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May 19, 2008

NC TFR: 05.22.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8159  Issue Date: May 19, 2008 at 1921 UTC  Location: Fort Bragg, North Carolina  Beginning Date and Time: May 22, 2008 at 1305 UTC  Ending Date and Time: May 22, 2008 at 1915 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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FL Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8177  Issue Date: May 19, 2008 at 2155 UTC  Location: HOMESTEAD , Florida  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Diamond Says Thielert Insolvency Administrator Is Playing Hardball

Looks Like It's Time For Plan 'B'...

It appears Diamond Aircraft's hopes an amicable arrangement could be worked out, regarding the current financial mess at Thielert Aircraft Engines, may have been a bit optimistic. In a written update to customers sent Monday -- and obtained by ANN -- Diamond says the situation has gone from lousy, to worse... and the administrator tasked with handling Thielert's insolvency isn't going out of his way to help matters.

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EBACE 2008: Hawker Beechcraft Unveils Upgraded Premier II

Billed As World's Largest, Best Performing, Most Advanced Single Pilot Bizjet

In appropriate fashion, Monday's premier of the 8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition was accompanied by a Premier of another sort. Hawker Beechcraft Corporation launched the newest member of its ever-growing family of business jets -- the new Beechcraft Premier II light jet.

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EBACE 2008: Dassault Announces Falcon 900LX

Focus On Fuel Efficiency For 900EX Replacement

During Monday's pre-show activities at EBACE2008 in Geneva, Dassault announced the 900LX, the next member of the efficient family of Falcon business jets. The Falcon 900LX will be built on the same platform as the Falcon 900EX EASy but will feature winglets and an extended range to 4,800 nautical miles. Certification is expected in the first half of 2010.

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EBACE 2008: Cessna Selects Rockwell Collins HGS For Citation Columbus

First Head-Up Display Ever For A Cessna

Cessna announced Monday at EBACE2008 the selection of the Rockwell Collins HGS-6000 Head Up Guidance System for the new Citation Model 850 Columbus business jet, which is expected to debut in 2014. Rockwell Collins' HGS will be the first head up display ever installed on a Cessna aircraft.

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EBACE 2008: Aerion Reports Over $3 Billion In Orders

Company Still Seeking Builder For Supersonic Bizjet

In the six months that Aerion has been accepting orders for the Aerion supersonic business jet, the company has received more than 40 letters of intent backed up by refundable deposits of $250,000. Now, all the company needs is an OEM to build its proposed supersonic business transport... but Aerion says they're working on that.

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EBACE 2008: Bombardier Selects Pro Line Fusion For Learjet 85 Flight Deck

Announces Six-Plane Launch Order From ExecuJet

Bombardier's plan for its upcoming Learjet 85 is coming together. On the heels of last week's announcement that Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW307B will power the all-composite bizjet, the planemaker announced Monday at EBACE2008 its newest plane will feature Rockwell Collins' new Pro Line Fusion avionics suite.

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EBACE 2008: EBAA Announces Inaugural 'Safety Of Flight Awards' Recipients

Three Companies Awarded Highest 'Platinum' Level

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) announced Monday the creation of the European Safety of Flight Award, which recognizes either the number of hours or the number of years a specific European operator has been operating accident free.

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DOT Gives OpenSkies Its Wings

Approves First Carrier To Take Advantage Of Open Skies Agreement

On Monday, British Airways' new business-class transatlantic airline, OpenSkies, received approval from the US Department of Transportation to begin operations. The new airline will offer flights between Paris' Orly Airport and New York's JFK Airport starting in June.

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No Surprises Here: ATA Opposes DOT's New York Slot Auction Proposal

May Expresses Group's 'Frustration'

As expected, the Air Transport Association of America -- industry trade group and lobbying organization for most US airlines -- has issued a statement opposing the Department of Transportation's proposed slot auction program for New York area airports.

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Report: XOJet To Receive $2.5 Billion Investment For Expansion

$900 Million In Canadian, UAE Funds Available Now

A fast-growing business fractional company has bucked the recent trend of fledgling aircraft operations experiencing problems with obtaining investment capital. The Wall Street Journal reports XOJet Inc. will announce Monday it has secured $2.5 billion in financing from Canada and the Middle East.

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BTS Says Airlines Reported First Loss Margin Since Q1 2006

Profits Slip On -- You Guessed It -- High Fuel Prices

A group of 20 selected passenger airlines reported a system operating loss margin of 0.02 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007, the first loss after six consecutive profitable quarters, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the US Department of Transportation reported Monday in a release of preliminary data. The 20-carrier group consists of the largest network, low-cost and regional carriers based on operating revenue.

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Two Lost In Washington Floatplane Accident

Witnesses Say Wheels Down During Water Landing

An all-too-common oversight appears to be to blame for Saturday's crash of a DeHavilland DHC2 Beaver during landing on a northern Washington state lake.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 05.19.08

IFR Training, In REAL IFR Conditions... With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.19.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.19.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Real IFR Training: 05.19.08 (ANN Special Report, CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.19.08

Mary Peters says, don't let this happen again.
The FAA says it isn't finished with American Airlines.
And airlines will finally have to start reporting the durations of tarmac strandings.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.19.08

Mary Peters says, don't let this happen again.
The FAA says it isn't finished with American Airlines.
And airlines will finally have to start reporting the durations of tarmac strandings.

