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May 15, 2008

Piper Lands On Top Of Stinson, Pilots OK

Things Could Have Been MUCH Worse...

"Like a perfectly planned stunt from a James Bond movie." That's how WFAA-8 in Dallas described the scene following a runway incursion accident at Northwest Regional Airport (52F) in Roanoke, TX Thursday afternoon.

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AOPA Offers Suggestions On How To Save Fuel

Four-Part Series Will Run In Group's Weekly Newsletters

It’s no secret that rising fuel prices are really putting the pinch on pilots. So the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is taking steps to help members get the most out of each aviation fuel dollar.

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7765  Issue Date: May 15, 2008 at 1924 UTC  Location: MT BALDYLIFORNIA , California near POMONA VORTAC (POM)  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: LOS ANGELES (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205 

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Airbus Helps EADS Post $440 Million Q1 Profit

Big Difference From A Year Ago

"How do you like me now?" We wouldn't be surprised if some Airbus executives this week are asking that very question of officials with parent company EADS, after the European aerospace consortium posted a healthy first quarter profit, largely due to some positive economic news from the planemaker.

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Challenger Center Participates In Team America Rocket Competition

Jacksonville Team Among Top 100 Finalists

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education and the Jacksonville, FL Challenger Learning Center from Kirby Smith Middle School will participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) on Saturday, May 17.

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UK's Ministry Of Defense Releases UFO 'X-Files'

Officials Stress There Are Rational Explanations For Sightings

The first in a series of British UFO files, dating back to the 1970s, were released on The National Archives' website Wednesday. The Ministry of Defense files include descriptions of alleged unidentified aerial phenomenon or UFO sightings, and subsequent MoD evaluations of the reports.

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EAA Unveils Affordable Flight Center At Oshkosh 2008

Site In Former NASA Building To Specialize In Less-Expensive Ways To Fly

Between rising fuel prices, maintenance expenses, hangar fees, the cost of an aircraft... pursuing a passion for aviation may appear beyond reach for a lot of people. EAA notes one of its main goals is to find a better way to do things, primarily through pooling and sharing knowledge and information. That's essentially what's behind an attraction set to debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, the Affordable Flying Center.

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FAA Certifies All CFM56-3 Engine Life Limited Parts

Turbofan Staple Of 737 Classic Fleets

Pratt & Whitney recently received the remaining three Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) approvals, certifying Global Material Solutions life-limited parts for the CFM56-3 engine high-pressure compressor, high- pressure turbine, and low-pressure turbine.

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Spirit AeroSystems Secures Airbus A350 XWB Contract

Partsmaker Announces New Plant In North Carolina

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced Wednesday it has signed a contract with Airbus to design and produce a major composite fuselage structure for the A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) program. Spirit will design and manufacture the Section 15 center fuselage frame section, a composite structure that will be approximately 65 feet long, 20 feet wide and weigh nearly 9,000 pounds.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 05.15.08

Savvy Aircraft Maintenance, With Mike Busch

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.15.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.15.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Savvy Aircraft Maintenance: 05.15.08 (ANN Special Report, with aircraft maintenance expert Mike Busch.)

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DoD Says Chinooks Vandalized On Ridley Park Production Line

Severed Wiring, "Suspicious Washer" Found On Two H-47s

Is it accidental damage... or sabotage? Department of Defense officials are working to determine the nature of damage to two H-47 Chinook helicopters on the production line at Boeing's plant in Ridley Park, PA.

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Northrop Grumman To Fit RNLAF Chinooks With Missile Warning Systems

Eight Shipsets To Be Delivered Starting In January 2009

Northrop Grumman was recently selected by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide the AAR-54 Missile Warning System (MWS) for its CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Under the terms of the multi-million dollar contract, Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division will provide eight MWS shipsets and spares, in addition to follow-on support, to the RNLAF beginning in January 2009 and continuing through January 2010.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.15.08

ATA releases an airline traveler's guide to enjoying summer.
Another airline disappears beneath suffocating fuel prices.
And a merger between United and US Airways could be bad news for Tempe

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.15.08

ATA releases an airline traveler's guide to enjoying summer.
Another airline disappears beneath suffocating fuel prices.
And a merger between United and US Airways could be bad news for Tempe.

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ANN Special Feature: Mike Busch, Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Manager - 05.15.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with aircraft maintenance expert Mike Busch, who's launched a new company that will professionally manage the maintenance of small general aviation aircraft..

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Aero-TV: Hilton Software Powers Jeppesen Mobile Program (Part 1 of 2)

WingX and Jepp: Quite A Match!

