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June 12, 2007

Ill passenger Detained At MIA

CDC Determines No Infectious Disease Present

We hope this isn't a sign of things to come, in these times of heightened awareness of contagious illnesses onboard commercial airliners. An ill passenger on British Airways flight 207 from London was detained recently at Miami International Airport Monday until officials with the Centers for Disease Control determined she did not have an infectious disease.

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Researchers Developing Military Pilot Assignment Testing

Team Aims For August Presentation

In a kind of old-world matchmaker meets new-world technology project, researchers at Fort Rucker in Alabama are developing a test that will assist the Army in matching the best pilots to the best missions and aircraft.

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Cessna To Bring Seven Planes, Large-Cabin Concept To Paris

From The Smallest Skyhawk, To The Largest (Proposed) Bizjet

Cessna Aircraft Company tells ANN the planemaker is marking its return to the 47th International Paris Air Show with seven aircraft on static display and a full-scale cabin mockup of the company's newest large-cabin, long-range business jet concept.

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Hawker Beechcraft To Offer Glimpses Of Present And Future In Paris

First Appearance As Private Company In 25 Years

When Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) comes to the Paris Air Show this year, it will do so as a private company for the first time in 25 years. The company will be featuring a selection of its product line including the Hawker 4000, Hawker 850XP, Beechcraft Premier IA and Beechcraft King Air 350ER. 

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AD: Hawker Beechcraft

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-06 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon,Hawker Beechcraft Corporation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) that supersedes AD 2006-23-02, which applies to certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) (Type Certificate (TC) No. 3A20 and TC No. A24CE formerly held by Raytheon Aircraft Corporation and Beech) Models C90A, B200,B200C, B300, and B300C airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-10 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-10 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-11 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 747 airplanes.

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AD: Dassault Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-12 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-12 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-14 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 727 airplanes.

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Virgin USA Launches Online Aircraft Charter Network

Currently Invitation-Only, Will Go Public Later This Year

Virgin USA, the North American headquarters of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, announced Tuesday the launch of Virgin Charter, a new online aircraft charter marketplace.

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Goodrich Selected To Provide Engine Control System For HF120 Turbofan

Engine Will Power HondaJet, Spectrum's "Freedom"

Aero-News has learned Goodrich Corporation was recently selected to provide an integrated engine control system for the GE Honda HF120 engine, which will power the HondaJet and Spectrum "Freedom" business jets.

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San Francisco Lawmaker Wants Blue Angels Grounded During Fleet Week

Critics Include Anti-War Groups Who Cite Safety, Pro-Military Message

What would San Francisco's annual Fleet Week be, without a performance by the US Navy Blue Angels aerial demonostration team? A city official wants to find out.

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Lockheed Martin Accepts Collier Trophy For Development Of F-22A Raptor

Advanced Fighter's Performance During 2006 Northern Edge Swayed Vote

The National Aeronautic Association presented its Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Lockheed Martin Corporation recently, for its role in the development of the Air Force's F-22A Raptor.

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First A330 MRTT Rolled Out Of Madrid Conversion Center

Plane Destined For Royal Australian Air Force

Tuesday morning, the first EADS/Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) was rolled out of the hangar at the EADS CASA conversion center in Getafe, near Madrid.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 06.12.07

"Over The Airwaves" Publisher Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.12.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.12.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- It's ALL About Proficiency: 06.12.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Bob Miller Of "Over The Airwaves".)

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US Fish & Wildlife Employee Injured In Helo Ground Incident

Ouch!

This is one of those times when the FAA Preliminary Report says it all. The ANN staff extends its wishes for a speedy recovery for the US Fish & Wildlife worker injured in the following incident; for the rest of us, this serves as a reminder to keep a careful eye on the various cords present in and around an aircraft's cockpit...

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AK TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3935 Issue Date: June 11, 2007 at 2105 UTC Type: Hazards

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FL Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3926 Issue Date: June 11, 2007 at 1926 UTC Type: Hazards

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PR TFR: 06.13.07 - 06.15.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4020 Issue Date: June 12, 2007 at 1432 UTC Type: Hazards

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GA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3961 Issue Date: June 12, 2007 at 1132 UTC Type: Hazards

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LA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3923  Issue Date: June 11, 2007 at 1851 UTC  Location: Houston Center, Marsh land southeast of White Lake, Louisiana near WHITE LAKE VOR/DME (LLA)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: Oil Platform fire  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Houston Center (ZHU) Center, 281-230-5560 

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AD: Viking Air Limited

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-13 MANUFACTURER: Viking Air Limited SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-13 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.12.07

40-million dollars for Atlanta's airport is "money well spent."
AOPA focuses attention on tomorrow's professional pilots.
And the NTSB investigates a close call at San Francisco International

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.12.07

40-million dollars for Atlanta's airport is "money well spent."
AOPA focuses attention on tomorrow's professional pilots.
And the NTSB investigates a close call at San Francisco International.

