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June 17, 2008

NV TFR: 06.17.08 - 06.18.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2950 Issue Date: June 17, 2008 at 1858 UTC Type: Security

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Goodrich Earns Production Contracts For USAF C-5M Re-engining Program

Pylon, Nacelle Work Expected To Generate $600 Million In Revenue

Goodrich Corporation recently received production contracts from Lockheed Martin and General Electric Aircraft Engines (GEAE) to supply pylons and nacelle systems for the US Air Force C-5 Galaxy strategic airlifter Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP).

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UT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2794  Issue Date: June 17, 2008 at 0239 UTC  Location: WNW OF ESCALANTE , Utah near BRYCE CANYON VORTAC (BCE)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 1156-0301 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: SALT LAKE (ZLC) Automated Flight Service Station, 801-320-2560

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NASA Extends Expendable Launch Vehicles Support Contract

ELVIS Lives, At Least Through September 2011

NASA has awarded Analex Corporation of Fairfax, VA an option for the Expendable Launch Vehicles Integrated Support, or ELVIS, contract.

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NASA, ATK Conduct First Launch Abort System Igniter Test For Orion

Preliminary Results Show Igniter Performed As Expected

NASA and Alliant Techsystems reached another milestone Friday with the successful test firing of a critical safety component for the next-generation Orion crew exploration vehicle. A 36-inch-long igniter for the abort motor of Orion's launch abort system was fired at ATK's facility in Promontory, UT.

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United Intros iPod Connectivity On Widebodies

Sorry, Domestic Passengers...

United Airlines introduced a new feature Tuesday the Chicago-based carrier hopes will ease passenger frustrations a bit, at least for its high-ticket customers -- iPod and iPhone connectivity to its inflight enterntainment system.

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Air Canada Culls Staff, Capacity

Up To 2,000 Jobs To Be Cut

The bleeding continues for the North American airline industry. Air Canada plans to cut up to 2,000 jobs from its ranks by the end of 2008, as the carrier slashes capacity to cope with the slumping economy and record high fuel costs.

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Mooney Slims Down To Cope With Slumping Market

Lays Off 80 Workers, Cuts Production Rates

Blame the following on the slumping economy... and it may be a sign of things to come. Mooney Airplane Company announced Tuesday morning it has slowed production rates for its aircraft for the rest of 2008, and laid off a sizable percentage of its workforce.

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Pilot Killed, Passenger Saved In Florida Bipe Crash

Passenger Says Pilot Told Him To Jump

The pilot of an experimental biplane was killed Monday afternoon in Florida, but not before ordering his passenger to parachute to safety before impact.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 06.17.08

"Prime Insurance" For Experimental Aircraft, With CEO Rick Lindsey

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.17.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.17.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Insuring Experimental Aircraft: 06.17.08 (ANN Special Report, with Prime Insurance CEO Rick Lindsey.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.17.08

Flight caps will end at O'Hare International.
The search for Steve Fossett will continue.
And the lawyers circle what's left of Kemper Aviation.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.17.08

Flight caps will end at O'Hare International.
The search for Steve Fossett will continue.
And the lawyers circle what's left of Kemper Aviation.

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ANN Special Feature: Rick Lindsey, Prime Insurance - 06.17.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Rick Lindsey, helicopter pilot, and president and CEO of Prime Insurance. Rick's company is working to bring affordable insurance to small experimental aircraft.

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AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2008-12-11 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-12-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. Model A109E, A109S, and A119 helicopters.

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Aero-TV Gets Lit Up By LoPresti 'Boom Beams'

LoPresti's HID Lightning System Offers Demonstrable Advantages

Long overdue to Aero-TV screens everywhere is this interesting story about an innovative lighting system currently offered by the  ever innovative LoPresti family.

Aero-TV Gets Lit Up By LoPresti 'Boom Beams'

LoPresti's HID Lightning System Offers Demonstrable Advantages

Long overdue to Aero-TV screens everywhere is this interesting story about an innovative lighting system currently offered by the ever innovative LoPresti family.

