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March 28, 2007

ANN Special Feature: Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX - 03.29.07

ANN's Paul Plack discusses last week's Falcon I launch and the company's future plans with Gwynne Shotwell, VP / Business Development for Space Exploration Technologies.

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Pilot Charged With Homicide In 2004 Stearman Accident

Pleads Not Guilty; Faces 10 Years In Prison

An attorney representing pilot Mark Strub entered a plea of not guilty this week, on a charge of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle in connection with a 2004 plane crash that killed passenger Kimberly Reed. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

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CA TFR: 03.30.07 - 03.31.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6769 Issue Date: March 28, 2007 at 1946 UTC Type: Special

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MD TFR: 03.30.07 - 04.01.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6748 Issue Date: March 28, 2007 at 1806 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: March 30, 2007 at 1825 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 01, 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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SpaceX Founder Musk Says Systems Are Go For Next Falcon I Launch

Last Week's Flight Paves The Way For Upcoming Contract Flight

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the data proves it. Despite a second stage oscillation that popped up late in last week's test flight of the company's Falcon I rocket, the mission came close enough to achieving all its goals to be good enough for government work... and that's not meant to be a disparaging comment.

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AEA Convention Gets Underway Thursday In Reno, NV

50th Anniversary Conference On Pace For Record Attendance

The Aircraft Electronics Association tells ANN attendees are turning out in record numbers to help the AEA celebrate its 50th anniversary. Aero-News will be on site in Reno throughout the 2007 Conference and Trade Show, to bring our readers the latest news and developments in the aircraft electronics industry.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Delivers First PW617s For Embraer's Phenom 100

Engines Will Be Used In VLJ Flight Testing

Aero-News learned Thursday Pratt & Whitney Canada has delivered the first two PW617F engines for flight testing on the new Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet.

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Boeing IDS Answers NASA's Call For Ares I Upper Stage RFP

Team "Built Around NASA's Requirements"

Aero-News has learned some very heavy hitters will vie for a contract to produce the upper stage for the Ares I crew launch vehicle, NASA's first new human-rated launch vehicle since the space shuttle.

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RotorWay International Looks To Certified Market

Plans Underway For European Certification

On the heels of sweeping changes to ownership and management at RotorWay International announced at last month's Heli-Expo, company CEO Grant Norwitz tells ANN the kit helicopter manufacturer has now cast its eyes toward the certified market.

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British Airways Finalizes 777-200ER Order

Four Firm Orders, Four Options

Aero-News has learned Boeing and British Airways finalized an order this week for four Boeing 777-200ER jetliners, valued at more than $800 million at list prices.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.28.07

EAA President Tom Poberezny

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.28.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.28.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- EAA User Fee Update: 03.28.07 (ANN Special Feature, with EAA President Tom Poberezny.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.28.07

Corks are poppin' at Thielert.
Eclipse Aviation reassures customers.
And Marion Blakey calls the user fee debate animated and aggressive.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.28.07

Corks are poppin' at Thielert.
Eclipse Aviation reassures customers.
And Marion Blakey calls the user fee debate animated and aggressive.

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ANN Special Feature: Tom Poberezny, EAA - 03.28.07

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Tom Poberezny, President of the Experimental Aircraft Association, for an update on the user-fee battle in Congress.

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Experimental Aircraft Runs on Fuel Cell, Batteries

Environmentalism Meets Aviation

Boeing researchers and their European industry partners are planning to conduct experimental test flights this year of a manned airplane powered only by a fuel cell and lightweight batteries.

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Airbus Salvages Qatar Airways A350 Order

CEO Says Airline Will Order 80 Planes

Score another needed victory for Airbus, and its upcoming A350 XWB. On Tuesday, Qatar Airways -- launch customer for the original A350 -- announced the airline will transfer its original 60-plane order over to the new plane, and will even add 20 more.

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TKI Runway Rehab Due In October

Tenants Fear More Than $1 Million in Losses

Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, TX is scheduled for a major runway rehabilitation project in October of this year that will involve a temporary closure of the airport's sole runway.

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FAA Investigates Odd Series Of Events Near GYY

Airliner Diverts To Alternate Airport After Go-Around, Reported Near-Miss

The FAA and officials at Gary/Chicago International Airport are working to make heads or tails out of an unusual situation last weekend involving a SkyValue USA 737.

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Jet Grounded Over US, Russian Ownership Dispute

When NORAD Has To Get Involved, It's Seldom Good

Is it all a misunderstanding over paperwork... or the thwarting of a somewhat shady scheme? That's the question posed by a lone MD-87 airliner now sitting on the ramp at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport, after the plane was diverted from its planned flight to Canada this weekend.

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Opening Date Set for Heathrow's Terminal 5

90% of Construction Complete

The world's largest airport operator, BAA, and British Airways have announced the date for the opening of Terminal 5 (T5), British Airways' new home at London's Heathrow Airport: March 27, 2008.

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Two Lost In FL Robinson R44 Accident

Witness Heard Engine Sputter Before Crash

A student pilot and his flight instructor were killed Tuesday when their Robinson R44 helicopter impacted a beach near Jacksonville, FL in a nose-down attitude.

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Louisiana Hospital Adds Fixed-Wing Air Ambulance Service

Critical Care Team Gets King Air 100

Schumpert Health System of Shreveport, LA has unveiled its newest, life-saving toy: a King Air 100 air ambulance at a cost of around $1 million.

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Reports: Indonesia's Garuda Airlines Plans Fleet Update

Hopes To Order 25 New 737-800s

A report in China's People's Daily Online says Indonesia's PT Garuda Airlines plans to buy 25 Boeing 737-800 jets, valued more than $1 billion US.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.28.07)

Aero-Linx!

And now for something completely different. Members of the Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society are not opposed to flight; birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it, as Cole Porter once said. But when you stop to think about it, do you actually believe that a machine made of tons of metal will fly?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.28.07): Alcatraz, Knucklehead, Shekel

Aero-Terms!

Navy code words for: an airfield at San Island, Midway; the Russell Islands aerial patrol; and Faeringerhavnen, Greenland.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.28.07)

"We have got what we want from them."

Source: Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker, confirming his airline will transfer its existing 60 orders for Airbus' original A350 to the upgraded A350XWB. The airline will also reportedly add 20 planes to that order, giving Airbus approximately 113 commitments for the redesigned competitor to the Boeing 787.

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