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April 04, 2007

Japan Airlines Orders Two Boeing Class 3 EFBs For 777s

Offered On Entire Boeing Fleet; Standard On 787s

Though overshadowed by Boeing's announcement Tuesday of surpassing the 500-orders mark for its 787, thanks in part to a follow-on order from Japan Airlines... both entities also made news with the announcement Japan Airlines International will install Boeing's Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on two new 777 airplanes to be delivered beginning this year.

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Three Lost In Maryland PA-30 Accident

Storms In Area At The Time

Three persons onboard a 1967 Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche were killed Wednesday morning, when their aircraft came down in a field on the eastern shore of Maryland.

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TX TFR: 04.08.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7306 Issue Date: April 04, 2007 at 1755 UTC Location: Fort Hood, Texas Beginning Date and Time: April 08, 2007 at 1315 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 08, 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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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.04.07

Tom Harper, Avidyne's Director For Marketing And Communications

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.04.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.04.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Future Of Avidyne: 04.04.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Tom Harper, Avidyne's Director For Marketing And Communications.)

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Marine Jet Has Near Miss With Balloons

Advertising Tool Becomes Hazard Near Yuma

A Marine Corps F-5 fighter jet had to take immediate and evasive action to avoid wayward advertising balloons which had broken free from a nearby car dealership, military officials said.

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Sea Launch Reports Progress In Failed Launch Investigation

Says First Stage Anomaly Resulted In January Accident

Sea Launch reports significant progress in the investigation into the cause of an unsuccessful January 30 launch attempt, and repairs to the Odyssey Launch Platform.

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FAA Rebukes NATCA Claims Of SoCal Staffing Crisis

Says New Staffers Are Coming Onboard To Fill Posts

In response to a scathing report issued Tuesday by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association on the state of what the union calls a staffing crisis at Southern California control facilities, the FAA contends controllers are bending the numbers to "make something appear one way when it is not the case."

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French, German Sides Of EADS Fight Over Fundraising Plan

Bickering Comes As 3,000 Workers Strike In Toulouse

A state of deadlock exists in boardrooms at Airbus parent company EADS, according to news reports, due to political wrangling over a bond issue to raise funds necessary to implement the planemaker's controversial Power8 restructuring plan.

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Pinnacle Misses Contract Deadline... And That's Gonna Cost Them

Loses Three Planes For Each Month Pilots Don't Have New Contract

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. said Monday that they missed a March 31 new contract deadline with its pilots. However, in a statement, Pinnacle said that it plans to continue negotiations with its pilots.

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Smoking Passenger Diverts Flight

Becomes Disruptive, Hits Pilot

A Honolulu-bound aircraft diverted to San Francisco on Tuesday when a female passenger crews caught smoking in the lavatory became disruptive, federal officials said.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.04.07

Boeing's Dreamliner passes the 500-order mark.
Airline pilots go to court over the Age-60 rule.
And Airbus restructuring...and dividends...are held hostage by politics.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.04.07

Boeing's Dreamliner passes the 500-order mark.
Airline pilots go to court over the Age-60 rule.
And Airbus restructuring...and dividends...are held hostage by politics.

Sponsored By..

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ANN Special Feature: Tom Harper, Avidyne - 04.04.07

Today, we'll hear Jim Campbell's interview with Avidyne's Director of Marketing and Communications, Tom Harper, from last week's AEA convention in Reno, Nevada.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 777 airplanes.

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AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-11 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-09 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A318-100, A319-100, A320-200, A321-100, and A321-200 series airplanes; and Model A320-111 airplanes.

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AD: Columbia Aircraft

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-06 MANUFACTURER: Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing (previously The Lancair Company) Models LC40-550FG, LC41-550FG, and LC42-550FG airplanes.

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AD: Honeywell

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-12 MANUFACTURER: Flight Management System SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Honeywell FMSs served by Honeywell NZ-2000 navigation computers and IC-800 integrated avionics computers.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-10 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain EMBRAER Model ERJ 170 airplanes.

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FAA, Lockheed Martin Tout ATOP Implementation At Alaska ARTCC

Safe Separation Where Radar Coverage Is Spotty... Or Nonexistent

Aircraft flying over the Arctic Ocean can now fly more direct routes, save fuel and achieve better on-time performance for passengers, thanks to the FAA’s final implementation of Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) at the Alaska Air Route Traffic Control Center.

