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May 23, 2007

FL Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2182 Issue Date: May 23, 2007 at 1354 UTC Location: Maimi Center, 15 NM east of Naples, Florida 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: Miami Center (ZMA) Center, 305-716-1736

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2231 Issue Date: May 23, 2007 at 1731 UTC Type: Hazards

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FAA Expands Airspace Flow Program To Combat Summer Delays

Program Allows Airlines To Fly Around Storms

Airline delays were bad enough this past winter, as hundreds of passengers were forced to become intimately acquainted with the interiors of MD-80s, 737s, A320s, and other aircraft for hours on end, waiting out storms on tarmacs at airports throughout the country. Now imagine the same scenario, but also with summertime temperatures to contend with.

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Rolls-Royce Celebrates 25 Million Flight Hours On AE Engine Family

Includes Turboprop, Turbofan Variants

Rolls-Royce announced this week the enginemaker has exceeded 25 million hours of service on corporate and regional aircraft with its AE family of turboprop and turbofan engines.

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'America's Ryanair' Begins Service

Skybus Takes Flight

It's been called "America's Ryanair" -- by its proponents AND detractors -- and so far, it's been mostly clear skies for Columbus, OH-based Skybus Airlines.

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DOT Reaches Agreement With China To Double Number Of Flights

Will Also Ease Some Restrictions On Cargo Runs

The US Department of Transportation reports the number of daily passenger flights between the United States and China will more than double by 2012, and air cargo companies will have greatly expanded commercial freedom by 2011, as part of a new civil aviation agreement reached Wednesday by Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters and Chinese Minister of Civil Aviation Yang Yuanyuan.

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Testing On First Fully-Conforming Adam A700 Now Underway

Focus Currently On Systems Configuration, Flight Controls

Adam Aircraft told ANN Wednesday of several important milestones for the company's A700 AdamJet certification program. The first fully conforming A700, Serial Number 003, joined the flight program with its first flight on April 9, 2007.

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FAA Certification Of KC-767 Tanker Delayed Due To Valve Problem

Japanese Deliveries On Hold, May Spell Trouble For KC-X Bid

The Federal Aviation Administration has not yet fully certified Boeing's KC-767 aerial refueling tanker... and that means the aircraft's first customer is still waiting for its first plane.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 05.23.07

Are Recently-Hired Controllers Resigned To Resigning?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.23.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.23.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Another Public Resignation Of An Air Traffic Controller: 05.23.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Doug Pincock, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association's Facilities Representative for Salt Lake Center.)

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California Power Systems, LSA West Join Forces To Offer Rotax 912 Course

First Class Scheduled For August 4, 2007

With the advent of the light sport aircraft category, many aircraft mechanics have had to become familiar with the erstwhile Rotax 912 -- the powerplant of choice in many LSAs -- very quickly. Until now, however, there has been little formal structure to that process.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.23.07

The Goodyear Blimp visits a new Illinois Airport.
Consumer groups want  a stronger passenger bill of rights.
And AirTran's agreement with its pilots' union is hush-hush.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.23.07

The Goodyear Blimp visits a new Illinois Airport.
Consumer groups want a stronger passenger bill of rights.
And AirTran's agreement with its pilots' union is hush-hush.

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ANN Special Feature: Doug Pincock, NATCA / SLC - 05.23.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Doug Pincock, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association's Facilities Representative for Salt Lake Center, about the recent, public resignation of a recently-

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Boyer, May Agree On Need To Modernize ATC At Aero Club Debate

ATA President Says His Beef Is With Corporate Jets

AOPA President Phil Boyer and the airlines' representative, James May of the Air Transport Association (ATA), squared off Tuesday for a debate on the FAA funding legislation.

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Hawker Beechcraft Unveils King Air C90GTi

"Baby" King Air Now Sports Pro Line 21 Cockpit

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced this week the new Beechcraft King Air C90GTi, the latest evolution of the popular twin-turbine Beechcraft King Air 90 series aircraft. The upgraded Beechcraft King Air C90GTi will feature a fully-integrated, Pro Line 21 avionics system, the same system at the heart of Hawker and Beechcraft airplanes from the King Air B200 to the Hawker 900XP.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Celebrates Over 500 Million Flying Hours

Engines In Service With Over 9,000 Customers

Pratt & Whitney Canada had a major announcement Tuesday at EBACE 2007, now underway in Geneva, Switzerland: the company's in-service fleet of 42,000 engines has accumulated over 500 million flying hours, the equivalent of covering the distance to the sun and back more than 1,000 times.

