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June 08, 2007

First Flight! Epic's Twin-Engine Elite VLJ

Jet Will Accompany Other Offerings To Oshkosh

Epic Aircraft has announced the first flight of its new Elite single-pilot, twin-engine VLJ. The company says the "flawless" first flight Thursday lasted more than 40 minutes, and gave company test pilots Dave Morss and Len Fox the chance to explore the aircraft's control surfaces and low level performance capabilities.

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SLC Tower Evacuated As Fire Threatens Propane Tanks

Propane Leak Sparks Fire During Firefighting Training Exercise

The control tower at Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City, UT was evacuated Wednesday night when a firefighting training exercise at the airport's training facility suddenly turned real.

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TSA Tells Airlines To Pay Up

Says 22 Carriers Owe Security Fees

Following an 18-month dispute over security fees payable by domestic airlines to the Transportation Security Administration, on Thursday the TSA ruled the carriers have to cough up some scratch -- to the tune of $219 million.

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FAA Issues Corrections To Air Tour Safety Standards

Includes Wording Changes, Clarifications

The Federal Aviation Administrations released a correction to the Commercial Air Tours and National Parks Air Tour Management regulations this week, to conform to amendments made by the National Air Tour Safety Standards final rule.

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3655  Issue Date: June 08, 2007 at 0415 UTC  Location: Oakland Center, Squaw Valley, California near SQUAW VALLEY VOR/DME (SWR)  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: Oakland (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331 

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GA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3667 Issue Date: June 08, 2007 at 1301 UTC Location: Jacksonville Center, Waycross, Georgia Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting airacraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Jacksonville (ZJX) Center, 904-549-1537

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Cost Of New South African Airport Triples Original Estimates

Construction On Hold Until Environmental Report Is Complete

At an official design and construction contract signing with the Ilembe Consortium Wednesday, the Airports Company of South Africa revealed the cost for a new international airport, the country's third-largest, the King Shaka International Airport and Dube TradePort in Durban, was going to be nearly three times the amount of the original estimates.

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Interjet Takes Delivery Of Its First Airbus A320

Mexican LCC's Plane Sports New Cabin Design

The Mexican low-cost airline Interjet has taken delivery of its first A320 from Airbus.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 06.08.07

More Auto-Fuel Options For GA Planes?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.08.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.08.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- More Auto Fuel Options For GA Planes: 06.08.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Todd Peterson of Peterson Aviation.)

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Air Pacific Goes GEnx For Its Dreamliners

May Power As Many As Eight Planes

Air Pacific has selected General Electric's GEnx engines to power its five firm and three option Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Delivery of the engines will begin in 2011. The engine deal is valued at more than $100 million list price.

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Congressman Says House FAA Funding Bill Won't Contain User Fees

Proposal Due For Vote Later This Month

User fees against general aviation pilots will not -- repeat, NOT -- be a part of the FAA funding bill now wending its way through the halls of the House of Representatives, according to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar.

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XCOR Aerospace Receives Financial Boost From Boston Harbor Angels

Investment Fuels Expansion Into New Markets

XCOR announced today it has received investment from the Boston Harbor Angels, to support development of XCOR's new suborbital vehicle.

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NASA Updates Hubble Repair Mission Target Date

STS-125 Set To Lift Off In September 2008

NASA managers announced this week the space agency is officially targeting September 10, 2008 for the launch of STS-125, the fifth and final space shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. During the 11-day flight, Atlantis' seven astronauts will repair and improve the observatory's capabilities through 2013.

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Atlantis Away!

Clear Skies Greet Delayed Shuttle Launch

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 06.28.07 1945 EDT: It took three months longer than NASA had planned... but Atlantis is finally heading skyward, carrying the latest building blocks of the International Space Station, and putting NASA's soon-to-be retired shuttle program back on track.

