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March 09, 2007

Search Crews Scale Back Search For Missing RV-6 Pilot

Plane Disappeared Near Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Aero-News has learned search crews on the ground and in the air have scaled back their search for a missing pilot, whose RV-6 disappeared from radar February 28 in the vicinity of Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas.

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NBAA Calls On Congress To Reject 'Big Airlines' FAA Funding Plan'

Says Proposal Harmful to Small Businesses, Rural Communities

The user fee plan advocated by the major airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be disastrous for the national aviation system, and for small and mid-size businesses in rural areas across the country. That's what Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), told a congressional subcommittee Thursday.

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'Which Funding System Is Broken?' Boyer Asks On FAA Reauthorization

Answer: FAA's New Plan Would Incur Debt; Current System Doesn't

It's a clear-cut case of the government attempting to "fix" a problem that isn't broken... and we've seen before how those efforts often turn out. That's the message Phil Boyer, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, had for government officials this week, during a hearing on the Bush administration's proposed FAA funding reauthorization plan.

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Sagem, ASAP Avionics Unveil A Touch Of Glass For R44

EFIS Upgrade Now Available For Robinson Helos

ASAP Avionics and Sagem Avionics tell ANN the two companies teamed up recently to produce one very impressive Robinson R44 Astro. The helo underwent a significant upgrade during its 2,200-hour overhaul, and came out with a state-of-the-art EFIS-equipped panel.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2007-05-17 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-05-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney (PW) JT9D series turbofan engines.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-24-03R1 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-24-03R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, and -800 series airplanes.

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AD: Glasflugel

AD NUMBER: 2007-05-19 MANUFACTURER: Glasflugel SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-05-19 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Glasflugel Models H 301 'Libelle,' H301B 'Libelle,' Standard 'Libelle,' and Standard Libelle-201B sailplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-05-13 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-05-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 airplanes.

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AD: Socata

AD NUMBER: 2007-05-18 MANUFACTURER: Socata SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-05-18 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 03.09.07

RANS Aircraft's Randy Schlitter

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.09.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.09.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- RANS Aircraft's Randy Schlitter: 03.09.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Randy Schlitter on changes at RANS.)

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CAE Sells Its First 787 Sims To Qantas, Chinese Training Facility

Fly The Dreamliner!... Simulator

With the first flight of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner apparently on track for later this year, pilots will soon need to start learning how to fly the composite airliner. CAE is here to help with that.

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767 Tanker Completes First Fuel Transfer

Hooks Up To B-52 Receiver 73 Times

It can do the job. Aero-News learned Friday Boeing's KC-767 Tanker made history last week, when it successfully extended its fly-by-wire air refueling boom and transferred fuel for the first time to another aircraft.

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It Can Fly! Aero-Vodochody's First L-159T1 Takes To The Skies

Rebuilt L-159A Part Of Four-Plane Czech Air Force Order

On Thursday, the first out of a total of four two-seat training L-159T1 aircraft for the Czech Air Force (CzAF) took off from the factory airport of Aero Vodochody a.s. and made its maiden flight. The two-seat training aircraft, s/n 6069, was rebuilt from originally single-seat CzAF L-159A aircraft.

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Sikorsky Delivers 100th MH-60S To US Navy

Seahawks Have Spent Over 150,000 Hours In The Air Since 2001

Sikorsky Aircraft has delivered the 100th MH-60S Seahawk helicopter to the US Navy.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.09.07

JetBlue announces a new Chief Operating Officer.
Columbia Aircraft lays off 59 employees.
...and Eclipse changes partners...again.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.09.07

JetBlue announces a new Chief Operating Officer.
Columbia Aircraft lays off 59 employees.
...and Eclipse changes partners...again.

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ANN Special Feature: Pt 1 - Randy Schlitter, Rans Aircraft - 03.09.07

Jim Campbell talks with Randy Schlitter, the "Rans" of Rans Aircraft, about the evolution of his company.

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Pilatus Business Aircraft Earns ODAR Approval From FAA

May Conduct In-House Airworthiness Inspections, Approvals

Aero-News learned this week Pilatus Business Aircraft, Ltd., the US subsidiary of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd in Switzerland, earned FAA recognition as an Organizational Designated Airworthiness Representative (ODAR) to support its PC-12 program.

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Airbus Wins First Firm Orders For A350XWB

Good News For Beleagured Planemaker

What once was old, is new again... and that's definitely good news for Airbus, which won its first firm order this week for the redesigned A350 XWB midsized airliner, from an old customer.

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Columbia Aircraft Cuts 59 Employees From Workforce

Sales Remain Strong... But Cert Delays, Hail Take Their Toll

Leaner times in Bend, OR... as Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation told ANN Thursday the planemaker has been forced to lay off 59 employees, out of the company's total workforce of 605, in order to offset the financial impact of what the company termed "a cascade of unanticipated events."

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California Airport Wants More Jets

Local Residents Fear Noise Increase

The FAA has approved the groundwork for California's Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK) to develop a "jetport" that is able to accommodate larger commercial jets.

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Megasized Airport Getting Gigantic Control Tower

Sorry, Texas... Everything's Bigger In Dubai

Construction on the Middle East's highest air traffic control tower has begun at Dubai World Central, an "urban aviation community" now taking shape at Jebel Ali in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Klyde Morris (03.08.07)

At The TSA, They Prepare For EVERY Contingency...

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Delta Announces Financial Rewards

Promises Employees Lump Sum Cash Bonuses

It appears a bit of the long-dormant "Spirit of Delta" may soon return to Delta Air Lines. The Atlanta, GA-based carrier announced this week that, as its financial picture improves, so would its employees' checkbook balances.

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DHL Delivers Six 767 Freighter Orders To Boeing

German-Owned Cargo Hauler Looks To Grow

Don't look now... but after years of lackluster sales, interest in Boeing's middling 767 widebody appears to be quietly rising. The American planemaker announced Thursday that cargo-hauler DHL agreed on an order for six 767-300ER (Extended Range) Freighters.

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Piper Cherokee Down In Utah

Three Lost In Desert Accident

Three people died when a Piper Cherokee went down in Tooele County, UT Wednesday. The crash site is about 50 miles from the Nevada border near Clive, UT just a couple of miles north of I-80, according to KSL Channel 5 News.

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X Prize Foundation Holds High-Flying Gala For Charity

$2.7 Million Raised For "Radical Breakthroughs"

The X Prize Foundation held a "Benefit for Humanity" fund-raiser Saturday, hosted by Google founder Larry Page at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.09.07)

Aero-Linx!

Provides those with a professional interest in aviation with up-to-date and reliable data on airliner accidents and safety issues, as well as a section of photos before a crash, after the actual accident, and other miscellaneous pix.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.09.07): ACMI

Aero-Terms!

Aircraft Crews Maintenance Insurance -- A lease between two parties where the first party is a lessor with an AOC responsible for the aircraft, crews, maintenance, and insurance and the second party is the lessee.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.09.07)

"A cascade of unanticipated events."

Source: How representatives with Columbia Aircraft describe the issues leading to its announcement Thursday that, despite strong interest and healthy sales, the Bend, OR-planemaker was forced to lay off 59 workers from its staff of just over 600.

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