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January 31, 2008

Vandals Strike Small Georgia Airfield, EAA Clubhouse

"This Is Almost A Terrorist Attack"

It's a troubling day when vandals chose to attack any airport... but it hurts all the more when the victims are those who hangar their planes at a privately-held field affectionately called "Pea Patch."

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MD TFR: 02.01.08 - 02.03.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3196 Issue Date: January 31, 2008 at 2027 UTC Type: VIP

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PR TFR: 02.01.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3054  Issue Date: January 31, 2008 at 1301 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3200 Issue Date: January 31, 2008 at 2034 UTC Type: Hazards

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Utilicraft Aerospace Subsidiary Enters Funding Agreement

$260 Million Infusion Towards Development Of Prototype Hauler

A fledgling aircraft company has received a needed cash infusion to continue development of a new cargo plane.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.31.08

From The ANN Time Capsule: Eclipse's Introduction Of Avio NG

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.31.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.31.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- From The ANN Time Capsule: Eclipse's Introduction Of Avio NG: 01.31.08 (ANN Special Report, with the March 2007 press conference unveiling the new Avio NG avionics system for the Ec

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Cessna Completes Wing Mate On First CJ4

First Flight Scheduled For Later This Year

Cessna Aircraft Company tells ANN the planemaker recently completed wing mate on its first Citation CJ4, the latest addition to the ever-growing family of Citation business jets.

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AIAA's Third Space Exploration Conference Comes To Denver Next Month

Event To Focus On The Next 50 Years Of Space Exploration

Top leaders from industry, academia, NASA and other government agencies will come together at the 3rd Space Exploration Conference, February 26–28 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

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Arizona ANG F-16s To Keep Watch Over Super Bowl XLII

Low-Level Flight Will 'Let Everybody Know We're On The Job'

The Super Bowl has become a de facto American holiday to many... and, sadly, that also means it is an attractive potential target for terrorists. One of the numerous security precautions to be undertaken this Sunday, will involve pilots assigned to the 162nd Fighter Wing's Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ flying air patrols and air defense deterrence missions.

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NMB Rejects Union Request For Mediation In American Pilot Talks

Board Notes No Issues Have Been Agreed Upon Yet

Sort it out for yourselves. That's the message the National Mediation Board had for pilots at American Airlines this week, as the board opted to stay out of bitter contract talks now underway between airline executives, and the Allied Pilots Association.

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Edwards Airman Flies High As First Military F-35 Pilot

Plane AA-1 Will Fly To Base Later This Year For More Tests

A pilot from Edwards Air Force Base, CA became the first Air Force and government test pilot to fly the F-35 Lightning II during a test sortie at the Lockheed Martin facility Wednesday at Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

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Airbus Collects Two New Narrowbody Orders

Approaches 6,000-Sales Mark For A320 Family

They aren't the biggest orders Airbus has collected for its A320 Family of jets... but they're noteworthy just the same. On Wednesday, the European planemaker announced two new deals for the popular narrowbody aircraft, totaling 10 planes between them.

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German Nudist Flight Set For July 5 Takeoff

Travel Agency Organizes 'Free Body Culture' Trip

An element of German society has always embraced nudity, or "free body culture" as its called. Germans are enthusiastic patrons of nude beaches and hotels across Europe. Now, they won't even have to wait until the end of the plane flight to take it all off.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.31.08

Boeing posts big financial results, but makes no new promises for the Dreamliner.
NTSB gets an earful from Silver State mechanics.
And DOT prepares to release airline performance numbers for

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.31.08

Boeing posts big financial results, but makes no new promises for the Dreamliner.
NTSB gets an earful from Silver State mechanics.
And DOT prepares to release airline performance numbers for 200

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ANN Special Feature: Time Capsule: Vern Raburn - 01.31.08

Today, we'll exhume a time capsule containing Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn's introduction of the Avio NG flight deck last March, and recall his predictions, now that we know how Avio NG, and 20

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Aero-TV: US Sport Aviation Expo's Robert Woods Talks LSA (Part One)

The 4th Annual Sebring FL-based US Sport Aviation Expo is now history. The growing (occasionally struggling) LSA movement shows signs that it may mature into a solid industry, providing a new entry-level option for those who want to become pilots and aircraft owners. While there are still too many manufacturers barely keeping the doors open, the entry of industry heavyweights Cirrus design and Cessna Aircraft was a signal to one and all that the LSA market had to be taken seriously.

