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December 19, 2007

LA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8123 Issue Date: December 19, 2007 at 1641 UTC Type: Hazards

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FL TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8145 Issue Date: December 19, 2007 at 2046 UTC Type: Hazards

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Charter Company Sues Mitsubishi, Honeywell Over MU-2 Accident

Says Both To Blame For Engine-Out Takeoff Crash

The operator of a Mistubishi MU-2 involved in a fatal December 2005 takeoff accident has sued the planemaker, stating it knew the turboprop twin was uncontrollable in takeoff configuration in the event of engine failure. The lawsuit also alleges enginemaker Honeywell International knew of a potential problem with the MU-2's engines, but did not require modifications to solve the problem.

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Santa Claus Shot Down Over Brazil

Some Places, Kris Kringle Just Ain't Welcome

A helicopter transporting a man dressed as Santa Claus was shot down Sunday over a slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.19.07

Flying The Blackbird, Part Two... Retired USAF Col. Richard Graham

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.19.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Flying The SR-71 Blackbird, Part Two: 12.19.07 (ANN Special Report, with Retired USAF Colonel Richard Graham.)

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SpaceX Completes NASA Review For Third Planned Dragon Test

Will Demonstrate Ability To Berth At International Space Station

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) told ANN Wednesday the Hawthorne, CA-based company completed the Systems Requirements Review (SRR) for what will be the third Falcon 9/Dragon demonstration flight under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.

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Lockheed Unveils STOVL Version Of F-35 To US Marines, Others

B-Variant Intended To Replace Harriers, F/A-18

Lockheed Martin unveiled Tuesday its F-35B Lightning II, the first fighter to combine stealth with short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) capability and supersonic speed, to customers from the United States Marine Corps, the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, and the Italian Air Force and Navy.

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DOT Announces Limited Measures To Reduce Air Travel Delays

JFK Caps, 'Holiday Express Lanes' Coming; Congestion Pricing Dead

US Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced Wednesday a series measures to reduce airline delays over the holiday season, and new actions designed to reduce congestion in the New York area starting next summer.

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EADS Reveals Bidders For Six Plants

Spirit AeroSystems Strikes Out

Well, so much for the rumors. On Wednesday, board members at Airbus parent company EADS chose three European companies as the preferred bidders for six manufacturing sites -- flying in the face of reports from a German newspaper stating US-based Spirit AeroSystems was likely to be awarded four sites.

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ALPA Files Suit Against Champion Air

Says Airline Violated Labor Laws With Pilot Incentive Programs

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l filed suit in US District Court Friday on behalf of pilots at Champion Air, asserting management at the carrier violated the federal statute that governs contract negotiations in the airline industry.

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Virgin America, Skybus Suffer Shaky First Quarters

High Losses For Low-Cost Start-Ups

It costs a lot to start an airline... especially when you make an effort to keep ticket prices low. That's a lesson Virgin America and Skybus -- two low-cost carriers that began operations earlier this year -- found spelled out in stark relief on their profit/loss statements recently.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.07

A free-market think tank says congestion pricing is the answer.
ATG employees get pink slips for Christmas.
And a Florida congressman wants NASA to keep the shuttles flying.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.19.07

A free-market think tank says congestion pricing is the answer.
ATG employees get pink slips for Christmas.
And a Florida congressman wants NASA to keep the shuttles flying.

