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June 19, 2008

Continental, UAL Join Forces In Alliance -- NOT Merger -- Agreement

Houston-Based Airline To Join Star Alliance

When it comes to uneasy alliances, this one might rank right up there with the United States and the Soviet Union during World War II... and may be for a similar end, that being sheer survival.

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VA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3184  Issue Date: June 18, 2008 at 1827 UTC  Location: NORFOLK , Virginia near NORFOLK VORTAC (ORF)  Beginning Date and Time: June 19, 2008 at 0200 UTC  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING ACFT OPERATIONS  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3203 Issue Date: June 18, 2008 at 2006 UTC Location: New Mexico near PINON VOR/DME (PIO) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 1200-0500 UTC Daily 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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IA TFR: 06.19.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3242 Issue Date: June 19, 2008 at 1118 UTC Location: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Iowa Beginning Date and Time: June 19, 2008 at 1600 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 19, 2008 at 2030 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 8/3149: due to change in times.

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NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3282 Issue Date: June 19, 2008 at 1249 UTC Location: MULE CREEK , New Mexico near SILVER CITY VORTAC (SVC) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR SEARCH Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580

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NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3354 Issue Date: June 19, 2008 at 1714 UTC Location: 23 MILES WEST OF RATON , New Mexico near CIMARRON VORTAC (CIM) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately 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: DENVER (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248

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Response Varies To GAO Decision On KC-X

Predictably, Boeing Fans Thrilled; Less So For NGC, Supporters

Below is a small sample of responses to Wednesday's surprise announcement by the Government Accountability Office, which sided with a protest filed by Boeing over the US Air Force's February 29 awarding of the KC-X tanker contract to a team comprised of Northrop Grumman and EADS.

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Pilot Identified In Kentucky Lancair Downing

Witnesses Say Pilot Was In A Spiral

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 1200 EDT: Authorities have identified the pilot killed Wednesday when his Lancair IV-P crashed during an emergency landing attempt near Lexington, KY.

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One Lost In Twin Otter Downing At HYA

Cargo Plane Rolled Left On Takeoff

The pilot of a DeHavilland Dash-6 cargo plane died Wednesday, when his plane was felled on takeoff from Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) in Massachusetts.

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House Approves $20.2 Billion NASA Budget

Includes One Additional Shuttle Flight

It's a major win for NASA... but still far short of a decisive victory. On Wednesday the US House of Representatives approved a $20.2 billion NASA spending bill for fiscal year 2009 that includes funds for one more shuttle flight before the fleet's retirement, as well as more money for development of the Constellation program.

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Qantas Engineers Plan To Strike Next Week

Labor Action Could Go On Indefinitely

Given the economic woes facing most airlines worldwide, now isn't the best time for a labor strike to hinder operations even more... but that's the scenario facing Qantas.

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NASA Mars Lander To Keep On Digging

Team Probes Flash Memory Following Odd Glitch

NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission generated an unusually high volume of spacecraft housekeeping data earlier this week, causing the loss of some non-critical science data. Phoenix engineers are now analyzing why this anomaly occurred; in the meantime, the science team at JPL plans spacecraft activities for Thursday that will not rely on Phoenix storing science data overnight but will make use of multiple communication relays to gain extra data quantity.

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FLO Sees Dollar Signs In Grounded Planes

Other Airports May Follow As More Airliners Parked

A South Carolina airport has found a way to generate some cash from current airline woes. Florence Regional Airport (FLO) officials want the word to get out: if you have a plane to park, they have the place to park your plane.

