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September 11, 2007

Atlantic City International Airport Unveils New Security Technology

ACY First In US To Use Undercarriage Cameras For Explosives Detection

The Atlantic City International Airport will be the first airport in the United States to use a state-of-the-art vehicle undercarriage screening system, which captures a video image of cars, trucks and buses as they enter the airport property.

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General Electric's CF6-80E1 Completes One Million Cycles

Engine Used On A330 Airliners... And The KC-30 Tanker

GE Aviation's CF6-80E1 engine, used on the Airbus A330 widebody twinjet, recently completed one million takeoff and landing cycles... and Northrop Grumman says that's very good news, indeed.

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Portsmouth International Airport Getting Shown The Money

Funds To Support Transition from Military Base To Civilian Airport

The past two months have been very good to Portsmouth International Airport in New Hampshire.

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MT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6599 Issue Date: September 11, 2007 at 1843 UTC Type: Hazards

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6508 Issue Date: September 11, 2007 at 0101 UTC Location: Los Angeles Center , Temecula, California near OCEANSIDE VORTAC (OCN) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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MT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6595 Issue Date: September 11, 2007 at 1808 UTC Type: Hazards

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CO Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6506  Issue Date: September 11, 2007 at 0022 UTC  Location: Denver Center, 8 Mi NE of Norwood, Colorado near CONES VOR/DME (ETL)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operations  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Denver (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248 

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NASA Takes First Step To Ending COTS Agreement With Rocketplane Kistler

Cuts Funding, Issues Notice Of Default

After months of discussions between the two entities, last week officials at NASA sent notice to Oklahoma City-based Rocketplane Kistler, issuing a default letter which cuts off future funding on its portion of a $500 million development contract signed with the private spaceflight company last year.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 09.11.07

The Reason Foundation's Robert Poole, On The Impact Of Privatization

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.11.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.11.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: The Impact Of Privatization -- 09.11.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Robert Poole of The Reason Foundation.)

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EASA Issues 2006 Safety Review

Notes High Level Of Aviation Safety In Europe

The European Aviation Safety Agency's 2006 Annual Safety Review highlights the significant improvements achieved in aviation safety in recent years. Worldwide, 2006 saw the lowest number of fatal accidents (42) to fixed wing aircraft in public transportation within the last decade (1997-2006).

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Aviation Capital Group Orders 25 More A320 Planes

Over 5,300 A318s-A321s Ordered To Date

US-based aircraft leasing company Aviation Capital Group (ACG) recently signed a firm contract for 25 additional A320 Family aircraft, including six A319s, 15 A320s and four A321s.

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RAAF Says C-17 Is Ready For Operational Service

Will Provide "Quantum Leap" Over Current C-130s

Australia's Ministry of Defense tells ANN the C-17 Globemaster has successfully completed eight months of intensive Introduction-into-Service activities, and has achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC).

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First Aussie ATR 42-500 Enters Service

MacAir Will Fly Turboprop To Remote Mining Areas

Aero-News learned Tuesday that Australia's MacAir Airlines introduced into service Australia's first ATR 42-500 turboprop aircraft, further expanding ATR's presence in the Australasia-Pacific Islands region.

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FAA: Farming Should Be Banned At ATW

Potential For Bird Strikes Too Great

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is time to put a stop to a decades-old practice of farmers being allowed to grow crops on Outagamie Airport grounds in Appleton, WI. 

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Helo Down Off FL Gulf Coast, Two Lost

Was On Photo Shoot When Accident Occurred

Two men were killed, and a third injured, when their helicopter went down in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday during a video shoot.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.11.07

New York NIMBYs are on the warpath.
Who will replace Marion Blakey after Thursday?
And a Bombardier Q400 suffers a gear collapse.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.11.07

New York NIMBYs are on the warpath.
Who will replace Marion Blakey after Thursday?
And a Bombardier Q400 suffers a gear collapse.

