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December 05, 2007

FL Shuttle Launch TFR: 12.06.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6314  Issue Date: December 04, 2007 at 2146 UTC  Type: Space Operations 

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MS TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6337  Issue Date: December 04, 2007 at 2338 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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WA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6312  Issue Date: December 04, 2007 at 2128 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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RAF Purchases Sixth C-17 Globemaster III

Transport Aircraft Can Carry A BIG Load

Britain's Royal Air Force has purchased its sixth C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft. The contract with Boeing, for a 130-million pounds, or about $260 million, was announced Monday.

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Brits Say Fuel Leak Likely Caused 2006 Nimrod Explosion

Accident Over Afghanistan Claimed 14

British Defense Secretary Des Browne told parliament Tuesday the mid-air explosion of a 38-year-old Nimrod MR2 over Afghanistan in September 2006 was most likely caused by a fuel leak.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.05.07

The New President Of Teledyne Continental Motors, Rhett Ross

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.05.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.05.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: A New Man At The Top At TCM, Part Two -- 12.05.07 (ANN Special Feature, with New President Of Teledyne Continental Motors, Rhett Ross.)

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Well, Here's One Way To Reduce Airport Emissions...

Teams Participate In 'Tug-A-Plane' Contest At MIA

This may just be the way of the future... or, a way to deal with troublesome passengers: "OK, you over there, still talking on your cell phone... get out and start pulling!"

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Malaysia Airlines Acquires 20 ATR 72-500s

Will Be Used By Firefly, MASwings

ATR and Malaysia Airlines inked a deal this week at the LIMA 2007 airshow in Malaysia, consisting in a contract and a MoU for the purchase of 20 ATR 72-500s -- 10 planes apiece for MAS subsidiaries Firefly and MASwings.

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Full Throttle! P&W Geared Turbofan Demo Engine Achieves Maximum Power

Flight Tests To Begin In May 2008

A new engine design meant to reduce emissions and improve efficiency is feeling its oats. Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine recently completed its first series of engine runs, reaching full power -- 30,000 pounds of thrust -- at the company's advanced test facility in West Palm Beach, FL.

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NTSB Calls for Fire Suppression Systems On Part 121 Cargo Flights

Says System Could Have Prevented UPS DC-8 Blaze

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board called upon the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to require all cargo airplanes operating under Part 121 Code of Federal Regulations install fire suppression systems. The recommendation came as a result of the Board's investigation of a UPS DC-8 cargo fire in Philadelphia last year.

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EFLEVA Formed To Promote Light Aircraft Interests In Europe

Aims To Also Represent Vintage Planes And Warbirds

Aero-News has learned the European Federation of Light, Experimental and Vintage Aircraft was recently formed to promote, support and to represent the interests of its member associations at the European level, in respect of all relevant regulatory matters.

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Medevac Helo Goes Missing In Alaska

Four Onboard Flight Over Prince William Sound

Weather continues to hamper the search for a LifeGuard Alaska helicopter that went missing late Monday afternoon transporting a patient to an Anchorage hospital from Cordova.

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Challenger Center Names NASA Veteran As Board Chairman

William Readdy To Succeed Dr. Joseph Allen

Representatives with the Challenger Center for Space Science Education told ANN Tuesday that in January 2008, William Readdy will succeed astronaut and business executive, Dr. Joseph Allen, Ph.D. as chairman of the board.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.05.07

A famous World War II airfield in Berlin is closing down.
The Nimrod becomes a political lightning rod in the UK.
And two US airlines admit to investors that 2008 will be a tough year.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.05.07

A famous World War II airfield in Berlin is closing down.
The Nimrod becomes a political lightning rod in the UK.
And two US airlines admit to investors that 2008 will be a tough year.

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ANN Special Feature: Part II - Rhett Ross, Teledyne Continental - 12.05.07

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Rhett Ross, the new president of Teledyne Continental Motors, about the future of aircraft engine technology, and what will be different at Continental under his leade

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Cue The Fat Lady, Cessna Acquisition of Columbia Is Complete

Textron's Cessna Completes Acquisition of Columbia Aircraft Assets

It's official. It's done. It's OVAH! Cessna Aircraft Company has finalized its purchase of select assets of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company. Cessna's auction bid of $26.4 million for the Bend, Oregon-based producer of high-performance, single-engine aircraft was accepted by court order on Nov. 28 by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon. Company officials spent the past week finalizing the acquisition.

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US Airlines Will Ring In 2008 With Far Fewer Seats

Legacy Carriers Cut Capacity By 4.4 Percent Over January 2007

It will be harder to find a seat on a domestic airliner in the new year... as airlines continue to cut capacity, and try to make do with even less.

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Berlin's Historic Tempelhof Airport To Close

Played A Key Role In 1948 Airlift

An 85-year-old German airfield with a storied past will close next year, victim to declining finances and mounting interest in a larger facility.

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'Fort Worth Four' Homecoming Planned

Historic Planes To Be Displayed If Funds Can Be Raised

The Fort Worth Veteran’s Memorial Air Park (FTW VMAP) told ANN Tuesday about plans to recover and restore four aircraft with significant ties to Fort Worth, TX. The OV-10 Bronco Association, owner and operator of the FTW VMAP and Forward Air Controller’s Museum (FACM) plan to display these aircraft at Meacham Field as soon as their homecomings can be financed and arranged.

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Boeing Confirms 22-Plane 737 Order

Previously Listed On Planemaker's Site

Lion Air likes its long-range 737s. On Tuesday, Boeing confirmed a previously unidentified Lion Air order for 22 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. Jakarta-based Lion Air's order was placed during the second quarter of 2007 and was listed in the unidentified category on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries Web site.

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CubCrafters Offers Useful Load Increase For Super Cubs

Up To 800 Lbs. Bump Available Through STC

Following up on the approval of its newest STC earlier this year, this week CubCrafters released the aircraft modification requirements -- including pricing –- to increase the gross weight of any PA-18 series aircraft to 2300 lbs.

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Eastern 401 Rescuer Honored... 35 Years Later

Frog Hunter Saved Accident Victims

A frog hunter who helped rescue passengers from an Eastern Airlines plane that went down in the Everglades on December 29, 1972 was finally honored.

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Gobosh Adds More Lux Features To 'Luxury Sport' G700S

Bose Headset Jacks, PM3000 Intercom Now Standard

Faced with competing in the ever-burgeoning light sport aircraft marketplace, Gobosh Aviation has set its G700S apart as a "luxury sport aircraft." The company tells ANN it recently added two new standard features to the low-wing plane, that show the "luxury" moniker is more than a marketing gimmick.

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DGA Orders 68 NH90 Helos For French Army

Deal Worth Nearly Two Billion Euros

French Defense Procurement Agency DGA has ordered 68 NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters from the NHIndustries. The consortium is comprised of Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and Stork Fokker.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.05.07)

Aero-Linx!

Operation Black Buck was a series of RAF air attacks on Port Stanley during the 1982 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.05.07): International Airport

Aero-Terms!

An airport having customs service available for passengers arriving from foreign countries.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.05.07)

"We are concerned about growing evidence of slowing economic growth that would inevitably affect passenger demand, coupled with a surge in energy prices."

Source: Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly. Low-cost carrier Southwest plans to cut capacity even more in 2008, from earlier estimates of a four percent reduction to five percent. Kelly says the airline opted to further reduce seats in anticipation of a slowing economy.

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MN TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6307  Issue Date: December 04, 2007 at 2001 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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