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Astronaut, Mountain Climber Honors Fallen Comrades

Scott Parazynski Sends Memorial Flags To Mt. Everest

It was an appropriately high-reaching manner, we think, to honor fallen astronauts and cosmonauts. Dr. Scott Parazynski, a 16 year veteran of the NASA astronaut corps and avid mountain climber traveled to Mount Everest earlier this spring in hopes of ascending a mountain he had aspired to his whole life. While on the summit he had planned to tie off two special memorial flags in honor of fallen astronauts and cosmonauts.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.19.08

From AEA 2008: Newt Gingrich On Aviation

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.19.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.19.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Newt Gingrich Offers His Take On Aviation Matters: 06.19.08 (ANN Special Report, with the former House Speaker's comments at AEA 2008.) &

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.19.08

Here we go again...the GAO back's Boeing's KC-X challenge.
Thielert's insolvency administrator says the company is back in business.
And noted aviation expert Chuck Schumer is at it again.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.19.08

Here we go again...the GAO back's Boeing's KC-X challenge.
Thielert's insolvency administrator says the company is back in business.
And noted aviation expert Chuck Schumer is at it again.

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ANN Special Feature: Newt Gingrich on Aviation - 06.19.08

Today, we'll hear excerpts from Newt Gingrich's speech at the Aircraft Electronics Association's convention, April 25th, at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC.

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AD: M7 Aerospace

AD NUMBER: 2008-12-16 MANUFACTURER: M7 Aerospace LP SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-12-16 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain M7 Aerospace LP SA226 and SA227 series airplanes.

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AD: Viking Air

AD NUMBER: 2008-11-11 MANUFACTURER: Viking Air Limited SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-11-11 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: General Avia Construzioni Aeronatiche

AD NUMBER: 2008-12-13 MANUFACTURER: General Avia Construzioni Aeronatiche SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-12-13 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Dassault

AD NUMBER: 2008-12-15 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-12-15 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Dassault

AD NUMBER: 2008-12-14 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-12-14 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Lindstrand

AD NUMBER: 2008-13-05 MANUFACTURER: Lindstrand Balloons SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-13-05 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Lockheed

AD NUMBER: 2008-12-17 MANUFACTURER: Lockheed SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-12-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Lockheed Model L-1011 series airplanes.

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AD: Viking Air

AD NUMBER: 2008-12-12 MANUFACTURER: Viking Air Limited SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-12-12 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Aero-TV: Honeywell's KSN 770 MFD Is A MULTI Function Display System

Another Avionics Powerhouse Gets Serious About GA Glass

As noted in Part One of our look at Honeywell's upcoming GA Glass panel offerings, the Glass Panel game is a popular one... and filled with extremely aggressive competitors with exciting products... but with nearly all the cards on the table, EFIS-wise, all eyes turn to Honeywell/Bendix-King... and the "other shoe" that they are about to drop. With Industry innovators like Avidyne, Chelton and Garmin in the competition and some novel new players like Aspen coming hot and heavy on to the scene, Honeywell has a tough road ahead... but then again, they ARE Honeywell.

Aero-TV: Honeywell's KSN 770 MFD Is A MULTI Function Display System

Another Avionics Powerhouse Gets Serious About GA Glass

As noted in Part One of our look at Honeywell's upcoming GA Glass panel offerings, the Glass Panel game is a popular one... and filled with extremely aggressive competitors with exciting products... but with nearly all the cards on the table, EFIS-wise, all eyes turn to Honeywell/Bendix-King... and the "other shoe" that they are about to drop.

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Hawker Beech Delivers Its First Hawker 4000

Composite Bizjet Finally In Customers' Hands

It's one special delivery everyone involved were pleased to finally see come to fruition. Hawker Beechcraft announced the first delivery of its flagship Hawker 4000 super-midsized business jet Wednesday, to customers Gary and Donna Hall, one week after the composite-bodied bizjet received final certification from the FAA.

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Delta Latest Carrier To Announce Bigger Cuts In Capacity

Will Trim Service Between Non-Hub Airports

If you fly Delta Air Lines... plan on spending some time in Atlanta or Salt Lake City on your next trip cross-country. Following in the footsteps of its likely merger partner, Northwest Airlines, on Wednesday Delta Air Lines announced it plans to more sharply reduce capacity this year, now by as much as 13 percent.

