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April 14, 2008

United Postpones New China Service By At Least A Year

Blame It On Oil Prices, Carrier Says

United Airlines said Monday it will postpone the launch of nonstop service between San Francisco and Guangzhou by one year, blaming surging fuel prices.

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DC TFR: 04.17.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2874  Issue Date: April 11, 2008 at 2038 UTC  Type: VIP 

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DC TFR: 04.17.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2880 Issue Date: April 11, 2008 at 2044 UTC Type: VIP

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TX TFR: 04.14.08 - 04.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2966 Issue Date: April 14, 2008 at 0236 UTC Location: FORT CONCHO-SAN ANGELO , Texas near SAN ANGELO VORTAC (SJT) Beginning Date and Time: April 14, 2008 at 1300 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 15, 2008 at 1300 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: FORT WORTH (ZFW) Center, 817-858-7503

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TX TFR: 04.14.08 - 04.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2991 Issue Date: April 14, 2008 at 1259 UTC Location: SAN ANGELO COLISEUM , Texas near SAN ANGELO VORTAC (SJT) Beginning Date and Time: April 14, 2008 at 1300 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 15, 2008 at 1300 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: FORT WORTH (ZFW) Center, 817-858-7503

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MN TFR: 04.14.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3005 Issue Date: April 14, 2008 at 1408 UTC Location: HIBBING , Minnesota near HIBBING VOR/DME (HIB) Beginning Date and Time: April 14, 2008 at 1630 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 14, 2008 at 1730 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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PR TFR: 04.17.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3033 Issue Date: April 14, 2008 at 1513 UTC Location: EASTERN SIDE OF VIEQUES ISLAND , Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: April 17, 2008 at 1200 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 17, 2008 at 2000 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: SAN JUAN (ZSU) CERAP, 787-253-8664

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PR TFR: 04.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3034 Issue Date: April 14, 2008 at 1514 UTC Location: EASTERN SIDE OF VIEQUES ISLAND , Puerto Rico Beginning Date and Time: April 18, 2008 at 1200 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 18, 2008 at 2000 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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USAF Determined KC-767 More Survivable, Boeing Says

Retired General Says That's A Major Issue

On Friday, Boeing once again said the US Air Force's decision to award a contract for the next aerial refueling airplane to the team of Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) is at odds with the service's own standards. In the issue of combat survivability, Boeing notes the Northrop/EADS team's KC-30 was determined to be more vulnerable to attack than the Boeing KC-767.

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L-159s Join International Exercise 'Flying Rhino'

Joins Established Fighter Aircraft In Training Mission

Eastern European planemaker Aero Vodochody notes with pride its L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft joined the largest international exercise over the Czech Republic -- dubbed "Flying Rhino" -- which started Monday. The training exercise includes the Czech Joint Forces, Armed Forces of Denmark, Great Britain and Slovakia.

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AAR: Boeing Signs Off On Painted Landing Gear Surfaces Over FAA Protests

Says Manufacturer's MOM Allows Enamel Paint, So There

Hoping to put a swift end to an FAA investigation into its servicing methods, on Monday AAR Corp. announced Boeing has issued a Multi Operator Message ("MOM") to its 707, 747, 757 and 767 customers, dated April 8, 2008, referencing a FAA South Florida FSDO notice (UPN No. 2008-S2008 0110024) issued last month regarding enamel paint applied by AAR to the inside surfaces of the respective aircraft main landing gear ("MGL") truck beams.

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Aer Lingus Orders Airbus A350-900s

Also Takes More A330-300s To Tide Them Over

Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus became the latest airline to place a firm order for the upcoming Airbus A350 XWB last week. In its biggest ever acquisition for long-haul aircraft, the Irish airline received shareholder approval Friday to purchase six A350-900s, along with six additional A330-300s, confirming its earlier placed contract.

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Mechanic Dies When Struck By King Air Door

Was Working On Aircraft When Door 'Blew Off'

A Texas mechanic was killed last week, after the cabin door of a Beechcraft King Air 200 "blew off" and struck him in the head.

