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June 19, 2007

NTSB Releases Probable Cause Report On 2006 Baron Accident

States Pilot Error, Oxygen Deprivation Led To Fatal Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled this week the pilot's failure to ensure an adequate supply of supplemental oxygen led to the March 17, 2006 downing of a Beechcraft Baron 56TC in West Virginia.

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News From Paris: Boeing Plans To Stick With 737 For Now

Says Replacement At Least Seven Years Away

Speaking this week with reporters at the 2007 Paris Air Show, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson surprised some analysts with the announcement the American planemaker doesn't expect to replace its 737 narrowbody airliner any time soon.

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Rolls-Royce Completes Successful First Flight Of Trent 1000

Engine Performs As Expected On 747 Test Bed

Rolls-Royce announced Tuesday a flawless performance by its Trent 1000 engine during its first flight on the company’s Boeing 747 flying test bed. The first phase of the flight test program for the launch engine of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is now underway in the skies over Waco, TX.

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Next Stop, Home: Atlantis Undocks From ISS

Shuttle Crew Completes Stay At Station

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 06.19.07 1345 EDT: It's been fun... really... but we have to be going now. Tuesday morning, the space shuttle Atlantis wrapped up an almost nine-day, drama-filled stay at the International Space Station when it undocked from the orbital outpost, in preparation for the return trip to Earth.

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News From Paris: Air France Ups Its A380 Order Count By Two

MOU Also Includes 18 A320 Family Planes

Airbus's largest plane continued to receive a needed boost Tuesday in Paris, as Air France signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purchase of two additional A380 superjumbo airliners in Le Bourget.

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News From Paris: AgustaWestland Delivers Its 100th AW139

Helo Heading For Brazil After Show

AgustaWestland announced Tuesday at the Paris Air Show the delivery of its 100th AW139 medium-twin helicopter. The aircraft was handed over to Synergy Aerospace, a division of Synergy Group.

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Utilicraft Finalizes FF-1080-200 Design Specifications

Specs Utilize Commonalities Of -300ER and -200 Aircraft

Utilicraft Aerospace Industries, Inc. officials announced in May it was working on a strategy that could bring the best of both its -300ER and the smaller -200 aircraft together during the development of a new air freight feeder aircraft, the FF-1080-300.

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CO Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4944  Issue Date: June 19, 2007 at 0031 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CO Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4948  Issue Date: June 19, 2007 at 0203 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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AL TFR: 06.21.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5013  Issue Date: June 19, 2007 at 1538 UTC  Type: VIP 

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AL TFR: 06.21.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5014  Issue Date: June 19, 2007 at 1539 UTC  Type: VIP 

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News From Paris: ILFC Orders More Dreamliners, 737s

Leasing Company Now Largest 787 Customer

At the Paris Air Show Tuesday, Boeing and International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) announced the two companies have finalized orders for 63 airplanes, worth approximately $8.8 billion at current list prices.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 06.19.07

I Want My Aero-TV!

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.19.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.19.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- All About Aero-TV: 06.19.07 (ANN Special Feature, with ANN E-I-C Jim Campbell and details about ANN's upcoming release of Aero-TV.)

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Pratt & Whitney Looks To Geared Turbofans For Economy

Forms Organization To Develop Technology

Pratt & Whitney announced this week it has created a new organization to develop, demonstrate and bring to market the company's next generation of commercial engines, including the Geared Turbofan engine.

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Delta Honors Hammerin' Hank With Branded 757

Carrier Salutes Home Run King as Barry Bonds Creeps Closer to Record

On Monday, Delta Air Lines celebrated Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and Home Run King Hank Aaron by unveiling a newly branded Boeing 757 aircraft in his honor.

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Cessna 172 Down In New Mexico's Sandia Mountains

Area Also Known As "TWA Canyon" For 1955 Airline Accident

A Cessna 172 went down Saturday night in Pinnacle Canyon, in the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, NM.

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Lockwood Aircraft Will Bring Air-Cams To AirVenture

Aircraft Originally Built For National Geographic Research Project

You may not know the name Lockwood Aircraft -- even though it is very probable you know Lockwood Aviation Supply, the seller and service organization for the Rotax line of engines. Lockwood Aircraft is a new business formed to manufacture, sell, and service the twin-engine Air-Cam and the line of Drifter light aircraft.

