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June 22, 2008

Pardon The Dust: US NOTAM System To Be Down Six Hours For Repairs

Outage Will Fix Glitches Uncovered Last Month When System Crashed

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 06.22.08 1600 EDT. The FAA issued a notice this weekend of a scheduled system outage for the US Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) system on Monday, June 23. According to the notice the system covering NOTAMs in the United States, Iraq, and Afghanistan will be down from 0400 UTC to 1000 UTC. During that time all systems displaying information for those areas will not be updated.

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United Pilot Announces He’s Too Upset To Fly, Cancels Flight

Considered His Emotions Too High To Be Safe, Reportedly Caused By Argument On Union Action

A United pilot in Salt Lake City may have taken a page from the flight instructors playbook Thursday as he took the I.M. S.A.F.E. checklist and determined his E for emotion was too high to fly his flight that day.

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Air Ambulance Pilot Arrested Before Departing From LEX Thursday

Patient, Wife Reported Smelling Alcohol On His Breath

An air ambulance pilot was arrested Thursday in Lexington, KY before a flight to transport a quadriplegic man and his wife from Blue Grass Airport to St. Louis.

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Air Rage Sparked By Slur States Supermodel

Naomi Campbell Blamed BA Employee Statement For Tantrum, BA Rejects Claim

Supermodel Naomi Campbell pleaded guilty to assault on Friday stemming from her April 5 bout of “air rage” which she claims was sparked by a racial slur directed at her. Campbell spat on an officer, and was arrested and charged with suspicion of assaulting an officer after being asked to get off the British Airways plane she expected to fly to Los Angeles because one of her bags had been lost.

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Piper Cub Down In Central FL: Two Lost

Aircraft Was Conducting Aerial Survey Of Black Bears

The pilot and passenger of a Piper J-3 Cub were lost Friday in an apparent stall-spin accident over Placid Lakes Airport near Lake Placid, FL.

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New Braunfels Reclaims Facilities Abandoned By Silver State

City Also Gets Stuck With Over $280K In Debt From Bankrupt School

Abandoned by the now-defunct Silver State Helicopters, hangar space at New Braunfels Municipal Airport in Texas is now back in the hands of the city.

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Delta Tests Paperless Mobile Phone Boarding Pass Program

Airline, TSA Using New System At New York’s LaGuardia As First Step

Aimed at reducing lines at the airport and making it easier for passengers to navigate security and the check-in process, Delta Airlines began testing a new mobile phone boarding pass program at LaGuardia Airport.

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NetJets Announces Gulfstream Fleet Expansion

Operator Signs $1.9B Agreement With Gulfstream for Forty Plane Deal

NetJets Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, announced Friday it will significantly expand its fleet of large-cabin Gulfstream G450s and Gulfstream G550s. In a new agreement signed with Gulfstream valued at $1.9 billion, NetJets will acquire a total of 40 new Gulfstream aircraft - four Gulfstream G450s and four Gulfstream G550s to be delivered each year from 2012 through 2016. This deal also includes a long-term maintenance support agreement.

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Finally, An A380 That Any Airport Can Accommodate

Airbus A380 Model In Denmark Possibly Largest Airplane Built Of LEGO Bricks

As a kid, your mother probably lamented over painfully stepping on the scattered little plastic pieces on the floor of your room, but your love of LEGO bricks never stopped.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.22.08)

Aero-Linx!

An organization of pioneers who flew solo before December 17, 1916. Plan on spending some SERIOUS time looking at this site, it is truly amazing!     

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.22.08): Cantilever Wing

Aero-Terms!

A wing with no external bracing. All of the strength of the wing is inside its structure. The wing spars are designed to carry all torsional and bending loads.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.22.08)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

"I'm roughly paraphrasing here, but the pilot came on the PA and said, 'some of you may have witnessed an incident I was involved in at the gate. I'm not going to go into the details, but it was an interpersonal confrontation that upset me significantly to the point where I'm not focused enough to fly you to Denver. I feel like I may not be calmed and focused enough to fly to Denver for another hour.' "    

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