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March 07, 2008

ATA To Pull Out Of Chicago's Midway Airport

Scales Back Scheduled Service, Focusing On Charter Ops

The increasingly-high costs of doing business have resulted in ATA Airlines pulling its service from Chicago's Midway Airport, and reevaulating its business model.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 03.07.08

Inside The Courtroom, With CAPBOR's Kate Hanni

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.07.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.07.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Airlines Appeal New York's Passenger Rights Law: 03.07.08 (ANN Special Report, with Kate Hanni, founder of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights.)

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Clifford Development To Work With IS&S On New FJ44-3A Requirements

Company's Re-engining Programs Will Be Delayed

Clifford Development announced an agreement Friday with Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (IS&S) to provide a certified Air Data Integration Unit to meet newly defined Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification requirements for all Williams International FJ44-3A engine installations. Combined with the new FAA requirement, the IS&S contract will impact development of the company's Williams re-engining programs for older Cessna Citations.

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Lufthansa Adds More Citations To Its Private Jet Fleet

Adds To NBAA 2007 Orders

Cessna announced Friday that Germany's Lufthansa recently acquired four additional Cessna Citation business jets with a total value of approximately $40 million at list prices. This order for two CJ3 jets and two XLS+ aircraft is in addition to Lufthansa's order for four Citation CJ1+ aircraft for its new pilot training program, which was announced at the National Business Aviation Association annual meeting in September 2007.

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NASA Publishes Airspace Restrictions For STS-123 Launch

Liftoff Scheduled For March 11 At 0228 EDT

Below is the published airspace restriction information released by NASA, for next Tuesday's scheduled early-morning launch of the space shuttle Endeavour.

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Southwest Responds To Record FAA Penalty

PASS Questions FAA's Relationship With Airlines

More than few within the aviation industry were surprised to hear Thursday about the record $10.2 million fine proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration against Southwest Airlines, for failing to perform fuselage fatigue inspections on its oldest 737-300 and -500 Classic aircraft in line with federally-mandated timetables.

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Report: Over 100 FAA All-Access Badges Lost

Grant Access To Nearly All Secure Areas, Says Former Pilot

In a scandal reminiscent of last year's expose of careless handling of security badges in Chicago, a Dallas, TX-based television station has uncovered the loss of 122 FAA safety inspector badges over the last five years.

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Analyst Says To Expect Yet Another Dreamliner Delay

Power-Up May Not Come Until Late June, Deliveries In Q3 2009

For Boeing, it's the stuff nightmares, not dreams, are made of. As anticipation builds towards power-on of the first 787 Dreamliner -- scheduled for the end of March -- and the aircraft's first flight sometime this summer, on Thursday an analyst went on record saying he expects another delay in delivery of the highly-popular aircraft. If true, it would be the third delay in the 787 program since the plane was unveiled last year.

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Polehinke Wants To Fly Again, Attorney Says

Comair 5191 FO Only Survivor Of Takeoff Accident

For any of us who've achieved the dream of flying, we know what a motivation that dream can be. Watching people with disabilities achieve the dream is especially inspiring when you know what it takes to get there. James Polehinke is such a case... but this pilot faces challenges beyond getting an FAA medical.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.07.08

Southwest Airlines faces a 10-million-dollar fine.
The FAA has lost 122 all-access inspector badges.
And TCAS pays for itself in the skies over Pennsylvania.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.07.08

Southwest Airlines faces a 10-million-dollar fine.
The FAA has lost 122 all-access inspector badges.
And TCAS pays for itself in the skies over Pennsylvania.

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ANN Special Feature: Kate Hanni, FlyersRights.org - 03.07.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Kate Hanni, founder of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights. Kate was in the courtroom this week for the airlines' second appeal of a New York law whic

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Aero-TV Checks Out The Newer, Lighter, Continental O-200D

While Cessna's C-162 SkyCatcher was first shown to the public as a Rotax powered vehicle, the ultimate powerplant selection by Cessna dictated that the front end be filled by a powerplant well-known to Cessna flyers the world over -- the Teledyne Continental O-200... and not just any O-200, but a new variant, this one lighter and updated to current needs, called the O-200D. 

Aero-TV Checks Out The Newer Lighter Continental O-200D

25 Pounds Lighter... and Whole Lot More!

While Cessna's C-162 SkyCatcher was first shown to the public as a Rotax powered vehicle, the ultimate powerplant selection by Cessna dictated that the front end be filled by a powerplant well-known to Cessna flyers the world over -- the Teledyne Continental O-200... and not just any O-200, but a new variant, this one lighter and updated to current needs, called the O-200D. 

