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March 22, 2007

Columbia Aircraft Announces Major Restructuring Effort

Lantis Out As CEO; 185 Employees Furloughed

Two weeks after Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing announced the layoffs of 59 workers, representatives with the Bend, OR planemaker tell ANN the company has undergone a significant management and workforce restructuring.

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CA TFR: 03.29.07 - 04.02.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6352 Issue Date: March 22, 2007 at 1209 UTC Location: NAS Point Mugu, California near VENTURA VOR/DME (VTU) Beginning Date and Time: March 29, 2007 at 1945 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 02, 2007 at 0030 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the USAF Thunderbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Point Mugu (NTD) Base Operations, 805-989-8521

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FL TFR: 03.29.07 - 04.01.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6375 Issue Date: March 22, 2007 at 1407 UTC Location: MacDill AFB Tampa, Florida near ST PETERSBURG VORTAC (PIE) Beginning Date and Time: March 29, 2007 at 1530 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 01, 2007 at 2100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, other high performance aircraft, and U.S. Army parachute teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Tampa (TPA) Air Traffic Control Tower, 813-371-7700

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PR TFR: 03.23.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6400 Issue Date: March 22, 2007 at 1541 UTC Type: Hazards

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ATA's May Presents Airlines' Case For FAA Reauthorization

Claims Corporate Aviation Is 'Subsidized' Under Current Plan

There are (at least) two sides to every story. On Thursday, Air Transportation Association President James May told the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the critical need to implement a 21st century national air traffic control (ATC) system -- and what he considers the most equitable way to fund such a plan.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 03.22.07

Hilton Software's Hilton Goldstein, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.22.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.22.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Part Two, Hilton Goldstein: 03.22.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Hilton Goldstein on his company's WingX software for pocket-PCs.)

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NASA Awards Rapid II Space Development Contracts

Inexpensive Satellites The Goal

Aero-News learned this week NASA selected Space Systems Loral of Palo Alto, CA and MicroSat Systems of Littleton, CO for award of two Rapid Spacecraft Development Office -- known as Rapid II -- contracts with a minimum value of $50,000 each.

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Border Patrol Captures Child Assault Suspect, With A Little Help From UAV

A Predator Snags A Predator

Officials with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tell ANN earlier this week, one of the agency's unmanned aircraft detected and assisted Border Patrol agents in the apprehension of a wanted fugitive in the vicinity of Anderson Mine, along the Arizona border with Mexico.

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Evergreen Aviation Museum's IMAX Experience Opens Friday!

Theater Sports One Of The Largest Movie Screens In Pacific Northwest

For the first time ever, moviegoers in Oregon will be able to experience 3D movies in the most powerful and unique way possible: The IMAX® Experience. The Evergreen Aviation Museum's IMAX Theater is scheduled to open Friday, in coordination with a series of Spring Break festivities at the home of the famous Spruce Goose.

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Alakai Technologies Earns STC For Cirrus Aircraft ETMS

Brings "Black Box" Recorder Tech To SR20s, SR22s

Alakai Technologies Corporation told ANN Thursday the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of the company's Engine Trend Monitoring System (ETMS) on Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft.

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NBAA's Bolen Tells Committee Congress Loses Control Under FAA Plan

"FAA Talks The Talk, But Doesn't Walk The Walk"

America's air transportation system, and the small- to mid-size businesses in small towns and rural areas nationwide that depend on general aviation, would be the losers if a user fee plan being pushed by the airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) becomes law, Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), told a congressional subcommittee Wednesday.

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AOPA: Many In Congress Skeptical Of FAA Funding Scheme

Oberstar Tells Hearing "We're Going To Do Right By Aviation"

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association tells ANN the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ran into a wall of unyielding skepticism during a Thursday hearing before the House Aviation subcommittee on the agency’s funding proposal.

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EU Approves Open Skies, With British Stipulations

Five-Month Delay Gives Heathrow Carriers Time To Shore Up Defenses

Thursday morning, transport ministers in the European Union unanimously approved an Open Skies treaty agreement with the United States, that throws open new competition for lucrative trans-Atlantic airline routes.

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DOT Inspector General Releases Audit Of FAA Staffing

NATCA Says Report Should Be "Wake Up Call"

Last week, the Inspector General's office for the Department of Transportation completed its review of staffing at FAA radar approach control and radar-equipped tower facilities, in response to Congressional requests in the aftermath of the Comair 5191 crash last August in Lexington, KY.

