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January 25, 2007

PR TFR: 01.29.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1784 Issue Date: January 25, 2007 at 1647 UTC Location: Eastern side, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: January 29, 2007 at 1100 UTC Ending Date and Time: January 29, 2007 at 2000 UTC Reason for NOTAM: For ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: SAN JUAN (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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Airline Consolidation Hearing Leads To Re-Regulation Speculation

Lawmakers Question Wisdom Of US Airways Bid For Delta

 US Airways CEO Doug Parker got a congressional grilling at a US Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday, followed by the suggestion from some lawmakers that consolidation -- seen as a way by proponents to make airlines more profitable -- may not be best for competition, and ultimately customers.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.25.07

Paula Derks, President Of The Aircraft Electronics Association

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.25.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.25.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AEA President Paula Derks: 01.25.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Paula De

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PHI Claims Court Victory On Its Reinstatement 'Methodology'

Accusations Of Bad Faith Bargaining Still Under Review

Helicopter operator PHI released a statement Thursday regarding the hearing conducted January 11, in the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

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US Navy Detects 'Black Box' From Missing Adam Air 737

Ship's Crew Finds Debris Scattered Over Wide Area

The USNS Mary Sears, searching off the western coast of Sulawesi island, has detected what the US Navy believes to be signals from the voice and data recorders of Adam Air flight 574.

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Boeing Cans 'Wireless' Entertainment System For 787

Planemaker Cites Regulatory, Performance and Weight Issues

Close on the heels of rumors earlier this week Boeing might experience production delays for its 787 Dreamliner, the company confirmed media reports it's doing away with a planned wireless entertainment system for the upcoming airliner.

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BA Cancels 1,300 Flights Ahead Of Anticipated Strike

Wants To Give Passengers The Chance To Make Alternate Plans

British Airways announced Thursday, January 24, it has canceled all flights from London's Heathrow airport, and all domestic and European flights out of Gatwick, for the last two days of January.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.25.07

Symphony Aircraft Industries has been ordered liquidated...
Tiger Aircraft reports that it filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday...
...and NTSB applauds college associations for making changes to i

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.25.07

Symphony Aircraft Industries has been ordered liquidated...
Tiger Aircraft reports that it filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday...
...and NTSB applauds college associations for making changes to i

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ANN Special Feature: Paula Derks, President, Aircraft Electronics Assoc. 01.25.07

Today, ANN's Jim Campbell gets a primer on the Aircraft Electronics Association from AEA President Paula Derks.

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AOPA: GA Should Be 'Very Concerned' With What Lies Ahead

"Tea Leaves" Portend Trouble On User Fee Issue

It's a critical skill among knowledgeable Washington players -- parsing politicians' public statements to determine what really is happening. It's called "reading the tea leaves"... and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is troubled by what it sees between the lines.

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NASA To Enshrine Three In Astronaut Hall Of Fame

All Three Part Of First NASA Class To Fly Shuttles

Michael Coats, Steven Hawley and Jeffrey Hoffman each have a unique and storied history with NASA, but they all will soon share the same honor, enshrinement in the US Astronaut Hall Of Fame.

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Rotax LSA Success Draws Many Competitors

LSA Potential Draws Small Shops into Market

Looking around at the recent US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL, it was hard not to conclude that it's a great time to be Rotax... but other manufacturers are trying to grab a piece of the LSA engine market, as well.

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The Aero-Dozen: Best Gadgets And Programs Of 2006, Part Four

ANN's Top 10 (OK, 12) Products/Programs Of 2006

When it comes to the people, planes and products of the aviation business, ANN firmly believes there is no such thing as an embarrassment of riches. 2006 saw a spate of new programs and 'gadgets' designed to separate a pilot from his flying dollar... fortunately, the vast majority of them are quite worthy of foregoing the occasional $200 hamburger or two.

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Jabiru USA Expands Facilities

More Room For More Planes

A larger facility, to help grab a bigger piece of the American market. Representatives with Jabiru USA tell ANN the company has completed expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Shelbyville, TN just in time for the new year.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Acquires SoCal Equipment Company

Will Retain WECO Name

Aero-News learned Wednesday that Gulfstream Aerospace will soon acquire WECO Aerospace Systems, Inc., a privately held aviation-component overhaul company specializing in electrical, electronic accessories and flight instrument services.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-02-02 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-02-02 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-8 airplanes.

