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March 01, 2007

Kiowa Makes 'Hard Landing' In Iraq, Two Injured

Hostile Fire Not Suspected

US military officials said Thursday an OH-58 Kiowa surveillance helicopter made a "hard landing" near Kirkuk, about 180 miles north of Baghdad.

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Bell Helicopter Celebrates 2006 Successes At Heli-Expo

But Some Problems May Be Lurking

Bell Helicopter told attendees at this week's Heli-Expo 2007 in Orlando that 2006 was a great year for the Fort Worth, TX-based helomaker, as both commercial and military sales orders and deliveries increased.

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Omniflight Selects Sky Connect Voice, Text, And Tracking System

Will Be Launch Customer For New Dialer

Omniflight, one of the oldest and largest providers of air medical services in the United States, tells ANN it has selected the Sky Connect solution for its voice, text, and tracking needs.

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MN TFR: 03.02.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4515 Issue Date: March 01, 2007 at 1520 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: March 02, 2007 at 1530 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 02, 2007 at 1645 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at the Babbitt Iron Mines Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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Pilots With US Airways, America West File Suit

Claims 2004 Merger Violates Contracts

US Airways and America West pilots filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia's US District Court Wednesday, that claims management is merging the carriers illegally.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 03.01.07

The Man Behind Aviation's Only Ant, Wes Oleszewski

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.01.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.01.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Man Behind Aviation's Only Ant: 03.01.07 (ANN Special Feature, with cartoonist Wes Oleszewski.)

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First Dedicated S-92 SAR Helicopter Unveiled

CHC Will Operate Rescue Platform For UK's MCA

In a ceremony resembling a movie scene, Sikorsky generated fog, the sounds of a storm at sea and flashes of lightning to unveil the first S-92 helicopter by Sikorsky dedicated to Search and Rescue at the world's largest helicopter gathering, Heli-Expo 2007.

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Premier Turbines Opens 'Express Lane' For RR250

Fast Service For Helos Equipped With Powerplant

Dallas Airmotive announced at Heli-Expo 2007 this week that Premier Turbines, the company's Neosho, MO engine repair and overhaul division, has opened "Express Lane" service for Rolls-Royce Model 250 engines.

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Enstrom Helicopter Goes With Chelton For Its Model 480B

EFIS Will Be Part Of Factory Type-Certificate

Enstrom Helicopter has selected Chelton Flight Systems to supply the Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) for the company's Model 480B turbine whirlybird.

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Unions Plan Protests, Possible Work Action In Wake Of Airbus Cuts

14,000 Workers Stage Work Stoppage At French Plants

In the aftermath of Wednesday's announcement of job cuts for 10,000 Airbus workers throughout Europe, labor unions say the planemaker and its parent company should prepare for massive protests, and work stoppages.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.01.07

EADS details the bad news on Power-8.
Palm Beach NIMBY's organize to stop an airport expansion.
And FAA extends the comment period for repair station rule changes.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.01.07

EADS details the bad news on Power-8.
Palm Beach NIMBY's organize to stop an airport expansion.
And FAA extends the comment period for repair station rule changes.

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ANN Special Feature: Cartoonist Wes Oleszewski - 03.01.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with with Wes Oleszewski, creator of the Klyde Morris cartoon strip, about things that make him laugh, and one that doesn't.

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Schweizer Delivers 6,000th Aircraft At HAI

Model 300CBi Goes To Helicopter Adventures, Inc.

Schweizer Aircraft Corp. will deliver its milestone 6,000th aircraft, a Model 300CBi helicopter, at Heli-Expo 2007 to flight training center Helicopter Adventures, Inc. The new Helicopter Adventures' 300CBi will be on display in the Schweizer static exhibit at HAI, March 1-3.

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Boeing Delivers First C-40C To US Air Force Reserve Command

Final Assembly Of Basic Airframe Completed In Two Weeks

Representatives with Boeing tell ANN that on Wednesday, the company delivered the first of three C-40C transport aircraft to the US Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-27 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-27 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Model F.28 Mark 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-24 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-24 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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AD: CASA

AD NUMBER: 2007-05-01 MANUFACTURER: CASA SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-05-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-23 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-23 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes.

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Bell Announces 206 LongRanger Upgrade Program At HAI

Rolls Royce To Provide Power; Air Evac Will Collaborate On Program

Big news from Bell Helicopter, on the day before the official start of Heli-Expo 2007 in Orlando, FL. Bell announced an upgrade program that will extend the life of over 1,000 Bell products in over 60 countries.

