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June 14, 2007

FL Space Launch TFR: 06.15.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4464 Issue Date: June 14, 2007 at 1902 UTC Type: Space Operations

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RI TFR: 06.21.07 - 06.24.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4442  Issue Date: June 14, 2007 at 1708 UTC  Location: North Kingstown, Rhode Island near PROVIDENCE VORTAC (PVD)  Beginning Date and Time: June 21, 2007 at 1600 UTC  Ending Date and Time: June 24, 2007 at 2045 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other teams  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Providence (PVD) Air Traffic Control Tower, 401-738-8945

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PlaneSmart Signs Deal To Replace Current Cirrus SR22 Fleet With New G3 Turbos

Largest Fleet Order So Far For Newest SR22 Variant

PlaneSmart Aviation told ANN Thursday of its signing of a multi-million dollar deal to replace the fractional's current fleet of Cirrus SR22-G2s with all new Cirrus SR22-G3s. The agreement is the largest fleet purchase of this type, since the new G3s were introduced in April of this year.

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California Lawmaker Defends Funding Of Problematic Plane

Project Has Received $63M In Earmarks Over Almost Two Decades

On paper, it looks really good. An inexpensive VTOL plane with a range of 5,000 miles and a top speed of 700 mph, capable of carrying 48 fully armed soldiers and a Humvee. What general wouldn't want to have seen such a tool on the battlefield? Turns out, all of them.

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Computer Failures Continue To Plague Station, Shuttle Crews

Is The ISS In Trouble? Short Answer: Not Yet

What started as a troublesome glitch in stabilization systems onboard the International Space Station has grown into a more worrisome -- though not yet critical -- situation.

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Baby Monitor Picks Up Atlantis Video Transmission

Signal Identical To Public Broadcasts On NASA Website

When new mom Natalie Meilinger checked her baby monitor Sunday, the Palatine, IL resident heard a strange voice apparently coming out of her three-and-a-half-month old son's room.

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First Dassault Falcon 7X Enters Into Service

Arrives In Paris Early Thursday Morning

Dassault Falcon tells ANN the first Falcon 7X entered service Wednesday, following delivery to Mr. Gilbert Chagoury, Founder and Chairman of The Chagoury Group. It arrived at 4:50 AM Thursday in Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France following a non-stop flight from Dassault's completion center in Little Rock, AR.

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Eurocopter Stresses Its Commitment To Flight Safety

Forms In-House Directorate

To demonstrate what the company calls "its commitment to giving flight safety the highest priority," Eurocopter recently created an in-house flight safety directorate, headed by Jean-Pierre Dedieu, Executive Director of Customer Support, who reports directly to the Eurocopter CEO.

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EADS Unveils Spaceplane Model In Paris

Rocket-Powered Jet Would Carry Four Tourists Into Suborbital Space

And we thought the Airbus A380 was far-reaching. On Wednesday, European aerospace consortium EADS unveiled a model of its proposed entry into the growing space tourism industry: a rocket-powered jet designed to take paying passengers over 62 miles above the Earth.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.14.07

A Day With SATSAir's Steve Hanvey

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.14.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.14.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Is Now The Time For Air Taxis?: 06.14.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Steve Hanvey of SATSAir.)

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NASA: Dawn Dented, But Plans Continue For July Launch

Falling Wrench Hits Solar Panel, No Cells Broken

NASA is investigating a minor mishap affecting the delay-plagued Dawn spacecraft, although the target launch date of July 7 is unaffected.

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Curious Remark Scrambles F-16s In Oklahoma

"Better To Overreact Than Not React At All"

When flying in military airspace, you've really got to watch what you say these days. And you should probably leave your radio on, too.

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FAA's Blakey Tells JPDO 'Tomorrow Is Today' For NextGen

Actually, It's 109 Days Away...

Below is the full text of a speech given Wednesday before the Joint Planning and Development Office on Capitol Hill by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.14.07

The FAA opens up on NextGen plans.
An aviation consultant goes on TV to slam FAA.
And Cape Air grounds its entire fleet over engine issues.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.14.07

The FAA opens up on NextGen plans.
An aviation consultant goes on TV to slam FAA.
And Cape Air grounds its entire fleet over engine issues.

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ANN Special Feature: Steve Hanvey, SATS - 06.14.07

ANN's Pete Combs rides along with Steve Hanvey of Smart Air Travel Solutions, an air taxi provider operating for two years now using a fleet of Cirrus SR22s.

