In a reported move to compromise with lawmakers, he wrote a letter claiming the airport board had no intentions of seeking a longer runway at Craig Municipal Airport (CRG), and expressed hope future boards would honor that intent after the agency was split.

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FBI Asks For Public's Help In Unmasking D.B. Cooper

36-Year-Old Case Remains Open To This Day

The FBI has released new information it hopes will finally identify infamous hijacker D.B. Cooper. On Monday, the FBI website included a press release about the new "reignited" Cooper case.

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Lockheed Wins Contract To Supply 18 F-16s To Pakistan

No Delivery Timeline To Tumultuous Country Given

Hmm... given the current turmoil in Pakistan, is this the best time to be sending the tormented country MORE firepower? In any case, on Monday the Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a $498.2 million contract to supply Pakistan with 18 F-16 fighters.

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Raytheon Completes Tests Of Ship Control Segment For MQ-8B Fire Scout

TCS Provides Control Of Two Dissimilar UAVs

Raytheon Company recently completed initial testing of the Tactical Control System's (TCS) command and control capabilities for the US Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. The testing was conducted December 15, 2007 at the Webster Field annex, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.02.08

NASA releases its secret safety data...in a compromised format.
A Johns Hopkins study says pilots are getting better.
And a safety campaigner challenges the FAA to get serious about GA.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.02.08

NASA releases its secret safety data...in a compromised format.
A Johns Hopkins study says pilots are getting better.
And a safety campaigner challenges the FAA to get serious about GA.

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ANN Special Feature: Ed Bolen, NBAA - 01.02.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with National Business Aviation Association President Ed Bolen about user fees, new faces in Washington, and other issues facing his organization and its members in 2008.


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Do You Feel The Need... For Mooney Speed?

ANN Profiles The Recently Announced Mooney Acclaim 'Type S'

On the opening day of the 2007 AOPA Expo, Mooney Aircraft Company reasserted its claim for the world's fastest piston single. "We can at last, completely and finally, put to rest any debate about what piston single-engine airplane is the fastest: It's the Mooney Acclaim, or to be more specific and precise, the new Mooney Acclaim Type S...

FMI: www.mooney.com

It's Alive! Aero-TV Profiles... The Mooney Acclaim 'Type S'

ANN's Daily Feature Program Starts NOW... With The Mooney Acclaim 'Type S'

We'll have more to say about the initiation of Aero-TV programming a little later (once we get some sleep), but as promised, (kinda/sorta... you know the drill), we're starting off with the first round of our Aero-TV features -- with SO MUCH more to come -- Daily news, instructional programming, special interviews, REALLY COOL 'ANN OnScene' reports... the whole nine yards. BUT... for now, kick back, relax, and enjoy the first of our "regularly scheduled" Aero-TV program offerings.. ANN's Aero-TV Profiles The Recently Announced Mooney Acclaim 'Type S'

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2007 Was 'A Year Of Major Significance' For BizAv

And Another Is On The Way

It isn’t every year that we experience challenges of the sort general aviation faced in 2007 – but all indications suggest the year ahead will be just as exciting as the one in the rear view mirror.

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Eclipse Completes 103 Planes In First Year Of Production

Hit 100-Mark Faster Than Any Other GA Jet Aircraft Manufacturer

It's not as many as company officials had hoped for... but it's still a record. Albuquerque, NM-based planemaker Eclipse Aviation rang in the New Year with the announcement it has produced and certified 104 Eclipse 500 very-light jets since December 31, 2006.

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Late Pilot Named To North Dakota Aviation Hall Of Fame

Gerry Beck Lost In July 2007 Accident At AirVenture

The North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame has added to its ranks, selecting the late Gerry Beck as the newest member.

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Stuck Passengers Sue American Airlines

Allege False Imprisonment, Fraud

Two American Airlines passengers among the dozens stranded on diverted planes last year have sued the Fort Worth-based carrier, alleging they were the victims of false imprisonment, fraud and negligence.

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Helo Down In Alabama During Weekend Search Mission, Three Lost

Was Conducting SAR Operations

A sad tale from Alabama, as three persons searching for a missing hunter this weekend were killed when their helicopter went down near the community of Tuscumbia.

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #10--Overseas/Offshore Manufacturing

From the Heartbreaker's List #10. Overseas/Offshore Manufacturing

Damned if you do... damned if you don't. Such sentiments must run through the minds of those who are trying to bring products to the US market as cost-effectively as possible while also doing their best to serve the best interests of their corporate structure and employee base. Therein, of course, lies the trauma associated with making the decision to send some or all of your manufacturing operations outside of the USA... Does that fact that you (may) bring less expensive goods to the US consumer outweigh the stigma associated with feeling a product that can no longer claim, "Made in America?"

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Embry-Riddle Awarded Grant To Develop 'Airport Of The Future'

DAB To Be Testbed For NGATS Technologies

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University received quite a stocking stuffer, just a few days before Christmas.

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A Few Aero-Tips For The (Icing) Season #5: De-Coding Pilot Reports

Aero-Tip #5: Remember to accurately evaluate weather before flight to identify safe areas of operations. Tools such as pilot reports and AIRMETs are subjective and forecast, respectively.

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Georgia Kids Museum Unveils Interactive Airplane Display

All Aboard "GrandPappy Airlines!"

As further proof of a conundrum facing all parents -- that your kids will inevitably have access to neater toys than you had growing up -- we offer a story about "GrandPappy Airlines."

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #11--Industry Badmouthing/Name-Calling

From the Heartbreaker's List #11: Industry Badmouthing/Name-Calling The problem comes and goes... but 2007 seemed to be a landmark year for innuendo, name-calling and badmouthing... All throughout the industry, possibly inspired by the latest exchanges between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, it seemed that a number of aviation "professionals" found the need to try and get ahead by badmouthing their competition. Outside of the fact that most of what we heard was just plain wrong (in many cases, ridiculously so), it sure as hell made us all look bad.

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Flight Diverted After Man Gropes Female Passenger

Sigh... Happy New Year...

Here's a tip for any guys out there who may wonder what's appropriate when attempting to strike a woman's fancy onboard an airline flight: when the air marshals have to intervene, you've gone too far.

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #12--Soaring LSA Costs

From the Heartbreaker's List #12: Sky-High LSA Costs

Much has been written about the need to bring "new blood" into the aviation business... how we need (desperately) new pilots and a way to provide ready access to the freedom of the skies for all those who have dreamed of playing among the clouds. We truly need a cost-effective path for people to follow, in order to stretch their wings... but to be honest, we're not sure that $100-130K LSAs are the ticket we've been looking for.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.02.08): Engine Mount

Aero-Terms!

The part of an aircraft structure designed to support the engine, and connect it to the airframe. Vibration isolators are normally included as part of the engine mount assembly.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.02.08)

"Clearly, our ability to advance a positive agenda in Washington and across the country is dependent upon an active and engaged Membership, and our continued strong ties to the entire general aviation community. As we all know, elected officials are most responsive to their own constituents."

Source: Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, reflecting on the challenges ahead for general aviation in 2008... and the importance of pilots letting their lawmakers know how they feel on such issues as user fees.

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LA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0024  Issue Date: January 01, 2008 at 2025 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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