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May 03, 2007

Five Injured In NC Grumman S-2 Tracker Accident

Goes Down Near MCAS Cherry Point

A 1960s-era Grumman US-2B Tracker aircraft crashed Thursday evening near Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina, injuring the five people onboard.

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EPA Recognizes Eclipse's PhostrEx Fire Suppression System

Wins 2007 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award

It may not carry quite the cachet within aviation circles of the Collier Trophy, but Eclipse Aviation isn't complaining. The company told ANN this week that the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Eclipse with a 2007 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for the development of the PhostrEx Fire Suppression System.

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Embraer 190 Receives 75-Minute ETOPS Approval From FAA

Allows Longer-Range Flights Over Oceans, Desert

Aero-News received word Thursday the 114-passenger Embraer 190 twin jet has received its first ETOPS approval from the FAA. The aircraft obtained the same rating from ANAC (Agência Nacional da Aviação Civil), the Brazilian aviation authority, two weeks ago.

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Compass Airlines Begins Charting Its Course

NWA Subsidiary Starts IAD-MSP Service

After a somewhat rocky gestation period, on Wednesday the first flight operating under the Compass Airlines banner carried 43 passengers from Washington Dulles International to Minneapolis... and did so two minutes ahead of schedule.

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At Least Two Dead In Gunfight At Havana Airport

Military Deserters Attempted To Hijack Flight Out Of Cuba

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 05.03.07 1620 EDT: At least one of three military draftees who fled from a Cuban military base this week is dead, following a shootout with police Thursday morning on the ramp at José Martí International Airport. The group allegedly attempted to commandeer a flight out of Havana.

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Boeing Wins Orders From Panama's Copa Airlines

Carrier Adds Four 737-800s To Fleet

Panama's Copa Airlines placed an order this week for four Boeing 737-800 airplanes, in a deal valued at approximately $282 million at list prices. The order brings to 34 the number of Next-Generation 737s Copa has ordered.

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Go West, Young Fractional: AirShares Elite Expands To California

Shared Ownership Program Lands At Three SoCal Airports

AirShares Elite told ANN this week about the opening of the shared ownership operaton's first West Coast-based operation, located in the metro Los Angeles area. AirShares Elite has selected the John Wayne-Orange County, Santa Monica, and Van Nuys airports to launch the western expansion of its popular aircraft shared ownership program.

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AZ TFR: 05.03.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0014 Issue Date: May 03, 2007 at 0012 UTC Type: Hazards

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AZ TFR: 05.03.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0013 Issue Date: May 03, 2007 at 0008 UTC Type: Hazards

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GA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0001 Issue Date: May 02, 2007 at 2134 UTC Type: Hazards

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MN TFR: 05.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0075 Issue Date: May 03, 2007 at 1519 UTC Type: Hazards

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Gone West: NASA Astronaut Wally Schirra

Only US Astronaut To Fly On Mercury, Gemini, Apollo

It is with sadness Aero-News reports that astronaut Walter Marty ("Wally") Schirra, Jr. passed away Thursday at the age of 84.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 05.03.07

From Air Force Base To Airport In Plattsburgh, NY

Today, ANN's Paul Plack discusses the conversion of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base into Plattsburgh International Airport with Gary Douglas, President of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce.

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USAF Stands Up First Unmanned Aircraft Wing

432nd Air Wing Based At Nevada's Creech AFB

Aero-News has learned the US Air Force's first unmanned aircraft systems wing stood up May 1 at Nevada's Creech Air Force Base.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.03.07

Two Senators ready their own version of FAA funding reform.
The NTSB says a Baron pilot who died with four friends said he wanted to try a roll.
And a politician tries an end-run around Myrtl

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.03.07

Two Senators ready their own version of FAA funding reform.
The NTSB says a Baron pilot who died with four friends said he wanted to try a roll.
And a politician tries an end-run around Myrtle B

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ANN Special Feature: Gary Douglas, Plattsburgh Int'l Airport - 05.03.07

ANN's Paul Plack discusses the conversion of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base into Plattsburgh International Airport with Gary Douglas, President of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Co

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SMO Airport Commission Ignores FAA 'Suggestion' On Runway Areas

Entities At Odds Over Safety, Limited Flights

The City of Santa Monica, CA and the FAA are at odds after the airport commission voted unanimously last week to cordon off nearly 1,200 feet of runway, ostensibly to enhance safety at Santa Monica Municipal Airport... despite an FAA 'suggestion' the city reduce by half the 900 feet of recommended safety area.