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ANN Special Feature: Robert Poole, Reason Foundation - 09.11.07

Today, ANN's Paul Plack talks with Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Studies for free-market think-tank The Reason Foundation. Bob opines about why privatization of London's big three airpor

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NBAA: Chertoff Reaffirms DHS Focus on GA Security

NBAA Working With Agency, Keeping Members Apprised

As NBAA has previously indicated, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff confirmed with a House Security Committee last week that the DHS and TSA are reviewing new security protocols for general aviation (GA).

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Conference Gives Airlines Taste Of DIY Airports

Human Workers May Not Be Needed In Future Terminals

As one of the worst years in history for the airline industry in terms of flight delays and mishandled luggage comes to a close, a recent conference in Nevada gave carrier managers something to hope for.

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Korean War Pilots Find Seoul A Much Different City Today

Vibrant Metropolis A Welcome Change From War-Torn Ruins

Time has changed Seoul, South Korea. The first time retired USAF Lt. Gen. Charles G. Cleveland saw the city, it was in ruins.

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SAS Q400 Landing Gear Fails After Touchdown

Carrier Cancels All Flights To Aalborg

A Scandinavian Airlines Q400 turboprop's right landing gear collapsed just as it touched down during an emergency landing at Aalborg Airport in western Denmark Sunday. Five of the 73 people on board sustained minor injuries, according to the Associated Press.

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Search For Steve Fossett Continues Into Second Week

Wife Believes Search Will "Eventually Produce Results"

The search for famed adventurer and aviator Steve Fossett continues into its second week.

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NTSB: Tall Grass Contributed to July Bell 206 Accident

CG Can Be Unforgiving At Times

According to a National Transportation Safety Board probable cause report, the cause of a June helicopter accident in Columbia, MO involved a little pilot error, a little weight issue... and a lot of tall grass.

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Kuwait Airways Board Resigns Over Aircraft Acquisition Dispute

Board Disagreed With Cancelling $3B Aircraft Order

Well, they said it was no big deal... but apparently it was. The entire board of directors for Kuwait Airways Corp. resigned Sunday and the Kuwaiti government didn't hesitate in accepting the resignations.

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SkyPLUS Intros Portfolio Risk Manager Program

Will Showcase Cost-Mitigating Tool At NBAA 2007

SkyPLUS Technologies tells ANN the company recently introduced the SkyPLUS Portfolio Risk Manager, a complete portfolio early warning risk mitigation tool. The tool is intended to provide an intuitive quarterly indication of financial institutions’ aircraft loan and lease portfolios including customized reports for: loan balance to actual adjusted market value; market trend indications; and, deferred maintenance status through an easy to understand, simplified, multi-color stop light report.

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Rooftops A Popular Landing Option For Planes In Trouble In Columbia, SC?

Incident Third In 10 Years... On Same Street

For the third time in 10 years, a pilot chose a rooftop in Columbia, SC to set down during an emergency landing.

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More Winglets For Delta Air Lines

Carrier Orders 15 Add'l Pairs For 767-300ERs

Aviation Partners Boeing announced Monday the company secured an order for 15 additional winglet systems for installation on Delta Air Lines' fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.11.07)

Aero-Linx!

Arguably the first homebuilt airplane, the "Flying Flea" was introduced in 1934. It was successfully demonstrated by its designer/builder, Henri Mignet, and with the publication (in book form) of the plans and instructions soon hundreds of Flying Fleas were being built in homes across Europe and the United States.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.11.07): Eddy

Aero-Terms!

A local irregularity of wind (or water) in a larger scale wind (or water) flow. Small scale eddies produce turbulent conditions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.11.07)

"People don't think flying is a whole lot of fun anymore."

Source: Charles "Duffy" Mees, chief information officer for JetBlue Airways Corp. Last week's Check-In 2007, a two-day conference for airlines and airport officials at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, focused on ways the industry can make air travel run a bit more smoothly and be a bit more -- dare we say it? -- pleasant. One plan under consideration... creating a "self-service" airport experience for passengers printing boarding passes and checking baggage.

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