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January 31, 2007

BRS Announces Successful Tests Of NextGen 'Chute

Designed For Larger, Heavier Aircraft

Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. -- manufacturer of whole-aircraft parachute recovery systems for general aviation and recreational aircraft -- told ANN Wednesday announced today a series of successful development tests of the Next Generation Parachute System (NGPS).

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FAA Announces Revision To Inspection Authorization Renewal Periods

Change To One-Year Requirement Hailed By Many

A burdensome piece of regulation has received a welcome facelift... as this week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it will amend the guidelines for the Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal period.

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US Airways Withdraws Hostile Bid For Delta

'My Delta' Will Be Kept 'My Delta'... At Least For Now

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 01.31.07 1230 EST: There's cheering in a few executive boardrooms in Atlanta today... as Wednesday morning, US Airways Group (USAG) formally withdrew its bid to merge with Delta Air Lines.

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We Don't See This Every Day... There's a NEW GA Airport!!!

Houston Executive Opens For Business

It's been more than two years in the making... but as of January 26, Houston Executive Airport (78T) has officially opened for business.

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KSC To Host Inaugural 'World Space Expo'

Enlightening Event Coming In November 2007

NASA's Kennedy Space Center announced Wednesday it will host the inaugural World Space Expo. The expo will be held November 3-11, 2007 and will feature an Aerial Salute by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds during the opening weekend.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.31.07

Insuring Light Sport Aircraft, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.31.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.31.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Insuring Your LSA, Part Two: 01.31.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Bob Mackey of Falcon Insuranc

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Thielert To Develop Next-Gen Centurion 2.0

Larger Displacement Engine To Meet US Market Demand

 European manufacturer Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH from Saxony, Germany has informed ANN its developing the successor to its successful kerosene piston aircraft engine Centurion 1.7 -- namely, the Centurion 2.0. Theilert says the new engine will replace the old for all future installations -- including customers replacing a Centurion 1.7 at the end of its service life.

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Garmin Introduces GTX 328 Mode S Transponder

Device Is To Meet European Mode S Standards

Garmin (Europe) Ltd., a unit of Garmin Ltd., informed ANN Wednesday it has introduced the GTX 328 Mode S transponder -- a lower-cost alternative to its GTX 330. Garmin designed the product to meet European regulations requiring Mode S implementation for VFR aircraft by March 31, 2008.

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Netherlands Loses Satellite In Russian Rocket Explosion

Platform Launch Attempt From Equatorial Pacific Unsuccessful

Commercial rocket company Sea Launch lost both a rocket and the commercial communications satellite destined to serve Netherlands-based SES New Skies in an unsuccessful launch attempt Tuesday as a Zenit-3SL rocket exploded on the mobile floating launch platform stationed in the equatorial Pacific.

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USAF Releases Proposal Request For KC-X

Launches Services Highest Priority Acquisition Program

The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced Tuesday the service has posted the KC-X aerial refueling aircraft Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-03-01 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-03-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes.

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AD: Rolls-Royce

AD NUMBER: 2007-03-02 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-03-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls- Royce Deutschland Ltd & CoKG (RRD) Tay 611-8, Tay 620-15, Tay 650-15, and Tay 651-54 series turbofan engines, with certain low pressure (LP) compressor modules installed.

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Saudi Arabia's NAS Springs For Up To 20 Hawker 750 Bizjets

To Become International Launch Customer

Saudi Arabia's first private airline, National Air Services (NAS), has placed a $250+ million order for up to 20 Hawker 750 bizjets. Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC) announced the order on Tuesday, one day before opening ceremonies for the first annual Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference & exhibition to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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US Seeks To Liberalize Air Service With China

Two-Day 'Open Skies' Summit Underway In Beijing

Liberalization of air services between the United States and China is one of the US administration's top priorities in civil aviation as economic relations between the two countries continue to expand at a rapid pace, US officials say.

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New Mexico Issues 'Last Call' For US Airways Flights

State Says: No License, No Alcohol

After learning US Airways has no state liquor license, officials in New Mexico have ordered the carrier to stop serving alcohol on all its flights while over the Land of Enchantment.

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US Airways' Parker Says Time Is Ticking Down For Delta Creditors

If They Pass On Bid, Offer Will Likely Be Retracted

While US Airways CEO Doug Parker says he won't rule out upping his bid once again for Delta Air Lines, he maintains if Delta creditors don't show some support of the bid by Thursday, February 1... then the deal is off. If that happens, Parker adds, the much-ballyhooed 'merger mania' forecast by analysts may not actually occur until the next time airlines are starving for cash.

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USAF Thunderbirds To Roar Over Super Bowl XLI

They'd Better Not Cut To Commercial

Even before the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts face off on the field for Super Bowl XLI this Sunday, there's gonna be an impressive show of power in the skies. The US Air Force's elite demonstration squadron, the "Thunderbirds," will help kick off festivities in Miami with a flyover of Dolphin Stadium on February 4.

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Alitalia Draws 11 Potential Bidders

Air France-KLM Notably Absent From List

Italy's deadline for bidders wishing to purchase the country's ailing airline Alitalia came and went Monday with eleven potentials dropping their names in the hat.

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Researcher To Study Astronaut's 'Diaries'

NASA Wants To Know How Astronauts Can Get Along Better

Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station are keeping personal diaries. No, not the "Dear Diary" kind; the kind where they'll write "brutally honest" personal thoughts about living aboard a spacecraft in close, cramped quarters with two others for six months.

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IS&S Receives STC For Flat Panel Display System On B757

A Touch Of Glass For Popular Narrowbody

Representatives with Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. told ANN Tuesday the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for use of the company's Cockpit/IP Flat Panel Display System on Boeing 757s.

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NGPA Education Fund Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Three Students May Share As Much As $9,000 In Money For College

Representatives with the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) tell ANN an education fund has been established to provide financial assistance to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community -- including heterosexual supporters -- who are working towards an aviation career as a professional pilot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.31.07)


The vast majority of pilots prefer to stay with the plane they are flying... but there are times when separation is not only necessary, it is needed immediately. Enter the ejection seat.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.31.07): MOU


Memorandum of Understanding -- Somewhere between a Gentleman’s Agreement and a contract, you’ll find an MOU.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.31.07)

"It comes out looking like a gossip column, I'm sure. But the point is to identify characteristics that will make expeditions successful."

Source: NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, who along with fellow Expedition 14 astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria is keeping a journal during her stay onboard the International Space Station.

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