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March 10, 2008

Europe Launches Its First ISS Supply Ship

Jules Verne Lifted Off Sunday, Will Dock In April

Jules Verne -- the first of the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV), a new series of autonomous spaceships designed to re-supply and re-boost the International Space Station (ISS) -- was successfully launched into low Earth orbit by an Ariane 5 vehicle Sunday morning.

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Pilot Lost, Passenger Injured In Texas C172 Accident

Low-Flying Aircraft Struck Utility Pole

The pilot of a Cessna 172M was killed Saturday afternoon, and his passenger seriously injured, when their aircraft impacted a utility pole near the northeast Texas community of Gun Barrel City.

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TrueNorth Says Its Simphone Simplifies Gulfstream IV Upgrades

Notes MagnaStar Service Will End In 2008

TrueNorth Avionics, Inc. told ANN recently the company completed its first MagnaStar upgrade on a Gulfstream aircraft, working with Duncan Aviation to install the Simphone (pronounced 'symphony') airborne telecommunications system in just four working days. The Simphone system was installed aboard a GIV aircraft at Duncan's Battle Creek, MI, facility last month.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.10.08

Is The "Passing Grade" Too Low For Pilot Standards? CFII Bob Miller Weighs In

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.10.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.10.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Is The "Passing Grade" Too Low For Pilot Standards? 03.10.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over the Airwaves".)

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DFW Concessions Win Top Awards... But Some Passengers Not Able To Partake

CAPBOR Says Stranded AAL Flyers Would Have Loved To Check Them Out

Timing, as they say, is everything. Life is filled with coincidences, happy and sad alike, that conspire equally to keep life interesting, to say the least. It was with this in mind I read two releases sent to my Inbox early Monday morning, one arriving just moments after the other.

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Cessna's First SkyCatcher Catches Some Sky

Inaugural Flight Of Prototype Aircraft

Aero-News has learned Cessna completed the first flight of its Model 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft prototype Saturday.

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FAA Forecast Conference: 'Growth Ahead, But There's A But'

Sturgell Says One Billion Passenger Figure Will Slip One Year

Below is the unedited transcript of FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell's remarks at the opening of the 33rd Annual FAA Forecast Conference In Washington, DC. These remarks followed Sturgell's opening statements, in which he heatedly defended the agency's inspection process in the wake of suggestions of alleged collusion between FAA inspectors and the companies they oversee, stemming from news that Southwest Airlines continued flying some of its 737 Classic models past required inspection intervals for fuselage fatigue cracking.

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FAA Forecast Conference: Agency Adopts Final Rule On CVR/FDR Upgrades

Mandates Changes To 'Black Boxes' On Aircraft With 10 Seats Or More

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated significant upgrades to aircraft cockpit voice and flight data recorders — improvements that will enable investigators to retrieve more data from accidents and incidents requiring investigation.

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Boeing Weighs Desire Against Reality In Filing KC-X Protest

Decision Must Be Made By Wednesday

They wanted to atone for past missteps, and strike a defiant blow against a foreign rival for a prestigious government contract -- but 10 days ago, Boeing lost out to EADS/Northrop Grumman for the US Air Force KC-X tanker bid. Last Friday, Boeing executives heard the Air Force's reasons for making that choice... and now, Boeing must weigh the pros and cons of filing a formal protest of that decision.

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FAA Forecast Conference: Sturgell Defends Inspection Process

Denies Need To 'Clean House' In Inspectors Office

Before launching into prepared remarks Monday at the 33rd Annual FAA Forecast Conference, Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell took a moment to defend his agency's safety record, in light of last week's reports of possible safety oversights by agency inspectors.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.10.08

Aspen Avionics says certification is imminent.
Southwest says it will dispute a 10-million-dollar fine.
And Boeing's Dreamliner causes more insomnia.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.10.08

Aspen Avionics says certification is imminent.
Southwest says it will dispute a 10-million-dollar fine.
And Boeing's Dreamliner causes more insomnia.

