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January 03, 2008

IL TFR: 01.07.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0204  Issue Date: January 03, 2008 at 1735 UTC  Location: Chicago, Illinois  Beginning Date and Time: January 07, 2008 at 1505 UTC  Ending Date and Time: January 07, 2008 at 2100 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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MN TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/0221 Issue Date: January 03, 2008 at 1925 UTC Type: Hazards

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.03.08

EAA's Earl Lawrence Weighs In On What's Ahead In 2008

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.03.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.03.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- What's Ahead For EAA In 2008: 01.03.08 (ANN Special Report, with Earl Lawrence, VP of Industry and Regulatory Affairs for the Experimental Aircraft Association.)

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Holiday Bonuses Not Enough To Improve US Airways' On-Time Performance

$100 Incentive Fails To Spur Employees

An incentive program announced by US Airways in November, intended to motivate workers to improve the carrier's atrocious on-time and mishandled luggage ratings over the holiday season, failed to deliver the goods.

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Boeing Takes A Bow... 1,413 Net Orders In 2007

They waited until the absolute last minute... but Boeing made good on reports it would announce its 2007 sales total Thursday, and touted a mind-boggling net order total of 1,413 -- smashing the planemaker's previous record of 1,044 sales in 2006, and marking the third year in a row Boeing surpassed the 1,000-order mark.

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Airlines Take Drastic Measures To Combat Fuel Prices

Lighter Snack Carts, Less Paint... And Fewer Planes

Since fuel costs represent about a third of airline costs... why haven't airline ticket prices risen to match the spike in oil prices?

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Forrey, Sturgell Meet A Second Time To Discuss Mutual Problems

Progress Between FAA, NATCA? You're Kidding!

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Robert Sturgell, who's still awaiting Congressional confirmation to take over the post under a five-year contract, has asked for a second meeting with Patrick Forrey, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. The two are expected to meet Thursday.

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Skybus Vows To Fly On After Rocky Holiday Season

But Some Passengers Say They Won't Be Along For The Ride

Upstart ultra-low-cost carrier Skybus still plans to expand service at North Carolina's Piedmont Triad International Airport in coming weeks, despite the setback caused by cancelled flights on Christmas Day.

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Spaceport America Groundbreaking Postponed Until November

EIS To Be Redone By Independent Contractor

A scrapped environmental impact statement has forced the groundbreaking for New Mexico's Spaceport America to be delayed to November 2008. But a spaceport official says the opening of the facility is still scheduled for early 2010, to coincide with anchor tenant Virgin Galactic's start of operations.

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ATL, ORD Continue Rankings As Nation's Busiest Airports

DFW A Distant Third

The Associated Press reports for the third year in a row, according to preliminary FAA data for 2007, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport retained its title as the nation's busiest airport, measured by number of flights.

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Boeing Submits Final KC-767 Advanced Tanker Proposal To USAF

This Is It... Really. No Kidding. Final Answer.

Boeing announced Thursday it submitted its final KC-767 Advanced Tanker (AT) proposal for the US Air Force's KC-135 Tanker Replacement Program... the latest development in a saga that spans over five years, and one prior awarding of the contract to the planemaker.

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EADS Wins Saudi Arabian A330 MRTT Order

Consortium Notes 'Competitive Success' Against KC-767

The Royal Saudi Air Force announced this week it will acquire EADS A330 Multi-role Tanker/Transport (MRTT) -- a move EADS says puts its offering in the USAF KC-X contract bid in an even better competitive position, and further consolidates the MRTT's position as the most operationally flexible global aerial refueling platform.

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Garmin Discontinues Production Of Its First WAAS-Certified GPS

GNS 480, We Hardly Knew Ye

The worst fears of a small-but-loyal group of owners were confirmed this week, as Garmin International announced to its dealers it will discontinue production of the GNS 480 GPS/Comm.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.03.08

AirTran gets a new hurricane-proof headquarters in Orlando.
Eclipse Aviation celebrates an all-time industry production record for 2007.
And airlines are getting creative in fighting rising f

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.03.08

AirTran gets a new hurricane-proof headquarters in Orlando.
Eclipse Aviation celebrates an all-time industry production record for 2007.
And airlines are getting creative in fighting rising fuel

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ANN Special Feature: Earl Lawrence, EAA - 01.03.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Earl Lawrence, VP of Industry and Regulatory Affairs for the Experimental Aircraft Association about EAA's petition supporting E-LSA conversions, changes to the "51% Rul

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2007-26-10 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-10 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 430 helicopters that requires replacing a certain servo actuator-to-actuator support attachment bolt (bolt) with an airworthy bolt.

