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January 30, 2008

CO TFR: 01.31.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2951  Issue Date: January 30, 2008 at 1738 UTC  Type: VIP 

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NV TFR: 01.30.08 - 01.31.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2955 Issue Date: January 30, 2008 at 1743 UTC Type: VIP

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Expedition 16 Spacewalkers Wrap Up Tricky Excursion

Whitson, Tani Repair Problem To Power Generation System

Let there be light... onboard the International Space Station, that is. Early Wednesday afternoon, Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani finished a seven hour, 10 minute spacewalk outside the ISS, to make repairs on the starboard side of the truss structure.

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Maintenance Errors Alleged In March 2007 SSH Crash

Updated Factual Report Paints Disturbing Picture

In an updated factual report posted recently, the National Transportation Safety Board says poorly-coordinated maintenance practices by overworked maintenance personnel may have contributed to the fatal March 27, 2007 downing of a Robinson R44 near Jacksonville, FL.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.30.08

The FAA's New MU-2B Training Standards

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.30.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.30.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- New Training Requirements For The Mitsubishi MU-2: 01.30.08 (ANN Special Report, with ANN Publisher And E-I-C Jim Campbell.)

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Air Methods Earns STC For EC 145 SPIFR Avionics Package

High-Tech Glass Panel Upgrade Includes Weather Radar

Aero-News learned this week Air Methods Products Division has received FAA STC SR00650DE-D approval for its EC 145 SPIFR Avionics Package.

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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station To Be Designated Historic Site

AIAA Will Mark 50th Anniversary Of Explorer I Launch

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will designate Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) as a Historic Aerospace Site during a ceremony Thursday, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of America’s first satellite, Explorer 1.

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Boeing Reports Big Boost In Net Income For 2007

Record Earnings, Order Backlog Overshadow 787 Concerns

Despite record sales and a years-long production backlog, Boeing has seen its stock price drop 20 percent in New York Stock Exchange composite trading since its original October 10 announcement the 787 Dreamliner would be delayed. It probably comes as little consolation that Airbus is down 23 percent in the same period, or that stock markets in general have fallen.

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Labor Tensions Put Safety-Reporting Program In Jeopardy

American's ASAP May Fall Victim To Contract Bickering

A program called ASAP, for "aviation safety action partnership," has since 1994 provided American Airlines pilots amnesty from company and FAA discipline when they voluntarily report safety-related incidents for investigation. The program's success has inspired other airlines to initiate similar plans, and American's mechanics and dispatchers now have similar programs.

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PANYNJ Looks To Stewart Int'l For Help To Ease Congestion

Will Spend $500 Million Converting Former USAF Base To Reliever Airport

While the US Department of Transportation mulls alternatives for reducing the growing delays at the major New York airports, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has a bold plan of its own. The port says it will spend $500 million over the next decade to turn Stewart International Airport (SWF), a former Air Force Base west of Newburgh, NY into a state-of-the-art reliever airport handling millions of passengers each year.

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AirTran CEO Sees Bright Side To Rumored Delta/NWA Merger

But Talks May Be Stalled Between Airlines

While there's been precious little in the way of actual news over the past week regarding a said-to-be-imminent merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, a third carrier is watching for signs of progress with bated breath.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.30.08

A federal court clears the relocation of Florida's Bay County Airport.
Alaska Airlines will investigate flap issues with its 737s.
And mature airline pilots fight back against discrimination

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.30.08

A federal court clears the relocation of Florida's Bay County Airport.
Alaska Airlines will investigate flap issues with its 737s.
And mature airline pilots fight back against discrimination by

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ANN Special Feature: Jim Campbell, MU-2 SFAR - 01.30.08

ANN's Paul Plack and Jim Campbell discuss a new FAA Special Federal Aviation Regulation, detailing new training requirements for pilots who would fly the Mitsubishi MU-2.

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Aero-TV: Is Bio-Suit The Space Suit Of The (Near) Future?

MIT May Have The Answer To The Question About What Tomorrow's Space Travelers May Be Wearing

During the 2007 World Space Expo, ANN's Aero-TV teams came upon something that would have looked like a space suit... if only there had been more of it -- or so we thought. Upon close examination, though, we found out that this suit -- the Bio-Suit, was indeed a space suit and that in years hence (and not so many as one might imagine), this will be "unform of the day" for spacefarers.

Aero-TV: Is Bio-Suit The Space Suit Of The (Near) Future?

