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September 17, 2007

Former UAL Ops VP Krakowski Named FAA's Chief Operating Officer

CAST Co-Chair Oversee Air Traffic Organization

On Monday, US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced that Captain Henry P. (Hank) Krakowski has been selected to serve as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic organization.

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7185  Issue Date: September 16, 2007 at 0552 UTC  Location: Los Angeles Center , Santa Ysabel, California near JULIAN VORTAC (JLI)  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: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205 

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PR TFR: 09.19.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7252 Issue Date: September 17, 2007 at 1545 UTC Type: Hazards

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MO TFR: 09.17.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7243 Issue Date: September 17, 2007 at 1406 UTC Location: Kansas City, Missouri near RIVERSIDE VOR/DME (RIS) Beginning Date and Time: September 17, 2007 at 1550 UTC Ending Date and Time: September 17, 2007 at 1830 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/6988: Due to change in restrictions

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 09.17.07

Into The Clouds... Are You Qualified? With CFI Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.17.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.17.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Into The Clouds... Are You Ready: 09.17.07 (ANN Special Feature, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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What To Do, What To Do With Older 747s?

This'll REALLY Tick Off The Neighbors...

If you want to really tweak some noses at the next meeting of your homeowners association... tell them you're applying to build a house out of a retired Boeing 747.

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US Army Records First UAV Kill

Hunter Blows Bomb-Planting Insurgents Away

If the use of unmanned aircraft in war has seemed a long time coming, the technology would bnow appear to be in a steep ramp-up.

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Former UT Senator Goes On Record Against User Fees

Wishes He Could "Talk Some Sense" Into Former Colleagues

The latest announced opponent of Senate Bill 1300, which would reauthorize the FAA and add user fees for general aviation, is former astronaut and Utah Senator Jake Garn.

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Lone Star Flight Museum Acquires PT-17 Stearman

Should Be Available For Rides In October

The Lone Star Flight Museum told ANN Monday the facility recently acquired a 1943 Boeing PT-17 Stearman. The World War II vintage trainer is currently on display at the museum's Galveston, TX facility and plans are underway to offer flight experiences to the public within the next few weeks.

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Washington Dulles Gets Its New Control Tower

Acting Administrator Dedicates New Facility

Air traffic controllers at Washington Dulles International Airport are now operating out of a new state-of-the art facility. The FAA commissioned the new Air Traffic Control Tower recently, about three and a half years after construction began.

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If You Can't Beat 'Em... Airbus Opts For All-Composite Fuse For A350 XWB

Leahy: Old Plane Was Good, "This One Is Even Better"

In what may be construed as a delayed capitulation to the inevitable, European planemaker Airbus -- which once accused Boeing of pushing technology too far with its composite-fuselage 787 Dreamliner -- appears to have decided to follow suit, and construct the fuselage of its own A350 XWB from carbon-fiber barrel sections.

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Two Lost In CO SportStar Accident

Witnesses Say Plane Wasn't Able To Climb In High Temps

A flight instructor and his student were lost Saturday afternoon, when their light sport aircraft went down on takeoff from an airfield near Erie, CO.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.17.07

An MD 82 accident claims 88 lives in Thailand.
Diamond flies its second D-Jet.
And Airbus is finally committing to composite for the A350.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.17.07

An MD 82 accident claims 88 lives in Thailand.
Diamond flies its second D-Jet.
And Airbus is finally committing to composite for the A350.

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Hands-Free Flying - 09.17.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about the dangers facing instrument pilots with limited experience in actual IMC, and also why you should learn to fly with no hands.

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Search Crews Consider Next Step In Search For Steve Fossett

Errant Pilot Goes Searching On His Own

Two weeks after millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett went missing during what was to be a short flight over western Nevada, Civil Air Patrol crews ponder what more may be done in their search... while others, perhaps, are a tad overzealous in their efforts to locate the missing pilot.

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Horizon Air Works To Return To Full Capacity After Q400 Checks

Hopes To Resume Full Service September 25

Alaska Airlines subsidiary Horizon Air -- brought to its knees last week after Transport Canada mandated checks of Bombardier Q400 main landing gear assemblies, following two right maingear failures in three days on Scandinavian Airlines planes -- has amended its flight schedule through September 24 to, hopefully, ease the sting on travelers.

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ASA Pilots Union To Host Job Fairs In September

Union Wants To Help Pilots If They Seek Jobs Elsewhere

The Atlantic Southeast Airlines pilots' union tells ANN it will host two job seminars in September. These won't be the standard meet-and-greets seeking new pilot applicants, however... but rather are intended to help ASA pilots prepare their resumes, sharpen their interview skills and learn where the best prospects for better employment lie, if they choose to go elsewhere.

