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February 17, 2007

WAI's Nigerian Chapter: One Year Later

Steady Progress Towards Introducing Girls To Flight

At the Women in Aviation Conference in Nashville, TN last year, the newest chapter was the Nigeria chapter. Several of the ladies attended this year's conference in Orlando, FL, and it was time to perform a follow-up.

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First 737-700ER Heads For Japan's All Nippon Airways

Long-Legged, 48-Seat Airliner Will Open New China Route

The first Boeing Next-Generation 737-700ER (Extended Range) airplane took off from Boeing's Seattle Delivery Center Friday, bound for Japan and service with ANA (All Nippon Airways). ANA launched the 737-700ER program in January 2006, when it exercised rights to substitute 737-700s with two 737-700ERs.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-04 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Avro 146-RJ airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-05 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A300 B2 and B4 series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-07 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-06 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-8-62, DC-8-63, DC-8-62F, and DC-8-63F airplanes.

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Weather The Only Damper For Annual WAI Membership Meeting

The Rest Is All Good

Weather took its toll on attendance at the WAI Membership Meeting in Orlando, FL Thursday. Many attendees were still sitting around airports in the snowbound north, leaving seats at the business meeting unoccupied. From there, though, the rest of the news was good.

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Birmingham Controllers Latest To Be Left In The Dark

January 17 Radar Outage Delayed Flights More Than Five Hours

Air traffic controllers in Birmingham, AL continue to butt heads with the FAA over the severity of a radar outage last month, that snarled flights for over five hours.

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Russian Engine Failure Delays Atlas V Launch

Engineers Need To Recertify Booster

The January 30 explosion of a Ukranian Zenit rocket has caused a ripple effect for a planned US Air Force launch... because the Atlas V booster uses an engine similar to the type that failed on the earlier launch.

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Is American Airlines A Merger Target?

Group Including BA Reportedly Interested In Carrier

It's almost unfathomable... and may be illegal, in the eyes of the Department of Transportation. But that hasn't stopped rampant speculation on the news American Airlines may soon be the target of a private buyout bid, by a group including investment firm Goldman Sachs and British Airways.

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FAA Tweaks New ETOPS Ruling

Allows "Dual Maintenance" In Limited Circumstances

They aren't big changes... but the FAA has already tweaked its ruling on Extended Operations (ETOPS) regulations for Part 121 and Part 135 turbine transport aircraft, one month after the original rule was published.

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Company Offers Cosmetics Geared To Airline Workers

Arbonne International Exhibits At WAI

The Women in Aviation International exhibit hall has booths geared toward the needs of women in the aviation industry: company booths recruiting new hires, pilot advocacy groups soliciting new members, and now a cosmetics line to help female (yes, and male) crew members cope with the dry air of an aircraft cabin.

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Avionics Innovations' DMP-100 And DMP-200 Earn Jetstar 41 STC

Cabin Briefing Systems Certified For Part 25, Part 23 Ops

Avionics Innovations, Inc. tells ANN the company's DMP-100 and DMP-200 cabin briefing systems -- self-contained units that store and play prerecorded audio tracks -- have been certified for installation and use aboard British Aerospace Jetstream 41 regional airliners.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.07)

Aero-Linx!

All right, admit it... who doesn't chuckle when recalling the movie "Airplane?" Even now, so many years later, you can find something new in it you didn't catch before. It was the first in its genre and a favorite of aviation enthusiasts everywhere.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.07): Torque

Aero-Terms!

A measure of how much a force acting on an object causes that object to rotate.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.17.07)

"When FAA says that safety wasn't compromised, it trivializes what we do as their traffic controllers. And safety was definitely compromised and it was the air traffic controllers and the compliance of the pilots that ensured the safety that day, not the FAA."

Source: NATCA Regional President Scott Pressley. Air traffic controllers in Birmingham, AL continue to butt heads with the FAA over the severity of a radar outage last month, that snarled flights for over five hours.

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