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March 20, 2007

DOT Gives Guarded Thumbs-Up To Virgin America

Says Airline's Revised Application Can Meet US Citizenship Test

Virgin America's plan to significantly reconfigure its ownership and management structure puts it back on track to meet strict US citizenship tests under federal law, the US Department of Transportation tentatively ruled Tuesday.

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Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Breaking Into Evergreen Aviation Museum

Allegedly Punched Museum Director, Bit Employee

Police in McMinnville, OR say they've found the man who broke into the Evergreen Aviation Museum early Monday morning, assaulted two museum employees and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

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FL TFR: 03.24.07 - 03.25.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6196 Issue Date: March 20, 2007 at 1506 UTC Location: West Palm Beach, Florida Beginning Date and Time: March 24, 2007 at 2115 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 25, 2007 at 0015 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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First Production-Spec Kodiak Takes Flight

Company Expects Cert In Coming Months

Quest Aircraft told ANN Tuesday the first fully conforming production Kodiak, serial number 001, took to the skies March 16 from Quest's facility at the Sandpoint Municipal Airport (SZT) in Idaho.

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VT Lieutenant Governor Hopes To Educate Congress On FAA Funding Fight

ATA's May, NBAA's Bolen Among Those Testifying On User Fee Battle

Aero-News has learned Vermont Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, Chair of the Aerospace States Association (ASA), presided over a hearing on Tuesday designed to inform state leaders about the impact on their states of a funding reauthorization plan currently before congress for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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AD: Socata

AD NUMBER: 2007-06-11 MANUFACTURER: Socata SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-06-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-06-12 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-06-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A330-300 airplanes.

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AD: B-N Group

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

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: PL2007-06-52 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2007-06-52 SUMMARY: That AD resulted from a report of seven flight spoiler actuator jams on Model 737-800 Short Field Performance (SFP) airplanes.

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Falcon I Launches, But Fails To Reach Desired Orbit

Second Stage Roll Control Issue Mars Otherwise Flawless Launch

It looked so good to start... but problems apparently crept up five minutes into Tuesday night's launch of SpaceX's Falcon I rocket.

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Homebuilt Plane Fails To Merge Into Traffic On FL Highway

Impacts Car During Emergency Landing; No One Injured

To say that Enrique Marquez was surprised to see an airplane suddenly appear in front of his car Monday, as he drove along US Highway 441 in Florida, would be an understatement.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.20.07

S-Tec's Greg Plantz Chats About The Alliant Integrated Flight Deck

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.20.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.20.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- S-Tec's Greg Plantz: 03.20.07 (ANN Special Feature, with details of the recently STC'd Alliant Integrated Flight Deck retrofit for King Airs.)

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ATA Warns Canadian Airport Charges Threaten Industry

Oh, Canada... You're Charging Airlines Too Much

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the trade association for the leading US airlines, warns the "continued failure of the Canadian government to rationalize airport rents" threatens cross-border trade and travel, making Canadian destinations less attractive to US air carriers.

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Delta Employees Expected To Profit From Failed US Airways Takeover Bid

Will Receive $480 Million In Benefits; Grinstein Won't Collect Bonus

Employees at Delta Air Lines who stood up to fend off a hostile takeover attempt by US Airways will be rewarded for their loyalty, when the carrier emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Engine Alliance GP7200 Halfway Through A380 Flight Test Program

Powerplant To Be Used By Emirates Fleet, Air France

Representatives with the Engine Alliance tell ANN the GP7200-powered A380 flight test program has completed half of its planned test objectives, accumulating 98 flights and just over 300 flying hours.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.20.07

SpaceX scrubs its Monday launch.
The A-380 lands on US soil for the first time.
...and Boeing says its 787 orders are the tip of the iceberg.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.20.07

SpaceX scrubs its Monday launch.
The A-380 lands on US soil for the first time.
...and Boeing says its 787 orders are the tip of the iceberg.

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ANN Special Feature: Greg Plantz, S-TEC Corp. - 03.20.07

Today, ANN's Jim Campbell talks with S-Tec's Greg Plantz about the Alliant Integrated Flight Deck, a recently STC'd retrofit for the Beech King Air.

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Coalition Says FAA Funding Should Be Tied To Passenger Rights

If Airlines Want Control, They Gotta Treat Fliers Better

A group of outraged airline fliers has thrust itself into the contentious debate over FAA funding. On Monday, The Coalition for Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights (PBOR) urged Congress to make passenger rights a factor in FAA reauthorization.

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British Say 2003 Friendly Fire Death Was A Criminal Act

US Denies Culpability

A British coroner has ruled that the death of a British soldier under friendly fire from US pilots was a criminal act. The US State Department is having no part of it.

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Passenger Dies In Oklahoma Baron 58 Accident

Plane Crashed After Apparent Gear Collapse

A passenger onboard a Beechcraft Baron 58 died Saturday afternoon, and two others were injured, when their plane cartwheeled off a small airstrip in Oklahoma.

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Boeing Says 787 Is On Target For July 8 Rollout, August First Flight

Production Likely To Increase Over Earlier Projections

Rumors of our delays have been greatly exaggerated. That's the message Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson and 787 program manager Mike Bair had for reporters and investors Monday.

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Glenn Research Center To Test Orion's Performance

Space Power Facility Also Used To Test Mars Rovers

NASA's Glenn Research Center will conduct integrated environmental testing of the Orion crew exploration vehicle in the Space Power Facility at the center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, OH.

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2007 National General Aviation Awards Recipients Named

Winners In 44th Annual Program To Be Honored At AirVenture

The Experimental Aircraft Association tells ANN the General Aviation Awards Committee has named the recipients of the 2007 National General Aviation Awards in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety.

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Skydivers Hope Deland Muni Stays Tower-Free

Say Making DED A Towered Field Would Hurt Business

Skydivers flying out of Florida's DeLand Municipal Airport (DED) say airport officials can keep their money, instead of beginning a study this week to determine of the airport is busy enough to sustain a control tower. The Orlando Sentinel reports officials will examine how many flight operations occur at the airport each day. The FAA requires the cost-benefit analysis before signing off on t

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Blue Angels Kick Off 2007 Season In El Centro

Marks 20th Year Team Has Flown F/A-18

The famed US Navy Blue Angels aerial demonstration team held their first air show for the 2007 season March 10, in the Southern California area.

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NZ Rescue Helicopter Trust Orders An A119 Koala

Helo Orders Take Off In Australasia

AgustaWestland tells ANN the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust of New Zealand recently purchased an A119 Koala helicopter -- one of several orders the company has won in the Australasia region.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.20.07)

Aero-Linx!

A few interesting facts about this all women's skydiving team: Only all women's skydiving demonstration team in the world; Team has been performing all around the world for over 17 years; Team has nine women from all across the US and of the nine women on the team.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.20.07): Ace

Aero-Terms!

A pilot or observer officially credited with five or more victories in combat.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.20.07)

"The airlines are currently trying to push through a proposal for FAA reauthorization that will award them big giveaways, and reduce Congressional oversight over our air traffic control system."

Source: Kate Hanni, spokesperson for the Coalition for Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights (PBOR). The group says any congressional action on the FAA's funding reauthorization plan should take passenger rights concerns into account.

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