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March 24, 2008

Miami Air Crewmembers Prepare To Strike

Ballot Approved, But NMB Must Sign Off

Strike ballots were tallied and certified for Miami Air International crewmembers on Thursday, with eighty-four percent voicing their approval for strike job action against the charter operation, if and when released by the National Mediation Board.

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Gone West: Three-Time Shuttle Astronaut G. David Low

Son Of Former NASA Director Was 52

The desire for humans to travel into space was instilled in G. David Low from an early age. The son of former NASA director George Low -- who first suggested to President Kennedy in 1960 it was possible for an astronaut to walk on the moon by decade's end -- G. David Low would go on to spend 12 years as an astronaut, flying onboard three shuttle missions.

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USAF To Support Production Of Coal-Based Synthetic Fuel

Will Help Build Conversion Facilities

The United States Air Force -- determined to wean itself off dependence on foreign oil -- hopes to build what would be the first of many plants designed to convert coal to a cleaner-burning synthetic fuel.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.24.08

Flying Partial Panel, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.24.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.24.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Flying Partial Panel -- 03.24.08 (ANN Special Feature, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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AL TFR: 03.24.08 - 03.26.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9420 Issue Date: March 24, 2008 at 1315 UTC Location: HUNTSVILLE (SOUTH OF R2104) , Alabama Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: March 26, 2008 at 1430 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: MEMPHIS (ZME) Automated Flight Service Station, 901-368-8234

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AK TFR: 03.24.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/9495 Issue Date: March 24, 2008 at 1909 UTC Type: Hazards

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.24.08

Sun 'n' Fun plays head 'n' sand about Florida's Tax Trap.
United has found no calibration problems with its 747s maintained in Korea.
And we have our first airline bankruptcy of 2008.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.24.08

Sun 'n' Fun plays head 'n' sand about Florida's Tax Trap.
United has found no calibration problems with its 747s maintained in Korea.
And we have our first airline bankruptcy of 2008.

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ANN Special Feature: Bob Miller, Partial Panel - 03.24.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over the Airwaves about one of the circumstances in which he really likes general aviation simulators. Also, Bob explains the surprising new associati

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Inquest Finds Numerous Faults In 2006 Skydiving Accident

Coroner Says Others Should Heed Lessons Learned

Take your pick. An inquest into the January 2006 downing of a skydiving plane in Queensland, Australia uncovered a wide range of safety discrepancies and oversights, a number of which likely contributed to the crash that killed five of the seven people onboard.

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US Airways 757 Sheds Wing Panel Over Maryland

Composite Piece Cracks Cabin Window

Residents of two Maryland counties are asked to be on the lookout for a small composite panel, shed from the wing of an overflying US Airways airliner this weekend.

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Lantana Airfield Renamed For Businessman, Advocate

Florida Airmotive Founder Spurred Airport's Growth

It's a fitting tribute, for a true aviation pioneer. A section of the Palm Beach County Park Airport (LNA) near Lantana, FL was recently renamed for the man who was once the airport's most vocal advocate.

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NC Helo Accident Prelim Shows Evidence of Rotor/Tailboom Contact

On the same day that a Kemper Aviation C172 went down, a lone R22 also went down, with the tragic loss of the pilot, a local firefighter. Please note details that involve both parts of the rotor blades as well as the tail boom being found some 350 feet from the base impact site... which sure suggests the possibility of a rotor/boom strike.

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Investigators Find Source Of Fumes In Alitalia Emergency

Five Tons of Minced Onions To Blame

There may not be enough deodorizer in all of Boston to deal with this. A quick investigation into last week's diversion of an Alitalia cargo flight bound for Miami uncovered the reason for noxious fumes that led to the emergency landing: 10,000 pounds of minced onions.

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Aero-TV Profiles The Futuristic ECJ Program (Part 1 of 3)

The Surprise Unveiling of 2007: The ECJ Concept

What a year! 2007 was an amazing combination of so many good and bad things... but for sure, there was NO end of excitement. If there was a "reveal" of the year, it HAS to have been the first sight of the super-secret Eclipse Concept Jet program... which only Eclipse, ANN and a few others knew ANYTHING about until the opening morning of Oshkosh 2007.

Aero-TV Profiles The Futuristic ECJ Program (Part 1 of 3)

THE Surprise Unveiling of 2007: The ECJ Concept

What a year! 2007 was an amazing combination of so many good and bad things... but for sure, there was NO end of excitement. If there was a "reveal" of the year, it HAS to have been the first sight of the super-secret Eclipse Concept Jet program... which only Eclipse, ANN, and a few others knew ANYTHING about until the opening morning of Oshkosh 2007.

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ANG Pilot Sues Boeing Over F-15C Inflight Breakup

Says Planemaker "Should Have Known" Of Fatigue Problems

The Missouri Air National Guard pilot who suffered severe injuries when his F-15C broke apart inflight during a November 2007 training mission has sued Boeing, claiming the company "should have known" the aging aircraft was "defective and unreasonably dangerous."

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Pilot's Gun Discharges In Cockpit

US Airways Pilot Part Of FFDO Program

A gun legally carried into the cockpit of a US Airways flight this weekend by the plane's pilot accidentally discharged... resulting in no injuries, but leaving several questions.

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NTSB Publishes Prelim On Kemper C172 Crash

"Heavy" Concerns About the Load Carried By This Aircraft

The NTSB has published a preliminary report on an accident that received a fair amount of press coverage (as well as legal attention) this month. A Kemper Aviation C172 went down, the third in the same flight school to have undergone such a trauma... but this time with the loss of all aboard, including the flight school's owner. Of special interest are the NTSB's remarks on the aircraft's substantial payload...

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ISS: Almost Time For Shuttle Return

STS-123 MCC Status Report #26  

After two busy weeks in space, the crew of space shuttle Endeavour got some downtime Sunday before bidding farewell to the International Space Station today. The crews’ morning off started at 11:28 a.m., when their wake up call came in the form of the Newsboys song, “I am Free.” The song was played for Mission Specialist Mike Foreman and performed by the Praise Team at his church.

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KC-130s Deliver For NATO-ISAF

Somewhere over Afghanistan, Capt. Rick Sofge’s heart jumped a beat; his accompanying crew’s eyes fixed on a small paved landing strip appearing around the corner from a sprawling mountain chain. “We train for it, you expect it, you know it is going to look small, it is going to look weird, and you are going to go “whew,” said Sofge, KC-130 Hercules aircraft commander, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 (reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, NATO International Security Assistance Force.

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Klyde Morris (03.24.08)

"Art" (Cough) Imitates Life For United Airlines Passengers...

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Profiles From WAI: Jennifer Murray

"My Life Was Three Dimensional Before, It Became Four Dimensional"

Record-setting aviatrix Jennifer Murray shared a few of her aviation adventures with the crowd at the Women in Aviation Conference. Her basic message to the crowd of achievers -- never give up.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.08)

Aero-Linx!

Griffon Aerospace is an innovative small business specializing in the design, development, and operations of aerospace systems including manned and unmanned aircraft, UAV ground support systems, and advanced composite structures.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.08): Supercooled Water

Aero-Terms!

Water in liquid form at a temperature well below the natural freezing point. When supercooled water is disturbed, it instantly freezes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.24.08)

"...like hitting a brick wall driving a car at 60mph." Source: World circling Helo Pilot, Jennifer Murray, who just 58 days into a global circumnavigation went down in whiteout conditions. Murray received superficial injuries but went into shock. Her fellow pilot, Bodill received a broken back, internal injuries and a split liver. They both went on to complete the flight with a new Bell 407. 

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