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Gear Malfunction Temporarily Grounds A380 In Hamburg

Air Show Attendees Treated To Taxi Demonstration

Air show attendees in Hamburg, Germany who hoped to see Airbus' massive A380 take to the skies Sunday, had to content themselves instead with watching the superjumbo lumber back-and-forth along the taxiway, after an unspecified gear malfunction scrubbed a planned demonstration flight.

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Thai MD82 Accident Claims 87 Lives

NTSB On Way To Assist Crash Investigation

A Thai MD-82 attempting to land in heavy rain, went down Sunday on approach to Phuket, Thailand. Carrying 130 people, the airliner broke apart on impact, leaving losses of 87 known dead, as Sunday came to a close.

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CAPBOR Blog Site Hacked, But 'Strand-In' Remains As Scheduled for 9/19

A note from the folks that run CAPBOR (Coalition for Airline Passengers Bill of Rights) indicates that seem to be having an intriguing problem right now. On the eve of a major media event, the CAPBOR blog has reportedly been hacked according to a message that plainly states, "HELP! We've been hacked! Our blog has been hacked and disabled."

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ANN On-Scene: A CLOSE Look At The XPrize-Google Lunar Prize Announcement

Pictures and Narrative By Jim Campbell and Sarah Curtiss

Due to ANN E-I-C Jim Campbell's close relationship with the X Prize Foundation, and our continuing interest in all things that push the frontiers of aviation and aerospace, ANN has the coveted opportunity to be a part of some of the most exciting events in recent aerospace history... and this week's announcement of the next step in the X Prize was certainly a good time for us to be involved once again. ANN was there... as part of the X Prize news and video team... not only for the event itself, but for many of the rehearsals, and some of the planning sessions that tied in some of the media planning for the public announcement.

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ANN Appoints Aero-TV Daily News Host

'Airport Brat' Ivee Sauls Joins Aero-TV!

When ANN selects a new staff member, it's done with a number of critical parameters in mind. First, of course, we select people who we think can do the job and do it well. Second; we select those with the respect and affection for aviation that motivates the rest of the ANN crew... an essential element in our commitment to helping aviation grow and prosper...

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Word To The Wise... Check For Towbar

They don't always turn out this well... but we felt that it behooved us to mention that an all too easy mistake to make (leaving the towbar attached to your aircraft), still continues to be made with great regularity.

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SynergyAir Offers 'Fiberglass Done Right'

'Work Smarter, Not Harder!'

The folks at Synergy Air note that you may have spent a long time building your dream airplane and spent tedious hours getting the fiberglass components ready to paint. But when your painter is getting his first look at your efforts, a pitying smile on his face and the slow wag of his head is not a good sign!

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Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Opportunity Begins Sustained Exploration

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity finished the last step of a test in-and-out maneuver checking wheel slippage at the rim of Victoria Crater this week. Then, the rover immediately drove back into the crater as the start of a multi-week investigation on the big bowl's inner slope.

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2007 Comm1 Scholarship Deadline Approaches

The Seventh Annual Comm1 Aviation Scholarship Program application process closes October 15th, 2007. This scholarship represents funding to assist young aspiring aviators with the training required to pursue a career in aviation and to help defray tuition and flight training expenses.

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Pemco Aviation Group Comments On Loss of KC-135 Contract

"Will Decide On The Next Steps To Be Taken"

Pemco Aviation Group has issued some comments on their unsuccessful bid to be selected as the recipient of the new KC-135 Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) contract from the United States Air Force. The contract, which has a 5-year base term with 5 additional one-year options, was awarded on September 10, 2007, with an effective date of October 1, 2007.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.07)

Aero-Linx!

An incredible repository of information on military equipment of all shapes and sizes.  Basically, this is an encyclopedia of all things military.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.17.07): Header Tank

Aero-Terms!

A small fuel tank between the main tank and the carburetor. The purpose of the header tank is to ensure that the fuel fed to the carburetor is free of air bubbles, which can form in aerobatic flight.

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Aero-News: Quote of The Day (09.17.07)

"The Google Lunar X PRIZE calls on entrepreneurs, engineers and visionaries from around the world to return us to the lunar surface and explore this environment for the benefit of all humanity. We are confident that teams from around the world will help develop new robotic and virtual presence technology, which will dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration."

Source: X Prize Founder, Dr. Peter Diamandis, discussing the XPF's newest prize... a $30 million dollar program for the placing of a robotic lander on the Moon, sponsored by Google. 

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