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JetFly Orders Four EADS Socata TBM 850s

Fractional Ownership Program Spending Some Money At EBACE

Luxembourg-based JetFly loves its turboprop singles. Hot on the heels of its announcement at EBACE 2007 this week of six new Pilatus PC-12 orders, the fractional ownership program announced an additional order for four TBM 850s to supplement an existing fleet of three TBM 700s.

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Embraer Announces 11 New Phenom 100 Orders

Fraction Ownership Groups In US, Ireland Sign For VLJ

Embraer announced at EBACE 2007 this week it has signed two orders, for a combined 11 of its upcoming Phenom 100 very-light-jets.

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Eurocopter To Rollout EC135 Flight Training Devices In Europe, US

Simulators Will Come Online In March 2008

Eurocopter announced at EBACE 2007 this week it will install flight training devices including six-axis, full-motion simulators for its EC135 light twin-engined helicopter in its Donauwörth, Germany and Dallas, TX facilities in the last quarter of 2007.

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FATA Weighs In On Florida Tax Controversy

FATA "Tries To Set The Record Straight"

Our good friends at the Florida Aviation Trades Association read ANN's recent coverage of controversies surrounding the taxing of a number of new aircraft, even though some of the aircraft taxed may not be owned or operated by Florida residents.

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Illinois' Bult Field Is Open For Business, But...

Promised Certification Is In The Mail

Bult Field in Monee, IL has had more than its fair share of turbulence in its month-long life. But, things are looking up... literally. On the day the airport was to receive its certificate of occupancy from the state, its owner welcomed its largest customer.

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Legislation Criminalizes Laser Pointers Aimed At Aircraft

$12 Item Can Impair Pilot Vision

It doesn't matter if you are a terrorist or a prankster -- if you shine laser pointers at airplanes, you could now face up to five years in prison.

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Boeing Unveils Interior Concepts For New ANN Mobile Global HQ... Er, 747-8 VIP

"We Want One"

On Tuesday, Boeing Business Jets unveiled new interior concepts for its largest VIP aircraft, the 747-8 VIP, at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Geneva. The overwhelming consensus among the ANN staff is as follows: we want one.

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Aeronca Pilot Enters Restricted Airspace Near KSC

Close-Up Shuttle View Leads To Chat With Feds

The pilot of an Aeronca Champ was intercepted after entering restricted airspace Tuesday around Kennedy Space Center, and flying near the space shuttle Atlantis and its launch pad.

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Cessna Goes With Rockwell Collins CMS For Citation CJ4

Company Also Supplies Pro Line 21 Avionics Suite

Cessna has selected Rockwell Collins' new digital cabin management system (CMS) for the upcoming Citation CJ4 business jet.

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'Solar Impulse' Prepares For Transatlantic Flight

Plane Will Recreate Notable Aviation Journeys

Sporting wings the width of the largest Airbus, a solar-powered plane is scheduled to retrace several notable exploits in aviation history -- including Charles Lindbergh's first transatlantic crossing -- before attempting a round-the-world flight in 2011.

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Argentine Study Gives New Hope For Jet-Lag Sufferers

But There COULD Be Side Effects...

There may be new hope for chronic jet-lag sufferers. Argentine researchers say they've seen encouraging results from test conducted on hamsters, that were given mild doses of an increasingly common prescription drug: Viagra.

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Pilot Killed In CBP Helo Accident

Passenger In Stable Condition

The US Customs and Border Protection service has lost one of its pilots, less than a month after another fatal accident.

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Oldest Living Chief Master Sergeant Proud Of USAF

Fascination With Flight Inspired 1943 Enlistment

Like a loving parent, Esther MacKay has watched and helped the United States Air Force grow from the offshoot Army Air Corps to a distinguished and respected branch of the military. And, at 101, she is also that branch's oldest living chief master sergeant.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.23.07)

Aero-Linx!

The Office of Education is a component of Langley's Office of Strategic Communication and Education (OSCE).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.23.07): MarkAir

Aero-Terms!

MarkAir was a regional airline based in Alaska that shut down in 1995.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.23.07)

"I'll believe it when I see it."

Source: Airport owner and developer Jim Bult, whose privately-owned airfield near Monee, IL opened for business last month... and already has its first customer, the Goodyear Blimp "Spirit of Goodyear." However, Bult is still waiting for his certificate of occupancy from the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

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