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January 27, 2008

Former CFI Who Tipped FBI To Moussaoui Awarded $5 Million

Two Other CFIs Seek Recognition, Money For Their Actions

The US State Department recently rewarded a flight instructor for tipping off the FBI to Al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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TL Ultralight, SportairUSA Announce Updated StingSport LSA

Sting S3 Sports New Wing, Redesigned Trim

"A superior airplane evolves." That's how TL-Ultralight founder Jiri Tlusty summarizes his company's newly-updated StingSport light-sport aircraft, which features several improvements to what was already one of the most impressive offerings in the segment.

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Investigators Focus On BA 777's Fuel System

Contaminated Fuel Could Be Factor In January 17 Landing Accident

British Air Accident Investigation Branch inspectors continue to study the fuel system of the British Airways Boeing 777-200ER that crash-landed last week at Heathrow Airport in London. While the exact cause of the January 17 accident has not yet been established, investigators are looking closely at the possibility of a fuel flow interruption or fuel contamination, reports The Seattle Times.

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Three Safe After Skyhawk Unsuccessfully Imitates Snowplow

Don't Try This With Your Airplane

Three people escaped injury Friday afternoon, when their Cessna 172 flipped over while landing at Beaver Marsh airstrip, south of Chemult, OR.

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AOPA Awards 2007 Sweepstakes Cardinal To Texas CFI, Professor

Bruce Chase Wins Completely Refurbished Cessna 177B Cardinal

A Longview, TX-based flight instructor and university professor is the winner of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's 2007 "Catch-A-Cardinal" airplane.

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Comet Dust Surprises Scientists

More Like Asteroids Than Expected

When scientists began analyzing dust samples from Comet Wild-2, they discovered unexpected things under the microscope.

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Alaska Governor Announces Aviation Safety Plan

Avionics Funding Bills Pending In Legislature

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin unveiled Saturday details of a new aviation safety initiative.

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CO, NW Workers Planning Ahead For Consolidation

If Mergers Happen, They Want A Seat At The Table, Too

Amid rumors of possible airline mergers, airline unions are taking steps to ensure their interests are protected in the increasingly likely event a merger takes place.

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Strike Eagles Back In Action, Target Enemy Combatants

104 Close-Air-Support Missions Flown Over Afghanistan, Iraq

Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations January 25, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials in Southwest Asia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.27.08)


The US Army purchased its first heavier-than-air aircraft, a Wright Model A, in 1908. It was allocated the serial number 1. Further Army aircraft were assigned serial numbers in sequence of their purchase.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.27.08): Observation Aircraft


Military aircraft used to fly behind enemy lines and observe troop movements or the effect of artillery fire. Some observation aircraft were also employed as air ambulances.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.27.08)

"I'm just totally dumbfounded... to hear that a reward was made and the level of the reward being so significant. It is just kind of stunning that Hugh or I were not mentioned or included in any sort of thing like that..."

Source: Tim Nelson, who along with Pan Am International Flight Academy coworker Hugh Sims contacted the FBI in August 2001 regarding the suspicious behavior of Zacarias Moussaoui, a student at the time. The US State Department recently rewarded a third Pan Am flight instructor, Clarence (Clancy) Prevost, $5 million for tipping off the FBI to Moussaoui's actions, one month before the 9/11 attacks.

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CA TFR: 01.29.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2417  Issue Date: January 26, 2008 at 1406 UTC  Type: Security 

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CA TFR: 02.01.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2419 Issue Date: January 26, 2008 at 1412 UTC Type: Security

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CA TFR: 01.30.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2418 Issue Date: January 26, 2008 at 1410 UTC Type: Security

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