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March 21, 2008

EAA Signs New Agreement With Arlington Fly-In Organizers

'NWEAA' No More, But Will Continue To Support Event Through Promotion, Forums

It will still be the same fly-in as before -- one of the most enjoyable recreational aviation events in country -- but it now has a new name. In keeping with its new policy shunning implied sponsorship of regional fly-ins, the Experimental Aircraft Association announced this week it has signed a new working agreement with the Arlington Fly-In.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 03.21.08

FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell, On The Future Of US Aviation

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.21.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.21.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Safety And Future Of US Aviation: 03.21.08 (ANN Special Report, with FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell.)

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IL TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9252  Issue Date: March 21, 2008 at 1726 UTC  Location: GRAND TOWER , Illinois near MARION VOR/DME (MWA)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FLOODING  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: KANSAS (ZKC) Center, 913-254-8500 

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Report: Future Shuttle Missions May Be Delayed Due To Tank Redesign

Production Slows Due To Changes, Other Shuttle Safety Measures

NASA's contingency plan for an upcoming mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope may be in jeopardy, due to production issues with the modified external fuel tanks to be used on remaining shuttle missions.

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Pilot Lost In Accident Near NC Air Park

Witnesses Say SR22 Was In Pattern To Land

A North Carolina homebuilder was lost Thursday in a possible stall-spin accident near Weddington.

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Chicagoland Sees Unusual Springtime Snowstorm

Arrival Delays Near 3.5 Hours At O'Hare

A fairly rare, springtime snowstorm is expected to wreak havoc around the Chicago area Friday, with forecasters predicting up to 11" of heavy, wet snow.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.21.08

A Boeing customer says he has details on the next Dreamliner delay.
A passenger is injured in a fire on a 767 over South Carolina.
And the US Air Force breaks the sound barrier on an alternat

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.21.08

A Boeing customer says he has details on the next Dreamliner delay.
A passenger is injured in a fire on a 767 over South Carolina.
And the US Air Force breaks the sound barrier on an alternative

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ANN Special Feature: Robert Sturgell, FAA - 03.21.08

Today, we'll hear FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell's take on the safety and future of aviation in the US, from the agency's Annual Forecast Conference.

FMI:

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Hearing Will Review Death Of El Paso Airline Mechanic

Former FAA Inspector Says Investigation Was Cut Short

The tragic death of an airline mechanic on the ramp at El Paso International Airport has come under scrutiny, after a former FAA inspector said his supervisors at the time rushed their investigation into the matter.

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FAA Denies Grounding United 747s, Says Carrier Took Initiative

Inspectors Find Faulty Test Equipment At Outsourced Facility

This'll do nothing to quell the argument over outsourced maintenance for US airlines. On Thursday, seven United Airlines Boeing 747-400s were temporarily grounded, while personnel worked to determine whether cockpit avionics serviced at a South Korean maintenance station were in compliance.

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AeroShell Team Lead Alan Henley Named USAF Heritage Flight Pilot

One Of Just 11 Civilian Pilots In Program

The AeroShell Aerobatic Team announced Thursday team lead Alan Henley has been inducted into the USAF Heritage Flight program as a civilian pilot. The prestigious appointment is bestowed currently upon only 11 civilian pilots.

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Educator Barbara Morgan Awarded Challenger Center Honor

Spacefaring Teacher Receives President George H.W. Bush Award

On March 19 at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, TX, Challenger Center for Space Science Education and former President George H.W. Bush presented NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan with Challenger Center's top honor, The President George H.W. Bush Award.

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First Two Versace-Outfitted AgustaWestland Helos Delivered

So Trendy, Paris Hilton May Want One

AgustaWestland announced Thursday its first two helicopters fitted with Versace-styled interiors have been delivered to customers.

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Embry-Riddle Student Wins Goddard Memorial Scholarship

Adrian Akerson Majoring In Space Physics... AND Aerospace Engineering

Adrian Akerson, a senior with a double major in Space Physics and Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, was recently awarded the prestigious Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Scholarship, given annually in honor of America's rocket pioneer.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-26 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-26 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-25 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-25 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-24 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-24 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and-500 series airplanes.

