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October 03, 2007

TX TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9034  Issue Date: October 03, 2007 at 1658 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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DOT: Airline Performance Better In August, But Still A Long Way From Great

On-Time Flights Slip Over Same Period Last Year

The nation's largest airlines recorded a rate of on-time flights in August that was higher than in July ,but down from the rate posted in August 2006, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Wednesday by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

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France: Massive Insider Trading At EADS

Chairman Gallois Calls Findings "Preliminary"

In what analysts see as a tremendous blow to aerospace giant EADS, the French government says investigators have found "massive insider trading" was conducted by 21 top managers in both 2005 and 2006.

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FL TFR: 10.05.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8945  Issue Date: October 03, 2007 at 1157 UTC  Location: Tyndall AFB, Florida near PANAMA CITY VORTAC (PFN)  Beginning Date and Time: October 05, 2007 at 1930 UTC  Ending Date and Time: October 05, 2007 at 2030 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: The U.S. Air Force F-22 aerial flight demonstration  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Tyndall AFB (PAM) Air Traffic Control Tower, 850-283-8596 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 10.03.07

AOPA Is Coming! AOPA Is Coming!

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.03.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.03.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AOPA Expo Opens Thursday In Hartford: 10.03.07 (ANN Special Feature, with AOPA Media Relations Director Chris Dancy.)

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Civil Air Patrol Removes Pineda As National Commander

Brig. General Amy S. Courter Named Interim Leader

Aero-News has learned the Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors, in a teleconference Tuesday night, voted to remove Maj. Gen. Antonio J. Pineda from his position as CAP national commander.

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BAE Systems Begins Testing Of V-22 Defensive Weapon

Would Give Ospreys Add'l -- Some Say Much-Needed -- Teeth

BAE Systems unveiled Wednesday its new remotely operated turreted weapon system, the Remote Guardian System (RGS), designed to provide 360 degrees of suppressive fire for the Marine Corps V-22 tiltrotor aircraft.

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BRS Takes Steps To Acquire Reflective Products Company

Aims To Expand US- And Mexico-Based Manufacturing Capabilities

Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc. announced Wednesday it has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent for the establishment of Advanced Tactical Fabricators (ATF), a subsidiary to be partially owned by Minnesota-based Head Lites Corporation following fulfillment of certain pre-conditions.

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ATR Launches '-600 Series' Regional Aircraft

Updated Planes Will Sport New Engines, Updated Avionics

Despite predictions just a few short years ago the era of the regional turboprop was coming to an end, today 'windmill'-equipped airliners continue to proliferate. Hoping to capitalize on this growing market, on Wednesday European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR announced the launch of the "-600 series", the newest version of its family of aircraft.

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CAP Suspends Its Search For Steve Fossett

Month-Long Efforts Revealed No Signs Of Missing Aviator

The trail has gone cold. Tuesday night, the US Air Force officially ended search efforts by the Civil Air Patrol to locate missing aviator Steve Fossett, nearly one month after the millionaire adventurer disappeared over western Nevada.

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DayJet Formally Launches Operations In Florida

Air Taxi Service Plans SE Expansion In Two Years

They've been flying for weeks... but Wednesday morning, DayJet made it official. The upstart air taxi provider formally launched operations in a ceremony in Tallahassee, FL attended by, among others, Florida governor Charlie Crist.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.03.07

The FAA sets a deadline for US aircraft to equip for ADS-B.
Seattle Avionics crams still more power into its Voyager software.
And the FAA rejects a former Boeing engineer's criticism of the

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.03.07

The FAA sets a deadline for US aircraft to equip for ADS-B.
Seattle Avionics crams still more power into its Voyager software.
And the FAA rejects a former Boeing engineer's criticism of the Dre

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ANN Special Feature: Chris Dancy, AOPA - 10.03.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Chris Dancy of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, who's in Hartford, Connecticut getting ready for tomorrow's opening of AOPA Expo.

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Can’t Decide? Buy Both.

Vietnam Airlines to Buy 787 Dreamliners AND Airbus A350s

Is it a matter of getting the best of both worlds or is it purely political? That’s the question analysts are asking about Vietnam Airlines' plans to spend $5.5 billion on 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 10 competing Airbus A350s, as well as 20 A321s.

