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June 27, 2008

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 06.27.08

Ab-Initio Training, With Veteran Airline Pilot Karen Kahn

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.27.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.27.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Ab-Initio Training: 06.27.08 (ANN Special Report, with veteran airline pilot and aviation career counselor Karen Kahn.)

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NASA Says Phoenix Returns 'Treasure Trove' For Science

Soil May Support Life, Space Agency Says

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander performed its first wet chemistry experiment on Martian soil flawlessly Thursday, returning a wealth of data that for Phoenix scientists was like winning the lottery.

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Air India Crew Accused Of Napping On Job

Airliner Overshot Destination Airport

It's apparently happened again. Four months after a go! Airlines CRJ cockpit crew fell asleep on the job during a short Hawaiian interisland flight, two Air India pilots are accused of doing the same thing.

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Southwest Tweaks Schedule, Adds Service To Denver And FLL

Airline Has "Much Different Story To Tell" Than Competitors

Bucking the current industry trend to reduce capacity and flights, Southwest Airlines announced this week the low-cost carrier will add service in select markets and tweak its schedule. Through the elimination of 31 existing roundtrip flights from its current flight schedule, effective November 2 Southwest will add 40 new roundtrip flights in key growth cities such as Denver and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood.

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ILFC To Remain Part Of Beleaguered AIG

But Will Have Added Autonomy

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), the world's largest aircraft leasing and remarketing company, will remain a core holding of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). Robert B. Willumstad, AIG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, ILFC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, agreed that ILFC should remain part of AIG following a just-concluded business review.

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Diamond Suggests Consortium To Buy Thielert AG

Kuebler Calls Planemaker's Statements "Noise"

It's about to get ugly... well, make that uglier... in the ongoing, bitter battle between Austrian/Canadian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft and Germany's Thielert AG. Diamond announced Friday it may form a bidding group to take control of the troubled enginemaker after it files for insolvency.

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4666  Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 0342 UTC  Location: KING CITY , California  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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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4810 Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 1812 UTC Location: 1 MILE EAST OF BISBEE , Arizona near DOUGLAS VORTAC (DUG) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 1200-0500 UTC Daily 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: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4500

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CO Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4757 Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 1502 UTC Location: 9 E GUFFY , Colorado near BUTTS VOR/DME (FCS) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4801 Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 1750 UTC Location: BIG SUR , California 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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GA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4741 Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 1402 UTC Location: CUMBERLAND ISLAND , Georgia near BRUNSWICK VORTAC (SSI) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHT Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA TFR: 06.27.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4713 Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 1249 UTC Location: BEALE AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: June 27, 2008 at 1525 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 27, 2008 at 1925 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TRACONTRACON, 916-366-4080

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4766 Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 1606 UTC Location: 28 N MORENCI , Arizona Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 1200-0500 UTC Daily 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

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.27.08

The GAO says the Air Force really messed up the KC-X competition.
American Airlines offers details on capacity cuts.
And Frontier plans to downsize by 17 per cent.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.27.08

The GAO says the Air Force really messed up the KC-X competition.
American Airlines offers details on capacity cuts.
And Frontier plans to downsize by 17 per cent.


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ANN Special Feature: Karen Kahn, Ab Initio Training - 06.27.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with veteran airline pilot and aviation career counselor Karen Kahn about ab initio training --what it is, how it differs between the US and Europe, and who makes the best ca

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United States, Brazil Agree To Expanded Air Services

Includes New Service To Five Cities

The United States and Brazil recently concluded an agreement that will provide for a nearly 50 percent increase in passenger flights between the two countries as well as eliminate restrictions on the number of airlines that can provide US-Brazil air service, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced Thursday.

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Frontier Announces Fleet Reductions, Staff Cutbacks

Will Slash Capacity 17 Percent... With Jobs To Follow

This week, bankrupt Frontier Airlines announced cuts even deeper than those announced by American, United and Continental on a percentage basis. Frontier, based in Denver, said 17 percent of its capacity will be trimmed, along with a "proportional reduction" in its workforce.

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US Airmen Train Iraqi Maintainers To Keep Planes In The Air

Practice Repair Techniques On Fleet Of C208s

While Iraqi air force pilots continue flying sorties to aid stability in their nation, Iraqi maintainers on the ground at Kirkuk Regional Air Base have achieved important benchmarks to keep their fleet in the air.

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Cutter Aviation Named FlexJet Preferred FBO At Six Airports

Fractional Provider Holds Operators To Strict Standards

Cutter Aviation announced this week it has been designated as the Preferred FBO by Bombardier FlexJet at its locations at the PHX, DVT, ABQ, ELP, RBD and TKI. This designation is awarded based upon Cutter’s high level of customer service, pilot and passenger amenities, specialized services, safety and overall quality.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2008-13-16 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-13-16 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2008-13-14 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-13-14 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2008-13-18 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-13-18 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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Aero-TV Explores Recent Changes At Chelton

Chelton, S-TEC Merge/Consolidate Strengths

As noted a few weeks ago, there have been big changes at Chelton recently. ANN's Aero-TV crews caught up with Chelton's Gordon Pratt at the 2008 AEA Convention and got a little more detail about this means. As previously detailed, the two business units within Cobham's Avionics and Surveillance Division, Chelton Flight Systems (CFS) and S-TEC, are to be merged to create an "avionics center of excellence" based in Mineral Wells, TX. The move is part of Cobham’s drive to develop a fully integrated cockpit and improve its customer focus.

