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June 27, 2007

Cessna Announces Collaboration With Thielert On Diesels

More Details Coming Later This Year, Says Planemaker

Are there more diesel-powered Skyhawks, Skylanes and Stationairs in the offing? Cessna Aircraft Company announced Wednesday it has reached agreement with Germany's Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH to collaborate on future programs centered on the Thielert diesel engine. Details are scheduled to be announced later this year.

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Former Senate Staffer Signs On With NBAA

Lisa Sutherland Will Work As Lobbyist Against User Fees

As required by a 1995 ethics law, former US Senate Commerce Committee staff director Lisa Sutherland has registered with Congress, informing the body that she's going to work in the private sector as a lobbyist.

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NATCA Says Controller Shortages Adding To Headaches Around Dallas-Fort Worth

Unusually Severe Weather Isn't Solely To Blame For Delays, Union Says

As he prepares for his impending move out-of-state, ANN Managing Editor Rob Finfrock has been spending a lot of time planewatching at his favorite airport, Addison (ADS), in the eastern portion of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex... and lately, he's been hearing a lot of interesting exchanges between controllers, and planes waiting to takeoff.

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Mechanical Woes May Scrap Planned July Probe Launch

More Delays For Dawn?

NASA's trouble-plagued Dawn spacecraft may suffer yet another delay to its launch, as agency administrators announced Tuesday the planned July 7 target date may be overly optimistic due to continuing glitches with the Delta II launch rocket, and difficulties with coordinating launch support.

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Special Notice TFR: 06.29.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6206 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1614 UTC Type: Special

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6235 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1745 UTC Type: Hazards

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UT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6253 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1842 UTC Type: Hazards

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NM Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6207 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1617 UTC Type: Hazards

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DFW International Lands First 'Open Skies' Route

British Airways Switches Flight To Heathrow

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and British Airways announced Wednesday British Airways will move its daily DFW–London Gatwick flight to London’s Heathrow Airport starting March 30, 2008. The announcement, made in London by British Airways CEO Willie Walsh and DFW CEO Jeff Fegan, marks the first major international flight change since the new 'Open Skies' agreement between the European Union and the United States took effect April 30.

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CA TFR: 06.28.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6239 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1747 UTC Type: Special

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DC-10 Firebomber Has Close Encounter With Trees

Returns Safely To Base After Striking Treetops Near Tehachapi, CA

All appears well after an experimental DC-10 aerial firetanker made an emergency landing Monday night in Victorville, CA after experiencing turbulence over a forest, and impacting several treetops.

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EU Commission Denies Ryanair Takeover Attempt Of Aer Lingus

Ryanair CEO Call Decision "Unlawful," Vows Legal Action

After a seven month investigation, EU Commission regulators ruled Wednesday to prohibit budget airline Ryanair from taking over its Irish rival, Aer Lingus.

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Barrington Irving Ends Record Journey In South Florida

Thought To Be Youngest RTW Solo Pilot

He's home! Wednesday morning, 23-year-old pilot Barrington Irving completed his round-the-world flight, with a short hop from Orlando, FL down to Miami, where he started his flight three months before.

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Seattle Avionics Unveils Voyager 3.6 Flight Planning Software

Includes Google Earth Interfaces, Routing Displays Fuel Prices

The folks at Seattle Avionics tell ANN they have taken the wraps off the latest iteration of its highly popular Voyager flight planning software. Voyager 3.6 is chocked full of new, pilot-pleasing features... including integration with Google Maps and Google Earth.

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Contractor Agrees To Lower Controversial San Diego Office Tower

Will Remove Top 20 Feet From Building Near MYF

In a Tuesday night press conference -- held in the shadow of a controversial office tower project adjacent to San Diego's Montgomery Field (MYF) -- an attorney for construction contractor Sunroad Enterprises announced the company will agree to lower the height of the building by 20 feet, to bring the building into compliance with FAA height restrictions.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 06.27.07

Seattle Avionics CEO Steve Podradchik, On Voyager 3.6

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.27.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.27.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Voyager 3.6 Flight Planning Software: 06.27.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Seattle Avionics CEO Steve Podradchik)

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Man Arrested for Pointing Laser At Law Enforcement Helo

New Legislation Could Mean Five Years In Prison

Police in Tulsa, OK arrested a man Monday for pointing a laser at a helicopter. Not just any helicopter, either. This one had cops in it.

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TX TFR: 06.28.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6157 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1347 UTC Type: Special

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AK Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6120 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 0451 UTC Type: Hazards

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OR TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6109  Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 0136 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.27.07

A national Guard F-15 is down in the Pacific.
The state of Maine sticks it to visiting pilots.
And scandalous security breeches continue at O'Hare.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.27.07

A national Guard F-15 is down in the Pacific.
The state of Maine sticks it to visiting pilots.
And scandalous security breeches continue at O'Hare.