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AD: Extra

AD NUMBER: 2007-02-11 MANUFACTURER: Extra SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-02-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2002-21-11, which applies to certain EXTRA Flugzeugbau GmbH (EXTRA) Model EA-300S airplanes.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2007-02-06 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-02-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney PW2000 series turbofan engines.

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AD: Reims

AD NUMBER: 2007-02-12 MANUFACTURER: Reims Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-02-12 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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County Lawmakers Vote To Take Witham Field Battle To FAA's Doorstep

Say They'll Fight Agency For Independent Control Of Airport

The contentious wrangling over Witham Field in Stuart, FL continues to play out... with the Martin County Commission threatening to go over the heads of federal authorities if it can't convince the FAA to change its mind on shortening the main runway.

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NTSB: Colleges Should Use Scheduled Airlines For Team Travel

Cites 2001 OSU King Air Accident That Claimed 10

On Wednesday, the NTSB says it welcomed actions taken by collegiate associations in response to its recommendation aimed at improving the safety of student athletic team transportation.

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AirShares Announces 'Cirrus-Squared' Program

Novel Program Provides Cirrus Owners Access To AirShares' SR22 Fleet

AirShares Elite, the world’s largest Cirrus fleet operator and the largest shared ownership program for light general aviation (GA) aircraft, told ANN Wednesday, January 23, it's launching the "Cirrus-Squared" program.

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Toddler's Temper Tantrum Too Much For Airline Crew

Family Asked To Leave The Plane Before Departure

In a story that's garnering a great deal of attention in the general media, three-year-old Elly Kulesza's temper tantrum got her and her parents removed from an AirTran flight preparing to depart Fort Myers, FL.

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AirTran: Midwest Is Blocking Access To Shareholder List

Hungry Airline Asks NY Supreme Court For Help

AirTran Airways says Midwest Airlines is interfering with an effort to take its merger message to Midwest shareholders by not releasing a shareholder list -- something that's required by a New York state law.

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AIR Inc. Forecasts Small Increase In Airline Hiring For 2007

Prediction Up Less Than 300 From 2006 Totals

Every year around this time, Aviation Information Resources, Inc. (AIR) releases its airline pilot hiring numbers forecast for the coming year. Recently AIR shared its projections for 2007 with ANN.

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Yingling Aviation Says 'We Welcome Old Airplanes'

Wichita Shop Answers Aging Aircraft Concerns

Citing recent reports and rumors of some aircraft maintenance and repair facilities turning away aircraft more than 18 years old on insurance and liability concerns, Yingling Aviation, a longtime Cessna affiliate at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, has responded.

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BAE Flies The 'CAT-Bird' JSF Test Bed Aircraft

The 737-400 Will Replicate F-35 Avionics Suite For Testing

ANN has learned the Joint Strike Fighter Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATB), a 737-300 aircraft extensively modified by BAE Systems, successfully completed its maiden flight January 23 at Mojave, California capping a near three-year modification program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.25.07)

Aero-Linx!

The name of the site just seems to invoke peacefulness about it. But it’s not about doing yoga in a glider, if you could do yoga in a glider.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.25.07): JSTARS

Aero-Terms!

Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar Systems – A joint US Army and Air Force project. A reconnaissance aircraft whose sophisticated long-range radar can detect moving vehicles or other targets in all weather conditions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.25.07)

"The FAA will use those grants as a hammer over our heads. Since it's the will of this board (to become independent), I'm OK with that. That may change their attitude a little bit -- they want to control our airport."

Source: Martin County Commissioner Michael DiTerlizzi, on the latest round of contentious wrangling over Witham Field in Stuart, FL.

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MD TFR: 01.26.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1721 Issue Date: January 24, 2007 at 2302 UTC Location: Cambridge, Maryland Beginning Date and Time: January 26, 2007 at 1630 UTC Ending Date and Time: January 26, 2007 at 1920 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 6/2550: This NOTAM temporarily supersedes FDC 6/2550 within the radius of this Temporary Flight Restriction.

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