MIT May Have The Answer To The Question About What Tomorrow's Space Travelers May Be Wearing

During the 2007 World Space Expo, ANN's Aero-TV teams came upon something that would have looked like a space suit... if only there had been more of it -- or so we thought. Upon close examination, though, we found out that this suit -- the Bio-Suit, was indeed a space suit and that in years hence (and not so many as one might imagine), this will be "unform of the day" for spacefarers.

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Some Pilots Remain Dismayed With Age 65 Law

Provision Bars Retired Pilots From Returning With Seniority

When Congress last year finally got around to addressing the plight of healthy, qualified pilots being forced to retire at age 60, the so-called Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act made it past both Houses and President Bush in just three days. Now, 3,000 older pilots who are still without jobs say the word "fair" has no place in the name of the law.

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Eclipse Partner Earns Training Certification From FAA

Simulator-Based Training Approved Under Part 142

Eclipse Aviation announced Tuesday the FAA has awarded the planemaker's training provider, Higher Power Aviation (HPA), authorization to conduct Eclipse 500 Type Training under HPA's Part 142 Training Certificate.

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Virgin Galactic To Showcase SpaceShipTwo, WhiteKnightTwo At AirVenture 2008

Exhibit Will Display Models Of New Spacecraft; 'More Details To Come'

Last week's unveiling of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo brought the world's attention back to the potential of space tourism... and one of the first places where the public will be able to discover more about the possibilities will be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, coming July 28 through August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI.

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Slovenia Nixes Purchase Of C-295s Following Poland Accident

Twenty Lost In January 23 Downing; Tree Strike Suspected

The fatal downing of a CASA C-295M troop transport in Poland earlier this month has led the Defense Ministry of Slovenia to cancel its planned purchase of the type, according to Reuters.

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Boeing Begins Major Assembly Of First 777 Freighter

Plane To Be Delivered To Air France This Year

Boeing mechanics began major assembly of the new 777 Freighter at the company's Everett, WA facility Tuesday, as workers loaded the plane's 97-foot-long wing spar into a tool that automatically drills, measures and installs more than 5,000 fasteners into the spar.

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American Legend Continues To Add To Options List

Seatbelt Airbags, New Landing Lights Available On Legend Cub

Don't be surprised if you see a plane at your local airport soon that looks like a Cub... and even sounds like a Cub... but is outfitted with equipment more commonly seen in the most modern general aviation aircraft out there.

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NAFI Names January 2008 Master Instructors

'The Best Of The Best'

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

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Is Security At Orlando Int'l A Mickey Mouse Affair?

Despite Personnel And Tech, Contraband Still Sneaks Through

Airline travel has become a huge hassle, in part because of security restrictions imposed on the industry after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While many airline passengers welcome the added precautions in the interest of safety... are all the lines, expensive high-tech equipment and shampoo confiscations really making us safer?

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Field Aviation Selected To Convert Q300s For Japan's Coast Guard

Will Bring Maritime Patrol/SAR Fleet To Five

Aero-News learned this week Field Aviation of Toronto was recently awarded a contract to convert two additional Bombardier/de Havilland Dash 8-300 turboprops as Maritime Patrol (MPA)/Search and Rescue (SAR) platforms for the Japan Coast Guard. This follows an initial contract for three Japanese Dash 8-300 MPAs signed in January 2007, and currently under completion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.30.08)

Aero-Linx!

The idea behind QuestMasters was formed during a recovery trip in Europe. After a long truck ride they realized that they were not only recovering and restoring World War Two memorabilia, but also going to the ends of the earth to do it. Hence - this is their Quest.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.30.08): Transponder

Aero-Terms!

The airborne radar beacon transmitter/receiver portion of the air traffic control radar beacon system. The transponder automatically receives radio signals from an interrogating station on the ground.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.30.08)

"Using a simulator for a customer's entire type rating means we no longer have to schedule training around aircraft availability or weather conditions. We also will bring two additional Level D simulators online very soon and all will be operated about 20 hours per day, seven days a week. This additional simulator capacity will enable us to move customers through our type rating program faster, and also allow the start of recurrent flight training for our customers who have been operating their Eclipse 500s for a year."

Source: Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn. Eclipse announced Tuesday the FAA has awarded the planemaker's training provider, Higher Power Aviation (HPA), authorization to conduct Eclipse 500 Type Training under HPA

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