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March 17, 2008

Future Of Marine One Helo Program In Serious Doubt

Cost Has Skyrocketed To $11.2 Billion

Six years after the White House called for a more advanced fleet of presidential transport helicopters, the program tasked with that mission is facing increased questions, and an uncertain future.

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How 'Green' Are Virgin Atlantic's Environmental Efforts?

Tug-Taxi Program Cancelled; Biofuel Flights Criticized

Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic is known for his flair for promotion.

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Emirates' A380s To Wing Their Way East And West

Carrier Expects First Deliveries This Year

The airline that aims to operate the largest fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos worldwide is eagerly anticipating delivery of its first plane... and is touting the network it eventually will offer.

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Aero Club Of New England Hosts 'Crash Course' Safety Seminar

Focus Will Be On Training In Glass-Panel Aircraft

Hundreds of pilots from across the Northeast are expected at the Aero Club of New England's (ACONE) acclaimed and popular "Crash Course" annual aviation safety seminar, coming Tuesday in Newton, MA.

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German Pilot Says Shot Down Antoine de Saint-Exupery

And He Wishes He Hadn't

For 64 years, Horst Rippert has carried a burden on his conscience... at least, that's what he claims in an upcoming book. The 88-year old former Luftwaffe pilot fears he may have been the one responsible for the disapperance of Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

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NASA's Griffin: Apollo 'Did More Damage Than Good'

Says China Will Probably Beat US To The Moon

It's not exactly what "The Right Stuff" was made of, over 45 years ago... but current NASA Administrator Michael Griffin is taking a more pragmatic, albeit far less inspiring, approach to America's presence in space.

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Alitalia Accepts Air-France/KLM Buyout

$1.17 Billion Deal Now Goes To Regulators

Here's the first airline merger announcement of 2008... and it has nothing (well, very little) to do with Delta. On Sunday, the board of beleaguered Italian flag carrier Alitalia accepted a $1.17 billion takeover offer from Air France/KLM.

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FL Congressmen Want Expedited FAA Review Of Kemper Aviation

School Grounds Planes Following Loss Of Co-Owner

Kemper Aviation, based at Lantana Airport in south Florida, is at the center of federal investigations into three fatal accidents in less than six months, which have killed eight people.

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CAPT Awards Women In Aviation Scholarship

Training Package Valued At $22,495

Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) Program announced it recently awarded their annual Women in Aviation scholarship to Yuko Hasegawa of Oklahoma City, OK. The award was given during the 19th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in San Diego, CA, which wrapped up this past weekend.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.17.08

Watch Out For "Watch This!" With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.17.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.17.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Effects Of An Audience On ADM: 03.17.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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EADS Socata Names New Chief Test Pilot

Stéphane Jacques Succeeds Retiring Christian Briand

EADS Socata announced Monday the appointment of Stéphane Jacques as Chief Test Pilot for the general aviation manufacturer. He succeeds Christian Briand, who retired after a 40-year aviation career, including 19 years as EADS Socata’s test pilot – during which he logged more than 19,000 flight hours.

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AK TFR: 03.17.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8667 Issue Date: March 17, 2008 at 1401 UTC Location: Anchorage Center, Kensington, Alaska near SISTERS ISLAND VORTAC (SSR) Beginning Date and Time: March 17, 2008 at 1500 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 17, 2008 at 1800 UTC Reason for NOTAM: For avalanche control Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Anchorage (ZAN) Center, 907-269-1103

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FL TFR: 03.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8604  Issue Date: March 16, 2008 at 1258 UTC  Location: Jacksonville, Florida  Beginning Date and Time: March 18, 2008 at 1430 UTC  Ending Date and Time: March 18, 2008 at 2030 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): 8/8500: DUE TO CHANGE IN TIMES 

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CA TFR: 03.18.08 - 03.19.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8697 Issue Date: March 17, 2008 at 1657 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: March 18, 2008 at 2300 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 19, 2008 at 0100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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CA TFR: 03.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8675 Issue Date: March 17, 2008 at 1449 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: March 18, 2008 at 0355 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 18, 2008 at 0555 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.17.08

Aspen Avionics gets its TSO and will be shipping this month.
The Air Force has lost an F-16 and its pilot in Arizona.
And United is raising some ticket prices 50 dollars.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.17.08

Aspen Avionics gets its TSO and will be shipping this month.
The Air Force has lost an F-16 and its pilot in Arizona.
And United is raising some ticket prices 50 dollars.

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ANN Special Feature: Bob Miller, "Watch This!" - 03.17.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over the Airwaves about the unfortunate effects an audience or video camera can have on our aeronautical decision-making. Also, Bob reflects on his de

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Aero-TV At The FAA Forecast Conference: FAA's Sturgell Talks About The Future

The 33rd Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference finished up a few days ago... and provided "an opportunity for senior leaders from across the aviation community to look forward and share their views on the future of the aviation industry.".

Aero-TV At The FAA Forecast Conference: FAA's Sturgell Talks About The Future

Sturgell Starts Out 'On The Defensive'

The 33rd Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference finished up a few days ago... and provided "an opportunity for senior leaders from across the aviation community to look forward and share their views on the future of the aviation industry."

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STS-123: The Spacewalking Continues

STS-123 MCC Status Report #12  

Now almost halfway through their 16-day mission, and with two spacewalks under their belts, space shuttle Endeavour’s crew members will focus on getting the cargo they brought to the station up and running.

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2 Naval Aviators Lost In T-34C Crash

It was a bad weekend for military aviation as a Navy T-34C (file photo, below) went down (in addition to an AZ F-16), with the loss of all abord. The Friday afternoon training accident has claimed the lives of two Navy pilots. Described as a "routine" training flight, the T-34C reportedly went down in mountainous terrain at approximately 1500 feet, MSL.

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Klyde Morris (03.17.08)

Klyde Protests High-Pricing... And Lower Values

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Best Ever: Women In Aviation, International Conference Ends on High Note

As the 19th Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference drew to a close, all the statistics pointed to the organization's biggest Conference ever. "By all accounts, this has been one heck of a successful Conference," said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian.

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New S-LSA Program Announced

Canadian S-LSA 'Will Turn Heads and Be Easy on the Pocketbook'

RAMtech Aviation tells ANN that they may not be a name that one immediately recognizes, but that they expect that this is about to change. This young company has been quietly watching the S-LSA opportunity grow in the U.S. and claims that it has zeroed in on a market sector that is not being addressed.

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WAI 2008: Sherry Avery -- Above the Dinosaurs

Sherry Avery learned to fly, she says, "when dinosaurs roamed the runways." On the runway was not where Avery was meant to be... she was destined to rule from above, and became an Air Traffic Controller.

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GPS Constellation Grows With 6th Modernized GPS Sat Launch

Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin Successfully Launched From Cape Canaveral

A US Air Force modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite was successfully launched Sunday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II launch vehicle.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.17.08)

Aero-Linx!

The BMFA is the National Governing Body for the sport of model flying. Its aims are to promote, protect, organize and encourage model flying within the UK.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.17.08): Cabane

Aero-Terms!

An arrangement of struts or other supporting structure that holds the wing of an airplane above the fuselage. A high wing airplane that utilizes a cabane is called a parasol monoplane.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.17.08)

"By all accounts, this has been one heck of a successful conference."

Source: WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian, as the 19th Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference drew to a close, with statistics pointing to the  organization having hosted its biggest Conference ever.

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