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May 12, 2007

AOPA Objects To Senate's Proposed Turbine Flight Fee

Reaffirms Belief Current Tax Structure Could Fund NextGen

Members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association are opposed to the idea of a $25 per flight user fee for turbine-powered aircraft, AOPA President Phil Boyer told members of the Senate Commerce Committee in a May 10 letter.

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SkyBus Officially Cleared To Fly

FAA Issues LCC Final Certification

Rookie low-fare carrier Skybus Airlines earned final certification from the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday, clearing the way for its scheduled May 22 launch.

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EasyJet Calls On EU To Get Rid Of Old Aircraft

Says Some Aircraft Are "Too Dirty to Fly"

On the heels of easyJet receiving its 100th Airbus A319, the airline began calling on European governments to remove almost 700 of the oldest, dirtiest aircraft from Europe's skies by banning any aircraft built before 1990 from operating within the European Union after January 1, 2012.

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Los Angeles Mayor Names Former SeaTac Exec As Head Of LAWA

Will Oversee LAX, Van Nuys, Ontario, And Palmdale Facilities

Los Angeles, CA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hopes Gina Marie Lindsey can work some of her previous magic with beleagured Los Angeles World Airports. On Thursday, Villaraigosa named Lindsey as executive director of the agency, at a time when it is mired in litigation with several airlines over an increase in terminal fees.

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VAA Expands Definition Of 'Contemporary' Judging Category

Planes Built Before 1971 Now Eligible

Acting upon the recommendation of the EAA's Vintage Aircraft Association judges, the VAA Board of Directors voted to expand the Contemporary judging category to include aircraft built up to December 31, 1970. The category was previously up to December 31, 1967.

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FAA Warns Staff Against Using Windows Vista

Operating System Upgrade In Holding Pattern

Federal Aviation Administration officials issued an internal memo earlier this year, saying the agency will pass for now on upgrading its computer systems -- citing hardware requirements for Microsoft's widely-hyped Windows Vista operations system as a major reason.

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Unidentified Falling Object Identified

That Cherokee Must've Had Some Serious Horsepower...

The United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority has launched an investigation into an object that apparently fell from a small plane onto a tennis court in Jesmond, England, this week.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.12.07)


The CAP, the auxiliary of the USAF, has more than 56,000 members, including 27,000 cadets. It boasts the world's largest fleets (535) of single-engine, piston aircraft and has the nation's most extensive communications network.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.12.07): Missed Approach


When an aircraft aborts a landing after it has already started its landing approach and has to follow a set path to leave the airspace surrounding the terminal.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.12.07)

"We're mad as hell"

Source: Greg Davidowitch, President of AFA-CWA at United Airlines. Carrying signs with such slogans as "Fix It Now" and "We Are United, They Are Pigs," around 400 pilots, mechanics, and flight attendants for United picketed outside the Field Museum Thursday, where inside the first shareholders meeting for the carrier in five years was underway.

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MT TFR: 05.18.07 - 05.20.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1168  Issue Date: May 11, 2007 at 1409 UTC  Location: Salt Lake City Center, Great Falls, Montana near GREAT FALLS VORTAC (GTF)  Beginning Date and Time: May 18, 2007 at 1600 UTC  Ending Date and Time: May 20, 2007 at 2300 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: High Performance Aerial Demonstrations by the U.S. Military and Canadian Snowbirds  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Great Falls (GTF) TRACON, 406-453-7736

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