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May 24, 2007

Eclipse Aviation Lands Largest European VLJ Order

ETIRC Aviation Places 180-Plane Order

It's another big order from EBACE... in fact, the biggest yet for very-light jets. Eclipse Aviation tells ANN Eastern European distributor ETIRC Aviation Europe (ETIRC Aviation) placed an order for 180 Eclipse 500 aircraft this week, 120 firm orders and 60 options.

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IL TFR: 05.31.07 - 06.03.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2341  Issue Date: May 24, 2007 at 1635 UTC  Location: Rockford International Airport, Rockford, Illinois near ROCKFORD VOR/DME (RFD)  Beginning Date and Time: May 31, 2007 at 1600 UTC  Ending Date and Time: June 03, 2007 at 2200 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: The Rockford Airfest 2007  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Rockford (RFD) Air Traffic Control Tower, 815-484-5326

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PR TFR: 05.28.07 - 06.01.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2289  Issue Date: May 24, 2007 at 1311 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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NATCA Applauds House Bill Calling For Halt To Facilities Consolidation

Supporters Hope This Time Is More Successful

Consider more than just cost benefits, and ask for input from all sides, before further consolidating the nation's air traffic facilities. That's the message to the Federal Aviation Administration behind H.R. 2443, the Federal Aviation Administration Facility Consolidation Moratorium Act of 2007.

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Cebu Pacific Orders Six New ATR-72-500 Turboprops

Phillipine Carrier Also Has Options For Eight More Planes

Philippine-based low-fare carrier Cebu Pacific and ATR announced Thursday the signing of a contract for the purchase of six ATR 72-500 turboprops, plus options for eight additional aircraft. The contract is valued at more than US $250 million.

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Polar First Team Successfully Completes RTW, Pole-To-Pole Helo Trip

Returns To Texas Launch Site

They did it! Wednesday afternoon, just after 1300 CDT, pilots Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill returned to their Fort Worth, TX launch location, complete with another world record to add to their list of aviation accomplishments. The pair successfully completed their flight around the world, pole to pole, in a Bell 407.

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Reports: Air France Splits $7 Billion Order Between Airbus, Boeing

Includes Two Additional A380s, 18 B777s

Air France-KLM Group CEO Jean-Cyril Spinetta announced Thursday the airline plans to order a combination of Airbus and Boeing planes, in a $7 billion order aimed at upgrading older planes in the Air France fleet.

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FAA Grants Approval For Commercial Spaceport At Cecil Field

Public Workshops Could Happen As Early As Summer

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted the Jacksonville Aviation Authority approval to move ahead with the licensing process for construction of a spaceport at Cecil Field in Florida.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 05.24.07

ANNouncement: Aero-News Is Looking For AirVenture Stringers!

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.24.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.24.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The "Stringer" Experience: 05.24.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Rob Finfro

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.24.07

Florida's aviation industry battles a damaging news story.
The FAA battles thunderstorm delays with new technology.
And speaking of battles...why wasn't there a pay-per-view available for May

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.24.07

Florida's aviation industry battles a damaging news story.
The FAA battles thunderstorm delays with new technology.
And speaking of battles...why wasn't there a pay-per-view available for Mays v

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ANN Special Feature: Rob Finfrock, Aero News - 05.24.07

ANN's Paul Plack discusses the job of an Aero News stringer at Oshkosh with Rob Finfrock, who went from ANN stringer in 2005, to ANN Managing Editor today.

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Fallen Snowbird Pilot Returns Home

Receives Full Military Honors

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds pilot who died in an airplane crash during an air show practice last week at Montana's Malmstrom Air Force Base returned home to the 15 Wing Moose Jaw by Canadian CC-130 Hercules May 22.

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Airports To Begin Testing For Liquid Explosives

Devices Can Detect Suspicious Compounds Through Glass, Plastic

The Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday a machine utilizing new technology that screens bottles for liquid explosives will be deployed at the nation's busiest airports this summer.

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Carbon Offsetting Program For GA Planes Launched

"Proactive Effort" Kicks Off In Bend, OR

Aero-News has learned a carbon compensation program for general aviation aircraft is now available for corporate jets, air charters, fractional ownership programs, and private and sport aviation.

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Union Board Agrees To Send Tentative Agreement To AirTran Pilots

Ratification Vote Scheduled For June 28

It took more than a day of deliberations, but the National Pilots Association's six-pilot Board of Directors voted Wednesday to endorse the tentative agreement reached over the weekend by its negotiating committee and AirTran Airways. The tentative agreement will now be sent to AirTran's more than 1,500 pilots for a ratification vote.

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Nav Canada Selects Rockwell Collins HGS For Inspection Planes

Also Earns Order From Frontier Airlines Subsidiary

Rockwell Collins has received two impressive orders for its Head-up Guidance System (HGS).

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GoldenEye 50 UAS Wins FAA Experimental Airworthiness Certificate

One More Unmanned Aerial Vehicle In NAS

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation told ANN this week the company recently received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate (EAC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), allowing its GoldenEye 50 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to fly in the National Airspace System (NAS).

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Airborne Systems 'Chutes Selected By SpaceX

Will Provide Recovery Systems For Falcon 9

Airborne Systems told ANN this week its Space and Recovery Systems Engineering team (formerly Irvin Aerospace) has been selected to provide Recovery Systems for Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9/Dragon system.

