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February 15, 2008

GE/Rolls-Royce F136 Team Completes Design Milestone

Critical Design Review Comes To Successful End

The GE/Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team told ANN Friday it has successfully completed its Critical Design Review, a major milestone in the F136 engine development program. The F136 engine is a 40,000+ lb. thrust combat engine that will be available to power all variants of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the US military and eight partner nations.

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Third And Final STS-122 Spacewalk Completed

Orbiter Will Undock From ISS Monday Morning

Astronauts Rex Walheim and Stanley Love completed the third and last STS-122 spacewalk at 1532 EST Friday.

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LA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5001  Issue Date: February 15, 2008 at 0338 UTC  Location: Houston Center , 30 S Dulac, Louisiana near LEEVILLE VORTAC (LEV)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: For natural gas venting  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Houston (ZHU) Center, 281-230-5560 

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5013 Issue Date: February 15, 2008 at 1449 UTC Type: Security

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.15.08

Virginia's Innovative "Aviation Ambassador Awards" Program

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.15.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.15.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Virginia Aviation Ambassador Awards Program: 02.15.08 (ANN Special Report, with VAAA administrator Betty Wilson.)

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SoCal TRACON Radio Failure Diverts Flights

Latest Glitch Lasts 15 Minutes

It wasn't the biggest problem to strike the beleaguered Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) but it still left an impression. On Thursday, a radio outage at the facility forced three flights to divert from landing at San Diego's Lindbergh Field.

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FAA Suspends Courtesy Kit Evaluations For 'Amateur-Built' Status

ARC Will Revisit The "51-Percent" Rule

With the advent of new fabrication techniques and manufacturer-supported "builder-assist" programs, one could argue the definition of an "amateur-built" aircraft isn't what it used to be.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.15.08

The US Senate procratinates again on FAA funding.
The Pentagon says it will shoot down that failing spy satellite.
And a US Senator chews out the Air Force over nuclear security.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.15.08

The US Senate procratinates again on FAA funding.
The Pentagon says it will shoot down that failing spy satellite.
And a US Senator chews out the Air Force over nuclear security.

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ANN Special Feature: Betty Wilson, Virginia Dept. of Aviation - 02.15.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Betty Wilson, who administers the Virginia Aviation Ambassador Awards program. While distribution of prizes is currently suspended, the program still encourages pilots t

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AIR, Inc. Reports January 2008 Saw 1,101 New Pilot Hires

Furloughed Ranks Drop To 2,548

According to the folks at AIR, Inc., airline pilot hiring started out strong for 2008 with 122 airlines hiring 1,101 pilots in January.

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DOT's Peters Announces Open Skies Deal With Australia

Eliminates Air Travel Restrictions To Land Down Under

On Thursday, Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced the United States and Australia concluded a landmark Open-Skies aviation agreement that will eliminate restrictions on US-Australia air services for the carriers of both countries. The agreement comes after three days of negotiations in Washington.

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Accused Pilot Wins Appeal For Compensation Claim

Lotfi Raissi Was Detained Following 9/11

An Algerian pilot who was among hundreds of "persons of interest" detained in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks won the right this week to sue the British government for wrongful imprisonment.

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NASA Moves Off Last Three 2008 Shuttle Launch Dates

About Two Week Delay To Each; Next Two Flights Pending

NASA officials on Thursday revised the target launch dates for space shuttle flights during the second half of 2008, pushing the last three scheduled flights for the year off by about two weeks apiece.

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Eclipse Aviation Earns Certification For Second Level D Simulator

Additional Sim Increases Planemaker's Training Ability

Eclipse Aviation announced Thursday the Federal Aviation Administration recently certified the company's second Level D Full Motion simulator... less than one month after Eclipse received approval for its first Level D Full Motion simulator, as ANN reported.

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Family Sues Plane's Owner In February 2007 TBM Crash

NTSB Couldn't Determine Who Was PIC

The NTSB investigated the February 2007 crash of a Socata TBM700 in a bad-weather approach to the New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) in Massachusetts, and concluded the cause was pilot error. But the board never reached a conclusion on who was serving as pilot-in-command.

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P&W Geared Turbofan Demonstrator Completes Phase I Ground Tests Early

Results So Far Have Been "Outstanding"

Pratt & Whitney tells ANN the company has successfully completed Phase I sea-level performance and acoustic testing on the full-scale Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine ahead of schedule. The engine will now be configured with the flight nacelle system for Phase II ground testing beginning in April in preparation for flight testing on Pratt & Whitney's 747SP flying test bed in mid-2008.

