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August 27, 2007

Big Deal! GE Aviation Buys Czech-Based Walter Engines

Wants To Expand Presence In Light Turboprop Segment

Saying the company wishes to expand its presence in Europe and the Czech Republic -- as well as the light turboprop segment -- on Monday GE Aviation signed a definitive agreement to purchase the assets of Prague-based Walter Engines a.s., makers of the M601 turboprop engine family.

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NTSB: Strong Winds Possible Factor In AK Beaver Accident

Other Pilots Reported Significant Downdraft Activity

The National Transportation Safety Administration released a preliminary report this week, stating strong winds may have contributed to an Alaskan air tour accident that claimed the lives of five of the nine people on board earlier this month.

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Two Years After Katrina, New Orleans Airline Service Still Suffers

MSY Offers Incentives For New Routes

The combination of fewer tourists, less business and convention traffic and a smaller home population continues to spell trouble for Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, two years after that city was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

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NV Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4710  Issue Date: August 27, 2007 at 1337 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Columbia Recalls Latest Round Of Furloughed Workers

Planemaker Certifies Its 100th Plane Built In 2007

With Garmin once again shipping its G1000 avionics suite, following the company's resolution of a problem with the GRS 77 AHRS, on Monday Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing announced it has recalled over half the nearly 300 workers furloughed earlier this month.

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Moscow Air Show Brings $3 Billion In New Business

No New Orders For Sukhoi Regional Airliner

It's a start. The Moscow Air Show, which wrapped up Sunday, reportedly brought some $3 billion in new contracts for Russian manufacturers. That's a sizable increase overs years past... but a far cry from such notable Western shows as Le Bourget, Farnborough, and Dubai.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 08.27.07

CFI Bob Miller, On Maintaining Your Passion For Flight

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.27.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.27.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Maintaining Your Passion For Flight: 08.27.07 (ANN Special Feature, with CFI Bob Miller.)

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Indian Carriers Request ICAO Code Change

Current Code Represents Colonial Rule

The Indian government just celebrated 60 years of independence from Britain last week... and has renewed a request to change its international registration code on Indian aircraft.

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Kang Pacific To Launch Operations with DC-10s

Last DC-10 Rolled Off Assembly Line 18 Years Ago

For those still pining over the decision by Northwest Airlines to retire the last of its Douglas DC-10s earlier this year, there's a new trijet carrier waiting in the wings. Upstart United Arab Emirates carrier Kang Pacific Airlines plans to launch operations in October at Fujairah International Airport... and it will do so with a fleet of DC-10s.

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Indonesian Carrier Orders 10 ATR 72-500s

Turboprops To Be Flown By LCC Batavia Air

ATR and the Indonesian low cost carrier Batavia Air signed a contract last week for the acquisition of 10 new ATR 72-500s, and options for 10 additional aircraft. The contract is the first-ever signed by an Indonesian airline for new ATRs.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.27.07

Comair 5191 one year later: Have the lessons been learned?
Canada suffers a fatal hot-air balloon accident.
And a Florida county votes to shrink its airport.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.27.07

Comair 5191 one year later: Have the lessons been learned?
Canada suffers a fatal hot-air balloon accident.
And a Florida county votes to shrink its airport.

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, Passion for Flying - 08.27.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about a passion for flying, and how losing it threatens not just our enjoyment, but our safety.

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Australia's CASA Grounds High-Time Cessna 441s

Cessna Directive Affects Planes With Over 22,500 Hours

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) announced Monday operators of Cessna 441 Conquest turboprops have been directed to follow a new manufacturer's life limit on the aircraft type.

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Comair 5191... One Year Later

What Lessons Have Been Learned... And Have They Been Heeded?

One year ago today, just after 0600 local time at a small regional airport in Lexington, KY, a Comair CRJ-100 regional jet lined up on runway 26, and started rolling on what the flight crew no doubt thought would be an uneventful, thoroughly routine takeoff. It wasn't.

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AOPA Says FAA Is Dropping The Ball For Island-Hopping Pilots

NGA Will Stop Producing Charts For Hawaii, Caribbean In October

Fall isn't far away... especially for pilots planning to fly to the Caribbean and over Hawaii, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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Boeing IDS Delivers First Modernized CF-18 To Canada

Phase II Improvements Include Helmet-Mounted Sighting, Data Links

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and partner L-3 Communications MAS, Inc. tell ANN the companies recently delivered the first modernized Phase II CF-18 fighter to the Canadian Department of Defense.

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Air China Receives RNP Approval For Airbus A319

World's First Airbus Aircraft To Use RNP in Revenue Service

Aero-News has learned Air China recently received approval to conduct Required Navigation Performance (RNP) operations with their Airbus A319 fleet.

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New York EAA Chapters Will Soon Share Wright Flyer With Museum Visitors

Will Dedicate Replica September 8 During Floyd Bennett Field Fly-In

It's described by the Experimental Aircraft Association as "a collaborative effort reflecting the true spirit of EAA." Next month, New York State chapter members will share their plans-built, full-scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer with visitors to the Gateway National Recreation Area’s Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

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Klyde Morris (08.27.07)

Klyde's Job Search Continues...  

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We Don't Mean To Alarm Anyone... But There's A Hole In The Universe

Nihilophobia Sufferers May Not Want To Read This

Maybe they should call it the "Seinfeld" anomaly. A University of Minnesota astronomer says he has found the largest expanse of -- well, nothing -- ever seen in the known universe.

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A-PRO Adds Avanti Landing Gear Overhauls To Its Service Offerings

Reaches Agreement With Piaggio, Messier Dowty

ANN has learned Aero Precision Repair and Overhaul, Co. -- also known as A-PRO -- will soon begin overhaul and repair services on the Piaggio P-180 Avanti landing gear and related accessories. A-PRO received approval to perform this work from both Piaggio, the manufacturer of the aircraft, and Messier Dowty, the manufacturer of the landing gear.

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Westpac's Rescue Helicopter Comes To The... Rescue

Well, It Did. Twice.

Representatives with New Zealand's Westpac Rescue Helicopter service tell ANN the Wellington-based helo continues to earn its keep, coming to the aid of two persons this weekend.

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Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Announces 2007 Supplier Awards

Recognizes Contributions To Keeping Planemaker On Schedule

Hawker Beechcraft tells ANN the planemaker recently recognized many of its suppliers during its annual supplier’s conference. Based upon scoring on specific selection criteria, awards were given in different categories including: Performance Excellence, Small Business Partner, Innovative Excellence, Performance Promise Champion and Supplier of the Year.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.27.07)

Aero-Linx!

The Online Air Defense Radar Museum is a project of Radomes, Inc., The Air Defense Radar Veterans' Association.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.27.07)

"Nothing is everywhere."

Source: University of Minnesota astronomer Professor Lawrence Rudnick, who announced last week the discovery of the largest expanse of nothingness ever seen in the known universe.

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WY Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4660  Issue Date: August 26, 2007 at 1606 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CO Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4676  Issue Date: August 26, 2007 at 1849 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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MT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4627  Issue Date: August 25, 2007 at 1829 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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