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April 06, 2007

One Dead, One On Run After JFK Shoot

Fight Outside Terminal Supposedly Over Drugs

ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 1522 EDT (NEW YORK) -- One man is dead, another on the run after a dispute between supposed friends erupted in gunfire at New York's JFK Airport.

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Whoa! Cessna Reins In Mustang Deliveries For Now

Manufacturer: Avionics "Repair" Won't Hurt Delivery Goals

ANN REAL-TIME NEWS: 1305 EDT (Wichita, KS) -- Cessna has temporarily delayed planned deliveries of its new Citation Mustang in order to allow for software updates to the aircraft's G1000 avionics suite.

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Delta Pax Pulled From Plane

Incident Could Be Related To JFK Breach

ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 1200 EDT (Orlando, FL) -- Passengers aboard a Delta flight from New York's JFK were detained and searched this morning after the aircraft arrived in Orlando. TSA officials in Orlando would not immediately describe the situation surrounding Delta Flight 1227.

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NASA Will Transport New External Fuel Tank To KSC... Just In Case

May Decide To Swap Tanks On Atlantis

NASA said it will transport a new shuttle external fuel tank to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week... just in case engineers decide it best to swap out the hail-damaged tank now attached to the shuttle Atlantis.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 04.06.07

Rick Homans, NM Secretary of Economic Development

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.06.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.06.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Fight For Spaceport America: 04.06.07 (ANN Special Feature, with New Mexico Economic Development Director Rick Homans.)

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Airplane Among Items Seized In Drug Bust

Police Say Aircraft Transported Ecstasy, Cocaine

Three Canadians -- two from British Columbia and one from Ontario -- have been charged after police seized nearly $9 million worth of drugs, guns and an airplane from an area north of Toronto.

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MANPAD Scare Forces FAA Altitude Ban

Nothing Under 20,000 Feet Over Somalia

The FAA has announced a ban on US air carriers and commercial operators from flying at altitudes below 20,000 feet over Somalia.

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Rhode Island ANG Unit Accepts Delivery Of Seventh C-130J

Super Hercules Fleet Has Seen Duty In Iraq

Lockheed Martin tells ANN the company has delivered a seventh C-130J Super Hercules to the 143rd Airlift Wing, the Air National Guard Unit based at Rhode Island's Quonset State Airport. Lieutenant General Craig R. McKinley, Director Air National Guard, accepted the new aircraft.

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Air Force One 707 Sim Unveiled At Reagan Library

First-Ever Boeing Cockpit Simulator House In Dedicated Pavilion

A Boeing-built 707 simulator was unveiled this week at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA, where it will be on permanent display in the Air Force One Pavilion.

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USS John C. Stennis, Carrier Air Wing 9 Return To OEF Missions

Aircraft, Personnel Support Operations In Afghanistan

Aero-News received word the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 returned to the north Arabian Sea on April 4, following its first port visit in the Middle East.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-14 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-135BJ airplanes.

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AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-13 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-13 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-08 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to Airbus Model A300 B2 and B4 series airplanes equipped with General Electric CF6-50 engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.06.07

Diamond's new DA-50 is already flying.
Comair admits the conduct of its crew contributed to the 5191 disaster.
And Martha King takes a swim in Lake Shasta after a training mishap.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.06.07

Diamond's new DA-50 is already flying.
Comair admits the conduct of its crew contributed to the 5191 disaster.
And Martha King takes a swim in Lake Shasta after a training mishap.

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ANN Special Feature: Rick Homans, Spaceport America - 04.06.07

Today, we'll revisit comments from New Mexico's Secretary of Economic Development Rick Homans, made just after the state legislature approved initial funding for Spaceport America last year.


