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March 03, 2008

Paraglider, Pet Rescued From Tree After Accident

High-Flying Chihuahua, Owner Spent Five Hours In Branches

An Australian paraglider who likes flying with his pet chihuahua found himself stuck in a tree more than 100 feet above the ground Friday...  with his dog... after a flight gone wrong.

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Rolls-Royce Awarded $2.6 Billion Virgin Atlantic Order

Trent 1000 Deal Also Includes Joint Environmental Program

On Monday, Rolls-Royce announced a $2.6 billion order for its Trent 1000 engines and associated services from Virgin Atlantic. The company also revealed it is forming an environmental partnership with the airline to cut carbon emissions.

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British Aerospace Firms Tickled By KC-X Selection

Means Money, Saved Jobs For Companies Impacted By Power8

As disgruntled as their American counterparts are with the news the first phase of the US Air Force's KC-X tanker contract has been awarded to an Airbus-sourced plane, British aerospace firms are thrilled with the news.

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FAA Oversight Of Foreign-Sourced Aircraft Parts Under Scrutiny

OIG Says Substandard Parts Allowed Into US Planes

Boeing promises a serious review of a new report from the US Department of Transportations Office of the Inspector General, which claims poor FAA oversight of foreign manufacturers continues to allow substandard parts to find their way into US airliners.

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NTSB To Hold Safety Forum On UAVs

Event Comes Following April 2006 Predator Downing In Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a three-day forum on the safety of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The forum will be convened April 29 to May 1 in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center in Washington.

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UN Helicopter Down In Nepal, At Least 10 Lost

Mil-17 May Have Been Struck By Lightning

At least 10 people are confirmed lost after a United Nations helicopter crashed Monday in a mountainous region of eastern Nepal.

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Schumer Says TSA Isn't Doing Enough To Monitor Foreign Flight Students

Agency Denies Claimed Gaps In Screening Process

A New York senator says the Transportation Security Administration isn't doing enough to ensure foreign students training at US flight schools are properly vetted and cleared -- an assertion TSA vehemently denies.

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American Pulls One 777 From Fleet Following Autothrottle Issue

Says Problem Unrelated To British Airways Incident

American Airlines grounded one of its 777-200s following a reported autothrottle problem last week, as the aircraft approached to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

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UAS Manufacturer To Be Acquired By Rockwell Collins

Athena Technologies Builds GuideStar Control System

On Monday, Aero-News learned Athena Technologies, Inc. -- a privately held company that develops and provides flight control and navigation solutions primarily to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market segment -- will be acquired by Rockwell Collins. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Turbo SR22 Down On Takeoff In Brazil

Early Reports Suggest Plane Was Fueled With Jet-A

A 2006 Cirrus SR22 G3 Turbo crashed Sunday morning moments after takeoff from Jacarepagua, on the west side of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The four persons onboard were killed when the aircraft, registry PR-IAO, impacted the upper floors of a condominium in an upscale neighborhood near Barra da Tijuca.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.03.08

A Personal Lesson About Personal Minimums, With CFII Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.03.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.03.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Personal Lesson On Personal Minimums: 03.03.08 (ANN Special Report, with CFII Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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MN TFR: 03.04.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/6840  Issue Date: March 03, 2008 at 1917 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.03.08

Are we in for another year of user-fee battles?
A popular Florida fly-in breakfast suffers a tragedy.
And the FAA catches heat for inadequate safeguards on foreign parts.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.03.08

Are we in for another year of user-fee battles?
A popular Florida fly-in breakfast suffers a tragedy.
And the FAA catches heat for inadequate safeguards on foreign parts.

