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February 01, 2007

AOPA Goes On The Offensive In User Fee Battle

Boyer Briefs Reporters Ahead Of Bush's Budget Submission

Phil Boyer, President of The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has never been one to mince words, and his press conference with Washington DC reporters regarding the ongoing debate over FAA and airline-proposed user fees was no exception.

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ISS Crew Members Complete First Of Three Spacewalks

Astronauts Have A Busy Month Ahead

NASA tells ANN that International Space Station Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Sunita Williams wound up a 7-hour 55-minute spacewalk at 6:09 pm EST Wednesday. It was the first of an unprecedented series of planned excursions from the Quest airlock.

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Northrop Grumman-EADS Partnership Wins German Euro Hawk Contract

Global Hawk UAV Derivative Sports 30 Hours Endurance, High-Tech Surveillance Gear

ANN has learned the German Ministry of Defense (MoD) has awarded a $559 million contract to EuroHawk GmbH, a joint-venture company formed by Northrop Grumman Corporation and EADS, for the development, test and support of the Euro Hawk unmanned signals intelligence (SIGINT) surveillance and reconnaissance system.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-03-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-03-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2007-01-14 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-01-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes.

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AD: Dassault

AD NUMBER: 2007-01-12 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-01-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Model Mystere-Falcon 50 and 900, and Falcon 900EX airplanes; and Model Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-01-13 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-01-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A310-300 airplanes.

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ESA Learned Many Lessons From Its Successful SMART-1 Mission

"New And Unique" Spacecraft Sets Standard For Future Probes

The European Space Agency says it learned many things from the recently-concluded SMART-1 mission to the moon; in fact, you could say the agency is now a little SMARTer.

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RJ Manufacturers Cast A Cautious Eye To 100-Plus-Seat Segment

Bombardier Waiting For Orders; Embraer Says No Thanks

When you're speaking of airliners with between 110-150 seats, it's good to be Boeing and Airbus. Both manufacturers have had a lock on that segment of the short-haul market since McDonnell Douglas exited, stage left, in 1997. With the last Boeing 717 (nee MD-95) delivered last year, however, it appears the market for smaller 'full-sized' airliners isn't what it used to be.

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NORAD Will Take To The Skies Over Superbowl XLI

Fighter Combat Air Patrol To Join Thunderbirds Over Miami

Sunday you might want to double-check the database on your GPS if you're planning to fly around Miami -- it would not be a good day to bust the TFR...

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NBAA's Bolen Troubled By Marion Blakey's Funding Comments

Questions Push To Change NAS Funding Methods

Wednesday, National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen fired off a missive expressing concern over comments made by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey regarding the future of FAA funding.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.01.07

Return To Flight As A Sport Pilot, Part One

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.01.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.01.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Return To The Skies As A Sport Pilot, Part One: 02.01.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Bob Ma

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NTSB Releases Probable Cause In South Carolina Bauer Accident

Cites No Abort Attempt Despite Failure To Achieve Takeoff Speed

The NTSB has released its report of probable cause in the May 2006 crash of a Mooney M20E piloted by South Carolina's Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer.

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ATG Gets Another Distributor And 40 New Orders

Eight Year Deal Worth $120 Million

In case you didn't already know, Englewood, CO-based Aviation Technology Group, Inc., (ATG) is developing and marketing a two-place, tandem seating, fighter-style aircraft in two trims.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.01.07

US Airways ends its hostile bid for Delta...
The US Air Force releases its bid specs for a new tanker...
...and Thielert announces a successor to the Centurion 1.7.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.01.07

US Airways ends its hostile bid for Delta...
The US Air Force releases its bid specs for a new tanker...
...and Thielert announces a successor to the Centurion 1.7.

Sponsored By...

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ANN Special Feature: Part 1 - Rob Finfrock, Sport Pilot 02.01.07

Today... ANN's Managing Editor Rob Finfrock shares the circumstances which led him to become a Sport Pilot.

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Cirrus Receives Canadian STC For SR22 Turbo

Canucks Now Fly Faster, Too

Cirrus Design Corporation told ANN Wednesday the Cirrus SR22 Turbo has received its Supplemental Type-Certificate (STC) from Transport Canada Air Certification.

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Hilton Head Island Airport Under Fire

Warring Factions Drive County Administrator Over The Edge

One thing's for sure, if you work for the county of Beaufort in South Carolina, you don't want to mention anything about the possibility of lengthening the runway at Hilton Head Island Airport -- it could cost you your job.

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Oregon Senator Pushes For Ban On Sale Of Spare F-14 Parts

Says Parts Could Fall Into Iranian Hands

An Oregon Senator has called for a permanent ban on the sale of leftover F-14 Tomcat parts, over concerns those supplies could fall into the wrong hands.

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NASA Extends Orion Missions To ISS Four Years

L-M Assumes Control Of KSC Assembly Facility

NASA's Orion spacecraft hasn't left the drawing board as yet... and already, the space agency has extended one of its missions. An agency official said Tuesday the new capsules will continue to fly to the International Space Station until 2020... four years longer than originally planned.

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NTSB Seeks Public Help In Search For Engine Parts

Team Looks For Pieces Of Mesa Jet's Engine

A team of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators, with assistance from other parties, is investigating the uncontained engine failure on an America West Express jet in the area near Denver, CO. The agency says its seeking the engine components that fell from the airplane in an effort to determine the cause of the event.

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EADS North America KC-30 Extends Its Boom

Announcement Comes As USAF Issues KC-X RFP

In what is surely not a coincidence -- coming on the same day the USAF released its request for proposal on a new aerial refueling tanker -- EADS North America told ANN Wednesday it has  successfully completed a series of key milestones with its own Air Refueling Boom System (ARBS), including fully extending and maneuvering the refueling boom in-flight.

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Boeing Unveils Interior Concepts For 787 VIP Edition

If You Have To Ask, You Can't Afford It

The gang at Boeing Business Jets are eagerly awaiting the VIP-version of the 787 Dreamliner... and they're having quite a time considering how such a plane will be outfitted.

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Socata Racks Up Sales And Growth For 2006

TBM 850 Takes VLJ Market Head On

 Chairman and CEO of EADS Socata Stéphane Mayer, held a press conference in Paris Monday to brief the media on his company's status. He says the company experienced significant growth in both earnings and orders last year.

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NAFI Announces Newest Master Instructors

First To Earn Title For 2007

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of some very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.01.07)

Aero-Linx!

Want to fly in a Sky Dragon? Maybe an Aeroscraft. Airships are not just for Goodyear and Met Life anymore. Sure they’ll still fly over a stadium near you... but Aeros is seeing to it that airships go beyond how we normally think of airships.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.01.07): Callouts

Aero-Terms!

An integral part of CRM (Crew Resource Management). Responses by the non-flying crewmember to questions or statements by the flying crewmember help to maintain awareness and not give errors a chance to snowball.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.01.07)

"I'm tired of it. This continuous argument that does nothing but break apart the confidence of residents and public officials has to end."

Source: Beaufort County administrator Gary Kubic, during a recent council meeting in Hilton Head, SC. According to The Island Packet Newspaper, Kubic sent a memo to a deputy recently, in which he stated if any county employee spoke of the possibility the runway at Hilton Head Island Airport could be lengthened, he or she would be subject to "immediate termination."

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VA TFR: 02.03.07

Issue Date: January 31, 2007 at 1936 UTC Location: Williamsburg, Virginia Beginning Date and Time: February 03, 2007 at 1405 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 03, 2007 at 1725 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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