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Cessna's Pelton Represents GA Concerns At US Chamber Of Commerce Av Summit

Says User Fee Plan "Clearly Has Not Worked In Other Countries"

Rebuking charges by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey that it's time for general aviation to pay a higher price for use of ATC services, on Wednesday Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jack J. Pelton told attendees of an aviation summit at the US Chamber of Commerce the general aviation (GA) industry in the United States is too fragile and too important to the nation to allow experimentation on air traffic management funding options... such as the one proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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FAA Asks For Comments On Controversial Icing Regulation Language

Says Interpretation Of Known Icing In June 2006 Letter "Could Be Misconstrued"

In response to concerns raised last year by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association -- regarding an eyebrow-raising definition of "known icing conditions" in updated FAA policy documents -- recently the agency submitted a revised draft of its proposed language, and invited pilots and others concerned with the proposed rule to comment.

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Comair Admits Pilots Partially Responsible For 5191 Accident

But Carrier Insists There's Plenty of Blame To Go Around

Comair officials have admitted two of their pilots were partially at fault for an August 27, 2006 crash that killed 49 of 50 people on board... but blame does not solely rest with those in the flight deck of the doomed CRJ100, the carrier insists.

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Australian Lawmakers Call On CASA's Byron To Resign

Says Chief Refuses To Accept Responsibility For 2005 Fatal Crash

Australia's aviation watchdog chief should be fired in the aftermath of one of Australia's worst air disasters, the Federal Opposition says. As Aero-News reported, 15 people died when a TransAir Metroliner III crashed into Queensland's Lockhart River in May 2005. It was Australia's worst air disaster in 40 years.

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Student, Instructor Suffer Minor Injuries In Accidental 'Zero-Zero' Ejection

Eject! Eject! Eject! Oops!

A student pilot and his instructor suffered minor injuries when the student accidentally ejected from his Harvard II during a lesson Wednesday. Flight operations at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, a Canadian Forces Base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, were temporarily suspended following the incident.

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Reports: Spaceport America Tax Bill Passes County Referendum

One Down, Two To Go

It went down to the wire... but election officials in New Mexico told the Associated Press Thursday night a bill calling for an increase in gross-receipts taxes for residents of Doña Ana County, to fund New Mexico's proposed Spaceport America, has narrowly won voter approval.

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Klyde Morris (04.06.07)

Klyde Shows Two Can Play The FAA's User Fee Game...

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Airbus CEO Meets With Union Reps To Talk About Power8 Cuts

Says Partners Should Come Onboard At Three Plants By Mid-July

Oh, to be a fly on the wall during this meeting. On Wednesday, Airbus CEO Louis Gallois met with labor union representatives, to share details of the controversial restructuring plan that will cost thousands of jobs at Airbus plants throughout Europe.

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Senior Military Officials Testify About Air Force Space Program

Highlight Streak Of Successful Launches, Need For GPS III

Aero-News has learned three senior leaders provided testimony on national security space activities before the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee March 23.

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Pilot In Lake Powell Crash Says He Wasn't 'Skimming'

But Others Continue To Do So, Despite Risks

Skimming... water skiing... or aqua-planing -- with a real, live airplane -- has become famous on the internet since pictures of the Harvard Aerobatics team, lead by Capt. Scully Levine, participated in a "water ski" event where they aqua-planed four Harvards on Klipdrift Dam near Potchefstroom, South Africa.

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Boeing Leads Airbus So Far For 2007 Orders

But There's A Lot Of Time Left

We're still over a year away from the next presidential election in the United States... but that hasn't stopped leading candidates from touting the number of voters they've swayed to their campaigns. It is with similar logic that Boeing announced Thursday the company has a healthy lead over rival Airbus, for orders garnered during the first three months of 2007.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.06.07): Load Factor

Aero-Terms!

Load factor is the ratio of the total load supported by the airplane's wing to the total weight of the airplane.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.06.07)

"Simply put, the FAA wants to dismantle the current funding mechanism, increase the tax on jet fuel by 220 percent and on aviation gas by 261 percent and incorporate a range of new user fees for general aviation. An evaluation of the current funding system shows little need for new revenue streams. Funding for the FAA has increased, not decreased, in the last decade."

Source: Cessna Aircraft CEO Jack Pelton, speaking about user fees at Wednesday's US Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit.

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