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February 21, 2008

TX TFR: 02.26.08 - 02.27.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/5656  Issue Date: February 21, 2008 at 2010 UTC  Location: Midland, Texas  Beginning Date and Time: February 26, 2008 at 1735 UTC  Ending Date and Time: February 27, 2008 at 0130 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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Policeman Says Fake 911 Crash Call A 'Learning Opportunity'

Six Year-Old Prankster Placed 'Phony' Report

We're encouraged to teach our kids to know how to call 911 in an emergency. And we all know how much kids like to play with telephones. But a man in New Hampshire apparently learned something new about cellphones this week -- they make bad toys for kids, even after they're deactivated.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.21.08

Was Adam Aircraft Just 'Outside Its Time?'

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.21.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.21.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Was Adam Aircraft Just 'Outside Its Time?' 02.21.08 (ANN Special Report, with Aero News Managing Editor Rob Finfrock.)

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American Scales Back Its Growth Plans For 2008

Now Forecasts Only A .02 Percent Increase In Capacity

One day after oil prices closed over $100 barrel for the first time in history, the world's largest airline announced it has cut its planned capacity growth to practically nil for 2008.

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Singapore 2008: ILFC Chief Questions Boeing's Plan For 787-3

Says Smallest Dreamliner Is "Too Heavy"

Talk about piling on. One day after announcing his company planned to seek significant compensation from Boeing over delays with its 787 Dreamliner, the outspoken chief of International Lease Finance Corporation criticized the smallest variant of the composite-bodied airliner as "too heavy."

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The Envelope, Please: 2008 National General Aviation Awards Winners Named

List Includes A 'Savvy Aviator,' And Noted Trainer

In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have partnered to recognize a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

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Meggitt Vibro-Meter Is Newest GAMA Member

Company Produces Sensor Systems, Including Fuel Gauges

The board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently approved Meggitt Vibro-Meter, Inc. as the international trade association’s newest member.

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Contenders Named In Private Race To The Moon

10 Teams Registered For $30 Million Google Lunar X Prize

The X Prize Foundation and Google, Inc. announced Thursday the first 10 teams to register for the Google Lunar X Prize, a robotic race to the Moon to win $30 million in Prizes. This international group of teams will compete to land a privately funded robotic craft on the Moon that is capable of roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth.

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Putin Touts Russian Aerospace In Visit To New Design Center

...And Shows He's Still In The "Pilot's Seat"

Russia is hoping to return to its traditional role as a world leader in aviation technology. One big step will be developing a new high-tech aircraft design center at Zhukovsky, near Moscow.

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Meteor Lights Up Sky Over US Pacific Northwest

Likely Disintegrated Before Reaching Surface

A fireball in the pre-dawn sky over the Pacific Northwest US Tuesday morning had residents of the region buzzing about where the meteorite might have landed.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.21.08

Atlantis lands at Kennedy hours before the Navy scores a direct missile hit on a satellite.
Eclipse finds a location for its assembly plant in Russia.
And a famous name at Cessna will take a

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.21.08

Atlantis lands at Kennedy hours before the Navy scores a direct missile hit on a satellite.
Eclipse finds a location for its assembly plant in Russia.
And a famous name at Cessna will take a new

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ANN Special Feature: Rob Finfrock on Adam Aircraft's Demise - 02.21.08

Today, Aero News Managing Editor Rob Finfrock shares his observations on what led to this week's announcement that Adam Aircraft has entered Chapter 7 bankruptcy, despite appearing to be on track t

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NASA Pushes Discovery Launch To Late May

STS-124 Targeted For Nighttime Liftoff

With the shuttle Atlantis back home safe, and Endeavour ready at the launch pad for launch early month, on Wednesday NASA announced it is now targeting May 25 at 1926 EDT for the launch of the space shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida -- over one month later than originally planned.

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AD: Eurocopter Deutschland

AD NUMBER: 2008-04-05 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter Deutschland SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-04-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Deutschland (Eurocopter) Model EC135 helicopters.

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AD: Eurocopter France

AD NUMBER: 2008-04-03 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-04-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Model AS-365N2 and N3, SA-365C, C1 and C2, and SA-365N and N1 helicopters.