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ANN Special Feature: Bob Miller, Over The Airwaves - 06.12.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Bob Miller, a veteran ATP and CFII whose outspoken "Over The Airwaves" biweekly newsletter recently outlined some unique risks facing low-time Sport Pilots flying Light

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FAA Investigating Increase In Close Calls Over New York

Five Reported Incidents In May

The FAA is investigating a startling increase in near-miss incidents over three of New York's major airports, seven this year so far -- five of which occurred in May.

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NWA Flight Attendants Await Claim Payouts As Vote Is Questioned

Former PFAA Chief Alleges Improprieties

It took three tries and two unions before flight attendants at Northwest Airlines narrowly approved a new contract with the formerly bankrupt carrier... so why would anyone think things would get any easier now? Substantial payouts for the airline's 8,100 FA's are currently on hold, as their union investigates charges of voter fraud.

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First 'Taikonaut' Says China Is Drafting Space Policy

Aims For Orbital Cooperation

In an attempt to allay concerns over China's rapidly developing aerospace programs, on Monday state media quoted the country's first taikonaut as saying China is drafting laws governing the peaceful use of the cosmos.

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V-22 Program Manager Sees Large Order Before End Of 2007

Military Could Order 167 Tiltrotors; Combat Deployment Approaching

Once nearly cancelled due to safety questions in the wake of a string fatal accidents -- and still viewed with a wary eye by many in the aviation community -- it appears the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft is poised to assume a prominent role among US military aircraft.

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NBAA's Bolen Defends GA Security In Response To Editorial

Maine Paper Failed To Note General Aviation Contributions To Safer Skies

In response to an article in the Portland (ME) Press Herald about pending Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rules for small aircraft, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter to the editor last week pointing out the extensive work done by general aviation to tighten security in recent years, in voluntary cooperation with federal officials.

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Gone West: Rocket Pioneer Homer Stewart

Explorer I Engineer Was 91

It is with sadness Aero-News learned this week Homer J. Stewart, an aerospace engineer who helped develop the first successful US satellite, died May 26 at his home in Altadena, CA at the age of 91.

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Halfway There: Boeing Completes 50 Percent Of Design Work For 777 Freighter

Suppliers May Now Begin To Make Parts, Tooling

Engineers at Boeing told ANN Monday the planemaker recently completed 50 percent of the design for the upcoming 777 Freighter. The completion of this work means half of the detailed design of the 777 Freighter is defined and has been released to Boeing factories and its suppliers to begin building parts, assemblies and tools for the new cargo airplane.

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TGV Rockets Completes First Successful Test Firings

Small Aerospace Firm Achieves Big Milestone

TGV Rockets, Inc. announced last week it has successfully completed critical test firings of a technologically advanced throttleable rocket engine that the company believes will one day be able to facilitate the shuttling of equipment and sensor payloads on quick turn-around suborbital missions for the military and to help dramatically reduce the cost of geo-spatial imagery.

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Search Continues For Rumored Downed Aircraft In Delaware

Early Reports Plane Belonged To NASCAR Driver Prove False

Officials at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base reported hearing a radio tower transmission Monday morning about 8:30 am, indicating a plane in distress near a body of water. But no aircraft were visible on controllers' radar at the time.

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Reports: Delta Pilot Socks Customs Agent Over Missing Wheelchairs

Yep, You Read That Right... Sigh

To say things are probably a bit tense right now around New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport would be an understatement, especially in the wake of the revelation 10 days ago of an alleged terrorist plot to plant explosives along a fuel line that supplies the extremely busy airport. But it wasn't terror concerns that prompted a Delta Air Lines pilot to sound off this weekend.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.12.07)

Aero-Linx!

The history of Pan Am's fabulous flying ships. Great pix, a timeline and everything you ever wanted to know about these massive but graceful machines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.12.07): Back Taxi

Aero-Terms!

A term used by air traffic controllers to taxi an aircraft on the runway, opposite to the traffic flow.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.12.07)

"The amounts of money involved are so large, and it's so difficult to unscramble the egg after the fact, we figured even if there's the remotest chance that the election would have to be rerun we would err on the side of caution here and hold up the money."

Source: David Borer, general counsel for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA at Northwest Airlines. Substantial payouts for the airline's 8,100 FA's are currently on hold, as the union investigates charges of voter fraud in the recent ratification vote of a new contract.

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