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Aero-TV Takes In The Pageantry Of The EC-175 Unveiling

If there's one company that made a spectacular impression on attendees of last month's Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston , TX , it would have to be Eurocopter. In addition to featuring an increasingly diverse -- and popular -- product line, the company also unveiled a full-size mockup of its upcoming seven-ton-class, 16-passenger EC175.

S-TEC Receives TSO For Intelliflight 1950 Digital Flight Control System

To Be Used In L-3 SmartDeck Avionics Suite

S-TEC announced Thursday it has received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) Authorization for its new IntelliFlight 1950 Digital Flight Control System (DFCS), to be incorporated as a standard feature on the SmartDeck Integrated Flight Controls and Display System from L-3 Communications.

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Aero-TV Takes In The Pageantry Of The EC-175 Unveiling

Quite A Spectacle... For What May Turn Out To Be A Spectacular Helo

If there's one company that made a spectacular impression on attendees of last month's Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston , TX , it would have to be Eurocopter. In addition to featuring an increasingly diverse -- and popular -- product line, the company also unveiled a full-size mockup of its upcoming seven-ton-class, 16-passenger EC175.

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Aloha Airlines Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Says go! Pricing Forced Below-Cost Airfares

It's the first airline bankruptcy of 2008... and given the current economic forecast, we wouldn't bet on it being the last. Aloha Airgroup, Inc., a Hawaii corporation whose principal operating subsidiary is Aloha Airlines, Inc., announced late Thursday night it filed a voluntary petition for protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.

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Skybus Scales Back GYY Flights... One Week After Launch

Says City Shouldn't Take It Personally

For city leaders in the Indiana industrial city of Gary, it might be hard not to feel at least a little slighted. Less than one week after Skybus Airlines launched heavily-promoted, twice-daily service at Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY), the ultra-low cost carrier announced it will cut that service in half next month.

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RTCA Head Dave Watrous To Retire In 2008

And The Search Is On For Successor

Dave Watrous has overseen the RTCA for the past 19 years... but he announced recently he will retire in 2008, and that means the search is underway to fill his shoes.

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NASA Mission Finds New Clues To Possible Life On Mars

Evidence Of Salt Deposits Spices Up Search Efforts

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter recently found evidence of salt deposits, pointing to places where water once was abundant on the Red Planet... and where evidence might exist of possible Martian life from its past.

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Tile Repair Test Focus Of Fourth STS-123 Spacewalk

New Repair Method Under Scrutiny

The crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station got some off-duty time this week, at the beginning of their 10th day in orbit. They also spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and participated in interviews with US media.

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Klyde Morris (03.21.08)

Oh Yeah, Klyde, THAT Will Attract Passengers!

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Alteon Training Names New Chief Operating Officer

Leonard Weber II Succeeds Brad Thomann

Alteon Training has named Leonard Weber II to the position of chief operating officer. Weber succeeds Brad Thomann, who assumed a similar position at Jeppesen.

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26 North Aviation To Support World Speed Record Attempt

Cessna Mustang Flight Aims To Raise Money For Make-A-Wish Foundation

Aircraft management and charter provider 26 North Aviation announced Thursday it will support Jared Isaacman in his attempt to set a world speed record. Isaacman, 25, intends to raise money and awareness for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey by beating the current record for circumnavigating the globe in a light aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.21.08)

Aero-Linx!

Welcome to the Royal Air Force Museum, Britain's only national Museum dedicated wholly to aviation. The Museum occupies two public sites at Hendon in North London, and Cosford in Shropshire, West Midlands.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.21.08): Doppler Radar

Aero-Terms!

Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.21.08)

"It doesn't reflect in any way on the commitment to Gary. We do recognize that that's been an issue. That's not the case here."

Source: Bob Tenenbaum, spokesman for Skybus Airlines. Less than one week after Skybus launched heavily-promoted, twice-daily service at Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY), the ultra-low cost carrier announced it will cut that service in half next month.

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AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9195  Issue Date: March 20, 2008 at 2352 UTC  Location: 1 MILE SOUTH OF BISBEE , Arizona near DOUGLAS VORTAC (DUG)  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: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Automated Flight Service Station, 505-856-4580 

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