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January 18, 2008

TX TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1631 Issue Date: January 17, 2008 at 1531 UTC Type: Hazards

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CA TFR: 01.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1713  Issue Date: January 18, 2008 at 1314 UTC  Type: Security 

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DFW Controllers Say Staffing Crisis Imminent

FAA: Crisis? WHAT Crisis?

Nobody doubts air traffic controllers have a legitimate labor dispute with the FAA. In 2006, after contract negotiations reached an impasse, the FAA used the authority granted it by Congress to simply impose what it called its "last, best offer," and the union is prohibited by law from striking.

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Sebring '08: Gobosh Adds To Its Product Line With 800XP

All-Composite Speedster Equipped With 'Chute

Beating the ever-present light rain showers here on the grounds of the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL by minutes, on Thursday morning representatives with light-sport newcomer Gobosh Aviation unveiled a new addition to their product line, the all-composite 800XP.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 01.18.08

The US Sport Aviation Expo Gets Underway In Sebring, FL

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.18.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.18.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Opening Day At The US Sport Aviation Expo -- 01.18.08 (ANN Special Feature, with ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.18.08

Adam Aircraft announces 300 layoffs.
A 777 suffers major damage when it lands short of a runway at London Heathrow.
And three naval airmen are lost in a helicopter crash.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.18.08

Adam Aircraft announces 300 layoffs.
A 777 suffers major damage when it lands short of a runway at London Heathrow.
And three naval airmen are lost in a helicopter crash.

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ANN Special Feature: Rob Finfrock at the US Sport Aviation Expo - 01.18.08

ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock fills us in on the top stories from opening day at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.

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Continental Pilots Respond To Company's Record Profits

Seek Return On Their Investment In Airline's Success

Capt. Tom Donaldson, chairman of the Continental pilots' union, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Intl., has responded to Continental Airline's financial statement for the fourth quarter of 2007. The company reported Q4 pre-tax profits of $71M and $566M for the year.

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Sofia Completes Closed-Door Test Flight

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, has passed a significant mission milestone. It has completed the first phase of experimental flight tests, which confirmed the structural integrity and performance of the modified 747SP SOFIA aircraft that carries a huge infrared telescope.

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Four New Pilots Begin F-22 Training

The first Air Force pilots selected to fly the F-22 Raptor without previous fighter experience entered the 63rd Fighter Squadron for the Raptor Lead-in course Jan. 14, at Luke Air Force Base, AZ. The four pilots are 1st Lt. Austin Skelley, 1st Lt. Ryan Shelhorse, 1st Lt. Marcus McGinn, and 1st Lt. Dan Dickinson.

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AirFleet Capital Joins Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association

As one of the first to start financing Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) in May 2005, AirFleet Capital tells ANN that it has led the industry with affordable rates and terms for private and now commercial-use buyers. AirFleet has vested significant resources in supporting the Sport market, to include regular assessment and evaluation of the new entrants.

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Aero-TV Looks At The AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (Part Two)

Part Two!!

Ya have to have to hand it to the folks at AmSafe -- aviation safety is a tough gig to pursue, and even tougher when you're thinking "out of the box." AmSafe has done just that... with a novel new way to incorporate air bag technologies into a somewhat conventional lapbelt... making installation and certification a far less strenuous affair than an integrated airframe solution. In 1997, AmSafe reports that it developed the first aviation airbag restraint system, which took its first flight in 2001, and is now flying on more than 25 commercial airlines and on over eighty-percent of the new GA fleet.

Aero-TV: AmSafe's Interesting Approach To Aviation Safety (Part Two)

PART TWO: Aero-TV Looks At The AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint

As we noted in the first part of this report, ya have to have to hand it to the folks at AmSafe -- aviation safety is a tough gig to pursue, and even tougher when you're thinking "out of the box." AmSafe has done just that... with a novel new way to incorporate air bag technologies into a somewhat conventional lapbelt... making installation and certification a far less strenuous affair than an integrated airframe solution.

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Solberg Airport Threatened By Land Purchase

Town Condemns Large Portion Of Property For Development

There was bad news Wednesday for a family fighting to save its private airport from condemnation by a New Jersey town.

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Sebring '08: Flight Design Intro's Improved CTLS

Improvements Address Cargo Capacity, Landing Performance

The sales leader in the US light sport category for the past two years, Flight Design took an understated approach Thursday in formally unveiling its upgraded CTLS at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL... largely allowing the plane to speak for itself.

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Sebring '08: Cessna Announces SkyCatcher Completion Centers

Prototype 162 Expected To Take To Skies Shortly

Up to this point, all the news about the Cessna Model 162 SkyCatcher has focused on the question of whether it would be built at all, then the engine mystery, and finally, the big debut at EAA AirVenture in 2007. By the time Cessna left Oshkosh, it already claimed over 400 sales.

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Eclipse Aviation Receives Level D Simulator Certification on First Attempt

VLJ Leader To Provide Full Motion Simulator Training For Customers

Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the world’s first very light jet (VLJ), has announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified its first flight simulator, manufactured by OPINICUS, as a Level D Full Motion Device. Obtaining this level of certification on the first attempt is unprecedented for a new manufacturer of a new aircraft.

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Three Lost In Navy Sea Dragon Accident

Fourth Crewmember In Critical Condition

The US Navy says three members of a helicopter crew are dead, a fourth in critical condition, after their MH-53 Sea Dragon hit the ground and exploded in flames about 2000 CST Wednesday night near Corpus Christi, TX.

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Flying In Style: Boeing Receives Follow-on Order for 787-VIP From PrivatAir

Switzerland-Based Business Aviation Group Expands 787 VIP order

Boeing and Geneva-based PrivatAir have announced an order for one Boeing 787-8 VIP airplane, a purchase-right exercise from PrivatAir's initial 787 order in 2006. Today's order is valued at $162 million. Through this agreement, PrivatAir has two 787s on order and has secured an additional purchase right.

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Klyde Morris (01.18.08)

Klyde's Pager Knows All The Tricks...

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NTSB Assisting In B-777 Landing Accident In London

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team of investigators to assist the government of the United Kingdom in its investigation of Thursday's accident in which a Boeing 777-300 landed short of runway 27 Left at Heathrow International Airport in London, England.

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Report: Air France Offers Help To Speed Along Delta/NWA Merger

SkyTeam Partner Stands Ready With Strategic, Financial Support

A Delta Air Lines merger with Northwest Airlines could encounter problems. Air France-KLM says money need not be one of them.

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BAE Systems Delivers UAV Target Detection Systems to US Army

BAE Systems has delivered five target detection systems to the U.S. Army for use on Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The AURORA Generation IV remote sensing system will provide U.S. forces with precise detection and identification of potential threats, increasing mission capability and survivability.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.18.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation, and publication of the history and traditions of the men and women who served in all Military Services worldwide and who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as a result of deeds accomplished during aerial flight. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.18.08): Aviators Breathing Oxygen

Aero-Terms!

Oxygen that has had all of its water and water vapor removed, and is approved for use in high altitude aircraft operations.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.18.08)

"Stop the 747s."

Source: Displayed on signs held by NIMBY picketers against New Jersey's Solberg Airport... implying that runway improvements at the small, private airstrip would lead to jumbo jets flying in and out of the rural community. Sadly, the town of Readington, NJ did ultimately condemn 624 of the airport's 726 acres in 2006, and seize development rights to the remainder, saying it wants to preserve the land as a greenspace. The move could shut the airport down forever.

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