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March 06, 2008

Cessna Receives Two-Plane Order For Citation Columbus

Will Be Added To Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories' Fleet

Cessna tells ANN the planemaker recently secured its first multiple order for the new Model 850 Citation Columbus business jet. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) of Pullman, WA will use two of the long-range, large-cabin Citations to support its global expansion and customer support efforts.

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FAA Proposes $10.2 Million Civil Penalty Against Southwest Airlines

Whistleblowers Allege LCC Flew Planes Without Inspections

Moments ago, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it has initiated action to collect a $10.2 million civil penalty from Southwest Airlines for operating 46 airplanes without performing mandatory inspections for fuselage fatigue cracking. Subsequently, the airline found that six of the 46 airplanes had fatigue cracks.

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7303  Issue Date: March 06, 2008 at 1242 UTC  Location: UNIVERSITY OFLIFORNIA AT DAVIS , California near SACRAMENTO VORTAC (SAC)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: OAKLAND (ZOA) Automated Flight Service Station, 510-745-3331 

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MN TFR: 03.06.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7339 Issue Date: March 06, 2008 at 1452 UTC Location: ELY , Minnesota near EVELETH VOR/DME (EVM) Beginning Date and Time: March 06, 2008 at 1745 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 06, 2008 at 1915 UTC Reason for NOTAM: DUE TO BLASTING ACTIVITY ATUNITED TACONITE IRON MINES Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AL TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7435 Issue Date: March 06, 2008 at 1947 UTC Location: ANNISTON , Alabama near TALLADEGA VOR/DME (TDG) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: April 24, 2008 at 2100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Reports: Delta, NWA Pilots Meet On Reopening Merger Talks

And If Unnamed Sources Say It, It MUST Be True!

What once was off, may be back on again soon. Pilot union leaders for Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines reportedly met quietly Wednesday, to discuss the possibility of reopening talks on integrating seniority lists should the carriers merge operations.

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Delta Touts Its Online Fares Are Lowest Of All

And Offers "Guarantee" To Back It Up

A few years ago, the airline industry decided to stop paying commissions to traditional travel agents. Now, the airlines are not only squeezing out internet travel sites from airline ticket sales, but actually competing with them in other areas... in the hopes of keeping precious passenger dollars in-house.

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Pentagon Says -- Again -- USAF Doesn't Need More C-17s

Inquiry Came At Request Of Senators, Including McCain

The Pentagon's chief weapons buyer said this week that despite the Air Force putting more C-17 Globemaster III transport planes on its "dream list" to Congress, the Pentagon's position remains the same as it's been for two years -- the planes are not needed.

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Australia Cancels Seasprite Helicopter Contract

Kaman Declines Comment On Alleged Safety Issues

When Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's new government took over after elections last November, Rudd ordered a review of military procurement contracts. The country's agreement to purchase 11 Navy Seasprite helicopters from US-based Kaman Corporation apparently will be the first major cancellation of a standing contract. It may not be the last.

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Global Hawk UAV Marks 10-Year Anniversary

Officials See A Long Future For Unmanned Aircraft

A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle landed after an eight-hour mission February 28, marking 10 years since base officials witnessed its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base.

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Reports: Delta, PSA Jets Avoid Midair Collision

TCAS Averts Close Call Near Pittsburgh

Collision avoidance systems in the cockpits of two commercial airliners apparently came to the rescue Tuesday, after an air traffic control trainee accidentally directed a regional jet into the path of a Delta Air Lines MD-88 at FL350.

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EAA Calls On Members To Set FAA Straight On 51-Percent Rule

Notes Experimental Community Has Led The Way On Innovation

The rights and privileges enjoyed by homebuilders over the past half-century have not only given citizens the freedom to build and fly their own aircraft, asserts the Experimental Aircraft Association... they also led to innovations that have found their way into type-certificated products and created an entire industry of suppliers, designers, manufacturers, making all of aviation stronger.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 03.06.08

SkyCatcher Impressions, From Industry Notables

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.06.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.06.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- SkyCatcher Impressions: 03.06.08 (ANN Special Report, with comments from Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, EAA President Tom Poberezny, and Martha King of King Schools.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.06.08

Toyota gazes skyward once again.
The victims in Tuesday's crash in Oklahoma are identified.
And these lasers didn't come from the office supply store.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.06.08

Toyota gazes skyward once again.
The victims in Tuesday's crash in Oklahoma are identified.
And these lasers didn't come from the office supply store.