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Personal Minimums - 03.03.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about his flight last week, in which he faced the partial loss of de-ice capability and a vacuum pump on his Cessna 210, at 19,000 f

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Aero-TV: So... Let's Take A Thorough Look At Cessna's SkyCatcher (Part 1 of 4)

Let's Take a Good Long Look At An Exciting LSA offering... From An Industry Heavyweight

With industry heavyweights Cirrus design and Cessna Aircraft now firmly committed to the LSA market, the future for the entry level of aviation appears to be a bit more "sure" than it has been in many a moon. Our series on the Cirrus Design SRS took a long look at that exciting entry, but now it's time to take an equally thorough look at Cessna's SkyCatcher program... as well as its controversial decision to do some major assembly work in China.

Aero-TV: So... Let's Take A Thorough Look At Cessna's SkyCatcher (Part 1 of 4)

With industry heavyweights Cirrus Design and Cessna Aircraft now firmly committed to the LSA market, the future for the entry level of aviation appears to be a bit more "sure" than it has been in many a moon. Our series on the Cirrus Design SRS took a long look at that exciting entry, but now it's time to take an equally thorough look at Cessna's SkyCatcher program... as well as its controversial decision to do some major assembly work in China. In Part One, Aero-TV brings you to the initial announcements that took the wraps off the Continental O-200D powered SkyCatcher... right from the grounds of Oshkosh 2007.

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Canned Cathay Pacific Pilot Had High-Level Company In Cockpit

B777 Flyby Draws Condemnation... But Was Witnessed From Cockpit By CP Chairman

The details surrounding the termination of an experienced pilot for an impromptu fly-by are getting a mite more intriguing. Following the acceptance of a new B777 for Cathay Pacific Airlines, details have recently emerged confirming that the PIC had high-level company along who (one assumes) could have stopped the fly-by at any time had he wanted... since he was in the cockpit.

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Klyde Morris (03.03.08)

Either Way You Look At It... TFR's Remain Awfully Hard to Swallow!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Another Presidential Test Helicopter Takes to the Air

Test Vehicle 3, the third helicopter built for the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program, made its initial flight Feb. 27 in Yeovil, England marking the fourth helicopter to enter flight test.

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Dates Changed For 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo

Conflicts With Nearby Raceway Events Cited

After a fairly successful 2008 event, the folks of the US Sport Aviation Expo have decided to do some schedule shuffling for next year's rendition. The next event will now take place January 22-25, 2009.

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Boeing Delivers First US 777-200LR To Delta Air Lines

Boeing has delivered the first widebody 777-200LR (longer range) airplane for a U.S. carrier to Delta Air Lines. The airplane was revealed and then dedicated by the airline's management in honor of Delta employees, 150 of whom attended the delivery ceremony at Boeing Field.

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Aero-Update: Titusville Landing Collision Claims Third Life

Passenger On Board The Landing Velocity Loses Life

The tragic and shocking landing collision that took place at a monthly EAA Pancake Breakfast has now claimed a third life. Killed on Saturday aboard a taxiiing RV-8 were two men, ID'd by a friend to local media, as Bill Hess and Phil Schacht, both reportedly retired airline pilots who lived at Spruce Creek Fly-In.

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First Flight: A320 Powered By New IAE Select One

An Airbus' program to develop more eco-efficient aircraft has recently scored a milestone. An Airbus A320 test aircraft successfully performed the first in a series of test flights on 26th February, powered for the first time by International Aero Engines' new SelectOne standard engine.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.03.08)

Aero-Linx!

During World War II, a select group of young women pilots became pioneers, heroes, and role models...They were the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP, the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.03.08): Flying Wires

Aero-Terms!

Interplane bracing wires that help support wingloads when the plane is in flight. Direction of travel is upward and outward from the fuselage to the interplane struts. Also known as lift wires, and the opposite of landing wires. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.03.08)

"We were very pleased with exhibitor turnout at our event in January, 2008... Despite the inclement weather, which limited demonstration flights, we understand that quite a number of aircraft were sold." Source: Robert Wood, speaking after a fairly successful 2008 US Sport Aviation Expo about some schedule shuffling for next year's rendition. The next event will now take place January 22-25, 2009.

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