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August 30, 2007

PR TFR: 08.31.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5465 Issue Date: August 30, 2007 at 1839 UTC Type: Hazards

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UT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5419  Issue Date: August 30, 2007 at 1623 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5471 Issue Date: August 30, 2007 at 1847 UTC Type: Hazards

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5167 Issue Date: August 30, 2007 at 0236 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Springville, California near TULE VOR/DME (TTE) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Oakland (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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And The Winner Is... ITT Corporation

Awarded $1.8 Billion Contract To Run ADS-B For FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday ITT Corporation of White Plains, NY, has been selected by the agency as the prime contractor for a vital part of its proposed Next Generation Air Transportation System -- Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

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Lockheed Martin Delivers 100th Raptor To USAF

Milestone Aircraft To Be Based In Alaska

Lockheed Martin formally delivered the 100th F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter to the US Air Force in ceremonies Thursday at Marietta, GA. The milestone aircraft (Air Force serial number 05-0100) will be assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 08.30.07

A New Way To Test The (Mental) Fitness Of Astronauts

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.30.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.30.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Psychomotor Vigilance Test: 08.30.07 (ANN Special Feature, with David F. Dinges, Ph.D., team leader of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Neur

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Boeing, Norwegian Air Shuttle Signs Order For 42 737-800s

Largest 737 Order From A European Carrier In 2007

On Thursday, Boeing and low-fare carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA announced an order for 42 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is valued at $3.1 billion at list prices. The airline has secured purchase rights for an additional 42 737-800s.

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FL Activist Pilot Charged With Reckless Operation of Aircraft

Flight School Owner Tried To Block Landing Gear Testing

There are more questions than answers to this one. On May 6, 2006, airport activist Bancroft Shaffer, 49, deliberately flew his Piper Seminole in the path of an Embraer ERJ-170 at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport during the jet's attempts to land... not once, not twice, but three times.

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'Sport Hornet' S-LSA Earns ASTM Certification

Company Says Aircraft Holds Price Advantage Over Other LSAs

Higher Class Aviation, Inc. told ANN this week the Ramona, CA manufacturer recently certified its Sport Hornet factory-built, special-light sport aircraft (S-LSA) to ASTM standards, establishing another choice in the burgeoning LSA market.

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FAA's Blakey Says Summer '07 Will Go On The History Books

That's Not A Good Thing, As Far As Airline Travel Goes

Noting that airline delays are up 19 percent for summer 2007, outgoing FAA Administrator Marion Blakey nevertheless touted efforts geared towards handling more traffic in the air -- as opposed to making more room for the glut of airliners often seen stacked up on taxiways at our nation's busiest airports -- in her speech Thursday before the Command Center Briefing on Delays in Washington, DC.

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Bombardier Boosts Production, Cancels Scheduled Layoffs

Order Backlog Increased, Callbacks Possible

What a difference 10 months can make. Bombardier Aerospace announced plans Wednesday to shave a day off the length of time it takes to produce a CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 jet -- from five days to four -- to meet the demand of its backlog. To accomplish this, the plane maker will cancel the employee layoffs it announced last October.

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Gone West: 'Gossamer Condor' Designer Dr. Paul MacCready

Founder And Former Chairman of AeroVironment Was 81

It is with sadness Aero-News has learned Dr. Paul MacCready, internationally renowned and Caltech-trained scientist, innovator and entrepreneur, as well as founder and former chairman of the board of directors of AeroVironment, Inc., passed away in his sleep Tuesday, after a recent illness.

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Upgraded! AOPA's Roger Myers

Promoted To Executive VP Of Finance

Aero-News has learned the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently promoted Roger Myers to executive vice president of finance and administration. Formerly that department’s senior vice president, in his new role Myers becomes the chief financial officer for AOPA and adds Membership Marketing to his responsibilities.

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Ohio CAP Cadets Help Protect Residents From Flood Threat

Cadet Squadron Members Successfully Complete Sandbag Mission

Having the opportunity to put training into practice feels good to a member of the US Civil Air Patrol. The Parma Cadet Squadron had an opportunity recently to feel really good.

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Six Workers Sent To Hospital After Incident At Eclipse Aviation

PhostrEx Fire Extinguisher Discharged

Company spokesman Andrew Broom has verified to ANN that Wednesday night's incident at Eclipse Aviation involved the accidental discharge of one, possibly two, PhostrEx fire-suppresant canisters on the production line.