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FAA Rebukes Group's Claims Against Funding Plan, Part Three

Says Congress Would Still Have Power Over What FAA Could Do With Fee Revenue

In a telephone conversation with Aero-News last week, representatives with the Federal Aviation Administration rebuked many of the points presented by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, in that group's rebuttal to the FAA's policy document released April 23 on the subject of user fees. Over the next several days, ANN will present those arguments, and the FAA's contrasting position on each issue.

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NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations In Aftermath Of Gol Midair

Board Says "Critical Safety Issue" Exists With TCAS

In response to last year's midair collision over Brazil involving a private Embraer Legacy 600 business jet, and a Gol Airlines 737, on Wednesday the National Transportation Safety Board issued three safety recommendations geared at solving what the Board calls a "critical safety issue" when traffic collision avoidance systems (TCAS) fail, without the flight crew's knowledge.

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NTSB: Accident Pilot Talked Of Emulating Airshow Performance

Georgia BE-58 Accident Claimed Five

On April 22, Jesse Champion fired the engines on his Beechcraft Baron 58 at Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores, AL... concluding a weekend fishing trip with two friends, and two teenage boys.

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Delta Air Lines Campaigns For Your Vote... Er, Business

Airline Seeks New, Reinvigorated Image

Fresh out of bankruptcy, Delta Air Lines is wasting little time in its attempt to reconnect with passengers, seeking to attract the support of undecided travelers while holding onto its faithful diehards.

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'Liberty Girl' To Be Restored In Maine

High-Flying Cub Returns Stateside

A 1943 Piper Cub reportedly flown by General George Patton will soon be restored to her former glory at its new, temporary home in Hampden, ME.

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NASA Hopes 'Phoenix' Rises From Ashes Of Past Mars Failures

Third Probe Set For August Launch

The University of Arizona in Tucson is preparing to launch a Mars probe in August, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center... and the craft will have much to prove. Mars missions have held more than their share of disappointments lately.

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Lindbergh Foundation Offers Chance To Spend A Day Flying With John & Martha King

Ride On Kings' Falcon 10 With Friends!

The Lindbergh Foundation told ANN this week of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for pilots and aviation enthusiasts nationwide. In connection with the Foundation's 30th annual Lindbergh Award Celebration, a silent auction will be held for a dream-day with John and Martha King, founders of King Schools, Inc.

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Engine Shutdown Likely Cause Of 2005 NWA Ground Collision

Loss Of Hydraulics Led To Domino Effect

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a probable cause report, stating a Northwest Airlines captain's decision to shut down the left engine on a DC-9 was responsible for the jet's May 2005 ground collision with a Northwest Airbus A319 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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Bombardier Forecasts Increasing Demand For Corporate Jets, VLJs

Company Expects Strong Bizjet Deliveries Over Decade

Bombardier Inc. says it is expecting a rosy future and forecasts demand for its aircraft remaining strong over the next 10 years.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.03.07): AFTPro

Aero-Terms!

Advanced Flight Track Procedures will utilize existing Area Navigation (RNAV) technology enabling aircraft to adhere to a track over the ground with greater precision.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.03.07)

"I think I can roll this airplane."

Source: Jesse Champion, one of five people killed in the April 22 crash of a Beechcraft Baron 58 near Hamilton, GA. Friends of the pilot say Champion had talked of rolling his Baron, similar to a Beech 18 pilot's performance at the recent Lakeland Fly-In.

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