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January 12, 2007

Citation Down: Van Nuys

Two Reported Loss; No Injuries On Ground

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.12.07 2355 EST -- The Cessna Citation business jet that went down near Van Nuys Airport earlier today was returning to the field for unknown reasons when it crashed north of the airport, according to sources at the scene.

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Chicago Seeks Feds' Approval To Use Ticket Taxes For O'Hare Expansion

Airlines Say City Needs To Reign In Costs, Not Ask For More Money

After receiving a polite but firm 'no' from the airlines, the city of Chicago will seek federal approval to use $270 million in ticket taxes collected from passengers to cover the soaring costs of its expansion of O'Hare International Airport.

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California Power Systems Opens Facility At Oakland International

Rotax Service Center Caters To LSA Crowd

California Power Systems, the exclusive West Coast Service Center for Rotax engines since 1984, told ANN this week on-airport maintenance is now available for Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) on Oakland (CA) North Field.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 01.12.07

Evektor America's Jeff Conrad

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.12.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.12.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Evektor America's Jeff Conrad: 01.12.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Jeff Conrad of Evektor America on his company's latest -- and upcoming -- offerings.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.12.07

Parts of an Adam Air 737 are recovered from the ocean floor...
Delta says no to US Air, but apparently maybe to Northwest and United...
...and Airtran ups its offer for Midwest.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.12.07

Parts of an Adam Air 737 are recovered from the ocean floor...
Delta says no to US Air, but apparently maybe to Northwest and United...
...and Airtran ups its offer for Midwest.

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ANN Special Feature: Jeff Conrad, Evektor America 01.12.07

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Jeff Conrad, of Evektor, about the company's light sport aircraft, and an even more exciting plane coming soon.

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CarterGyro Achieves Amazing Vertical Take-offs

 During flight-testing of their new gyro prototype just prior to New Year's Day, Carter Aviation Technologies (Carter) reports that their test pilot, George Mitchell, executed several vertical take-offs where the aircraft was able to jump more than 150 feet straight up into the air.

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TSA Contemplates Advertisements In Security Bins

This Invasive Search Sponsored By...

The Transportation Security Administration says it understands the frustration of waiting... shoeless... for your personal effects to be irradiated. So they're proposing to provide you reading material.

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Diamond D-Jet Kicks Off 2007 Tour!

While Diamond’s new single-engine jet continues flight testing and development, the full scale cabin mockup of the D-JET which features the complete avionics suite and luxurious 5-place interior, began its 2007 tour in Groton, Connecticut, January 9th.

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Norway Holds Ukrainian Pilots On Drunk Flying Charges

Four Will Not Be Allowed To Leave Until Trial

Norwegian officials have detained three Ukranian pilots on charges of attempting to fly a plane while drunk... and Norway's not messing around.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2007-01-04 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-01-04 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.

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AD: Sikorsky

AD NUMBER: 2007-01-05 MANUFACTURER: Sikorsky SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-01-05 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) model helicopters that requires, within a specified time, creating a component history card or equivalent record.

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Blue Skies, Strong Breezes, And Dozens of LSA Greet Sebring Crowd

Third-Year Event Attracts Wide Range Of Enthusiasts

Although Sebring, FL is home to America's oldest and most famous road racing track, the focus this weekend is on light sport aircraft's premiere four-day event, which brought hundreds to Sebring Regional Airport Thursday to touch, sit in, and speak with the dealers about all things LSA.

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Charlotte Aerospace Institute A Boon To Students And ERAU

Free College Credit, In-Class Instruction A "Win-Win"

Forty-three local high school students joined their Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) instructors for first day activities at the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL Thursday. The young people spread out around the expo, delighting in seeing sport aircraft up close and personal.

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Open Skies Talks Set To Resume Between US, EU

Both Sides Reaffirm Commitment To Deal

Trade officials of the European Union and the US will resume talks next month before the World Trade Organization, aimed at relaxing regulation of lucrative trans-Atlantic airline routes.

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Tail Section, Other Pieces Of Missing Airliner Recovered

Indonesia Says Serial Numbers Match Adam Air 747

Officials confirmed Thursday metal fragments found earlier this week on the bottom of the ocean floor are from the wreckage of an Adam Air 737 missing since January 1.

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Merger Mania: Delta Reportedly In Talks With Northwest, United

Results Could Put Yet Another Carrier In Play

A merger to stave off another merger? Senior managers at Delta Air Lines are reportedly engaged in talks with their counterparts at both United and Northwest, over a possible alliance with one of those airlines. This, to fend off an unwanted takeover bid by US Airways.

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Merger Mania: AirTran Sweetens Its Bid For Midwest Airlines

Airlines Appeal To Midwest Shareholders

The battle being waged between Delta Air Lines and US Airways over a hostile takeover bid is also playing out between rivals AirTran and Midwest Airlines... albeit on a smaller scale.

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SoCal ATC Problem Delays Flights From Ontario

Outage Lasts Close To Two Hours

Controllers briefly lost radar contact this week with flights within a 45-square-mile block of Southern California airspace.

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Columbia Aircraft Takes Wraps Off Its 2007 Models

More Colors, New Options... Including Keyless Entry!

Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation told ANN Thursday its 2007 product line offers bold new paint schemes, new standard features... and one very clever new option for the discerning aircraft owner who will settle for nothing less than the best.

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NASA Says Human Error May Have Doomed Mars Global Surveyor

'Blue Screen Of Death' For Red Planet Probe?

NASA's Mars Global Surveyor probe outlived its original mission plan, orbited the red planet for a decade, and sent back nearly a quarter-million photos. While NASA acknowledges the probe was a ringing success, the agency still wants to know why the craft became unresponsive and stopped communicating late last year.

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Klyde Morris 01.12.07

Klyde Remembers William Kershner...

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Airbus Names Evrard To Oversee A350XWB Project

Comes From EADS Missile Development Program

More signs of progress for Airbus Industrie's revised A350XWB airliner... as the European planemaker Thursday chose Didier Evrard to oversee the airliner's development program. Evrard is the 53-year-old head of a missile development program for parent company EADS, and starts his new duties immediately.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.12.07)

Aero-Linx!

Ever since we formed alphabets we’ve written poetry and prose. Flying into space has generated more poetry as well. Here’s a collection of poetry about the blue and heading out to the black.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.12.07): Service Ceiling

Aero-Terms!

In a standard atmosphere, the altitude above sea level after which an airplane can no longer climb more than 100 ft per minute for piston aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.12.07)

"We're declaring it most likely dead. I doubt we will see it again."

Source: Doug McCuistion, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, on the likely fate of the Mars Global Surveyor.

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