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June 05, 2008

NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0364  Issue Date: June 05, 2008 at 0047 UTC  Location: 31 MILES NE OF ALAMOGORDO (ALM) , New Mexico near BOLES VOR/DME (BWS)  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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NC Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0712  Issue Date: June 05, 2008 at 1725 UTC  Location: PLYMOUTH , North Carolina  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 

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Report: Gates Asks For Resignations From USAF's Moseley, Wynne

Wynne Refused To Fire Moseley Last Week

According to reports by the Air Force Times and InsideDefense.com, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has called for the immediate resignations of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley, and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne.

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Airbus Collects More A350, A330 Sales

Air One Now Has Over 130 Planes On Firm Order Or Option

Fast-growing Italian carrier Air One signed a firm order with Airbus this week for 12 A350-800s, plus 12 options, and 12 A330-200s, plus eight options.

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Emirates Looks Forward To Delivery Of Its First A380

Ceremony Planned In Hamburg On July 28

Emirates, the largest customer for the A380 superjumbo, announced Thursday it will receive the first of its 58 A380 aircraft on order from Airbus' Hamburg facility on July 28.

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TSA Continues To See Screeners Leave Agency

Attrition Rate Has Yet To Fall Below 20 Percent

It appears a program aimed at convincing screeners to stay at their jobs with the Transportation Security Administration is about as effective as... well, as most other aspects of the agency.

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Sino Swearingen Gets Help From Dubai-Based Company

Emivest To Acquire 80 Percent Stake In Fledgling Planemaker

It appears another struggling planemaker will live to fly another day, due to a massive investment from abroad.

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Continental Latest Airline To Announce Big Cuts

Will Ground 67 Older 737s; 3000 Positions To Be Eliminated

In a release to the airline's more than 45,000 employees Thursday, Continental Airlines CEO Larry Kellner and president Jeff Smisek announced the carrier plans to eliminated 3,000 jobs in the coming months, and will ground 67 aircraft from its mainline fleet.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.05.08

The Artistry of Aerial Photography, With James Cavanaugh

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.05.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.05.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Artistry of Aerial Photography: 06.05.08 (ANN Special Report, with aerial photographer James Cavanaugh.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.05.08

The FAA expands flight restrictions near AOPA's weekend fly-in.
A lawsuit against an airport comes from an airline.
And United furloughs planes and employees.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.05.08

The FAA expands flight restrictions near AOPA's weekend fly-in.
A lawsuit against an airport comes from an airline.
And United furloughs planes and employees.

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ANN Special Feature: James Cavanaugh, Aerial Photographer - 06.05.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with aerial photographer James Cavanaugh about his background in both aviation and photography, his profession, and how amateur photographers can get better aerial photos.

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NASA Pronounces Phoenix Mars Lander Ready To Gather Samples

Odyssey Orbiter Issue Delays First Scientific Dig

Two practice rounds of digging and dumping the clumpy soil at the Martian arctic site this week gave scientists and engineers gathered at the University of Arizona confidence to begin using Phoenix's Robotic Arm to deliver soil samples to instruments on the lander deck.

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Hawaiian Plans To Expand Interisland Fleet

Will Add Two More B717s; Now Operating 763 Between Honolulu And Maui

Here's something we haven't heard much of lately... an airline actually adding capacity. Hawaiian Airlines announced this week it plans to expand its interisland fleet with the addition of four Boeing 717-200 aircraft, to better meet the needs of Hawaii's interisland travelers in the wake of the shutdown of Aloha Airlines on April 1.

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AD: Boeing/McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2008-12-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing, McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-12-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for various transport category airplanes.

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Aero-TV Checks Out The New Eclipse 400! (Part One)

The Racy ECJ Gets A 'Go" For Production!

As part of Aero-TV's attendance at Eclipse Aviation's annual 'E-rrival' (profiled in our recent E-rrival Overview story), we were privileged to cover some good news in the form of Eclipse Aviation's announcement and comittment to future certification and production of the single-engine ECJ/Eclipse 400.

