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March 29, 2007

Cirrus Issues Mandatory Service Bulletin On CAPS Recovery System

"Abnormal" Deployment Triggers SB

In response to a recent abnormal event involving the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS), on Thursday Cirrus Design sent a letter to customers advising them of an upcoming Service Advisory (SA-709) and Mandatory Service Bulletin to implement design changes.

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AEA 2007: Avidyne Announces EX500 Release 3.0 Software Upgrade

Avidyne EX500 Users Get More XM WX Products And Convenient Memory Stick Updates With Software Release 3.0

 During the ongoing 2007 AEA Convention, Avidyne Corporation introduced their Release 3.0 software upgrade for EX500 multifunction displays (MFDs). Release 3.0 expands the range of XM WX Satellite Weather data displayed and simplifies database updates with USB memory stick support.

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First Two 'Hawker Beechcraft Corporation' Aircraft Delivered

Bonanza, T-6A Start A New Chapter In Beech History

Two days after the launch of the new company, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation tells ANN it delivered its first aircraft to commercial and government customers on Wednesday.

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PR TFR: 03.30.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6805 Issue Date: March 29, 2007 at 1125 UTC Type: Hazards

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PR TFR: 03.30.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6821 Issue Date: March 29, 2007 at 1315 UTC Type: Hazards

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PASS President Testifies Before House Committee On Repair Stations

Says Outsourced Stations Represent 62 Percent Of Carriers' Mx Costs

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 address FAA oversight of outsourced air carrier maintenance.

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FAA Releases Updated Fact Sheet On Oversight Of Repair Stations

Says Agency Has "Tough" Standards

Below is the FAA's updated Fact Sheet on use of outsourced repair stations, released Thursday in connection with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation, hearing on FAA oversight of outsourced air carrier maintenance.

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MN TFR: 03.30.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6840 Issue Date: March 29, 2007 at 1620 UTC Type: Hazards

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Continental Airlines Takes A Hard Line Against Congestion

No, Not Traffic... Think Sinuses...

If you have a cold or a persistent cough, you may want to reconsider your upcoming flight on Continental Airlines.

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Administrator Blakey... What Happened?

The User Fee Fight Gets Personal

It would be an understatement to say remarks in a speech given this week by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey -- which likened the opposing viewpoint on the FAA's controversial funding reauthorization plan to "partisan politics," propogated by "narrow, individual interests" -- took the ANN staff by surprise.

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AEA 2007: EMS SATCOM Unveils CNX-300 Mobile Access Router

In-Cabin Device Addresses Military, Gov't Requirements

EMS SATCOM told ANN at the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention and Trade Show Thursday of the addition of a new CNX-300 Mobile Access Router to its CNX Cabin Gateway Series of airborne networking devices. The new product is designed specifically to address military and government requirements.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 03.29.07

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.29.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.29.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- What's Next For SpaceX: 03.29.07 (ANN Special Feature, with SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell.)

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EADS, Northrop Grumman Name Their KC-30 Tanker Team

Subcontractors Include GE Aviation, Honeywell

When it comes to pitching a foreign-sourced aircraft against an American plane for a lucrative US Air Force contract, Northrop Grumman and European aerospace consortium EADS know what they have to do: emphasize the "American-ness" of their Airbus-derived offering.

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First Australian MRH-90 Helo Takes Flight

46 Troop Transports Destined For MoD

Australia's Ministry of Defense told ANN the first of Australia's 46 MRH-90 transport helicopters conducted its maiden flight in Marignane, France on Thursday morning. The aircraft flew for 1.5 hours, and the MoD states the Eurocopter test crew was "delighted" with its performance.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.29.07

Congress wants FAA to crackdown on medical fraud.
NTSB hammers FAA for foot-dragging.
And a Boeing whistle-blower gets some really bad news.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.29.07

Congress wants FAA to crackdown on medical fraud.
NTSB hammers FAA for foot-dragging.
And a Boeing whistle-blower gets some really bad news.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-02 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -800 and -900 series airplanes; and Model 757-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-01 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A300-600 airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-04 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and -11F airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747 airplanes.

