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September 12, 2007

FAA's Blakey Puts Airlines On Notice

Frankly... We Were Shocked, Too

It was a speech the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association called 'jaw-dropping.'

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Three Crewmembers Lost In AL UH-60 Training Accident

Helo Hit Power Line In Heavy Fog

Military investigators are on scene in northern Alabama, where a US Army UH-60 Black Hawk hit a power line and crashed Tuesday in low-visibility conditions.

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NATA Responds To New Private Aircraft Security Rules

Concerned With Effect Of Proposed Rule On Small Operators

As ANN reported, on Tuesday the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency released proposed rules that, if enacted, will require private aircraft operators to submit passenger manifest data prior to any arrival in or departure from the United States.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 09.12.07

Sean Tucker Recounts Bailing Out Of His Beloved Biplane

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.12.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.12.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Sean Tucker Hits The Silk: 09.12.07 (ANN Special Feature, with the airshow performer's emotional account of bailing out of his Oracle Challenger in April 2006.)

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Pilot Lost In Bipe Accident At Reno Air Races

Witnesses Say Smoke Billowed From Plane After Takeoff

A California pilot practicing for Wednesday's start of the 2007 Reno National Championship Air Races was killed when his aircraft went down shortly after takeoff from Reno Stead Airport Tuesday night.

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Upgraded: COO Chew Named President At JetBlue

Airline Hopes His Ops Experience Will Speed Rebound

There are more changes at the top to report for beleaguered low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways, as it struggles to rebound from a particularly trouble-plagued winter season.

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GE Honda Aero Engines Begins Full Testing Of HF120

Demo Powerplant Will Be Run Up To Maximum Thrust Levels

GE Honda Aero Engines tells ANN the enginemaker has begun testing the first full HF120 demonstration engine -- including maximum thrust levels -- at Honda's Aircraft Engine R&D Center in Japan.

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Second SAS Q400 Experiences Landing Gear Problems

Bombardier Grounds Higher-Time Planes Until Inspections

One accident may be an anomaly... but two accidents in a matter of days, involving the same carrier, aircraft-type AND, apparently, the same problem, may mean something more.

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MD TFR: 09.14.07 - 09.16.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6722 Issue Date: September 12, 2007 at 1507 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: September 14, 2007 at 1925 UTC Ending Date and Time: September 16, 2007 at 1700 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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DHS Puts General Aviation Under Scrutiny With Security NPRM

Wants Detailed Information On Pax Flying To And From US On Private Planes

On the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new efforts to keep tabs on passengers traveling onboard private aircraft to and from the United States.

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6642  Issue Date: September 11, 2007 at 2311 UTC  Location: Los Angeles Center, Temescal, California near OCEANSIDE VORTAC (OCN)  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: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205 

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WA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6646 Issue Date: September 11, 2007 at 2349 UTC Location: Seattle Center, 17 NE Grand Coulee Dam, Washington near EPHRATA VORTAC (EPH) 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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AL TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6760 Issue Date: September 12, 2007 at 1810 UTC Type: Hazards

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.12.07

NASA prepares to end its contract with Rocketplane Kistler.
A helicopter goes down off Florida during a video shoot.
And NBAA sticks up for GA amid talk of more security red tape.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.12.07

NASA prepares to end its contract with Rocketplane Kistler.
A helicopter goes down off Florida during a video shoot.
And NBAA sticks up for GA amid talk of more security red tape.

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ANN Special Feature: Sean D. Tucker, Oracle Challenger - 09.12.07

Today we'll revisit a 2006 press briefing by aerobatic star Sean D. Tucker, recorded two days after he bailed out of his Oracle Challenger following a control system failure.

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ALPA Says Cockpits Still Too Vulnerable to Attack

Union Contends Secondary Barriers A "No-Brainer"

While airline pilots are grateful for the hardened cockpit doors mandated after 9/11, there are some who say those doors don't make the cockpit nearly secure enough... and they want to see 'secondary barriers' installed as well.

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Couple Donates C210 To Utah County Sheriff's Office

Funds From Sale May Be Used On New Engine, Upholstery, And Sonar Equipment

The Utah County Sheriff's Office in Provo, UT had an early Christmas this year. The department recently sold two of its airplanes in an effort to upgrade to something better, and bring its fleet number to two good aircraft. Before they could find what they were looking for, though, an anonymous couple brought it to them.

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Raytheon Awarded Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Contract Option

Unmanned Blimps Provide Eyes-In-The-Sky For Troops In Iraq

Raytheon has been awarded a $5 million US Army contract option to provide Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) Mobile Eagle Eye tower systems to protect US and coalition forces in Iraq.

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Boeing Reclaims Large Order Lead Over Airbus

But It's Deliveries That Count... And Boeing Leads There, As Well

We doubt anyone at Boeing is breathing any easier... though we wouldn't be surprised if a few champagne corks are popping in Chicago and Seattle over the news Boeing has regained a substantial order lead over European rival Airbus, according to both planemakers' year-to-date figures.

