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October 16, 2007

AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2007-21-11 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-21-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above that will supersede an existing AD.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2007-21-12 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-21-12 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-21-14 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-21-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A310 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-21-15 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-21-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 707 airplanes and Model 720 and 720B series airplanes.

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IFALPA Weighs In On Brazil's Charges Against Two American Pilots

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.16.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.16.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- IFALPA Weighs In On Brazilian Charges Against Two American Pilots: 10.16.07 (ANN Special Feature, with IFALPA's Gideon Ewers.)

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Money, Money, Money! Delta Rakes In $363M (Pre-Tax) Income

Delta Air Lines Reports $363 Million Pre-tax Income for September '07 Quarter

Delta Airlines 'successful international expansion' is apparently the driving force behind their 'highest quarterly operating revenue ever." This, of course, will not be ignored when Delt's labor force agreements come up for renegotiation over the next few years. We can just imagine THOSE headlines... but we digress.

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Cha-Cha-Changes: Boeing Picks Shanahan As Lead For 787 Program

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson has named Pat Shanahan vice president and general manager of the 787 program. Shanahan moves from vice president, Missile Defense Systems at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, and succeeds Mike Bair, who will become vice president Business Strategy and Marketing for Commercial Airplanes, replacing Mike Cave, whose move to a position at Boeing Corporate Offices was announced earlier in the day.

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'Sierra Super II' Cruise Performance Validated

Sierra Industries' tells ANN that their FJ44 Citation II retrofit testing continues, nad boasts an accumulation of more than 14 hours of flying time since their first flight on September 19, 2007. More than 11 hours in the FJ44-3A powered aircraft, known as the "Sierra Super II", have been conducted in Class A airspace above 25,000 feet and more than 5.5 hours have been in excess of 40,000 feet.

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Liberty Obtains Major Debt Financing

Liberty Aerospace, Inc., the manufacturer of the Liberty XL-2, tells ANN that they have closed a major debt financing which will allow Liberty to significantly expand its production capacity to meet 'growing U.S. and international demand for the Liberty XL-2 aircraft.' 

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NTSB Issues Safety Recommendation For Transport Category Computing Devices

NTSB Safety Recommendations A-07-58 through -64

In an apparent follow-up to the lessons learning by the fatal Southwest Airlines/Midway Airport runway over-run of an icy runway, the NTSB has issued safety recommendations... 

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Boeing, Jet Airways Complete Order for 20 737s

Boeing and Mumbai-based Jet Airways, India's largest private airline, have finalized an order for 20 Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is valued at nearly $1.5 billion at current list prices.

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First AgustaWestland AW139 Enters Service In Estonia

The first of two AgustaWestland AW139 medium twin turbine engine helicopters ordered by Ministry of the Interior of Estonia for Border Guard has entered service. Operational readiness was officially announced during a ceremony held in Tallinn on October 12th.

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Royal Thai Air Force Purchases Three VIP S-92 Helicopters

Sikorsky tells ANN that the Royal Thai Air Force has become the latest head-of-state customer to fly in a Sikorsky S-92 VIP helicopter, with the sale of three of the VIP aircraft to transport the Thai royal family.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.16.07

Controllers in Atlanta say there's a fungus among us!
Cirrus Design hints at its designs on Columbia.
And the first A380 customer takes delivery.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.16.07

Controllers in Atlanta say there's a fungus among us!
Cirrus Design hints at its designs on Columbia.
And the first A380 customer takes delivery.

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ANN Special Feature: Gideon Ewers, IFALPA - 10.16.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Gideon Ewers of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations about the implications of Brazilian charges against US pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino

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Raburn Kills Latest Columbia Rumor: Eclipse 'Won't Bid' On Columbia

"No Way In The World" Is Eclipse Interested in Columbia Bid

As soon as the word hit that GA heavyweight Cirrus Design was interested in wrestling fellow GA heavyweight Cessna for control of the pivotal assets of Columbia, the rumor mill went into overdrive. It was if the rumor-mongers decided that the pot wasn't stirred enough as it was... so all of a sudden the "E" word starts popping up as a possible suitor for Columbia.

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FAA's 135 Certificate Action Against Charter Company Draws Industry Concern

NBAA Cites "Wake Up Call"

Following the FAA's Emergency Order Of Revocation against AMI Jet Charter, Inc., of Burlingame, CA, the industry has responded with suspicion and concern. On October 4, 2007, the FAA issued an emergency order suspending AMI's air carrier certificate "until such time as AMI demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Acting Administrator, with documentation, that it had sufficient management personnel  and the management structure, management systems and record systems, including  record systems that show the qualifications of its pilots and the airworthiness status of its aircraft, in place to maintain effective and safe operational control and ensure the safety of its Part 135 operations."

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Kas Lives! Noted Aero-Writer Updates Pivotal Aviation Powerplant Book

Kas Thomas' "Fly The Engine" Is Back... and Better Than Ever!

One of the best and most concisely written books we ever read was none other than former TBO Advisor Editor Kas Thomas' "Fly The Engine." Easy to read, well-detailed, long on insight and short on BS; FTE was a book that we thought EVERY piston pilot should keep no farther away than arm's length... FMI: http://flytheengine.blogspot.com, www.lulu.com/content/1291090

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VAQ 132 Returns to Whidbey Island

Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 132, the “Scorpions”, were welcomed home to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Oct. 6, after a deployment to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. The Scorpions were deployed for seven months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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NATA Angered, Weighs in On FAA's Recent Part 135 Certificate Revocation

NATA Sends Letters To Members Expressing Anger

The following letter was sent to NATA members by President Jim Coyne concerning the recent Certificate action undertaken by the FAA against AMI Jet Charter, Inc., of Burlingame, CA. Coyne really took the FAA to task here and describes their actions as, "...driven more by arrogance and a failure to understand how Part 135 is different from Part 121 than by true concerns about the safety of operations conducted on AMI aircraft. "

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World Space Expo Celebrates 50 Years In Space

NASA and the U.S. Air Force will jointly celebrate 50 years of space and the 60th anniversary of the Air Force with the World Space Expo from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4, at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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Modernized GPS Block IIR Sat Ready For Launch

The fourth modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIR satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force is set for launch aboard a Delta II rocket on Oct. 17, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The GPS constellation provides critical situational awareness and precision weapon guidance for the military. The worldwide system also supports a wide range of civil, scientific and commercial functions - from air traffic control to the Internet - with precision location and timing information.

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Stowaway Makes Flight To Malaysia

Illegal Passenger Enters Island Via Wheel Well

A man managed to stowaway in a wheel well on a Singapore Airlines aircraft flying from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore last week. The fly-for-free incident has prompted Malaysian officials to order a probe into how he breached security, which has the Palestinian national in jail there, according to Malaysian national news agency Bernama.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.16.07)

“We did not miss one sortie we were requested for... We also flew an unprecedented amount of hours. I don’t think a Navy Prowler squadron has ever logged 3,900.” Source: Cmdr. Jeff Graf, VAQ 132 commanding officer, Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron, the “Scorpions”, as they were welcomed home to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Oct. 6, after a deployment to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. The Scorpions were deployed for seven months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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