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March 13, 2008

PR TFR: 03.14.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8249  Issue Date: March 13, 2008 at 1524 UTC  Location: San Juan CERAP, Eastern Side OF Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY)  Beginning Date and Time: March 14, 2008 at 1200 UTC  Ending Date and Time: March 14, 2008 at 2000 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: For ordnance disposal  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: SAN JUAN (ZSU) CERAP, 787-253-8664 

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FL TFR: 03.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8336 Issue Date: March 13, 2008 at 1955 UTC Type: Space Operations

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Diamond Receives 13-Plane Order From Maylan Aviation Limited

DA20-C1s Add To Canadian Training Fleet

Diamond Aircraft and Maylan Aviation completed an order this week for 13 DA20-C1 aircraft. This order will bring the total of DA20s operated by Maylan to 35, making Maylan the second largest DA20 fleet operator in North America, and the largest in Canada.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 03.13.08

The Sale Of The Meyers 200 And I-400 Series TCs

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.13.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.13.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Sale Of The Meyers 200 And I-400 Series TCs: 03.13.08 (ANN Special Report, with Pat Murphy of Pro Aero Solutions, and Paul Whetstone of Interceptor Aircraft.)

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Docked, Locked, And Ready To Rock: STS-123 Arrives At ISS

First Spacewalk Scheduled For Thursday Night

NASA states the combined crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station have completed their first day as an orbital team, beginning 12 days of joint operations.

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Lawsuit Blames 2005 Accident On Lack Of Communication With Deaf Pilot

Injured Flyers Also Sue Cessna For Seat Catch Failure

A man and his daughter, injured in a June 2005 plane crash on Martha's Vineyard are suing their pilot, and planemaker Cessna -- among others -- for damages, stemming from the accident they say was caused by lack of communication with a hearing-impaired aviator.

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DOT Signs Another Open Skies Agreement

Peters Announces Pact With Croatia

US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Thursday the United States and Croatia concluded an Open-Skies agreement that will establish free trade in aviation services between the two countries. The aviation agreement is the first between the countries and comes after two days of negotiations in Zagreb, Croatia.

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NRO Satellite Launches From Vandenburg

Hopefully, They Won't Have To Shoot This One Down

An Atlas 5 rocket carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office satellite lifted off successfully in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

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Gulfstream Intros New Flagship Jet, The G650

Largest, Most Advanced Aircraft In Gulfstream Fleet

Following weeks of anticipation, on Thursday Gulfstream Aerospace announced the introduction of its all-new the Gulfstream G650 ultra-large cabin business jet.

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Linear Air Joins Virgin Charter Online Marketplace

First Eclipse 500 Provider On Site

If you thought Sir Richard Branson's recently unveiled Virgin Charter online marketplace was exclusively for high-end bizjet customers, think again. On Thursday, air taxi provider Linear Air announced it has joined the newly launched Virgin Charter... making Linear Air the only company on the network to offer the Eclipse 500 VLJ.

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CAE Achieves Level D Certification Of Two Falcon 7X Sims

Also Earns Level D Approval For G450/550 simulator

In this case, earning a "D" is a very good thing, indeed. CAE recently achieved industry firsts with the receipt of Level D certification -- the highest qualification for flight simulators -- for two CAE-built Dassault Falcon 7X full-flight simulators (FFSs) located in CAE’s Burgess Hill training centre in the UK and CAE’s North East Training Center (NETC) near Morristown, NJ.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-15 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-15 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France Model EC130 B4 helicopters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.13.08

Southwest grounds 43 planes for immediate safety inspections.
For the first time in five years, EADS posts a loss.
And NASA is concerned about debris spotted during Endeavour's liftoff.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.13.08

Southwest grounds 43 planes for immediate safety inspections.
For the first time in five years, EADS posts a loss.
And NASA is concerned about debris spotted during Endeavour's liftoff.

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ANN Special Feature: Meyers Aircraft Company - 03.13.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Pat Murphy of Pro Aero Solutions, and Paul Whetstone of Interceptor Aircraft, who's selling the Meyers Aircraft Company, including the type certificates for the 200 and

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-01 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Sierra Hotel Aero (Navion)

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-14 MANUFACTURER: Sierra Hotel Aero Inc SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-14 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Sierra Hotel Aero, Inc. (formerly Navion Aircraft LLC) Models Navion (L-17A), Navion A (L-17B), (L-17C), Navion B, Navion D, Navion E, Navion F, Navion G, and Navion H airplanes.

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AD: British Aero

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-12 MANUFACTURER: British Aero SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-12 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-12 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing AD that applies to certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 airplanes.

