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July 17, 2007

Schumer Calls For Blakey's Resignation As FAA Administrator

Says She Has Let Public Down With Delays, ATC Fight

There aren't very many days left in her term as FAA Administrator... but one US senator believes Marion Blakey should be removed from her post immediately.

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Endeavour Crew Performs Final Pre-Launch Test

Simulated Launch Countdown Sets Stage For August 7 Launch

The seven-member crew for the next shuttle launch, STS-118, arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday evening for the terminal countdown demonstration test.

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Big News! Honda Aero To Build HF120 Turbofan At KBUY Facility

Sweet Home... North Carolina?

The Tar Heel State suits Honda just fine. Building on news earlier this year the Honda Aircraft Company selected Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) near Greensboro as the site for production of its HondaJet VLJ (shown at center), on Tuesday Honda Aero, Inc., announced it will establish its corporate headquarters and a jet engine manufacturing plant in Burlington, NC adjacent to the Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport (KBUY).

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Judge Hands Woman Victory Against Airline For Cancelled Flight

Spirit Airlines Forced To Pay In Small Claims Court

One airline's apparent predilection for not showing up on time has resulted in big bucks -- and greater vindication -- for a Michigan woman.

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Wreckage Of Missing RMAF Helo Located, 'No Survivors'

S-61 Disappeared From Radar Friday During Routine Flight

The wreckage of a Royal Malaysian Air Force Sikorsky S-61 "Nuri" helicopter, which disappeared Friday during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to a military base in Pahang, was found in a deep ravine hidden in dense forest in the central state of Pahang Tuesday.

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US Hot Air Balloon Championship Gets Off To Cloudy Start

Balloonists Hope Clear Skies Prevail Over Waco For Wednesday

While most of the aviation world has its sights set on southeast Wisconsin for the next 10 days or so, ANN didn't want our readers to forget about another high-flying event this week. Forty-six of the nation's best hot air balloon pilots have gathered in Waco, TX to decide the 2007 US National Hot Air Balloon Championship.

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IAF Pilots Attempting Circumnavigation Record In Micro Light

Flight Also Celebrates Indian Air Force 75th Anniversary

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilots are winging a Flight Design CT across the world, and they've made it to the continental United States.

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AFSAC Processes C-130J Sale To Norway

Planes Will Replace 60s-Vintage Models

A quick turnaround by the Air Force Security Assistance Center at Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base -- and other AFMC Foreign Military Sales (FMS) organizations -- has helped to strengthen the tactical airlift capability of the Norwegian Air Force, by arranging for the sale of four C-130J-30 aircraft.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 07.17.07

EAA's Dick Knapinski, On Last-Minute AirVenture Preparations

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.17.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.17.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Final Week Before Oshkosh: 07.17.07 (ANN Special Feature, with EAA sp

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Nearby Airport Prepares For Oshkosh

ATW Handles Fair Share Of AirVenture Traffic

by ANN Correspondent Matthew Russell Everyone knows the EAA's annual AirVenture fly-in is large enough to temporarily convert Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) into a medium-sized city, and its effects are noticeable throughout the Oshkosh area. As with local retail businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and department stores, neighboring airports seem to benefit from AirVenture as well.

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ASR Announces Development Team For TriChute Landing System

Separates Wings From Aircraft

Aviation Safety Resources announced Monday the formation of a team of aviation experts, dedicated to bringing to market a new emergency landing system for small aircraft.

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CA TFR: 07.17.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8576  Issue Date: July 16, 2007 at 1518 UTC  Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV)  Beginning Date and Time: July 17, 2007 at 1930 UTC  Ending Date and Time: July 17, 2007 at 2015 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons  Type: Security  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Northern California Tracon (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080 

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WA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8653 Issue Date: July 16, 2007 at 2154 UTC Location: Seattle Center, 15 NW Kettle Falls, Washington near SPOKANE VORTAC (GEG) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8581 Issue Date: July 16, 2007 at 1601 UTC Location: Seattle Center , 23 North of Alturas, California near LAKEVIEW VORTAC (LKV) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Rancho Murrieta (RIU) Automated Flight Service Station, 866-272-7525

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WA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8654 Issue Date: July 16, 2007 at 2207 UTC Location: Seattle Center, 28 NE Kettle Ridge, Washington Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To Provide A Safe Environment For Fire Fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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OR Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8666 Issue Date: July 16, 2007 at 2309 UTC Location: Seattle Center, Dufur, Oregon near KLICKITAT VOR/DME (LTJ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To Provide A Safe Environment For Fire Fighting Aircraft Operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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PR TFR: 07.17.07 - 07.19.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8590 Issue Date: July 16, 2007 at 1716 UTC Location: San Juan, Eastern Side Of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: July 17, 2007 at 1600 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 19, 2007 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Ordnance Disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) CERAP, 787-253-8664

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MT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8651 Issue Date: July 16, 2007 at 2116 UTC Location: Salt Lake Center, 30 West of Augusta, Montana Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To Provide A Safe Environment For Fire Fighting Aircraft Operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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OR Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8659 Issue Date: July 16, 2007 at 2249 UTC Location: Seattle Center, NW of Burns Burns BNW of Burns, Oregon Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To Provide A Safe Environment For Fire Fighting. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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CA TFR: 07.18.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8577 Issue Date: July 16, 2007 at 1534 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: July 18, 2007 at 1355 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 18, 2007 at 1555 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California Tracon (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.17.07

A P-51 is down in Southern California.
AOPA fights the proposed expansion of a Military Operations Area in Maine.
And EADS cuts back to one CEO.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.17.07

A P-51 is down in Southern California.
AOPA fights the proposed expansion of a Military Operations Area in Maine.
And EADS cuts back to one CEO.

