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October 04, 2007

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.05.07

Piper debuts an interesting new six-passenger plane at AOPA Expo.
Diamond introduces two new variants of the four-seat DA-40.
And Cessna makes the move to diesel and FADEC in the 172.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.05.07

Piper debuts an interesting new six-passenger plane at AOPA Expo.
Diamond introduces two new variants of the four-seat DA-40.
And Cessna makes the move to diesel and FADEC in the 172.

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ANN Special Feature: ANN's Jim Campbell at AOPA Expo - 10.05.07

ANN's Jim Campbell, in Hartford, Connectict for AOPA Expo, shares his take on the big stories coming from manufacturers on the first day of the show.

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MN TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9195 Issue Date: October 04, 2007 at 2049 UTC Type: Hazards

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AOPA 2007: 'Please Fill My Skyhawk With Jet-A!'

Cessna, Thielert Partner On 172S Turbo Diesel Option; GFC700 Available

Just imagine how cool will it be for a student pilot... on their first cross-country flight... to ask the lineperson to "fill it with Jet-A, please" -- and then point to their Cessna 172!

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AOPA 2007: DA40 XLS, DA40 CS Are Newest Shining Diamonds

Planemaker Adds Garmin Software Update, WAAS Retrofit Program

Diamond Aircraft is doing all it can to make sure it has a plane for any buyer. At AOPA Expo 2007 Thursday, the planemaker unveiled two new additions to its burgeoning product line, bookending its popular DA40 single line.

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AOPA 2007: Piper Unveils A Malibu For The Masses... The Matrix

Unpressurized PA46 Offers Luxury, Performance At A Lower Price

Piper Aircraft chose AOPA Expo 2007 to unveil its latest creation, the Matrix.

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Flight Safety Foundation Recognizes DFW As One Of World's Safest Airports

Earns 2007 Airport Safety Award

DFW International Airport was honored Thursday with the 2007 Airport Safety Award given by the Flight Safety Foundation, for leadership and achievements benefiting aviation safety, both at the Airport and in the wider aviation community.

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Delta Agrees To Fly Conjoined Twins For Free

Airline Had Balked, Citing O2 Access Concerns

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 10.04.07 1800 EDT: ANN is pleased to report a happy ending for the mother of one-year-old conjoined twins, who had run into difficulties with her plans to fly the little girls from Arizona to Maryland for a family gathering.

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UK's Lord Drayson Unveils New Merlin Helo

First Of Six Acquired From Denmark

British Defense Minister Lord Drayson unveiled the first of six new Merlin Helicopters Thursday acquired from Denmark, on a visit to RAF Benson. The Minister also announced the establishment of a new RAF Merlin Squadron -- 78 Squadron -- to be based at Benson.

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Two Upcoming NASA Spacecraft To Carry Russian Science Instruments

Lunar Orbiter, Mars Science Laboratory to Be Launched Over Next Two Years

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos have agreed to fly two Russian scientific instruments on NASA spacecraft that will conduct unprecedented robotic missions to the moon and Mars.

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Mike Bloomfield Joins ATK As VP Of Constellation Systems

Former Astronaut Will Oversee Ares Development

Alliant Techsystems announced Thursday Michael J. Bloomfield, former NASA astronaut and deputy director of NASA flight operations, has been named Vice President, Constellation Systems in its Launch Systems Group. ATK also announced the opening of its new office in Houston, TX which will be headed by Bloomfield.

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AOPA 2007: L-3 Adds 'VIP' To SkyWatch HP Collision Avoidance Systems

Features Aural Alerts Of Traffic's Range, Bearing, Relative Altitude

Here's one "VIP" that won't overstay its welcome in the cockpit. L-3 Communications Avionics Systems announced Thursday at AOPA Expo 2007 its SkyWatch HP Collision Avoidance System will now feature Verbal Intruder Positioning (VIP).

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AOPA 2007: Aspen Moves To Larger Facility To Handle Larger Product Line

Adds Two New Members To Growing Staff

Albuquerque, NM-based Aspen Avionics announced it has relocated its corporate headquarters from a 6,000-square foot facility to a more spacious 23,000-square foot building in the city's TechCommons Business Center. The avionics company also announced two new additions to its management structure at AOPA Expo 2007.

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Antonov-26 Down In Congolese Neighborhood

Latest Accident In Country Claims At Least 30

A Russian-made Antonov-26 turboprop is down in the Congo, resulting in at least 30 casualties.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 10.04.07

Connecting Would-Be Pilots, With Scholarship Opportunities

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.04.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.04.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Connecting Would-Be Pilots To Needed Cash: 10.04.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Judy Rice of Careers in Aviation.)

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CA TFR: 10.11.07 - 10.14.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9098 Issue Date: October 04, 2007 at 0958 UTC Location: MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California near MISSION BAY VORTAC (MZB) Beginning Date and Time: October 11, 2007 at 1930 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 14, 2007 at 2359 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations by the usaf thunderbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Southern California (SCT) TRACON, 858-537-5900 Controlling Facility: Southern California TRACON Frequency(ies): 132.2, 269.1

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PA TFR: 10.13.07 - 10.14.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9122 Issue Date: October 04, 2007 at 1327 UTC Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania near MODENA VORTAC (MXE) Beginning Date and Time: October 13, 2007 at 1600 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 14, 2007 at 1945 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Parachute jumps by the U.S. Army Black Daggers Team Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Philadelphia (PHL) Air Traffic Control Tower, 215-492-4192