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Application Deadline Extended For 2007 AirVenture Cup Race

Paperwork Must Be Submitted By June 15

The Experimental Aircraft Association tells ANN pilots wanting to participate in the 10th annual AirVenture Cup Race now have until June 15 to enter, as the application deadline for entries has been extended.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.08.07

Atlantis remains on track for a Friday launch.
The US Senate votes to let airlines trim pension obligations.
And a virtual security fence goes up around four New York metro airports.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.08.07

Atlantis remains on track for a Friday launch.
The US Senate votes to let airlines trim pension obligations.
And a virtual security fence goes up around four New York metro airports.

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ANN Special Feature: Todd Petersen, Petersen Aviation - 06.08.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Todd Petersen, best known for his auto fuel STC's for airplanes. Todd is now making 91-octane ethanol-free auto gasoline available at three New England airports in a mar

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Airbus President Calls For A New Kind Of Consortium

"I Don't Want To See Flags In The Company"

A newly resurgent Airbus -- buoyed by recent orders for its A330 and upcoming A350 XWB -- is looking to stay that way, after suffering through a series of debilitating problems last year. Company president Louis Gallios recently said one way to avoid future strife, is to abandon the nationalistic management structure that has defined the planemaker since its creation almost 40 years ago.

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Payson Airport Offers Its Side Of The Story

Local Business Owner Says Newspaper Article Misrepresented Facts

On Thursday, ANN spoke with Jim Garner, owner of an aircraft maintenance shop at Payson Airport in Payson, AZ. The topic of conversation was a story published in the Payson Roundup, regarding a firefighting helo based at the airport. That story was also picked up by ANN for its story, "Pilots Behaving Badly In Arizona?"

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Pirate Radio Signal Disrupts TLV Tower Communications

Airlines, Pilot Union Accuse Government Of Inaction

Israel's Transport Minister, Shaul Mofaz, said he planned to call an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the problem of pirate radio transmissions disrupting tower communications at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

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NATA's Coyne Discusses Association's Safety Initiatives At Congressional Hearing

Hearing On NTSB's "Most Wanted List" Of Safety Improvements

At a hearing before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aviation this week, National Air Transportation Association President James K. Coyne discussed efforts the group and its members have undertaken to improve safety for both ground services and flight operations.

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Klyde Morris (06.08.07)

Ah, The Circle Of Aviation...

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Expedition 15 Crew Completes Second Spacewalk

Suni Williams Due To Break Spaceflight Record

The Expedition 15 crew completed their second spacewalk in eight days Wednesday, and continued preparations for space shuttle Atlantis' arrival at the International Space Station.

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European Emissions Plan Could Prove Costly

CO2 Allowance Trading System To Begin In 2011

A report by Ernst & Young and air-transport consulting firm York Aviation says a plan for Europe's aviation industry to trade allowances for carbon emissions could cost the industry about $5.4 billion annually.

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NASA Issues Proposal Request For Ares I Avionics Unit

Raytheon Already Has Hat In The Ring

NASA has issued a request for proposal Wednesday for key guidance, navigation and control hardware for the new Ares I crew launch vehicle. The upper stage instrument unit avionics is to be used during the Ares I ascent.

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Aircraft Restoration A Labor Of Love

Rare Stearman Now Retired To Air Shows

The 1928 Stearman C3B mail plane has had a long, colorful history. From mail plane to passenger plane to crop duster, the rare aircraft has now been fully restored to its former glory at its new home at Brodhead Airport in Brodhead, WI.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.08.07)

Aero-Linx!

The 47th Paris Airshow runs from June 18-24 in, where else... Paris. If you've got some frequent flyer miles you want to burn, head across the pond for Europe's premier aviation event. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.08.07)

"We're ready to fly tomorrow."

Source: NASA Test Director Steve Payne, following Thursday's Countdown Status Briefing on the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. The shuttle is scheduled to liftoff at 7:38 pm EDT Friday evening, on a supply and construction mission to the International Space Station.

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