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ANN Special Feature: Pt II - Col. Richard Graham, SR-71 Blackbird - 12.19.07

ANN's Paul Plack concludes his conversation with US Air Force Colonel Richard Graham (Retired) about his experiences with the SR-71 Blackbird.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: PL2007-26-51 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter Deutschland SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2007-26-51 SUMMARY: This Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) is prompted by a report of a fatal accident involving the failure of a tail rotor control rod (control rod). This condition, if not corrected, could result in the failure of a control rod and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-200C and -200F series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-02 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-02 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757-200, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-04 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-04 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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Aspen Avionics 'Evolution' Program Cert Delayed Til Late 1Q/08

The breathlessly awaited Evolution EFD1000 Electronic Flight Display system won't quite be ready to take up position in Santa's sleigh this year... as advance word to ANN from Doug Cayne and the rest of the folks at Aspen Avionics came in just a short while ago. Read More

The Axe Drops At ATG... Company Lays Off 80 Percent Of Workforce

Continues Search For Javelin Funding, But Development On Hold

Aviation Technology Group gave walking papers to 40 of its 50 workers at Denver's Centennial Airport on Monday, as the company struggles to obtain funding to continue development of the Javelin very-light jet.

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Florida Lawmaker Wants To Keep Shuttles Flying Past 2010

Calls For $10 Billion In Funds To Continue Flights

A Florida congressman called for an extra #10 billion in funding to NASA over the next five years, so the United States can maintain a manned space presence throughout the development of the agency's next-generation Orion spacecraft.

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NASA's Hale Pleased With Results Of Atlantis Tank Test

Preliminary Findings Point To Bad Connector, Not Faulty Sensors

Here's a case where failure is actually a good thing. Engineers at NASA think they know why engine cut-off sensors installed within the external fuel tank connected to the shuttle Atlantis are malfunctioning, after two of the problem sensors failed during an on-pad test Tuesday.

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Deal Reached On NY Helo Noise

Operators Will Fly Over Less Populated Areas

It's not exactly peace in our time... but it should keep New York Senator Chuck Schumer quiet for awhile. And speaking of peace and quiet, an agreement announced Monday between helicopter operators on Long Island and citizens living under area flight paths should mean quieter times ahead, too.

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ATA Economist Says Airline Profits Will Continue In 2008

Expects Oil Prices To Drop

Despite increasingly gloomy outlooks on the continued health of the commercial airline industry, the chief economist with the Air Transport Association says airlines should build on their net profits this year, and stay in the black for 2008.

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American Airlines To Recall Up To 250 Mechanics

Furloughed Workers Needed For Upgrade And Overhaul Projects

American Airlines plans to ramp up several maintenance projects in 2008, and it's hiring back as many as 250 workers to handle the increased business.

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Aircraft Carrier, Helo Squadron Medevac Injured Girl From Cruise Ship

CVN 76, HS-4 To The Rescue

Sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and the pilots and aircrew of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four (HS-4) rescued a teenage girl this weekend 15 who suffered a ruptured appendix while aboard a cruise ship in the Pacific Ocean.

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University Of Illinois Joins Rolls-Royce, Gulfstream On SSBJ Project

Aerospace Team To Help Research Sonic Booms

Aerospace companies Rolls-Royce Deutschland and Gulfstream Aerospace, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, recently entered into an agreement with the Department of Aerospace Engineering (AE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to conduct research relevant to the potential development of a supersonic business jet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.19.07): Induction Welding

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 (12.19.07)

"I cannot really say how the meetings will go this week — that's the difficulty. It was not a good day for ATG, especially, you know, the time of year, but we have been trying very, very hard. We had no other choice to do what we had to do because it was more and more difficult now to have 50 employees."

Source: Horst Bergmann, board member at Aviation Technology Group. On Monday, ATG laid off 40 of the 50 workers at its headquarters at Centennial Airport in Denver, CO.

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MN TFR: 12.19.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8052  Issue Date: December 18, 2007 at 1910 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Special Notice TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8040  Issue Date: December 18, 2007 at 1730 UTC  Type: Special 

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FL TFR: 12.20.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8060  Issue Date: December 18, 2007 at 2045 UTC  Type: Space Operations 

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NM TFR: 12.19.07 - 12.20.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8076  Issue Date: December 19, 2007 at 0306 UTC  Type: Space Operations 

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MD TFR: 12.21.07 - 12.26.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8069  Issue Date: December 18, 2007 at 2300 UTC  Type: VIP 

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