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July 16, 2008

NATCA Provides Counterpoint To FAA's Fuel Tank Ruling

Says DOT Ignored Union's Call For Even Tougher Standards

FAA Aircraft Certification Engineers, represented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), say they're pleased which much of the DOT's announcement Wednesday of a final rule requiring fire suppression technology to be installed in the center fuel tanks of airliners flying over the US.

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MN TFR: 07.17.08 - 07.20.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7827  Issue Date: July 16, 2008 at 1229 UTC  Location: Duluth, Minnesota near DULUTH VORTAC (DLH)  Beginning Date and Time: July 17, 2008 at 1700 UTC  Ending Date and Time: July 20, 2008 at 2200 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations during the Duluth aviation expo air show  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Duluth (DLH) Air Traffic Control Tower, 218-722-7326 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 07.16.08

What The KC-X Mess Means, With Defense Analyst Wayne Plucker

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.16.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.16.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- What The KC-X Mess Means: 07.16.08 (ANN Special Report, with Wayne Plucker, an Industry Manager with Frost & Sullivan’s Aeros

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Farnborough '08: First X2 Technology Demonstrator Flight 'Within Reach'

Advanced Helo Concept In Development For Three Years

After three years in development and experimental testing, the first flight of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s X2 Technology Demonstrator is "within reach," James Kagdis, Program Manager, Advanced Programs, said this week at the Farnborough International Air Show.

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7779  Issue Date: July 16, 2008 at 0425 UTC  Location: 27 ESE CHICOCA , California  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: OAKLAND (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.16.08

Midwest is the latest airline to announce cuts.
The NTSB will investigate two incursions at Teeterboro.
And the FAA just can't win with New York media.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.16.08

Midwest is the latest airline to announce cuts.
The NTSB will investigate two incursions at Teeterboro.
And the FAA just can't win with New York media.


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ANN Special Feature: Wayne Plucker, USAF KC-X Controversy - 07.16.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Wayne Plucker, an Industry Manager with Frost & Sullivan’s Aerospace and Defense Group, about the effects the US Air Force's KC-X tanker procurement controvers

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DOT Issues Final Rule On Fuel Tank Fire Suppression Systems

All New Planes Must Include Systems Within 2 Years

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 07.16.08 1300 EDT: Confirming earlier reports, on Wednesday the Department of Transportation issued a mandate requiring all new aircraft to include technology designed to significantly reduce the risk of center fuel tank fires within two years. In addition, passenger aircraft built after 1991 must be retrofitted with technology designed to keep center fuel tanks from catching fire.

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Delta Names Its Post-Merger Leadership Team

NWA To Be Operated As Delta Subsidiary

Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday to its employees the senior team responsible for leading the company after the closing of its merger with Northwest Airlines. As expected, the new airline will be led by Delta CEO Richard Anderson -- an 18-year industry veteran, and former CEO of Northwest. The team will be comprised of operational, corporate and strategic leaders selected from both companies.

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander To Begin Rasping Frozen Layer

Team Hopes To Analyze Sample Of Icy Soil

A powered rasp on the back of the robotic arm scoop of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is being tested for the first time on Mars in gathering sample shavings of ice.

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BTS Stats Show May '08 Airline Employment Up 0.8 Percent

Latest -- And Possibly Last -- In Series Of Ever-Smaller Increases

It's still an increase... but the trend is clearly pointing down. US scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.8 percent more workers in May 2008 than in May 2007, the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Tuesday. That's the 16th consecutive increase in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year... but the smallest year-to-year increase since March 2007.

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Farnborough '08: Bombardier, SAC Sign Contract For CSeries Center Fuselages

Chinese Company Gains Work On New Airliner Program

Bombardier Aerospace signed a contract this week in Farnborough with the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), a subsidiary of the state-owned aviation industrial entity China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC I), to supply the center fuselage on the newly-launched Bombardier CSeries.

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Trina Solar To Provide Photovoltaic Cells For Hy-Bird RTW Flight

First Airplane To Make Trip Using Only Renewable Energies

Trina Solar Limited, a Chinese manufacturer of photovoltaic cells, announced a cooperation agreement with LISA Airplanes this week for the building of the Hy-Bird, a solar and hydrogen powered airplane that is set to be the first to fly around the world using only renewable energies as fuel.

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Quest Delivers Kodiak Turboprop To British Parachute Operation

First OEM To Receive Type Certification On New Airframe

Quest Aircraft announced this week its Kodiak turboprop has received Type Certification (TC) for modifications optimizing the utility aircraft for parachute jump operations. The standard airworthiness certificate is a first for an aircraft delivered new from the factory to the end user.

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'This Excessive Air Fare Is Brought To You By...'

Airlines To Print Ads On Boarding Passes

The bar setting the level airlines are willing to stoop to in order to generate revenue keeps getting lower. Six US airlines will soon include advertisements on boarding passes customers print out at home, according to USA Today.

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RAAF A330-Based Tanker Prepares For Final Testing

KC-30 MRTT Due For Delivery Next Year

The Royal Australian Air Force’s first KC-30B Multi-role Tanker/Transport is being readied for its final phase of ground and flight testing, which will clear the way for a 2009 delivery.

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Aero-TV Surveys AOPA Members: What Was The 'Coolest' Thing Seen At The 2008 AOPA Fly-In? (Part 3)

The Third Of Our "Three-Question" Event Surveys From The 2008 AOPA Fly-In

OK... here's the home stretch in our surveys from the 2008 AOPA Fly-In -- one of the best in recent memory. ANN's ever-mobile Aero-TV crews had a BALL at the recently concluded 2008 AOPA Fly-In.... especially since the torrential rains of years past failed to make an appearance and we managed to stay dry for a while.

