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June 06, 2007

Chinese Adam Aircraft Distributor Orders 50 Planes

A700 VLJ Order Formalized During EBACE

Adam Aircraft tells ANN Hainan Zhong Hang Tai General Aviation Airlines -- the Hainan, China based operating entity of Ameritech Aerospace -- placed a firm order last month for 50 Adam A700 VLJs. The order was formalized during the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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DOT Says Short Transition Timeline For FSS Could Affect Savings

Are FAA Expectations For Contractors Unrealistic?

According to a recent report from Transportation Department auditors, any anticipated savings from outsourcing flight service stations could be diminished by the short timeline given to Lockheed Martin to make the massive transition.

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TB Patient Testifies Via Phone Before Senate Subcommittee

Calls Reports He Defied Doctors' Orders "A Complete Fallacy"

Andrew Speaker -- the Atlanta-based attorney who has gained notoriety for boarding a series of international flights, even after he was told he carried a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis -- told Congress Wednesday that doctors told him he wasn't contagious, and did not order him not to fly outside the country.

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FL Space Shuttle Launch TFR: 06.08.07 - 06.09.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3326  Issue Date: June 05, 2007 at 2218 UTC  Location: Miami Center, Kennedy Space Center Operations Area, Florida  Beginning Date and Time: June 08, 2007 at 2022 UTC  Ending Date and Time: June 09, 2007 at 0053 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Space Operations Area  Type: Space Operations  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Miami (ZMA) Center, 305-716-1589 

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AK Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3354 Issue Date: June 06, 2007 at 0620 UTC Location: Anchorage, 15 Mile SE Talkeetna, Alaska near TALKEETNA VOR/DME (TKA) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Kenai (ENA) Automated Flight Service Station, 907-283-3735

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CA TFR: 06.08.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3359 Issue Date: June 06, 2007 at 1119 UTC Location: Oakland, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: June 08, 2007 at 1300 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 08, 2007 at 1600 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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OK Laser Operations TFR: 06.09.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3439 Issue Date: June 06, 2007 at 1706 UTC Type: Special

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OK Laser Operations TFR: 06.09.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3441 Issue Date: June 06, 2007 at 1707 UTC Type: Special

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APA, Southwest Pilots Association Meet To Discuss Contract Talks

Analyzing Collective Bargaining Processes, Current Management Tactics

How effective are current union collective bargaining processes, when it comes to negotiating new contracts for airline pilots? Airline pilot union officials from across North America are gathered in Dallas, TX for a two-day meeting to answer that very question.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 06.06.07

A NYC Tour Operator Sounds Off On A Proposed Ban On Helos

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.06.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.06.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- NYC Tour Operator Sounds Off On Proposed Helo Ban: 06.06.07 (ANN Special Feature, with helicopter tour operator Mike Roth.)

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Broken Crane Forces NASA To Bump Probe Launch

Dawn, Delayed

The long, strange trip NASA's Dawn spacecraft has travelled to reach the stars took another unexpected detour this week, as NASA announced a broken launch pad crane will delay the probe's planned June 30 launch by at least one week.

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Comair Settles With DOT Over 2004 Computer Snafu

Airline Pleaded Force Majeure; Must Avoid Complaints To Avoid Fine

Regional carrier Comair has settled a Department of Transportation investigation into customer complaints stemming from a December 2004 breakdown of its computer system, that stranded thousands of passengers far away from home for the holidays.

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Union Says Controller Fatigue May Have Had Role In D/FW Incident

Jet Told To Overfly Antennas Within 500 Feet

The FAA wants to know why a corporate jet on approach to Dallas Love Field was directed to overfly an antenna farm at a lower-than-required altitude last month. The bizjet was told by air traffic controllers to descend to 3,000 feet over the Cedar Hill antenna farm on May 26... within 500 feet of the tallest tower, at 2,549 feet.

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Airbus Wins A Bit O' Luck From The Irish

Aer Lingus Selects A350 XWBs, A330s In Interim

Airbus has a message for its detractors: don't count out the planemaker, or its upcoming the A350 XWB. Irish national carrier Aer Lingus recently placed its largest long-haul order in history... and it gave the order to Airbus. This week, the European planemaker signed for six A350 XWBs, along with six additional A330-300s.

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Philippine Airlines Exercises Options For 777s

Two-Plane Deal Worth $500 Million List

Boeing and Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced this week the airline has increased its fleet plans for Boeing 777-300ERs to a total of six airplanes, with a new order for two of the twinjets. The order is an exercise of purchase rights disclosed in March when PAL placed an order for two 777-300ERs.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-03 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-00 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Airbus Model A300-600 series airplanes.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2007-11-20 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-11-20 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for GE CF6-80 series turbofan engines with fuel shroud retaining rings, part number P/N) J204P0084, installed.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-01 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-00, DHC-8-200, and DHC-8-300 series airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-02 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas airplanes described previously.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-09 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF34-10E series turbofan engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.06.07

A fourth alleged JFK bombing conspirator is in custody.
The FAA postpones consolidation of the Palm Springs TRACON.
And an early hunch on the reason a Citation went down in Lake Michigan.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.06.07

A fourth alleged JFK bombing conspirator is in custody.
The FAA postpones consolidation of the Palm Springs TRACON.
And an early hunch on the reason a Citation went down in Lake Michigan.

