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April 21, 2008

FAA, Alaska Airlines Investigate Cockpit Smoke Incident

Crew Received Indication Of Landing Gear Problem

With the recent FAA obsession on airliner maintenance, you could call this awkward timing. An Alaska Airlines first officer was treated for possible smoke inhalation after an unknown problem in the cabin of an older 737 after landing Thursday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Boeing Says Report Of ANOTHER 787 Problem Untrue

German Magazine Says FAA Has Delayed Certification

As if Boeing didn't have enough problems right now, placating customers peeved at delays with the 787 Dreamliner... now the American planemaker is fighting off what it says are unsubstantiated reports of yet ANOTHER problem regarding the composite-bodied airliner.

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Washington Lawmaker Threatens To Pull KC-X Funding, Force Rebid

Pentagon Replies, 'Hands Off'

Ever since the US Air Force awarded the contract to build its new aerial refueling tanker to partners Northrup Grumman and EADS, politicians at every level of government have threatened to intervene on behalf of Boeing.

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Young? Like Speed? Young?

Land Speed Record Team Wants YOU... If You're Under 40

As a modernized "reimaged" version of the Japanese anime classic Speed Racer debuts on American movie screens, a real-life land speed record attempt appears to acknowledge the Mach 5 probably would have a hard time getting sponsors if Speed Racer had white hair.

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BAE Begins Manufacturing Work On First F-35 Lightning II

Cuts Metal For Aft Fuselage Component

BAE Systems has cut metal on its first component for the F-35 Lightning II production aircraft. The opening cut, on a component part of the aft fuselage, is a major milestone for the F-35 Lightning II program.

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Hillary Clinton Trades Up To Larger Plane

Presidential Candidate Opts For MD-81

Always on top of the latest happenings from the presidential campaign trail, CBS News reports the Hillary Clinton campaign recently upgraded its chartered plane from a Boeing 717, to a larger McDonnell-Douglas MD-81.

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FTSI Forms Consulting Group To Handle Aviation Industry Growth

Jackson Group Consultants Announces JV With Bangkok Airways

Flight Training Services International (FTSI) announced recently the formation of a new consulting group, Jackson Group Consultants, LLC.

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Reports: S.1300 May Go To Senate Floor This Week

Movement Comes After Months Of Inaction On FAA Funding Bill

Fasten your seatbelts... the legislative gears appears to be slowly grinding into motion. Aero-News has received a number of reports that indicate movement in the FAA reauthorization fight, now stalled in the US Senate.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Lakeland Lancair Accident

Confirms Witness Reports Canopy Was Ajar On Climbout

Below is the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the April 13 downing of a Lancair Legacy in Lakeland, FL. As ANN reported, the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, as it was departing Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) on the last day of the annual Sun 'N Fun Fly-In.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 04.21.08

All About Landings, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.21.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.21.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- All About Landings: 04.21.08<

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TX TFR: 04.21.08 - 04.26.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4057 Issue Date: April 20, 2008 at 0143 UTC Location: SJT COLISEUM , Texas near SAN ANGELO VORTAC (SJT) Beginning Date and Time: April 21, 2008 at 1200 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 26, 2008 at 0100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: FORT WORTH (ZFW) Center, 817-858-7503

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CA TFR: 04.23.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4138 Issue Date: April 21, 2008 at 1229 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: April 24, 2008 at 0425 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 24, 2008 at 0625 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA TFR: 04.21.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4101 Issue Date: April 20, 2008 at 2210 UTC Type: Security

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CA TFR: 04.22.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4134 Issue Date: April 21, 2008 at 1225 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: April 22, 2008 at 1725 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 22, 2008 at 2125 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4053  Issue Date: April 20, 2008 at 0102 UTC  Location: 11 MI W OF NOGALES 1200-0500 UTC DLY , Arizona  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 1200-0500 UTC DLY  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580 

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GA TFR: 04.24.08 - 04.27.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4198 Issue Date: April 21, 2008 at 1556 UTC Location: Vidalia, Georgia near DUBLIN VORTAC (DBN) Beginning Date and Time: April 24, 2008 at 1600 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 27, 2008 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Jacksonville (ZJX) Center, 904-549-1537

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.21.08

Another aviation manufacturer faces a multi-million-dollar lawsuit award.
It's probably not a good week to be Bobby Sturgell.
And you know times are tough when Southwest tightens its belt.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.21.08

Another aviation manufacturer faces a multi-million-dollar lawsuit award.
It's probably not a good week to be Bobby Sturgell.
And you know times are tough when Southwest tightens its belt.