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ID Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5164 Issue Date: August 30, 2007 at 0013 UTC Location: Salt Lake City Center, Ketchum, Idaho near TWIN FALLS VORTAC (TWF) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake City (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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MT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5158  Issue Date: August 29, 2007 at 2044 UTC  Location: Salt Lake City Center, SE of Wise River, Montana near COPPERTOWN VOR/DME (CPN)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations.  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake City (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560 

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AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2007-17-16 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-17-16 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Pacific Aerospace Corporation

AD NUMBER: 2007-17-20 MANUFACTURER: Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-17-20 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Learjet

AD NUMBER: 2007-17-17 MANUFACTURER: Learjet SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-17-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Learjet Model 31, 31A, 35, 35A (C-21A), 36, 36A, 55, 55B, and 55C airplanes, and Model 45 airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: PL2007-18-52 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2007-18-52 SUMMARY: Since the issuance of emergency AD 2007-18-51, we have received additional reports of parts coming off the main slat track downstop assemblies.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-18-02 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-18-02 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-17-19 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-17-19 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 airplanes, that requires repetitive inspections and functional tests of the static port heater assemblies, and corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-18-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-18-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-18-01 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-18-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-17-18 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-17-18 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-10, -20, -30, -40, and -50 series airplanes; Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), -82(MD-82), -83 (MD-83), and -87 (MD-87) airplanes; and Model MD-88 airplanes; that requires repetitive inspections and functional tests of the static port heater assemblies, and corrective actions if necessary.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.30.07

Some older Bombardier regional jets get new operating restrictions in the US and Canada.
NASA says the drunk-astronaut rumors are bogus.
And Lisa Nowak may plead insanity.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.30.07

Some older Bombardier regional jets get new operating restrictions in the US and Canada.
NASA says the drunk-astronaut rumors are bogus.
And Lisa Nowak may plead insanity.

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ANN Special Feature: Dr. David Dinges, Psychomotor Testing - 08.30.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with David F. Dinges, Ph.D., team leader of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors Team. Dr. Dinges has developed somethi

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NASA: Reports Of Astronauts Flying Drunk Lack Evidence

Initial Report Didn't Name Accusers, Names, Dates...

Don't believe the rumors. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Wednesday it found no supporting evidence on reports of astronauts flying into space while inebriated. NASA safety chief Bryan O'Connor said he "was unable to verify any case in which an astronaut or spaceflight crew member was impaired on launch day."

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AOPA Says Airlines Remain In 'Concrete' Denial

Attempts By Carriers To Bend Time, Space Come Up Short

The airlines just don't get it... or they chose not to, reports the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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Witnesses Say US Fighter Jet Violated Canadian Airspace

Say Low-Flying Fighter Jet Came From South

It may not be most troubling airspace incursion we've seen of late, but it's still a big deal. A US jet reportedly violated Canadian airspace in June, and the Canadian Parliament wants to know why.

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FAA Ramps Up 737 Inspections After Loose Slat Parts Found

Two Planes Show Problem That May Have Led To China Airlines Fire

For the second time in this week, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered airlines flying Next-Generation 737s to inspect those planes' leading edge slat tracks for evidence of a potentially serious condition.

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IAF Pilots Complete Circumnavigation Record Attempt

Flew Flight Design CT Around The World... All VFR

Success! Indian Air Force Wing Commanders and Squadron Leaders Rahul Monga and Anil Kumar have completed a round-the-world flight in 79 days involving 19 countries in a Flight Design CT. The trip was undertaken as part of the celebration of the IAF's 75th Anniversary and it is believed to be a new record for this class of aircraft.

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Florida C206 Accident Being Investigated As Possible Suicide

Pilot Told Mom He Would "Fly East Until He Could Not Fly Anymore."

The pilot involved in a weekend Cessna 206 accident is under suspicion of having used his employer's aircraft to commit suicide.

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GA CAP Members Receive Awards For Locating Downed Aircraft

Honorees Took Part In Training Exercise That Turned Real

When they went up that morning, it was supposed to be for a training exercise.

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Boeing Awarded $19.9 Million Contract Expansion To Support Apache Helos

Total Value Of Contract Now Worth $379 Million

Boeing announced this week it was recently awarded a $19.9 million US Army contract modification to expand its support of the Apache Reliability and Safety Recapitalization program.

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UK Cabin Crew Delivers Premature Baby

Keeps Him Alive With Straw, CPR

It certainly wasn't just another day at the office for the cabin crew of a First Choice Airways flight from Manchester, UK to Crete in April.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.30.07)

Aero-Linx!

Small Flying Arts is dedicated to hobbyists who build small flying models of all types. Their mission is to empower model airplane enthusiasts to get more from their hobby - more information, more value, and more pleasure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.30.07): Landing Light

Aero-Terms!

A high intensity spotlight mounted on the aircraft, and aimed so it shines on the runway when the aircraft is on final approach. Landing lights are also used to increase visibility of the aircraft to others during daylight conditions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.30.07)

"You can have all the concrete you want -- it's when you're up in the air that you have a space problem."

Source: David Castelveter, spokesman for the Air Transport Association, in a recent interview with The New York Times regarding flight delays... and the forces behind them. Contrary to ATA's position, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Phil Boyer says a lack of runway and taxiway space throughout the nation's airports -- and the airlines' propensity to schedule more arrivals and departures within a set amount of time than those surfaces can handle -- are behind the delays... not a lack of airspace.

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