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July 01, 2006

Major Assembly Work Begins On Boeing's 787 Dreamliner

First Flight Expected Next Year

Boeing -- along with Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) -- told ANN Friday that major assembly has begun on the first 787 Dreamliner airframe. FHI began to assemble the center wing section at its new factory in Handa, Japan, near Nagoya.

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Air Force Proposes CSAR-X Locations

Begins Environmental Analyses

Last week, Air Force officials announced plans for initiating environmental analyses of proposed deployment locations for its next generation of combat search and rescue (CSAR-X) helicopters.

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PR TFR: 07.16.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1386 Issue Date: June 29, 2006 at 18:32 UTC Location: Ramallo Bldg Duarte Street Hato Rey, Puerto Rico near SAN JUAN VORTAC (SJU) Beginning Date and Time: July 16, 2006 at 7:55 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 16, 2006 at 8:05 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Explosive demolition Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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AD: Mitsubishi

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-15 MANUFACTURER: Mitsubishi SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-15 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MU-2B series airplanes.

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CubCrafters Completes Required Tests For Sport Cub LSA Cert... And Then Some

Do NOT Try This At Home!

Representatives with CubCrafters told ANN last week that the company has completed all flight testing for its new Sport Cub, and that it has all data in hand for the aircraft's final LSA certification... and quite a bit more.

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JetBlue Founder Urges FAA To Block Wright Agreement

Airport Board Makes Slight Changes To Plan

Earlier this week, JetBlue Airways went on record as being against the Wright Amendment deal reached last month between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, TX, Southwest Airlines, and American Airlines over the future of flights from Dallas Love Field. On Thursday, founder and CEO David Neeleman upped the ante... by asking lawmakers to block the agreement.

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As TWA 800 Anniversary Nears, NTSB Reflects On Lessons Learned

Says More Needs To Be Done On Fuel Tank Safety

With the 10th anniversary of the crash of TWA Flight 800 approaching, last week the National Transportation Safety Board released a fact sheet that reviews lessons learned from the accident investigation... and the progress toward ensuring that similar tragedies do not happen in the future.

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Delta Says Its Fortunes Improved In May 2006

Lost $124 Million LESS Than Same Period Last Year

In its Monthly Operating Report for May 2006 filed with the US Bankruptcy Court Thursday, Delta Air Lines reported it lost considerably less money this year than for the same period in 2005 -- even taking into account costs associated with the airline's Chapter 11 reorganization.

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BA Cabin Crew Says Prostitutes At Their Hotel Led To Flight Delay

It's Hard Out Here For A Flight Attendant

Most airline pilots and flight attendants have horror stories about some of the hotel rooms they've had to stay in while on layover between flights... but this just might be the worst one ever, if it's true.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (07.01.06): Mid-Year Tuneup


We're at the midpoint of the year, and about halfway through the traditional "flying season" for recreational pilots. If you've not done so in the last couple of months, now's the time to schedule a little mid-year tune-up of your flying skills.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.01.06)


Wapakoneta, OH is perhaps not the sort of place you'd actually plan a trip to, unless you knew the Armstrong Air and Space Museum was there.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.01.06): HIRL


High Intensity Runway Lights -- Runway edge lights are used to outline the edges of runways during periods of darkness or restricted visibility conditions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.01.06)

"The testing protocol that we have put the Sport Cub through -- comprehensive wing, fuselage and now flight tests -- is not an LSA certification requirement."

Source: CubCrafters Vice-President Todd Simmons, on the company's completion of all flight testing for its new Sport Cub, and that it has all data in hand for the aircraft's final LSA certification... and quite a bit more.

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Space Shuttle TFR: 07.01.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1433 Issue Date: June 29, 2006 at 21:53 UTC Location: Kennedy Space Center Operations Area, Florida Beginning Date and Time: July 01, 2006 at 16:33 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 01, 2006 at 21:07 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Space Operations Area Type: Space Operations Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Miami (ZMA) Center

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