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April 19, 2008

DOT Wants Independent Team To Examine FAA Safety Culture

Peters Announces National Team To Review Air Carrier Policies

Faced with mounting criticism of FAA inspection policies, on Friday US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced a series of measures intended to improve the agency's safety inspection program, and minimize travel disruptions caused when airlines abruptly ground aircraft. Peters also tasked a newly created independent review team with crafting recommendations to improve the current aviation safety system.

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NASA Deputy Administrator, Florida Governor Discuss Space Exploration

University Of Miami Forum Focused On Benefits To State

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist discussed Friday how space exploration gives Floridians a more competitive economy and better quality of life during a NASA Future Forum at the University of Miami.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada To Centralize Flight Test Operations In Montreal

Means Closure Of Current Plattsburgh, NY And Quebec Centers

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced this week it will concentrate its flight test operations in a new world-class center at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport. The new global hub represents an investment of about $90 million.

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NASM To Open Military UAV Exhibition Next Week

Six Unmanned Aircraft Part Of Display

Starting Thursday April 24, visitors to the National Air and Space Museum will get a glimpse of six aircraft representing a cross section of modern unmanned flight technology in the new "Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" exhibition.

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Boeing Honors 11 Suppliers With Top Performance Award

These Companies AREN'T Why The Dreamliner Is Late

We've heard a lot lately about supplier woes at Boeing, regarding the oft-delayed 787 Dreamliner... but in a ceremony Thursday evening, Boeing honored its 11 best suppliers for their commitment to superior performance and customer satisfaction.

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Pearl-Like Coating From Oysters Could Protect Aircraft

Research Could Lead To More Durable Surface Coatings

Scientists from the University of Dayton Research Institute have manipulated the process of shell and pearl formation in oysters to demonstrate a method for depositing pearl-like coatings onto various metal surfaces. University personnel tell ANN this biomimetic research could lead to new lightweight, durable coatings able to protect aircraft from impact and corrosion.

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Ship It AOG Signs Agreement With Unitron, LP

Will Distribute Unitron's GPUs

Ship it AOG announced this week it has signed a definitive agreement with Unitron, LP to become a factory-authorized distributor for their new aircraft ground power products.

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Bangkok Airways Adds Two More ATR 72-500s To Fleet

Brings Carrier's Fleet To 10 Planes

ATR announced this week the signing of a contract for the purchase of two ATR 72-500s to be operated by Thailand’s Bangkok Airways. The deal is valued at US $37 million, and was inked with Irish-based leasing company AIR Ltd (Aircraft International Renting), a subsidiary of TAT Group, which will lease the aircraft to the airline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.19.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Dayton Aviation Trail grew out of a regional economic development conference held at the University of Dayton on November 18-19, 1980.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.19.08): Turboshaft

Aero-Terms!

Gas turbine in which as much energy as possible is taken from gas jet and used to drive high-speed shaft, which in turn drives an external load such as a helicopter transmission.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.19.08)

"The mark of an effective safety system is the ability to constantly improve and adapt. These steps will help make inspectors and managers more accountable, keep airlines focused on safety and minimize disruptions for travelers."

Source: US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters. Faced with mounting criticism of FAA inspection policies, on Friday Peters announced a series of measures intended to improve the agency's safety inspection program, and minimize travel disruptions caused when airlines abruptly ground aircraft. Peters also tasked a newly created independent review team with crafting recommendations to improve the current aviation safety system.

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3964  Issue Date: April 18, 2008 at 2041 UTC  Location: 11 M OF NOGALES , Arizona  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Automated Flight Service Station, 505-856-4580 

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NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4005 Issue Date: April 19, 2008 at 0008 UTC Location: 24 E OF BELEN , New Mexico near SOCORRO VORTAC (ONM) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Automated Flight Service Station, 505-856-4580

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PA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3970 Issue Date: April 18, 2008 at 2123 UTC Location: FAIRHOPE TOWNSHIP , Pennsylvania near GRANTSVILLE VOR/DME (GRV) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: April 19, 2008 at 0115 UTC Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: CLEVELAND (ZOB) Automated Flight Service Station, 440-774-0426

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