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May 17, 2008


NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7968 Issue Date: May 17, 2008 at 1318 UTC Location: FAYETTE , Louisiana near LAFAYETTE VORTAC (LFT) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: HOUSTON (ZHU) Automated Flight Service Station, 281-230-5560

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FL Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 8/7979 Issue Date: May 17, 2008 at 2325 UTC Location: HOMESTEAD , Florida near VIRGINIA KEY VOR/DME (VKZ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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DOT's Peters Wants FAA, Airlines To Communicate Better

Says Better Grasp Of AD Compliance Needed

Airlines, aircraft manufacturers and the federal government should review current procedures to avoid the kind of massive abrupt flight cancellations that left hundreds of thousands of passengers stranded this April, US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters opined Friday.

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Passenger Rights Group Applauds Latest DOT Action Against Delays

And Chastens Lawmakers For Failure To Act On Bill Of Rights

In addition to her recommendation the FAA and the airlines it oversees communicate better in regards to what constitutes acceptable compliance with airworthiness directives, US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters had another (and arguably more substantive) announcement to make Friday: that per a new federal rule, airlines must now report new and more complete data on the time passengers spend on the tarmac.

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Diamond Offers DA40 Owners Upgrade Route For Latest Garmin Wonders

Packages Add WAAS Capability, Synthetic Vision To G1000-Equipped Singles

Diamond Aircraft announced Friday the introduction of major avionics upgrades available to owners of G1000-equipped Diamond DA40s. Upgrades include electronic charts, WAAS capability, as well as Garmin's latest safety-enhancing functionality, Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology.

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USAF Honors Approaching Anniversary Of 'Operation Vittles'

Berlin Airlift Dispensed Food, Delivered Blow To Communism

With the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift approaching in June, the US Air Force is taking steps to recognize the massive operation that relieved some 2.5 million beleaguered Berlin residents and stretched the Soviet Union's Iron Curtain at its seams.

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Re-engined Electric-Powered Moni Makes First Flight

Little Noise, No Pollution... And No High Gas Prices!

At AirVenture 2007, Randall Fishman took a coveted Grand Champion 'Lindy' and Ultralight Innovation awards for his rechargeable, battery powered ultralight. A stack of rechargeable lithium batteries, a hand-wound motor and clever packaging powered Randall around the patch at Oshkosh to cop small aviation's most prestigious prize for technical elegance.

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FAA Says No To 1,000-Foot Boston Skyscraper

Height Restrictions Not Only Problem Project Faces

The Federal Aviation Administration has told officials in Boston, MA a proposed 1,000-foot skyscraper must be brought down closer to Earth.

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Viking Selects Honeywell 'Primus Apex' Suite For DHC-6-400s

So Cool... A Twin Otter With Bizjet Glass!

Responding to customer feedback and current market demand, all new Viking Twin Otter Series 400 airplanes will be furnished with an integrated suite of avionics from Honeywell, according to Viking Air. Official signing of the agreement took place May 6.

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Embraer ERJ-145 Family Earns Russian Certification

Comes Amid "Urgent" Need For Small Airliners

Embraer recently earned final approval from Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) for the 37 to 50-seat ERJ 145 regional jet family, comprised of the 37-seat ERJ 135, the 44-seat ERJ 140, and the 50-seat ERJ 145.

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NASA, Northrop Partner On More Global Hawk Science Missions

Specially-Equipped RQ-4s Have Already Flown To North Pole

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and the Northrop Grumman Corporation have reached an agreement that will enable NASA's Science Mission Directorate to conduct Earth science research with the Northrop Grumman-developed RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system.

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Upgraded French Military EMB-121 Xingu Makes Maiden Flight

Underwent Major Avionics Upgrade By EADS Socata

EADS Socata announced recently the first flight of an avionics-upgraded Embraer EMB 121 Xingu of the French Military Air Transport Flight School, based in Avord. The one-hour, 15-minute flight validated the system improvements implemented during a 15-month intensive avionics modernization program led by EADS Socata for the French armed forces’ in-service Xingu fleet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.17.08)


Detailed history of the 483rd Bombardment Group, who flew B-17s over Europe in 1944 and 1945. History of the group, along with photos, personnel rosters broken down by crew (some with pix of the crew and their plane), sortie stories and more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.17.08): Synchronous Rotation


The orbital radius at which the satellite's orbital period is equal to the rotational period of the planet. A synchronous satellite with an orbital inclination of zero (same plane as the planet's equator) stays fixed in the sky from the perspective of an observer on the planet's surface. These orbits are commonly used for communications satellites.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.17.08)

"When situations of this magnitude evolve, it is critical that all parties have the right information so the right decisions can be made... It’s important to note that both American and the FAA agree when it comes to aviation safety, there are no soft deadlines."

Source: DOT Secretary Mary Peters, who said Friday airlines, aircraft manufacturers and the federal government should review current procedures to avoid the kind of massive abrupt flight cancellations that left hundreds of thousands of passengers stranded this April.

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