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March 19, 2008

AK TFR: 03.20.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9012  Issue Date: March 19, 2008 at 2307 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Woman Sues American Airlines After Unpleasant Wake-Up Call

$200,000 Claim Says Carrier Didn't Assist In Removing Man

By the looks of things, suing American Airlines seems to be a popular pastime of late... but the latest suit has nothing to do with tarmac strandings, or baggage fees and lost tips.

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NASA Says Clarke 'Will Be Sorely Missed'

Legendary Writer Passed Away Wednesday

The following is a statement from Alan Stern, NASA associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington, regarding the news Wednesday of the death of acclaimed science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke.

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Boeing Plays The Economy Card Against KC-45A

The KC-X Battle Drags On...

We couldn't believe it, either. An entire week has passed since ANN last ran a story related to the recent awarding of a lucrative US Air Force tanker contract to a team comprised of EADS and Northrop Grumman, over an offering from Boeing.

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Hey! We're Back Online! (Finally!)

03.19.08 1830 EDT: On the list of Famous Last Words and Phrases, this one ranks right up there with "Watch this!" and "I can handle any crosswind!" on the scale of impending doom: "We're changing servers, but we expect no issues."

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ATC Tapes Show go! Pilots Were Unresponsive For 17 Minutes

Controller Attempted Contact 11 Times Before Response

Did two pilots flying a go! Airlines CRJ200 from Honolulu to Hilo last month actually fall asleep on the job? Well, there's no official word just yet... but air traffic control tapes recently released by the FAA seem to point towards that possibility.

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NATCA Blames East Coast Delays On Staffing

Says Logs Prove Shortage Of Qualified Personnel

What the National Air Traffic Controller's Association calls a "worsening air traffic controller shortage" at one of the nation’s busiest radar control centers, Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZDC), forced the Federal Aviation Administration to delay flights headed to, from or above the nation’s capital region on several occasions Saturday.

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Diamandis Rallies WAI Crowd Around Private Spaceflight

Hopes To Grow Zero-G Program Significantly

The Women in Aviation International Conference always has top speakers in the aviation field, and the messages these speakers impart to the audience have no time limit. So, even though the WAI conference is over for this year (start making plans for Atlanta (GA) February 26 - 28 2009) the speakers' words are worth repeating.

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Skycaps Sue American Airlines Over Baggage Fee

Says Tips Have Dropped Since Charge Was Enacted

A group of skycaps for American Airlines are taking their employer to court, saying the carrier's $2-per-bag fee for curbside check-in is taking money out of their pockets, in the interest of corporate greed.

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Western Aircraft Launches 'Interior Re-Completion Center'

Shop To Be Added To Boise, ID Facility

Western Aircraft tells ANN it recently began work to launch a full-service interior dhop this spring at its Boise, ID facility. The shop, called the "Interior Re-Completion Center," will provide interior upgrades on large business jets and turboprop aircraft. The company expects the Re-Completion Center to be operating in spring 2008.

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Challenger Center Will Be 'Onboard' Upcoming ISS Mission

Richard Garriott Is Former Student Of Center's Founder

Video game developer Richard Garriott is slated to be the next civilian to fly into space... and he plans to follow the lead of spacegoing teacher Barbara Morgan, through interactive lessons that will motivate and inspire students at Challenger Learning Centers throughout the world.

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AD: Honeywell

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-19 MANUFACTURER: Honeywell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-19 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Honeywell International Inc. ATF3-6 and ATF3-6A series turbofan engines equipped with a certain part number (P/N) low pressure compressor (LPC) aft shaft.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-23 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-23 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-8-55, DC-8F-54, and DC-8F-55 airplanes; and Model DC-8-60, DC-8-70, DC-8-60F, and DC-8-70F series airplanes.

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Aero-TV At The FAA Forecast Conference: DoT's Mary Peters Tries To Drum Up Support (Part 2 of 2)

Mary Peters Addresses The FAA Forecast Conference

The 33rd Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference finished up a few days ago... and provided "an opportunity for senior leaders from across the aviation community to look forward and share their views on the future of the aviation industry.".

Gone West: Visionary Sci-Fi Writer Arthur C. Clarke

Author Of "2001: A Space Odyssey" Was 90

He was more than "just" a writer of science fiction tales. Arthur C. Clarke was a visionary -- the true embodiment, in fact, of that term so often applied to many within the aerospace field. On Wednesday, Clarke passed away in his adopted home of Sri Lanka at the age of 90, following a decades-long battle with post-polio syndrome.

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Aero-TV: FAA Forecast Conference -- SecTrans' Mary Peter's Address (#2 of 2)

DoT's Peters Tries To Drum Up Support

The 33rd Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference finished up a few days ago... and provided "an opportunity for senior leaders from across the aviation community to look forward and share their views on the future of the aviation industry."

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Cirrus Announces New Standard Maintenance Program

Covers ALL Maintenance For 24 Months/600 Hours

A planemaker fond of comparing its planes to high-end luxury automobiles just brought those two seemingly disparate markets a little closer. Cirrus Design announced Tuesday the launch of Cirrus Maintenance, a new "standard with purchase" benefit designed to help reduce the cost of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.

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Avidyne Honors Steve Lindsley For Development Of Single Pilot Turbine FMS

System To Be Unveiled Next Month In Lakeland

Avidyne Corporation has presented its Technical Achievement Award for 2007 to senior engineer Steve Lindsley for his contribution to the development of an intuitive, high-integrated, dual-redundant Flight Management System (FMS) for general aviation (GA). The official introduction of the new FMS will be early next month in Lakeland, FL.

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A380 Makes Its First Revenue Flight To Europe

Third Singapore Superjumbo Lands At Heathrow

She's ready for primetime. A Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 took off Tuesday from Singapore to London Heathrow, marking the first passenger-carrying superjumbo flight to Europe.

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Robots Rule Tuesday Onboard International Space Station

Crew Readies Dextre For Action; NASA May Extend Endeavour's Stay

Robots ruled Tuesday for the STS-123 and Expedition 16 crews, as crewmembers spent some time indoors following two successful spacewalks three days.

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Northwest Matches United, CO Rate Hike

CEO Hints At Job Cuts, Other Measures

Last week's $50 hike in airfares looks like it's going to stick. Following in the steps of United and Continental, this week Northwest Airlines also increased fares across the board.

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Cessna Awards Scholarships At WAI Conference

Over $25,000 Given To Two Students

Cessna Aircraft Company awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships during the 19th annual Women in Aviation Conference last week in San Diego.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.19.08)


The American Air Museum in Britain stands as a memorial to the 30,000 American airmen who gave their lives flying from UK bases in defense of liberty during the Second World War, and also honors those who fought in Korea, Vietnam, Libya, Iraq and other conflicts and battles of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.19.08): Swash Plate


A swash plate is a device that translates the pilot's (or autopilot's) commands via the helicopter flight controls into motion of the main rotor blades.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.19.08)

"One day, some super civilization may encounter this relic from the vanished species and I may exist in another time. Move over, Stephen King." Source: Accomplished science-fiction writer and visionary Arthur C. Clarke, who passed away Wednesday in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.

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