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January 29, 2008

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 01.29.08

AOPA's Take On 'Congestion Pricing,' Use-Taxes

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.29.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.29.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AOPA Weighs In On 'Congestion Pricing,' Use-Taxes: 01.29.08 (ANN Special Report, with Andy Cebula, Executive VP Government Affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associat

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Report: O'Hare International Achieves Dubious Honor

If You Want Your Flight Cancelled, Fly Out Of ORD

Airline passenger volume grew in 2007 despite worsening statistics on flight delays and cancellations, but that doesn't mean savvy frequent fliers aren't changing their travel habits.

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Tampa Aviation Official Says No Plans To Make TPF Larger

Stresses Airport's Relationship With Community

Peter O. Knight Airport (TPF) and the Tampa Bay area of Florida have an interesting historical relationship. After years of planning, the Great Depression stalled construction until the airport was adopted by the Federal Works Project Administration, a federal jobs program aimed at speeding the nation's economic recovery.

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Air Canada Flight Diverted Due To Cockpit Medical Emergency

Co-Pilot Hospitalized, May Have Suffered Breakdown

The co-pilot of an Air Canada flight from Toronto to London is now hospitalized in Shannon, Ireland, after suffering what has been termed in news reports as a nervous breakdown.

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US Court Of Appeals Lifts Stay On Decision To Relocate Panama City Airport

Legal Hurdle Cleared In Construction Of New Airport

Officials with The Panama City-Bay County International Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) announced Tuesday the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals (Court) has vacated its stay that limited construction for the relocation of the Panama City-Bay County International Airport on property donated by The St. Joe Company -- a decision that allows the planned relocation to move forward.

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Airbus Wins Freighter Order Of Its Own

MatlinPatterson Signs For Six A330-200Fs

On the same day Boeing announced the transfer of an eight-plane order for its upcoming 777 Freighter, Airbus announced a new order for its own twin-engine, widebody cargo carrier. US investment fund MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC, through an affiliate, signed a firm contract for six A330-200 Freighters.

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Boeing Names Former NASA Engineer to Head Space Shuttle Program

Six Launches Scheduled In 2008

Boeing announced Monday the company recently named veteran NASA space shuttle engineer John P. Mulholland its new Space Shuttle vice president and program manager. With more than more than 21 years of experience in space shuttle propulsion, systems and subsystem design, including 15 years with NASA, Mulholland is responsible for the overall direction and successful execution of Boeing's Space Shuttle program.

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Alaska Airlines To Inspect Flap Systems On 737-400s

Comes After Three Incidents In Three Weeks

Prompted by three emergency landings over the past three weeks, on Monday Alaska Airlines announced it will inspect its 40-plane fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircraft for possible problems related to flap deployment.

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President Signs Bill Outlawing Sale Of F-14 Parts

Gov't Hopes To Cut Off Iranian Procurement

Acting on pressure from Congress to take more drastic action to keep leftover F-14 Tomcat parts from falling into enemy hands, on Monday President Bush signed legislation prohibiting the Pentagon from auctioning off those parts.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.29.08

The FAA imposes new requirements on pilots of the MU-2.
Quest delivers its first Kodiak.
And the Beechcraft King Air C90GTi earns its certificate.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.29.08

The FAA imposes new requirements on pilots of the MU-2.
Quest delivers its first Kodiak.
And the Beechcraft King Air C90GTi earns its certificate.

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ANN Special Feature: Andy Cebula, AOPA - 01.29.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Andy Cebula, Executive VP Government Affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, about AOPA's stands against congestion pricing at airports and state use-tax

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FAA Pins Blame For SAN Runway Incursion On Controller

Agency Asserts Incident Did Not Compromise Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration has completed its second look at a recent runway incursion incident at San Diego International Airport/Lindbergh Field, and placed the blame on a mistake by an air traffic controller.

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Aero-TV: Excerpts From AOPA's Airport Issues Discussion At Expo 2007 (Part Two)

'Where Will You Land?' Was The Topic Of The Day

Aero-TV thought it was important for ANN viewers to see and hear some of the poignant remarks that were part of a number of intriguing discussions at the most recent AOPA Expo. When the Friday morning General Session at AOPA Expo 2007 kicked off, it quickly focused on the need to protect general aviation airports around the nation. AOPA president Phil Boyer started the session with examples of how GA has suffered from airport closures, along with success stories about several airports that have been saved were presented. Boyer recognized the significance of the Airport Support Network. The ASN is celebrating 10 years of promoting, protecting and defending airports throughout the nation.