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Boeing IDS Wins $1.1 Billion KC-135 Maintenance Contract

Will Service Fleet Of Over 200 Aging Planes

Boeing tells ANN it was recently awarded a 10-year, $1.1 billion U.S. Air Force contract to continue providing programmed depot maintenance (PDM) for the nation's KC-135 Stratotanker fleet. Boeing will perform the work for more than 200 KC-135 aircraft at facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

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Oh, Deer! Utah Fauna Takes Out Twin Star

DA42 Racks up Substantial Repair Bill

It was a very expensive lesson, to say the least. A Utah Valley State College Diamond DA42 Twin Star sustained some $50,000 in damage when it struck a deer while landing last month at Provo Municipal Airport.

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NASA, Russia To Study Effects Of Spaceflight On Small Lizards, Snails

Insurance Company Advertising Mascot Advised To Steer Clear Of Kazakhstan

Modern science may have finally stumbled upon a way to rid the planet of the GEICO Insurance gecko, once and for all. NASA announced Tuesday it will work with Russia's space program on an upcoming mission to study the biological effects of spaceflight on some resolutely earthbound creatures.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2007-18-10 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-18-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-80E1 series turbofan engines with certain part number (P/N) compressor rear frames (CRFs) installed.

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Boeing's McNerney Says Fastener Shortage To Blame For 787 Delays

Points Finger At Alcoa, Others

A plane can't fly if it's in pieces... and Boeing is facing a dearth of permanent fasteners for its first 787. That's the word from Boeing CEO Jim McNerney, who pointed his finger at Alcoa Inc. and others Tuesday as reasons why the company has had to postpone the first flight of the composite-bodied Dreamliner.

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Merged US Airways Pilots Contemplate Separation From ALPA

Unions Differ On Rules For Defining Seniority

The issue of measuring and applying seniority rules may be enough for beleaguered US Airways pilots to pull out from the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l in favor of an in-house union, the US Airline Pilots Association.

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Seven Percent Of Eligible Workers Accept Southwest's Buyout Offer

CEO Kelly Says Move Is Meant To Save Money, Not Reduce Workforce

It appears longtime employees at Southwest Airlines either really like their jobs... or are unwilling to give them up and take a chance in starting over with someone else. The Dallas, TX-based low-cost carrier reports a mere seven percent of 8,500 workers eligible for a buyout program -- 607 people -- accepted the offer.

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One Small Step... Again... For NASA's Dawn

Oft-Delayed Probe Returns To The Launchpad

NASA tells ANN the Dawn spacecraft completed the 15-mile journey from Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, FL to Pad-17B of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 0510 EDT Tuesday morning. The launch period for Dawn -- NASA's eight-year, 3.2-billion-mile odyssey into the heart of the asteroid belt -- opens September 26.

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Irritated On Airliners? You May Only Have Yourself To Blame

Study Says Ozone Reacts With Deodorant, Skin To Form Vexing Chemicals

It appears Jean-Paul Sartre was onto something, when he uttered his famous line "Hell is other people"... especially when it comes to commercial airline travel.

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DOT Awards RYY $2.9 million For Runway Rehab

Upgrades Will Help Corporate Aviation Potential

Georgia senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss announced Monday Cobb County will receive $2.9 million in grant money for runway improvements at McCollum Field.

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GE, Chinese Planemaker Sign Engine Agreement

AVIC I Will Build CF34s For Its Planes

Fledgling Chinese planemaker AVIC I announced this week it recently signed a deal with General Electric to manufacture turbofan engines for its upcoming ARJ21-700 regional aircraft.

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Max-Viz Announces First Certified EVS-1000 Install In Alaska

One Sky Aviation Will Demo System For Northern Customers

Max-Viz Inc. of Portland, OR and One Sky Aviation of Anchorage, AK told ANN Tuesday of the award of the first Enhanced Vision STC out of the Anchorage ACO. One Sky Aviation intends to utilize the EVS-1000 installation to market the Max-Viz product line on the last frontier. 

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IN Police Searching For Apparent Airplane Thief Wannabe

Maybe He Just Wanted A Salad

A twin-engine plane was found in a soybean field Sunday at LaPorte Municipal Airport in Indiana. The plane, type unreported, was covered in soybeans that had been chopped up -- and tossed -- by the props.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.12.07)

Aero-Linx!

The EBAA is a loose congregation of aeronauts who have built, are flying or own any sort of Experimental, Ultralight or Homebuilt Lighter-Than-Air Craft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.12.07): High Blower

Aero-Terms!

The condition of supercharging a reciprocating engine in which a two-speed, single stage internal supercharger is operating at its high speed ratio. This ratio is normally about 10 times the speed of the crankshaft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.12.07)

"You know the root cause here -- the fastener industry got consolidated, post 9/11. The consolidators misjudged the demand swingback -- a lot of us misjudged the demand swingback -- post 9/11."

Source: Boeing CEO James McNerney, who during a Tuesday teleconference pointed his finger at Alcoa Inc. and others as reasons why the company had to postpone the first flight of the composite-bodied 787 Dreamliner.

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