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June 24, 2008

Eclipse Says Software Change Imminent To Correct Throttle Problem

Stresses EA500 Fleet Remains Fully Operational

Eclipse Aviation announced Tuesday it will incorporate design improvements to Eclipse 500 FADEC software to prevent an engine fault that may occur if the aircraft's throttle levers are advanced with enough force to exceed the Eclipse 500's FAA-certified design limits.

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Group Wants Right To Toke Up At Airports

Says Marijuana Helps Jittery Passengers Relax

Members of the Denver, CO-based organization Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation are calling on the government to allow travelers to smoke marijuana in the same airport lounges currently OK'd for tobacco smoking.

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Australian MoD Tests New Radar Receiver, JDAMs On F/A-18

Hornets Being Upgraded As Aussies Wait For JSF

Australian Minister for Defence Joel Fitzgibbon MP announced this week his country's air capability has been further enhanced by the successful testing of a new radar warning receiver, and Air Force acceptance of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) 'Smart Bomb.'

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AK TFR: 06.25.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4084 Issue Date: June 24, 2008 at 1850 UTC Location: Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska near ANCHORAGE VOR/DME (ANC) Beginning Date and Time: June 25, 2008 at 0331 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 25, 2008 at 0430 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and various high performance aircraft Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Anchorage (ANC) TRACON, 907-271-2711

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4027 Issue Date: June 24, 2008 at 1606 UTC Location: 28 E TUCSON , Arizona near TUCSON VORTAC (TUS) 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, 505-856-4580

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4080 Issue Date: June 24, 2008 at 1828 UTC Location: 19 MILES NORTHWEST OF NOGALES , Arizona near NOGALES VOR/DME (OLS) 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: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580

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NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4117 Issue Date: June 24, 2008 at 2132 UTC Location: 29 SE ALBUQUERQUE , New Mexico near ALBUQUERQUE VORTAC (ABQ) 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: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4500

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4030 Issue Date: June 24, 2008 at 1609 UTC Location: 10 E BENSON , Arizona near COCHISE VORTAC (CIE) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 1200-0500 UTC Daily Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRON Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580

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XOJET Names Adam Komack Chief Marketing Officer

Second Hire To Come From Eos Airlines

On Tuesday, business aircraft fractional XOJET announced the appointment of Adam Komack as chief marketing officer. In this role, Komack will define and drive marketing and customer experience strategies and programs for XOJET’s global private jet service.

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NASA Estimates Fewer Shuttle Job Losses Than Originally Planned

Still, Over 3,000 Employees Will Need To Find Work After 2010

It's hardly good news for Florida's famed "Space Coast," but it could also be a lot worse. NASA said Monday between 3,000 and 4,000 jobs will be eliminated at Kennedy Space Center once the space shuttle fleet is retired in late 2010.

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Alaska Airlines To Retire MD80s Sooner Than Planned

Will Spend $60 Million To Speed Exit From Fleet

In this age of sky-high fuel prices, many airlines can't get rid of their least fuel-efficient aircraft fast enough. As a case in point, consider that Pacific Northwest Alaska Air Group -- parent company of Alaska Airlines -- plans to spend an extra $60 million to hasten the planned exits of its aged McDonnell Douglas MD80s from the carrier's fleet.

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General Aviation Groups Slam New Report Saying GA Doesn't Pay Its Fair Share

Here We Go Again, Everybody!

Just when we expected the ongoing verbal conflagration over user fees to ebb a bit -- given that the FAA reauthorization debate is all-but dead for this year, victim to partisan posturing in the US Senate -- on Tuesday two Washington, DC-based think tanks decided to throw new fuel on the fire.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 06.24.08

It's Almost Time For Arlington! With Fly-In Executive Director Barbara Tolbert

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.24.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.24.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- It's Almost Time For Arlington! 06.24.08 (ANN Special Report, with Barbara Tolbert, Executive Director of the Arlingto

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.24.08

Bombardier sells a bunch of Learjet 60XRs.
NASA's Ares program competes with a ghost.
And a south Florida runway project emerges from a 21-year NIMBY war.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.24.08

Bombardier sells a bunch of Learjet 60XRs.
NASA's Ares program competes with a ghost.
And a south Florida runway project emerges from a 21-year NIMBY war.


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ANN Special Feature: Barbara Tolbert, Arlington Fly-In - 06.24.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Barbara Tolbert, Executive Director of the Arlington Fly-In, which opens July 9. Barb explains how this five-day event, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, smooth

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An Aero-TV Interview: Phil Boyer And The AOPA Mission

'The Hardest Working Guy In GA Talks About Life At The Helm Of AOPA'

As part of our end-of-year wrap-up, ANN posited that if AOPA, as the world's largest pilot's association, is the 600 pound gorilla of aero-organizations; then there should be little question that AOPA President, Phil Boyer, ranks as 'King Kong.' Humorous as that title might be, the description is pretty much on target when you measure the man against the job he has done for the 415,000++ members of the AOPA -- and aviators, in general.

