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February 05, 2008

FL Shuttle TFR: 02.07.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3648  Issue Date: February 06, 2008 at 0034 UTC  Type: Space Operations 

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CA TFR: 02.08.08

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/3601  Issue Date: February 05, 2008 at 1833 UTC  Type: Security 

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Bush Budget Proposal Gives Military More For Expansion

Allocates Money For Expanding Army, USMC

While general aviation 'letter groups' attacked the fiscal year 2009 budget plan presented by the Bush administration Monday, officials with the Pentagon appeared more-or-less content with the proposal... but noted they need Congress to immediately free-up more money for current conflicts.

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Truth In Numbers: Airlines Earn A 'D+' For 2007

Second-Worst Year For On-Time Performance Since Record-Keeping Started

The airlines' report card for 2007 is in... and they're not the kind of grades you'd be eager for your parents to see. According to information released Tuesday by the Department of Transportation, the nation's airlines experienced an even-lower rate of on-time flights, and more reports of mishandled baggage, last year than in 2006.

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AD NUMBER: 2008-03-09 MANUFACTURER: CFM International SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2008-03-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for CFM International, S.A. CFM56-7B series turbofan engines.

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Hawaiian Airlines Signs Agreement For 12 Airbus Widebodies

Includes Six A350XWB-800s, Rights On Six More

On Monday, Hawaiian Airlines announced it recently signed a definitive purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire 12 new long-range widebody aircraft and secure purchase rights for an additional 12 aircraft. The signing comes after the airline reached agreements with its pilot and flight attendant unions on the introduction of new aircraft -- which had threatened to nix the deal, as ANN reported.

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Midwest Airlines Names New Chief Operating Officer

Joseph C. Kolshak Comes From Delta

Newly-acquired by a team comprised of a Texas equity firm and Northwest Airlines, on Monday Midwest Airlines announced the appointment of Joseph C. Kolshak as chief operating officer.

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Cessna Revamps SkyCatcher Website

Moves From Blog To Page On Cessna.com

ANN received tips from several curious News-Spies last month, noting Cessna had taken down its webpage for the upcoming Cessna Model 162 SkyCatcher. Requests by ANN for information from Cessna on the matter were met with, essentially, "no comment."

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Letter Groups React To White House Budget Proposal

'What Part Of NO Don't They Understand?'

On Monday, the Bush Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2009... and it represents more of the same for general aviation, as the White House continues to push for deep cuts in programs vital to smaller airports, while continuing to show an apparent prejudice towards airlines.

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Small Plane Busts Super Bowl TFR

Pilot Was Unaware Restricted Space Included BXK

Despite a widely-reported TFR and the highly visible presence of US military aircraft over the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area this weekend, a small plane apparently violated the no-fly zone Sunday over Glendale.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.05.08

Quest Aircraft President And CEO Paul Schaller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.05.08 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.05.08 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Quest Aircraft Delivers Its First Two Planes: 02.05.08 (ANN Special Report, with Quest Aircraft President and CEO Paul Schaller.)

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C210 Down In Houston, Pilot Lost

Fog May Have Been A Factor

The pilot and sole person onboard a Cessna 210R attempting to land Monday night at a Houston, TX airport was killed when his plane crashed in a heavily wooded area not far from the runway.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.05.08

A controversial helicopter training school closes its doors.
Contaminated fuel may have brought down a British Airways 777.
And the airline's passengers are already talking lawsuit.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.05.08

A controversial helicopter training school closes its doors.
Contaminated fuel may have brought down a British Airways 777.
And the airline's passengers are already talking lawsuit.

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ANN Special Feature: Paul Schaller, Pres/CEO, Quest Aircraft - 02.05.08

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Paul Schaller, President and CEO of Quest Aircraft, about the recent deliveries of the first and second customer Kodiaks. This plane was designed specifically for the ne

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Light, Quiet and Sophisticated: Aero-TV Checks Out The Clarity Aloft Headset

How Can Something This Light and Small Work So Well???

For the last few weeks, you may have read us extolling the virtues of a headset that was the target of our first-ever News-Spy Award program... the TSO'd Clarity Aloft headset by Aloft Technologies. This didn't happen by accident... we were so impressed by the diminutive dimensions and the outstanding performance that it seemed like a worthwhile award -- and it was -- just ask Pilot Sandi Shofner, who won the first of our News-Spy contributor awards and is enjoying her new Clarity Aloft Pro headset as we write this!

Light, Quiet and Sophisticated: Aero-TV Checks Out The Clarity Aloft Headset

How Can Something This Light and Small, Work So Well???

