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March 07, 2007

WA TFR: 03.13.07 - 03.23.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4985  Issue Date: March 07, 2007 at 1359 UTC  Type: Special 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.07.07

Eclipse's New Avio Plan, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.07.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.07.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Eclipse Reveals 'Avio NG', Part Two: 03.07.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn.)

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ASF To Pilots: File A Pirep, Please

Online Course Will Show You How

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation is calling on all pilots to help reduce the number of weather-related accidents by giving a pilot report (pirep) on every flight. The Foundation tells ANN it has completely redesigned its online course -- "SkySpotter: Pireps Made Easy" -- which the group says makes it fun to learn how to give, get, and use pireps effectively.

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Era Helicopters Signs For 20 New Eurocopters At Heli-Expo

Will Begin Deliveries Of Mix Of Single, Dual Turbine Helos In 2008

At last week's Heli-Expo 2007 in Orlando, Era Helicopters LLC selected three members of Eurocopter’s single- and twin-engine helicopter family for a 20-aircraft order, which will significantly expand its rotary-wing operations with the offshore oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico and the US air medical market.

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Boeing-Built Longbows Make Kuwait Debut

AH-64Ds Part Of 2002 Procurement Deal

Representatives with Boeing tell ANN six AH-64D Apache Longbow multi-role combat helicopters made their debut in Kuwait this week, during a rollout ceremony.

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Four F-14s Seized In SoCal; Three Owned By Museums

Feds Claim Aircraft Improperly Sold, Weren't Demilitarized

Earlier this week, federal agents confiscated four F-14 Tomcat fighters in Southern California belonging to private owners, after investigators determined the jets had been sufficiently demilitarized, and may have been improperly sold. Three of those aircraft belong to aviation museums.

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FAA Updates Plan For Controller Staffing To Match Increased Traffic

Will Hire Almost 1,400 Controllers In 2007

In something of an about-face to repeated claims the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had adequate numbers of new hires waiting in the wings to replace retiring air traffic controllers, Wednesday morning the FAA released its "updated" plan to hire more controllers over the next 10 years, which includes hiring almost 1,400 controllers this year alone.

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The FAA's Updated Controller Hiring Plan: The Speech

Blakey Says NATCA Claims "Just Don't Pass The Straight Face Test"

Below is the unedited text of comments made by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey Wednesday morning, regarding the agency's newly-announced updated plan to hire air traffic controllers.

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JetBlue To Pull E-Jets To Repair Software Glitch

ExpressJet Will Pick Up Slack As E190s Get Fixed In Nashville

One imagines that if given the option, low-cost carrier JetBlue would probably like to reboot this year and start over. They'll have to settle for rebooting the software in some of their planes instead.

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Airbus Workers Take To The Streets In Toulouse

Approx. 10,000 Walk Out In "Power8" Protest

Five labor unions filled the streets of Toulouse, France with an estimated 10,000 striking Airbus workers on Tuesday. The demonstration was promised as labor's response to EADS "Power8" restructuring plan, which proposes to cut 10,000 jobs and either sell off or joint-venture six plants.

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Airlines Reported Fuller Flights In '06

Most See Gains Despite Cuts In Service

Honolulu's Pacific Business News reports that four of the big five United States legacy air carriers flew their planes an average of more than three-quarters full in February, and three of the five saw revenue mile increases over a year ago.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2007-05-07 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-05-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2007-05-14 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-05-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for GE CF6-80C2 series turbofan engines.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2007-05-11 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-05-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding two existing airworthiness directives (ADs), that apply to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604) airplanes and Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-05-08 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-05-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330 and A340 airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.07.07

DayJet says it now has the funds to go forward.
The search for a missing Virginia pilot shifts locations.
...and Broward County neighbors fight an airport expansion.

Sponsored By... <

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.07.07

DayJet says it now has the funds to go forward.
The search for a missing Virginia pilot shifts locations.
...and Broward County neighbors fight an airport expansion.

Sponsored By... <

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ANN Special Feature: Pt 2 - Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation - 03.07.07

Today, Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn answers questions from reporters on Avio NG, and other issues.

FMI: www.eclipseaviation.com

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NASA: No Money Available To Hunt Killer Asteroids

First Orion, Now This...

NASA says it simply cannot afford to locate asteroids capable of devastating hits to the Earth.

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Delta, Northwest Ask For More Time To Sway Creditors

Airlines Solicit Court For Extensions

In a possible setback for its goal to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the end of summer, Delta Air Lines asked the US Bankruptcy Court on Monday for more time to solicit acceptance for its reorganization plan.

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Waiting For Its JSFs, Australia Will Buy 24 Super Hornets

Planes Will Replace F-111s

There will soon be more Hornets in the Land Down Under. Officials in the Australian government said this week the country will soon order 24 F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter-bombers, valued at $4.6 billion US.

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Boeing May Need More Dreamliner Fuselages Than Expected

Alenia CEO Says Company Has Asked For 10+ Per Month

There's no denying Boeing has a hit on its hands with the upcoming 787 Dreamliner; now, the American planemaker has to figure out how to meet that demand, and get planes into its customers' fleets. And that may prove problematic.

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Pilot Lost In Illinois Quickie Q2 Accident

Experimental Aircraft Down in Remote Area

A pilot died Monday when his aircraft went down in a remote field in Madison County, IL.

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Proposed FLL Expansion Opposed

Critics Cite Noise Problems

Opponents of the proposed expansion of the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport rallied at a public hearing Monday night. The group informed county officials they refused to be forced from their homes by excessive noise caused by large jets.

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Families Sue Over 2004 Crash

FAA, Pilot Accused of Negligence

The families of four people killed in a 2004 plane crash at West Virginia's Wheeling-Ohio County Airport (HLG) filed lawsuits against the pilot and the FAA, each claiming negligence. One suit seeks $150,000 in damages; the second lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of money.

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Florida Sheriffs Office Selects Sagem's Cockpit Display System

Now Being Installed In Seminole County's New AS350

Sagem Avionics Inc. tells ANN the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, based at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, FL recently selected the Sagem Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) for their Eurocopter AS350 B3.

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Emirates Leases Five More Boeing 777-300ERs for Long Haul

GECAS Wins Order As Carrier Works Past A380 Delays

Dubai-based carrier Emirates refuses to let delayed deliveries of the Airbus A380 interfere with its plans to expand service on long-haul routes... and that's proving to be very good news to aircraft lessors, and Boeing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.07.07)

Aero-Linx!

This site looks to improve flight safety with a focus on human factors, by analyzing, discussing, and reflecting on the pilot's roles, functions, and responsibilities in the cockpit; cockpit leadership and management; and pilot judgment and decision making.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.07.07): Civil Twilight

Aero-Terms!

Did you ever want to know the "exact" definition of civil twilight? Get out your compasses (the old-fashioned, pointy kind you used in elementary school.)

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.07.07)

"We know what to do, we just don't have the money."

Source: Simon "Pete" Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center. The space agency states it cannot afford to mount an estimated $1 billion search for asteroids capable of destroying life on Earth.

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