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Aero-TV Surveys AOPA Members: What Was 'Cool' At The '08 AOPA Fly-In? (Part 3)

The Third Of Our "Three-Question" Event Surveys From The 2008 AOPA Fly-In

OK... here's the home stretch in our surveys from the 2008 AOPA Fly-In -- one of the best in recent memory. ANN's ever-mobile Aero-TV crews had a BALL at the recently concluded 2008 AOPA Fly-In.... especially since the torrential rains of years past failed to make an appearance and we managed to stay dry for a while.

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NTSB To Investigate Two Runway Incursions At TEB

Lear Lands On Closed Runway; Cessna, Falcon Come Too Close For Comfort

 The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating two runway incursions that occurred at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport within two weeks of each other.

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Farnborough '08: Boeing's Shanahan Says 787 Is Making Progress

Dreamliner Production Nightmares May Be Coming To An End

Boeing is making steady progress on getting the 787 Dreamliner global production system up and running. That's the message Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, had during an update on the program's progress this week at the Farnborough International Airshow.

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Farnborough '08: Bell/Agusta Unveils BA609 SAR Variant

Designed To Fly Up To 950 NM Without Refueling

At Farnborough this week, Bell/Agusta unveiled a mockup of a BA609 tiltrotor outfitted for search-and-rescue operations... a role the company says the commercial aircraft was born to play.

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Farnborough '08: AgustaWestland Works To Certify AW139 At Higher Weight

Targets Long Range Offshore Market With Smaller Offering

AgustaWestland told attendees at this week's Farnborough International Airshow the company is working to certify its AW139 helicopter with a Maximum Gross Weight (MGW) of 6,800 kg (14,991 Ib), a 400 kg (882 Ib) increase on the current certified MGW of 6,400 kg. The increased MGW and payload will enable the AW139 to target the long range offshore transport market currently being met by larger 18/19-seat types.

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go! Slaps First Bag Surcharge On Checked Luggage

Says New Fee Gives Pax "More Cost-Saving Options"

Mesa's Air Group's money-losing go! Airlines announced this week that starting August 10, 2008 it will begin charging a first-checked-bag service charge of $10 on all of its interisland flights, to offset the increases in the cost of fuel and, to quote a Mesa release, "to give go! passengers more cost-saving options."

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Alteon To Place 787 Training Center In Miami

Will Support US And Latin American Airlines

Alteon Training announced this week it will place a Boeing 787 training suite, including a full-flight simulator, at its training center in Miami, FL. The Miami training center will be ready for training in March 2010 to meet the training requirements of airlines based in Latin America and the United States.

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Farnborough '08: Eurocopter Announces Sale of 500th Helicopter In Canada

AS355 NP Also Touts A Number Of Advancements

With the delivery of its AS355 NP aircraft to Phoenix Heli-Flight, Eurocopter Canada introduced its 500th helicopter into the Canadian marketplace, the helomaker said Monday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.16.08)

Aero-Linx!

Ever wonder what it's like to build an airplane from just a pile of wood, tubing and cloth?  Follow along as Robert L Craig Jr. chronicles the building of his RW1 "Ultra-Piet", an ultralight replica of the Pietenpol Air Camper.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.16.08): Flutter

Aero-Terms!

Flutter is a dangerous phenomenon encountered in flexible structures subjected to aerodynamic forces. Flutter occurs as a result of interactions between aerodynamics, stiffness, and inertial forces on a structure.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.16.08)

"The 787 Dreamliner is a fantastic airplane -- one that is already changing our industry, meeting customers' needs, and will soon be changing passengers' expectations about flight."

Source: Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of the 787 program at Boeing. Shanahan told attendees at Farnborough that Boeing is making steady progress on getting the 787 Dreamliner global production system up and running. Notably, Shanahan said the dedicated global partner network -- some aspects of which have caused headaches during the plane's long gestation, leading to three delays -- is one of the many aspects of the 787 that are a major leap forward for the program.

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WA TFR: 07.17.08 - 07.02.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7533 Issue Date: July 15, 2008 at 1045 UTC Location: McChord AFB, Washington near MCCHORD VORTAC (TCM) Beginning Date and Time: July 17, 2008 at 1930 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 20, 2008 at 2330 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations by the USAF Thunderbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (S46) TRACON, 206-214-4657

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AK TFR: 07.18.08 - 07.20.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7713 Issue Date: July 15, 2008 at 1747 UTC Type: Space Operations

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CA TFR: 07.17.08 - 07.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7729 Issue Date: July 15, 2008 at 1858 UTC Location: Fairfield/Napa, California Beginning Date and Time: July 17, 2008 at 2325 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 18, 2008 at 0315 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: 07.17.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7728 Issue Date: July 15, 2008 at 1847 UTC Location: Redding, California Beginning Date and Time: July 17, 2008 at 2040 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 17, 2008 at 2340 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AZ TFR: 07.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7777  Issue Date: July 15, 2008 at 2255 UTC  Location: Tucson, Arizona  Beginning Date and Time: July 18, 2008 at 0405 UTC  Ending Date and Time: July 18, 2008 at 1755 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): 8/7763: Due to Change in Times. 

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TX TFR: 07.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7738 Issue Date: July 15, 2008 at 1930 UTC Location: Houston, Texas Beginning Date and Time: July 18, 2008 at 1915 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 18, 2008 at 2255 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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