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May 27, 2008

Cathay Pacific Receives Its First Extended Range 747 Freighter

747-400ERF To Be Used On Routes To US

Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 747-400ERF, or Extended Range Freighter, last Friday.

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MN TFR: 05.28.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9126 Issue Date: May 27, 2008 at 1831 UTC Location: HIBBING , Minnesota near HIBBING VOR/DME (HIB) Beginning Date and Time: May 28, 2008 at 1630 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 28, 2008 at 1730 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CO TFR: 05.28.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9083 Issue Date: May 27, 2008 at 1455 UTC Location: USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado near BLACK FOREST VORTAC (BRK) Beginning Date and Time: May 28, 2008 at 1745 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 28, 2008 at 1930 UTC Reason for NOTAM: USAF Thunderbirds high performance aerial demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): 8/8021: to revise times Pilots May Contact: Colorado Springs (COS) TRACON, 719-380-6710

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IL TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9081 Issue Date: May 27, 2008 at 1449 UTC Location: WAUKEGANLINOIS LEWIS AND 10TH ST , Illinois near NORTHBROOK VOR/DME (OBK) 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 Pilots May Contact: CHICAGO (ZAU) Center, 630-906-8341

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NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8962  Issue Date: May 26, 2008 at 1721 UTC  Location: 15 MI NE OF MAXWELL , New Mexico near CIMARRON VORTAC (CIM)  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) Automated Flight Service Station, 505-856-4580 

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Pilatus Delivers First Customer PC-12 NG

Plane Accepted By Western Aircraft Of Boise, ID

Pilatus announced Tuesday the start of PC-12 NG customer deliveries, noting keys to the first customer plane were recently handed off during a delivery ceremony in Broomfield, CO.

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Avidyne Downplays Significance Of Cirrus/Garmin Announcement

Says It Is Being NOT Drummed Out, Despite G1000's Popularity

It's certainly a question many in the general aviation game have pondered, since Cirrus Design made the surprising announcement last week it will now offer a Garmin G1000-based avionics suite as an option for its high-end SR22 G3 aircraft: are Avidyne's days numbered as a Cirrus OEM supplier?

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.27.08

Highlights From AEA 2008, With AEA President Paula Derks and Aspen Avionics VP Doug Cayne

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.27.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.27.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AEA 2008 Highlights: 05.27.08 (ANN Special Report, with AEA President Paula Derks and Aspen Avionics VP Doug Cayne.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.27.08

The Phoenix Mars Lander beats the odds.
Kalitta Air now has a three-piece 747.
And Michel Fournier may attempt his supersonic freefall today.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.27.08

The Phoenix Mars Lander beats the odds.
Kalitta Air now has a three-piece 747.
And Michel Fournier may attempt his supersonic freefall today.

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ANN Special Feature: AEA 2008 - 05.27.08

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell interviews Aircraft Electronics Association President Paula Derks, and Aspen Avionics VP Doug Cayne, at AEA's 2008 national convention.

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'Le Grand Saut' Becomes Le Grand Farce

Balloon Breaks Free Before Launch, Leaves Fournier On The Ground

In something of a Monty Python-esque ending to Michel Fournier's latest attempt to set three new world freefall records, on Tuesday morning the French skydiver's massive balloon decided to take flight on its own... somehow breaking free from its ties to the ground, and ascending into the sky without him.

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Aero-TV At AEA 2008: Xerion's AuRACLE CRM2100 (Part 2 of 3)

Retrofittable 21st Century Engine Management... At Last!

AEA 2008 gave the Aero-TV crew a chance to not only get up close and personal with the AuRACLE CRM 2100 but the twin-engine verision, the CRM 2120... and we came away convinced that Xerion Avionix has been thinking up some great things.

Aero-TV At AEA 2008: Xerion's AuRACLE CRM2100 (Part 2 of 3)

Retrofittable 21st Century Engine Management... At Last!

AEA 2008 gave the Aero-TV crew a chance to not only get up close and personal with the AuRACLE CRM 2100 but the twin-engine, the CRM 2120... and we came away convinced that Xerion Avionics has been thinking up some great things.

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EWR Procedures To Become Final After FAA Draws Ire From Controllers

New Departure Procedures To Be Published by End of July

The Federal Aviation Administration is taking quick action after complaints from controllers at Newark Liberty International Airport of inadequate publication and awareness of new procedures instituted in December to ease congestion at it and other New York City airports.