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News From Paris: EADS Socata Reports TBM 850 Building Strong US Fan Base

Company Also Offers DHS Model

Representatives with EADS Socata's told attendees at this week's Paris Air Show sales of the planemaker's new TBM 850 turboprop-powered business aircraft are being paced by orders from US customers, which account for more than 70 percent of total bookings to date.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.19.07

The Paris Air Show begins, and Boeing announces a new order.
Airbus announces an even bigger one.
And China Aviation Industry Corporation will partner with Embraer.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.19.07

The Paris Air Show begins, and Boeing announces a new order.
Airbus announces an even bigger one.
And China Aviation Industry Corporation will partner with Embraer.

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ANN Special Feature: Jim Campbell, Aero-TV - 06.19 .07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Aero News Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell about Aero-TV, a new way to receive Aero News that will debut at Oshkosh, and become a regular feature in September.

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Report: British Troops Face Helicopter, Armored Vehicle Shortage

MoD Denies Shortage Allegations, Says Assets Are "Shared"

British soldiers in Afghanistan are reportedly facing severe shortages of helicopters and armored vehicles. The Daily Telegraph reports only half the Apache helicopters assigned to British forces in the country are operable and just 70 percent of the Chinook transport helicopters are available for use.

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Emirates CEO Says A350 XWB Is Closing In On Boeing's 787

"I Think It'll Do The Job"

It's good enough for us. That's what Emirates CEO Tim Clark told attendees at the 2007 Paris Air Show Monday, when asked whether the airline was content with the direction Airbus was heading with its upcoming A350 XWB. 

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Embraer Rolls Out First Phenom 100

Will Begin Ground Tests Shortly

Aero-News has learned the first Embraer Phenom 100 very-light-jet was rolled out Saturday at the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

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News From Paris: BA609 Reaches 200 Flight Hour Mark

Bell, Agusta Aerospace Celebrate Civilian Tiltrotor Accomplishment

Bell Helicopter and its partner Agusta Aerospace recently confirmed the 609 civilian tiltrotor has reached the 200 hour mark in the flight test program.

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Las Cruces Runway Set To Reopen After Nearly Three Years

But Airport Tenants Raise Concerns About Quality Of Repairs

Nearly three years after a US Air Force transport plane left two-inch ruts in the soft pavement of runway 4-22 at Las Cruces International Airport (LRU), it appears the runway may be close to finally reopening... but that doesn't mean everyone is happy.

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ATP Orders Frasca TruFlites For CRJ Training

Brings Total To 19 FTDs Used By Pilot Training School

Aero-News learned Monday commercial pilot training provider Airline Training Professionals (ATP) recently ordered three Frasca CRJ Regional Jet Flight Training Devices (FTDs) from Frasca International, Inc.

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Belgium Airport Reopens After Two Day Strike

Ryanair Calls Action "Unlawful" As Thousands of Pax Stranded

Charleroi Airport near Brussels, Belgium is back in service following a strike by security workers that led to many cancelled flights and thousands of stranded passengers.

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Attorneys Want FAA To Toss Out LFT Decision

Say Bid For New FBO Violated Rules 

Attorneys are asking the Federal Aviation Administration to overturn a recent decision by the Lafayette Airport Commission to replace the long-time Lafayette Regional Airport's fixed-based operator.

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Coast Guard Responds To Alaskan Aircraft Incident

Crews Locate Plane Within One Hour Of ELT Signal

Coast Guard officials tell ANN the USCG transported a pilot with minor injuries to Homer, AK Friday after his Cessna 206 ran off a rural runway.

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News From Paris: Eurocopter Says Malaysian Business Is Growing

Signs Two New Contracts At Le Bourget

Calling the event a sign of its rapidly growing business in Malaysia, on Monday Eurocopter signed two new contracts in the presence of the Malaysian Minister of Transport Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Chan Kong Choy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.19.07)

Aero-Linx!

Australian company specializing in restoring antique aircraft to like-new condition.  These guys literally dig an aluminum carcass out of the jungle, and return it to its rightful glory. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.19.07): Umbilical Cord

Aero-Terms!

A cable used to carry power from the launchpad to the spacecraft being readied for flight. The umbilical cord is disconnected before launch.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.19.07)

"We know as much as we need to know about the plane (the A350) to contribute to the decision process. From what we have been given on performance and economics, irrespective of how it is produced, it looks like a good machine. I think it'll do the job."

Source: Tim Clark, president of Emirates, speaking of the Airbus A350 XWB to reporters at the 2007 Paris Air Show Monday.

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