Aero-TV Checks Out The New Eclipse 400! (Part One)

The Racy ECJ Gets A 'Go" For Production!

As part of Aero-TV's attendance at Eclipse Aviation's annual 'E-rrival' (profiled in our recent E-rrival Overview story), we were privileged to cover some good news in the form of Eclipse Aviation's announcement and comittment to future certification and production of the single-engine ECJ/Eclipse 400.

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NASA IG Says Agency Erred In Suppressing Global Warming Info

But Adds Misdeeds Limited To Public Affairs Office

Claims brought against NASA regarding suppression of information tied to global warming appear to have been right on target, according to a 48-page report released Monday by the agency's inspector general's office.

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Bad Times For Airlines Mean Tough Times For Unions...

...And Terrible Times For Contract Negotiations

If union airline employees thought they'd eventually regain wages and benefits conceded after 9/11's disruption of the industry, the sudden run-up in fuel prices may have them either rethinking strategy, or updating their resumes.

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NASA Says ISS Toilet Is Back In Business

Oh, Sweet Relief...

Nevermind the STS-124 mission's high-minded installation of the second and largest Kibo lab module onboard the International Space Station. What mattered most to the Expedition 17 crew onboard the ISS had to be the station's ill-mannered toilet... and we're happy to report it appears the astro-urinal is back in business.

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

Affirmation

"Clear skies, check... flight plan filed, check... sectional charts, check... pilot, well..."

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NWA Union Asks Shareholders To Oppose Merger With Delta

Cites High Debt Load Of Combined Airline, "Minimal" Savings

The union calls itself The International Association of Machinists, but it also represents baggage handlers, ticket and reservations agents, clerical employees and other workers at Northwest Airlines.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Medevac Helo Mishap

Cites Witness Report Tail Rotor Struck Tower On Takeoff

Below is the unedited text of the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the May 29 downing of an Aero Med Sikorsky S-76 helicopter on takeoff from a rooftop helipad in Grand Rapids, MI. As ANN reported, both men onboard the helo were able to escape from the wreckage shortly before it caught fire.

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Controllers Say VLJs Pose Problem For Airliners

Claim Slower-Moving Aircraft May Cause Traffic Jams

It's a familiar complaint... but as more and more very-light-jets come online, more and more air traffic controllers and airline pilots are expressing doubts the small jets will be able to smoothly integrate into the nation's air traffic control system.

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Spirit Latest Airline To Hint At Job Cuts

May Displace Or Furlough Big Part Of Workforce

Spirit Airlines says it may lay off or move up to 60 percent of its flight attendants and 45 percent of its pilots in an effort to cut costs to counter high fuel prices.

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Bob Rockford To Receive EAA's 2008 Bingelis Award

Recognized For Volunteer Efforts And Tech Counseling

Bob Rockford of Overland, MO has been selected as the 2008 recipient of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his involvement as an active volunteer Technical Counselor and aircraft builder.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.05.08)

Aero-Linx!

The FlightGear flight simulator project is an open-source, multi-platform, cooperative flight simulator development project.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.05.08): Afterburner

Aero-Terms!

The combustion of fuel in the engine section aft of the turbine to boost thrust, equivalent to the now lesser used UK term 'reheat.'

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.05.08)

"Our investigation found that during the fall of 2004 through early 2006, the NASA Headquarters Office of Public Affairs managed the topic of climate change in a manner that reduced, marginalized or mischaracterized climate change science made available to the general public."

Source: From a report by NASA's inspector general's office, which determined political appointees inside NASA's public affairs office engaged in a pattern of distorting and suppressing information regarding climate change... and, in at least one case, took steps to prevent the agency's top climate scientist from speaking with reporters about global warming.

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TX Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0351  Issue Date: June 04, 2008 at 2213 UTC  Location: 14 NM NORTHWEST OF MARFA , Texas near MARFA VOR/DME (MRF)  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: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580 

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