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February 10, 2007

Initial Response To Air Tours Rule... It Coulda Been Worse

AOPA, NATA, EAA Concerned With Impact On Charity Flights, Tour Operators

The FAA's final rule on air tour operations, released Thursday, has so far drawn measured responses from the aviation community.

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Northwest Offered Break On Airport Fees To Stay At MSP

Critic Says "Back Door Deal" Needs More Scrutiny

It's one heckuva deal for Northwest Airlines... a $239 million savings on airport charges at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, in exchange for the airline keeping its headquarters in the Twin Cities once the airline emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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American Airlines Says No More Eight-Hour Waits Aboard Its Planes

From Now On, The Maximum Is Four Hours

American Airlines -- fighting the public relations debacle it suffered in December, when bad weather forced the carrier to ground dozens of flights for hours at a time -- said this week if such an event happens again, passengers won't have to wait as long before they're able to get off the aircraft.

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It's Official: United, Like Nixon, Will Go To China

Carrier Receives Final Approval For DC-Beijing Flights

The Department of Transportation dotted its final i's and crossed the last t's this week on its approval for United Airlines to begin flying a new route to China. On Thursday, the DOT gave its final OK for United to start service to Beijing in March from Washington Dulles International.

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USAF-IFS Training Program Formally Launched

Ribbon Cut On 209,000 Square-Foot Facility

An innovative program that will train up to 1,700 Air Force pilot and navigator candidates annually was officially launched this week, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in at Doss Aviation in Pueblo, CO.

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Enstrom 480B On The Job With LA IMPACT

Helo Assists In Drug Bust Just After Delivery

Aero-News has learned during a ceremony at the Enstrom facility late last year, Lieutenant Robert Mulhall accepted a 480B Guardian on behalf of Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force, or LA IMPACT. It didn't take long for the helicopter to prove its worth, either.

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NTSB Issues Update On CRJ Uncontained Engine Failure Investigation

Below is the latest on the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation into the January 25 uncontained engine failure incident onboard a Mesa Air Lines CRJ-200 regional jet near Denver, CO.

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A109 Power Added To ETPS Fleet

The Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) at Boscombe Down in England has added an AgustaWestland A109 Power helicopter to its training fleet. Representatives with the helomaker state the addition of the A109 will help ETPS to meet the growing demand for places on its rotary wing courses.

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Former Airbus Exec Joins Board Of Directors At IS&S

Industry Veteran Adds Global Touch To Avionics Manufacturer

Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. told ANN this week internationally-recognized aerospace industry leader Raymond J. Wilson, C.B.E., has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.10.07)

Aero-Linx!

Fun airports? Heck, yeah! This website tells you the best places to get your next $100 hamburger.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.10.07): Near-Earth Objects

Aero-Terms!

Also called NEOs, these are comets and asteroids that have been nudged into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth's neighborhood by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.10.07)

"Despite AOPA’s arguments, the FAA raised the minimum experience level for private pilots from 200 to 500 hours. The FAA based their action on the fact that more accidents occur with pilots between 200 and 500 hours. But because the majority of pilots fall into that range, the statistics used by the FAA to justify the change may not reflect the true safety record of pilots in this experience level, but rather their increased exposure."

Source: Luis Gutierrez, Director of Regulatory and Certification Policy for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, commenting on the FAA's NPRM issued this week setting new guidelines for air tour and sightseeing operators, as well as pilots flying for charity events.

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