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ANN Special Feature: Mike Roth, NY Helicopter Charter, Inc. - 06.06.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Mike Roth, a helicopter tour operator in New York upset with Congressman Andrew Weiner for proposing a ban on private helicopter flights over New York.

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Countdown Begins On Launch Of Shuttle Atlantis

"It Looks Good"

We're at T-Minus 43 hours, and conditions are "go." That's the latest news from Kennedy Space Center, where preparations continue for launch of the space shuttle Atlantis Friday evening.

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Coalition, AFA-CWA Join Forces On Passenger Rights

Will Urge Congress To Enact Aviation Policy Reform

The world's largest flight attendant union, AFA-CWA International, has joined forces with the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights (CAPBOR), to urge Congress to address serious flaws in current aviation policy regarding flight delays, and airliners stuck on the ramp.

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NTSB Says Lake Michigan Accident Pilot Reported Runaway Trim

Loss Of Control Seen As Possible Cause Of Accident

Less than 24 hours after a Cessna Citation 550 carrying medical personnel and organs for a double lung transplant surgery crashed into Lake Michigan, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board identified a possible cause of the accident that claimed six lives.

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Charges Possible for Teens Shining Laser Pointer At Aircraft

Local Police Turn Case Over To FBI

The pilots of a commercial airliner preparing to land at Boise International Airport in Idaho Saturday reported a green laser beam was pointed at their aircraft from the ground around 11:30 pm.

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Sierra Leone Grounds All Helicopters Until Further Notice

Action In Response To Weekend Accident No Lift Date Set

Sierra Leone President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah has grounded all commercial helicopters and suspended the country's transport minister after a Russian-made Mi-8 helicopter caught fire on its descent for landing Sunday night, killing 22 people in the West African country's capital of Freetown.

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Advisory Company Tells Midwest Air Group To Replace Board Members

Midwest Disagrees, Stands Behind Its Current Board

AirTran Holdings Inc., operator of low-cost AirTran Airways, announced the recommendations of two shareholder advisory firms Monday in an effort to garner support for its hostile takeover attempt of Midwest Air Group, Inc.

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BRS Installs Recovery 'Chute On US Fish And Wildlife Plane

Aircraft Often Flown On Low Altitude Missions

Whole-airplane parachute manufacturer Ballistic Recovery Systems Inc. told ANN Tuesday the company recently installed its unique safety system on a aircraft used by the United States Department of the Interior. The single-engine Cessna will be flown by the US Fish and Wildlife division for a variety of missions across the United States.

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Delta Takes In More Than 1200 Atlantic Southeast Employees

Move Designed To Improve Baggage Problems, Customer Service

Since emerging from bankruptcy, Delta Air Lines has committed to making improvements to woo some lucrative business and international customers. In that vein, the carrier absorbed about 1,230 Atlantic Southeast Airlines employees this week, in a move Delta executives say will improved service.

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Branson Prepares To Launch Another New Airline

Will Offer Business Class Flights Connecting London, US

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson is creating a bit of a stir in the transatlantic arm of the airline industry, especially among the rookies, with plans to start business class-only flights in a yet another new air travel venture. 

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Acrohelipro Appoints Phil Kemp As Vice-President Sales

Has Over 31 Years Experience In Field

Acrohelipro Global Services Inc. announced the appointment this week of Phil Kemp as Vice-President (VP) Sales, with responsibility for all product lines supported by the company's operations throughout North America.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.06.07)

Aero-Linx!

The Homebuilt Homepage is a is a non-profit website providing an index and and references on Homebuilt Experimental class aircraft and related information.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.06.07): Hydroplaning

Aero-Terms!

Hydroplaning occurs when the tires float on top of a thin layer of water on the runway.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.06.07)

"A Passenger Bill of Rights will be an empty promise until Congress enacts serious aviation policy reforms such as substantial investments to update and upgrade our air traffic control system; increases in funding for Airport Improvement Projects (AIPs); a carry-on baggage policy that applies to every airline and every flight; ensuring Essential Air Service (EAS) to small communities; improving cabin air quality for crewmembers and passengers; and providing a safe working environment on board aircraft for flight attendants."

Source: AFA-CWA International President Patricia Friend. This week the world's largest flight attendant union joined forces with the Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights (CAPBOR), to urge Congress to address

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