Aero-TV: US Sport Aviation Expo's Robert Wood Talks LSA (Part One)

The LSA Market Shows Signs of Life... and Growth!

The 4th Annual Sebring FL-based US Sport Aviation Expo is now history. The growing (occasionally struggling) LSA movement shows signs that it may mature into a solid industry, providing a new entry-level option for those who want to become pilots and aircraft owners. While there are still too many manufacturers barely keeping the doors open, the entry of industry heavyweights Cirrus Design and Cessna Aircraft was a signal to one and all that the LSA market had to be taken seriously.

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NASA Says Atlantis Is 'Go' For February 7 Launch

Mission To Lift Off At 1445 EST... At Last

NASA engineers and officials have waited almost two months to say these words: Atlantis is ready.

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Bush Pitches New Trade Deals At Robinson Helicopters Plant

Weak Dollar Has Been Boon For Nation's Largest Helomaker

White House staffers chose an appropriate location for President Bush to hawk the benefits of foreign trade Wednesday -- Robinson Helicopters, which sells 70 percent of its production overseas.

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DOT To Release Final Stats On 2007 On-Time Performance Next Week

Study Shows It'll Be Close For "Worst Year Ever" Title

The US Department of Transportation is set next week to release statistics on airline performance during 2007. It's not clear if weather-related disruptions during the holidays will pull 2007 down to be the worst on-time performance in recorded history, or whether adjustments made by DOT and the airlines in the final quarter managed to stave off that dubious title.

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JetBlue Unveils 'Aviation University Gateway' Program

Partners With ERAU, UND, Cape Air For Pilot Training

JetBlue Airways announced Wednesday the creation of the Aviation University Gateway, a career-planning and mentoring program designed to identify and recruit talented men and women into the professional pilot ranks, as the industry faces a shortage of qualified pilots.

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KC-767 Completes First Nighttime Refueling Operation

Boeing Says First Japanese Tanker Will Deliver In Early '08

Boeing announced this week its KC-767 successfully transferred fuel to an F-15E Strike Eagle on the night of January 26 -- the first nighttime refueling ever accomplished on a KC-767.

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NATCA Honors Two Congressmen With 'Sentinel Of Safety' Award

Honors Reps. LoBiondo, DeFazio For Commitment To Safety

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association honored Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) with its annual "Sentinel of Safety" award during each Congressman’s respective appearances Tuesday before more than 350 air traffic controllers gathered at NATCA’s annual legislative conference, "NATCA in Washington."

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Commemorative Air Force Names 2008 Chief Of Staff

CAF Col. Bill Coombes Voted In To Post

Aero-News recently learned on Saturday, January 19, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) General Staff voted CAF Col. Bill Coombes in as the next Chief of Staff for the organization.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.31.08)

Aero-Linx!

Founded in 1983, the Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the helicopter industry and helping to educate both the present and future generations of helicopter professionals. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.31.08): Wire Braid

Aero-Terms!

A woven, flexible metal covering placed over electrical wiring which carries alternating current. Energy radiated from the wire is intercepted by the metal braid, and carried to ground, rather than allowing it to cause radio interference.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.31.08)

"You can't tell the people at Robinson Helicopter that trade isn't good. When 70% of that which you manufacture gets sold somewhere else other than the United States, they ought to have a sign walking in here and say, 'Trade is not only good, it is great; and we want the federal government to make it easier for us to sell products.'"

Source: President George W. Bush, speaking Wednesday at the Torrance, CA headquarters for Robinson Helicopters. The stop was the first on a three-day jaunt, in which the President aims to promote the agenda he presented in Monday's State of the Union address -- the last of Bush's presidency.

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MO TFR: 01.31.08 - 02.01.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2960 Issue Date: January 30, 2008 at 1847 UTC Type: VIP

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MD TFR: 02.01.08 - 02.03.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3040 Issue Date: January 31, 2008 at 0009 UTC Type: VIP

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