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November 25, 2007

AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-23-18 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-23-18 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Boeing Model 747-100B SUD, 747-300, 747-400, and 747-400D series airplanes; and Model 747-200B seriesairplanes having a stretched upper deck.

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Piper Re-Energizes Their Piston Line With The Piper Matrix

Piper retools a version of the Malibu, without pressurization, for only $757K, and comes up with the speedy and surprisingly cost-effective Piper Matrix. 
Piper CEO Jim Bass shares some of Piper's exciting new  methodology for this new airplane with ANN's, Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell. 
All of a sudden, there's a new sheriff in the high-performance GA biz!


UAVs To Be Used Over Houston In 2008

Police Misled Media/Public On Inquiries About TFR

The test flight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which was apparently conducted in secret, on November 21 by Houston police, was caught by KPRC Local 2 TV in Waller County, Texas. Locals there thought that the event was a top-secret military activity, as it was 70 miles away from any big cities and located among farmland and ranches.

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Mission Aviation Fellowship Playing Vital Role in Bangladesh Relief Effort

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a faith-based, non-profit ministry that serves missions and isolated people around the world with aviation, communications and learning technologies, tells ANN that it is playing a vital role in relief efforts in Bangladesh after a devastating cyclone hit there last week.

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Chinese Say No, Then Yes, To Hong Kong Visit By USS Kitty Hawk

U.S. Families Stranded In Hong Kong

A long standing order blocking a US aircraft carrier group from visiting Hong Kong on Thanksgiving was reversed on Thursday, November 22. The change in heart by the Chinese government came too late to allow the holiday visit and the ships continued on to their Japanese base, according to a Reuters report.

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USMC: 22nd MEU (SOC) Initiates Bangladesh Humanitarian Relief Efforts

In response to the government of Bangladesh’s request for assistance, elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) embarked aboard USS Kearsarge traveled approximately 3,500 statute miles from the Sea of Bengal and is now providing disaster relief to the region.

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Lockheed Martin's Presidential Helicopter May Not Lift White House Load

Helicopters Being Replaced In Great Britain And US

As helicopters used for ferrying the royalty of Great Britain and the President of the United States wear out, new aircraft by an all American firm will be able to provide a sufficient aircraft to Her Majesty. However; another US manufacturer using an essentially British-designed airframe may not fit the White House mission.

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Whitson and Tani Complete Spacewalk

Pair Also Performs Prep Work For Columbus Docking

International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani completed a seven hour, four minute spacewalk at 11:54 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Saturday. The spacewalk exercise moved the external outfitting of the Harmony node to its new position in front of the US laboratory Destiny.

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Adam Air To Double Fleet Size

May Buy As Many As 60 Jets

Officials with Adam Air, an Indonesian low cost carrier, are planning a fleet expansion with a plan that could increase its size from 50-to-60 jets in the next five years, according to AFP. Adam Air, a privately owned airline operating from Jakarta, began operation in 2003 and is the largest low fare airline in Indonesia's market by passenger number.

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Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill UA Pilot

Five Passengers Restrain Drunk While En-Route

An apparently inebriated passenger was restrained on a United Airlines flight and later arrested after threatening to kill the aircraft's pilot on Wednesday. Damien R. Sexton was charged in federal court with assaulting a passenger on board a San Francisco-bound flight after he allegedly stood up in his seat and blurted out, "I'm going to kill the pilot," according to court records.

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UA Workers Get Sick After Eating UA Meal

Special Meal For Holiday Workers Was Catered

Five United Airlines workers sought medical attention for nausea and vomiting after the company provided a Thanksgiving meal to O'Hare employees Thursday. The turkey dinner was offered Thursday to nearly 3,000 mechanics, baggage handlers and other employees working the holiday in Chicago.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.25.07)


It never ceases to amaze us how many flight sim addicts there are. If you're looking for something a little different, give a World War 1 sim a shot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.25.07): Electrical Short


An unwanted connection that provides a low resistance path across and electrical circuit. Electrons flow through the short to ground without passing through the load.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.25.07)

"Four million people have been displaced, about 3,000 people have died, and 3,000 homes have been destroyed. Access to the coast is terrible. So we've been flying non-stop, to try to get people in and out so relief can go where it's most needed."

Source: John Woodberry, manager of disaster response, for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a faith-based, non-profit ministry that serves missions and isolated people around the world with aviation, communications and learning technologies, on their relief efforts in Bangladesh after a devastating cyclone hit there last week.

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