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April 02, 2008

EU Regulator Approves Cell Usage On Planes

Ofcom Signs Off On Inflight Mobile Calls

The trend towards inflight cellular phone usage is creeping ever-closer towards US shores. The use of mobile phones on planes flying in European airspace has been given approval by Ofcom, a regulator in the UK.

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FAA Says Maintenance Shop Used Incorrect Paint On MLG Parts

AAR Corp. Contends Glossy Paint Approved By Boeing

Maintaining certificated airplanes can be tricky... even when it comes to what paint to use on the landing gear!

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United Warns Of Delays, Cancellations For Boeing 777 Checks

52-Plane Fleet Grounded Until Fire Suppression System Reviewed

The FAA crackdown on airline maintenance and record keeping has prompted yet another carrier to pull its planes, to recheck the records. United Airlines announced Thursday customers traveling on April 2, 2008 on United's Boeing 777 aircraft may experience flight delays or cancellations as a result of a functional check being performed on the aircraft.

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NTSB Issues Recommendations After 2006 Sailplane Vs. Jet Midair

Board Wants Transponders On Gliders

The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations to the FAA and the Soaring Society of America on Tuesday for new policies on gliders. The board's recommendations follow an August 28, 2006, midair collision near Smith, NV between a sailplane and a corporate jet, that amazingly resulted in only minor injuries to those involved.

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NATCA Gives Well-Deserved Kudos To 12 Controllers

Awarded Archie League Medals Of Safety

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association honored some of its finest members Tuesday, for exceptional contributions to air safety, and for demonstrating extraordinary capability in critical flight assists in 2007.

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British Airways Woes Continue At Heathrow's T5

Over 20,000 Pieces Of Luggage Missorted

British Airways canceled 54 more flights at its gleaming new Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport on Monday as it struggled with a problem which sounds like deja vu to long-time US fliers -- a computerized baggage-handling system that has already helped misdirect at least 15,000 pieces of luggage.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.02.08

A Taxing Problem For GA Pilots, With AOPA's Andy Cebula

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.02.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.02.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Taxing Problem For General Aviation Pilots: 04.02.08 (ANN Special Report, with Andy Cebula, Executive VP Government Affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Asso

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FL TFR: 03.03.08 - 03.06.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0561  Issue Date: April 01, 2008 at 1433 UTC  Location: Punta Gorda, Florida near LEE COUNTY VORTAC (RSW)  Beginning Date and Time: April 03, 2008 at 1600 UTC  Ending Date and Time: April 06, 2008 at 2200 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thuinderbirds and other teams  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Southwest Florida Int'l (RSW) Air Traffic Control Tower, 941-768-5985 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.02.08

EADS faces formal complaints of insider trading.
NASA still refuses to finish its aviation safety study.
And the FAA insists it's on track to fill the controller shortage.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.02.08

EADS faces formal complaints of insider trading.
NASA still refuses to finish its aviation safety study.
And the FAA insists it's on track to fill the controller shortage.

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ANN Special Feature: Andy Cebula, AOPA - 04.02.08

Today, 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

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Aero-TV Special Report: College Park Airport Remains A Victim Of 9/11 (Part 1 of 3)

A Very Important Mini-Documentary On The Most Famous of the "DC-3"

They called them the 'DC-3.' Three of the nation's most interesting and vital airports were restricted, strangled and severely punished for the fact that they were located in somewhat close proximity to the nation's capital... and after 9/11, that was a bad thing, indeed. The most celebrated of these airports is College Park Airport, in Maryland... and is none other than the world's oldest continuously operated airport.

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Aero-TV Special Report: College Park Airport Remains A Victim Of 9/11 (#1 of 3)

A Very Important 3-Part Documentary On The Most Famous of the "DC-3"

They called them the 'DC-3.' Three of the nation's most interesting and vital airports were restricted, strangled and severely punished for the fact that they were located in somewhat close proximity to the nation's capital... and after 9/11, that was a bad thing, indeed.

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Certified! GEnx-1B Turbofan For Boeing 787

FAA Signs Off On Second Dreamliner Powerplant

The GEnx-1B engine for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner received airworthiness engine certification this week from the US Federal Aviation Administration.

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French Regulator Looks Into Allegations Of EADS Insider Trading

Files Formal Complaint Against Airbus Parent

Allegations of insider trading at European Aeronautic Defense and Space (EADS,) over a six month period starting in November 2005, refuse to go away... and on Tuesday, the French financial market regulator filed a formal complaint against the aerospace consortium.