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Pilot Killed In Kentucky Lancair IV-P Downing

Aircraft Crashes During Emergency Landing Attempt

Details remain sketchy at this point, but Aero-News has confirmed the pilot of a homebuilt Lancair IV-P was killed when his plane came down shot of the runway at Lebanon-Springfield Airport (6I2) in Kentucky.

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Sensenich Prop Approved For Legend Cubs, Texas Sport Cubs

Increases Speed By 10 MPH, Company Says

American Legend Aircraft Company and its homebuilt-kit offshoot, Texas Sport Aircraft Company, announced Wednesday the recent certification of a new 72-inch Sensenich composite propeller for the Legend Cub special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) and Texas Sport kit aircraft.

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Iraqi Air Force Makes Great Strides, General Says

Lauds Efforts Towards Rebuilding Service

The Iraqi air force is making great strides as it continues to train and begins supporting Iraqi army and police forces, the US advisor to the force said this week.

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Chartright Orders 10 Diamond D-Jets

To Be Used In Charter And Managed Fleets

Chartright Air Group and Diamond Aircraft announced a major order Wednesday for the Diamond D-Jet personal jet to complement Chartright's existing fleet of large business jets. Chartright has ordered 10 D-Jet aircraft with its first delivery to begin in the third quarter of 2010. These aircraft will be available for Chartright's charter and managed aircraft customers.

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Mystery Feet Washing Up On Vancouver Shore May Have Aviation Explanation

Coroner Thinks They're From Crash Victims; Other Theories Explored, Too

Something strange is afoot near Vancouver, BC. Residents are becoming increasingly creeped-out by a recent phenomenon -- human feet washing up on the shores of area waterways, possible remnants from a plane crash in the area off the coast three years ago.

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Salina Airport Authority Names Kenny Bieker As Facilities Manager

Began Working With Airport In Early 1990s

The Salina Airport Authority has named Kenny Bieker as Manager of Facilities to manage existing facilities and development projects. He begins June 23.

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FAA Raises Safety Rating for Bulgaria

Earns Highest Category One Status

We know our readers have been eagerly awaiting this news. The FAA announced Wednesday that Bulgaria now complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), following a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority in January.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.19.08)

Aero-Linx!

During World War II approximately 8,939 Allied Airmen (7,588 American and 1,351 Royal Air Force) were imprisoned by the Germans at Stalag Luft I in Barth, Germany. This website is in remembrance of James Richard (Dick) Williams, Jr., of Eufaula, AL. During World War II, he flew with America's Mighty 8th Air Force. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was sent for training as an aerial gunner to Drew Field in Tampa, FL and Langley AFB in Virginia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.19.08): Apogee

Aero-Terms!

The point where an orbiting object or vehicle is the greatest distance from the center of the object it is circling.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.19.08)

"This is not only a truly significant moment in Hawker Beechcraft’s history, but also a landmark day for general aviation as we begin delivering the world’s most advanced business jet -- our flagship Hawker 4000. We are ushering in a new era for general aviation as the Hawker 4000 is first in its class and the first in the world. I am delighted to present the first Hawker 4000 to Mr. and Mrs. Hall as they -- along with our large number of Hawker 4000 customers worldwide -- will enjoy this revolutionary aircraft and benefit from our commitment to superior customer support."

Source: Jim Schuster, chairman and CEO of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, during a celebration of the first delivery of its flagship Hawker 4000 super-midsized bu

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FL TFR: 06.20.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3045 Issue Date: June 18, 2008 at 1312 UTC Location: Fort Myers, Florida Beginning Date and Time: June 20, 2008 at 1505 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 20, 2008 at 1850 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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NC TFR: 06.20.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3029 Issue Date: June 18, 2008 at 1256 UTC Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Beginning Date and Time: June 20, 2008 at 1930 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 20, 2008 at 2305 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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