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A380s Head Home Following US Proving Flights

But They'll Be Back... As Soon As Sunday

They're now heading home... but judging by the crowds of fervent planewatchers and curious bystanders alike who clogged streets around New York's JFK International and Los Angeles International Airport this week to witness the arrival of 555-passenger, double-deck Airbus A380 on US shores, it's safe to say the massive airliner created quite a stir across the US this week.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.22.07

NASA struggles with the decision...fix, or replace?
Boyer tells congress, let's get past user fees.
And Elon Musk thinks SpaceX had a pretty good day Tuesday.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.22.07

NASA struggles with the decision...fix, or replace?
Boyer tells congress, let's get past user fees.
And Elon Musk thinks SpaceX had a pretty good day Tuesday.

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ANN Special Feature: Pt 2 - Hilton Goldstein, Hilton Software - 03.22.07

Today, Part 2 of Jim Campbell's talk with Hilton Goldstein of Hilton Software about Wing-X.

FMI: www.hiltonsoftware.com

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NTSB Issues Safety Recommendation Affecting Cessna 150s

Calls For AD To Inspect Rudder Boots

On Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Recommendation A-07-33, calling on the FAA to make a current service bulletin mandatory for Cessna 150 operators, in the form of an airworthiness directive.

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Qantas A330 Flies Without Emergency Oxygen Operational

Pilots Warn Worse To Come If Takeover Succeeds

Angry pilots called for a senate inquiry and an "urgent internal investigation" after a Qantas ferry flight landed at Sydney Airport, and the plane's crew discovered its emergency oxygen system had been sealed by maintenance workers in the Phillipines.

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Lawsuits Filed in 2006 Citation 560 Accident

Families Blame Airport, Pilots For Failed Go-Around

Five lawsuits have been filed over the 2006 fatal downing of a Cessna Citation 560 at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA.

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Sec. Wynne Tells Senate Committee Air Force Will NOT Reopen CSAR-X Bidding

But Air Force Agrees To Hear Lockheed, Sikorsky Protests

Thanks for the suggestions, really... but we're gonna stick with Plan A. That, in a nutshell, is the message the US Air Force had for the Government Accountability Office this week, as Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne said the USAF would not reopen bidding on the $15 billion Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) contract awarded to Boeing last year.

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Coast Guard Responds To Alaskan Cessna 185 Accident

Taildragger Nosed Over On Beach; Passengers OK

An alert ANN News-Spy tipped us to an interesting rescue recently up in Alaska, involving a US Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helo... and a Cessna 185 that was having a bad day.

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Battle Continues Over San Diego Office Tower Near MYF

AOPA, San Diego Join Forces In Suit Against Construction Firm

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has joined forces with the City of San Diego in a lawsuit against California construction outfit Sunroad Enterprises to force the company to tear down the top two floors of a new office tower near Montgomery Field (MYF).

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Virgin Blue Forks Over Some Green For Red-Hot Boeings

Planes To Be Painted... Orange-ish?

Boeing and Virgin Blue Holdings confirmed Wednesday the Brisbane-based company has ordered six Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners, with options for six more, and will lease one additional 777-300ER.

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ExxonMobil Donates $1 Million To Houston Life Flight Agency

Money Comes As Firm Looks To Replace Aging Fleet

ExxonMobil Foundation announced Wednesday it has made a $1 million contribution toward a new helicopter for Memorial Hermann Life Flight Air Ambulance in Houston, TX -- and the rescue service says it comes in the nick of time.

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Australia's Heliflite Signs For Eight AgustaWestland Helos

Deal Announced At Australian International Airshow

AgustaWestland told ANN Wednesday that Australian operator Heliflite Pty Ltd signed a contract recently for eight new helicopters, including the AW119 Ke light single, the A109 Power, the Grand light twin and the AW139 medium twin.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.07)

Aero-Linx!

Not only do they know what your aircraft is worth, Air Appraisal Company understands the value that pilots place on their aircraft and recognizes the importance of establishing an accurate dollar value for an aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.07): Ground Delay Program

Aero-Terms!

Implemented to control air traffic volume to airports where the projected traffic demand is expected to exceed the airport's acceptance rate for a lengthy period of time.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.22.07)

"We believe there was an obstruction on the airport runway, in the environment of the airport runway, that was improper."

Source: Attorney Bruce Lampert, who is representing the family of James A. "Andy" Garratt, copilot onboard a Cessna Citation 560 that crashed during an attempted go-around at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA last year. Five lawsuits have been filed in connection with the crash.

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