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April 25, 2008

Flight Design Completes ISO 9001 Audit

HQ, Production Facilities Pass Inspection

Light sport aircraft manufacturer Flight Design says it's serious about quality... and backs that up through conducting internal audits as required by ASTM standards that govern LSA certification. Flight Design has also obtained German LTF-BfU seal of approval, and recently completed independent audits from the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA). And most recently, Flight Design successfully completed ISO 9001-2000 certification.

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Embry-Riddle Again Offers Summer Programs For Teens

Variety Of Aviation/Aerospace Courses Available

Teenagers interested in hands-on exploration of aviation and aerospace topics will want to sign up for the Summer Academy operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at its Daytona Beach, FL campus.

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Boeing, Northrop Trade More Punches In KC-X PR Battle

KC-767 Presents 'Lower Risk;' EADS Offering More Versatile

Show of hands -- which contentious, ongoing struggle are you more tired of reading about: the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the US presidency... or, the equally snarky war of words between Boeing and Northrop Grumman/EADS over the US Air Force KC-X tanker contract?

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Saab's Gripen Demo Makes Worldwide Entrance

Upgraded Fighter Includes More Power, Better Avionics

Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab unveiled its Gripen demonstrator aircraft Thursday, giving guests and international media their first official glimpses of the advanced fighter aircraft.

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TX TFR: 04.24.08 - 04.26.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4802  Issue Date: April 24, 2008 at 1601 UTC  Location: SAN ANTONIO , Texas near SAN ANTONIO VORTAC (SAT)  Beginning Date and Time: April 24, 2008 at 1600 UTC  Ending Date and Time: April 26, 2008 at 0459 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: THE HOUSTON (ZHU) Automated Flight Service Station, 281-230-5560 

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TX Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4891 Issue Date: April 24, 2008 at 2226 UTC Location: 10 NM NORTHWEST OF MARATHON , Texas near MARFA VOR/DME (MRF) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Automated Flight Service Station, 505-856-4580

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Aloha Airlines Pilots Authorize Strike

Comes After Filing Of Complaint With Bankruptcy Court

Pilots at Aloha Airlines voted on Wednesday night to give its local leadership, the Aloha Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), the right to call a strike, if it becomes absolutely necessary.

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FAA Cracks Down On Santa Monica Crackdown On Bizjets

City Takes Matters Into Their Own Hands

The Los Angeles Times reports the FAA took legal action Wednesday to overturn a ban on Category C and D jets at California's Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO).

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When It Comes To ATC Maintenance, The Devil's In The Details

New FAA Trend Monitors Overall Performance, Not Individual Components

The FAA has seen what critics term a 'philosophical' shift in its maintenance of the nation's air trafrfic control infrastructure. Instead of focusing attention on 45,000 individual pieces of air traffic control equipment, the new trend is to evaluate overall system performance.

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Wreckage From 2004 Accident Found In Puerto Rico

Remains Thought To Be Missing Pilot

A four-year-old aviation mystery may have been solved last week.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 04.25.08

ANN Learns A Thing Or Two... From An FAA 2008 CFI Of The Year

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.25.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.25.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The FAA's 2008 CFI Of The Year: 04.25.08 (ANN Special Report, with noted flight instructor, author and glass panel expert Max Trescott.)

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On CO Air Tanker Downing

Says Pilot Made Series Of Mayday Calls Before Impact

It's sad enough when we must report on the loss of a pilot's life. It's even harder to bear when it appears the pilot in question saw his end coming.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.25.08

Thielert fights a liquidity crisis despite strong sales.
Scandal rocks the Dallas-Fort Worth TRACON.
And the state of Maine hangs on to its tax on visiting aircraft owners.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.25.08

Thielert fights a liquidity crisis despite strong sales.
Scandal rocks the Dallas-Fort Worth TRACON.
And the state of Maine hangs on to its tax on visiting aircraft owners.

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ANN Special Feature: Max Trescott, 2008 CFI of the Year - 04.25.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Max Trescott, noted CFI, author and expert on glass panels in general, and the Garmin G-1000 in particular. The FAA's General Aviation Awards program named Max its 2008

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Aero-TV Checks Out The Mid-Continent 'Life-Saver' EAI!

The Ultimate Backup Instrument?

One of the most intriguing instruments that can go in your panel may be one of the most 'redundant' gauges to hit the industry. Mid-Continent Instrument's MCI 4300 AI offers incredible piece of mind to pilots who do a lot of flying in IMC and simply want more redundancy than most airframes already provide--especially in an age where a number of aircraft are being built "all-electric."