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NASA Safety Auditor Slams Agency For Safety Survey

Says NAOMS Survey Could Have Been Handled MUCH Better

When it comes to NASA's bungling of its handling of a massive safety survey, even the agency's own investigators say NASA could have -- and should have -- done a better job.

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Jules Verne Cargo Carrier Passes Critical Test

Maneuvers Close To ISS, No Need For Abort Button

The Expedition 16 crew of the International Space Station returned to science and station maintenance activities Tuesday after Monday’s successful test approach of the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV).

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FAA Says It's On Track With ATC Workforce Plan

Hiring Efforts Producing Results, Agency Says

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is on schedule in its plan to hire and train nearly 17,000 air traffic controllers over the next decade. The FAA hired over 1,800 controllers last year, and expects to hire nearly 1,900 in fiscal year 2008. The details are laid out in the Controller Workforce Plan released April 1.

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NASA Comes Clean On Shuttle Job Losses

Congressman Says Agency Needs Better Plan, And Soon

On Tuesday, NASA reluctantly confirmed there will be far more layoffs at Kennedy Space Center and other major manned space flight centers across the country, when the space shuttle program reaches its end in September 2010, than the public had previously been led to believe.

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Mesa To Delta: You Can't Walk Away That Easily

Challenges Carrier's Efforts to Terminate Contract

They're gonna fight. Mesa Air Group announced this week on March 28, 2008, Delta Air Lines notified the regional carrier of its intent to terminate the Delta Connection Agreement among Delta, Mesa, and Mesa's wholly-owned subsidiary, Freedom Airlines, Inc. dated as of May 3, 2005.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.01.08

Aspen Avionics CEO John Uczekaj

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.01.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.01.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Evolution Of Aspen Avionics: 04.01.08 (ANN Special Report, with Aspen Avionics President and CEO John Uczekaj.)

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United Mechanics Vote In Teamsters For Representation

Say AMFA Failed To Curtail Outsourcing

Monday's vote by mechanics at United Airlines to change union representation was nothing short of a referendum against the carrier's practice of outsourcing maintenance... and the perceived failure of the last mechanics union to stop it.

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ALPA Says Aloha Pilots Working To Save Their Company

But Acknowledge It May Be A Lost Cause

Their airline may be out of business... but pilots for Aloha Airlines are exploring multiple avenues to keep the carrier alive, according to the Air Line Pilots Association.

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Boeing To Acquire Stake In 787 Supplier

Will Buy Vought's Interest In Alenia

Amid calls from both its unions and its customers to get a grip on supply chain issues, Boeing says it has agreed to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries' interest in South Carolina-based Global Aeronautica LLC, which makes fuselage subassemblies for the 787.

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Report: UAL Finds Crossed Landing-Gear Wires On A320s

Outsourced Maintenance To Blame... Or Airbus?

The Chicago Tribune reports United Airlines has found crossed landing-gear wires which may have interfered with anti-skid systems in two recent incidents involving Airbus A320 airliners. The inspections were part of a recent FAA audit of maintenance operations at 118 US airlines, ordered after the recent issue with missed fatigue-crack inspections on Southwest Airlines 737s.

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Embraer Delivers Another Upgraded F-5 To Brazilian Air Force

23rd Aircraft Completed Under Modernization Program

Embraer recently delivered the 23rd modernized F-5 aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB). The aircraft took off from the Company’s Gavião Peixoto facilities and joined the Pampa Wing at Canoas Air Base in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. These F-5 fighters are now designated as the F-5M by the FAB.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.02.08)

Aero-Linx!

Dedicated to the Bellanca Cruisair, Cruisemaster, Viking, American Champion Citabria, Decathlon, Scout, Champion and AviaBellanca Skyrocket lines of aircraft, their furtherance, history, preservation and maintenance. The Bellanca-Champion Club welcomes all owners, pilots and enthusiasts. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.02.08): Gnome

Aero-Terms!

The Gnome was one of several rotary engines popular on fighter planes during World War I. In this type of engine, the crankshaft is mounted on the airplane, while the crankcase and cylinders rotate with the propeller.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.02.08)

"Every airline pilot who has ever worked for a bankrupt airline or seen their carrier go out of business can empathize with the employees at Aloha. It's never their fault, but it's always the employees who suffer most when an airline goes away. Aloha has a proud history and their people deserve better than this."

Source: Captain Eric Sampson, Chairman of the Hawaiian Airlines unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, commenting on efforts by ALPA-represented pilots at soon-to-be-defunct Aloha Airlines to keep the bankrupt carrier alive following its termination of most flight operations March 31.

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