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July 01, 2008

Frontier Airlines Names New CFO

Edward Christie III Promoted From Senior Vice President

Frontier Airlines announced this week it has promoted Edward (Ted) Christie III to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Christie had been serving as Senior Vice President of Finance for the airline.

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Alaska Airlines Implements Fuel-Saving Measures

New Ground Air Units, Retrofits 737s With Winglets

Alaska Airlines announced Monday it recently began using mobile ground-based air units for cabin venting, cooling and heat on parked aircraft at nearly all its gates at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The airline also announced it has retrofitted all its 737s capable of using blended winglets. The two projects are the latest in a series of ongoing initiatives by the carrier to conserve fuel and reduce carbon emissions.

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Astronaut James Reilly Parts Ways With NASA

Second Spacefarer This Week To Leave Space Agency

It's a busy week for astronauts leaving NASA. One day after educator/astronaut Barbara Morgan announced plans to leave the space agency for a teaching position at Idaho's Boise State University, NASA announced veteran space shuttle astronaut James Reilly has left the space agency to accept a position in the private sector.

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Marketing Company Touts Luggage Carousel Ads

Trial Run To Begin At DFW International In August

Give that advertisements already can be seen on everything from tray tables to cabin walls -- even on the entire outer skin of some airliners -- this next item strikes us as a no-brainer.

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787 Fuselage Section Suffers Damage At Supplier

Time Needed For Repair Throws New Wrench Into Schedule

After riding a recent wave of good reports on its 787 Dreamliner program, this wasn't the kind of news Boeing wanted to hear. The planemaker said Monday the fourth 787 test aircraft may be delayed, due to damage sustained to one of its carbon-composite fuselage "barrel" sections at the hands of a ham-fisted worker.

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ANA 777 Returns To ORD Following Engine Shutdown

Airliner Dumps Fuel Over Lake Michigan

Officials are working to determine why an All Nippon Airways Boeing 777-300ER bound for Japan was forced to make a single-engine return approach to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Monday morning... while residents expressed concern about the environmental impact from the fuel the heavy airliner was forced to dump over Lake Michigan.

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DOT Rules Virgin America Must Disclose Financial, Traffic Reports

Airline Had Hoped To Skirt Requirements

The quibbling continues between the US Department of Transportation and low-cost airline Virgin America. The DOT ruled Monday the airline must disclose financial and traffic data it sought to keep confidential, over concerns that rivals would use it to better compete with the startup airline.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 07.01.08

Phil Boyer Reflects On 18 Years At The Helm Of AOPA

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.01.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.01.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Reflections On 18 Years Leading AOPA: 07.01.08 (ANN Special Report, with Phil Boyer, retiring president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associa

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KC-45A Aerial Refueling Boom Completes Key Flight, Performance Milestones

Refueling System Nears End Of Flight Test Schedule

With clouds of uncertainty looming over its KC-X win earlier this year, Northrop Grumman reiterated Tuesday the company continues to progress with its development schedule for the first KC-45A it expects to deliver to the US Air Force. Northrop says the advanced fly-by-wire aerial refueling boom destined for that aircraft completed its 100th test flight in June.

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PiperJet Begins Taxi Trials

High Speed Ground Tests Imminent

As we enter the home stretch towards AirVenture 2008, these are busy times for a pair of single-engine jet development programs... and the question is, which will fly first?  Hot on the heels of news Cirrus is now ground-testing its "the-jet" concept, now comes word that the first time in Piper Aircraft's 71-year history, the sound of a turbofan-powered Piper airplane was heard when the PiperJet Proof of Concept's engine was started and tested on June 19, 2008.

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OR Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5451 Issue Date: July 01, 2008 at 1927 UTC Location: WARM SPRINGS , Oregon near DESCHUTES VORTAC (DSD) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: SEATTLE (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5201 Issue Date: July 01, 2008 at 0327 UTC Location: BIG OAK FLAT , California near FRIANT VORTAC (FRA) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 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: OAKLAND (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5115  Issue Date: June 30, 2008 at 1644 UTC  Location: 28 N MORENCI , Arizona  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 1200-0500 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: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580 

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NV Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5155 Issue Date: June 30, 2008 at 2118 UTC Location: STILL WATER RANGE , Nevada near LOVELOCK VORTAC (LLC) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR WILDLAND FIRE Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: OAKLAND (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5357 Issue Date: July 01, 2008 at 1519 UTC Location: 19 W OF TERMOCA , California near AMEDEE VOR/DME (AHC) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: OAKLAND (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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PR TFR: 07.01.08 - 07.04.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5376 Issue Date: July 01, 2008 at 1613 UTC Location: E SIDE VIEQUES ISLAND , Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: July 04, 2008 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: SAN JUAN (ZSU) CERAP, 787-253-8664

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CA TFR: 07.02.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5236 Issue Date: July 01, 2008 at 1154 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: July 02, 2008 at 1425 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 02, 2008 at 1825 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5127 Issue Date: June 30, 2008 at 1746 UTC Location: 21 MILES E OF LOS LUNAS , New Mexico Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 1200-0500 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

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OR TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5446 Issue Date: July 01, 2008 at 1923 UTC Location: WARM SPRINGS , Oregon Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: SEATTLE (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.01.08

A collision between two medevac helicopters claims six lives.
AOPA makes Phil Boyer's retirement official.
And you really might want to get to the airport two hours early.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.01.08

A collision between two medevac helicopters claims six lives.
AOPA makes Phil Boyer's retirement official.
And you really might want to get to the airport two hours early.