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ANN Special Feature: Steve Podradchik, Seattle Avionics - 06.27.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Steve Podradchik, CEO of Seattle Avionics. The company's updated Voyager 3.6 flight planning software interfaces with Google Earth to revolutionize flight planning and p

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More Security Breaches Found At O'Hare

Reporter Discovers Missing Badges, Cleaning Crews Performing Bomb Checks

Chicago television station WBBM-2 recently conducted an undercover investigation at O'Hare International Airport, and uncovered some rather alarming breaches in security. The news comes as some flight attendants have turned whistle blower after a handwritten bomb threat was found on a United Airlines flight out of ORD in October.

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International Space Station To Host Outside Research Experiments

Companies Have To Arrange Own Transportation, Though

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Monday it will open part of the international space station to outside scientists and researchers after its completion in three years.

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Jet-Booted: Neeleman Says Storm Woes Led To Ouster As JetBlue CEO

And He Wasn't Thrilled About It

It's no surprise to hear that JetBlue Airways founder and former CEO David Neeleman wasn't exactly thrilled when the airline's board of directors forced him to give up that title in May, less than three months after a series of weather-related operations snafus shut down the carrier for days... and he blames those storms for the board's decision.

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Wreckage of Cambodian An-24 Charter Located

Rescue Helo Locates Site, No Survivors Found

The wreckage of a PMT Air An-24 charter carrying 22 people that disappeared Monday in a mountainous jungle region has been located.

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'Lost Squadron' Pilot Recalls Ill-Fated WWII Flight

"We Really Believed We Would Get Off"

In July of 1942, six Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighters and two Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers took off from the United States bound for Duxford, England as part of Operation Bolero, a mission to ferry aircraft across the Atlantic for deployment in the European Theater. Forced to turn around by bad weather, and with insufficient fuel to return home, the entire squadron was forced to land on a Greenland glacier.

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Bell 206 Rolls During Flight Lesson

Suspected Wind Gust Caused Skid To Touch Ground

A helicopter flight lesson got a little topsy-turvy at the University of North Dakota on Tuesday.

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Dallas Airmotive Adds PW500 Service To Millville RTC

Fly-In Facility Offers Hot Section Repair

Dallas Airmotive tells ANN it has expanded the services of its Millville, NJ Regional Turbine Center (RTC) with the addition of repair, hot section inspection and field service on Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 engines. The PW500 powers a number of Cessna Citations, including the Bravo, Encore, Encore+, Excel, XLS and XLS+.

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Three Survive Cessna 170 Accident in Montana

Landing Gear Wheel May Have Snagged Power Line

A Cessna 170 went down about 18 miles southeast of Bozeman, MT, Sunday, and Federal Aviation Administration officials report two men from Idaho and a California teen on board managed to escape life-threatening injury.

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Precise Flight Announces O2 System Retrofit For Cirrus SR22s

Fixed Oxygen System Standard In Turbocharged Models

Precise Flight, Inc. told ANN Tuesday the Precise Flight/Cirrus Design Fixed Oxygen System, standard on the turbocharged Cirrus SR22 and SE22 since fall of '06, is now available in the aftermarket as a retrofit for all SR22s, starting with the G2.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.27.07)

Aero-Linx!

A virtual museum of the early days of aviation. Amazingly in-depth site chronicling Orville and Wilbur, and the process of inventing aviation as we know it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.27.07): FBW

Aero-Terms!

Fly By Wire -- Electronically managed flight control system, which uses computers to make aircraft easier to handle while further enhancing safety. Super power steering for aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.27.07)

"We slept in the B-17... When you're young, you're 23 or 24 years old, you don't worry about the negatives. We really believed we would get off."

Source: Brad McManus, who at 89 is last surviving member of the famous "Lost Squadron," a flight of P-38 Lightning fighters and B-17 bombers that took off from the United States bound for Duxford, England as part of Operation Bolero, a mission to ferry aircraft across the Atlantic for deployment in the European Theater. Forced to turn around by bad weather, and with insufficient fuel to return home, the entire squadron was forced to land on a Greenland glacier.

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RI TFR: 06.28.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6071 Issue Date: June 26, 2007 at 2118 UTC Location: Newport, Rhode Island Beginning Date and Time: June 28, 2007 at 1405 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 28, 2007 at 1930 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/5844: Change due to revised times

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ME TFR: 06.28.07 - 07.02.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6031 Issue Date: June 26, 2007 at 1806 UTC Location: Kennebunkport, Maine Beginning Date and Time: June 28, 2007 at 1955 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 02, 2007 at 1915 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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