Aero-TV Checks Out The Mid-Continent 'Life-Saver' EAI!

The Ultimate Backup Instrument?

One of the most intriguing instruments that can go in your panel may be one of the most 'redundant' gauges to hit the industry. Mid-Continent Instrument's MCI 4300 AI offers incredible piece of mind to pilots who do a lot of flying in IMC and simply want more redundancy than most airframes already provide--especially in an age where a number of aircraft are being built "all-electric."

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Airline Tells Pilots Suspected Of Napping To go!

Mesa Air Group Fires Crew That Overshot Hilo

Two regional jet pilots suspected of falling asleep on a short Hawaii inter-island flight back in February have been fired.

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Cutter Aviation ABQ Installs First Aspen EFD1000

PHX Facility Also Approved For Installs

Cutter Aviation announced Thursday the first Aspen Avionics EFD1000 Evolution PFD (Primary Flight Display) installation by the Cutter Aviation avionics service center in Albuquerque, NM. The installation, on a Piper Arrow, was part of the FAA certification process that paved the way for full certification of the EFD1000 PFD in March.

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Klyde Morris (04.25.08)

Klyde's "Green" With Contempt For Carbon Offsets...

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Bombardier Delivers 1,500th CRJ Series Aircraft

First CRJ100 Flew In May 1991

Bombardier Aerospace announced Thursday the CRJ Series program has exceeded 1,500 deliveries. The 1,500th aircraft, a CRJ900 NextGen model, was handed over to Northwest Airlines in March 2008, and will be operated by Mesaba Airlines, a Northwest Airlink carrier.

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AEA 2008: Group Plans Three Int'l Meetings This Year

Meetings Start In Europe In May, End In Australia In November

If there's one primary theme the Aircraft Electronics Association would like its 2008 convention attendees to leave Washington, DC with, it's that AEA is a truly international organization, with members in 35 countries. To drive that point home further, AEA has plans for three international meetings before the end of 2008.

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L-3 Avionics Announces New Customer Support Database

Collaborative Customer Database Aimed At Saving Time

L-3 Communications Avionics Systems announced Thursday the launch of its Collaborative Customer Database. The database is the new foundation from which L-3 Avionics provides customer support and features a case-number based system that logs individual communications with customers who call the company’s service line.

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Japan Coast Guard Puts First Two EC225s In Service

Will Be Used In Offshore SAR Missions

Following the delivery of their first two EC225s in Search and Rescue (SAR) configuration a month ago, these helicopters will be launched into operation by the Japan Coast Guard today at the Kansai International Airport. They will perform public service and coastal surveillance missions as well as patrol Japan’s territorial waters.

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Boeing Working On Third C-130 AMP

Advanced Avionics To Include Night Vision, Glass Cockpit

Boeing Support Systems employees in San Antonio, TX continue to work on a C-130 transport aircraft being modified and upgraded as part of the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.25.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world's largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.25.08): Upwash

Aero-Terms!

The slight, upward flow of air just prior to its reaching the leading edge of a rapidly moving airfoil.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.25.08)

"Immediate illiquidity"

Source: The reason cited by Thielert Aircraft Engines for filing for insolvency Thursday. The enginemaker's board also dismissed company founder and former CEO Frank Thielert, and former Chief Financial Officer Roswitha Grosser, citing information received from the Hamburg Office of Criminal Investigation, in connection with preliminary investigations against management board members of the company over suspect financial statements from 2003-2005.

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CA TFR: 05.01.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4714 Issue Date: April 24, 2008 at 1004 UTC Location: March AFB, Riverside, California near PARADISE VORTAC (PDZ) Beginning Date and Time: May 01, 2008 at 1930 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 04, 2008 at 2359 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: March AFB (RIV) Air Traffic Control Tower, 951-655-3197

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FL TFR: 05.01.08 - 05.04.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4722 Issue Date: April 24, 2008 at 1147 UTC Location: MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida near ST PETERSBURG VORTAC (PIE) Beginning Date and Time: May 01, 2008 at 1900 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 04, 2008 at 2100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the Canadian Snowbirds and other high performance aircraft Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Tampa (TPA) Air Traffic Control Tower, 813-371-7700

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CA TFR: 05.01.08 - 05.04.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/4733 Issue Date: April 24, 2008 at 1202 UTC Location: Los Angeles Center, March AFB, California near PARADISE VORTAC (PDZ) Beginning Date and Time: May 01, 2008 at 1930 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 04, 2008 at 2359 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to high performance aerial demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: March AFB (RIV) Air Traffic Control Tower, 951-655-3197 Controlling Facility: ZLA ARTCC

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