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NTSB Recommends Additional Safety Guidelines For Hawaiian Air Tour Operators

Cites 2004 CFIT Accident On Kauai

Expanding on its factual report on a September 2004 accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter flying tours on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, this week the National Transportation Safety Board issued a new set of safety recommendations the Board states could prevent a similar accident in the future.

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Robinson Helicopters Delivers Two R44s To New Dealer

CG Helicopters Based In South Florida

CG Helicopters, Robinson Helicopter Company’s recently named dealer in South Florida, will soon take delivery of two new R44 helicopters: a Raven II (N3024L) and a Raven I (N3245S). The helicopters are on display in the Robinson booth at Heli-Expo 2007, now underway in Orlando, FL.

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Judge Approves Northwest Airlines Purchase Of Mesaba

One Down... One To Go

On Tuesday, Northwest Airlines won the first of two needed victories in its quest to purchase regional operator Mesaba Airlines. Judge Allan Gropper, who is presiding over Northwest's reorganization effort in US Bankruptcy court, gave his approval to the deal.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6C-7E To Power New EC175/Z15 Helo

A Next-Gen Powerplant For A Next-Gen Chopper

The latest iteration of Helicopter Association International's annual Heli-Expo doesn't even officially kick off until Thursday... and already, we're seeing some major advancements coming from some big names in the helicopter industry.

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Cirrus, Jeppesen Partner In Pilot Transition Course

First In Web-Based Series To Promote Safety, Continued Learning

Planemaker Cirrus Design and training Jeppesen announced Wednesday the two companies are teaming up to provide an innovative web-based transition course for pilots. Intended for use at the factory and in the field, the course is the first in a series designed to promote safe flying through lifelong learning.

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Eminent Domain No Longer Issue for Michigan Airport

Charlotte City Council Votes 'No' On One Way To Expand KFPK

Last month, the Charlotte, MI city council considered proposals to expand the Fitch H. Beach Airport's 3,500-feet runway to 5,000-feet. One of those proposals even considered relocating the entire airport, to accommodate corporate jets.

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Report: Pilot Error Likely Cause Of 2006 Columbia 400 Accident

Report Also Cites Lighting, Fog

A National Transportation Safety Board report issued this week says pilot error was likely the cause of a February 22, 2006 accident that killed four people at a Stafford County, VA airport.

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Lockheed Martin Says Raptor Computer 'Glitch' Almost Fixed

Navigation Systems Bug Affects 87 Fighters

Lockheed Martin says it is making progress in fixing an electrical glitch that caused some tense moments for pilots ferrying six F-22 Raptor fighters from Hawaii to Japan earlier this month.

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More Power! Gill Battery's 7638-44 VRLA Available For Aircraft Owners

Company Claims 24-Month Shelf Life, More Juice

Owners of several piston and turbine powered aircraft can now expect more from their battery thanks to Gill Battery’s new 7638-44 sealed, valve regulated lead acid (VRLA), 44 AH 24 volt battery.

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Women Show Their Support For Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Asked to Ditch Brassieres For Worthy Cause

Wakefield, England-based Yorkshire Air Ambulance has come up with a unique and successful fund-raising strategy... that is akin to a Tom Jones concert. Women are clamoring to give them their bras.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.01.07)

Aero-Linx!

Learn to purchase airplanes at this site: financing, trade-ins and trade-ups, insurance, adding a custom registration "N" number, delivery, service and warranty, ownership costs, business use and tax strategies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.01.07): Unconventional Warfare

Aero-Terms!

A broad spectrum of military and paramilitary operations conduct in enemy-held, enemy-controlled or politically sensitive territory.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.01.07)

"Until you really fly the airplane and do something that's when the rubber hits the road. Industry are developing any kind of computer or airplane system, and you will see there is no substitute for flying something."

Source: Colonel Tom Bergeson, Operations Group Commander at the First Fighter Wing at Virginia's Langley Air Force Base, commenting on a technical "glitch" that wiped out the navigational computers on six F-22 Raptors as they flew across the International Date Line on a February 10 ferry flight to Japan. Lockheed Martin reports it has worked out a fix for the bug, and is currently installing it throughout the fleet of 87 affected Raptors.

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KY TFR: 03.02.07 - 03.03.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4479 Issue Date: February 28, 2007 at 2141 UTC Location: Louisville, Kentucky Beginning Date and Time: March 02, 2007 at 1820 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 03, 2007 at 0015 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AZ TFR: 03.02.07 - 03.05.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4384 Issue Date: February 28, 2007 at 1326 UTC Location: Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona near TUCSON VORTAC (TUS) Beginning Date and Time: March 02, 2007 at 1500 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 05, 2007 at 0100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Heritage flight demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Tuscon (TUS) TRACON, 520-670-6213

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