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June 21, 2007

First New-Build AH-64D Longbow Delivered To US Army

Previous Longbows Were Remanufactured From Earlier Models

Aero-News learned this week Boeing recently delivered the first new-build AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter to the US Army during a ceremony at the company's Mesa, AZ Apache production facility.

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News From Paris: The Battle Is Joined

Airbus Order Announcements Keep Coming In

As in years past, the 2007 Paris Air Show -- like its even-year counterpart in Farnborough, England -- has proven to be a boon for Airbus, but the significance of this year's performance, in particular, should resonate throughout the commercial airline industry.

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Barrington Irving Is Almost Home!

Arrived In Seattle Wednesday; Currently En Route To Denver

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 06.21.07 1300 EDT: It's been an incredible journey... and it's almost at an end. Barrington Irving, the 23-year-old pilot who took off from Miami on March 23 in his Columbia 400 aircraft, dubbed "Inspiration," for a round-the-world flight, is nearing the finish line. On Wednesday, Irving returned to the US mainland with a quick stop in Seattle, WA; he is currently en route to Denver, CO.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.21.07

The Company Behind The CyberBug UAV

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.21.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.21.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- All About The CyberBug: 06.21.07 (ANN Special Feature, with James Alman, Vice President of Cyber Defense Systems, Incorporated.)

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Air National Guard Retires Its Last F-16A

Heads To Davis-Monthan After 22 Years In Service With Wing

The last operational F-16A Fighting Falcon flew its final mission from Arizona's Tucson Air National Guard Base on June 15, taking off for indefinite storage at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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News From Paris: NetJets Partner Orders Four Falcon 2000LXs

Has Options For 16 More In Deal Potentially Worth Over $500 Million

Dassault Falcon announced Thursday that National Air Services (NAS) of Saudi Arabia has entered into a pre-purchase agreement for as many as 20 Falcon 2000LXs. The deal includes four firm orders and 16 options, and is expected to be finalized this summer.

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FAA Grounds Controversial SLC Air Traffic Rerouting Plan

Ski Resorts, Homeowner, Airlines Opposed Traffic Pattern Change

Finally, after more than four years, a decision has been made -- albeit a temporary one. The Federal Aviation Administration decided Tuesday the air traffic pattern over Salt Lake City International Airport will remain as is.

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Cessna Downing Reveals Marijuana Crop

You Know You're Having A Bad Day When...

Police called to the scene of an aircraft accident in the backyard of a home in Baton Rouge, LA found more than a dented Cessna -- they also found 14 potted marijuana plants.

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Pilot Spends 50 Hours In Tree After Accident

Civil Air Patrol Traces ELT Signal

A pilot endured about 50 hours in his plane after an accident -- suspended from a tree -- before being located by rescuers Wednesday in Lafayette County, MS.

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AK Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5311 Issue Date: June 21, 2007 at 0314 UTC Location: Anchorage Center, Talkeetna, Alaska near TALKEETNA VOR/DME (TKA) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Provide safe environment for firefighting aicraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Kenai (ENA) Automated Flight Service Station, 907-283-3411

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UT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5309  Issue Date: June 21, 2007 at 0209 UTC  Location: Salt Lake City Center, SW of Malad, Idaho near MALAD CITY VOR/DME (MLD)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting operations.  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Salt lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560 

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AK TFR: 06.21.07 - 06.24.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5434 Issue Date: June 21, 2007 at 1703 UTC Location: Eielson AFB, Alaska near FAIRBANKS VORTAC (FAI) Beginning Date and Time: June 21, 2007 at 2359 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 24, 2007 at 0300 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Fairbanks (FAI) Automated Flight Service Station, 907-474-0788

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FL Shuttle Recovery TFR: 06.22.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/5446 Issue Date: June 21, 2007 at 1742 UTC Type: Special

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Major Air Taxi Providers Unite To Form Air Taxi Association

ATXA To Focus On Increasing Demand For Services

Air taxi providers in the US and Europe have banded together, to formally launch the Air Taxi Association (ATXA). The organization aims to unite the air taxi industry, and provide services to increase demand for personal air travel at business airline prices.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.21.07

In Paris, Airbus announces three deals for up to 82 aircraft.
NetJets will buy 96 new Citation biz-jets from Cessna.
And a new Mustang owner plans an eight-day cross-country.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.21.07

In Paris, Airbus announces three deals for up to 82 aircraft.
NetJets will buy 96 new Citation biz-jets from Cessna.
And a new Mustang owner plans an eight-day cross-country.

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ANN Special Feature: James Alman, Cyber Defense Systems - 06.21.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with James Alman, Vice President of Cyber Defense Systems, Incorporated. The company's Cyber Bug is a tiny, unmanned law-enforcement aircraft which just got an experimental a

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NASA Scrubs Atlantis Landing For The Day

Will Try Again Friday; Edwards Landing A Possibility

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 06.21.07 1405 EDT: Stormy weather near Kennedy Space Center scrubbed NASA's plans to bring the space shuttle Atlantis home Thursday afternoon.