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Atlantis Astronauts Complete Second Spacewalk

Remaining P6 Bays Due For Retraction Thursday

NASa reports astronauts Patrick Forrester and Steve Swanson continued work to activate the International Space Station's Starboard 3 and 4 (S3/S4) truss segment during STS-117's second spacewalk. The 7-hour, 16-minute excursion wrapped up at 2144 EDT Wednesday.

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Passenger Rights Coalition Issues First 'Strandings Report Card'

Three Airlines Receive Failing Grades; New Hotline Announced

Advocates for an airline passenger bill of rights announced Wednesday that American, United and US Airways had all failed the group’s first Strandings Report Card, based on the total number of flights subject to excessive delays and strandings and other factors.

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EA-6B Prowler Finds New Role Thwarting IEDs In Iraq

Jams Signals From Cell Phones, Garage Door Openers

It first appeared at the end of the Vietnam conflict and served in Kosovo and during the first Gulf war. Its electronic warfare system is considered so valuable by the Pentagon, it makes sure no US aircraft carrier goes into battle without a few on board.

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Maryland Airport Gets Runway Extension Approval

Runway Relocation, New Hangars To Support Corporate Aviation

Commissioners for Carroll County, MD approved a plan Tuesday to extend and relocate the main runway at Carroll County Regional Airport/Jack B. Poage Field in Westminster.

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Airline Workers Strike In Buenos Aires After Passengers Attack

Union Demands Extra Security; Airline Says Shorter Work Hours Real Motivator

Fearing a repeat incident with aggressive passengers, airline workers went on strike for a second day on Tuesday stranding about 20,000 travelers at Buenos Aires' Jorge Newbery Airport.

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Michigan Airport Receives Directives Following FAA Inspection

IWD Has Until End Of Year To Comply

The Federal Aviation Administration recently performed its annual re-certification and safety inspection of the Gogebic-Iron County Airport (IWD) in Ironwood, MI. The airport received a rather long list of honey-dos that has to be completed by December 31.

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Plane Wreckage Located By Divers In AZ Lake

Will Require Special Equipment To Raise

The submerged wreckage of a rented Diamond Star DA-40 that went down in Arizona's Lake Pleasant last month has been located. Using a special underwater camera, searchers located the wreckage Tuesday in more than 120 feet of water, according to the Arizona Republic.

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BFA Joins Alliance For Aviation Across America

Balloonists Oppose User Fees, Too!

Add yet another high-flying organization opposed to general aviation pilots being burdened by user fees. The Balloon Federation of America announced Wednesday it has joined The Alliance for Aviation Across America, and its fight against proposed user fees in the FAA's reauthorization plan.

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Sierra Leone Government To Prosecute Paramount Airlines

African Carrier Is On EU Blacklist

Paramount Airlines has operated safely in Sierra Leone for more than five years -- but the government of the West African country is determined to prosecute the carrier following a helicopter crash earlier this month, killing a 20-member Togolese sports delegation and the two Russian pilots.

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Delta Air Lines Amends Credit Card Processing Agreement

Increases Unrestricted Cash By Approx. $800 Million

Delta Air Lines announced Wednesday it amended its Visa/MasterCard processing agreement to eliminate the $1.1 billion holdback previously required.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.14.07)

Aero-Linx!

The 22nd Annual Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven Fly-In will take place June 20-23, 2007 at the historic William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven, PA. This year's theme is "70 years of Piper". Featured aircraft are the L-4 and PA-24 Comanche.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.14.07): Compass Rose

Aero-Terms!

A graduated circle painted on a ramp or taxiway of an airport.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.14.07)

"When it's flying we have greater success and fewer IEDs going off. It's kind of an insurance policy."

Source: US Navy Capt. David Woods, one of the Navy's most experienced EA-6B Prowler pilots. The Vietnam-era aircraft's primary function until now has been to escort US attack jets while jamming the enemy radios, hostile radars and air defense batteries aimed at them... but it has recently been redefined to take on a new mission: jamming ground signals from devices such as mobile phones and garage door openers that act as detonators for improvised explosive devices (IED).

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TX TFR: 06.17.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4258 Issue Date: June 13, 2007 at 1709 UTC Location: Waco, Texas near WACO VORTAC (ACT) Beginning Date and Time: June 17, 2007 at 1750 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 17, 2007 at 1855 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/4223: Change due to date error

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