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Machinists Urge Airlines To Focus On Customer Service, Not Mergers

Say Executives Losing Sight Of Bigger Picture

As the oft-rumored joining of Delta Air Lines with Northwest Airlines in the holy terms of merger mania appear to be coming ever-closer to fruition, this weekend International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. issued the following statement on current airline industry maintenance and customer service concerns.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 04.14.08

Holding Onto Your Av-Insurance, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.14.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.14.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Holding Onto Your Insurance: 04.14.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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Rocket Racing League To Fly First Exhibition Race At AirVenture 2008

Acquires Velocity Aircraft; Armadillo Aerospace To Make LOX Engines

First announced two-and-half years ago, the Rocket Racing League announced Monday morning it is rapidly approaching blast-off. At an event in New York, the RRL announced its first exhibition race will take place on August 1-2 at EAA AirVenture 2008 in Oshkosh, WI.

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NASA: T-Minus One Year Until First Ares Flight

366 Days And Counting Until Blastoff

Mark your calendars for April 15, 2009. Not so you might get a head start now on filing your taxes next year (as opposed to the last-minute cramming many of us are now suffering through) but instead so you may count down with NASA to the first scheduled flight of its next booster rocket, the Ares 1.

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Report: Delta, Northwest Agree To Terms Of Takeover

The Associated Press reports Delta Air Lines has reached an agreement with executives at Eagan, MN-based Northwest Airlines, which will see the Northwest brand dissolve in the name of creating the world's largest airline.

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LAL Takeoff Crash Pilot's Identity Released

Plane Received Outstanding Homebuilt Award At Show

A pilot who had just taken off from Lakeland Linder Airport (LAL) was killed Sunday morning when his Lancair Legacy crashed less than one mile west of the runway.

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Aero-TV Talks Survival Gear With GA Survival Expert Doug Ritter

Who Ya Gonna Call When Ya REALLY Need Help???

He's the guy that no one wants to talk to... until it's too late. Doug Ritter, aviation's most prominent survival expert has built a business and a devoted following among those knowledgable pilots that understand that survival is more a matter of preparation than reaction.

Aero-TV Talks Survival Gear With GA Survival Expert Doug Ritter

Who Ya Gonna Call When Ya REALLY Need Help???

He's the guy that no one wants to talk to... until it's too late. Doug Ritter, aviation's most prominent survival expert, has built a business and a devoted following among those knowledgable pilots that understand that survival is more a matter of preparation than reaction.

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Klyde Morris (04.14.08)

Klyde, We Sure Hope That's A "Like New/Never Used!" Item...

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Lost Heathrow Baggage Could Face Fiery Fate

Company Says Unclaimed Luggage May Also Be Auctioned

If you can't beat 'em... or, find their rightful owners... burn 'em. That seems to be the likely fate for thousands of as-yet unclaimed bags, lost in the recent operations meltdown at the new Terminal 5 at London Heathrow.

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USAF: Predators Patrol Skies Over Iraq

A-10s Show Strength Over Afghanistan

Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations April 12, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials in Southeast Asia.

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Combined ISS Crews Get To Work

Expedition 16 To Return April 19

Following last Thursday’s successful docking, the Expedition 17 crew members spent their first full day aboard the International Space Station familiarizing themselves with their new home and working on a variety of experiments.

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Qantas Worker Dies In 20-Foot Fall From 747

Believed To Be Member Of Catering Staff

There's no doubt flying can sometimes be a risky business... and alas, the risks aren't limited to taking flight. A woman assisting in restocking a Qantas airliner at Brisbane International Airport was killed when she reportedly fell to the tarmac this weekend.

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AgustaWestland Opens New Regional Business Headquarters In Japan

Will Support Growing Defense, Commercial Sales In Region

AgustaWestland, in support of its increasing business activities in Japan, announced last week the opening of its new regional business headquarters in Tokyo. The opening ceremony was attended by Finmeccanica Chief Operating Officer Giorgio Zappa, AgustaWestland Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Orsi, Italian Ambassador Mario Bova and British Ambassador Sir Graham Fry.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.14.08)

Aero-Linx!

Formerly known as the Sailplane Homebuilders Association, the ESA is a national source for information regarding the design, building and flying of advanced and homebuilt sailplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.14.08): Yaw String

Aero-Terms!

A short length of yarn fixed to the windshield or other location on the centerline of a glider or other aircraft. When the glider is flying in a coordinated state, the yaw string will deflect directly backwards.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.14.08)

"Last year, they had one go down. It's just too close for comfort."

Source: Steven Edwards, who lives near Lakeland Linder Airport (LAL) and the site of Sunday's fatal downing on takeoff of a 2006 Lancair Legacy.

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