An Aero-TV Interview: Phil Boyer And The AOPA Mission (Part 1)

'The Hardest Working Guy In GA Talks About Life At The Helm Of AOPA'

As part of our 2007 end-of-year wrap-up, ANN posited that if AOPA (as the world's largest pilot's association), is the 600 pound gorilla of aero-organizations; then there should be little question that AOPA President, Phil Boyer, ranks as 'King Kong.' Humorous as that title might be, the description is pretty much on target when you measure the man against the job he has done for the 415,000++ members of the AOPA -- and aviators, in general.

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Nearly 1,000 United Pilots To Get The Axe

Carrier Aims To Slash Flying Ranks 15 Percent

It's not especially surprising news... but it's still a harsh blow to some 950 soon-to-be-former pilots with United Airlines. Hot on the heels of the troubled carrier's June 4 announcement it plans to park its entire fleet of Boeing 737s and some older 747s, on Monday Chicago-based United said it plans to lay off the pilots tasked with flying those aircraft.

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WACO Classic Aircraft Under New Ownership

Battle Creek, MI Biplane Manufacturer To Continue On

WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation and Centennial Aircraft Services, Inc. recently announced a new owner and management team headed by Peter F. Bowers of Kalamazoo, MI.

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To Suspend Or Not To Suspend: Is That The Question?

Sudan Airways, Slated For Grounding, Allowed To Continue Operations

Slated to begin a two-week suspension Monday by the Sudan Civil Aviation Authority, Sudan Airways was given a last minute reprieve by the government leaving many to wonder if the airline was truly safe to fly.

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Cessna 172 Down In Water Sunday Near San Diego

One Rescued, Two Remain Missing

Rescue crews continued to scan the waters north of San Diego, CA in a search for two people still missing after a Cessna 172S went down off the coast of Oceanside, CA Sunday afternoon. One passenger was rescued with serious injuries approximately 30 minutes after the aircraft impacted the water, but there were no signs of the pilot and other passenger.

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Airline CEOs Brush Up On Rules Of Supply & Demand

And That Means Customers Will Have To Pay

As the major US airlines prepare for late-summer capacity cuts they hope will allow higher fares, air line executives and industry analysts are conceding there's no guarantee the adjustments being made will be enough to cover rising fuel costs.

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China National Space Administration Newest Member Of CCSDS

Organization Focused On Development Of Space Data Systems

The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) announced Monday the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has been accepted as the eleventh full member agency of the organization -- and the first addition to the group since 1997.

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China Agrees To Increased Taiwanese Airline Charter Routes

Move May Pave Way For Future Full Direct Service Between Taiwan And Mainland

A political thaw attributed to warming relations between China and Taiwan may soon open new routes to mainland Chinese cities for Taiwanese carriers barred from operations for years due to political tensions between the two nations.

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USAF Rules Pilot Error To Blame For April F-16 Accident

Landed Gear-Up During Instructional Flight

Here's one gear-up landing that was a bit more embarrassing -- and expensive -- than putting a Baron on its belly. Air Force officials at Randolph AFB in Texas recently completed their investigation of the April 2 F-16 Fighting Falcon accident at Arizona's Gila Bend Auxiliary Airfield... and, not surprisingly, the accident investigation board determined the cause of this mishap to be pilot error.

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LEGO Model Of KSC Dwarfs Block-Built A380

We. Want. One.

We really thought this weekend's story about the 1/25th-scale Airbus A380 might be the ultimate aerospace-related LEGO model. Turns out we were wrong -- by a factor of 10.

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jetAVIVA Introduces C510 Mustang Familiarization Training

Gives Potential VLJ Customers Choice In Aircraft Types

jetAVIVA announced Monday it is expanding its Jet Familiarization Training program to include the Cessna Citation Mustang.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.24.08)

Aero-Linx!

The American Barnstormers Tour is a nostalgic salute to the daring young men and women who ventured across America during the 1920's seeking fame and fortune in their biplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.24.08): Effective Pitch

Aero-Terms!

The actual distance a propeller moves through the air in one revolution. Effective pitch is the difference between the geometric pitch of the propeller and the slip. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.24.08)

"As we reduce the size of our fleet and take actions companywide to enable United to compete in an environment of record fuel prices, we must take the difficult but necessary step to reduce the number of people we have to run our business."

Source: From a statement by United Airlines on Monday, announcing plans to furlough 950 pilots before the end of 2009.

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CA TFR: 06.26.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3580 Issue Date: June 20, 2008 at 1728 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: June 26, 2008 at 1425 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 26, 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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CA TFR: 06.27.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3581 Issue Date: June 20, 2008 at 1730 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

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MI TFR: 06.25.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3812 Issue Date: June 23, 2008 at 1624 UTC Location: Detroit/Livonia, Michigan Beginning Date and Time: June 25, 2008 at 1940 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 25, 2008 at 2305 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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NY TFR: 06.27.08 - 06.29.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3466 Issue Date: June 20, 2008 at 1144 UTC Location: Fort Drum, New York near WATERTOWN VORTAC (ART) Beginning Date and Time: June 27, 2008 at 1400 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 29, 2008 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by various teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Wheeler-Sack (GTB) Air Traffic Control Tower, 315-772-4480

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CA TFR: 06.25.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3577 Issue Date: June 20, 2008 at 1725 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: June 25, 2008 at 1425 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 25, 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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