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January 21, 2008

F-22 Raptor Inducted Into National Museum Of The US Air Force

Raptor 03 Centerpiece Of New Air Dominance Exhibit

Raptor 03, the third F-22 manufactured by the industry team of Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney, took center stage this weekend at The National Museum of the US Air Force as it became part of a new exhibit showcasing America's air dominance fighter. One of nine F-22s built for engineering, manufacture and development testing, Raptor 03 will remain on display in the museum.

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Airbus Exec Says Downturn Could Scrap 27% Of Order Book

Weakening Aviation Cycle Anticipated

In a worst-case scenario, Airbus could see 27% of its record airplane order backlog canceled or deferred as the aviation industry cycle weakens, Chief Operating Officer for Customers John Leahy told analysts recently.

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BAE Systems To Develop Interim Defensive Weapon System For CV-22 Osprey

Will Address What Many See As A Critical Shortcoming

A key shortcoming cited by critics of the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor transport may soon be addressed. BAE Systems announced Monday it will develop an interim all-quadrant defensive weapon system for the Osprey.

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Boeing, Gulf Air Close 787 Dreamliner Deal

Carrier Places 16 Firm Orders, Eight Purchase Rights

Aero-News has learned that over the weekend, Boeing and Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air finalized negotiations for up to 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal that could be worth approximately $3.9 billion at list prices if all options are exercised. The agreement is for 16 787s on direct order, with purchase rights for eight additional planes.

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Midair Collision Over SoCal Leaves Five Dead

C150, C172 Hit One Mile From KAJO

Investigators are scrambling to determine why two small GA planes collided Sunday afternoon over Corona, CA, killing four persons onboard the two Cessnas and a fifth on the ground.

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Second Man Charged In Basler Parts Theft

Faces Lengthy Jail Sentence If Convicted

An arrest warrant has been issued for a second man accused of stealing airplane parts from Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh, WI.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 01.21.08

When 'Severe Clear,' Isn't... With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.21.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.21.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- When VFR Is IFR: 01.21.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves".)

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Pilot Reported Gyro Problems Before Fatal Accident

Poor Weather, Night Conditions Also Possible Factors

A twin-engine Aero Commander 500B crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday near Tulsa International Airport. Darrin Ogletree, 31, of Dallas was lost on impact, the Houston Chronicle reports. He was the only occupant of the aircraft on a cargo flight.

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Larkins Appointed As Chairman Of Board For Careers In Aviation

Joined Organization As Nat'l Spokesman In 2002

Careers in Aviation told ANN recently that Jamail Larkins has been appointed as Chairman of the Board for the term of three years, to begin in 2008. Larkins joined Careers in Aviation in 2002 as the national spokesperson for the non-profit organization.

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WAI Honors Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees For 2008

Five New Members To Be Inducted In March

Women in Aviation, International will welcome five new inductees into its Pioneer Hall of Fame during the closing banquet at the 19th annual Women in Aviation, International Conference in San Diego, CA. The Conference will be held from March 13-15, 2008.

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CA TFR: 01.24.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1830 Issue Date: January 19, 2008 at 1847 UTC Type: Security

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CA TFR: 01.23.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1829 Issue Date: January 19, 2008 at 1846 UTC Type: Security

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Special Notice TFR: 01.22.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1827 Issue Date: January 19, 2008 at 1817 UTC Type: Special

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Special Notice TFR: 01.22.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/1826  Issue Date: January 19, 2008 at 1816 UTC  Type: Special 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.21.08

AOPA stuffs the FAA's new suggestion box.
NASA says its shuttle replacement has a vibration problem.
And a close call at Newark Liberty is blamed on controller error.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.21.08

AOPA stuffs the FAA's new suggestion box.
NASA says its shuttle replacement has a vibration problem.
And a close call at Newark Liberty is blamed on controller error.

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller - When VFR is IFR - 01.21.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about one subtle danger of airframe icing, and also about circumstances in which a VFR flight can present IFR challenges.