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ANN Special Feature: Dick Knapinski, EAA - 07.17.07

ANN's Paul Plack begins an audio road trip to Oshkosh with EAA Spokesman Dick Knapinski. He'll offer a general report, and reveal what you're most likely to forget on your way to Wisconsin.

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AirTran To Make Its Takeover Case To Midwest Shareholders

Midwest Insists It Is Not Entering Into Negotiations

Midwest Air Group, the parent company of Midwest Airlines, has been fending off takeover advances by AirTran Holdings, Inc. for awhile now.

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US Army Authorizes CH-47F Full-Rate Production

Modernized Chinooks Can Travel Over 175 MPH

Boeing announced Monday it recently received US Army authorization for full-rate production and fielding of the new CH-47F Chinook helicopter.

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NASA Signs Partnership Agreement With Canada On New Orbital Observatory

Canadian Space Agency Will Provide Sensor On James Webb Space Telescope

At a ceremony held Monday at NASA Headquarters in Washington, NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President and Chief Executive Officer Laurier J. Boisvert signed the official agreement that defines the terms of the agencies' cooperation on the James Webb Space Telescope.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2007-14-02 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-14-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600), CL-600-2A12 (CL-601), and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R, and CL-604) airplanes.

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AD: Rolls-Royce

AD NUMBER: 2007-14-07 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-14-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-524 and -535 series turbofan engines.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-14-01 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-14-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330 and A340 airplanes.

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EADS Shareholders Say Now Is The Time For Change

Gallois Named Sole CEO Of Consortium In Exec Shuffle

They said a change was gonna come... and even that change has changed. Management and shareholders at EADS decided this week to modify the company's current management and leadership structure.

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Delta Sends Its Plan For European Domination To The DOT

Asks For New 'Immunity Agreements' With Northwest, KLM

With Open Skies a reality, Delta Air Lines has set forth its plan to capitalize on newfound access to London's Heathrow International Airport... and it's a doozy.

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NTSB Prelim Confirms Firefighting DC-10 Struck Trees

Pilot Landed Aircraft Safely, Crew Not Injured

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report released Sunday confirmed a DC-10 firebomber, operated for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CalFire) was damaged last month during a retardant drop on a brush fire near Tehachapi.

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ANN, Seattle Avionics Partner Once Again For Special Oshkosh FreeFlight Offer

Includes Virtual Flight Displays For 2007!

Response was so positive last year... we just HAD to bring it back for Oshkosh again. In conjunction with our friends at Seattle Avionics, Aero-News will be offering a Travel Update on our homepage, as well as for readers of our daily Propwash newsletter, throughout AirVenture 2007.

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Planemaker, Tree Grower Partner To Make Aerial Firefighting Safer

Additional Testing Planned, But Initial Results Promising

Sometimes, good ideas do grow on trees... so to speak. Boeing recently partnered with Weyerhaeuser Co. to test a new technology that will, hopefully, make aerial firefighting more effective and much safer.

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Japanese Forces Arrive For Red Flag-Alaska

International Training Exercise Runs Through July 27

Airmen from the Land of the Rising Sun arrived in the Land of the Midnight on July 11, in preparation for the Red Flag-Alaska air combat training exercise.

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ANN Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2007 Staff

Say Hello To Paul Plack!

With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture 2007 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough... ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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Oshkosh To Host New Offerings From Light Sport Manufacturers

Companies To Showcase Several New Models

With all the exhibitors at Airventure this year, attendees will certainly have a lot to look at. In the light sport aircraft market alone, several manufacturers will be offering new options... previews of new aircraft... and announcements of future plans in this sector of the aviation marketplace.

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New 'Valve Wizard' Saves Time During Overhauls

Gives Mechanics Use Of Both Hands

Aircraft maintenance engineer Jolly Higdon, president of Airborne Flying Service Inc of Hot Springs, AR, has developed and patented a series of valve spring compressor tools for Lycoming and Continental piston engines.

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US Navy Servicemen Lost In Piper Accident

Wreckage Located By Sheriff Helo On Routine Patrol

A rented 1977 Piper Cherokee PA28 took off from Montgomery Field in San Diego for a scheduled hour-long flight Friday, and never made it to its destination.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.17.07)

"If you find Bambi konked out by a big box, we're going to have people upset about that. There are some very good points to their system, but some very big drawbacks as well."

Source: Carl Bambarger, aviation program leader at the US Forest Service technology and development center. Boeing recently partnered with Weyerhaeuser Co. to test a new technology that will, hopefully, make aerial firefighting more effective and much safer. It's called a Precision Container Air Delivery System (PCADS), and works aerial firefighting like a humanitarian aid airdrop.

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NV Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8693  Issue Date: July 17, 2007 at 0327 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8686  Issue Date: July 17, 2007 at 0251 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8682  Issue Date: July 17, 2007 at 0234 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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NV Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8693  Issue Date: July 17, 2007 at 0327 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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