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FAA Medical Standards Focus Of Congressional Investigation

"Hundreds" Of Potential Cases Of Fraudulent Reporting

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports pilot medical applications and certifications may be headed for closer scrutiny, based on the Safe Pilot Committee Report issued this month by the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN.)

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Space Junk Barely Misses LAN Chile A340

Talk About Too Close For Comfort

If there really is a Chicken Little, it appears he was on the LAN Chile airliner that barely escaped being struck by flaming debris Tuesday night, while flying to Auckland, New Zealand over the Pacific Ocean.

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Shuttle Delay Means Extended ISS Stay For Sunita Williams

Stuck... In... Space...!

It's a good thing NASA astronaut Sunita Williams apparently enjoys being aboard the International Space Station... because she's going to have to stay there a bit longer than originally planned.

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Decline Of The Mad Dog? American Moves Up Fleet Renewal Plan

Carrier Tells Boeing It Wants More 737s... Yesterday, Please

Confirming reports American Airlines will soon retire the more aged members of its fleet, on Wednesday the carrier announced it has accelerated its plan to replace some the carrier's MD-80s, by notifying Boeing it wants to move up deliveries of 47 Boeing 737-800s remaining under a previous 124-plane purchase commitment.

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Kansas County Discusses New Regional Airport

Growth Limitations, Location Compromise FLV

Commissioners in Leavenworth County, KS agree additional aviation options are needed in the area... and they're currently discussing building a new regional airport in Leavenworth County. But they still have a few questions.

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Boeing Wins Ruling Against Whistleblowers

Will Still Have To Pay, But Only The Feds Will Collect

It's a big court win for the government... and a significant loss for those who may go public with reports of corporate fraud. On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court issued its decision regarding the ability for 'whistleblowers' to collect damages in lawsuits in which the federal government is a plaintiff.

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NTSB Conference Discusses Warning Systems To Prevent Runway Incursions

Held On Anniversary Of Tenerife Accident

On Tuesday, the 30th anniversary of the deadliest runway incursion in history, NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker called for more to be done to prevent similar incidents.

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Airbus UK Plant Looks For Outside Partner, Government Support

Needs To Adapt To Survive Power8 Cutbacks

Airbus' problems are compounding. Amid delays of their flagship A380, the loss of over $700 million last year, plant closures and wildcat strikes throughout Europe, the company is also in a furtive search for an industrial partner to assist in the wing factory in its Filton Plant near Bristol.

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First German EADS Socata TBM 850 Delivered

Replaces TBM 700C1 In Automotive Supplier's Fleet

EADS Socata announced this week the delivery of the first German-registered TBM 850 VFT (for, "Very Fast Turboprop") to Brose Flugservice, the corporate flight department of the Brose group.

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High-End Retailer To Exclusively Market Zero-G Weightless Flights

Zero-G Corporation Partners With Sharper Image

Zero Gravity Corporation (Zero-G), the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless flights, told ANN Wednesday the Sharper Image Corporation will exclusively market and sell seats on Zero-G's public flights.

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SureCheck Aviation Unveils Garmin GPSMAP Checklists

Teams With Master CFI To Provide Concise Listings

Best-selling aircraft checklist manufacturer SureCheck Aviation told ANN this week of the release of avionics checklists specifically for handheld GPS units.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.29.07)

Aero-Linx!

Air America's tenure in Asia began when Civil Air Transport (CAT) crossed the river into Shanghai in 1946. It ended on a rooftop in downtown Saigon in 1975.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.29.07): Air Taxi

Aero-Terms!

An aircraft operator who conducts services for hire in an aircraft with 30 or fewer passenger seats and a payload capacity of 7,500 pounds or less.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.29.07)

"We’ve been living on luck for too long. That is not a good way to run a national aviation system."

Source: NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker, at Tuesday's conference on preventing runway incursion accidents.

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