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ANN Special Feature: Phil Boyer on 18 Years at AOPA - 07.01.08

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Phil Boyer, retiring president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, on his thoughts after18 years leading the organization.

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Aw Chute! Aero-TV Talks Parachutes With Para-Phernalia

What A (Great) Let-Down!

Parachutes... with luck, you'll never need one, but if you do, we hope you'll have one. They're kinda like insurance... you pay a bit for the comfort of knowing that you'll probably never need it.

Aw Chute! Aero-TV Talks Parachutes With Para-Phernalia

What A (Great) Let-Down!

Parachutes... with luck, you'll never need one, but if you do, we hope you'll have one. They're kinda like insurance... you pay a bit for the comfort of knowing that you'll probably never need it.

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Suddenly It's 2002: TSA Brings Back Gate-Side Screening

BDOs To Watch For 'Suspicious' Behavior

One of the most unpleasant airport security aspects seen in the months following 9/11 is making an unwelcome comeback. If you are flying in or out of a US airport this summer, you may find Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) conducting random additional screening at airline gates.

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Europe, US Sign Agreement To Improve Aviation Safety

Both Sides Also Tout Potential Savings To Customers

On Monday, the European Community and the United States signed an agreement intended to result in better harmonized aviation safety systems on both sides of the Atlantic and less cumbersome technical and administrative procedures for the recognition of certificates. Both sides state this will further improve safety levels and reduce costs for both European and US manufacturers, while the savings should in turn be reflected in cheaper fares for passengers.

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AAMS Responds To Recent Spate Of Air Ambulance Accidents

Recommends "Rolling" Safety Stand Downs For Medevac Operators

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) tells ANN the group is deeply saddened by the recent accidents and incidents in air medical transport.  In response, the bereaved community announced the following immediate action items.

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FAA Under Scrutiny For Airline Maintenance Lapses

DOT Inspectors Visit American Airlines

The FAA is facing a wide-ranging investigation into recent maintenance troubles at airlines. The Washington Post quotes the Department of Transportation's inspector general in reporting the probe was prompted by congressional criticism of the FAA.

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AAI Sues Air Force Over KC-135 Maintenance Contract

Filed Three Protests Challenging Boeing Win

While the Air Force prepares its response to the Government Accountability Office in the dispute over the KC-X aerial tanker of the future, it suddenly finds itself the target of a lawsuit over another contract for maintenance of its existing, half-century-old tanker fleet.

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Density Altitude A Factor In Pair Of Weekend Accidents?

Hot & High A Common Factor In NM, NV Fatals

With the hotter temperatures of summer comes a potential, hidden danger for aircraft operations... density altitude, in which air becomes less dense as temperatures climb. And though its too early to determine for certain, the combination of heavy loads and high D.A. may have played a role in a pair of weekend crashes that claimed nine lives between them.

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Even Flying Free Will Cost You On Delta

Carrier Adds Fuel Surcharges To Frequent Flier Passes

In an unprecedented move, Delta Air Lines said Friday it will begin adding a fuel surcharge to the free passenger tickets awarded through its frequent flier program to help offset rising fuel costs.

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Polish Ministry Of Health Orders 23 EC135s

To Be Used For Nationwide Medical Emergencies

Aero-News has learned the Polish Ministry of Health recently signed a contract for 23 Eurocopter EC135 helicopters to serve its nationwide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) network. The aircraft will be delivered between 2009 and 2010. The EC135s will replace an aging fleet of Mi-2s, enabling Poland’s air rescue system to become fully compliant with European JAR OPS-3 standards.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.01.08)

Aero-Linx!

In 1975, G. Dale Beach was helping a young pilot experiencing trouble landing a taildragger; it was Dale's first-ever encounter with a Funk aircraft. The experience so awestruck him that Dale ended up buying the plane!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.01.08): Bushing

Aero-Terms!

A type of friction bearing consisting of a removable cylinder made of a material, such as bronze, that has a low coefficient of friction. The bushing is pressed into a hole, and is reamed to a size that fits the shaft and allows the correct amount of clearance for lubrication.  

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.01.08)

"TSA recognizies that an individual exhibiting some of these behaviors does not automatically mean a person has terrorist or criminal intent. BDOs do, however, help our security officers focus appropriate resources on determining if an individual presents a higher risk or if his/her behavior has a non-threatening origin."

Source: From a statement by the Transportation Security Administration. If you are flying in or out of a US airport this summer, you may find Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) conducting random additional screening at airline gates. The screenings -- part of TSA's Aviation Direct Access Screening Program (ADASP) -- may include checking passenger identification and boarding passes, conducting physical searches of carry-o

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IL TFR: 07.09.08 - 07.13.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5075 Issue Date: June 30, 2008 at 1408 UTC Location: Gary, Indiana near CHICAGO HEIGHTS VORTAC (CGT) Beginning Date and Time: July 09, 2008 at 1700 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 13, 2008 at 2230 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations during the Gary, miller beach airshow Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Gary (GYY) Air Traffic Control Tower, 219-944-1663

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