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June 01, 2007

Airbus, Boeing Extend Battle For Supremacy To Aircraft Demolition

"I Can Even Scrap Airliners Better Than You..."

It's no secret Boeing and Airbus continually wage battle over which manufacturer can sell more planes, and assemble them more efficiently than the other. But what about when the time comes to destroy those planes, at the end of their flying careers? To those familiar with the ongoing Boeing vs. Airbus melee, it should come as no surprise the two manufacturing powerhouses are increasingly competitive in this aspect, as well.

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Harsh Reality 101: Inaugural NC Skybus Flight Hits Snag

Mechanical, Logistical Issues Delay Columbus-Greensboro Trip

All things considered, upstart ultra-low-cost carrier Skybus enjoyed a relatively problem-free first week of operations. But it's that eighth day that'll get ya.

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Ryanair Exercises Options On More 737s

Orders 32 More -800 Models

Boeing announced this week Europe's largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair, exercised options for another 27 737-800s. The order, valued at $1.9 billion at list prices, was previously accounted for on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website, assigned to an unidentified customer.

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Navy's Fire Scout UAV Reaches Initial Production Phase

VTOL Aircraft First Unmanned Navy System To Achieve Milestone

The US Department of Defense announced this week Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout VTOL-capable Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle (VTUAV) has reached Milestone C, signifying the beginning of its low-rate initial production phase.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 06.01.07

All About Arlington, With NWEAA Fly-In Director Barbara Tolbert

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.01.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.01.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- All About Arlington: 06.01.07 (ANN Special Feature, with NWEAA Fly-In Executive Director Barbara Tolbert.)

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Gone West: Homebuilt Aircraft Designer Leeon Davis

Designer Of V-Tail DA-2A, Two-Stroke-Powered DA-11

It is with sadness Aero-News learned this week of the passing of one of the most uniquely prolific homebuilders in aviation.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.01.07

One week and counting: Atlantis is a "go".
Northwest Airlines faces its post-bankruptcy era.
And a Chinook supporting a NATO mission is down in Afghanistan.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.01.07

One week and counting: Atlantis is a "go".
Northwest Airlines faces its post-bankruptcy era.
And a Chinook supporting a NATO mission is down in Afghanistan.

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ANN Special Feature: Barbara Tolbert, Northwest EAA - 06.01.07

ANN's Rob Finfrock talks with EAA's Barbara Tolbert about the upcoming Northwest Regional Fly-In at Arlington, Washington.

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'Glacier Girl' To Finally Complete Ill-Fated Flight Across Atlantic

"Operation Bolero II" Will Launch June 22

On July 15, 1942, a United States Army/Air Force Squadron departed American soil on Operation Bolero, a World War II aid mission to support US allies in the war torn European theatre. Due to insurmountable weather-related problems en route, the entire squadron of six P-38s and two B-17 bombers was forced to abort its mission and make an emergency landing on a remote ice cap in Greenland.

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KLM Passengers Injured During Encounter With Turbulence

Physician Treats Injured Inflight

A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight encountered some serious turbulence Thursday -- enough to injure 10 passengers during a free fall.

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PR TFR: 06.08.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2840 Issue Date: May 31, 2007 at 1614 UTC Type: Hazards

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WY TFR: 06.03.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2874 Issue Date: May 31, 2007 at 1927 UTC Location: Casper, Wyoming Beginning Date and Time: June 03, 2007 at 1530 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 03, 2007 at 2035 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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VA TFR: 06.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2749  Issue Date: May 30, 2007 at 1811 UTC  Location: Quantico, Virginia near BROOKE VORTAC (BRV)  Beginning Date and Time: June 04, 2007 at 1300 UTC  Ending Date and Time: June 04, 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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PR TFR: 06.04.07 - 06.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2839 Issue Date: May 31, 2007 at 1611 UTC Type: Hazards

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AD: Moravan

AD NUMBER: 2007-11-19 MANUFACTURER: Moravan SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-11-19 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2007-11-18 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-11-18 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain General Electric Company (GE) CF6-50C series turbofan engines.

