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March 11, 2008

B-1B Destroys Al Qaeda In Iraq Jail, Torture Facility

"Last Remnants" Of Terror Group Removed From Area, Officer Says

Three buildings that had served as an al Qaeda detention and torture facility were destroyed yesterday by a US military bomber. A B-1B Lancer used six 500-pound, global positioning system-guided bombs to level the compound located in Zambraniyah, a village south of Baghdad, according to officials.

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Eurocopter Delivers Swiss Air Force's First EC635

Received Two Weeks Before Contractual Deadline

The first EC635 destined for the Swiss Air Force was handed over to the Swiss federal procurement, technology and real estate centre armasuisse at the Eurocopter factory in Donauwörth March 7 -- two weeks prior to the contractually agreed deadline.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.11.08

Airlines Fail To Make The Grade, With CAPBOR's Kate Hanni

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.11.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.11.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Airlines Fail To Make The Grade: 03.11.08 (ANN Special Report, with CAPBOR Founder Kate Hanni.)

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Aero-News BOLO: SSH Owner Jerry Airola

Is A No-Show At Bankruptcy Hearing

Aero-News readers are advised to be on the lookout for the controversial owner of now-defunct Silver State Helicopters, who failed to show up at what was to be his first federal bankruptcy court hearing.

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MN TFR: 03.12.08

 NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7974  Issue Date: March 11, 2008 at 1754 UTC  Location: ELY , Minnesota  Beginning Date and Time: March 12, 2008 at 1600 UTC  Ending Date and Time: March 12, 2008 at 1715 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: DUE TO BLASTING ACTIVITY ATBABBITT IRON MINES  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.11.08

Boeing plans to fight the DoD.
Endeavor brings an early sunrise to Florida's Space Coast.
And we have opening day notes from the FAA's Annual Forecast Conference.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.11.08

Boeing plans to fight the DoD.
Endeavor brings an early sunrise to Florida's Space Coast.
And we have opening day notes from the FAA's Annual Forecast Conference.

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ANN Special Feature: Kate Hanni, FlyersRights.org - 03.11.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Kate Hanni, founder of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights. Kate explains the details behind all those "F" grades on her organization's 2007 airline r

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Boeing Formally Protests US Air Force Tanker Contract Award

Says KC-X RFP Differs From Criteria Cited In Going With KC-45A

It's official. Citing irregularities with the process of the competition and the evaluation of the competitors' bids, on Tuesday Boeing filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), asking the agency to review the decision by the US Air Force to award a contract to a team of Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) to replace the aging fleet of KC-135 aerial refueling tankers.

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Northrop Grumman 'Sets The Record Straight' On KC-X

Says "KC-45A Misinformation" Continues To Dominate

Ahead of Boeing's announcement it will file a protest with the Government Accountability Office, asking for a review of the US Air Force's awarding of a lucrative tanker contract to Northrop Grumman and EADS, on Monday Northrop said "numerous erroneous comments continue to be repeated in the media and in Congress" about the selection of its KC-45A.

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Continental Pilots Vote To Bolster Merger Fund

Still Foresee Possible Joining With Other Carrier

 On Monday, Continental Pilots voted in favor of an assessment that will increase funding amounts to bolster their merger fund, according to the Air Line Pilots Association.

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P&WC Certifies PW127M For ATR Regional Turboprops

Transport Canada, EASA Sign Off On Upgraded Powerplant

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced Monday it received type certification from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency for the PW127M engine, the newest member in the PW100 regional turboprop family. The company says the PW127M offers five percent more power compared to its PW127F predecessor.

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Airman Lost In 1942 Crash Identified

Ernest Munn Will Finally Rest In Peace

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Monday the remains of a US Army Air Forces airman, missing since 1942, have been identified and will soon be returned to his family for burial.

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Lockheed Martin Submits Proposal To Provide GOES-R Spacecraft

Proposal Continues Five Decades of Partnership With NASA & NOAA

Lockheed Martin submitted its proposal Monday to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to design and build the spacecraft for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - Series R (GOES-R), the next generation geostationary environmental satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Only The Roof Is The Limit! Aero-TV Visits E-Fest! (Part 1 of 2)

One of the most amazing air displays ANN and Aero-TV has ever seen was (pretty much) run on batteries... no kidding. The growing popularity of small, electric Radio-Controlled aircraft (of ALL kinds and configurations) has given rise to an amazing event, held each Winter in Champaign, IL.

Endeavour Away!