For the last few weeks, you may have read us extolling the virtues of a headset that was the target of our first-ever News-Spy Award program... the TSO'd Clarity Aloft headset by Aloft Technologies. This didn't happen by accident... we were so impressed by the diminutive dimensions and the outstanding performance that it seemed like a worthwhile award -- and it was -- just ask Pilot Sandi Shofner, who won the first of our News-Spy contributor awards and is enjoying her new Clarity Aloft Pro headset as we write this!

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Silver State Helicopters Files Chapter 7 Liquidation

Cites Downturn In US Credit Markets

The other shoe has dropped for Silver State Helicopters. Late Monday evening, the Las Vegas, NV-based helicopter training and charter operation announced it has filed a petition with the US Bankruptcy Court for relief under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. 

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Iran Launches Rocket From New Space Center

Country Says Explorer-I Reached Orbit

Iran appears to be the latest country capable of sending its own rockets into orbit... to the consternation of the Western world. On Monday, the belligerent Islamic state launched what it termed a research rocket, from the country's new space center.

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Golden Knights And US Jet To Headline OC Air Show

Inaugural Event Coming To Maryland In June

The red, white and blue jets of the US Jet aerobatic team, and the black and gold parachutes of US Army Golden Knights, will fill the skies over Ocean City, MD this June. Both teams will headline the inaugural OC Air Show, scheduled for June 10-11 over the Ocean City beachfront.

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Reports: Passengers Ready To Sue BA For 777 Accident

Airline CEO Calls Passengers, Expresses Confidence In Type

Despite efforts by British Airways to console and placate the passengers onboard one of its Boeing 777s that crashed on approach to Heathrow last month, the airline still faces a possible flurry of lawsuits.

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Martin County Commissioners Vote Tuesday On SUA Runway

Opponent Changes Her Mind On FAA Plan

Martin County commissioners could make a final decision Tuesday regarding the much-contested main runway at Witham Field (SUA.) But if they decide to fight the FAA ruling that would keep Witham from shortening runway 12/30... they may have to do so in court.

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One Lost In North Carolina RV-4 Accident

Second Accident In Two Days In Area

For the second time in two days, citizens near the border of North Carolina and Virginia were rattled this weekend by a fatal plane crash. A pilot flying a homebuilt Vans RV-4 was killed Sunday afternoon, when his plane went down near Elkin Municipal Airport (ZEF).

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NASA Swaps 'The Right Stuff' For Good People Skills

Agency Looking For Diplomats, Scientists

It seems even NASA has taken work environment and "people skills" into account as they start culling for the new round of space jockeys. New-hire standards include the ability to be diplomatic, a basic understand of spacecraft systems, taking prodigious scientific notes, and being able to talk about more than Tolstoy in Russian.

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Ryanair Chief Applauds Looming Recession

Says People Will Still Fly, For Less

The following news item -- that the CEO of one of the world's best known (some would say infamous) airlines looks forward to a looming global recession -- may strike you a bit odd. Until, that is, you learn the exec in question is Michael O'Leary, CEO of Irish ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair.

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Open Skies Equates To Musical Chairs For Airlines

Carriers Shuffle Schedules, Swap Routes Into Heathrow

The news lately has been full of new transatlantic airline partnerships, and with the Open Skies agreement between the US and Europe set to start March 30, the puzzle pieces are starting to form a picture.

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UPS Airlines Marks The Big 2-0

Started Ops With Two DC-8s In 1988

The anniversary passed quietly on Friday, as media attention was fixed on the Super Bowl. But in Louisville, KY, the 20th anniversary of UPS Airlines is a pretty big deal. Starting in 1988 with two DC-8s -- which remain in service -- UPS is now the ninth-largest airline in the world, with 268 aircraft and 3,000 pilots. And it's still growing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.05.08)

Aero-Linx!

The First World War (August 1914 to November 1918) is also known as the Great War, The War to End All Wars, World War I and WW1.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.05.08): Unfeather

Aero-Terms!

To change the blade pitch of a propeller from the feathered high pitch, which prevents airloads from causing it to windmill, to a lower pitch. When a propeller is unfeathered in flights, aerodynamic forces produced by air flowing over the blades case the propeller to turn the engine.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.05.08)

"The decision to shut down operations was made only after the company explored its other available alternatives. Information for former employees and students will be disseminated as it becomes available."

Source: Elizabeth Trosper, spokesperson for Silver State Helicopters. Late Monday evening, the Las Vegas, NV-based helicopter training and charter operation announced it has filed a petition with the US Bankruptcy Court for relief under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code, confirming earlier statements made to ANN by a variety of sources.

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