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ANN Special Feature: SkyCatcher Impressions - 03.06.08

ANN's Jim Campbell gathers comments on the significance of Cessna's 162 SkyCatcher from Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, EAA President Tom Poberezny, and Martha King of King Schools.

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AD: Cameron Balloons

AD NUMBER: 2008-04-15 MANUFACTURER: Cameron Balloons SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-04-15 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-06 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-100, -200,-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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AD: Dassault Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-08 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-13 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. The existing AD currently requires inspecting contactors 1K4XD, 2K4XD, and K4XA to determine the type of terminal base plate, and applying sealant on the terminal base plates if necessary.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, 737-700,737-700C, 737-800, and 737-900 series airplanes.

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Aero-TV: So... Let's Take A Thorough Look At Cessna's SkyCatcher (Part 4 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 4 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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NTSB Issues Recommendations On GE CF34-3B1 Turbofans

Cites Two Recent Blade Failures On CRJ200s

The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday, to address a safety concern raised by two engine failures on Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200 aircraft.

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Appeals Court Skeptical Of New York's Passenger Rights Law

Judges Fear State Laws Would Conflict With Federal Legislation

The verdict is still out following Wednesday's hearing on whether New York's recently-imposed Passenger Bill of Rights is constitutional.

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USAF Shows Its Support For Inaugural OC Air Show

F-15, F-16 Demo Teams, Heritage Flight Program Added

The OC Air Show will bring thunder and lightning to the skies over Ocean City, MD June 10-11, as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Viper soar high above the beach and boardwalk. 

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German Workers' Strike Affects Airports, Flights

Over 1.3 Million Public Service Employees Want Better Pay

Public service workers throughout Germany made good on their threats to walk off the job Tuesday, leading to turmoil at airports throughout the country, and thousands of passengers stuck at the gate.

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NASA Spacecraft Photographs Avalanches On Mars

Images Show Brownish "Snow" Cascading Near North Pole

A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars has taken the first ever image of active avalanches near the Red Planet's north pole. The image shows tan clouds billowing away from the foot of a towering slope, where ice and dust have just cascaded down.

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Coalition Urges Congress To Pass FAA Reauthorization

ACI-NA Joins With GAMA, ALPA, And 32 Other Groups

In a coalition letter to the US Senate this week, 35 aviation organizations called for members to pass a comprehensive, long-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill this year and urged the Senate to make the legislation a priority. 

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Websurfers At DEN Like Free Wi-Fi, But Deplore Censorship

Servers Block A Number Of 'Provocative' Sites

When Denver International Airport adopted free wireless Internet service last November, the move was met by-and-large with applause from passengers traveling through the Rocky Mountain hub... but some have criticized the airport's decidedly Big Brother-ish approach to determining what is "appropriate" content.

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American Takes Heat For Flying 777 To London With Five Passengers

Alternative Would Have Been To Deadhead, Spokesman Says

It was probably a great flight for the passengers... but at least one environmental group is up in arms over the news American Airlines recently flew a Boeing 777 from Chicago to London, with only five paying customers onboard.

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EADS North America Sponsors USAF Charity Ball For Fifth Year

Presents Check For March 8 Event At Bolling AFB

For the fifth consecutive year, EADS North America will be the lead corporate supporter of the Air Force Charity Ball -- an event organized by the Air Force Aid Society, the official charity of the United States Air Force.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.06.08)

Aero-Linx!

Warbirds Online is a daily record of the news, events, and commentary of the International Warbird Community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.06.08): Green Light

Aero-Terms!

Approval for landing. A carryover expression from days when aircraft for the most part had no radios, and communication from a control tower was by means of a light-gun that beamed various green, red, and yellow signals to pilots in the air and on the ground.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.06.08)

"With such a small passenger load we did consider whether we could cancel the flight and re-accommodate the five remaining passengers on other flights. However, this would have left a plane load of west-bound passengers stranded in London Heathrow who were due to fly back to the US on the same aircraft. We sought alternative flights for the west-bound passengers but heavy loads out of London that day meant that this was not possible."

Source: An unidentified spokesman for American Airlines. At least one environmental group is up in arms over the news American recently flew a Boeing 777 from Chicago to London, with only five paying customers onboard.

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TX TFR: 03.13.08 - 03.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7239 Issue Date: March 05, 2008 at 1959 UTC Location: San Angelo, Texas near SAN ANGELO VORTAC (SJT) Beginning Date and Time: March 13, 2008 at 1630 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 15, 2008 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to high performance aerial demonstration by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Angelo (SJT) Air Traffic Control Tower, 325-944-1538

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