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February 16, 2007

Virtual Flight Surgeons Partners With WAI For Medical Questions

Confidential Consultations Available To Members

Aviation has its own Dr. Phil... Dr. Phillip E. Parker.

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German Paraglider Survives Ascent To 32,000 Feet

Second Glider Lost In Same Storm

A sudden thunderstorm caught paragliders training for an upcoming event in Australia unawares Wednesday... hurtling two them to flight-level altitudes, and killing one.

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First BRS-Equipped AMD CH601XL Enters Service

Company Touts High Level Of Available Safety Features

The folks at Aircraft Manufacturing & Development Co. (AMD) told ANN Friday of the first BRS parachute installation in a Zodiac 601XL light sport aircraft (LSA). The aircraft was certified January 30, 2007.

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Lineman Killed In Ground Collision At APF

Worker Drove Tug Under Parked Plane's Wing

A ground worker at Naples Municipal Airport (APF) in Florida was killed Wednesday night, when he accidentally drove an airport tug under the wing of a parked aircraft, and was pinned between the wing and the ground vehicle.

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FAA Extends Comment Period On New Parts Approval Regs

Small Business Owners Invited To Submit Comments Before 4/2/07

After receiving requests from the Small Business Administration regarding proposed changes to the regulations affecting how production parts are approved for entry into service, the FAA Friday agreed to extend the comment period on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) until April 2.

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Air Mauritania Hijacking Ends With Passengers Safe, Hijacker Beaten

Incident Comes As Madrid Train Bombing Trial Begins

The hijacking of an Air Mauritania jetliner Thursday ended with the gunman on the floor... apparently with a little help from the plane's flight crew.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.16.07

A Change In Leadership At GAMA

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.16.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.16.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Change In Leadership At GAMA: 02.16.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Jack Pelton and new Chairman John Grisik.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.16.07

Sino-Swearingen may be about to lose the "sino"...
Diamond Aircraft continues its brisk sales growth...
...and JetBlue apologizes for stranding passengers on the tarmac at Kennedy.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.16.07

Sino-Swearingen may be about to lose the "sino"...
Diamond Aircraft continues its brisk sales growth...
...and JetBlue apologizes for stranding passengers on the tarmac at Kennedy.

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ANN Special Feature: GAMA's Jack Pelton, John Grisik

Today, ANN's Jim Campbell talks about the impact of user fees with Jack Pelton and John Grisik, the outgoing and incoming user-fee committee chairmen of GAMA.

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Northwest Submits Disclosure Statement On Reorg Plan

Carrier Plans To Exit Chapter 11 In Q2 2007

We have a race on our hands... a race to determine which airline, Delta or Northwest, exits bankruptcy first. On Thursday, Northwest Airlines presented its disclosure statement to the US Bankruptcy Court, detailing its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 sometime in the second quarter of this year.

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Aerospace Education Draws Teachers In At WAI

Ideas Abound At FAA Program

Aerospace education was quite the draw at the 2007 Women in Aviation's annual conference in Orlando, FL Thursday, bringing together nearly 100 teachers and others with an interest in sharing their love of aviation and aerospace with young people.

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Dassault Set Record Sales Year In 2006 For Falcon Business Jets

Falcon 7X Passes Another Sales Milestone

At his company's annual financial analyst meeting held Thursday, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne announced record results for the second consecutive year for Falcon business jets.

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National Gay Pilots Association Exhibits At WAI Conference

Organization Focuses On Professional Networking And Socializing

For first-time Women in Aviation International exhibitor National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA), its introduction to WAI comes nearly 15 years after the organization started as a professional network for gay and lesbian pilots and aviation enthusiasts around the world.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-03 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all EMBRAER Model EMB-135 airplanes and Model EMB-145, -145ER, -145MR, -145LR, -145XR, -145MP, and -145EP airplanes.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2005-17-17R1 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-17-17R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca S.A. Arrius 2F turboshaft engines.

