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March 31, 2007

They're Off And Running: Eclipse Delivers First Three Planes To DayJet

Jet Service Will Begin Ops In Q2 2007

This is no April Fools story, folks -- Eclipse Aviation announced Saturday the delivery of three Eclipse 500 aircraft to DayJet at the Eclipse headquarters in Albuquerque, NM.

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TSA Screeners Fail 'Red Team' Tests At Denver International Airport

Agents Successfully Sneak Weapons Through 90 Percent Of The Time

Security screeners at Denver International Airport have some explaining to do. Last month,  Transportation Security Administration screeners failed to find simulated weapons and explosive materials carried through by undercover agents roughly nine times out of 10.

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AOPA To Provide Revealing First Glimpse Of 2007 Sweepstakes Plane At Lakeland

Plane Will Be Open "Right Down To Belly Skins"

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) tells ANN it will publicly debut its 2007 Catch-A-Cardinal Sweepstakes airplane at the Lakeland Fly-In in Lakeland, FL next month... and it will be the most unusual AOPA sweepstakes debut ever.

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AEA 2007: Over $100,000 In Scholarships Awarded

Three Member Companies Sign On As Scholarship Sponsors

While officially opening the 50th Anniversary AEA International Convention & Trade Show Thursday, the Aircraft Electronics Association announced the names of 30 individuals who were awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships for the 2007/2008 academic year through the AEA Educational Foundation.

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DoubleDocker Air Bridge Collapses At DEN, No One Injured

United 757 A Bit Banged Up, Though

A recently-installed passenger walkway fell on the wing of a United Airlines airliner parked at gate B-22 at Denver International Airport Friday, damaging the Boeing 757 but causing no injuries.

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Tuskegee Airmen Receive Congressional Gold Medal For Their Service

332nd Fighter Group Recognized For Sacrifices At Home And Abroad

Before a US aircraft broke the sound barrier, the Tuskegee Airmen overcame a daunting social hurdle: breaking the Air Force's color barrier.

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NBAA Names Recipients Of ExxonMobil Aviation, Avitats Scholarships

For BizAv Professionals With Interest In International Ops

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced this week that Christopher Gryskiewicz of ExpressJet in Bloomington, MN, and Arden Potter, a student at Hampton University in Virginia, are the recipients of the 2007 ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitats International Operators Scholarship.

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AEA 2007: AEA Names Member, Associate Member Of The Year

Mid-Continent Instrument's Matthew Fowle, AirCell Honored

Aero-News learned Friday that Matthew Fowle of Mid-Continent Instruments West was named the 2007 AEA Member of the Year, and AirCell received the 2007 AEA Associate Member of the Year honor at Friday's AEA Annual Awards Luncheon, which took place during the AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Reno, NV

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Southwest Airlines Considers Priority Seating... And Food!

Of Course, Passengers Would Pay Extra For Extras

If the idea of assigned seating onboard Southwest Airlines flights threw you for a loop when the airline first pitched the notion last year, you will likely have an equally difficult time contemplating the idea of onboard meals. Not peanuts -- real food.

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Embraer Ready To Begin Assembly Of First Phenom 100

VLJ's Design, Production Planning Simulated Digitally

The newest very-light-jet has started to take shape in Brazil. Embraer reports that the first Phenom 100 fuselage and wing have been completed at the Company's Botucatu plant, in outstate Sao Paulo. The aircraft is now at the Sao Jose dos Campos facility for wing-fuselage mating, and final assembly.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.31.07)


A pilot's information service with a continuously updated nationwide airport directory with aviation fuel prices including 100LL and Jet-A, hotels, ground transportation, airport services and more.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.31.07)

"We could put these tests together so that we have a 100 percent success rate every single time. Then, they wouldn't be challenging, they wouldn't be realistic and they really wouldn't be stretching the limits and the imagination of the Transportation Security officer."

Source: TSA Security Director Ed Morris, defending the abysmal performance by screeners at Denver International Airport in undercover tests last month.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.31.07): Single Sky


An EU initiative aimed at a more integrated operating airspace across Europe with common requirements for the safe and efficient provision of air navigation services and interoperability between the different systems and procedures of the European air traffic management network.

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IN TFR: 04.03.07 - 04.06.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6924 Issue Date: March 30, 2007 at 1621 UTC Type: Hazards

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