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February 27, 2008

Dominion Aircraft Sales To Hold Open House Saturday At FCI

Seminars Include Learning The G1000

Dominion Aircraft Sales announced this week it will hold an open house on Saturday, March 1 from 10 am – 3 pm at its headquarters located at the Chesterfield County Airport (FCI) in Richmond, VA.

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Eclipse Aviation Opens Albany Service Center

Third Service Facility For Maintenance, Avio NG Upgrades

Eclipse Aviation announced the opening Wednesday of its third Eclipse Service Center, during a ceremony at the Albany International Airport. The 42,800 square-foot facility includes eight maintenance bays in 30,000 square feet of hangar space, and also houses storage, tooling, and customer service areas.

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TX TFR: 02.29.08 - 03.03.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6180 Issue Date: February 27, 2008 at 1511 UTC Location: Crawford, Texas Beginning Date and Time: February 29, 2008 at 2110 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 03, 2008 at 1435 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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TX TFR: 02.29.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6179  Issue Date: February 27, 2008 at 1508 UTC  Location: Waco, Texas  Beginning Date and Time: February 29, 2008 at 2045 UTC  Ending Date and Time: February 29, 2008 at 2150 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 02.27.08

GAMA's Pete Bunce, Part Two Of Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.27.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.27.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- GAMA's Pete Bunce, Part Two Of Two: 02.27.08 (ANN Special Report, with the second part of a presentation by Pete Bunce of GAMA on the year ahead.)

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First CAE 5000 Series Sim Achieves Level D Certification

A320 FFS Located At UK Training Center

CAE announced this week its first CAE 5000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS), an A320 FFS located at CAE’s Burgess Hill training center in the United Kingdom, has achieved Level D certification by the United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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Washington Guv Raises Possibility Of Legal Action If KC-X Doesn't Go To Boeing

Gregoire Believes Hometown Team Will Win Contract

At this writing, Boeing hasn't lost the US Air Force's KC-X contract to provide the service with new tankers just yet -- and many analysts feel a Boeing win over a team comprised of EADS and Northrop Grumman is all-but assured. But that didn't stop the governor of Washington from threatening a possible legal protest if Boeing is denied the contract.

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First Challenger 890 Corporate Shuttle Enters Service

Suncor Energy Will Operate CRJ200-Derived Transport

Bombardier announced this week the first Challenger 890 corporate shuttle has entered service with Calgary based Suncor Energy Inc., a North American developer of oil sands. The aircraft will join Suncor’s Challenger 850 corporate shuttle, in operation since March 2006.

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Heli-Expo 2008: American Eurocopter Delivers First US EC225 To Era Helicopters

Helo Earned FAA Certification Last Month

American Eurocopter marked the delivery of the first EC225 in the United States at Heli-Expo 2008, during a ceremony Monday. The helicopter was delivered to Era Helicopters LLC, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. Era Helicopters will take delivery of three additional EC225’s this year, two in 2009 and two more in 2010.

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FAA To Install Runway Safety Warning System At LAX

Follows Implementation At DFW And SAN

Technology that warns pilots about potential runway safety hazards will be installed at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) under a partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the City of Los Angeles, following a series of highly-publicized runway incursion incidents.

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US Airways Joins United In Charging For Second Checked Bag

Airline Gambles Move Will Result In More Cash, Fewer Bags

The nickel-and-dime-ing of domestic air travelers continues, as US Airways announced this week it will soon start charging passengers $25 for a second piece of checked luggage.

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Pilot Seeks First World Record For Aircraft Efficiency

FAI, NAA To Recognize New Category After March 1

Kris Maynard of Fishers, IN hopes to be the first person in the world to set a record for Aircraft Efficiency.

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Child's Fake Crash Call Costs Cities $224

One Expensive 'Lesson' For Six-Year-Old

A hoax call to 911 about a plane crash last week cost two New Hampshire towns about $224, according to news reports.

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AD: Dassault Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2008-04-14 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-04-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Dassault Model Falcon 2000, Mystere-Falcon 900, Falcon 900EX, Fan Jet Falcon, Mystere-Falcon 50, Mystere-Falcon 20, Mystere-Falcon 200, and Falcon 10 series airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.27.08

We should learn today who will build the KC-X tanker.
Unions line up against airline mergers.
And American Airlines defends the actions of crewmembers who tried to save a dying passenger.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.27.08

We should learn today who will build the KC-X tanker.
Unions line up against airline mergers.
And American Airlines defends the actions of crewmembers who tried to save a dying passenger.

