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May 14, 2008

AK Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7592 Issue Date: May 14, 2008 at 1950 UTC Location: FAIRBANKS , Alaska near FAIRBANKS VORTAC (FAI) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: ANCHORAGE (ZAN) Center, 907-269-1103

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MD TFR: 05.15.08 - 05.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7451  Issue Date: May 14, 2008 at 1020 UTC  Location: Andrews AFB, Maryland near ANDREWS VORTAC (ADW)  Beginning Date and Time: May 15, 2008 at 1600 UTC  Ending Date and Time: May 18, 2008 at 2200 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other high performance aircraft  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): 8/6591: to update times  Pilots May Contact: Andrews (ADW) Air Traffic Control Tower, 301-735-2380 

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MN TFR: 05.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7553 Issue Date: May 14, 2008 at 1708 UTC Location: HIBBING , Minnesota near HIBBING VOR/DME (HIB) Beginning Date and Time: May 15, 2008 at 1630 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 15, 2008 at 1730 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 05.14.08

Revisting The Silver State Helicopters Debacle

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.14.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.14.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Revisting The SSH Debacle: 05.14.08 (ANN Special Report, with aviation law attorneys Ed Booth and Don Maciejewski.)

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ATA, ACI-NA Forecasts Slight Decline In Summer Airline Travel Demand

Calls Expected Dropoff 'Marginal'

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading US airlines, joined by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), released its summer forecast and steps that passengers can take to help ensure a more enjoyable travel experience.

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Northrop, EADS Plan June 28 Groundbreaking For KC-45A Plant

Expect GAO To Rule In Their Favor Over Boeing

Even with the Government Accountability Office set to rule on a formal protest filed by Boeing in the KC-X tanker contract, Northrop Grumman and EADS North America are going ahead with plans to join local, state and federal officials in Mobile, AL for a groundbreaking ceremony next month on the facilities to be built to produce the KC-45A tanker.

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British Columbia Helo Accident Claims Four

Bystander On Ground Among Victims

Three persons onboard a Bell 206 JetRanger, and a fourth on the ground, were killed when the helicopter impacted a neighborhood in Cranbrook, British Columbia on Tuesday.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.14.08

It's official! Embraer will build business jets in Florida.
NTSB wants pilots of turbocharged airplanes to have better information.
And Airbus announces more A380 delays.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.14.08

It's official! Embraer will build business jets in Florida.
NTSB wants pilots of turbocharged airplanes to have better information.
And Airbus announces more A380 delays.

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ANN Special Feature: Silver State Helicopters, Aftermath - 05.14.08

With a new class-action lawsuit in the Silver State Helicopter case making news, ANN Editor in Chief Jim Campbell talks with Ed Booth and Don Maciejewski, Board-Certified Aviation Law attorneys wit

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Upgraded: CAP Appoints Cynthia Ryan As Public Affairs Team Leader

Lieutenant Colonel Served As Liaison During Fossett Search

Aero-News has learned Lt. Col. Cynthia Ryan, the face of Civil Air Patrol during the search for famed adventurer Steve Fossett, has been appointed public affairs team leader for the organization.

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NYC Heliport Contract Award Draws Protests, Lawsuit

FirstFlight Has Never Operated Heliport In Big City

The decision by officials in New York City to award a Wall Street heliport to an upstate company has drawn the ire of other helicopter operators in the city, and resulted in a lawsuit.

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NASA's Phoenix Ready For Mars Landing

Scheduled To Touch Down May 25

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is preparing to end its long journey and begin a three-month mission to taste and sniff fistfuls of Martian soil and buried ice. The lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet May 25.

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Boeing, Jeppesen Technology Demonstrate RNP In China

Expands Market For China Eastern Airlines

On Tuesday, a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-700 completed a flight into China's Lijiang Airport to validate the capability and benefits of an advanced navigation method known as Required Navigation Performance (RNP).

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Astronaut Health May Depend On 'A Good Dusting'

NSBRI Report Says Lunar Astronauts May Be Affected By Dust

Lunar dust could be more than a housekeeping issue for astronauts who visit the moon. Their good health may depend on the amount of exposure they have to the tiny particles, according to a recent release from the  National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

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ILFC Receives Its 400th Boeing 737

Will Be Leased To Prague's Travel Service

On Monday, Boeing and International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC) celebrated the delivery of the leasing company's 400th Boeing 737 airplane, a  737-800 that ILFC customer Travel Service will operate under lease.