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Diamond Says Full Insolvency Looming For Thielert

Efforts Underway To Certify DA42s With Lycoming IO-360s

There's more news to report... alas, little of it good... regarding the cringe-inducing case of Thielert Aircraft Engines. In its latest update to customers, Diamond Aircraft -- Thielert's largest customer -- said Monday it expects the troubled enginemaker to declare full insolvency in a German court within weeks.

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NATCA Takes Its Own Steps To Combat Controller Fatigue

Says FAA Hasn't Complied With NTSB's 2007 Recommendations

Claiming the FAA has continued to refuse to comply with the National Transportation Safety Board's April 2007 recommendations to work with controllers on fatigue issues, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association announced Monday its own plans to develop a "fatigue management system."

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Delta Says Twice As Many Workers As Planned Have Taken Early-Out Deal

4,000 Employees Opt To Leave On Their Terms

They wanna to get out... perhaps while they still can. Delta Air Lines announced Monday 4,000 employees have taken voluntary buyouts announced earlier this year... twice the number initially forecast, and 1,000 more than the Atlanta-based airline reported just two weeks ago.

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New TSA Uniforms Draw Ire From Real Law-Enforcement Officers

Screeners Apparently DO Need Their Stinkin' Badges, Or Else They Get Beat Up

Screeners with the Transportation Security Administration are about to receive spiffy, more "authoritative" outfits... and that isn't sitting well with many sworn law-enforcement officers.

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Able Flight Pilots To Make Journey To Oshkosh

"Ability Barnstorming Tour" Begins July 21 From Atlanta

In 2007, Brad Jones and Sean O'Donnell became the first Able Flight Scholarship winners to earn their Sport Pilot Certificates... and beginning July 21 in Atlanta, GA, they'll barnstorm their way to an opening day arrival ceremony in AeroShell Square at the world's greatest aviation event, EAA AirVenture.

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First-Ever 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter Goes To ANA

ST Aerospace Joins To Celebrate First Redelivery

Boeing, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) and ANA (All Nippon Airways) celebrated the completion and certification of the first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter at a redelivery ceremony held in Singapore Monday.

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Romanian MiG-21 Struck By 'UFOs'

Pilot Says Objects Came From Under The Clouds

It was a close encounter of a most unusual kind... but what, exactly, caused it? Officials with the Romanian Defense Ministry announced recently one of their MiG-21s was struck by several unidentified flying object last October.

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Four Students Chosen As Cassini Scientists For A Day

Panel Judged Essays Submitted By 5th-12th Grade Students

Four students have won the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest, with most choosing Rhea, Saturn's second-largest moon, as the best place for scientists to study using NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Era Training Center Announces Its Grand Opening

New Facility Includes Two FTDs, Classrooms

Era Training Center LLC announced Monday the grand opening of its new 7,694 square-foot facility located in Lake Charles, LA, near Era Helicopters' headquarters.

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Iraqi Flight Teams Protect Date Palm Crop

Mi2 Helo Spraying Keeps Dubas Beetle In Check

Perhaps it's not the most strategically important battle to occur in Iraq in recent months... but it's still an important victory. The country's Agriculture Ministry improved its ability to protect the nation's commercial date palm crop from deadly dubas beetles through a nationwide spraying program completed last week.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.17.08)

Aero-Linx!

In the 24 years since its founding, the Space Foundation has become one of the world's premier nonprofit organizations supporting space activities, space professionals and education.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.17.08): False Spar

Aero-Terms!

A short, partial wing spar behind the rear spar, used to support the aileron hinges.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.17.08)

"Some of our officers aren't respected."

Source: Ellen Howe, spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration.

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AK TFR: 06.22.08 - 06.24.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/2613  Issue Date: June 16, 2008 at 1234 UTC  Location: Eielson AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska near FAIRBANKS VORTAC (FAI)  Beginning Date and Time: June 22, 2008 at 1945 UTC  Ending Date and Time: June 24, 2008 at 2330 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations by the USAF Thunderbirds  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Fairbanks (FAI) Automated Flight Service Station, 907-474-0788 

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