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AD: Sikorsky

AD NUMBER: 2007-11-05 MANUFACTURER: Sikorsky SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-11-05 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-76A, B, and C helicopters.

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NTSB Rules Pilot Error Likely Cause Of 2006 NM Air Show Accident

Aircraft Stalled As Pilot Attempted To Recover From Loop

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled this week the pilot killed last year during a performance at a New Mexico airshow attempted to recover from a loop too close to the ground, and stalled the aircraft.

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Oh, Yeah? Alliance Strikes Back Against ATA With Commercial Of Their Own

No Talking Planes... Just The Facts

You knew this was coming. Just over one week after the Air Transport Association unveiled a commercial claiming airline delays are caused by general aviation aircraft, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is fighting back with an ad of its own, that soundly refutes the ATA's "distortions and half-truths."

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Connecticut DOT OKs Sikorsky Memorial Airport Expansion

Pols Divided On Decision

The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced its approval this week of plans to expand the Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, after many years of opposition from the city -- in a deal made in a conference call with the DOT, Bridgeport officials and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Snowbirds To Take Wing Once Again

Will Dedicate Remainder Of Season To Fallen Pilot

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds returned to Great Falls, MT Thursday, to retrieve their CT-114 Tutor jets and prepare for the 2007 season... in honor of Captain Shawn McCaughey, who lost his life in an accident during an airshow performance May 19.

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Cessna Reports 40 Citation Orders From EBACE

Also Earns Orders For Caravan, Stationair Models

The recently concluded European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland was a good one for Cessna Aircraft Company. The planemaker tells ANN it took commitments for 40 Citation business jets at the show, as well as a handful of orders for its other planes.

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FAA Investigating Another LAX Runway Incursion

Second Time This Month, Fourth Time This Year

For the fourth time this year, there has been a runway incursion at the Los Angeles International Airport. A Delta Air Lines 767 missed an airfield hold-short sign Tuesday as it taxied after landing, and got a bit too close to another jet that was already on its takeoff roll.

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Klyde Morris (06.01.07)

How Effective Are Lightsabers Against Hail, Klyde?

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Recent CBP Accidents Concern Those Along US/Mexico Border

El Paso, TX Agency Halts Flights Pending Safety Review

When the US Customs and Border Patrol merged in 2005, it created the largest law enforcement air fleet in the world with 250 aircraft. The agency is planning to expand the fleet next year to 267. But, with two recent fatal aircraft accidents and the airspace over the border becoming more congested and active, people are getting worried the number of accidents will also increase.

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Embraer Delivers ERJ 145 To Nigerian State Government

Will Operate Plane On Domestic Routes

Brazilian planemaker Embraer tells ANN it has delivered the first ERJ 145 to the government of the State of Bauchi, Nigeria. The agreement signed in September 2006 includes a purchase option for another aircraft of the same model.

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First C-17 Delivered To Dover AFB Officials

"Spirit Of The Constitution" Will Arrive June 4

Boeing told ANN Thursday the company recently delivered the first of 13 C-17 Globemaster IIIs to officials with Delaware's Dover Air Force Base (AFB) during a ceremony at the company's C-17 manufacturing facility in Long Beach, CA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.01.07)

Aero-Linx!

A research group in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. Research in the ARL focuses on improving robotic performance through the application of feedback control, integrated sensing systems, and task-level autonomy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.01.07): Comsat

Aero-Terms!

A communications satellite (sometimes abbreviated to comsat) is an artificial satellite stationed in space for the purposes of telecommunications. Modern communications satellites use geostationary orbits, Molniya orbits or low polar Earth orbits.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.01.07)

"Right. Like that really happens."

Source: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, in response to the Air Transport Association's computer-animated television ad -- featuring a fleet of talking aircraft -- that claims "that hot shot there is clogging up the skies," as a business jet jumps to the front of the line of airliners waiting to depart. The Alliance for Aviation Across America is fighting back with an ad of its own, that soundly refutes the ATA's "distortions and half-truths."

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