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May 06, 2008

Bombardier Signs Heavy Maintenance Agreement With ASA, Skywest

Includes "C" Checks And Modifications Work

Bombardier Services Corporation (BSC), a subsidiary of Bombardier Inc., announced Tuesday that SkyWest Airlines of St. George, UT has signed a maintenance contract under which BSC will perform "C" checks, other heavy maintenance and modifications on the airlines’ fleet of CRJ regional jets.

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Senate Vote Halts Progress On FAA Funding Bill

Hopes Dim For Passage This Term

What's the opposite of progress? If you answered "Congress," you're not far off the mark... as a Tuesday vote in the US Senate has all-but-guaranteed we won't see passage of an FAA reauthorization bill this year.

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DayJet Scales Back Operations Citing 'Current State Of Capital Markets'

Says Funding Hasn't Come Through For Expansion

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 05.06.08 1555 EDT: Citing difficult times within US investment markets -- and resulting issues with securing new investment capital -- DayJet announced Tuesday the Florida-based air taxi service plans to drastically scale back operations.

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Congressional Paper Names Blakey, May Among Best Lobbyists

Longtime Politicos Prove Very Effective For Their Cause(s)

It pays to know people in high places. Last week, Congressional watchdog newspaper The Hill recognized two heavy-hitters within the US aviation industry among its list of the 50 most influential lobbyists for business interests.

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Embraer Delivers First Embraer 190 Jet To Flybaboo

Swiss Carrier Leasing Aircraft From M1 Travel

Aero-News has learned Embraer delivered the first E-190 jet to Swiss carrier Flybaboo S.A., on April 30. The Geneva-based airline, which previously flew a dedicated turboprop fleet, will begin operating the Embraer 190 in 2008 under a leasing agreement with M1 Travel Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lebanon's M1 Group.

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Bombardier To Help Rebuild Iraq's Airline Industry

Holds Ceremonial Signing For CRJ900s 

Bombardier Aerospace participated in a signing ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq on May 4, 2008 to formally recognize two recent orders placed by the Government of Iraq. The firm orders were announced on March 13 and April 14, 2008 for a total of 10 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The Government of Iraq also holds options on an additional 10 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.06.08

Why Is The Bush Administration Pro-User Fees?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.06.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.06.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Why Does President Bush Want User Fees? 05.06.08 (ANN Special Report, with Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at the Reason Foundation.)

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AL TFR: 05.06.08 - 05.31.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6363 Issue Date: May 06, 2008 at 1926 UTC Location: ANNISTON , Alabama near TALLADEGA VOR/DME (TDG) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: May 31, 2008 at 2100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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GA TFR: 05.06.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6376 Issue Date: May 06, 2008 at 1950 UTC Location: WRENS FEORGIA , Georgia near COLLIERS VORTAC (IRQ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: May 06, 2008 at 2359 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.06.08

One FAA whistle-blower explains how he paid the price.
United woos both US Airways and Continental.
And American Airlines says all those groundings were unnecessary.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.06.08

One FAA whistle-blower explains how he paid the price.
United woos both US Airways and Continental.
And American Airlines says all those groundings were unnecessary.

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ANN Special Feature: Robert Poole, Reason Foundation - 05.06.08

Why does President Bush feel strongly enough about user fees to veto Senate Bill 1300 if it passes without them?

ANN's Paul Plack asks Bob Poole, director of transportation studies for the

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Airshows 2008: ICAS' 'Air Boss' John Cudahy Talks With Aero-TV (Part Two)

It's Airshow Week At Aero-TV!

The Second in a five part series this week is also the other half of a forthright conversation with International Council of AirShows President, John Cudahy, --- which will be followed by a series of short interviews, in three parts, in which members of the airshow community answered the same three questions -- concerning safety, value and the ability of the airshow industry to keep up with the times.

Airshows 2008: ICAS' 'Air Boss' John Cudahy Talks With Aero-TV (Part Two)

It's Airshow Week At Aero-TV!

The second in a five part series this week is also the other half of a forthright conversation with International Council of AirShows President, John Cudahy, --- which will be followed by a series of short interviews, in three parts, in which members of the airshow community answered the same three questions -- concerning safety, value and the ability of the airshow industry to keep up with the times.