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Landing Considerations - 04.21.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about landings. What does "stabilized approach" really mean? What's involved in choosing a landing site after an engine failure?


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Torgoen Partners With Spencer Suderman Airshows

Will Offer Specialized Flight Training

Torgoen Swiss, a fast growing manufacturer of wristwatches for aviators, tells ANN that it is launching the Torgoen Academy of Flight Safety in partnership with Air Show Pilot Spencer Suderman and his Be-A-Safe-Pilot training program.

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Aero-TV: Higher, Faster and Farther With The Rocket Racing League (Part Two)

God Help Us All... Jim's Getting A Shot At TWO New Rocket Racers!

The three big announcements at the recent Rocket Racing League Press Conference were music to the ears of ANN's Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell... as one of the four founding pilots named to this out-of-this world program, he now finds himself with the chance to take the helm of not just ONE, but TWO new rocket racers, with the revelation that Armadillo Aerospace will be powering another airframe -- and they may BOTH be flying at Oshkosh!!!

Aero-TV: Higher, Faster and Farther With The Rocket Racing League (Part Two)

God Help Us All... Jim's Getting A Shot At TWO New Rocket Racers!

The three big announcements at the recent Rocket Racing League Press Conference were music to the ears of ANN's Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell... as one of the four founding pilots named to this out-of-this world program, he now finds himself with the opportunity to take the helm of not just ONE, but TWO new rocket racers, with the revelation that Armadillo Aerospace will be powering another airframe -- and they may BOTH be flying at Oshkosh!!!

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C206 Skydiving Aircraft Down, 2 Lost

Details Uncertain As To Cause -- Four Jumpers Bailed, Pilot Severely Injured

A late Saturday afternoon flight in a FreeFall Express Skydiving Cessna 206 has resulted in 2 deaths after the aircraft went down shortly after takeoff, in Mt. Vernon, MO.

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Families Mark 50th Anniversary Of United 736 Midair Collision

49 Lost In April 21, 1958 Accident Involving DC-7, USAF Jet

As Robert Darmody boarded a United Airlines DC-7 on the morning of April 21, 1958, I imagine his thoughts were on leaving his family behind in California, as he left to set up their new home in Omaha, NE. Alas, Darmody -- my maternal grandfather -- and the 46 other persons onboard United 736 never made it to their destinations.

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Expedition 16 Crew Recovering After Harrowing Return

Soyuz Capsule Followed 'Ballistic' Trajectory On Re-entry

It's good to be home... especially after the trip they had. Expedition 16 crewmembers Commander Peggy Whitson and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, along with South Korean 'tourinaut' So-yeon Yi, spent most of the weekend recovering from their harrowing return to Earth early Saturday.

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Diamond Throws A Demo Sale

Diamond Aircraft DA40XL Demonstrators Available

Like bargains? Diamond Aircraft and its distributors have announced an opportunity to purchase a limited number of 2007 DA40 XL aircraft at a special demonstrator price of $299,950, or 15% ­ $53,000 ­ off the $353,395 price for comparably equipped 2008 DA40 XLS aircraft.

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Klyde Morris (04.21.08)

Klyde: Mergers Are Gory... FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Boeing Delivers 1st Laser JDAMs

Boeing has delivered the first Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) kits to the U.S. Air Force. The Precision Laser Guidance Set (PLGS) kits are being produced to satisfy the Air Force and Navy's urgent need for engagement of fast-moving land targets.

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B-1Bs Detering Enemy In Afghanistan

Airpower Continues To Be A Decisive Factor

Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations April 17, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials in Southwest Asia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.21.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company and Museum of Pioneer Aviation is a forum for early aviation historians and enthusiasts, a living document that grows and evolves.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.21.08): Supercritical Wing

Aero-Terms!

Wing of relatively deep, flat-topped profile generating lift across the upper surface instead of concentrated close behind the leading-edge. Allows an airplane to cruise efficiently near Mach 1.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.21.08)

"We literally turn pilots' upside-down in real airplanes in order to give them the confidence to fix the problem without the panic..." Source: Torgoen Academy of Flight Safety's Spencer Suderman, chief flight instructor and air show pilot, discussing a new unusual attitude training program, recently introduced. The academy's curriculum will deliver specialized flight training to both private and commercial pilots that will increase aviation safety by teaching pilots essential recovery and survival skills not normally offered in either primary or advanced flight training.

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