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ANN Special Feature: Part II - Pete Bunce, GAMA - 02.27.08

Today, we'll conclude a presentation by Pete Bunce of GAMA on general aviation's future, and how small aircraft are about to come under environmental scrutiny.

FMI:

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Aero-TV: More Intriguing Details From GAMA's 2008 A.I.R. (With Pete Bunce - Part 2 of 3)

Bunce Takes On FAA... Reiterates FAA Funding Shouldn't Be Tied To User Fees

During its Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing a few days back, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) identified several dynamic challenges that must be managed in order for the robust growth in general aviation to continue.

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Aero-TV: More Intriguing Details From GAMA's '08 Annual Industry Review (Part 2)

Bunce Takes On FAA... Reiterates FAA Funding Shouldn't Be Tied To User Fees

During its Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing a few days back, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) identified several dynamic challenges that must be managed in order for the robust growth in general aviation to continue.

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Heli-Expo 2008: FAA's Sturgell Pitches ADS-B To Helo Pilots

Says First Phase To Be Implemented By December '09

Below is the text of a speech given Tuesday at Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston, TX by Acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell, in which he updated attendees on the progress of a program of significant importance to all general aviation pilots -- but particularly to offshore helicopter operations.

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Stocks Fall On Stalled Delta-Northwest Merger

Delay Leads To Lower Share Prices

We're now seeing one reason Delta and Northwest felt some urgency to get a merger done once the rumors started. Both airlines have seen their stock prices hit this week after unions have hinted they'll balk at combining the workforces.

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AAIB Says Thomas Cook Jet Flew Twice With Damaged Maingear

Ground Crews Missed Problem After Hard Landing

An Airbus A320 operated by the Thomas Cook Group, a major European travel company, was permitted to keep flying after damaging its main gear in a hard landing at Bristol, England in November 2006, according to a recent report by the British Department of Transport's Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

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Spaceport Plans Draw Protestors Along Florida's Space Coast

One Proposal Calls For Launch Facility At Wildlife Sanctuary

If you propose to take one of America's most popular wildlife sanctuaries and turn it into a spaceport, you're pretty much guaranteed to get a turnout at your public hearing.

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Greenpeace Protest At Heathrow Leads To Red Faces, Permanent Bans

Environmentalists Protest Plans For Third Runway

A Monday protest against a new, third runway at London's Heathrow Airport, staged by Greenpeace, has resulted in red faces.

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International Solar Mission To End Following 'Stellar' Performance

Ulysses Mission Nearing End Of 17-Year Run

The joint NASA and European Space Agency Ulysses mission to study the sun and its influence on surrounding space is likely to cease operations in the next few months. The venerable spacecraft -- which has lasted more than 17 years or almost four times its expected mission lifetime -- is succumbing to the harsh environment of space.

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Coast Guard Crew Rescues Lost Pilot

Model Airplane Still Unaccounted For

A US Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a California model airplane pilot trapped on San Bruno Mountain Monday evening, after firefighters called the agency for assistance.

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Heli-Expo 2008: P&WC Signs ERA Helicopters Maintenance Contract

Newly-Intro'd Fleet Management Program Finds A Customer At HAI

Pratt & Whitney Canada signed a Fleet Management Program contract with ERA Helicopters of Los Angeles to provide engine support for its fleet of Agusta 119 Koala helicopters. The agreement covers ERA’s 26 installed and three spare PT6B-37A engines over a period of 11 years.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.27.08)

Aero-Linx!

A.V. Roe Canada Ltd was established in 1945, in 1949 AVRO Canada flew their first aircraft under the new company name - the AVRO Jetliner.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.27.08): Fairing

Aero-Terms!

An added streamlining structure or auxiliary member, most often of light metal, whose only purpose is to reduce drag. Fairings are not load-bearing and, therefore, are not meant to carry any principal air loads placed on the airplane structure.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.27.08)

"Although checks were carried out at Bristol, an opportunity to find the damage was missed. It was only after the second landing at Manchester that the damage was discovered."

Source: From a recent report by the British Department of Transport's Air Accidents Investigation Branch, regarding a series of incidents stemming from the November 2006 hard landing of a Thomas Cook Airbus A320 in Bristol. The report says the jet was permitted to keep flying -- twice -- after damaging its main gear, due to inadequate checks by ground crews.

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