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AD: MDHI

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-17 MANUFACTURER: MDHI SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-17 SUMMARY: This document supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Model 600N helicopters.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-04 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Lindstrand Balloons

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-15 MANUFACTURER: Lindstrand Balloons SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-15 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: SAAB

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-11 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Eurocopter France

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-16 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-16 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (ECF) Model EC130 B4 helicopters that requires, within 110 hours time-in-service (TIS), modifying and testing the wiring of the battery overheat sensing circuit.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2008-06-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-06-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing airplanes, identified above.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2008-05-18 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-05-18 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Aero-TV Gets Educated At Delta Connection Academy (Part 1 of 2)

Aero-TV Gets Educated At Delta Connection Academy (Part 1 of 2)

A Major Airline training Program Talks About Its Successes

Aero-TV crews visited the Delta Connection Academy as it unveiled its new 27,000-square foot hangar at Sanford International Airport in Florida, during a grand opening held to celebrate a capstone event in the Academy’s extensive renovation and expansion. The all-new hangar is central to Delta Connection Academy’s reputation as one of the premier professional flight training facilities in the world. The opening underscores a multi-year plan to take Delta Connection Academy to a new level of professionalism and competence.

Aero-TV Gets Educated At Delta Connection Academy (Part 1 of 2)

A Major Airline Training Program Talks About Its Successes

Aero-TV crews visited the Delta Connection Academy as it unveiled its new 27,000-square foot hangar at Sanford International Airport in Florida, during a grand opening held to celebrate a capstone event in the Academy’s extensive renovation and expansion.

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Report: Customers Aren't Buying Boeing's Reassurances On 787

Despite Official Reports To The Contrary, They Expect More Delays

It's tough to be a certain American planemaker this week.

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EADS Posts First Annual Loss Since 2002

And Still-Worse Times May Lie Ahead

They knew it was coming... but that didn't take the sting away. On Tuesday, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, parent of planemaker Airbus, posted its first annual loss in five years -- a net loss for 2007 of about $684 million US.

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T-Craft Flyers: If You're Wondering Where Your Struts Are, Read This!

Owners Caught In Middle Of Latest Company Sale

It's no doubt been tough for Taylorcraft fans to see the type certificates bouncing from owner to owner. Now, Taylorcraft 2000 LLC, which owned the Taylorcraft TCs from May 2000 to August 2003, has announced it has repossessed the company's assets, including the Brownsville, TX factory and all the tooling, from Taylorcraft Aviation LLC.

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Ten Believed Lost In Peruvian Helicopter Downing

Bell 412 Was Transporting Copper Mine Workers

Officials in Peru are holding out hope for survivors following the Tuesday downing of a Bell 412B helicopter in the Andes, though it's unlikely anyone survived the accident.

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Union Vote Looms For US Airways Pilots

East Vs. West Showdown Will Begin Next Week

In just a few days, pilots for US Airways begin a vote which will determine whether they continue a 57-year tradition of representation by the Air Line Pilots Association, or break with ALPA and go with the newly-formed US Airline Pilots Association.

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GAO Report Says JSF Costs Continue To Skyrocket

Total Pricetag Now Estimated At $337 Billion

Pentagon officials are disputing a report from the Government Accountability Office which claims the Joint Strike Fighter program is at risk of overrunning its originally projected costs by as much as 45 percent.

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M1 Travel Exercises Options On Three Embraer 190s

Raises Total Order To Eight Planes

Embraer and Lebanon’s M1 Travel Ltd. confirmed this week options on three Embraer 190 jets. The deal, valued at $112.5 million list, completes the original order for five aircraft, announced in February 2007.

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Screeners Find Skeleton In Luggage

But Try To Bring On Mouthwash, And Well...

Every time airport security screeners think they've seen it all, someone decides to pack a skeleton in checked luggage.

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Avjet Adds Two New Jets For Charter Service

G150, Challenger 300 Bolster Fleet

Global aircraft charter provider Avjet Corporation told ANN Wednesday it has added a new 2008 Gulfstream G150 and a new 2008 Challenger 300 to its charter fleet, augmenting the private air travel options available to its clients. Both aircraft will be available for domestic and international destinations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.13.08)

Aero-Linx!

This site documents the experiences of 1LT George Wood Mears, "Woodie", who was a pilot in the 511th Squadron, 351st Bombardment Group during World War II. The 351st was part of the 94th Bombardment Wing, 1st Air Division of the 8th Army Air Force.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.13.08): Monocoque

Aero-Terms!

Type of fuselage design with little or no internal bracing other than bulkheads, where the outer skin bears the main stresses; usually round or oval in cross-section. Additional classifications are (1) Semi-Monocoque, where the skin is reinforced by longerons or bulkheads, but with no diagonal web members, and (2) Reinforced Shell, in which the skin is supported by a complete framework or structural members. French: monocoque, single shell.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.13.08)

"Yeah, right. There's the official position and then there's the unofficial position."

Source: An unnamed senior executive at a major aircraft leasing company, cited by The Seattle Times, speaking this week at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Conference in Orlando, FL about the belief throughout the industry Boeing will soon announce a third delay to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program... despite the planemaker's assurances to the contrary.

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NY TFR: 03.14.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/8125  Issue Date: March 12, 2008 at 2053 UTC  Type: VIP 

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