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AD: Pacific Aerospace Corporation

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-01 MANUFACTURER: Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: CTRM Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-02 MANUFACTURER: CTRM Aviation Sdn. Bhd. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2004-11-04, which applies to all CTRM Aviation Sdn. Bhd. (Formerly Eagle Aircraft (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.) Model Eagle 150B airplanes.

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FAA's Blakey Pitches Reauthorization Plan To Senate Committee

Says Airline Passengers Pay "95 Percent" Of ATC Costs

Below is the unedited transcript of FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's statements Thursday before the Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation on Financing Reform Proposal, regarding the FAA reauthorization bill announced Wednesday.

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NATA 'Disappointed' By FAA's Reauthorization Proposal

Coyne Calls Plan 'Remarkably Lopsided And Myopic'

In a release, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has voiced its response to the FAA's just-released reauthorization proposal which would incorporate a host of new operational and certification user fees and establish an Air Transportation System Advisory Board.

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Kids In Flight Takes Off At WAI

Good Things Happen To Those Who Do Good

For Maria Weybrecht, the challenge of cancer has brought her -- and others -- great dividends.

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NATCA Accuses FAA Of Placing Budget Ahead Of Safety (Part 2)

Wants To Force Agency Back To Labor Negotiations

In part one of this report, you read about NATCA's concern with the FAA's staffing policies. Atlanta tower controller Gary Brittain related an incident that almost led to disaster when a controller cleared a jet for takeoff into landing traffic -- an incident he blames on fatigue resulting from inadequate staffing. Today ANN concludes its coverage of NATCA's press conference.

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Delta Posts $2 Billion Q4 Loss, But Also Makes Money

Welcome To Airline Math 101, Please Take Out Your Abacuses

There may be light at the end of the bankruptcy tunnel for Delta Air Lines... but there's also a lot of red. The Atlanta, GA-based carrier announced this week its fourth quarter loss increased to almost $2 billion, due to its continued reorganization efforts.

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Cessna Offers Two Scholarships For WAI Conference

To Be Awarded At Conference Gala Saturday Night

Cessna Aircraft Company has told ANN, for the 11th consecutive year, it will support the Women in Aviation, International (WAI) Conference currently underway at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World, FL.

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Klyde Morris (02.16.07)

Speaker Pelosi Adjusts To Her New Aircraft...

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AOPA Helps Streamline FAA Medical Issuance Procedures

'TurboMedical' Makes AME Visits Less Painful

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has informed ANN the Federal Air Surgeon has given Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) permission to accept printouts from the association's first-of-its-kind online medical assistant called TurboMedical.

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Boeing Finalizes 27-Plane Deal With UPS

Deal Pushes Total 767 Orders Past 1000

Boeing confirmed Thursday an order by UPS for 27 Boeing 767-300 Freighters. When the planes are delivered, it will nearly double the size of the UPS 767 fleet.

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Airborne Systems Hosts 'Airborne Days' Event

Showcases Latest Aerial Delivery Technology

ANN has learned Airborne Systems Group, a recognized leader in the development of parachute systems specializing in aerial delivery, rescue and survival equipment and engineering services, hosted a two day event for military customers from allied countries around the world to participate in a demonstration of its newest parachute delivery technology.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.07)

Aero-Linx!

So what's so funny about Air Traffic Controllers? Check out some of the conversations and exchanges at this site, and give yourself a chuckle.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.07): UAVs

Aero-Terms!

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles make significant contributions to the warfighting capability of operational forces.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.16.07)

"Despite all the hype you’ve undoubtedly been hearing, moving to a user fee system is hardly unprecedented. In fact, I mentioned several countries before, but here’s another list to think about: Barbados, Brunei, Guinea-Bisau, Kiribati, Kuwait, Namibia, Sao Tome & Principe, Swaziland, Togo, Tuvalu. That list represents the only countries that do not charge for the actual cost of ATC services. Do we really want to most powerful nation on earth to remain on that list?"

Source: FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, speaking before the Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation on Financing Reform Proposal, regarding the FAA reauthorization bill announced Wednesday.

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