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Counting Down: 'The-Jet' Ready For Taxi Tests

First Flight Expected Soon... VERY Soon

She's almost ready for prime-time... and very close to seeing light under her wheels. Cirrus told ANN late Thursday the highly-anticipated "The-Jet" is ready for taxi tests.

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Aero-TV Explores Recent Changes At Chelton

Chelton, S-TEC Merge/Consolidate Strengths

As noted a few weeks ago, there have been big changes at Chelton recently. ANN's Aero-TV crews caught up with Chelton's Gordon Pratt at the 2008 AEA Convention and got a little more detail about this means. As previously detailed, the two business units within Cobham's Avionics and Surveillance Division, Chelton Flight Systems (CFS) and S-TEC, are to be merged to create an "avionics center of excellence" based in Mineral Wells, TX. The move is part of Cobham’s drive to develop a fully integrated cockpit and improve its customer focus.

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Airline Officials Ask Congress For Help

Want To End Oil Speculation... And Possibly Re-Regulation?

A few weeks ago, retired American Airlines Chairman Bob Crandall called for the US government to get involved in the current aviation industry crisis. Crandall stopped short of calling for a return to full-on industry regulation, pre-1978-style... but some other industry voices aren't being so shy.

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NASA Bulks Up Ares V Moon Rocket

Now 20-Feet Taller, Additional Main Engine

Following a nine-month design review of the rocket that will one day return US astronauts to the moon -- and, eventually, transport them to Mars -- on Wednesday NASA unveiled a bulked-up version of its proposed Ares V rocket.

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Congress Extends FAA Funding Until September 30

NBAA Again Urges Lawmakers To Pass Reauthorization Bill

On Thursday, the National Business Aviation Association applauded Congressional action taken thus far to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and modernize America's aviation system... and once again called upon Congress to pass final FAA reauthorization/funding legislation before the end of 2008.

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Airbus Says A400M Ready To Roll... If Not Fly Just Yet

Unveiled To Public Thursday In Spain

The Airbus A400M, the first all-new military airlifter produced in over 30 years, made its first public appearance Thursday at the production line in Seville, Spain.

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Deadline Approaching To Apply For New NASA Astronaut Class

Get Those Applications In Before July 1!

NASA's deadline for accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class is July 1. Those selected could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon.

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Whiteman AFB Airmen Make First All-Air Guard B-2 Flight

Missouri ANG Transitioning From F-15s

Airmen of the 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base completed the first B-2 Spirit sortie flown and launched by Missouri Air National Guard members June 18.

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Klyde Morris (06.27.08)

More Helpful Tibits From The TFR Seminar...

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NASA Spacecraft Reveal Largest Crater In Solar System

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Spots Giant Basin On Planet Surface

New analysis of Mars' terrain using NASA spacecraft observations reveals what appears to be by far the largest impact crater ever found in the solar system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.27.08)

Aero-Linx! 

The Antique Airplane Association, Inc. was first formed in August of 1953 by a few persons with a deep interest in old airplanes. At that time no other association existed that had a specific interest in antique and classic airplanes.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.27.08): Major Overhaul

Aero-Terms!

The disassembly, cleaning and inspection of an engine combined with the repair and replacement of all parts that do not meet the manufacturer's specifications. After all inspections and repairs have been made, the engine is reassembled and tested according to the manufacturers instructions. A major overhaul restores the engine to like-new condition.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.27.08)

"Even at this critical stage, the team is approaching its work and the impending flight schedule with the same careful diligence and thoughtful planning as it has from the onset of the program. As exciting as we all are about the special milestone we know is just ahead of us, we have to take the same measured approach as always to ensure both aircraft and pilot safety and ensure that we accomplish our program goals at every juncture, including taxi testing and first flight."

Source: Mike VanStaagen, Vice President of the Advanced Design Group at Cirrus. The planemaker told ANN late Thursday the highly-anticipated "The-Jet" is ready for taxi tests.

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AR TFR: 07.01.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4632 Issue Date: June 26, 2008 at 2059 UTC Location: Little Rock, Arkansas Beginning Date and Time: July 01, 2008 at 1935 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 01, 2008 at 2355 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 8/4561: Due to change in Times

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UT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4649 Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 0009 UTC Location: 5-6 MILES NORTH OF BOULDER , Utah near BRYCE CANYON VORTAC (BCE) 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: SALT LAKE (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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MS TFR: 07.01.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4646  Issue Date: June 26, 2008 at 2156 UTC  Location: Jackson, Mississippi  Beginning Date and Time: July 01, 2008 at 1620 UTC  Ending Date and Time: July 01, 2008 at 1945 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): 8/4639: DUE TO CHANGE IN TIMES. 

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CA TFR: 06.27.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4656 Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 0133 UTC Type: Security

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4657 Issue Date: June 27, 2008 at 0140 UTC Location: 20 E GRASS VALLEY AIRPORT , California Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR AIRCRAFT FIREFIGHTING OPERATIONS Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: OAKLAND (ZOA) Center

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IN TFR: 07.05.08 - 07.06.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4470 Issue Date: June 26, 2008 at 1349 UTC Location: Goshen, Indiana near GOSHEN VORTAC (GSH) Beginning Date and Time: July 05, 2008 at 2030 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 06, 2008 at 0200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations during the Goshen Municipal Freedom Fest Airshow Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: South Bend (SBN) Air Traffic Control Tower, 574-251-2609 Controlling Facility: ZAU ARTCC

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