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Hey, Big Spender! NASA Employees Found Using Agency Credit Cards

One Employee Racks Up $157,000 In Purchases

NASA, which was criticized a few months ago for rewarding contractors with extravagant parties and cruises, is under fire again -- this time, for letting employees use government-issued purchase cards to buy personal items and disregard competitive bidding rules.

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AOPA Fly-In And Open House Coming June 7

18th Annual Get-Together Comes On 'Airport Appreciation Day'

It's almost time! The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will hold its annual Fly-In and Open House on Saturday, June 7, at the association’s headquarters on the Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, MD.

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Boeing And Iraq Announce Airplane Order

Planemaker Will Also Help Rebuild Country's Av-Infrastructure

Boeing and the Government of Iraq announced Monday an order for 30 Boeing 737-800s, the first step in re-establishing the war-torn country's scheduled commercial aviation operations. Iraq has also contracted options for 10 additional 737s.

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Oshkosh Or Bust! EAA AirVenture 2008 NOTAM Available Online

PDF Available Now Online; Printed Version Also Coming

If you're like many pilots and aviation enthusiasts around the US, your summer flying plans revolve around a visit to the fly-in that needs no introduction beyond its name -- Oshkosh. Heralding the start of the countdown to Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM).

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USAF Identifies Pilots Lost In Sheppard T-38C Mishap

Investigation Underway Into What Felled Trainer

US Air Force officials at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, TX identified the pilots killed when their T-38C Talon crashed during a May 1 training mission.

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B-52 Simulators Receive Needed Overhaul

Training Aids For Oldest Planes Receive New Technology

With 19 years and more than 3,000 flying hours piloting the B-52 Stratofortress, Lt. Col. Tom Silvia is the right person to ensure the bomber's simulator is realistic as overhauls are completed to bring it up to date.

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First JSF Maintainers Head For Test Sites

Ramping Up For Introduction Of F-35 Lightning II

The first group of maintenance crews for the F-35 Lightning II have successfully completed classroom instruction and certification training in preparation for F-35 test-site stand up at Edwards Air Force Base, CA and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.

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Concorde Earns TSO Authorization For RG-400E/13 Battery

OEM Supplier For Wide Range Of Manufacturers

Aero-News learned this week the Concorde Battery Corporation aircraft battery part number RG-400E/13 has received Technical Standard Order C173 (TSO-C173) authorization. Concorde Battery is the sole aircraft battery company with TSO-C173 authorized parts, and the RG-400E/13 is the latest Concorde Battery recently TSO approved.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.06.08)

Aero-Linx!

An in-depth website chronicling Cornell's Athena Mars Exploration Rovers. Photos, facts and tech data, even a kids section devoted to this ongoing mission to the Red Planet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.06.08): Sail Back

Aero-Terms!

A maneuver during high wind conditions (usually with power off) where float plane movement is controlled by water rudders/opening and closing cabin doors.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.06.08)

"Today marks a new beginning for Iraq. We are very comfortable with our selection of Boeing airplanes as the basis of our fleet renewal and pleased to count Boeing as a trusted partner in supporting our reconstructive efforts."

Source: Iraqi Minister of Finance Bager M. Jabor Al Zubaidy. Boeing and the Government of Iraq announced Monday an order for 30 Boeing 737-800s, the first step in re-establishing the war-torn country's scheduled commercial aviation operations.

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CA TFR: 05.09.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6156 Issue Date: May 05, 2008 at 1346 UTC Location: Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: May 09, 2008 at 0001 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 09, 2008 at 0200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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MN TFR: 05.14.08 - 05.15.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6157 Issue Date: May 05, 2008 at 1348 UTC Location: Duluth, Minnesota near DULUTH VORTAC (DLH) Beginning Date and Time: May 14, 2008 at 2130 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 15, 2008 at 0030 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations for the 2008 Duluth Lakefront Snow Birds Performance Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Duluth (DLH) Air Traffic Control Tower, 218-722-7326 Controlling Facility: ZMP ARTCC

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