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FCC Hangs Up On Cell Phones Onboard Airliners

Can You Hear Me Now? Nope

If you were looking forward to talking on your cell phone while flying onboard a commercial airliner, the Federal Communications Commission has some bad news for you. You'll have to wait until you're back on the ground... driving in your car, or sitting in a crowded movie theater.

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NATCA Says Facility Understaffing Leading To 'Safety Crisis' In SoCal

Says Tired Controllers Forced To Work O/T, Six-Day Weeks

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association states a worsening air traffic controller staffing crisis at major tower and radar control facilities in Southern California is shrinking the margin of safety to dangerously low levels, due to tired controllers forced to work overtime and even six-day work weeks.

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FAA States Glider's Wings Separated In Fatal Accident

Saturday Afternoon Mishap Claims Pilot's Life

A preliminary investigation into the fatal crash of a glider near Sylacauga, AL this weekend indicates the aircraft's detachable wings folded up inflight, leading to the accident that claimed the life of pilot Robert Wallace, 65.

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Carroll County Airport Expansion Threatened

Residents Unconvinced Benefits Would Outweigh Inconvenience

At a public meeting Monday, residents of Carroll County, MD announced they are "unconvinced" by a study that insists an expanded Carroll County Regional Airport (DMW) would create significant benefits.

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Embry-Riddle Students Set Record With Rocket Launch

Two-Stage Icarus Ascends Nearly 200,000 Feet

Aero-News has learned a team of Aerospace Engineering students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University made history on March 22, when they successfully launched their two-stage Icarus rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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MidAmerica Airport Takes First Step To Cargo Hub Status

Welcomes First International Freight Shipment -- Corn

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport took its first step in its quest to become a Midwest cargo hub Sunday night, when it received a cargo flight with 72 tons of seed corn.

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LAX Reopens Runway After Eight-Month Reconstruction

Goal To Reduce Runway Incursions

LAX's southernmost runway has finally been reopened, after eight long months of construction.

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Cessna Citation Mustang Simulator Achieves FAA, EASA Qualifications

Training Begins At FlightSafety For Pilots Flying The Littlest Citation

Aero-News learned this week that Cessna inaugurated the Citation Mustang training program at FlightSafety International's Wichita, KS Learning Center.

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Red Flag-Alaska Gets Underway Thursday

Field Training Exercise Runs April 5-21

More than 1,300 military members from the United States, France and Australia are gathering in the Last Frontier to participate in Red Flag-Alaska 07-1 scheduled from April 5 to 21.

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QinetiQ Successfully Demonstrates UAV Autonomy For UK MoD

One Pilot... Five Aircraft

A system which provides a single pilot with the ability to fly their own aircraft... while simultaneously directing up to four further unmanned aircraft has been successfully demonstrated from the cockpit of a military jet for the first time.

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Linear Air Launches Air-Taxi Service In DC Corridor

Area Operation Based In Manassas, VA

Linear Air announced Monday the launch of service in the Washington DC-Baltimore area, the first of its kind. The company will base its operations in region at Virginia's Manassas Regional Airport.

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Fog A Possible Factor In TX RV-6 Accident

Plane Was On Approach To Land

A Vans Aircraft RV-6 went down at the San Patricio County Airport west of Sinton, TX Monday morning. The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the pilot as 45 year-old Scott James Schilleci of Spring Branch, according to the Associated Press.

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Midwest LifeTeam Unveils New Air Ambulance

Bell 206L4 Based in Dodge City, KS

Midwest Lifeteam of Kansas has made an addition to their aeromedical fleet: an air ambulance in the form of a brand-new Bell 206L4 Longranger.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.04.07)

Aero-Linx!

You can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase by specifying the date and location. Useful tool for those VFR-ers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.04.07): Roger

Aero-Terms!

The word "roger" is a somewhat antiquated word used in radio communication. It is used as a reply, to indicate that the speaker has heard and understood the previous message.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.04.07)

"The FAA has given numbers for shifts that it believes is required to maintain safety. Currently, LAX Tower, even using overtime, never has the required numbers present on these shifts."

Source: Mike Foote, the LAX facility representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, on what the union states is a chronic understaffing issue throughout control facilities in Southern California.

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