This has been quite a year for Hilton Software's WingX program... not only did they put together a truly inspired mobile information system for pilots that easily installs on just about any Phone/PDA powered by a Windows operating system, but it seems that Jeppesen kinda got caught up in what they did, as well... so much so that they have entered into an agreement to use WingX at the core of their new mobile offerings.

Aero-TV: Hilton Software Powers Jeppesen Mobile Program (Part 1 of 2)

WingX and Jepp: Quite A Match!

This has been quite a year for Hilton Software's WingX program... not only did they put together a truly inspired mobile information system for pilots that easily installs on just about any Phone/PDA powered by a Windows operating system, but it seems that Jeppesen kinda got caught up in what they did, as well... so much so that they have entered into an agreement to use WingX at the core of their new mobile offerings.

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CubCrafters Intro's Carbon Cub Kit At 2008 Alaska Airmen's Show

Hot-Rod Cub Now Available As E-LSA Or Experimental Amateur-Built Kit

One year after unveiling the concept plane at the 2007 Alaska State Aviation Trade Show and Conference, CubCrafters used the 2008 Alaska Airmen's Show to formally introduce for sale its hot-rod Carbon Cub -- a plane that optimizes the Cub formula to the "nth" degree.

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Grounded: Air Midwest To Stop Service By June 30

Ends Mesa's Obligations Under EAS Contracts

Chalk up another airline casualty of these difficult economic times. Mesa Air Group subsidiary Air Midwest will be grounded by the end of next month, due to soaring fuel prices.

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Report: Combined United/US Airways Would Call Chicago Home

Parker Would Run Airline; Other Phoenix-Based Workers Sent Packing?

Aviation industry analysts have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out how a seemingly oil-into-water joining of US Airways and United Airlines would efficiently merge the two troubled carriers. Now, the Phoenix Business Journal reports the answer is... by making big changes.

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Pilot Describes First Myanmar Relief Flight

"Please Bring More; Please Bring More..."

The government of Myanmar apparently did nothing to warn or prepare its impoverished citizens for the May 2 landfall of Cyclone Nargis. Even when it became clear the death toll could reach six figures, the military junta reportedly stalled the arrival of foreign aid waiting offshore, while its leaders tried to figure out how they could enjoy exclusive credit for the charity.

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L-M Submits Bid For USAF Space Situational Awareness Program

Will Demonstrate Missile Threat Warning System

Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday it has submitted its proposal to the US Air Force for the Self-Awareness Space Situational Awareness (SASSA) program.

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Earning My Wings... At Long Last (Part Two)

Time To Fly! ("Right Rudder!")

"I'll go ahead and handle the first takeoff. Follow me along on the controls," my instructor, Jim Crone, told me. It was 10:15 in the morning of March 25, a bright and sunny day south of Green Cove Springs... and my flight training in the Gobosh 700S was about to begin.

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NASA Assigns Part Of Crew For Expedition 20 Mission

Army Col. Timothy Creamer, JAXA's Soichi Noguchi Named To November 2009 Mission

NASA and its international partners have assigned two crew members to the Expedition 20 International Space Station mission.

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Ventriloquist/Helo Pilot Jeff Dunham To Perform At Oshkosh

And Now, For Something Completely Different

Jeff Dunham and his wild cast of characters have entertained thousands of comedy fans in concert and tens of millions more through his DVD, online and television appearances. Now Dunham -- an EAA member, aircraft builder and pilot in his own right -- is bringing his stand-up routine and ace ventriloquist performances to EAA AirVenture 2008.

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Raytheon's 'Fish Hawk' Anti-Sub Weapon Takes Flight

Weird Name... Cool Idea

Despite its somewhat-laughable name, Raytheon's 'Fish Hawk' should not be trifled with. The new weapon system is the defense contractor's entry in the US Navy's High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapons Concept (HAAWC) competition... and it sounds pretty cool.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.15.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum will provide a unique educational experience on United States history and basic core values through the preservation interpretation and recognition of US Army airborne and special operations history, equipment, technology, legend, art and weaponry.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.15.08): Troposphere

Aero-Terms!

The lower regions of a planetary atmosphere where convection keeps the gas mixed and maintains a steady increase of temperature with depth. Most clouds are in the troposphere.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.15.08)

"Unfortunately under the current economic conditions there was no foreseeable way to achieve sustained profitability."

Source: Jonathan Ornstein, CEO of Mesa Air Group, in announcing Air Midwest will be grounded by the end of next month due to soaring fuel prices. Air Midwest now serves 16 cities in 10 states, with a fleet of 19-seat Beech 1900 turboprops. Some cuts in service will begin next week, with the last Air Midwest flight occurring June 30.

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