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Unusual Attitudes: Riding The Vestimumax

Unusual Attitudes Demand Unusual Solutions

At the 2007 I/ITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation Education Conference) imagine our surprise the first time we laid eye on the "Vestimumax." This was a device that sure seemed like it had one inclination above all else... to shake a pilot up in ways that were rarely equaled by any aircraft. A first time exhibitor at I/ITSEC, its manufacturer, Ultrathera Technologies, was showing off its brainchild, the Vestimumax -- a "computer controlled multi-axis rotating trainer capable of producing quantifiable vestibular stimuli." In other words, it was a whirling dervish of a machine designed to turn a pilot every which way in order to evaluate their sensitivity or acclimate them to the rigors of aggressive maneu

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Aero-TV: Vestimumax Shows That Unusual Attitudes Demand Unusual Solutions

Talk About Being Turned Loose...

At the 2007 I/ITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation Education Conference) imagine our surprise the first time we laid eye on the "Vestimumax." This was a device that sure seemed like it had one inclination above all else... to shake a pilot up in ways that were rarely equaled by any aircraft. A first time exhibitor at I/ITSEC, its manufacturer, Ultrathera Technologies, was showing off its brainchild, the Vestimumax -- a "computer controlled multi-axis rotating trainer capable of producing quantifiable vestibular stimuli."

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Initial AAIB Report On BA 777 Accident Released

Says Engines Did Not Respond To Throttle-Up Commands

Below is the unedited, initial textual report on the January 17 accident involving a British Airways Boeing 777-200. As ANN reported, the aircraft, inbound from Beijing, touched down short of the runway at London's Heathrow Airport, skidding to a violent stop that, fortunately, only resulted in some minor injuries to those onboard.

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AOPA Sends Its General Aviation 'Wish List' To FAA

When You Wish Upon The Regulations...

Once every three years, the FAA asks for public comments on its existing regulations... and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association always jumps at the opportunity to advance general aviation initiatives. This time around, the association says it is prodding the FAA to catch up with the times.

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FAA Investigates Latest Close Call Near Newark

Similar Incident Occurred In December

The FAA is investigating an alleged air traffic control error that put two planes landing at Newark Liberty International Airport closer than federal guidelines allow. The incident occurred at 2:10pm last Wednesday, and involved Continental Flight 536, a Boeing 737 arriving from Phoenix, and Continental Express Flight 2614, an Embraer 145 arriving from Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Associated Press reports.

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NASA Says Ares Rocket May Shake Too Much

Vibration Problem Plagues SRB Design

NASA experts are wrestling with a propulsion vibration problem in its new moon rocket design. Engineers are working to develop options to address a "thrust oscillation" issue in the Ares I rocket, The Associated Press reports.

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MacArthur-Islip Airport To Lose Flight Departure System

Congressman Vows To Fight Removal

Long Island's MacArthur Airport (ISP) will soon lose its computerized departure system to Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey... a move strongly protested by air traffic controllers and elected officials, who say the decision will lead to flight delays.

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A Disagreeable Computer Can Really Ruin Your Approach...

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Airbus Seeking Development Help For A350XWB

EU Governments Could Provide Funding... And Fuel New US Complaints

European airplane maker Airbus must decide where to seek additional financing to develop its $17 billion A350XWB, and is considering government assistance as an option.

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All Reported Lost In Angolan King Air Downing

Bad Weather Hampered Landing Effort

Angolan rescue crews have finished retrieving the bodies of the 13 victims from a Beech King Air B200 that crashed into the mountains of southern Angola, Africa, on Saturday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.21.08)

Aero-Linx!

The mission of InternetSAR.org is to develop and promote the use of the Internet to conduct collaborative analysis of aerial and satellite imagery during search and rescue operations to help locate down or missing aircraft or vessels.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.21.08): Idler Gear

Aero-Terms!

A gear used to reverse the direction of rotation of another gear without changing its speed of rotation. An idler gear does not add nor take away mechanical advantage from the gear train. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.21.08)

"Initial indications from the interviews and Flight Recorder analyses show the flight and approach to have progressed normally until the aircraft was established on late finals for Runway 27L. At approximately 600 ft and 2 miles from touch down, the Autothrottle demanded an increase in thrust from the two engines but the engines did not respond. Following further demands for increased thrust from the Autothrottle, and subsequently the flight crew moving the throttle levers, the engines similarly failed to respond. The aircraft speed reduced and the aircraft descended onto the grass short of the paved runway surface."

Source: From the British Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) initial report on the January 17 landing accident of a British

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