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January 10, 2008

US Warplanes Launch Massive Air Strike On Al-Qaeda Positions In Iraq

'Shock And Awe'... 2008

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.10.08 1700 EST: In one of the most intense air strikes to date in the nearly five-year Iraq war, on Thursday US aircraft unleashed a massive barrage of firepower against suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq safe areas south of Baghdad.

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Philippine Officials Investigate Helo Bid-Rigging Allegations

PZL Questions Contract Award To Boeing Partner

Back in September, the Philippine government requested bids to provide six new attack helicopters to aid in the fight against communist rebels and Islamic militants. Boeing partner Asian Aerospace Corporation won the bid... but now, the government is investigating irregularities in that process.

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RANS S-19 Earns ASTM Certification For S-LSA

Deliveries Of S-19LS To Being By End Of Year

RANS told ANN Thursday its S-19 has achieved SLSA certification, and will enter series production as the S-19LS. Certification was granted December 21, and delivery of the first S-19LS planes should begin in 10 months.

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CA TFR: 01.11.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0908  Issue Date: January 10, 2008 at 1428 UTC  Type: Security 

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AK TFR: 01.10.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0921  Issue Date: January 10, 2008 at 1656 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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MN TFR: 01.11.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0932  Issue Date: January 10, 2008 at 1741 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Boeing Delivers 36 Chinook Helicopters In 2007

HH-47 Variant Bidder For CSAR-X Deal

Days after submitting its final proposal revision for the US Air Force combat search and rescue helicopter contract, Boeing announced Wednesday it delivered 36 Chinook helicopters to US Army and international customers in 2007, meeting scheduled commitments and matching the program's performance during the Army's model upgrade program in the early 1990s.

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EADS' Gallois Says Airbus Sales Total Will Be Close To Boeing's

Will Announce Figures January 16

It's gonna be close. On Thursday, EADS Chief Executive Louis Gallois teased industry watchers eagerly awaiting next week's announcement of Airbus' 2007 orders numbers, saying the Airbus total "will be approximately the same as Boeing."

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Aeronautics Associate Administrator Departs NASA For New Position

Lisa Porter Will Be First IARPA Director

NASA announced Wednesday that Lisa J. Porter, the agency's associate administrator of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, will leave the agency February 1 to become the first director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

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Air Combat Command Clears Selected F-15s For Flight

Inspections Completed On 60 Percent Of Fleet

Air Combat Command officials cleared a portion of the F-15 Eagle A through D model aircraft January 9 for flying status, and recommended a limited return to flight for Air Force units worldwide following engineering risk assessments and data received from multiple fleet-wide inspections.

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NATCA Declares 'Staffing Emergency' At Four TRACONS

Calls For DOT To Intervene

"We told you so!" So says the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which this week announced its worst predictions about how veteran controllers would react to being forced to work under an FAA-imposed contract have come to pass.

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Delta Pilots Meet To Discuss Consolidation Options

Many Feel Merger Imminent; Strike Team Reactivated

More signs that Delta Air Lines may soon announce plans to merge with another carrier. On Wednesday, the executive council of the Delta branch of the Air Line Pilots Association convened to discuss the ALPA response should Delta chose to merge with another airline.

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Qantas Says 747 Incident May Lead To Fleetwide Changes

Leaking Galley Drip Tray Leads To Loss Of Electrical Power

Australia's Transport Safety Bureau and Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Boeing and Qantas are all involved in an investigation into an incident Monday, in which a Qantas 747 flying 344 passengers from London to Bangkok lost main electrical power during its descent.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.10.08

CAPBOR Founder Kate Hanni, Part Two Of Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.10.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.10.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- CAPBOR Founder Kate Hanni: 01.10.08 (ANN Special Report, Part Two of ANN's chat with Kate Hanni on the latest developments regarding the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.10.08

Looks like Piper will stay and build the Piper Jet in Vero Beach.
The FAA announces raises for its employees.
And British Airways starts a new transatlantic subsidiary.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.10.08

Looks like Piper will stay and build the Piper Jet in Vero Beach.
The FAA announces raises for its employees.
And British Airways starts a new transatlantic subsidiary.

