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February 15, 2007

FL TFR: 02.16.07 - 02.17.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3250 Issue Date: February 15, 2007 at 1640 UTC Location: Kennedy Space Center, Florida Beginning Date and Time: February 16, 2007 at 2235 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 17, 2007 at 0013 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Space Operations Area Type: Space Operations Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Miami (ZMA) Center

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TX TFR: 02.16.07 - 02.18.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3252 Issue Date: February 15, 2007 at 1645 UTC Location: Pampa, Texas Beginning Date and Time: February 16, 2007 at 1845 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 18, 2007 at 2005 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/3125: due to change in times

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AK TFR: 02.19.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3262 Issue Date: February 15, 2007 at 1743 UTC Location: Elmendorf AFB, Alaska near ANCHORAGE VOR/DME (ANC) Beginning Date and Time: February 19, 2007 at 2040 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 19, 2007 at 2250 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Diamond Deliveries Up 33 Percent For 2006

Planemaker Flying High In Bullish Aerospace Market

Diamond Aircraft informed ANN it has delivered 33 percent more aircraft in 2006 than in 2005. That compares to a 2006 industry-wide increase in piston-engine aircraft sales of 11.6 percent, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

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EAA Notes Bipartisan Skepticism To FAA's User Fee Plans

Group "Heartened" By Opposition On Capital Hill

It's an egregious plan... and several lawmakers recognize it. That's the word from the Experimental Aircraft Association, which told ANN Thursday the group is "heartened" to hear broad skepticism and bipartisan opposition to the Bush Administration's FY2008 budget proposal for funding the FAA.

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Atlantis Begins Latest Long Trek To Launchpad

Liftoff Scheduled For March 15

NASA's next shuttle mission is on its way... to the launchpad, that is. Thursday morning, Atlantis began the deliberate trek to Launch Pad 39A, in anticipation of a mid-March launch into orbit.

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Sino Swearingen Staying Quiet Amidst Reports Company Is For Sale

Taiwanese Government Selling Half Ownership In Bizjet Maker

News reports coming out of Taiwan say lawmakers in that country wants out of the planemaking business... and have put the Taiwanese government's 50-percent stake in Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp up for sale.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.15.07

NATCA Warns Of Coming Controller Retirements, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.15.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.15.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Retiring Controllers Pose Problem, Part Two: 02.15.07 (ANN Special Feature, wit

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AA 777 Lands Early When A Passenger Gets Squirrelly

Snakes And Hamsters And... Squirrels? What's Next?

An American Airlines 777 made an unscheduled stop in Honolulu last Friday to deplane a rather unusual passenger.

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Another Stranded Pax Story, This Time At New York's Kennedy

JetBlue Leaves 10 Jets On Ramp During Wednesday's Snow Storms

A contrite JetBlue Airways is profusely apologizing to its customers Thursday after storms wreaked havoc with operations at New York City's Kennedy airport Wednesday.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.15.07

The FAA releases details on its user fee proposal...
AOPA and NBAA hold a joint briefing to say it goes way too far...
...and the Air Transport Assocation says it stops way too short.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.15.07

The FAA releases details on its user fee proposal...
AOPA and NBAA hold a joint briefing to say it goes way too far...
...and the Air Transport Assocation says it stops way too short.

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ANN Special Feature: Part 2 - NATCA Press Briefing 02.15.07

Today, we'll hear Part 2 of Tuesday's press briefing by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, warning of coming air traffic controller retirements way above FAA projections, including a

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EADS Sells Its Stake In Embraer

Seen As Financial Consolidation Ahead Of Restructuring

Europe's largest aerospace manufacturer has sold it's 2.12 percent stake in Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer for $163 million.

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Barnstorming: A New Plane In The Family

The Glasair III was one of those aircraft I've always wanted to own and there have been a few attempts to pick one up over the years... without success. And then, N2JZ (soon to be rechristened N411AN) came into my life.

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LA Officials Say Airbus Reneged On Deal

A380 Now To Visit NY First

Officials with the city of Los Angeles have accused European planemaker Airbus of reneging on a deal which would have seen Los Angeles International (LAX) as the first US landing site for its massive A380 passenger jet.

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ACI-NA Calls FAA Reauthorization Plan 'Good Start' In Funding Local Airports

Organization Supports Even Higher PFCs In Bill

On Wednesday, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) called the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) draft reauthorization legislation a good start for the airport industry, but more work is necessary to enable airports to continue funding local improvements which will accommodate future growth and enhance the efficiency of passenger and cargo service.

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NATCA Accuses FAA Of Placing Budget Ahead Of Safety (Part 1)

Says Agency Should Have Standard Staffing Policies

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is on a mission: to educate the US airline traveling public about its concerns with FAA management practices. As part of that process, the association held a telephone press conference Tuesday to which it invited ANN.

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EAA Says Air Tour Regulations May Hurt Young Eagles

Restrictions Spell Trouble For Introducing Kids To Flight

As promised, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has conducted a thorough analysis of the many issues addressed in the FAA's new Air Tour Rule unveiled last Friday... and as feared, the news doesn't look good for such organizations as the EAA's own Young Eagles program.

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Two Buyers Look At Acquiring Symphony Aircraft

AOPA Says American, French-Canadian Groups In Running

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reports 2007 may not be as bad of a year for Symphony Aircraft Industries as many thought. The company announced it was entering liquidation last month... but it appears two buyers have shown interest in acquiring the assets of the currently-defunct planemaker.

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Dassault Receives Canadian TCs For Flock Of Falcons

Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 900DX, Falcon 2000 Family Receive Approvals

Dassault Falcon told ANN Wednesday the company recently received type certification from Transport Canada for its Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 900DX and Falcon 2000 family of business jets.

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First Pacific-Bound Raptor Unveiled

Aircraft Will Be Based At Alaska's Elmendorf AFB

The F-22 Raptor will soon make its presence felt along the United States' northernmost frontiers... as representatives from the Air Force and Lockheed Martin gathered Monday to accept the Pacific Air Forces' first advanced fighter.

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Aspen Avionics Names John Uczekaj As New President, CEO

Former CEO, Co-founder Peter Lyons Will Remain At Company

Albuquerque, NM-based avionics manufacturer Aspen Avionics told ANN Wednesday the company as appointed John Uczekaj as its new President and CEO, effective February 12. Uczekaj will replace co-founder and former CEO Peter Lyons, who will remain with Aspen along with co-founder Jeff Bethel.

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Couple Aims To Spend Honeymoon In Space

Will Ride Onboard Virgin Galactic Flight

Loretta and George Whitesides plan to become the first couple to honeymoon in space... and on Valentine's Day, the pair launched a new website to share the excitement of their upcoming adventure with the public.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.07)

Aero-Linx!

Just like the name says... the Top 100 Flight Sim Sites, with free downloads. What more could you ask for?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.07): AEW

Aero-Terms!

Airborne Early Warning is the detection of enemy air or surface units by radar or other equipment carried in an airborne vehicle, and the transmitting of a warning to friendly units.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.15.07)

"This new proposal will make flying more convenient for millions of travelers. Anyone who has experienced the frustration and inconvenience of a delayed flight should take a very close look at what we’re proposing." -- DOT Secretary Mary Peters

"[A] manufactured crisis based on flawed financial assumptions about the viability of the current funding system and the cost of the 'NextGen' air traffic control system." -- AOPA President Phil Boyer

"Our proposal will make it easier for airports, airlines and controllers to keep pace with the skyrocketing demand for air travel this nation is going to experience over the coming decades." -- FAA Administrator Marion Blakey

"We support the need to modernize, but listen to the weasel words care

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