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March 26, 2007

It's Official -- RAC Is Now Hawker Beechcraft

$3.3 Billion Sale Of Former Raytheon Division Completed

Hawker Beechcraft Inc. -- the new company formed by GS Capital Partners, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs, and Onex Partners -- has completed its purchase of Raytheon Aircraft Company for approximately $3.3 billion in cash.

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Czech Aircraft Works Says New, Larger Plant Is Up And Running

Aims To Produce 500 Planes Per Year

One of the most prevalent manufacturers in the light sport aircraft (LSA) segment plans to become even bigger -- and recently moved into a new facility the company says will help make that plan a reality. Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW) is now operational in its new, 120,000 square-foot facility in the Czech Republic.

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Boeing Builds A Better Bathroom For The 787

An Innovation We Can All Appreciate: The DreamLavatory

When Boeing brings its all-new 787 Dreamliner to service in 2008, passengers will experience a more comfortable flight because of enhanced accessibility features.

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Gone West: Lt. Colonel Chase J. Nielsen

WWII "Doolittle Raider" Was 90

Aero-News has learned America recently lost another of the famed "Tokyo Doolittle Raiders," who helped boost American morale in the early days of World War II with a surprise air attack on Japan. Retired Lt. Col. Chase J. Nielsen, who spent a lifetime as an advocate for American airpower, died March 23 at his home in Brigham City, UT.

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Naverus Honored With Embry-Riddle's Pinnacle Award

Company Recognized For Work In RNP

Naverus was recently named the 2007 recipient of the Pinnacle Award by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Rolls-Royce, Bombardier Celebrate 500th BR710 Delivery

Engine Powers Global 5000, Global Express XRS

Rolls-Royce and Bombardier celebrated delivery last week of the 500th BR710 engine, with a ceremony at Bombardier's manufacturing facility in Toronto, Canada. The BR710 powers the Bombardier Global 5000, and ultra-long range Global Express XRS business aircraft.

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Kawasaki Delivers Its First EH101 To JMSDF

Built Under License From AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland told ANN Monday that Kawasaki has delivered first ever license-built EH101 helicopter to the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). The aircraft was accepted by the customer on March 23 at Kawasaki Aerospace's Gifu plant in Japan.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.26.07

Randy Bolinger Talks Restructuring At Columbia Aircraft

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.26.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.26.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Columbia Aircraft's Randy Bolinger: 03.26.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Randy Bolinger on the restructuring at Columbia Aircraft.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.26.07

NTSB says a loose servo may have downed a Hawaiian tour helicopter.
A plane delivering relief supplies to Uganda is shot down.
And the FAA may ease restrictions on airline takeoffs in winter

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.26.07

NTSB says a loose servo may have downed a Hawaiian tour helicopter.
A plane delivering relief supplies to Uganda is shot down.
And the FAA may ease restrictions on airline takeoffs in winter

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ANN Special Feature: Randy Bolinger, Columbia Aircraft - 03.26.07

Jim Campbell's guest is Randy Bolinger, VP of Marketing and Business Development for Columbia Aircraft, discussing last week's major restructuring announcement.

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Rural Airparks Feel Pressure From Developers

Increasing Land Value Concern To Those Who Call Airparks Home

Ah, spring. As the snow melts and the mud firms up (that wonderful season between winter and spring, "Mud Season"), fair-weather flying takes center stage to those whose true love has spent many long, dark months ensconced in hangars.

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Elmendorf AFB Bids Farewell To Its C-130s

C-17s To Replace Retirees

Change is tough. Retirement is tougher. Especially when you have been doing a reliable, competent job for more than 40 years. But there comes a time when the old has to make way for the new.

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Smoke In Cockpit Aborts Takeoff, Evacuates El Al Flight

Cause Attributed To Traces Of Cleaning Fluids In Motor

The smoke that poured into an El Al plane's cockpit Sunday -- forcing the evaluation of 126 passengers and six crew headed to Zurich -- was attributed to traces of cleaning fluids remaining in the aircraft's motor after routine maintenance last week, reported the Jerusalem Post.  

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Three Lost In Maryland Piper Crash

NTSB, FAA Investigate Saturday Morning Accident

A Piper PA32 Saratoga with three aboard crashed into a wooded area near a golf course in Northern Baltimore County, MD Saturday, killing the pilot and his two passengers, the AP reported.

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Belarus Blames Islamist Fighters For Friday Missile Attack

Somalia Says Downing That Killed 11 May Have Been Accident

 According to Balarus officials, Islamist fighters were responsible for the missile attack of a large Ilyushin plane in Somalia assisting African Union peacekeepers that killed 11 people onboard Friday.

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New Era -- And Challenges -- For Saudi Aviation

Low Cost Saudi Airlines Emerge

It started with the ending of 60-year monopoly held by state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines on domestic routes... and took off with the country's first budget airlines, Sama and National Aviation Service (NAS).

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Subcommittee Looks To The Future of US Aviation

Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Takes A Look At FY08 Budget Request

The Science & Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics examined the fiscal year 2008 budget request for the research and development (R&D) programs of the FAA and whether it is sufficient to meet the agency's priorities and the country's aviation needs in its first hearing of the 110th Congress.

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Klyde Morris (03.26.07)

Maybe The FAA Should Get Some Pointers From David Blaine?

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Spacesuits For The Future

High-Tech, Low Maintenance

Reminiscent of the businessman who whispered "plastics" to Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate," a new buzzword in aeronautics may be "spacesuits."  

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Banner Plane Goes Down Off SC Beach

Pilot Able To Swim To Safety

A Piper PA-18 owned by Sky Signs LLC of Conway, SC, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday while attempting to make a U-turn, ending upside down in the ocean some 100 feet from shore, reported the AP.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.26.07)

Aero-Linx!

This nonprofit organization was formed to champion women's professional growth and enrichment in the aviation maintenance fields.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.26.07): Constant-Speed Propeller

Aero-Terms!

A hydraulically-controlled propeller that governs an engine at its optimum speed by the blade pitch being increased or decreased automatically.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.26.07)

"It's the only plane I flew on -- can't be no better than a C-130. If your light on fuel, she'll get you home. She's always brought me back, never let me down."

Source: Tommy Freedman, one of three pilots onboard the final flight of a C-130 at Alaska's Eielson Air Force Base. After over 40 years of service, the planes are being retired to make way for C-17 Globemaster IIIs.

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