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Say What? ANN Staffer (NOT Jim!) Receives Bill For Florida Visit

Trouble Is, My Plane Isn't A Piper... And IS In Pieces

When I got the letter in the mail, I thought it was a scam. The folks at Bowen & Associates in Lewisville, TX informed me that because I had ignored previous invoices seeking payment of my balance of $152, my account with Miracle Strip Aviation at the Destin, FL Airport had been referred to them for collection.

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Boeing Joins With Shenzhen, Relief Agencies To Help China Earthquake Relief

Airline's Newest 737-800 Pressed Into Service For Humanitarian Effort

Boeing, Shenzhen Airlines, Medical Teams International, and Mercy Corps have joined to deliver nearly three tons so far of medical supplies for victims of the recent China earthquake in an effort called "Flight of Hope."

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MRO Camera Snaps Image Of Phoenix Lander's Descent

Spacecraft Spends Its First Full Day On Mars

We can certainly understand that NASA is currently in the throes of Mars fever, as agency workers and scientists at JPL and the University of Arizona continue to bask in the successful landing of the Mars Phoenix Lander Sunday evening.

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ALPA Says Cargo Airline's Management Found Lacking

Pilots Question Capital Cargo Int'l 757 Program

Pilots who fly for Capital Cargo Int'l Airlines (CCIA) question management's effectiveness with respect to new aircraft integration, says the Air Line Pilots Association.

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Report: NATCA Spent Over $300K Lobbying Gov't In Q1

Activities Related to Controller Workforce Issues

A reported $300,000 was spent by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association during the first quarter of 2008 to lobby the US government on pay equality and other work related issues.

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FAA Probe On Tulsa Aviation Company Settled

Owner Blames Overzealous Inspector, Disgruntled Employees

Southwest Aviation Specialties LLC of Tulsa, OK is back in business, after the company reached a settlement agreement last month stemming from a March 17 revocation by the Federal Aviation Administration of its repair station certificate, air charter certificate and the mechanic certificate of owner David Guzman.

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Eurocopter Shows Its Latest Wares At ILA 2008

Will Emphasize Military Offerings

Eurocopter says it will utilize this year's ILA in Berlin to highlight its international market strength, and its continuing ability to innovate.

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

Heading Back Home, And Dealing With The Ides Of March

The skies looked gloomy overhead as I sat in the small pilots lounge Sunday morning at Charlotte County Regional Airport in Punta Gorda, FL. According to weather information obtained through AOPA's Flight Planner, things looked even gloomier to the north, right over the area where Jim and I planned to be flying through within the next couple hours.

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Hawker Beech Announces First EASA-Certified Piston Order In Poland

Company Expects Approval For New Baron G58 In Time For Delivery

At last week's EBACE 2008 convention in Geneva, Hawker Beechcraft announced the first Beechcraft Baron G58 order from a European customer who will register the aircraft in Europe with European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) certification.

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Finnish Aviation Academy Signs For Two Phenom 100 VLJs

Embraer Planes Will Replace Older Turboprops

Embraer recently signed an agreement with the Finnish Aviation Academy for two Phenom 100 very light jets. The customer will use the aircraft for flight training. The Phenom 100s will replace Finnish Aviation Academy fleet of elderly turboprops, and the first delivery is scheduled for 2010.

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King Aerospace Commercial Corporation Achieves GACA Certification

Allows Service Expansion Into Booming Saudi Market

King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) in Ardmore, OK was recently approved for a General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Authorization/Repair Station Certificate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.27.08)

Aero-Linx!

The goal of the Pan Am Historical Foundation is to preserve the history and accomplishments of Pan American World Airways, and the people who worked to make her the World's Greatest Airline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.27.08): Red Giant

Aero-Terms!

The Roche Limit was first described by Edouard Roche in 1848. It is the closest distance a body can come to a planet without being pulled apart by the planet's tidal (gravitationl) force. As a result, large moons cannot survive inside the Roche Limit.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.27.08)

"It is our intent to pursue collection of this debt through every means available to us. We extend this opportunity to settle this debt in a friendly manner. You may either pay this debt in full to my office or you must call...at once."

Source: From a collection letter received by ANN staffer Paul Plack, sent by Bowen & Associates in Lewisville, TX in reference to an unpaid fuel bill at a Florida airport. Just one problem -- Paul doesn't own the Piper referenced to in the letter, but rather a Sport Copter Vortex. One that's still under construction in his garage. Paul attributes the confusion to an incorrectly-recorded N-number.

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