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February 04, 2008

Focus Shifts To Fuel Contamination In BA 777 Accident

Low Temps May Have Resulted In Ice Formation

Investigators into the January 17 downing of a British Airways Boeing 777-236ER on approach to London's Heathrow Airport reportedly suspect fuel-system contamination to be the cause... in particular, the possibility ice formed in the fuel during the airliner's flight from Beijing, resulting in fuel flow blockage.

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Analysts Say Delta, Northwest Rushing To Finalize Merger

If Deal Not Done By Mid-Month, Delta May Walk

It just wouldn't be a normal day in the aviation biz lately, without some kind of 'update' on a rumored merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest. So, here's the latest.

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EADS Socata To Upgrade French Armed Forces TBM Fleet

Will Modernize 28-Plane Fleet

EADS Socata announced Monday it has received French Defense Procurement Agency notification of a 1.7 million euro ($2.5 million) contract to upgrade the French armed forces’ TBM 700 aircraft fleet.

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Boeing Receives Extension To KC-10 Contract

Will Provide Continued Logistics Support

Boeing tells ANN the company recently earned a $307 million US Air Force contract extension to continue providing logistics support and other services to the nation's KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tanker fleet.

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Investigators Say CVR May Shed Light Into NC King Air Downing

NTSB Rules Out Several Possible Causes

Federal investigators have recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the Beech King Air which crashed Friday morning near the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport (MWK), killing all six aboard.

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Maryland Medevac Squad To Receive Helo Transfusion

Will Take Delivery Of Three New Helicopters This Year

Standing before one of the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center's current Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin helicopters, last week Governor Martin O'Malley announced his state will purchase three new medevac helicopters this year to bolster the center's emergency response services.

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CSC Adds World's First Kiowa Simulators To Fleet

To Be Used By US Army Flight School XXI

Computer Sciences Corporation and its US Army Flight School XXI team members announced Monday the addition and integration of the world's first and only OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter operational flight training simulators to its growing suite of training devices in Warrior Hall, located near Fort Rucker, AL.

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Boeing Beefs Up Troubled Dreamliner Program

Two New Execs To Assist On 787

As ANN reported January 16, Boeing announced the first flight of the 787 has been moved from the end of the first quarter of this year to around the end of the second quarter to provide additional time to finish assembly of the first aircraft... which was triumphantly unveiled in a cobbled-together form in July 2007.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.04.08

Mountain Flying, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.04.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.04.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Mountain Flying: 02.04.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.04.08

All onboard suvive a 727's crash-landing in Bolivia.
Another F-15 pilot has to eject.
And the search continues for a missing Japanese balloonist.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.04.08

All onboard suvive a 727's crash-landing in Bolivia.
Another F-15 pilot has to eject.
And the search continues for a missing Japanese balloonist.

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Mountain Flying - 02.04.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about how mountain flying can stretch a student's skills, and about one of the deadliest temptations when shooting an instrument app

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CORRECTED: Rotax Amends Mandatory 912/914 Magnetic Plug Service Bulletin

S/N Range Narrowed, Alert Status Removed

In an earlier posting on ANN, we incorrectly reported a new Rotax service bulletin, issued Sunday, applied to an earlier Mandatory Service Bulletin calling for replacement of the gear box gear set on affected 912 and 914 engines.

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D-Box/Voodoo/HP: The Ultimate MS FlightSim Rig?

$20K Gets You A Full-Fledged FlightSim WITH A Motion Base!

Let's face it, there isn't a pilot out there who hasn't spent time in front of a PC flying one flight sim or another and the grand-daddy of all flight sim products is, of course, Microsoft's amazing Flight Simulator X. It's GREAT software... offering you amazing vistas (no pun intended), lots of airplanes to fly, and some exciting realism... especially when coupled with a good PC, some great sound... and, what's this, a motion base?

Aero-News Alert: Silver State Helicopters Shut Down

Troubled Heli-School Hits The Skids

Reports from around the country, and verbal/published confirmations from people claiming to have been employed by Silver State Helicopters, indicate that the nationwide flight school operation, known for fanciful claims about employment opportunities in the heli industry and a significant accident record, has ordered its door shut.

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D-Box/Voodoo/HP: Aero-TV Checks Out What May Be The Ultimate MS FlightSim Rig

$20K Gets You A Full-Fledged FlightSim WITH A Motion Base!

Let's face it, there isn't a pilot out there who hasn't spent time in front of a PC flying one flight sim or another and the grand-daddy of all flight sim products is, of course, Microsoft's amazing Flight Simulator X. It's GREAT software, offering you amazing vistas (no pun intended), lots of airplanes to fly, and some exciting realism... especially when coupled with a good PC, some great sound... and, what's this, a motion base?

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All Survive Bolivian 727 'Belly Flop' Landing

Mechanical Failure, Diversion Results In Off-Field Excursion

A chartered jetliner carrying over 150 people crash-landed in eastern Bolivia on Friday, when stormy weather forced it to turn away from its destination and try for another airport. All onboard survived.

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Suspected Arms Trader In Federal Custody

Apprehended At SFO In December

Federal authorities revealed last week a woman suspected of selling sensitive military technology to Iran and China was apprehended in December 2007 at San Francisco International Airport.

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Pilot Injured, But Safe, After Forced Landing Near PAE

Three Cheers For The Sturdy Viking!

A local pilot was injured Saturday after making a forced landing near Paine Field in Everett, WA. The unidentified pilot, a 51-year old Woodinville man, was attempting to land on Runway 34L at Paine Field around 12:30 pm on Saturday, according to the Everett Herald.

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Klyde Morris (02.04.08)

NASA Would Also Do Well To Watch For Spiders...

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What A Concept! Virginia Rewards Pilots For Using Airports

Encourages Visits To 66 Public-Use Fields, Other Events

Virginia isn't only for lovers anymore. Pilots who fly into Virginia airports may earn rewards from the state's aviation department, as part of the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program, for trying new destinations around the commonwealth.

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FAA: Planes Did Not Nearly Collide On ALO Runway

Officials Blame Communications Confusion

A communication failure did occur between air traffic controllers and a regional jet at a Midwest airport Wednesday night, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials confirmed... but the jet did not come close to colliding with another airplane.

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Pinnacle Pilots To Informational Picket At Newark Int'l Airport

Say Management Growing Colgan Air At Their Expense

Pinnacle Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), plan to conduct informational picketing Monday afternoon at Newark Liberty International Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.04.08)

Aero-Linx!

Classic Fighters is more than just an airshow, their philosophy being to provide visitors with three full days of family entertainment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.04.08): Ice Fog

Aero-Terms!

An obstruction to visibility caused by tiny ice crystals, rather than the tiny droplets of water that normally for fog. Ice fog occurs at very low temperatures. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.04.08)

"It was great to explore the whole state and land at so many different airports. As pilots we always practice the same approaches at the same airports, but this gave me experience landing in many different environments. Some runways are real narrow, there are a few that aren’t paved, and some sit right on top of mountains. Some are real short, and there’s one you can’t land at."

Source: Pilot Tom Mahoney, who tells the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association pilots who fly into Virginia airports may earn rewards from the state's aviation department, as part of the Virginia Aviation Ambassadors Program, for trying new destinations around the commonwealth.

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