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March 18, 2008

MD TFR: 03.20.08 - 03.23.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8869 Issue Date: March 18, 2008 at 2258 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: March 20, 2008 at 1900 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 23, 2008 at 1700 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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DFW Airport Assists Passengers Stranded Due To Vicious Spring Storm

Airport Says Steps Underway To Monitor Tarmac Time

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.18.08 1730 EDT: Things are a mess in north Texas right now, as the area continues to be pounded by a strong springtime thunderstorm that's dumped as much as four inches of rain on the DFW metroplex, and produced a funnel cloud over DFW International Airport.

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FAA Calls For Inspection Of Airline Maintenance Records

Spot-Checks Follow In Wake Of Southwest Fine

You knew this was coming. On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration called for a systemwide audit of its inspection processes, to confirm commercial carriers operating within the United States are complying with airworthiness directives for older Boeing 737 airliners.

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Delta Pilots Say Northwest Merger Deal Is Off

ALPA Chapter President Says Agreement Couldn't Be Reached

This may be the final nail in the coffin over the oft-speculated merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines. Following several weeks of intense negotiations, pilots at Delta say both sides have failed to come to terms over integration of seniority lists for a merged airline.

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Raytheon To Supply 16 AESA Radars For USAF, ANG F-15Cs

Contract With Boeing Worth Over $89.5 Million

Raytheon's active electronically scanned array radar team secured additional wins recently to advance further the company's AESA radar business. Raytheon will provide a next-production lot of advanced F-15C radar systems to the US Air Force and Air National Guard.

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NASA Awards Contracts For Lunar Lander Design Study

Five Companies Will Evaluate Design Concept

NASA's Constellation Program recently selected five space-related companies to receive contract awards for a 210-day study to independently evaluate NASA's in-house design concept for a lunar lander, that the agency expects will deliver four astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2020.

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Drastic Measures: Delta Offers Half Its Workforce Buyouts

May Include Job Cuts, Capacity Reductions

Delta Air Lines says its biggest expense, fuel, has risen 85 percent in cost in the past year... far higher than the airline projected when it exited from Chapter 11 protection last year. Faced with a gloomy economic forecast and stalled merger talks with Northwest Airlines, Delta will reportedly announce some big changes to its business plan this week.

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DOT, EU To Meet Over Airline Alliances

Will Consider Competitive Implications

In what could be the first, tentative step towards the loosening of current restrictions on cross-border airline alliances -- or, even greater government involvement in such actions -- on Tuesday the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the European Commission launched a new joint research project aimed at "deepening their understanding of how alliances have affected competition in transatlantic markets."

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Cessna Introduces 350, 400 Aircraft To Sales Force

Says Dealers Bought Out Remaining 2008 Production

We bought 'em... now, you sell 'em. This month, Cessna formally introduced the new Cessna (nee Columbia) 350 and 400 aircraft to its Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representatives (CSTAR) at a conference in Bend, OR, where the aircraft are produced.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.18.08

The Glass Panel Transition, With AOPA ASF Executive Director Bruce Landsberg

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.18.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.18.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Glass Panel Transition: 03.18.08 (ANN Special Report, with Bruce Landsberg, Executive Director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation.)

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A Solution For An Awkward -- But Serious -- Subject

"Drink Up -- Fly Dry"

While roaming around the exhibit hall at the Women in Aviation Conference last week, there were booths sponsored by the armed forces, aviation universities, authors, WASPs, avionics suppliers and more. Then, all of a sudden, there was a booth with something "different"... something that seems like it should really remain hidden behind closed doors... yet makes perfect sense to be out and "flaunted."

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CA TFR: 03.20.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8749  Issue Date: March 17, 2008 at 2006 UTC  Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV)  Beginning Date and Time: March 20, 2008 at 0355 UTC  Ending Date and Time: March 20, 2008 at 0555 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons  Type: Security  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080 

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TX TFR: 03.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8805 Issue Date: March 18, 2008 at 1513 UTC Location: DIMMITT , Texas near TEXICO VORTAC (TXO) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: March 18, 2008 at 2359 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580

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Embraer Completes First Phenom 300 Wing Mate, Engine Install

First Flight Expected At Mid-Year

When it comes to introducing your first-ever light jet, it probably pays to have a lot of experience building larger commercial planes. Right on schedule, Embraer successfully performed the wing-fuselage mating, and installation of the engines, for its first Phenom 300 last week at its Gavião Peixoto plant.

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Southwest Considers Early Retirement For Some Classics

Also Shelves Plan To Send Work To El Salvador

The Southwest Airlines maintenance and inspection saga will never be confused with a soap opera. No soap opera moves this fast.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.18.08

Alitalia is sold...pending a few third-party approvals.
Delta says it's revising its business model in light of rising fuel costs.
And the head of NASA doesn't want another space race.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.18.08

Alitalia is sold...pending a few third-party approvals.
Delta says it's revising its business model in light of rising fuel costs.
And the head of NASA doesn't want another space race.