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AOPA's Reasonable Analysis Of The User Fee Issue At AOPA Expo '07

For those of us who wearied of all the "Bravo-Sierra" that came our way from the airline side of the equation, it is a breath of fresh air to see a reasoned approach to the User Fee dilemma.

 

Watching the AOPA crew, especially Phil Boyer, shoot down all the nonsense about various user fee arguments is a bit of art... simple, verifiable, straight-to-the-point, honest. And he uses facts and verifiable details, even!!

Who'da thunk it?

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Aero-TV: AOPA's Reasonable Analysis Of The User Fee Issue At AOPA Expo '07

User Fees: A Reasonable Analysis... AOPA President, Phil Boyer, Discusses The User Fee Issue At AOPA Expo 2007

For those of us who wearied of all the "Bravo-Sierra" that came our way from the airline side of the equation, it is a breath of fresh air to see a reasoned approach to the User Fee dilemma. Watching the AOPA crew, especially Phil Boyer, shoot down all the nonsense about various user fee arguments is a bit of art... simple, verifiable, straight-to-the-point, honest. And he uses facts and verifiable details, even!! FMI: www.aopa.org, www.aero-tv.net, I Want My Aero-TV!, <

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2007 In Review: Top Ten Unanswered Questions, Part One

Let The Prognostifications Begin!

The staff of ANN has looked into our crystal balls, and brushed up on our tarot-reading techniques, to determine our best guesses to what we consider the 10 Unanswered Questions of 2007, as we face the new year. Hopefully, the new year will bring some much-needed answers...

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Military Increasingly Relies On UAVs In Combat Zones

More And More Pilots Reassigned To Flying Drones

If you aspire to become a fighter pilot, you may want to instead brush up on your video game skills. As the US military increasingly relies on unmanned aerial vehicles in the warzones of Iraq and Afghanistan, more and more pilots are being reassigned to drone duty, reports The Associated Press.

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IWASM Reflects On 2007 Achievements, Looks Ahead To 2008

Toni Mullee, Executive Director of the International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM), tells ANN that IWASM plans to build on its offerings and exhibits spotlighting the contributions of women in aerospace for 2008 -- Ed.

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2007 In Review: Our Honored Departed Who Have 'Gone West,' Part One

While we see another year off, ANN would like to use this space to pay tribute to those in aerospace and aviation who will not be among us as we welcome in the New Year.

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A Few Aero-Tips For The (Icing) Season #6: Known Icing Conditions

Icing Aero-Tip #6: Known Icing Conditions

In a recent letter of interpretation (which is still being "clarified"), the FAA Eastern Region offered a definition of what is considered known icing conditions. The letter states that known icing conditions exist when visible moisture or high relative humidity combines with temperatures near or below freezing.

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Frasca To Celebrate 50th Anniversary In 2008

Rudy Frasca Founded Company In 1958

It's hard to believe... but one of the most innovative suppliers of high-tech flight-training simulators has been around for 50 years. Frasca International tells ANN it plans to celebrate a half-century in the business in 2008.

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #8--Foreign Mismanagement of Columbia

From the Heartbreaker's List #8--Foreign Mismanagement of Columbia  

If there ever was textbook case of mismanagement of an aviation company, Columbia Aircraft would seem to be it. Bad luck or not, they had a solid product, a growing market, and a promising company. And, they were downed by what appears (in the overview) to be nothing more than neglect and indifference from its foreign majority ownership.

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Sierra Updates Super II Flight Test Progress

Says Certification Expected By End Of 2008

Sierra Indsutries told ANN this week certification testing of the modification company's Super II is proceeding at a rapid pace -- with 30 test flights, totaling over 40 hours to date, and more than 50% of total flight testing completed by Christmas.

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NAFI Names Its December 2007 Master Instructors

'The Best Of The Best'

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

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ANN Names The 'Heartbreakers' of 2007: #9--Fuel Prices

From the Heartbreaker's List #9: Fuel Prices  

While no one will tell you that aviation is cheap, fuel costs have made a bad situation worse... and in ways that have not only affected how much people are flying, but WHAT they are flying. Reports of $6 and $7/gallon Avgas prices are not at all that unusual and it's a rare find to buy the stuff anywhere near the low end of the $4 range anymore...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.03.08)

Aero-Linx!

As most of you will know, the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation has become an almost extinct species in today's skies that are flocked by Boeings and Airbuses.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.03.08)

"I think right now the demand for the capability that the unmanned system provides is only increasing. Even as the surge ends, I suspect the deployment of the unmanned systems will not go down, particularly for larger systems."

Source: Army Col. Bob Quackenbush, deputy director for Army Aviation, commenting on the increase in operations by unmanned aerial vehicles in combat zones in 2007.

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