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DOT Proposes To Award New US-Colombia Flights To Four Airlines

Would Open Service From NYC, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale And Houston

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed this week to grant four US airlines the right to operate one new daily flight apiece between the United States and Bogota, Colombia. In a tentative decision, the Department selected Delta Air Lines from New York’s JFK Airport, JetBlue Airways from Orlando, Spirit Airlines from Fort Lauderdale, and Continental Airlines from Houston.

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Small Plane Violates ADIZ Over Washington, DC

Twin Beech Directed To Land In Richmond

A small general aviation aircraft was intercepted by F-16s over Washington, DC Wednesday evening, after apparently violating restricted airspace around the nation's capital.

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Hawker 900XP Earns EASA, Several Other International Certifications

Follows FAA Approval In August 2007

It is Hawker Beechcraft's goal that practically anywhere the sun shines on planet Earth, its new Hawker 900XP will be legal to fly there.

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General: Replace Aging Aircraft Or Risk Irrelevancy

Says 'Procurement Holiday' Must End To Maintain Readiness

The commander of Air Force Materiel Command, which is responsible for delivering war-winning capabilities to the rest of the Air Force, said during a recent visit to Air University at Alabama's Maxwell Air Force Base that Air Force officials must develop and buy new aircraft or risk the service becoming irrelevant.

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Forecast International Sees Continued Demand For Military Trainers

Production To Rise Through 2011, According To Analysis

In its latest analysis on the aerospace industry, Forecast International projects manufacturers of military fixed-wing trainers will deliver 1,550 new aircraft during the 10-year period covered by the study. The value of this production is projected to reach an estimated $17.1 billion. 

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Klyde Morris (03.07.08)

The USAF Finds The B-2 Isn't As "Stealthy" As Hoped...

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Flight Design Ships First CTLS Aircraft

Airtime Aviation Receives Three Planes

Flight Design USA tells ANN the company recently delivered its first three new CTLS aircraft to a US distributor. In late February, orders placed at January's Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo were received following ocean shipment and clearing of customs and security.

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Boeing Completes 50-Percent Design Release For 747-8 Freighter

Scheduled To Enter Service In Late 2009

Boeing announced Thursday it completed 50 percent of the design releases for the new 747-8 Freighter. The program has released the 747-8 Freighter's detailed designs to Boeing factories and its suppliers in order to begin building parts, assemblies and tools for the new cargo airplane.

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Precise Flight Earns STC For Robinson R22 HID Lighting

Provides Increased Visibility, Safety

Precise Flight, Inc. announced recently the company has been awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate for outfitting the Robinson R22 Series helicopters with the PreciseLite, Precise Flight's high intensity discharge aviation lighting.

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Global Vectra Helicorp Orders Two Bell 412s

One Of India's Fastest Growing Helicopter Operators

On Thursday, Bell Helicopter announced the recent sale to Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd. (GVHL) in Mumbai of two Bell 412s, increasing their fleet to 22 Bell 412s. GVHL continues to be one of the fastest growing helicopter operating companies in India.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.07.08)

Aero-Linx!

Warbirds Over Long Island is a not for profit organization located on Long Island, NY, dedicated to the presentation of World War II planes and the history that surrounds them.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.07.08): Ground Control

Aero-Terms!

Tower control, by radioed instructions from air traffic control, of aircraft ground movements at an airport.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.07.08)

"We're getting into unknown territory because we've been flying airframes longer than expected. We didn't build these aircraft to last this long, and we didn't expect to see corrosion of this magnitude. The F-15 is expected to remain in service until it's more than 40 years old. At this rate, maintenance costs are going to kill us."

Source: Gen. Bruce Carlson, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, which is responsible for delivering war-winning capabilities to the rest of the Air Force. During a recent visit to Air University at Alabama's Maxwell Air Force Base, Carlson stressed Air Force officials must develop and buy new aircraft... or risk the service becoming irrelevant.

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GA TFR: 03.10.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7403  Issue Date: March 06, 2008 at 1834 UTC  Location: Atlanta, Georgia  Beginning Date and Time: March 10, 2008 at 2005 UTC  Ending Date and Time: March 10, 2008 at 2315 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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