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May 11, 2007

Raytheon Says It Will Pursue Ares Avionics Contract

NASA's Formal RFP Expected In June

As they say, the early bird gets the worm... and Raytheon Company told ANN Friday the company plans to submit a proposal as the prime contractor to partner with NASA on the development and manufacture of the Instrument Unit Avionics on NASA's Ares I.

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Arbitrator Rules Furloughed US Airways Pilots Will Lose Seniority

Will Rank Lower Than More Recent Hires At America West

An arbitrator ruled this week that some 1,800 pilots at US Airways will return to their jobs at the airline, now merged with America West, lower on the seniority-list totem pole than when they left. More recent hires by America West, prior to the merger, will hold higher positions.

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Boeing's Orbital Express Performs Automated Rendezvous, Capture

One Giant Leap For In-Orbit Repair Capabilities

Boeing tells ANN its Orbital Express system has completed another industry first by successfully performing a fully autonomous free-flight rendezvous and capture operation.

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Canada Approves AFS Engine Filter For Bell 205A1/UH-1H Helos

High Performance Filter Features Barrier Filtration

Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS) told ANN this week the company has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from Transport Canada (TC) for an Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system for Bell 205A1 helicopters.

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What Once Was Launched, Still Hasn't Been Found

Where's Scotty?

Whoops. Seems there is a slight problem in the aftermath of the successful April 29 launch of UP Aerospace's SpaceLoft XL from New Mexico's Spaceport America. Nearly two weeks have passed, and no one has been able to find the rocket.

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'We Are United, They Are Pigs'

UAL Workers Protest Shareholder Meeting

Things are getting ugly in Chicago. Carrying signs with such slogans as "Fix It Now" and "We Are United, They Are Pigs," around 400 pilots, mechanics, and flight attendants for United Airlines picketed outside the Field Museum Thursday, where inside the first shareholders meeting for the carrier in five years was underway.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 05.11.07

AirShares Elite Expands Into SoCal

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.11.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.11.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AirShares Elite Arrives On West Coast: 05.11.07 (ANN Special Feature, with AirShares Elite CEO David Lee, and Regional Director Kevin Price.)

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KS Tornado Relief TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1183  Issue Date: May 11, 2007 at 1609 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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MN TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1180  Issue Date: May 11, 2007 at 1524 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.11.07

David Neeleman is out as JetBlue CEO.
Not again - American Airlines strands 145 passengers.
And Northwest prepares to emerge from bankruptcy.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.11.07

David Neeleman is out as JetBlue CEO.
Not again - American Airlines strands 145 passengers.
And Northwest prepares to emerge from bankruptcy.

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ANN Special Feature: David Lee, Kevin Price, AirShares Elite - 05.11.07

AirShares Elite CEO David Lee, and Regional Director Kevin Price talk with ANN's Paul Plack about their shared ownership model, their fleet of Cirrus aircraft, and their recently-announced expansio

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IAOPA Expresses Reservations On ICAO Language Proficiency Testing

Warns Of Potential Downsides

This week, International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) Secretary General John Sheehan cited a number of potential negative effects on the worldwide general aviation community, stemming from the forthcoming international language proficiency requirements.

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Civil Air Patrol Assists Tornado Relief Efforts

Kansas Wing Surveys Damage, Calls In Emergency Requests

In the wake of tornadoes that tore apart one Kansas town May 4, and touched down in dozens of other parts of the state, the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol flew damage assessment missions using CAP's advanced satellite-transmitted digital imaging system technology, launched aircraft to search for distressed motorists and residents and supported communication needs across several counties, volunteering more than 300 hours to the disaster relief effort.

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EADS North America To Accelerate Production Of UH-72A Lakota

Cites Increased Demand For US Army's Light Utility Helicopter

Deliveries of the US Army's newest rotary-wing aircraft are continuing ahead of schedule, as EADS North America plans to increase production output of the twin-engine UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter.

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NASA Names New Deputy Director Of Marshall Space Flight Center

Robert Lightfoot Comes From Shuttle Propulsion Office

Aero-News learned this week that David King, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL named Robert Lightfoot as the new deputy director of the center.