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ANN Special Feature: Part II - Kate Hanni, CAPBOR - 01.10.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Kate Hanni of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights about the passenger tales of woe which came in to the coalition's toll-free hotline over the holiday

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Retro-Chic! Aero-TV Takes A Look At The Avipro Bearhawk

It has classic looks, 4 seats, plenty of interior room and STOL-type behavior -- and it just plain flies great. The Avipro Aircraft Bearhawk is getting serious ganders wherever it taxis by... especially from those who have become acquainted with the specs and performance of this surprisingly agile kit-built aircraft. But, most of all, it's just a solidly good-looking conventionally geared aircraft with GREAT manners.

Retro-Chic! Aero-TV Takes A Look At The Avipro Bearhawk

It has classic looks, 4 seats, plenty of interior room and STOL-type behavior -- and it just plain flies great. The Avipro Aircraft Bearhawk is getting serious ganders wherever it taxis by... especially from those who have become acquainted with the specs and performance of this surprisingly agile kit-built aircraft. But, most of all, it's just a solidly good-looking conventionally geared aircraft with GREAT manners.

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FAA Raises Worker Pay... But It Coulda Been More

Employees Fell Short In Performance-Based Pay Goals

Some mixed news for employees of the Federal Aviation Administration, as the agency informed them this they will receive a raise this year... but, it could have been more.

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British Airways To Create US-Europe Spinoff Carrier

"OpenSkies" Will Take Advantage Of Open Skies

On Wednesday, British Airways made good on earlier statements it planned to create a separate airline to take advantage of last year's "open-skies" agreement between authorities in the United States, and the European Union.

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USAF Official Says Structural Woes Will Permanently Ground Oldest F-15s

Dozens Of Eagles' Wings To Be Clipped Forever

A possible structural defect in the F-15C Eagle, which led to a November accident -- and, subsequently, the grounding of much of the F-15 fleet -- will likely mean the end of the line for close to 200 of those fighters, anonymous USAF sources told The Los Angeles Times this week.

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Reports: China Plans To Enter Narrowbody Fray With Large Airliner

New Company To Be Launched In March

Reports last week that China intended to merge its two aviation companies into a common entity, to be tasked with producing a large commercial airliner, gained added weight this week with the announcement China plans to launch the new company in March.

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Southwest Shuffles Its Schedule To Combat Declining Economy

LCC Adds To Denver Operation; Cuts Other Flights Back

When it comes to the impact a declining economy has on airlines, not even mighty low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines is immune. On Wednesday, the Dallas-based carrier announced it would cut dozens of flights, and add that capacity to busier markets.

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American Legend To Host Fabric Piper Restoration Seminar

February Event Will Feature Clyde Smith Jr.

American Legend Aircraft Company is doing all it can to keep the Cub legacy alive and well. The Sulphur Springs, TX planemaker announced recently it will host a three-day seminar next month with fabric aircraft restoration expert Clyde Smith Jr.

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Enstrom Adds Phillipine Dealer To Sales Network

Beeline Helicopters Hopes To Create A Buzz

Enstrom Helicopter Corp announced a new member of its worldwide dealership network this week.  Beeline Helicopters, Inc. (BHI), a new enterprise under the BMG group of companies, recently purchased an Enstrom 480B turbine aircraft to support the marketing and operations of Enstrom aircraft in the Philippines.

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Parliament Approves Sale Of Kuwait Airways

Sign Of Increased Privatization In Mideast Nation

It's one small step for capitalism... and a potentially giant leap for the continued existence of Kuwait Airways. On Wednesday, the Kuwaiti parliament approved the long-delayed, government-backed plan to sell 40 percent of the troubled airline to the public, and another 35 percent to a long-term investor within the next two years.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.10.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Catalina Society is the supporters club for the PBY5A Catalina. Their aim is to keep this beautiful old flying boat airworthy for many years to come.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.10.08): Captive Balloon

Aero-Terms!

A lighter-than-air device anchored to the ground with a steel cable. Captive balloons were used during the Civil War as aerial observation platforms.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.10.08)

"All in all, it's been a challenging but productive year for the agency... [FAA employees did] whatever was necessary to keep the [air traffic] system safe -- and after all other factors are taken into account, that's the one that matters the most."

Source: FAA acting administrator Robert Sturgell. Most of the FAA's 45,000 employees will receive a 3.08 percent raise this year, and an additional one-percent raise, on average, based on geographic location. Nearly 85 percent of agency workers are also eligible to receive additional raises, based on individual job performance... but overall, FAA employees failed to meet all the agency's performance goals for 2007, including in the areas of customer service and financial management. Had those goals

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