Nighttime Launch Only Second Since Return To Flight

"Konichiwa, domo arigato and banzai!" Those were the words of STS-123 Commander Dominic Gorie, after NASA mission controllers announced everything was ready for the nighttime launch of the shuttle Endeavour... and moments ago, the orbiter rode a blazing trail through the dark Florida skies to a Thursday rendezvous with the International Space Station.

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FAA Forecast Conference: DOT's Peters Announces Agreement To Cap Newark Flights

Two-Year Pact May Be Followed By Slot Auctions

Airlines serving Newark Liberty Airport have agreed to temporarily cap and spread flights for two years at a level that will allow 30 more flights per day than last summer, US Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced Monday at the 33rd Annual FAA Forecast Conference.

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Only The Roof Is The Limit! Aero-TV Visits 'E-Fest' (Part 1 of 2)

Tremendously Good Fun!

One of the most amazing air displays ANN and Aero-TV has ever seen was (pretty much) run on batteries... no kidding. The growing popularity of small, electric Radio-Controlled aircraft (of ALL kinds and configurations) has given rise to an amazing event, held each Winter in Champaign, IL.

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Certified: Avidyne's Envision Retrofit For Cessna 400-Series Piston Twins

STC Covers Models 401, 402, 414 and 421

Chalk up another major STC for Avidyne... as the avionics manufacturer, in conjunction with Southern Star Avionics, LLC of Mobile, AL received an STC for retrofit of the Envision Integrated Flight Deck on a Cessna Model 414A, and adds the Cessna 400 series of piston twin-engine airplanes -- including the 401(A,B), 402(A,B,C), 414(A), 421(A,B,C) -- to the Approved Model List (AML) of aircraft authorized for retrofit of the Envision System.

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ADS-B Program Wins 2007 Collier Trophy

Group Awarded Honor Over Airbus A380, Falcon 7X

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced at its Annual Spring Awards Luncheon last week the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Team of public and private sector groups has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

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SpaceX Signs DoD Contract For Upcoming Falcon 1 Launch

Will Send ORS Satellite On Next Flight

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) recently received a vote of confidence from the Department of Defense. SpaceX announced Monday it has signed a contract with the DoD's Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office to carry their first Jumpstart mission payload onboard the upcoming Falcon 1 launch.

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Lawmakers, Airbus Celebrate KC-45A Win In Mobile

Sweet Home, Alabama For New USAF Tanker

As Boeing considered filing a formal protest over the US Air Force's KC-X tanker selection, last week the Northrop Grumman KC-45A tanker team -- which includes Airbus as a key subcontractor -- hosted a series of events in Mobile, AL to mark the KC-45A's selection by the USAF to replace its aerial refueling aircraft fleet.

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SAS Buys 27 Jets And Turboprops From Bombardier

Order Includes NextGen Q400s... For Affiliates

When it comes to "say what?" news announcements, this one may be even more surprising than Northrop/EADS winning the Air Force KC-X contract. At least at first.

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At Least One Person Still Expects NWA/Delta Merger

UBS Analyst Says Announcement Could Come "In The Near Term"

Scientists say "nature abhors a vacuum." So, apparently, do investment analysts.

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Report: Planes Nearly Collided Over Ireland Last Year

Radar Controller Reinstated After Retraining

Near-misses between airliners are not exclusive to crowded US airspace. BBC reports Ireland's Air Accident Investigators Unit has been investigating a close call between two airliners off the southeast coast of Ireland, reported to have happened last September.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.11.08)

Aero-Linx!

Fighter Enterprises is a Warbird Restoration and Maintenance facility located in Indiantown, FL.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.11.08): Hypoxia

Aero-Terms!

Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.11.08)

"We have an obligation to travelers to do everything in our power to prevent a repeat of the horrors they experienced last summer. Delays in New York are a regional problem, not just a single-airport problem."

Source: US Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters, speaking Monday at the 33rd Annual FAA Forecast Conference. Airlines serving Newark Liberty Airport have agreed to temporarily cap and spread flights for two years at a level that will allow 30 more flights per day than last summer. The move follows similar action announced last year for New York's JFK International, where hourly caps not to exceed 83 operations per hour are due to be implemented March 15, 2008.

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MD TFR: 03.14.08 - 03.16.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7835  Issue Date: March 10, 2008 at 2119 UTC  Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB)  Beginning Date and Time: March 14, 2008 at 1920 UTC  Ending Date and Time: March 16, 2008 at 1700 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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