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ANN Special Feature: Bruce Landsberg, AOPA Air Safety Foundation - 03.18.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bruce Landsberg, Executive Director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, about his talk at tonight's annual Aero Club of New England "Crash Course." The topic will be tran

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MN TFR: 03.19.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8858  Issue Date: March 18, 2008 at 2025 UTC  Location: ELY , Minnesota  Beginning Date and Time: March 19, 2008 at 1530 UTC  Ending Date and Time: March 19, 2008 at 1645 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: DUE TO BLASTING ACTIVITY AT BABBITT IRON MINES  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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Aero-TV At The FAA Forecast Conference: DoT's Mary Peters Tries To Drum Up Support (Part 1 of 2)

Mary Peters Addresses The FAA Forecast Conference

The 33rd Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference finished up a few days ago... and provided "an opportunity for senior leaders from across the aviation community to look forward and share their views on the future of the aviation industry."

Aero-TV: FAA Forecast Conference -- SecTrans' Mary Peter's Address (#1 of 2)

DoT's Peters Tries To Drum Up Support (Part One)

The 33rd Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference finished up a few days ago... and provided "an opportunity for senior leaders from across the aviation community to look forward and share their views on the future of the aviation industry."

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Air Taxi Upstart Postpones Public Stock Offering

IPO Is A No-Go For POGO

Blame it on the market. Given Monday's announcement of a cents-on-the-dollar bailout of investment firm Bear Stearns by JPMorgan Chase, and continued unrest within the world's financial markets stemming from fiscal crises in the United States... now's probably not the best time for air taxi provider POGO Jet to seek public investment capital.

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Dextre Receives Tool Belt, 'Eyes' On Third Spacewalk

ISS Will Soon Have Its Own Robot

Dextre's good to go... now, it just needs its "eyes" and "hands." STS-123 Mission Specialists Rick Linnehan and Robert L. Behnken were hard at work Monday evening, outside the orbiting complex formed by the docked International Space Station and space shuttle Endeavour.

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Navy Releases Names Of Pilots In T-34C Downing

Instructor, Student Both From USMC

The Navy has released the names of the crew members killed in the March 14, 2008 downing of a T-34 Turbomentor near Ashville, AL. The deceased are Maj. David Yaggy, instructor pilot, and 2nd Lt. Alexander Prezioso, both from the US Marine Corps.

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Cessna Citation Service Centers Introduce Mobile Service Units

First Service Vehicle In Place In San Antonio

Cessna tells ANN the Wichita, KS-based planemaker recently began serving Citation customers with a new Mobile Service Unit, designed to save owners and operators time and money on their aircraft maintenance.

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ERAU, Tomlinson Aviation Conduct FAA Helicopter Research Flights

HUMS Equipment Monitors Onboard Systems Health

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -- in conjunction with Tomlinson Aviation Inc. of Ormond Beach, FL, and Systems & Electronics of Chicago -- has completed the first of a series of FAA-sponsored helicopter research flights demonstrating technology intended to enhance the safety and commercial viability of helicopters in the United States.

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US Army Parachute Team Purchases Three New DHC-6s

Will Replace Golden Knights' Older Twin Otters, Porter

The US Army Golden Knights parachute team will soon be ferried aloft in some new rides. Viking Air Limited announced Monday it has won a $14.3 million contract to supply three new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft to the team.

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Teens Fly Into Record Books At CPM

Two Kids, 11 Solos!

Two 16-year olds from Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum flew into the record books this weekend, when they each set new world records on Saturday, March 15, 2008.

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Online Single-Pilot Resource Management (OSRM) Training Launched

School Offers New Course To Reduce Pilot Error

General aviation pilots now have access to better and more convenient training, thanks to a new program launched Monday by the Commercial Aviation Management program at the University of Western Ontario.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.18.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.18.08): Magnetic Heading

Aero-Terms!

The direction an aircraft is pointed with respect to magnetic north. Magnetic north is the direction to the magnetic north pole, rather than the geographic north pole.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.18.08)

"I will raise my hand and say I do not want another space race."

Source: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. While not exactly what "The Right Stuff" was made of, Griffin is taking a more pragmatic, albeit far less inspiring, approach to America's presence in space. In a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle, Griffin admits it's likely China will beat the US back to the moon. Furthermore, he's fine with that, really... so long as the agency has clear priorities -- such as completing the International Space Station -- and a stable funding stream to accomplish them.

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CA TFR: 03.21.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8696 Issue Date: March 17, 2008 at 1651 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: March 21, 2008 at 0355 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 21, 2008 at 0555 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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CA TFR: 03.20.08 - 03.21.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8695 Issue Date: March 17, 2008 at 1641 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: March 20, 2008 at 2300 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 21, 2008 at 0100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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CA TFR: 03.21.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8699 Issue Date: March 17, 2008 at 1701 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: March 21, 2008 at 1955 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 21, 2008 at 2330 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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