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March 05, 2008

IL TFR: 03.07.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7067  Issue Date: March 04, 2008 at 2013 UTC  Location: Waukegan, Illinois  Beginning Date and Time: March 07, 2008 at 1640 UTC  Ending Date and Time: March 07, 2008 at 2050 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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CA TFR: 03.13.08 - 03.17.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7192 Issue Date: March 05, 2008 at 1655 UTC Location: Mather Airport, Sacramento, California near MC CLELLAN VOR/DME (MCC) Beginning Date and Time: March 13, 2008 at 1900 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 17, 2008 at 0100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: United States NAvy Blue Angels High Performance Aerial Demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 561-758-7126

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AK TFR: 03.05.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7196 Issue Date: March 05, 2008 at 1702 UTC Type: Hazards

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Toyota Official Hints At Entry Into Aerospace

May Help Fund MRJ Project

Japan's Toyota Motor Company may be interested in entering the commercial aviation market, following in the steps of rivals Honda and Mitsubishi. But if that happens, the company will take a decidedly cautious approach.

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Abusive Passenger Threatens To Hijack Delta Flight

Off-Duty Pilot Restrains Irish Man As Plane Diverts

An Irish passenger on Delta transatlantic flight did his part to perpetuate stereotypes last week, as he flew home from visiting friends in California.

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ERAU Receives FAA Level 6 Approval For Frasca DA-42 FTDs

Sims Will Support 10-Plane Training Fleet

Following several months of in-house flight testing and data gathering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL is the first sponsor to receive FAA Level 6 qualification for its two Frasca DA-42 Flight Training Devices.

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Pilots Say Laser Strikes On The Rise Over Toronto

At Least Five Recent Incidents Reported

Canadian officials say they're not turning a blind eye to the disturbing increase in the number of laser beams being flashed on aircraft operating around Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

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Flight Training Europe Orders Mechtronix 737-800 Full Flight Trainer X

Spanish-Based Commercial Flying School To Use Advanced Sim For MPL Program

Mechtronix Systems Inc. (MSI) announced Wednesday the purchase by Flight Training Europe of its advanced full flight trainer, the FFT X configured as a B737-800. The company expects to obtain certification for the device by the UK CAA both under JAR-STD 2A and 3A.

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SSH Closing Hits South Texas Airport Hard

New Braunfels Muni Stuck With $113,000 In Bills

Once bitten... twice shy. The fallout continues following the February 3 shutdown of Silver State Helicopters... and one south Texas community says it will be a lot more cautious about who it trusts in the future.

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Singapore Airlines To Implement All-Biz Class Transpacific Service

Outfitting A340-500 Fleet With 100 Business Class Seats

Singapore Airlines announced this week it plans to convert its five Airbus A340-500 widebody, long-range aircraft into an all-Business Class configuration, for daily flights between Singapore and New York, and Singapore and Los Angeles. This new configuration will position Singapore Airlines as the first to operate an all-Business Class service on the Transpacific route.

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Boeing Requests 'Immediate' KC-X Tanker Briefing From USAF

Air Force Says To Expect Debrief On Or After March 12

Next week isn't soon enough. That's the message the public relations department at Boeing had this week, as it announced its request for an "immediate debriefing" from US Air Force officials on the KC-X tanker competition.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.05.08

The KC-X Decision, With Frost & Sullivan Senior Analyst Wayne Plucker

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.05.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.05.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The KC-X Decision: 03.05.08 (ANN Special Report, with Wayne Plucker, Senior Aerospace & Defense Analyst with Frost & Sullivan.)

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Polish Air Force Selects Rockwell Collins F-16 Trainer

Simulator To Be Used In Training Of Maintenance Personnel

The Polish Air Force has selected the Rockwell Collins F-16C Modular Simulated Aircraft Maintenance Trainer (MSAMT) for the training of the aircraft's maintenance personnel. The trainer is scheduled to be delivered in April 2008.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.05.08

DOT says the airlines recovered from December's horrible on-time stats.
The Reason Foundation says JFK needs a third parallel runway.
And Atlanta's City Council green-lights a new internation

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.05.08

DOT says the airlines recovered from December's horrible on-time stats.
The Reason Foundation says JFK needs a third parallel runway.
And Atlanta's City Council green-lights a new international

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ANN Special Feature: Analyst Wayne Plucker, USAF KC-X - 03.05.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Wayne Plucker, a 26-year Air Force veteran and now Senior Aerospace & Defense Analyst with Frost & Sullivan, about the significance of the US Air Force's KC-X ta

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AD: Dassault Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-07 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-02 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all EMBRAER Model EMB-135BJ, -135ER, -135KE, -135KL, -135LR, -145, -145ER, -145MR, -145LR, -145XR,-145MP, and -145EP airplanes.

