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January 01, 2008

ATA Says NASA Survey Results Should Be Viewed 'In Context'

Repeats FAA Mantra That Results Are Cloudy At Best

On Monday, the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade and lobbying organization for several major US airlines, issued the following statement regarding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) release of the National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service (NAOMS) study.

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NASA Reluctantly Releases Results Of NOAM Survey On New Year's Eve

Agency Offers No Guidance In Making Sense Of Results

They didn't make it easy... and that was probably intentional. On Monday -- in the waning moments of 2007 -- NASA made good on its promise to release details of an $11.3 million National Aviation Operations Monitoring System study before the end of the year... but did so with little fanfare, and even less help in making sense of the results.

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Weather Leads To Cancelled Flights In Midwest

Volume Also Snags Travel Plans For Many

It seems anymore, it just wouldn't be a holiday without reports of cancelled flights... though admittedly, there's little the airlines can do about it. A Midwest snowstorm that dumped several inches of snow led airlines to delay or scrap hundreds of flights this weekend, and the problems continued through Monday.

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Study: Pilot Error Less A Factor In Airliner Accidents Than Before

Overall Incident Rate Remained Constant Since '80s

The results of a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health present a mixed bag for commercial airline pilots. Although the overall rate of mishaps involving US airliners has remained more-or-less constant since the early 1980s, those pilots are to blame for far fewer accidents than before.

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2007 In Review: The Year That Was In Aerospace

Following a very successful 2006, NASA saw its fortunes slip slightly in 2007... as the shuttle program was hit with a series of glitches highlighting the agency's reliance on the aging technology, and casting doubts on whether the agency will be able to wrap up the program by the mandated 2010 retirement date.

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Insurance Company Goes After Comair For Polehinke's Medical Expenses

Wants Refund For $1.1 Million In Bills For Sole Survivor Of LEX Accident

What price, survival? For the insurance company paying the bills for James Polehinke, the lone survivor of the August 2006 runway overrun crash of Comair flight 5191, the answer is $1.1 million so far... and they want their money back.

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Airliner Hits Car On Bucharest Runway, No Injuries

Official Says Vehicle Was "Forgotten" By Controllers

There were no injuries from a plane-versus-car runway accident this weekend in Bucharest.

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2007 In Review: The Year That Was In Sport Aviation

Despite a number of new aircraft and product introductions in the sport plane and light-sport aircraft segments -- and noteworthy improvements to a number of existing models -- 2007 was a hard one for Sport Aviation, due to the loss of a number of well-known and respected pilots in a series of high-profile accidents.

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Astronomers Say Revised Figures Raise Chances Of Mars Impact

Show 1-In-25 Odds Asteroid Will Hit Planet

Mars had best watch out. One week after scientists with the Near-Earth Object Program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said the asteroid 2007 WD5 had a 1-in-75 chance of hitting Mars at the end of the month, a revised look at the data suggests the odds have grown a lot closer than that.

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South Korean Carrier Orders Five 737-800s

Will Supplement Q400 Turboprops

Just in time to still count towards 2007 sales figures, Boeing announced Monday a five-plane order from South Korea-based Jeju Air. The carrier ordered five 737-800s, valued at $370 million at list prices.

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NASA Awards Contract For Robotics Support

Canadian Firm Will Support Shuttle, ISS

NASA told ANN Monday the space agency recently awarded a potential five-year, $75.8 million contract to Canadian Commercial Corporation of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, for support of hardware and software associated with the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System robotic arm, inspection boom assembly and robotic work station.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.01.08)

Aero-Linx!

G'day and Welcome to the website for Suzy-Q, an Australian designed and built WWII CA-13 Boomerang.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.01.08): Quartz Glass

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A type glass made from pure quartz. Quartz glass does not filter out ultraviolet rays.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.01.08)

"We saw a reduction in pilot error crashes where crew interaction was a factor. That, and weather-related decisions. Trends indicate that great progress has been made to improve the decision-making of pilots and coordination between the aircraft's crew members."

Source: Susan Baker, lead author of a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that found although the overall rate of mishaps involving US airliners has remained more-or-less constant since the early 1980s, those pilots are to blame for far fewer accidents than before.

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CA TFR: 01.04.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8928 Issue Date: December 29, 2007 at 1904 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: January 04, 2008 at 1800 UTC Ending Date and Time: January 04, 2008 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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CA TFR: 01.03.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8929 Issue Date: December 29, 2007 at 1905 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: January 03, 2008 at 1845 UTC Ending Date and Time: January 03, 2008 at 2245 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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