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Union Demands FAA Oversight of Overseas Aircraft Repair Stations

Group Says Cutting Costs in Aircraft Maintenance Has "Serious Implications"

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr., testified Wednesday before the United States Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security regarding the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of overseas aircraft repair stations.

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News From Paris: Eurocopter Delivers First NH90 To Swedish Air Force

Presentation Made In Ceremony At Paris Air Show

NHIndustries and its consortium partners, Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and Stork Fokker, handed over the first NH90 to the Swedish Air Force on Wednesday at its Static Display at the 2007 Paris Air Show.

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Woman Encourages Flight To Wait for Tardy Husband... With a Bomb Threat

Hoax Discovered In Time To Avert Emergency Landing

A woman claimed there was a bomb on board a Turkish commercial jet Wednesday in an attempt to delay the flight so her husband, who was running late, wouldn't miss it.

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AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2007-12-25 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-12-25 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Model GIV-X, GV, and GV-SP series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-13-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-13-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 777 airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-13-01 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-13-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model 717-200 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-13-07 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-13-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes; and Model A340-541 and -642 airplanes.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2007-13-03 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-13-03 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2007-13-06 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-13-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Boeing Bets Big On The C-17, And USAF

Long Beach Plant Granted Six-Month Reprieve

In the words of a Boeing spokesman, the planemaker decided this week to put "some skin the game" -- by investing its own money to keep the Long Beach, CA plant that produces the C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane open until 2010, despite a lack of orders to keep the plant open past mid-2009.

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AOPA Opposes Proposed AD On Cessna 150/152 Rudder Stops

Says SAIB Is More Appropriate; Fix Might Limit Rudder Travel

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association tells ANN the pilot advocacy group is formally opposing a proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for Cessna 150 and 152 aircraft that would require the rudder stop, rudder stop bumper, and attachment hardware be replaced and safety wires substituted with jamnuts within the next 100 hours time in service or 12 months.

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News From Paris: Pilot To Begin RTW Flight In Cessna Mustang

Will Set Off From Le Bourget With Trusty Great Dane

Frederick P. Furth aims to establish a new distinction for the very-light-jet category. He is scheduled to set off from the Paris Air Show Thursday, on a round-the-world flight in his new Cessna Citation Mustang.

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Airbus Receives Approval For Cell Phone Use While Flying

Last Available Phone-Free Refuge Threatened

Airbus announced this week it received airworthiness certification for a cell-phone system onboard its aircraft. On Monday, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved Airbus' GSM on-board system, for cell phone and Blackberry device use while flying.

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USAF Requests Speedy Review Of New Helo Contract Protests

Lockheed, Sikorsky Say New RFP Is "Flawed"

In an effort to keep things moving on a project to replace aging combat search and rescue aircraft, the US Air Force has asked the Government Accountability Office to hasten its review process of another round of protests that were recently filed in a hotly contested $15 billion helicopter competition.

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C177RG Makes Emergency Landing On SoCal Highway

Pilot Testing Recent Engine Rebuild

A Cessna 177RG was forced to make an emergency landing on a busy highway in Oceanside, CA Monday -- striking a sport-utility vehicle, and snarling traffic for hours in the process.

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Continental Passengers Deal With Sewage On Trans-Atlantic Flight

Unscheduled Pit Stop Didn't Quite Take Care Of The Problem

More than 200 passengers on a recent transatlantic flight on Continental Airlines were subjected to more than bad food and stiff legs -- they had to endure seven hours in the air with raw sewage.

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Chinese Pilots Struggling With English, Country Demands Improvement

8,000 Still Need To Pass English Exam

China is currently experiencing an economic surge that has caused a boom in airline travel... but officials admit service, training and hardware standards are having problems keeping pace.

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GAMA Veteran Ron Swanda Leaving Organization At End Of June

Joined Group In 1982, Served In A Variety Of Roles

On Wednesday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced the departure of GAMA veteran Ronald Swanda from his role as Senior Vice President of Operations effective June 29, 2007.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.21.07)

Aero-Linx!

This on-line edition of Manfred von Richthofen's 1917 book Der Rote Kampfflieger is based on the English language version originally translated by J. Ellis Barker and published in 1918 under the name The Red Battle Flyer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.21.07): Tare Weight

Aero-Terms!

Weight of all chocks and other items used to secure an aircraft on the scales for weighing. The tare weight must be subtracted from the scale reading to find the actual weight of the aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.21.07)

"I've never felt so offended in all my life. I felt like I had been physically abused and neglected. I was forced to sit next to human excrement for seven hours."

Source: Collin Brock, a passenger onboard Continental Airlines flight 1970 last week. About two hours into the flight from Amsterdam to New Jersey, lavatory problems forced an unscheduled landing in Shannon, Ireland to correct the problem. The unscheduled pit stop morphed into an overnight stay, and the next morning, the same passengers boarded the same jet to continue their trip to Newark. But, shortly after takeoff, the plumbing problems began again, this time in earnest, and raw sewage began seeping into the cabin.

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