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February 23, 2008

AD: Saab

AD NUMBER: 2008-04-07 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE 2008-04-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Taylorcraft

AD NUMBER: 2008-04-09 MANUFACTURER: Taylorcraft Inc. SUBJECT: AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE 2008-04-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2007-16-14, which applies to all Taylorcraft (Taylorcraft) A, B, and F series airplanes.

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AD NUMBER: 2008-04-13 MANUFACTURER: ATR SUBJECT: AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE 2008-04-13 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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B-2 Spirit Down In Guam, Pilots Safe

First-Ever Loss Of Stealth Bomber

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 02.23.08 0100 EST: Two US Air Force pilots are safe after ejecting from their B-2 Spirit bomber shortly after takeoff in Guam Saturday morning.

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NATCA Says ZOA Supervisor Ignored 'Mayday' Call In Fatal Accident

FAA Spokesman Has A Lot To Say About Union's "Melodramatic Rhetoric"

In the ongoing war of words between the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, it's sometimes difficult to tell where to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were. Over the past year-and-a-half that controllers have worked under a contract imposed upon them by the FAA, the union has stepped up its efforts to portray the agency as disconnected -- even bumbling -- and uncaring about the needs of its controllers. But none of that compares to what NATCA had to say Friday. In a release to numerous media outlets, including ANN, the union insinuated the actions of an FAA supervisor may have interfered with controllers' efforts to hear a pilot's "Mayday" call in Nort

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Heli-Expo 2008: EC225 Earns FAA Type Certification

Complete Eurocopter Line Now Approved For US Ops

HAI's Heli-Expo 2008 kicks off Sunday in Houston, TX... but that doesn't mean companies are waiting for the weekend to announce their big news. And not many helicopters are much bigger than the Eurocopter EC225, which is making its first US appearance at the show. That appearance coincides with Eurocopter's announcement that, as of January 30, the EC225 has its FAA type certification.

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Bombardier Receives Formal Thumbs-Up For CSeries

Aircraft Will Sport Five-Abreast Seating, P&W Geared Turbofan

An apparent successor to the once-proud DC-9/MD80/B717 series of aircraft has been named... and it'll come from Canada.

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Gone West: Aerospace Expert Laurence Adams

Former Martin Marietta CEO, AIAA President Was 86

Aero-News has learned Laurence J. Adams, who once ran one of the country's largest aerospace companies and assisted with investigating the Challenger disaster, passed away February 13 at the age of 86.

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Heli-Expo 2008: AFS Delivers Over 3,000 Inlet Barrier Filters

Expects More Certifications In Near Future

Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS) got a head start with its announcements coinciding with the 2008 Heli-Expo, with the news the company recently marked an important milestone in helicopter engine protection with the delivery of more than 3,000 Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems worldwide. The company manufactures filtration solutions for a variety of commercial and military helicopter applications.

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Reports: Delta/NWA Deal Stalled Over Pilot Agreements

Seniority Issues A Sticking Point

It seems earlier reports of a tentative consensus between pilots at Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines regarding a merger deal may have been premature... or, at least, a tad optimistic.

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British Airways, Pilots Agree To Arbitration In Contract Dispute

Decision Comes As Union Authorizes Pilots Strike

The heated standoff between pilots and management at British Airways approached the tipping point this week, as pilots overwhelming approved a motion to strike the carrier... but in the 11th hour, pilots backed down, and agreed to enter mediation.

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CV-22 Osprey Gun Ready For Ground-Fire, Flight Testing

GAU-2B Mini-Gun Offers Additional Defensive Protection

BAE Systems tells ANN it has installed a remotely operated defensive weapon system aboard a US Air Force CV-22 Osprey, in preparation for ground-fire and flight testing.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Frasca To Showcase EC-135 FTD

Will Be Delivered To Era Training

Frasca International will exhibit a Eurocopter EC-135 Level 6 Flight Training Device (FTD) at the 2008 Heli-Expo, which will run February 24-26 in Houston, TX.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.23.08)


The Buffalo Rocket Society supports and encourages all forms of rocketry that are conducted in a safe, professional, well organized manner, following all applicable local, state and federal regulations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.23.08): Absolute Ceiling


The maximum altitude above sea level at which a given aircraft can maintain normal horizontal flight.

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Aero-News: Quotes of the Day (02.23.08)

"There is absolutely no justification for the supervisor to turn down the Guard channel. This frequency is required to be continuously monitored at every FAA air traffic facility and area. This is to ensure coverage and allow controllers to try and gather information on aircraft in distress. Controllers can pinpoint locations and relay information to emergency services. This can dramatically reduce the time that it takes to get assistance to the downed aircraft."

-- NATCA Oakland Center Facility Representative Scott Conde

"This is yet another example of the controller union leaders making unsubstantiated claims in their ongoing attempt to attack FAA management because they’re unhap

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TX TFR: 02.26.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5721 Issue Date: February 22, 2008 at 1731 UTC Location: Fort Hood, Texas Beginning Date and Time: February 26, 2008 at 1355 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 26, 2008 at 1710 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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