Aero-TV: Excerpts From AOPA's Airport Issues Discussion At Expo 2007 (Part Two)

'Where Will You Land?' Was The Topic Of The Day

In Part Two of our excerpted discussion, Aero-TV thought it was important for ANN viewers to see and hear some of the poignant remarks that were part of a number of intriguing panels at the most recent AOPA Expo. When the Friday morning General Session at AOPA Expo 2007 kicked off, it quickly focused on the need to protect general aviation airports around the nation.

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Law Firm Takes Southwest To Task For GEG Taxiway Excursion

"Anyone Catch The License Plate On That Ambulance?"

Barely 24 hours after a Southwest Airlines 737 apparently slid off a snow-covered taxiway at Washington's Spokane International Airport, one law firm felt compelled to call attention to what it no doubt hopes potential clients will see as an endemic problem.

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Report: Anderson Focused On Improving Delta's Fortunes

No "Honeymoon" For New CEO

In one sense, Richard Anderson was blessed to come onboard as CEO of Delta Air Lines at just the right time -- immediately after the Atlanta-based carrier, then led by Gerald Grinstein, successfully negotiated the pitfalls of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and emerged leaner on the other side.

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Delayed Flights Cost Passengers More Than Lost Time

Not Even DOT Secretary Peters Is Immune

Airline delays can be frustrating for leisure travelers, even heartbreaking if they cause you to miss a wedding or funeral. But if you're traveling for business, delayed and cancelled flights cost you money... and the resulting cost to the nation's economy is coming under scrutiny in this election year.

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Colorado Pilots Honor AOPA's Boyer At Pilot Town Meeting

Applauded For Efforts To Keep Land Around APA Clear Of Homes

AOPA President Phil Boyer was presented with a special award on behalf of Centennial Airport, and Colorado pilots, during a Pilot Town Meeting in Denver last week. The award -- a bust of Captain Elrey Jeppesen -- is inscribed, "In grateful appreciation for your many years of dedicated support on behalf of general aviation."

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FAA Consolidation Plans Run Afoul Of Politicians

Lawmakers Protest CA, NY Job Transfers

Thirty-five members of Congress recently urged the Federal Aviation Administration to avoid consolidating engineering jobs at nine locations across the country.

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KC-30 Fueling System Passes Several Tests

Drogues Extended, Close Proximity Tests Conducted

Anything Boeing's bird can do... ours can do better. That was the message from Northrop Grumman on Monday, as the company announced it successfully completed several milestones recently in its quest to win a lucrative US Air Force contract.

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Washington State Considers Passenger Rights Legislation

Individual State Pushes National Issue

No one will argue sitting in an airplane stuck on the tarmac for hours isn't a good thing... but is it up to each state to pass laws regulating airlines, airspace and traffic delays?

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Lufthansa Cargo/DHL Express JV AeroLogic To Operate Boeing 777 Freighters

Picks Up Eight-Plane Deal Terminated By Avion Group

Boeing announced Monday that Deucalion Capital VII Limited ("Deucalion"), a company advised and managed by DVB Bank AG, has purchased eight Boeing 777 Freighters for lease to AeroLogic, a new joint venture airline formed by Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express.

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AgustaWestland Says First Italian Pilots Meeting A Success

Over 50 Corporate Pilots Attended Conference

The first AgustaWestland Italian Corporate Pilot Conference was held at the Company's Cascina Costa facility in mid-January, and was deemed a great success by those attending.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.29.08)

Aero-Linx!

Nine members of the United States Air Force left Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts at 12:11 pm on Thursday, January 24, 1963. The mission of this flight was routine: practicing low level navigation to avoid the newest Soviet radar technology and return to Westover at 5:30 pm. Find out what went wrong, and what happened to the crew.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.29.08): Safety Wire

Aero-Terms!

Soft wire used to secure fasteners so they will not vibrate loose. Safety wire is made of galvanized low-carbon steel, annealed stainless steel, or brass.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.29.08)

"When I walked by I said, 'This is a [Pratt & Whitney] 2037 that goes on our 757's,' and he said, 'I know that. Are you still having any problems with the gearbox?' I was amazed."

Source: Tony Charaf, senior VP for tech operations at Delta Air Lines, related the story of a recent visit by Delta CEO Richard Anderson to an engine shop... not always a venue corporate types are comfortable in, or especially familiar with.

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NV TFR: 01.30.08 - 01.31.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2584  Issue Date: January 28, 2008 at 2040 UTC  Type: VIP 

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CO TFR: 01.31.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2593 Issue Date: January 28, 2008 at 2252 UTC Type: VIP

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CA TFR: 01.30.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2592 Issue Date: January 28, 2008 at 2232 UTC Type: VIP

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