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VA TFR: 05.13.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1065 Issue Date: May 10, 2007 at 1854 UTC Location: Jamestown, Virginia Beginning Date and Time: May 13, 2007 at 1335 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 13, 2007 at 1810 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 Alert: Aircraft Collide Over Cincinnati Residential Area

Witnesses Report Plane "Falling Out of Control"

Two small aircraft collided over a residential area in a Cincinnati, Ohio, suburb, killing the two pilots. The accident evidently involved two planes, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a recorded message to the Associated Press. The agency initially said one of the aircraft might have been a helicopter. Debris was scattered in an intersection and backyards.

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Centenarian's Lifelong Dream Fulfilled

And From The Left Seat, Too

When the Wright brothers took their first flight in Kitty Hawk, NC, Rose Marie Schiltz was nearly 7 months old... but she didn't take her first flight until Wednesday.

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Passengers On AAL Flight Stranded For 10 Hours

Plane Diverted To PBI, Pax Held Onboard

It was a perfect storm, of sorts... as nearly everything that could go wrong onboard American Airlines 1908 -- a flight from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to Miami -- did. The resulting fiasco kept 145 passengers onboard an Airbus A300 for 10 hours Sunday, and into the wee hours of Monday morning.

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FAA Puts Hat In Hand In Latest 'Fact Sheet'

Stresses Agency Needs Funding For NextGen

The FAA has published a fact sheet detailing the agency's efforts to modernize the nation's air traffic control system... while also taking the opportunity to plug its proposed funding reauthorization plan, now before Congress.

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Northwest Creditors Give Thumbs-Up To Reorg Plan

Unofficial Vote Indicates "Overwhelming" Approval

Northwest Airlines announced its creditors have "overwhelmingly approved" its reorganization plan, another key step on its way toward emerging from bankruptcy protection next month.

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Klyde Morris (05.11.07)

Klyde Says To Be Afraid... Be VERY Afraid

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NATCA Claims FAA Response Delayed Evacuation Of Dulles Tower

Incident Latest Example Of "Botched" Handling Of Health Issues, Union Says

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association -- a group never at a loss to point out what the Federal Aviation Administration has done wrong, especially in the aftermath of failed contract negotiations last year -- says the agency delayed evacuating air traffic control tower personnel at Washington Dulles Airport on Wednesday morning for 45 minutes, resulting in prolonged exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide fumes.

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Cessna To Show Current Product Line, Glimpse Of Possible Future At EBACE

Citation Mustang, Caravan Among Planes Making The Trek To Geneva

Cessna Aircraft Company tells ANN the Wichita, KS-based planemaker will display its complete line of business jets at the seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) being held May 22-24 at the Geneva Palexpo, immediately adjacent to Geneva International Airport in Switzerland.

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Lockheed Martin Introduces New Pathfinder Pilotage Sensor

Intended For Cargo, Utility Aircraft Applications

Lockheed Martin unveiled its new pilotage sensor for cargo and utility aircraft during recent flight demonstrations on a UH-1H helicopter at Fort Belvoir, VA.

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Buzzards, Cadavers And Planes... Oh My!

Body Farm Plans Buried

Texas State University has scrapped its plan to build the nation's largest "body farm" near a central Texas airport, over concerns that accompanying buzzards could endanger nearby planes.

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Plane Enthusiast Buys Fighter Jet On eBay

$70 Million Jet Reportedly Sells For Under $20k

Is there anything you can't buy on eBay? A UK aircraft enthusiast scored the bargain of a lifetime when he bought a military fighter plane on the internet auction site -- for less than $20,000.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.11.07)

Aero-Linx!

High School Aerospace Scholars is an interactive on-line learning experience, highlighted by a six-day internship where selected students are encouraged to study math, science, engineering, or computer science by interacting with engineers at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.11.07): Quick Access Recorder

Aero-Terms!

Used onboard an aircraft to record flight parameters; collected data determines whether the aircraft is deviating from standard procedures or operating limitations. A computer analysis identifies deviation trends and takes action to prevent accidents.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.11.07)

"I had never been in a plane before. It was a good day to find out. I thought it was beautiful. We had a beautiful trip. We had a wonderful pilot. Everything went smoothly."

Source: Rose Marie Schiltz... who took her first-ever plane ride this week, in a Cirrus SR22 G3, at the age of 103.

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PA TFR: 05.11.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0882 Issue Date: May 10, 2007 at 0112 UTC Location: Cleveland, Pittsburgh/Latrobe, Pennsylvania Beginning Date and Time: May 11, 2007 at 1325 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 11, 2007 at 1720 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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