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December 17, 2007

Report: Nitrogen Used To Fill Emergency O2 Tanks On Qantas Planes

Potentially Deadly Error Triggers Worldwide Investigation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirmed Saturday it's investigating how, and why, engineers at Qantas accidentally filled emergency oxygen tanks on a Boeing 747 with nitrogen instead.

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Winter Weather Causes Grief In NE United States

CRJ Slides Off Runway; Passengers Delayed All Over

If your travel plans this weekend included stops at airports in the New England region of the United States... you may be reading this story on your laptop computer, as you wile away the hours spent stuck in the terminal awaiting your delayed flight.

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US Navy Grounds One-Quarter Of P-3C Fleet Over Structural Concerns

39 Orions Affected, May Be Down For Two Years

Nearly one-quarter of the Navy's fleet of P-3C Orion survelliance aircraft were grounded Monday, over concerns about the aging aircrafts' structures. The affected aircraft -- 39 out of 161 Orions in service -- may be down for as long as two years for repairs.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 12.17.07

Wind Awareness, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.17.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.17.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Knowing Which Way The Winds Blow: 12.17.07 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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MS TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7884  Issue Date: December 17, 2007 at 1401 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Pilot Loses Plane While Hand-Propping

No Injuries, But Plane Ends Up In A Ditch

A Yorkville, IL pilot lost his plane while hand propping it at the Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR) in Sugar Grove this week.

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Missing Plane Found Near PLU

Piper Dakota Lost Since December 6

A search for a missing aircraft in Washington state is over when the plane, pilot and his dog were found down near Puyallup, according to the Associated Press.

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Jeppesen Dataplan Implicated In ACLU Rendition Suit

Says Boeing Subsidiary Responsible For So-Called 'Torture' Flights

Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan has helped the CIA secretly fly terrorism suspects to be tortured in overseas prisons under an "extraordinary rendition" program, a former Jepp employee testified in recent to court documents. 

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Former FAA Contract Officer Convicted Over Sea-Tac Lighting Installation

US District Court Judge "Appalled" By Current Officials' Protests

A former Federal Aviation Administration procurement officer was sentenced to community service for violating the law over a contract award at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Australia Transport Workers Union To Strike Against Qantas Airways

Union Says Airline Places Country At Security Risk

Qantas Airways Ltd. staffers at Sydney International Airport are threatening to strike next month, citing unsafe working conditions and security concerns.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.17.07

Texas EAA chapters say that after 46 years...the southwest regional fly-in is over.
Fort Lauderdale loses its Air & Sea show for lack of of a title sponsor.
And President Bush signs the p

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.17.07

Texas EAA chapters say that after 46 years...the southwest regional fly-in is over.
Fort Lauderdale loses its Air & Sea show for lack of of a title sponsor.
And President Bush signs the pilo

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Wind Awareness - 12.17.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the importance of wind awareness when landing, and the special challenge posed by winds on an inclined runway.

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Robotic Seaplane Developed At University Of Michigan

Flying Fish Inspired The "Flying Fish"

Yes, yet another type of UAV has been created... but this one can't help but to pique our interest. A group of researchers from the University of Michigan has created the first unmanned seaplane able to perform unpiloted takeoffs and landings on water.

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Southwest Regional Fly-In Cancelled For 2008

Cites Declining Numbers, Loss Of EAA Support

Representatives of the Southwest Regional Fly-In, Inc., also known as the EAA Texas Fly-In, informed ANN over the weekend of some sad news... that the officers and directors of the SWRFI voted to cancel the fly-in scheduled for October 10-11, 2008 and to ultimately cease operations.

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Report: Airbus To Sell Four Plants This Week

Partnership With Spirit AeroSystems Reported In German News

A German newspaper reported Sunday that European planemaker Airbus plans to sell four of its European factories to US group Spirit AeroSystems Holdings this week.

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ATA Predicts Flat Holiday Traffic For Airlines

The Finger Points To Delays

Predictions of flat passenger traffic during the holidays is a sign delays might be the airline industry’s gremlin. The Air Transport Association paints a rather meek forecast for an industry that also predicts airline growth will grow 2-3 percent in 2008, as it nears the end of a year that was marred by increased fuel costs, and record delays.

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North Little Rock Police Look At UAVs

Department Seeks FAA Waiver To Fly

Thugs and criminals are going to have to look overhead, not just over their shoulders if the North Little Rock Police Department gets their way. The department is looking at Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, (UAVs) as a new surveillance tool, as Police Chief Danny Bradley makes up his mind whether to buy two specially outfitted helicopters from Rotomotion LLC of Charleston, SC.

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Klyde Morris (12.17.07)

Leave It To Klyde To Go There...

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Mid-Air Claims Two In England

Second Aircraft Lands Safely With Three Onboard

Two people were killed in a mid-air collision between two planes near the village of Admaston, Staffordshire, England Sunday afternoon.

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City Not Worried About Possible Bridge Hazard Near MKC

But FAA May Impose New Restrictions

The Federal Aviation Administration has warned officials in Kansas City, MO that the design for the new Paseo Bridge poses a hazard for aircraft at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC), according to the Kansas City Star.

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AAL Flight Crew Sickened After Landing

Generator Fumes Blamed

The flight crew of an American Airlines flight that landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport Saturday afternoon complained of feeling nauseous after the flight landed, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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NASA Names 11 Rocketeering Teams For 2007-2008 Challenge

University Student Launch Initiative Encourages Careers In Aerospace

NASA has tapped 11 college and university teams in eight states to "go for launch" in the 2007-2008 University Student Launch Initiative rocketeering challenge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.17.07)

Aero-Linx!

Detailed instructions on how to fold bunches of really cool paper airplanes and boats. Get started now, back-to-school is right around the corner! 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.17.07): Zeppelin

Aero-Terms!

A large, rigid, lighter-than-air flying machine. The Zeppelin gets its name from Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who pioneered the design and manufacture of these large, cigar shaped airships.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.17.07)

"EAA headquarters decided to cease branding regional fly-ins as EAA events, [and] EAA will no longer insure regional events. The board felt that losing the EAA brand would make it increasingly difficult to obtain sponsors, exhibitors, and volunteers."

Source: Officials with the Southwest Regional Fly-In. ANN learned this weekend officers and directors with SWRFI voted to cancel the fly-in scheduled for October 10-11, 2008 and to ultimately cease operations. SWRFI states the board opted to shut down the annual event in Hondo, TX due to declining attendance and volunteer numbers, and the loss of support from the Experimental Aircraft Association.

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CA TFR: 12.18.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7762  Issue Date: December 16, 2007 at 1338 UTC  Type: Security 

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CA TFR: 12.20.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7763 Issue Date: December 16, 2007 at 1339 UTC Type: Security

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