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March 23, 2007

NTSB Prelim Notes Accident Helicopter Had Loose Servo

Similar Issue A Factor In Two Other AS350 Downings

In its Preliminary Report issued this week on the March 8 downing of a Heli USA tour helicopter on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the National Transportation Safety Board indicates the left lateral rotor control servo may have came lose from the main rotor blade -- potentially rendering the helicopter uncontrollable, and leading to the crash that killed four people and injured three.

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Royal Australian Navy Adds Power To Training Fleet

Selects A109 Power Helicopter

AgustaWestland and Linfox told ANN this week the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) chose the A109 Power light twin helicopter to train its aircrews.

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Pratt & Whitney Names Alain Bellemare Executive VP For Strategy And Development

Will Also Continue As President Of P&W Canada

Alain M. Bellemare's going to need a bigger business card.

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Report: FCC Chief Asks To Keep Inflight Cell-Phone Ban In Place

Providers Say Signals Would Cause Interference; Pax Protest Noise

In a rare win for common courtesy, it appears likely the Federal Communications Commission will end its investigation into whether cell phones can be used safely on airplanes while inflight.

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He's Off! Florida Pilot Barrington Irving Begins Round-The-World Flight

Aims To Become Youngest Person Ever To Fly Around The Globe

Just past 1030 EDT Friday morning, 23-year-old pilot Barrington Irving departed Florida's Opa-Locka Executive Airport on a quest to become the youngest person ever to fly around the world... and the first African-American to do it solo.

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Crew Named For February 2008 Shuttle Mission

Japanese Lab To Be Installed At Space Station

NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission scheduled for launch in February 2008. The flight will deliver the Pressurized Module and robotic arm of the Japanese Experiment Module to the International Space Station.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 03.23.07

A Teacher Whose Class Brought 'Harmony' To NASA

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.23.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.23.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Third-Graders Help NASA Name Their ISS Module: 03.23.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Florida third-grade teacher Russ Yocum.)

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Russia Gets A Little Closer To EADS

Multiple Partnership Agreements Announced

Airbus and Russia's state-controlled Unified Aircraft Corp. have announced the launch of a "risk-sharing partnership" on the A350XWB -- just one of a series of recent partnerships between Russia and EADS.

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New Pennsylvania Cargo Airport Proposed

FAA Reviewing Airspace Request

Gladstone Partners, LP, a Pennsylvania limited partnership has announced plans to open a cargo airport near Humbolt Industrial Park in Hazleton, PA.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.23.07

Columbia Aircraft lays off another 185, and restructures management.
Open Skies is approved in Europe.
And Congress hears more arguments for and against user fees.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.23.07

Columbia Aircraft lays off another 185, and restructures management.
Open Skies is approved in Europe.
And Congress hears more arguments for and against user fees.

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ANN Special Feature: Russell Yocum, NASA Harmony Contest - 03.23.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Russ Yocum, a Florida teacher whose third-grade class won NASA's contest to name the new Harmony module for the International Space Station..

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HAI's Zuccaro Fights FAA Funding Plan On Behalf Of Helo Pilots

Says Helicopters Should Be Considered Separate From Other Aircraft

Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matthew Zuccaro testified Thursday before the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee on the lack of merit the Bush Administration’s financing proposal for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has for the civil helicopter industry.

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Thielert Receives FAA Approval For Centurion 2.0 Installation In Cessna 172s

Paves The Way For More Diesel-Powered Skyhawks

The installation of the kerosene piston aircraft engine Centurion 2.0 in different models of the Cessna 172 series, has now also been certified in the USA. On March 12, Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH received the official certification document from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), expanding the sales potential for modern kerosene piston aircraft engines in the US market.

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PASS President Tells Congress More Focus Needed On FAA, Union Negotiations

"Change Is Clearly Needed" In Employee Relations

Tom Brantley, national president of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), testified Thursday before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation, to discuss contract negotiations between the FAA and its unions, including the issues of staffing of technician and inspector workforces, the FAA's application of its designee programs, and the FAA's reauthorization proposal.

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FAA Awards PMA Status To Commander Premier Aircraft

'Birthday Present' For Company

It's a big step for the company aiming to reintroduce a storied aircraft name to the US market. Commander Premier Aircraft (CPAC) has been awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval by the FAA.

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Klyde Morris (03.23.07)

Klyde Answers The Question, 'Just How Close Is The FAA To The Airlines?'

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First Export Eurofighter Typhoon Flies

Fighter Destined For Austrian Air Force

Aero-News learned Thursday the first Eurofighter Typhoon for an export nation successfully concluded its first flight at EADS Military Air Systems in Manching, Germany.

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EADS Fits Australian A330 Tanker With Refueling Boom, Underwing Pods

Aircraft Undergoes Ground Vibration Testing

The Royal Australian Air Force's first A330 Multi-role Tanker Transport (MRTT) was recently fitted with a complete aerial refueling system, marking a major milestone in the mission outfitting of the RAAF's newest aerial tanker.

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Embraer Delivers Its 100th Legacy Bizjet

Program Was Launched At Farnborough 2000

In less than five years, Embraer's Legacy business jet has accumulated quite a legacy. On Thursday, Embraer delivered the 100th Legacy to ABS Jets, during a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

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Honeywell Closing NJ Aircraft Parts Plant

Work To Be Moved To NM

Honeywell International Inc., a key parts factory during World War II, has announced plans to close its aviation manufacturing plant in Teterboro, NJ.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.07)

Aero-Linx!

The Aviation Forum's primary goal is to give pilots and aviation enthusiasts the means to communicate in a friendly community environment via the bulletin boards, as well as to provide useful content that assists pilots and aviation enthusiast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.07): DASH-1

Aero-Terms!

The "owners manual" for the aircraft. This technical order (T.O.) is divided into sections that list systems description and operation, checklists and normal procedures, emergency procedures, crew duties, operating limits, adverse weather procedures, etc.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.23.07)

"The FAA is gulping the airline Kool-Aid."

Source: Congressman Robin Hayes (R-NC), one of several lawmakers before the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee who spoke out Thursday against the FAA's funding reauthorization plan.

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