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February 28, 2008

Singapore, Hong Kong Shows Prove Fruitful For Cessna

Takes Orders For 74 Aircraft In Asia-Pacific Region

Cessna tells ANN the Wichita-based planemaker completed a successful visit to the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition Forum 2008 on February 14 in Hong Kong, and the Singapore Airshow the following week, by wrapping up orders for 74 aircraft -- with an estimated value of more than $219 million.

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ARINC Direct Opens New Scottsdale Maintenance Facility

50,000 Square Foot Shop Located AT KSDL

In response to growing demand from general and corporate aviation customers, ARINC Direct tells ANN it has expanded and relocated its Scottsdale, AZ (KSDL) aircraft service and maintenance operations.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Eurocopter Touts Sales Success At Show

231 New Orders, Almost Half For EC175

Eurocopter says the recently-concluded Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston, TX was "a tremendous success" for the aircraft manufacturer, with a total of 111 orders for its newly-introduced EC175. The company adds it also booked 120 new orders throughout the rest of its range, a sign of its continued success in extremely active North American and international markets.

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CA TFR: 03.06.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6377  Issue Date: February 28, 2008 at 1134 UTC  Location: El Centro Naval Air Facility, California near IMPERIAL VORTAC (IPL)  Beginning Date and Time: March 06, 2008 at 1700 UTC  Ending Date and Time: March 08, 2008 at 2230 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: El Centro NAF (NJK) Base Operations, 760-339-2601 

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AZ TFR: 03.07.08 - 03.10.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6378 Issue Date: February 28, 2008 at 1150 UTC Location: Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona near TUCSON VORTAC (TUS) Beginning Date and Time: March 07, 2008 at 1500 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 10, 2008 at 0200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Tuscon (TUS) TRACON, 520-670-6213

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CA TFR: 03.06.08 - 03.09.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6381 Issue Date: February 28, 2008 at 1204 UTC Location: El Centro, Naval Air Facility, California near IMPERIAL VORTAC (IPL) Beginning Date and Time: March 06, 2008 at 2230 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 09, 2008 at 0001 UTC Reason for NOTAM: US Navy Blue Angels high performance aerial demonstrations. Excluding that airspace above 8,000 feet MSL south of interstate 8 Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: El Centro (NJK) Base Operations, 760-339-2601

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MN TFR: 02.28.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6339 Location: HIBBING , Minnesota near HIBBING VOR/DME (HIB) Beginning Date and Time: February 28, 2008 at 1730 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 28, 2008 at 1830 UTC Reason for NOTAM: DUE TO BLASTING ACTIVITY ATKEETAC IRON MINES Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.28.08

A Look Back At Better Times For Adam Aircraft

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.28.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.28.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Look Back At Better Times: 02.28.08 (ANN Special Report, with ANN's February 2006 interview with Joe Walker of Adam Aircraft.)

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Report: Delta, Northwest Merger Talks Called Off

It all may have been for naught. Following weeks of reports -- and rumors -- surrounding an imminent merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, the news has taken a decided turn for the worse... with one news organization going on record stating the deal is off.

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FAA, Boeing Still Looking At Alaska Airlines Flap Issues

Four 737-400 Combis Experienced Similar Issues

Federal regulators have decided not to require any changes to Boeing 737-400s to address flap extension problems which occurred on four Alaska Airlines flights in January... but investigators still aren't sure what caused those issues.

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Three Survive Accidental Cardinal Roosting In Tree

Any Landing You Can Walk/Crawl Away From...

Three Colorado residents vacationing in Naples, FL are being called very lucky after the Cessna 177B Cardinal in which they were flying apparently ran out of fuel, and came to rest in a tree, 40 feet above the ground, near Quincy Municipal Airport (2J9).

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Three Lost In SoCal Mooney Downing

Plane Hits Neighborhood Near RAL

Local authorities say three people onboard a Mooney M20C were killed Wednesday evening when their plane crashed in a residential area west of Los Angeles, CA.

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Official: B-2 Accident Pilot Reported Fire Onboard

Fleet Remains On 'Safety Pause' As Investigation Continues

US Air Force investigators say the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber that crashed on takeoff this weekend in Guam had a fire onboard, according to industry reports.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.28.08

Avidyne issues a safety alert for malfunctioning Entegra PFDs.
LAX gets some technological help avoiding incursions.
And the KC-X bidding war won't end with the announcement of a winner.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.28.08

Avidyne issues a safety alert for malfunctioning Entegra PFDs.
LAX gets some technological help avoiding incursions.
And the KC-X bidding war won't end with the announcement of a winner.

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ANN Special Feature: Joe Walker, Adam Aircraft - 02.28.08

Today, we look back to February 2006, when now-bankrupt Adam Aircraft was celebrating the first flight of its second A700 very-light jet, and ANN's Jim Campbell was getting a very bright outlook fr

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Aero-TV: More Intriguing Details From GAMA's 2008 A.I.R. (With Pete Bunce - Part 3 -Final)

Bunce Takes On FAA... Reiterates FAA Funding Shouldn't Be Tied To User Fees

During its Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing a few days back, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) identified several dynamic challenges that must be managed in order for the robust growth in general aviation to continue.