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MD TFR: 10.06.07 - 10.08.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9090  Issue Date: October 03, 2007 at 2104 UTC  Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB)  Beginning Date and Time: October 06, 2007 at 1300 UTC  Ending Date and Time: October 08, 2007 at 1700 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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CA TFR: 10.12.07 - 10.14.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9097 Issue Date: October 04, 2007 at 0955 UTC Location: Miramar MCAS San Diego, California near MISSION BAY VORTAC (MZB) Beginning Date and Time: October 12, 2007 at 1700 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 14, 2007 at 2159 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations by the USAF Thunderbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Southern California (SCT) TRACON, 858-537-5900 Controlling Facility: Southern California TRACON Frequency(ies): 132.2, 269.1

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.04.07

The DOT releases airline on-time numbers for August.
NATCA says controller understaffing contributes to airline delays.
And investigators say there was massive insider trading at EADS.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.04.07

The DOT releases airline on-time numbers for August.
NATCA says controller understaffing contributes to airline delays.
And investigators say there was massive insider trading at EADS.

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ANN Special Feature: Judy Rice, Careers in Aviation - 10.04.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Judy Rice, executive director of Careers in Aviation, a non-profit organization working to connect would-be pilots with scholarships and other opportunities.

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AOPA 2007: PS Engineering To Provide Audio Control On L-3's SmartDeck

Panel Sports Split Transmit Capabilities, IntelliVOX Squelch Control

PS Engineering announced Thursday at AOPA Expo 2007 its partnership with L-3 Communications Avionics Systems to provide the audio control panel for use in their new SmartDeck Integrated Flight Controls and Display System.

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Blackwater Credited With Diplomatic Rescue

Embattled Firm's Helo Picks Up Wounded Polish Ambassador

Accused of cowboy tactics in Iraq and Afghanistan, the subject of Congressional hearings and the most despised private US security firm operating in American theaters of operations, Blackwater USA demonstrated Wednesday that even under fire, it can still get it right.

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AD: Hawker Beechcraft

AD NUMBER: 2007-20-07 MANUFACTURER: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-20-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Model 390 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-20-05 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-20-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding two existing airworthiness directives (ADs). One AD applies to all Airbus Model A319 and A320 airplanes and currently requires repetitive ultrasonic inspections to detect fatigue cracking in the wing/fuselage joint cruciform fittings, and corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-20-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-20-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Airbus Model A300 and A310 airplanes, and certain Model A300-600 series airplanes.

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AD: SAAB

AD NUMBER: 2007-20-06 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-20-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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NATCA Says Controller Woes Fueling Delays

"NextGen... What About Now-Gen?"

You can blame the weather... you can blame scheduling conflicts... heck, you can even (try to) blame corporate jets. If you want the real reason behind frustrating airline travel delays, though, try looking in the control tower.

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Blackwater Indicted By Pilots' Last Words

"This Is Fun."

If you had just moments to live, what would you do? What would you say? It's the latter question that haunts both NTSB investigators probing the crash of a Blackwater USA CASA C-212 in Afghanistan, and Congressional investigators looking into accusations that the private North Carolina firm is a renegade operation in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

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AIAA Observes 50th Anniversary Of Sputnik I Launch

Looks To Future Of Space Exploration

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) President Paul Nielsen tells ANN the organization will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik I Thursday... as well as reflect on the impact the small satellite had on the world in the years since.

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Missile Defense Tests About To Get A Lot Harder

DOD To Add Countermeasures To Target Vehicles

Tests of a proposed US missile defense system -- which to date, pardon the pun, have been somewhat hit-or-miss -- are about to become a lot more difficult.

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NTSB To Investigate AA MD-82 Engine Fire

Plane Also Had Nose Gear Troubles

The National Transportation Safety Board tells ANN it will take a closer look at a September 28 incident, in which an engine on an American Airlines MD-82 caught fire shortly after take-off from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

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NASA's Lunar Plans Taking Shape

Include Habitat, Rover, And Space Suits

Blueprints for an outpost on the moon are shaping up, NASA tells ANN. The agency's Lunar Architecture Team has been hard at work, looking at concepts for habitation, rovers, and space suits.

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ATL Charter Company Sees Market In Hauling Pax To Big Airport

One VERY Short Haul

Face it. If you live in Atlanta, you're driving in the second-worst traffic in America (behind Los Angeles). So if you have a flight out of town, chances are you could spend well more than an hour just getting to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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EASA Approved: DART Helicopter AS350 Fixed Float System

Permanently Inflated For Offshore Operations

Aero-News learned Wednesday DART Helicopter Services and its affiliated company, Apical Industries, have received EASA certification of their Utility Fixed Float System for Eurocopter AS 350D/B/B1/B2/B3/BA model helicopters.

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More 9/11 Victims Settle Aviation Lawsuits

Suit Aimed To "Shed Light" On Security Flaws

Hoping to hold a spotlight on what they say were glaring security flaws at the airport, four Maryland families who lost loved ones at the Pentagon on 9/11 -- along with other victims and their families -- have settled their lawsuit against American Airlines and several other related companies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.04.07): Transonic Flight

Aero-Terms!

Flight in which an airplane transitions from subsonic speed to a speed at or beyond the speed of sound. Transonic flight is considered to be between about 600 and 900 miles per hour, or mach 0.8 to Mach 1.2.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.04.07)

"NextGen is pie in the sky. What about Now-Gen?"

Source: Patrick Forrey, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. The union asserts staffing shortages in control facilities throughout the nation are to blame for a sizable number of airline flight delays -- and disputes claims by the FAA and airlines the solution to control problems lies in adoption of the highly publicized "NextGen" air traffic control system.

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