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March 25, 2008

Final Tranche 1 Typhoon Delivered To Core Program

German Two-Seat Aircraft Last Of 144 Planes

With the handover of GT015, a German two-seat Eurofighter aircraft, the final aircraft out of Tranche 1 destined for the four partner Air Forces of Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom in the core program has been delivered on March 20, 2008.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.25.08

The Reason Foundation's Robert Poole

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.25.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.25.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Maximizing Runway Space At Busy Airports -- 03.25.08 (ANN Special Feature, with The Reason Foundation's Robert Poole.)

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Aloha Says It Will Keep Flying Through Chapter 11

Reorganization Comes Two Years After Exiting Bankruptcy

Following its announcement of intent to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, representatives with Aloha Airlines tell ANN the carrier received US Bankruptcy Court approval on March 21 to continue operating as usual throughout the reorganization.

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Flight Crew Blamed For New Year's 2007 Adam Air Downing

Maintenance Records List Numerous Gyro Issues Before Crash

Indonesian aviation safety regulators ruled Tuesday pilot error was at least partially to blame for the New Year's 2007 downing of an Adam Air Boeing 737-400 that claimed 102 lives.

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CL-600 Makes Emergency Landing After Cabin Door Falls Off

Search Is On For Missing Part

Ah, it must be spring... as airplanes seem to be shedding parts in the warmer weather.

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Endeavour Undocks From ISS, Sets Course Back Home

Florida Weather Favors Wednesday Night Launch

Mission accomplished... and now they're coming home. The crew of STS-123 left their compatriots onboard the International Space Station behind Monday night, undocking from the station and beginning the journey back to Earth.

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Court Throws Out New York's Passenger Rights Law

Says State Law Cannot Supersede Federal Guidelines

In a move with broader implications for similar legislation around the country, on Tuesday a federal appeals court threw out New York's fledgling passenger bill of rights legislation.

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US Air Strike Kills Five Would-Be Roadside Bombers In Iraq

Apache Crews Destroy Rocket-Launching Rails

A US air strike killed five terrorists and wounded several other insurgents from among a group that was attempting to emplace a roadside bomb in the Basra, Iraq, area Monday, US military officials said.

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Two Lost In Bahamas M20C Ditching

Mooney Goes Down Near Freeport Monday Afternoon

Pieces of debris found on beaches along the coast of the Bahamas Tuesday confirm what many feared... that a single-engine aircraft ditched in the ocean Monday afternoon, apparently with no survivors.

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HI TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9697 Issue Date: March 25, 2008 at 2131 UTC Type: Hazards

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FL Shuttle Return TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9601 Issue Date: March 25, 2008 at 1350 UTC Type: Space Operations

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VA TFR: 03.26.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9708 Issue Date: March 25, 2008 at 2359 UTC Type: VIP

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.25.08

A pilot's gun goes off accidentally during a US Airways Flight.
A Cessna 172 may have been flying heavy and slow just before it went down.
And nobody wants to say "no" to the Pentagon.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.25.08

A pilot's gun goes off accidentally during a US Airways Flight.
A Cessna 172 may have been flying heavy and slow just before it went down.
And nobody wants to say "no" to the Pentagon.

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ANN Special Feature: Robert Poole, Reason Foundation - 03.25.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Studies for the Reason Foundation, about ways in which new air traffic control technology could enable major airports to build r

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AD: Eurocopter France

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-22 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-22 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC 130 B4 helicopters, with certain twist grip assemblies installed, that requires inspecting the pilot and co-pilot collective levers for proper bonding between the twist grip drive tubes and the control pinions and if debonding is present, replacing the collective levers before further flight.

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AD: Goodrich Evacuation Systems

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-27 MANUFACTURER: Evacuation Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-27 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Goodrich evacuation systems approved under Technical Standard Orders (TSOs) TSO-C69, TSO-C69a, TSO-C69b, and TSO-C69c, installed on certain Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Airbus transport category airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-29 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-29 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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Aero-TV Profiles The Futuristic ECJ Program (Part 2 of 3)

The Surprise Unveiling of 2007: The ECJ Concept

What a year! 2007 was an amazing combination of so many good and bad things... but for sure, there was NO end of excitement. If there was a "reveal" of the year, it HAS to have been the first sight of the super-secret Eclipse Concept Jet program... which only Eclipse, ANN and a few others knew ANYTHING about until the opening morning of Oshkosh 2007.

