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April 11, 2007

FL TFR: 04.13.07 - 04.15.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7665 Issue Date: April 10, 2007 at 1927 UTC Location: Gainesville, Florida near GATORS VORTAC (GNV) Beginning Date and Time: April 13, 2007 at 1700 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 15, 2007 at 2030 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations for the Heart of Florida Airshow Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Jacksonville (JAX) Air Traffic Control Tower, 904-741-0767

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PR TFR: 04.13.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7710 Issue Date: April 11, 2007 at 1115 UTC Type: Hazards

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.11.07

Niel Ritchie, On A New Coalition Fighting User Fees

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.11.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.11.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Alliance For Aviation Across America: 04.11.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Niel Ritchie of the League of Rural Voters.)

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Northrop Grumman Submits KC-X Tanker Proposal To USAF

Beats Boeing To The Official Punch

Northrop Grumman announced Tuesday it has submitted its proposal to the US Air Force for the KC-135 Tanker Replacement Program, KC-X -- two days before the required proposal due date of April 12, 2007.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.11.07

Eclipse jumps to fix a rare problem with pitot heaters.
Viking Air Limited is putting the Twin Otter back into production.
And the NTSB wants the FAA and NATCA to work together.

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Geneva Aviation Earns Approval For AS350/355 Rear Communications Console

Adds To List Of Equipment Available On Helos

Just days after revealing their new line of Modular Equipment Racks designed for Bell 206/407 and Eurocopter AS350/355 Models, Geneva Aviation, Inc. announced its STC for a rear communications console designed for the Eurocopter AS350/355.

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NASA Opts To Repair -- Not Replace -- Atlantis' Fuel Tank

Targets June Launch; Hale Says Four Missions In 2007 Possible

NASA is targeting June 8 as the next possible launch opportunity for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-117 mission to the International Space Station. The decision to delay the launch until June is based on the progress in repairing insulating foam on the shuttle's external fuel tank, which was damaged during a sudden hail storm February 26 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL.

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Simonyi 'Blown Away' By Trip Into Orbit

Says ISS IS "Full Of Stuff"

US space tourist Charles Simonyi arrived at the International Space Station and said he was "blown away.". During a news conference from space on Tuesday, the software billionaire said the station looked like a theater production when he and two Russian cosmonauts arrived aboard a Russian spacecraft the day before.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.11.07

Eclipse jumps to fix a rare problem with pitot heaters.
Viking Air Limited is putting the Twin Otter back into production.
And the NTSB wants the FAA and NATCA to work together.

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ANN Special Feature: Niel Ritchie, Aviation Across America - 04.11.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Niel Ritchie of the League of Rural Voters. His organization has joined the Alliance for Aviation Across America, a coalition fighting the FAA's reauthorization proposal

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TBM 850 Earns CASA Approval For Commercial Operations

Earns ASETPA Acceptance Two Years After Predecessor

Aero-News learned this week the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) has made the TBM 850 eligible for public transportation of passengers and freight in all conditions of flight according to ASETPA (Approved Single Engine Turbine Powered Aircraft) rules, just two years after the TBM 700C2.

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Mercy Air Adds Second Medical Helo

Replaces Helo Lost In 2006 Accident

Mercy Air added a Bell 222 helicopter and its pilot, flight nurse and paramedic to a new station at the Hesperia Airport April 1. Mercy Air 22 is available 24 hours a day and responds not only to scenes of accidents, but will also transport to and from facilities.

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VSI's Helmet Mounted Display System Flies On JSF

Provides HUD Imagery, Tactical Information To F-35 Pilots

Aero-News has learned a Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) made by Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI) recently flew for the first time on an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It was worn by Lockheed Martin's Jon Beesley, who piloted the advanced fighter.

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Indian Carriers Face Aging Aircraft Woes

Incidents May Highlight Mx Issues In Older Planes

Air India admits its A310s are anywhere from 13 to 20 years old. Its entire fleet of 48 planes comprises aircraft that are mostly over a decade old.