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AD: Alexandria Aircraft

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-11 MANUFACTURER: Alexandria Aircraft LLC SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 76-23-03 R1, which applies to certain Alexandria Aircraft, LLC Models 17-30, 17-31, 17-30A, and 17-31A airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-100, -100B,-100B SUD, -200B, -200C, -200F, -300, 747SP, and 747SR series airplanes powered by General Electric (GE) CF6-45/50 and Pratt & Whitney (P&W) JT9D-70, JT9D-3, or JT9D-7 series engines.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-09 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-09 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company(Cessna) 172, 182, and 206 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-04 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Aero-TV: So... Let's Take A Thorough Look At Cessna's SkyCatcher (Part 3 of 4)

Let's Take a Good Long Look At An Exciting LSA offering... From An Industry Heavyweight

With industry heavyweights Cirrus Design and Cessna Aircraft now firmly committed to the LSA market, the future for the entry level of aviation appears to be a bit more "sure" than it has been in many a moon. Our series on the Cirrus Design SRS took a long look at that exciting entry, but now it's time to take an equally thorough look at Cessna's SkyCatcher program... as well as its controversial decision to do some major assembly work in China.

Aero-TV: So... Let's Take A Thorough Look At Cessna's SkyCatcher (Part 3 of 4)

Let's Take a Good Long Look At An Exciting LSA offering... From An Industry Heavyweight

With industry heavyweights Cirrus Design and Cessna Aircraft now firmly committed to the LSA market, the future for the entry level of aviation appears to be a bit more "sure" than it has been in many a moon. Our series on the Cirrus Design SRS took a long look at that exciting entry, but now it's time to take an equally thorough look at Cessna's SkyCatcher program... as well as its controversial decision to do some major assembly work in China.

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Chertoff Wants Review Of Screening Process... And A Closer Look At Bizjets

DHS Wants To Know Who's Flying Into US On Small Planes

Booming sales of business jets have been attributed in part to business executives trying to bypass the inconvenience of traveling through commercial airports. But the growing number of business jets outside North America looks like a security threat to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who fears terrorists could exploit general aviation to bring in a dirty bomb or biological weapons.

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City Council Approves Funds For New Int'l Terminal At ATL

But Some Are Afraid Plan Encourages Cost Overruns

The Atlanta City Council approved some heady spending at Monday night's meeting, voting unanimously to budget about $1.2 billion to build a new international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Gone West: NASM Deputy Director Donald Lopez

WWII Pilot And Aviation Legend Was 84

Aero-News learned Tuesday that Donald S. Lopez, 84, deputy director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, died of a heart attack on March 3. Lopez had been with the Smithsonian Institution since 1972, when he became part of the team led by Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins responsible for planning the construction and opening of the National Air and Space Museum.

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Diamond Distributors Announce Tax Advantage Program

Economic Stimulus Bill Could Mean Big Savings On Planes

Diamond Aircraft wants anyone considering a new-aircraft purchase to take heed of recently-passed US legislation, that offers a great opportunity for tax savings on aircraft used for business travel.

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SpaceX Issues Revised 12-Flight Mission Manifest

On Track For First Falcon 9 Delivery By End Of Year

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) announced Monday its newly revised mission manifest, listing 12 flights of its Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles.

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EADS Confirms First Refueling Test For New Boom

System Intended For KC-45A Passes Gas For First Time

It was a good way for EADS to follow up last week's somewhat surprising announcement of its win for the US Air Force's KC-X tanker contract. On Friday, the European aerospace consortium told Reuters it had carried out the first successful test of the upcoming KC-45A's refueling boom.

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Biz Travelers Lament Decrease Of Air Shuttle Appeal

Security Lines, Airport Delays Make Short Flights A Lot Longer

There once was a time, not too long ago, when business travelers in New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston flocked to hourly airline flights to commute between those cities. That so-called "shuttle" service was a boon for politicians, and Wall Street moneymakers... but in today's market, it's increasingly difficult to justify the cost, in both time and cold, hard cash.

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NASA's GLAST Spacecraft Arrives In Florida

Weird Name, Important Mission

NASA tells ANN its Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, arrived Tuesday at the Astrotech payload processing facility near the Kennedy Space Center to begin final preparations for launch. Liftoff of GLAST aboard a Delta II rocket is currently targeted for 1145 EDT on May 16.

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Goodrich Appoints Vice President, Government Programs

Mike Roller Is Former Director Of Air Force Programs

Goodrich Corporation announced Tuesday the recent appointment of Mike Roller as Vice President, Government Programs. Roller, former Director of Air Force Programs for Goodrich, reports to Bill Lennox, Senior Vice President, Washington.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.05.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, bearing the name of Hammondsport's favorite son, is located on Route 54, one half mile south of the village of Hammondsport, NY.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.05.08): Glide Slope

Aero-Terms!

The angle between horizontal and the glide path of an aircraft. A tightly-focused radio beam transmitted from the approach end of a runway indicating the minimum approach angle that will clear all obstacles; one component of an instrument landing system (ILS).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.05.08)

"Bono and Bill Gates would be prevented from smuggling a nuke into the US, but a terrorist with a nuke in a Gulfstream who takes off from a remote airfield in Africa or Latin America ... would have no problem getting it to DC. Let's just hope the terrorists fly out of (London's) Heathrow."

Source: Homeland security consultant Randall Larsen. The growing number of business jets outside North America looks like a security threat to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who fears terrorists could exploit general aviation to bring in a dirty bomb or biological weapons. DHS will soon undertake a sweeping review of airport security screening over the next 30 to 45 days, to try to ease passenger hassles, but also to focus more on the threat o

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