Aero-TV Profiles The Futuristic ECJ Program (Part 2 of 3)

THE Surprise Unveiling of 2007: The ECJ Concept (Part two)

What a year! 2007 was an amazing combination of so many good and bad things... but for sure, there was NO end of excitement. If there was a "reveal" of the year, it HAS to have been the first sight of the super-secret Eclipse Concept Jet program... which only Eclipse, ANN, and a few others knew ANYTHING about until the opening morning of Oshkosh 2007.

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Report: Sukhoi SuperJet Program Delayed

"Array Of Difficulties" Has Postponed First Flight

The first new Russian airliner in nearly 20 years will deliver a little later than planned, according to a top official with the program.

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USAF: Extended Duty Taking Toll On UAV Pilots

Predator Crews Wearing Thin

Critics say the Pentagon is playing the Army and Air Force against one another, in its quest to deploy more combat-proven Predator unmanned aerial vehicles to Iraq. That strategy may help win the battle in the short term... but the Defense Department could lose the war in the long run.

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KLM Pilot Keeps Flying Past Destination

Confusion Over New Airport Leads To Cross-Country Trip

Say what? A pilot for KLM Airlines has some explaining to do -- as does his flight dispatcher -- after he flew past his destination early Sunday morning: the newly-opened airport in Hyderabad, India.

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Profiles From WAI: USAF Maj. Nicole Malachowski

"Just Fly Your Life"

Most people remember their first love. For Major Nicole Malachowski (and probably a lot of aviators) it was an airplane -- the F4 Phantom. She was five-years old, at an airshow and it was the moment that defined her future. She would be a fighter pilot.

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XOJET Hires Eilif Serck-Hanssen As CFO

Also Named President Of Int'l Ops

On Monday, XOJET announced the appointment of Eilif Serck-Hanssen to the position of chief financial officer and president of international operations and expansion.

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Certified! FlyRight's King Air B200 FFS

To Be Used In New NC Training Center

Aero-News has learned FlyRight Inc. recently received FAA Level C certification of its new King Air B200 full flight simulator. The simulator, built by Opinicus Corp. in Lutz, FL, is also configurable as a Level C Raytheon 1900 Airliner simulator.

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Missing WWII Airman Identified

Arthur F. Eastman Will Soon Come Home

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Monday the remains of a US serviceman, missing from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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Boeing To Provide Airplane Health Management System To Qantas

Will Monitor Unscheduled Maintenance On 747-400s

Boeing announced Monday that Qantas Airways' fleet of 747-400 airplanes will be monitored by Boeing's Airplane Health Management (AHM), a software system that helps airlines improve the management of unscheduled maintenance events.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.25.08)

Aero-Linx!

International Society for Aviation Photography, Inc. is a non-profit professional society whose broad range of member contributions spans a wide variety of fields including: professional photographers, writers, historians, publishers, trade representatives, pilots and amateur photographers. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.25.08): Unlimited Ceiling

Aero-Terms!

A ceiling that exists when the total sky cover is less than 0.6%, or when the total transparent sky cover is 0.5% or more, or when surface-based obscuring phenomena are classed as partial obscuration (that is, they obscure 0.9% or less of the sky) and no layer aloft is reported as broken or overcast.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.25.08)

"Just fly your life. Do what you can, have self-accountability, have self-awareness and go out there and dream big. Have a passion, pursue excellence in it."

Source: USAF Major Nicole Malachowski, encouraging attendees of the recent Women In Aviation conference to apply the well-known saying "just fly the plane" into their everday lives.

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FL TFR: 03.27.08 - 03.30.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9417 Issue Date: March 24, 2008 at 1240 UTC Location: Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Florida near PANAMA CITY VORTAC (PFN) Beginning Date and Time: March 27, 2008 at 1800 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 30, 2008 at 2330 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, other high performance aircraft, and U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Tyndall (PAM) Air Traffic Control Tower, 850-283-3815

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MS TFR: 03.27.08 - 03.31.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9461 Issue Date: March 24, 2008 at 1601 UTC Location: NAS Meridian, Meridian, Mississippi near KEWANEE VORTAC (EWA) Beginning Date and Time: March 27, 2008 at 1400 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 31, 2008 at 2230 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other high performance teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Memphis (ZME) Center, 901-368-8103

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PA TFR: 03.27.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9469 Issue Date: March 24, 2008 at 1634 UTC Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Beginning Date and Time: March 27, 2008 at 2005 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 27, 2008 at 2350 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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