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December 31, 2007

Aero-News Looks At The Year That's Past, And The Year Ahead

Happy 2008 From The ANN Staff!

It's that time again... when the Aero-News staff takes a look back at all that happened in the Aero-World over the past 365 days, and tries our 'durndest' to look ahead at what lies in store for 2008.

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Cirrus Sales Rep Lost In SR22 Accident

Witnesses Say Plane Did Barrel Roll Before Impact 

Aero-News is was extremely saddened to report the loss of Thom Leveque, West Coast regional sales representative for Cirrus Design, in an accident late Sunday morning near the community of Creston, CA.

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TX TFR: 01.01.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8925  Issue Date: December 29, 2007 at 1902 UTC  Location: Fort Worth Center, Waco, Texas  Beginning Date and Time: January 01, 2008 at 1605 UTC  Ending Date and Time: January 01, 2008 at 1710 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/8301: Due to time change 

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GA Advocate Urges FAA to Adopt More Aggressive Safety Goals

Veteran CFI Makes Some Intriguing Suggestions

It's time for the FAA to set an aggressive goal, comparable to the ones they set for airliners, for reducing the general aviation fatal accident rate. Without one, senseless accidents will continue, needless lives will be lost, and potential new pilots will be scared away.

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2007: Military Aviators In Harm's Way (#1)

From the Hero's List #1: Every Military Aviator In Harm's Way

One of the benefits of running ANN is the incredible volume of email we get from readers all over the world... though little of it has as much value to us as the mail we get from active duty military flyers working in harm's way to keep us safe and sound.

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2007 In Review: The Year That Was In Commercial Aviation

2007 was the year that saw Southwest lure business travelers... and Boeing repeatedly assert its 787 would deliver on schedule, before copping to a six-month delay. And speaking of delays -- passengers stranded on airliners across the nation made their voices heard, as the government worked to ease congestion at New York-area airports.

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2007 In Review: The Year That Was In Military Aviation

2007 was a study of contrasts for military aviation. The year saw the continued deployment of the F-22 Raptor, and the V-22 Osprey heading into combat in Iraq -- as well as the grounding of several storied aircraft in the US arsenal, the P-3 Orion and F-15C Eagle, over structural concerns.

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2007: AOPA's Phil Boyer (#2)

From the Hero's List #2: Phil Boyer

If one posits that AOPA, as the world's largest pilot's association, is the 600 pound gorilla of aero-organizations; then there should be little question that AOPA President, Phil Boyer, ranks as 'King Kong.' Humorous as that title might be, the description is pretty much on target when you measure the man against the job he has done for the 416,000 members of the AOPA -- and aviators, in general.

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Klyde Morris (12.31.07)

Oops! Klyde Starts 2008 On A Sour Note...

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ANN's 'Heroes And Heartbreakers' of 2007: NBAA's Ed Bolen (#3)

From the Hero's List #3: NBAA's Ed Bolen

Few people got to work the "hot seat" this year, as did Ed Bolen... who, as the head of NBAA, fought many a battle on behalf of business aviation when it became a popular whipping boy for an airline industry looking for a convenient villain (not to mention a cheap shot).

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Another Bird Keeps Soldiers on Ground Safe

When people think of aircraft in Iraq, many imagine fighter jets and helicopters, but many don't know about a smaller and equally important aircraft in use today. Shadow 200 RQ-7B unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs are flown over the skies of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division area of operations to provide safety for Soldiers on the ground.

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Air Travelers Association Names 2008 'Top 10' Airline Passenger Trends/Issues

In keeping with the mood of the season, the folks of the Air Travelers Association, under the direction of President David Stempler, have provided the Association’s assessment of the top ten airline passenger trends and issues for 2008.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.31.07)

Aero-Linx!

In case you aren't in the know, air racing was the NASCAR of the 1930's. These guys were rock stars, and the era produced some of the most intriguing characters in American history.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.31.07): DME Fix

Aero-Terms!

A geographic location determined by reference to a navigational which provides distance and azimuth information.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.31.07)

"It's time for the FAA to set an aggressive goal, comparable to the ones they set for airliners, for reducing the general aviation fatal accident rate. Without one, senseless accidents will continue, needless lives will be lost, and potential new pilots will be scared away."

Source: Max Trescott, an experienced CFI, author, and aviation educator, in a missive sent to ANN to push the FAA to adopt some strategies he suggests.

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