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AEA 2008: Aero-TV Checks Out The Folks That Work In The Avionics Biz

What An Interesting Group Of Aviators!

The Annual gathering of the truly 'uber-professional' folks who populate the ultra-high-tech avionics business was a great success this year -- with outstanding attendance, accomplishments and achievements to be boasted about for years to come. But... who are these people and what do they get out of gathering each year? Aero-TV crews spent some time at the convention and on the exhibit floor to find out for ourselves.

AEA 2008: Aero-TV Checks Out The Folks That Work In The Avionics Biz

What An Interesting Group Of Aviators!

The Annual gathering of the truly 'uber-professional' folks who populate the ultra-high-tech avionics business was a great success this year -- with outstanding attendance, accomplishments and achievements to be boasted about for years to come. But... who are these people and what do they get out of gathering each year? Aero-TV crews spent some time at the convention, and on the exhibit floor, to find out for themselves.

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Search For Answers Continues In BA 777 Landing Accident

Investigators Still Have Not Determined Cause

One would think the January 2008 landing crash of a British Airways Boeing 777 would present something close to the ideal scenario for an aviation accident investigator: a largely-intact airframe, 152 survivors to give their accounts of the mishap (which resulted in no fatalities,) and even additional information from a dedicated crash recorder installed by the airline, on top of the data recorders mandated by federal authorities.

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NTSB Issues New Safety Recommendation For Turbocharged Aircraft

Wants Emergency Procedures To Include Turbocharger Failure

The National Transportation Safety Board wants operators of piston-powered aircraft equipped with turbochargers to recognize the signs of turbo failure... and be better able to deal with the problem in flight.

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Silver State Helicopters Students Sue Lender

Claim Key Bank Enabled 'Ponzi Scheme'

On February 3, when Silver State Helicopters went tango-uniform, many of its more than 2,400 students were left with incomplete training... but owing student loans of $50,000 or more. Comparisons to a ponzi scheme were common, especially after Silver State's official press release said it's Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing resulted from "a sharp and sudden downturn in new student enrollment."

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Man Says JetBlue Forced Him To Sit In Lav

Hey, Anything's Better Than Coach...

We'd say that something smells here... but we don't wish to imply anything, or go for an all-too-obvious pun. A New York City man claims JetBlue Airways forced him to give up his seat on a February flight, forcing him to sit in the plane's lav during part of the five-hour flight from California.

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'Savvy Aviator' Forms Aircraft Maintenance Company

Will Specialize In High-Performance Aircraft, VLJs

Well-known aviation maintenance expert Mike Busch hopes his "Savvy Aviator" acumen will translate into an equally-savvy business model.

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Search Crews Locate Downed Cherokee Six In North Carolina

Reverend, Teenage Son Lost In Apparent CFIT Accident

An aircrew from the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol located the wreckage of a missing single-engine Piper PA-32-260 from Florida about 0910 EDT May 13 near Cold Mountain, in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area along the Haywood and Transylvania County lines in western North Carolina.

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Two Killed In Stevens Point PA-28 Accident

Plane Was Circling To Land After Takeoff

Investigators are working to determine why a Piper PA-28-140 crashed shortly after takeoff Monday from Stevens Point Municipal Airport (STE) in Wisconsin.

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Raytheon Teams With Swift To Offer 'KillerBee' UAS To Navy

Blended Wing-Body Aircraft To Operate From Land, Sea

Raytheon announced Monday this week it has teamed with Swift Engineering, Inc. to provide the US Navy and US Marine Corps with an unmanned aircraft system for their respective Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Tier 2 missions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.14.08)

Aero-Linx!

The CG-4A glider, (C-for cargo, G-for glider) was the mainstay of the US Army Air Forces glider arsenal. It was designed by the Waco Aircraft Company of Troy, Ohio, whose personnel followed specifications given to them by the US Army Air Corps.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.14.08): Chromosphere

Aero-Terms!

The lower level of the solar atmosphere between the photosphere and the corona.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.14.08)

"[T]he plaintiff had no seat to return to, sitting on a toilet stool with no seat belts."

Source: From a lawsuit filed last week by Gokhan Mutlu, claiming JetBlue Airways forced him to give up his seat on a February flight, forcing him to sit in the plane's lav during part of the five-hour flight from California. Mutlu is seeking over $2 million in damages.

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