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NTSB Releases Probable Cause In Fatal 2006 MI Helo Accident

Finds Water In Fuel Led To Engine Failure

Water in the carburetor likely caused an April 2006 helicopter crash that claimed the lives of a Chelsea, MI police chief and fire captain.

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Look Up, Wichita! Here Comes The A380

Say, That's No Cessna!

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a whale! No, it's the Airbus A380, soon to make a low pass over Intercontinental Airport (KICT) in Wichita.

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FAA Puts Kibosh On Sheriff's Shooting Range

Holster That Weapon!

The Laurens County Sheriff's Department won't be teaching women how to use firearms for awhile -- at least, not at the pistol range near the W.H. "Bud" Barron Airport in Dublin, Georgia (KDBN). So says the FAA.

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NTSB Determines Failure To Use Thrust Reversers Led To MDW Overrun

Says Autobrakes Distracted Southwest Pilots At Critical Time

The National Transportation Safety Board determined Tuesday the probable cause of a fatal 2005 runway overrun at Chicago's Midway Airport was the pilot's failure to use available reverse thrust in a timely manner to safely slow or stop the airplane after landing.

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FAA Issues Request For Comments On BA609 Certification Standards

How Should Agency Certify New Tiltrotor? Weigh In!

Like its much-larger military cousin, the V-22 Osprey, the Bell-Agusta BA609 commercial tiltrotor aircraft is like no other aircraft to come before it... which leaves the FAA with some questions on how, exactly, the new aircraft should be certified, and what standards it should meet.

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Oops! NTSB Investigating Takeoff From Closed Runway At IAD

Lear Cleared By Tower To Depart Unlit 19R

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident involving an aircraft taking off from a closed runway at Washington Dulles International Airport last month.

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Navy Training Squadron Resumes Ops Following Goshawk Accidents

Two Incidents In Week Prompt Safety Stand Down

The US Navy's Training Air Wing 2 was expected to resume flight operations Tuesday, one day after a T-45 Goshawk crashed about two miles north of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, on land owned by the King Ranch in Texas.

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Federal Judge Gives NASA Workers A Little Breathing Room

Employees Fighting Against Background, Drug Checks

A group of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) employees in California may have won at least a temporary victory in their fight against a new federal background check they say violates their constitutional rights.

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NASA Conducts First Test Of Ares I Main Parachute

Successfully Returns 17,500-Lb Payload To Earth

The pieces of Orion continue to come together. Last month, NASA and industry engineers successfully completed the first drop test of the main parachute that will help recover the first stage of the Ares I crew launch vehicle.

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Northwest Sets New Record For Number Of Days Without Cancelled Flights

Carrier Flew All Its Scheduled Flights For 12 Days In September

What a difference adequate staffing can make. After struggling with an atrocious rate of flight delays and cancellations through the summer, Northwest Airlines rebounded nicely in September... setting a new record of 12 days without a single cancellation.

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Flight To Nowhere A Popular Ticket In India

Simulated Airline Flight Gives A Taste Of Travel

You know, we as Americans really are spoiled. Here, we sit and complain of long delays stuck onboard commercial airliners... while there are those in India willing to pay good money to simulate the very privilege of flight.

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Airmen Missing From Vietnam War Identified

"Until They All Come Home"

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Tuesday the remains of two US servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors. They are Capt. Warren R. Orr Jr., U.S. Army, of Kewanee, IL; and Airman 1st Class George W. Long, US Air Force, of Medicine, KS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.03.07): Lenticular Cloud

Aero-Terms!

A species of cloud that resemble isolated, generally smooth lenses or almonds. Lenticular clouds most often appear in formations on the lee side of a mountain peak as a result of lee waves, and remain stationary in relationship to the terrain. Lenticular clouds are an indication of extreme turbulence.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.03.07)

"Amazing. Travelers on most real flights these days don't get that kind of service. All they want is the chance to know what it is like to sit on a plane, listen to announcements and be waited on by stewardesses bustling up and down the aisle."

Source: Matthew Campbell, posting on the travel blog site WorldHum.com about a retired Indian Airlines engineer, who has set up a full-fledged travel simulator -- comprised of bits and pieces of an Airbus A300 -- to allow Delhi residents to experience "virtual journeys" onboard an airliner for the nominal price of $4.

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