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NRC Completes Acoustical Testing For Remote-Sensing Satellite

RADARSAT-2 Due For Launch Later This Year

ANN has learned that earlier this year, Canada's National Research Council Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC Aerospace) has successfully completed an acoustic qualification test on RADARSAT-2, a new remote-sensing satellite built by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) under contract to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

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CO TFR: 05.29.07 - 05.30.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2163 Issue Date: May 23, 2007 at 1108 UTC Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado near BLACK FOREST VORTAC (BRK) Beginning Date and Time: May 29, 2007 at 1400 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 30, 2007 at 1915 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations by the USAF Thunderbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Denver (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-11-08 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-11-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Boeing Model 727 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-10-10 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-10-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300-600 series airplanes.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2007-11-06 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-11-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca Arrius 2F turboshaft engines.

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AD: Reims Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2007-11-04 MANUFACTURER: Reims Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-11-04 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Robinson Helicopter

AD NUMBER: 2007-11-01 MANUFACTURER: Robinson Helicopter SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-11-01 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Robinson Helicopter Company (Robinson) Model R44 and R44 II helicopters that have a certain seat belt buckle (buckle) assembly installed, that requires removing the buckle assembly and the buckle assembly spacer, and replacing them with airworthy parts.

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Gone West: Renowned Aviation Author Robert N. Buck

Teenage Flier, Airline Pilot, "Weather Flying" Author Was 93

It is with sadness Aero-News recently learned Robert N. Buck, 93, died April 14 in a Berlin, VT hospital of complications from a fall. The former Trans World Airlines pilot and aviation author set flying records as a teenager in the 1930s and flew severe-weather research missions during World War II.

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US Army: Iraq Network That Attacked Helos Broken Up

Hails "Rapid And Very Capable Response" To Insurgents

The Army's top aviation officer said the US military has broken up a network of insurgents responsible for a series of deadly attacks on helicopters in Iraq this winter.

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RAF Confirms Fleetwide MR-2 Nimrod Fuel Leaks

25 Discovered In Six Months

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense confirms there were 25 fuel leaks in its MR-2 Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft fleet discovered between October 2006 and March 2007. A fuel leak was thought to be responsible for a Nimrod crash in which 14 servicemen perished last year, according to the BBC.

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Canadian TSB Releases ATC Tapes Of Swissair Flight 111

Extended Legal Wrangling Comes To End

After a lengthy legal battle that spanned several years and wound up in Canada's Supreme Court, Canadians will be able to hear the last moments of one of that country's worst aviation disasters.

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Pilot In Fatal '82 MT Accident Gets Suspended Sentence

Prosecutor Expresses Regret To Victim's Family

Twenty-five years after his girlfriend died in a plane crash in a Montana lake, Jerry Ambrozuk was sentenced Monday to a 10-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to criminal mischief and criminal endangerment in connection with the death of Dianne Babcock.

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Decline In Drug Seizures Threatens Law Enforcement Helo

Doing A Good Job May Lead To Unemployment

The Hawkins County (TN) Sheriffs Department may have done too good of a job. Money realized from drug-related property seizure counts for a large portion of the department's annual budget... but with those numbers on the decline, the sheriff is facing some tough decisions.

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Pilot Hospitalized After Plane Strikes Ground Vehicle

May Have Suffered Stroke

A pilot from New York is thought to have suffered a stroke before losing control of his 1968 Dever Stits Playmate SA11A and striking a parked truck just after touching down Tuesday at Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport (VVS) in Connellsville, PA.

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BA Employee's Meal Explodes At Altitude

Microwaved Curry Goes "Boom"

Add curry to the list of substances that can cause problems onboard an airliner.

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Cessna Earns Big Citation Order At EBACE 2007

25-Plane Deal Includes Seven Mustangs

Cessna Aircraft Company announced Wednesday at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) that Austrian charter operation JetAlliance has placed an order for 25 Citation business jets valued at $280 million.

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Lufthansa Selects CMC Electronics' CMA-9000 FMS To Retrofit A300-600 Fleet

Deliveries Scheduled To Begin In Early 2009

CMC Electronics Inc. tells ANN the company recently signed a contract with Lufthansa and Lufthansa Technik to supply its latest generation flight management system (FMS) known as the CMA-9000 for the retrofit of its fleet of 14 A300-600 aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.24.07)

Aero-Linx!

Women in Aerospace (WIA) is dedicated to expanding women's opportunities for leadership and increasing their visibility in the aerospace community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.24.07): CGS

Aero-Terms!

Centimeter-gram-second -- The principal systems of units used in scientific work, late 19th- early 20th centuries.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.24.07)

"Bob Buck was indeed captain to a whole generation of pilots. His "Weather Flying" began as a giveaway brochure for an aviation insurance company and grew into the best commentary we have on flying and weather. His thoughtful proposal to the novice on how to tackle easy weather situations first still provides the best way to assess the difficulty of any IFR flight. We who have known him have been honored and will miss his sage advice."

Source: Dr. Ian Blair Fries, speaking of pilot and aviation author Robert N. Buck. A former Trans World Airlines pilot, Buck set flying records as a teenager in the 1930s, and flew severe-weather research missions during World War II -- lessons from which he would later incorporate into "Weather Flying," a book

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AK TFR: 05.25.07 - 05.29.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2245  Issue Date: May 23, 2007 at 2009 UTC  Type: Space Operations 

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NY TFR: 05.26.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2180 Issue Date: May 23, 2007 at 1335 UTC Location: West Point, New York Beginning Date and Time: May 26, 2007 at 1140 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 26, 2007 at 1550 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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MD TFR: 05.25.07 - 05.27.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2176 Issue Date: May 23, 2007 at 1310 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: May 25, 2007 at 1635 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 27, 2007 at 1600 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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