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May 04, 2007

'Leading Edge' Team Withdraws From Rocket Racing League

It's A Tough Business, This Rocket Biz...

The first team to join the Rocket Racing League™, Leading Edge Rocket Racing™ LLC., announced late Friday that it is officially leaving the league effective immediately. 

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PR TFR: 05.07.07 - 05.10.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0200 Issue Date: May 04, 2007 at 1424 UTC Location: San Juan Center, Eastern Side Of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: May 07, 2007 at 1900 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 10, 2007 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Ordinance Disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan Center (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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CA TFR: 05.08.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0254 Issue Date: May 04, 2007 at 1939 UTC Type: Security

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American Airlines Pilots Say It's Time For Better Pay

Union Requests 30.5% Raise, Signing Bonuses

Pilots at American Airlines say the pie has grown bigger... and now it's time to ask for a larger slice. On Thursday, the Allied Pilots Association sent its request for a significant bump in pay, plus other benefits, to management at the world's largest airline.

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Rosenker Says NTSB Investigates Accidents Fairly, And Openly

Says Issues Remain With Aircraft Movement System

In an address Thursday night to the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker said the NTSB improves safety through its transparent, objective and comprehensive approach to accident investigations.

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Two Lost In Montana C550 Accident

Snow, Fog Reported In Area

Investigators with the NTSB and FAA are at the scene of Thursday morning's fatal downing of a Cessna Citation 550 bizjet near Dillon, MT.

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Engine Failure Possible Factor In TX Lancair IV-P Crash

Two Lost In Takeoff Accident

The FAA reports engine failure on takeoff was a possible cause of an accident this week in McAllen, TX that claimed two Mexican nationals.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 05.04.07

UP, UP, And Away For UP Aerospace

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.04.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.04.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- UP, UP, And Away For UP Aerospace: 05.04.07 (ANN Special Feature, with UP Aerospace co-founder Eric

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USAF Responds To Claims Eventual CSAR-X Winner Was Rejected In Early Stages

Air Force Reviewing Bids For Contract

Don Manuszewski, spokesman for the US Air Force, commented Friday on ANN's story regarding the CSAR-X helicopter bid... which stated internal documents, obtained by Reuters, show the Air Force originally passed on the Boeing HH-47 as a combat search and rescue helicopter in early phases of the bid. The HH-47 ultimately won the CSAR-X contract last year.

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'Hot Rod' Cub Debuts At Alaskan Aviation Show

CubCrafters Applies Musclecar Formula To Sport Cub

Adapting a formula borne out of the musclecar era -- or the Reno Air Races -- CubCrafters has taken the lightest airframe it could create... stuffed a big motor in the front... and added a high-lift wing, to create the 220-hp "Carbon Cub."

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FAA May Request Grant Money Back For MYR Terminal

Entities Unsure How Much Has Been Spent So Far

The FAA granted about $16 million to Horry County, SC for expansion of the Myrtle Beach International Airport terminal. But, plans came to a screeching halt last week when the volunteer Community Appearance Board issued a surprising and bitter rejection.

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NTSB Issues Probable Cause In 2006 Montana PC-12 Accident

Inadequate Speed Led To Inadvertent Stall

The NTSB has issued its Probable Cause report on the downing of a Pilatus PC-12 near Big Timber, MT in June 2006.

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Air New Zealand 737 Makes Emergency Landing

Cabin Smoke, Landing Gear Problems Force Diversion

An Air New Zealand 737 carrying 120 passengers from Wellington to Auckland was forced to divert to Ohakea for an emergency landing Wednesday, when smoke was discovered in the cockpit.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.04.07

A shootout kills at least 2 at Cuba's Joe Marti International.
Controllers go public with a warning about landings at Newark Liberty.
And A US Senator tries to put TRACON consolidation on hol

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.04.07

A shootout kills at least 2 at Cuba's Joe Marti International.
Controllers go public with a warning about landings at Newark Liberty.
And A US Senator tries to put TRACON consolidation on hold.

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ANN Special Feature: Eric Knight, UP Aerospace, Inc. - 05.04.07

UP Aerospace is a small company headed by former rocket hobbyists who achieved the world's first successful amateur space flight. ANN's Paul Plack talks with co-founder Eric Knight about the compan

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AOPA Says Senate FAA Funding Bill Is A Bit Better For GA

But Increased Bizav-Oriented Fees Raise Concerns

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association tells ANN the Senate Commerce Committee has taken to heart much of what AOPA members have told Congress about FAA funding... but they've still missed the fundamental AOPA principle of "no user fees for any segment of aviation."

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NBAA Expresses Strong Opposition To Senate's FAA Funding Proposal

Group Slams Per-IFR-Flight Fee, Increased Fuel Tax

No surprise here. On Thursday, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced its opposition to the Senate's take on FAA Funding Reauthorization... a piece of legislation that includes increased aviation user fees for corporate pilots.

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FAA Rebukes Group's Claims Against Funding Plan, Part Four

Agency Says Experience Shows User Fees Do Not 'Kill' GA

In a telephone conversation with Aero-News last week, representatives with the Federal Aviation Administration rebuked many of the points presented by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, in that group's rebuttal to the FAA's policy document released April 23 on the subject of user fees. Over the next several days, ANN will present those arguments, and the FAA's contrasting position on each issue.

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Boxer Says Senate's FAA Funding Plan Aims To Delay TRACON Consolidation

SoCal Facilities Would Remain Separate Until New Board Reviews Plan

On Thursday, US Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced the Senate Commerce Committee's bipartisan draft FAA Reauthorization Bill includes her request to delay consolidation of the Palm Springs TRACON into the Southern California TRACON.

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FAA Gives Conditional Airspace Approval For PA Cargo Airport

Several Issues Remain Ahead Of Planned 2010 Opening

A proposed cargo airport near Humbolt Industrial Park in Hazelton, PA will have no effect on national airspace if built... providing developers comply with specific conditions, according to the FAA.

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Indonesian Airline Found Negligent In Onboard Poisoning Death

Claim Said Pilot Failed To Handle Onboard Emergency Properly

As if Garuda Airlines didn't have enough to worry about, following a March landing accident that claimed the lives of 21 people... now comes word an Indonesian court has found the carrier, and one of its pilots, guilty of negligent homicide in the death of a political activist.

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Klyde Morris (05.03.07)

And You Think YOUR Airport Has A Bird Problem...

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Train Derailment Adds To NASA's Shuttle Headaches

Booster Segments Slated To Fly Later This Year

The most earthbound of problems may add to more delays for NASA's stellar ambitions for 2007. On Wednesday, a train carrying segments of the shuttle's solid rocket boosters derailed in Alabama, injuring six people.

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Engine 'Vibration Issue' Forces Qantas Flight Back To LAX

Carrier Says No Emergency Declared

On Tuesday, a Qantas 747-400 with 288 passengers on board bound for Auckland, New Zealand was forced to return to LAX, after the pilot noticed a 'vibration issue' with one of the engines about 11 pm.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.04.07)


More than 610 different stewardess -- er, flight attendant -- uniforms from 280 airlines worldwide. Who knew?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.04.07): Knot


Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.04.07)

"This bill is a lot better than the FAA's proposed legislation... But we have real concerns about the precedent-setting introduction of user fees and the impacts on our members who fly turbine aircraft."

Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, on Thursday's release of the Senate version of the FAA funding reauthorization plan.

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