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Aero-TV: RANS S-19 Looks Like A Solid Contender In LSA Market (Part One, of Two)

Randy Schlitter Talks About His All-Metal LSA

The RANS S-19 achieved SLSA certification, just a few months ago and is already getting solid attention from the sport aviation buying public. The aircraft is destined to enter series production as the S-19LS. Certification was granted December 21, and delivery of the first S-19LS planes should begin by the end of 2008.

Aero-TV: RANS S-19 Looks Like A Solid Contender In LSA Market (Part One, of Two)

Randy Schlitter Talks About His All-Metal LSA

The RANS S-19 achieved SLSA certification, just a few months ago and is already getting solid attention from the sport aviation buying public. The aircraft is destined to enter series production as the S-19LS. Certification was granted December 21, and delivery of the first S-19LS planes should begin by the end of 2008.

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Big News! Delta Official Comments Publicly On Merger Rumors

Sales VP Says NWA Deal Would Help Battle High Fuel Prices

He didn't say anything that hasn't already been reported... but the simple fact Delta Air Lines executive Lee Macenczak said anything at all regarding a possible acquisition of Northwest Airlines -- in public, with cameras and microphones rolling -- is news in and of itself.

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Navy Missile Strikes Defunct Recon Satellite

Debris Expected To Enter Atmosphere Over Next 40 Days

Score! Just before 2230 EST Wednesday night, a missile fired from a US Navy ship struck a malfunctioning reconnaissance satellite in low orbit, in an attempt to prevent the hazardous -- and militarily sensitive -- materials onboard from falling to Earth.

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Eclipse, ETIRC Move Forward With Russian Plans

First Eclipse 500 Lands In Russia

Eclipse Aviation and European Technology and Investment Research Center (ETIRC) Aviation are speeding ahead with plans to launch operations in Russia. On Thursday, the two companies held a joint press conference in Ulyanovsk, Russia to announce progress toward establishing an Eclipse 500 manufacturing facility outside of the United States.

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Lufthansa Considers Investment In United/CO Merger

German Airline "Watching Developments Very Closely"

What's good for the French and the Dutch, could be good for the Germans, as well... at least when it comes to foreign interest in US domestic airline mergers.

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Singapore 2008: Airbus Says A400M Will Fly In Summer

Oft-Delayed Military Transport Could Finally Be On Track

European planemaker Airbus announced Wednesday its delay-prone A400M military transport turboprop will finally see light under its landing gear this summer.

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Epic Aircraft Selects Honeywell Turbine For Escape

TPE331 Engine Selected For New Epic Escape

Honeywell announced recently its TPE331-10A engine has been selected by Epic Aircraft to power that company's newest turboprop aircraft, the Escape.

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NTSB Considers Drastic Measures To Locate Missing Turbofan Part

Southwest 737's CFM56 Shed Spinners In November

The National Transportation Safety Board is so concerned with finding a missing aircraft engine part in northeast Texas that it's reportedly considering a search on a scale normally reserved for missing pilots and passengers.

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Montana Airports Consider Privatized Security

TSA Wants Companies To Handle Checkpoints

It takes a lot of green to operate a bureaucracy. Officials at Missoula International Airport (MSO) in Montana may soon decide to hire a private company to oversee security, as the federal government looks to save some cash.

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Singapore 2008: PW4000 Advantage70 Prepares for Flight Testing

Uprated Turbofan Will Enter Service In 2009

Pratt & Whitney's first PW4000-100" Advantage70 development engine has completed initial ground testing in East Hartford, CT. The engine, which will deliver 70,000 pounds of thrust for the A330 aircraft family, will begin flight testing on Pratt & Whitney's 747 flying test bed in the second quarter 2008.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.21.08)

Aero-Linx!

The Sport Air Racing League exists to promote open course air racing for experimental and production aircraft. The League is a series of races hosted by various entities, whether EAA-affiliated or not. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.21.08): Loop Antenna

Aero-Terms!

Circular radio antenna, either in the open or in a streamlined, teardrop housing, remotely turned 360° to fine-tune a station in league with other radio-directive devices.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.21.08)

"It is an incredible feeling to welcome ETIRC Aviation's first Eclipse 500 jet to Russia, and to hear Vern personally share his passion for this amazing aircraft. I am excited to introduce many people here in Russia to the Eclipse 500."

Source: ETIRC Aviation Chairman Roel Pieper. On Thursday, the two companies held a joint press conference in Ulyanovsk, Russia to announce progress toward establishing an Eclipse 500 manufacturing facility outside of the United States.

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