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Real IFR Training - 05.19.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about IFR training. Bob maintains that if you have trained for your instrument rating only using simulators and view-limiting device

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Aero-TV Flies Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology

Garmin's Synthetic Vision System Heralds A New Age For GA!

ANN, as you read last month, was privileged to finally be able to talk about something we've known about for a while... real-live Synthetic Vision for GA. As amazing as the concept may be, the reality is even more so. Garmin got this right... and right from the start. During a flight in an SVT-equipped DA40-XL, Aero-TV checked out each of the now-certified features of the G1000's SVT capabilities -- Highway In The Sky, Obstacle Clearance, Terrain Avoidance, Traffic Alerts... you name it... and came away feeling like the state of the art in the general aviation industry has just been raised by an astounding degree.

Aero-TV Flies Garmin's SVT

Garmin's Synthetic Vision System Heralds A New Age For GA!

ANN, as you read last month, was privileged to finally be able to talk about something we've known about for a while... real-live Synthetic Vision for GA. As amazing as the concept may be, the reality is even more so. Garmin got this right... and right from the start. During a flight in an SVT-equipped DA40-XL, Aero-TV flew checked out each of the now-certified features of the G1000's SVT capabilities...

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First Flight: Diamond DA50 Magnum

Successful Maiden Flight Conducted In Wiener Neustadt

The Diamond DA50 program has taken a solid step toward success. On May, 14th 2008 the first DA50 Magnum took off for the very first time. Christian Dries, CEO and owner of Diamond Aircraft flew the aircraft as pilot in command assisted by Soeren Pedersen as chief test pilot.

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Allied Pilots Association Commends FAA Efforts On 'Ultra-Long-Range' Flying

“We fully support the FAA’s stated goal of holding ultra-long-range flying to the highest standards of safety”

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), collective bargaining agent for the 12,000 pilots of American Airlines, recently participated in a two-day roundtable meeting at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. as part of efforts to develop new rules that will govern ultra-long-range flying.

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USAPA Speaks out on Airline Consolidation Rumors Including UAL

Following the recent US Airline Pilots Association Board Meeting, and prompted by increased media attention on a possible US Airways and United Airlines merger, leaders of The US Airline Pilots Association are evaluating the effects that mergers may have on their Company and their Pilots.

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Klyde Morris (05.19.08)

United Just Found Tilton's Successor...

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DOT Caps Flights At Newark, Looks At Other Ways To Curb NE Delays

Opens Comment Period For Slot Auctions At JFK, EWR

In a wide-ranging Department of Transportation news release Friday, DOT Secretary Mary Peters announced three new measures addressing delays at the three major New York-area airports.

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Congressman's Pro-Boeing KC-X Stance Irks Airbus

Tiahrt Praised Planemaker's Jobs Six Years Ago

US Representative Todd Tiahrt has represented the 4th District of Kansas in Congress since 1995. He's slamming the decision by the US Air Force to award the KC-X contract for the next-generation aerial refueling tanker to Northrop Grumman and EADS. His position is popular with Boeing employees and US unions, but is being characterized as a misinformation campaign by Airbus officials.

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US Sends Relief Supplies to China

The U.S. military has responded to Chinese requests, delivering critically needed relief supplies to the earthquake-stricken Sichuan province. More than 32,000 people are known dead from the 7.9 quake that hit May 12.

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Earning My Wings... At Long Last (Part Three)

Learning The Quirks Of N702GB

"Well, you land on grass REALLY well!" That enthusiastic statement from my instructor, Jim Crone, pretty much sums up how my training had progressed through Wednesday morning, the start of the second day of my accelerated flight training on the Gobosh 700S... since that's about all I did spot-on, perfect, pop the champagne.

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Growler Support Center Opens on NAS Whidbey Island

A grand opening ceremony was held for the new EA-18G Growler Support Center on Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, May 13. Construction began on the facility in November in preparation for the Navy's aircraft transition from the EA-6B Prowler to the EA-18G.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.19.08)

Aero-Linx!

The air war in Europe through the eyes of the "11th Man", a photographer who rode along on 27 missions over enemy occupied Europe between March 16, 1944 and July 17, 1944.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.19.08): Photosphere

Aero-Terms!

The visible surface of the Sun; the upper surface of a convecting layer of gases in the outer portion of the sun whose temperature causes it to radiate light at visible wavelengths; sunspots and faculae are observed in the photosphere.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.19.08)

“Given the increasing number of ultra-long-range routes being operated by our nation’s airlines, it’s imperative that the FAA develop rules addressing the unique issues that arise with this type of flying... We fully support the FAA’s stated goal of holding ultra-long-range flying to the highest standards of safety and are pleased to be participating in the development of these standards.”

Source: APA President Captain Lloyd Hill, who recently participated in a two-day roundtable meeting at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C. as part of efforts to develop new rules that will govern ultra-long-range flying. Ultra-long-range flying is defined as flights of more than 16 hours in duration.

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CA TFR: 05.22.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7954 Issue Date: May 16, 2008 at 2154 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: May 22, 2008 at 1425 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 22, 2008 at 1825 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CT TFR: 05.21.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7943  Issue Date: May 16, 2008 at 2032 UTC  Location: Groton, Connecticut  Beginning Date and Time: May 21, 2008 at 1400 UTC  Ending Date and Time: May 21, 2008 at 1815 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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CA TFR: 05.21.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7953 Issue Date: May 16, 2008 at 2152 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: May 21, 2008 at 1425 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 21, 2008 at 1825 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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