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AUVSI-Canada Launched To Promote Canadian Unmanned Systems Capabilities

Aims To Increase Awareness Of Canadian Technologies

Aero-News has learned representatives from leading Canadian defense companies, the Canadian government and academia have formed a national trade organization to promote the advancement and global application of Canadian expertise in the growing field of unmanned vehicle systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Dart Helicopter Services Earns FAA, EASA Approval Of AS350/355 Crosstubes

Provides More Robust Landing Gear

Dart Helicopter Services told ANN Tuesday its affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received FAA and EASA certification for their AS 350/355 crosstubes. Transport Canada approval was received in September 2006.

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Shareholder Documents Describe Forgeard's Benefits Package From EADS

$11 Million Severance Package Awarded Following 2006 Resignation

His time as co-CEO of EADS was marked by the development of -- and subsequent turmoil surrounding -- the Airbus A380 superjumbo. His resignation from the European consortium last year was darkened by accusations of a stock payout scandal. But, as they say, every corporate cloud has a silver lining (or golden parachute)... and Noel Forgeard certainly cashed out from his time with EADS.

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More Opponents Of User Fees Join Forces

New Alliance Rapidly Gaining Strength

More and more groups opposing the FAA's proposed user fee program are mobilizing and joining forces in their fight... and if some of the names already on the roster are any indication, this association could very well grow into a force the FAA and airlines might do well not to reckon with.

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Turk Tries To Hijack Plane To Iran

Detained By Police, No Injuries Reported

A man claiming to have an explosive device onboard a charter flight from Diyarbakir, Turkey to Istanbul was detained by police shortly after the plane touched down in Ankara, according to media reports.

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FAA Unveils New VA/FAA Program To Attract Air Traffic Controllers

Expands Opportunities For Disabled Veterans

It may just be an answer to the FAA's staffing woes... a way for veterans with disabilities to have access to on-the-job training to become air traffic controllers, or technicians installing and repairing air traffic equipment, thanks to a new program aimed at helping those who serve transition into the civilian workforce.

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'Hurricane Hunter' On Caribbean Tour

NOAA Raising Hurricane Awareness

In an effort to raise public awareness of the Atlantic hurricane threat, NOAA National Hurricane Center Director Bill Proenza and Senior Hurricane Specialist Lixion Avila, Ph.D. will take "Hurricane Hunter" Hercules on a six-day, six-city tour of the Caribbean region.

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American Airlines: We Want Women

Travelers, Of Course...

Stating such a move may boost annual revenue by $94 million, American Airlines said this week it will tailor some of its services exclusively to the growing number of female travelers.

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Xerion's AuRACLE Engine Management Systems Receive FAA Approval

Company Seeking Primary And Secondary Installation STCs

Xerion Avionix told ANN Tuesday the company recently received Federal Aviation Administration Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization for its AuRACLE I & II Engine management Systems.

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Aviation Companies Team To Provide GA Flight Data Monitoring System

Modeled On FAA's FOQA Info-Sharing Program

Systems developer Alakai Technologies Corporation, data management and analysis software provider OpenAero, and system integrator and safety analyst CAPACG announced Tuesday a teaming agreement to provide an all-in-one Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) solution for piston engine aircraft, such as the Cirrus SR20 and SR22.

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Dallas Airmotive Adds PW500 Repair Services To England Turbine Center

Citation Owners May Now Come To Portsmouth For Maintenance

Dallas Airmotive tells ANN it has expanded the services of its Portsmouth, England Regional Turbine Center (RTC) with the addition of repair, hot section inspection and field service on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 series of engines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.11.07)

Aero-Linx!

Identify the military aircarft... the ultimate test for aviation jocks!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.11.07): Horizon

Aero-Terms!

The line marking the apparent junction of Earth and sky.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.11.07)

"Our coalition is here to send a clear message to lawmakers that we stand united against a radical "user fees" proposal which would decimate businesses and communities around our country through a huge tax hike.  This special interest legislation would benefit no one but the big commercial airlines." Source: Gene Wright, Mayor of Quinwood, WV. Wright is also a pilot, and a member of the Alliance for Aviation Across America -- a coalition formed specifically to fight the "user fees" proposal that threatens to impose serious tax hikes on small businesses and towns across America.

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