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ANN Special Feature: Bob Miller, Pilot Qualifications - 03.10.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over the Airwaves about one of his more frequent rhetorical questions: Given general aviation's disappointing safety record, why do we keep the bar so

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Aero-TV Profiles The First Competitors For The Google Lunar X Prize!

10 Teams Registered For $30 Million Google Lunar X Prize

The X Prize Foundation and Google, Inc. has recently the first 10 teams to register for the Google Lunar X Prize, a robotic race to the Moon to win $30 million in Prizes. This international group of teams will compete to land a privately funded robotic craft on the Moon that is capable of roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth.

Aero-TV Profiles The First Competitors For The Google Lunar X Prize!

10 Teams Registered For $30 Million Google Lunar X Prize

The X Prize Foundation and Google, Inc. has recently the first 10 teams to register for the Google Lunar X Prize, a robotic race to the Moon to win $30 million in Prizes. This international group of teams will compete to land a privately funded robotic craft on the Moon that is capable of roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth.

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Official: China Southern Hijacking Attempt Foiled

Police Target Other Cells Ahead Of Olympic Games

Details are sketchy at this point -- and it's likely not much more will be revealed -- but a Chinese official announced this weekend a possible terrorist attack was thwarted Friday onboard a China Southern Airlines flight.

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NASA Gives The 'Go' Order For STS-123

Endeavour Set To Lift Off EARLY Tuesday

Space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-123 mission is officially set for launch after getting the "go" from NASA's Mission Management Team on Sunday, with all technical and meteorological aspects in the green at this time.

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Last Big Sky Airlines Flights Mean End To Montana EAS For Now

Replacement Airline Still Securing Planes For Routes

Saturday morning marked the end of an era in Montana... and the beginning of a scramble for former customers of Big Sky Airlines.

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Airliners Go Off-Roading At MKE, CMH

Maybe Tundra Tires Should Be An Option..?

Passengers on at least two airliners got to experience grass field operations this weekend.

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Bellanca-Champion Club's West Coast Fly-In Coming In June

New Low-Altitude Air Tour Added To Events Schedule

The Bellanca-Champion Club tells ANN the group's ninth-annual West Coast Fly-In is fast approaching. The event is scheduled for June 6-8 in Columbia, CA.

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Out With The Old: Marine Corps' Oldest Aircraft Retired

Brand New KC-130 Replaces 47-Year-Old Plane

The Marine Corps’ oldest C-130 Hercules departed from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to be retired in the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group "Bone Yard" at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ February 23.

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Comair Wants To Expedite FAA Lawsuit Trial

Asks For Two-Month Head Start Ahead Of Liability Case

Attorneys representing Comair in upcoming liability trials have asked a judge to move up its case against the Federal Aviation Administration, regarding the August 27, 2006 early morning takeoff crash of a CRJ100 in Lexington, KY.

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Cessna's Columbus To Feature Parker Aerospace Flight Controls

'Hybrid' FBW System A First For Planemaker

The plan for what will Cessna's largest-ever jet is coming together. Last week, the planemaker announced the selection of Parker Aerospace’s Control Systems Division to supply the powered flight control system for the Model 850 Citation Columbus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.10.08)

Aero-Linx!

This site was created and is maintained as a dedication to all the members of the 376th who have risked their life in the fight for our freedom.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.10.08): Gull-Wing

Aero-Terms!

Descriptive of wing in frontal view bent as the wing of a seagull; a distinctive shallow, inverted "V" shape-see Stinson SR-10 or inverted gull-wing Vought F4U Corsair.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.10.08)

"That's probably going to cost us $3,200 a weekend to fly somebody up and back. Assuming that Great Lakes gets up and running by the end of July, it will cost us $3,200 just for ER travel for the next 19 weeks."

Source: Randy Holom, administrator at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT.

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CA TFR: 03.13.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7633 Issue Date: March 08, 2008 at 1437 UTC Type: Security

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CA TFR: 03.12.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7632 Issue Date: March 08, 2008 at 1436 UTC Type: Security

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TN TFR: 03.11.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7601  Issue Date: March 08, 2008 at 0002 UTC  Type: VIP 

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