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AD: Bombardier

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Aero-TV Profiles The Cirrus Design SRS (Part Three)

Some Intriguing Details Prove That CD's LSA Is More Than A "SkyCatcher-Catcher" (Part 3 of 3)

With all the attention (good and bad) being paid to the aggressive position taken by Cessna in bringing an LSA to market, it seemed that it was time to catch up with Cirrus Design's LSA program... starting with an overview of the original announcement at Oshkosh 2007 and updated (previously, in Part Two, and now in Part Three) with the latest info as of the 2008 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, recently concluded in central Florida.

Aero-TV Profiles The Cirrus Design SRS (Part Three)

Some Intriguing Details Prove That CD's LSA Is More Than A "SkyCatcher-Catcher" (Part 3 of 3)

With all the attention (good and bad) being paid to the aggressive position taken by Cessna in bringing an LSA to market, it seemed that it was time to catch up with Cirrus Design's LSA program... starting with an overview of the original announcement at Oshkosh 2007 and updated (previously, in Part Two, and now in Part Three) with the latest info as of the 2008 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, recently concluded in central Florida.

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US Plans To Shoot Down Defective Spy Satellite

Should Reduce Risk Of Debris Falling Into Wrong Hands

Concerned a defective surveillance satellite might fall into the wrong hands when it deorbits early next month, the Pentagon will reportedly blast the errant satellite from the sky.

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DoD Clashes With House, Senate Committees Over Replacing F-15s

Which NextGen Fighter Will Pentagon Chose?

A battle is brewing in Congress, over whether the F-22 Raptor or the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter should be selected to replace the US Air Force's aging fleet of F-15 Eagles.

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NASA's Griffin Defends Choice To Return To Moon

Critics Say Agency Has 'Been There, Done That'

It's somewhat ironic to accuse a space agency of not reaching far enough towards the stars... but that's exactly what critics of NASA's plans to return to the moon are alleging. And, frankly, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin is sick of hearing them complain.

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Rockwell Collins Earns STC For Pro Line 21 Installation On King Air 200s

Another Option To Update Cockpits Of Venerable Turboprop

The latest volley in the Battle Of King Air Glass Panel Retrofits has been lobbed. Rockwell Collins announced Thursday a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) on King Air 200 aircraft with a SPZ 200 autopilot is now available to dealers.

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European Report Pins High Blood Pressure On Aircraft Noise

Similar Effects Noted From Ground Traffic, Snoring

If you're fighting the NIMBYs to save your local airport -- or heaven forbid, extend a runway to accommodate business jets -- don't let your neighbors get hold of a copy of Wednesday's Washington Post.

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Klyde Morris (02.15.08)

UAL Looks For Just The Right Gershwin Tune...

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FAA's Decision To Add To MKE Controllers' Duties Brings Congressional Ire

NATCA Maintains Facility Is Already Understaffed

There's evidence the National Air Traffic Controllers Association is gaining political traction in its frequent, public allegations the FAA is understaffing air traffic control facilities.

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To Boldly Go Where Few Side Dishes Have Gone Before

Kimchi On Menu For Upcoming ISS Flight

Ko San is a 30-year-old computer science engineer, who's expected to become the first South Korean in space. He's scheduled to ride a Russian rocket to the International Space Station in April. It turns out his trip will also mark a second historic event -- he'll be bringing the first Korean food into space.

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Air-Cams To The Bahamas! Lockwood Aircraft Plans March Excursion

Three-Day Trip Includes Plenty Of Leisure Time... And Leisure Flying

Now, HERE'S a way to kick off spring. Lockwood Aircraft has announced its first Exotic Destination Fly-Out, to the Bahamas, planned for early March 2008.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.08)

Aero-Linx!

This site was created just for people who are interested in getting started in or just finding out what's the latest and greatest in the Radio Controlled Sailplane hobby.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.08): Lofting

Aero-Terms!

Design or fabrication of a complex aircraft component, as with sheet metal, using actual-size patterns or plans, generally laid out on a floor. The term is borrowed from boat builders.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.15.08)

"Although the chances of an impact in a populated area are small, the potential consequences would be of enough concern to consider mitigating actions. Therefore, the President has decided to take action to mitigate the risk to human lives by engaging the non-functioning satellite."

Source: From a Defense Department release Thursday, stating the Pentagon plans to shoot down an errant spy satellite within the next few weeks.

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