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July 20, 2007

Diamond Rolls Out D-Jet S/N002

First Flight Expected In August

On Friday, July 20, 2007 Diamond Aircraft celebrated the roll out of its second single-engine D-Jet, S/N002.  S/N002 is the first D-Jet intended to conform to the expected production configuration in its structural layout, and aerodynamic design.

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CAF Beech C-45H Down In Colorado, Two Injured

Plane Clipped Trees During Emergency Landing

Two pilots were injured when their vintage transport plane went down near Erie, CO on Thursday.

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Garmin Announces G600 Rebate Program

Discount On System With Purchase Of GNS 430Ws, GNS 530Ws

It's rarely a bad thing to hear of a price break on popular avionics... and just before the official start of AirVenture 2007, Garmin International has announced dramatic savings programs on its popular panel mount products.

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Criticism Grows Over TAM Disaster

One Thrust Reverser Inop At Time Of Crash

Strangely silent after what is said to be the worst air disaster in Brazilian history, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's government is facing mounting criticism and anger that it failed to take action to prevent it.

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Weather Likely Culprit For NWA Flight Cancellations In Detroit

Pilot Union Says Not Labor Issues Involved -- This Time

Northwest Airlines just can't seem to catch a break. After the month of June saw the cancellation of at least 1,000 flights, that dark cloud seems to have descended again.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.20.07

There are new calls to close Brazil's Congonhas Airport.
Louis Gallois says EADS will diversify.
And another wheel-well stow-away is found in a 747.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.20.07

There are new calls to close Brazil's Congonhas Airport.
Louis Gallois says EADS will diversify.
And another wheel-well stow-away is found in a 747.

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AOPA Air Safety Foundation To Unveil Latest Seminar At AirVenture 2007

"Regulations: What Every Pilot Should Know" Debuts July 25

AirVenture 2007 presents an excellent opportunity for pilots of all stripes to brush up on the latest in training, gain better understanding of regulations, and review the necessary skills required to operate as a safe and efficient aviator.

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Spacecraft Tandem Provide New Views of Venus

Messenger Came Within 210 Miles Of Planet

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging spacecraft, known as Messenger, and the European Space Agency's Venus Express recently provided the most detailed multi-point images of the Venusian atmosphere ever seen.

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Tanker Pilot Walks Away From Nevada Accident

AT-802A Went Down While Fighting Fire

A tanker pilot was rescued Tuesday after his aircraft went down while fighting a wildfire in northern Nevada.

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Woman Charged With Beating Children On Flight

Judge Orders Woman Held Until Hearing Friday

The mother of a two year-old and a four year-old was arrested Monday at Denver International Airport for striking both children on a Frontier Airlines flight.

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AOPA Tells Senators, 'Reject User Fees'

AOPA continues to point out the fact that, "There is no reason to impose user fees on the National Air Transportation System; aviation taxes should be used to pay for modernizing air traffic control." That is the core message that Phil Boyer, president of the AOPA, delivered to the Senate Finance Committee in a written statement prepared for Thursday’s hearing on FAA funding.

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FREE AvGAS??? Diamond Distributors Announce Free Fuel Program For DA40 XL Buyers

Diamonfd Aircraft asks... "What’s better than the fuel efficient DA40 XL?"

Well, the answer appears to be a fuel efficient DA40 XL with 35 free tanks of gas! For a limited time, DA40 XL buyers can benefit from a first year fuel credit of up to $7,500. To participate, customers need to take delivery of a new DA40 XL between July 15 and September 30th 2007, from a participating Diamond Regional Distribution Center.

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Enders Says Power 8 Restructuring May Be Insufficient

EADS Wants To Avoid "Over-Dependence" On Airbus

Louis Gallois, soon-to-be-sole chief executive officer of EADS said the company needs to modify its business model so as to reduce its dependency on Airbus.

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Former Boeing Employee Denies Guilt in Computer Trespass Case

Worker Describes Himself as a Whistleblower

After trying unsuccessfully to convince the Federal Aviation Administration and his employer of what he contends were inadequate inspection of parts, a former Boeing quality control inspector took matters into his own hands - or, rather, his own computer.

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Southwest Airlines Reports Profit In Second Quarter Earnings

Carrier Says Fuel Costs Have Cut Into Its Profitability

Southwest Airlines Co. released its second quarter financial report Wednesday noting a drop in net income compared to the same period last year.

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Ground Workers Find Body In Nose Gear Well At SFO

Stowing Away Attempted Often, Never Successful

Ground service workers at San Francisco International Airport got a grisly surprise Thursday morning, when they conducted a post-flight inspection of a United Airlines Boeing 747.

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Klyde Morris (07.20.07)

Sensitivity Training Continues At ExpressJet...

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ANN Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2007 Staff

Say Hello To Jessica Wunderlich!

With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture 2007 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough... ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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NTSB: Landing Delta Jet Touched Down Before FLL Incursion

Plane Forced To Go-Around When United Jet Turned Towards Path

National Transportation Safety Board has found a Delta jet involved in an incursion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was already on the runway; a finding that contradicts initial reports saying the jet was still on final approach when the incursion occurred.

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NBAA Member Richard Shine Outlines Pitfalls of User Fees Before Senate Committee

The user fee plans advocated by airlines and the FAA would be devastating to small and medium-sized companies nationwide, said Richard Shine, CEO of Manitoba Recycling, a 60-person, family-owned company in Lancaster, NY, in testimony Thursday before the Senate Aviation Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure.

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Students Design Bird-Sized Airplane With Wing-Morphing Tech

Aircraft Will Have Surveillance, Research Uses

Nine Dutch Aerospace Engineering students at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, together with the Department of Experimental Zoology of Wageningen University have designed a tiny airplane fitted with shape- shifting wings, inspired by the common swift, one of nature's most efficient flyers.

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Teacher Indicted on Charges of Flight Interference, Assault

Passenger Ordered To Undergo Alcohol Testing, Attend AA Meetings

Another case of passengers acting badly. A Florida high school reading teacher was indicted July 11 by a federal grand jury on a single count of felony interference with a flight attendant and two counts of misdemeanor assault. The charge stems from an altercation aboard a July 10 AirTran flight Wednesday.

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TSO'd: FreeFlight Systems' 1204 GPS/WAAS Sensor

FreeFlight Systems has received a TSO-C145a for its Model 1204 GPS/WAAS Sensor. The 1204 GPS/WAAS Sensor provides position, velocity and time to integrated navigation systems, FMS, TAWS and other systems that require GPS input.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.20.07)

Aero-Linx!

Countless aircraft fell to earth during World War II, many more crashed at other times, but few of the crash sites were accurately documented.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.20.07)

“The fear, based in large part from what has happened around the world, is that ultimately pilots will be priced out of the sky. AOPA members have seen that ATC user fees stymie general aviation around the world with huge costs to operate aircraft and, most importantly, insert cost considerations into critical safety decisions."

Source: Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, in a written statement this week to the Senate Finance Committee, prepared for Thursday’s hearing on FAA funding.

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