Aero-TV: GAMA's 2008 Annual Industry Review (Part 3 of 3, with Pete Bunce)

Bunce Takes On FAA... Reiterates FAA Funding Shouldn't Be Tied To User Fees

During its Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing a few days back, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) identified several dynamic challenges that must be managed in order for the robust growth in general aviation to continue.

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Reports: 11 Lost In Chilean C210 Downing

Five On Ground Killed When Plane Impacts Sports Field

The downing of a police training aircraft in Chile Wednesday resulted in the deaths of all six persons onboard the Cessna 210, and another five on the ground, according to news reports.

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Albuquerque Police Helo Pilots Blinded By Laser

Suspects Thought It Would Be Funny

Police in Albuquerque, NM apprehended two men last week on charges of pointing a high-intensity laser at a department helicopter... the latest in a series of similar incidents nationwide, and the second time in three years a police helicopter has been targeted over the Southwestern city.

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NTSB To Investigate UAL Runway Departure Incident At KJAC

A320 Slid Off Side In Night VMC, Calm Winds

The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched two investigators to Jackson Hole, WY to investigate an incident in which a United Airlines jet veered off the side of a runway.

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SpaceX Completes Qualification Testing Of Falcon I Merlin Engine

Final Production Design Cleared For Spring 2008 Flight

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) told ANN late Wednesday the company has completed the qualification testing program of its Merlin 1C next generation liquid fueled rocket booster engine for use in the Falcon 1 rocket.

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APA Supports British Airways Counterparts In Outsourcing Dispute

Takes Issue With Plan To Hire OpenSkies Pilots From Outside BA Ranks

The Allied Pilots Association, collective bargaining agent for the 12,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed its "unequivocal support" this week for British Airways’ pilots in the ongoing outsourcing dispute at the UK carrier.

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NASA Views Landing Site Through Eyes Of Future Moon Crew

Detailed Images Show Rockier Terrain Than Anticipated

It's always wise to look before you leap... or launch. NASA has obtained the highest resolution terrain mapping to date of the moon's rugged south polar region, with a resolution to 20 meters (66 feet) per pixel. The images contained a few surprises for the space agency, that could affect a future NASA mission.

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GAMA Hires W. Casey Kinosz As Manager Of Operations

ERAU Graduate Will Support Group's Safety Efforts

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has announced the hiring of W. Casey Kinosz as Manager of Operations. Kinosz will be supporting GAMA's work in safety, risk analysis, and accident investigation.

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Frasca Contracts With Bristow Group For AS355 FTD

Also Signs For Two Full Flight Simulators

Frasca International Inc. announced Wednesday it has contracted to sell Houston-based Bristow Group Inc. an AS355 Flight Training Device (FTD). The FTD will be designed and manufactured to meet the requirements of JAR STD 2H FTD 3 and JAR STD 3H FNPT II MCC and will be installed at Bristow’s Norwich operation in the UK.

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Heli-Expo 2008: Sloane Helicopters Signs For 13 AgustaWestland Helicopters

Builds On Deal Signed In February 2006

AgustaWestland announced this week Sloane Helicopters Ltd signed a contract for 13 additional helicopters -- one AW119 Ke single engine, three AW109 Power and seven Grand light twin and two AW139 medium twin turbine engine models -- at the recently-concluded Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston, TX.

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High Performance Aircraft Awarded Expanded Sales Territory By Piper

Distributor Will Handle All Of California, Plus Other Western Areas

Piper Aircraft, Inc. recently named High Performance Aircraft, Inc. as its exclusive dealer for the state of California. With this announcement, Piper adds northern California to High Performance Aircraft’s existing Piper sales territory -- which includes southern California; Hawaii; Reno, NV; and the Nevada counties of Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Washoe.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.28.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum is Atlantic Canada's only museum devoted to preserving all aspects of Atlantic Canada's aviation heritage.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.28.08)

"It's very serious. Had we had an incident, had we had a mishap here, two individuals could have died. I don't know if the aircraft are just an attractive target but I think that people fail to realize how serious it can be."

Source: Albuquerque (NM) Police Department officer Tim Booth, recounting an incident during which two men pointed the construction-grade laser pointer at the cockpit of the department's helicopter, Air One, as it was landing to investigate suspicious activity on the night of February 18. The pilots aborted their original approach, and later touched down safely, but Booth maintains the helicopter could have crashed as a result. When officers caught the men, the suspects told police they didn't know the incident could have

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TX TFR: 03.03.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6188 Issue Date: February 27, 2008 at 1528 UTC Location: Waco, Texas Beginning Date and Time: March 03, 2008 at 1355 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 03, 2008 at 1500 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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