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March 30, 2007

AEA 2007: Past AEA President Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Monte Mitchell Recognized By Industry On Opening Day

Monte Mitchell, past president of Aircraft Electronics Association, received the AEA Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at the AEA Official Opening Thursday in the Grand Sierra Resort Theater in Reno, NV.

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MD TFR: 03.30.07 - 04.01.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6927 Issue Date: March 30, 2007 at 1637 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: March 30, 2007 at 1925 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 01, 2007 at 1700 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/6748: Due to change in times

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CA TFR: 03.29.07 - 04.02.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6930 Issue Date: March 30, 2007 at 1646 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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CA TFR: 04.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6936 Issue Date: March 30, 2007 at 1838 UTC Type: VIP

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ISS Crew Takes A Short Field Trip Away From Station

Move Soyuz Capsule To Zvezda Docking Port

In a brief "field trip" away from the International Space Station, ISS Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and flight engineers Mikhail Tyurin and Sunita Williams moved their Soyuz TMA spacecraft from the Earth-facing port of the station's Zarya module to the aft port of the Zvezda module Thursday.

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Diamond Aircraft To Exhibit Its DA50 At German Air Show

AERO Friedrichshafen Kicks Off April 19

Following its unofficial announcement last December regarding the company's development of a five-seat piston-powered plane, Diamond Aircraft has kept pretty quiet about its DA50 "Super Star"... but it appears the plane will make its official public debut at next month's Friedrichshafen general aviation exhibition in south Germany.

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Is Overtime Voluntary Or Mandatory? NATCA Would Like To Know

FAA, Controllers Union Disagree On Hours Requirements

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association would like a solid answer on whether overtime is a requirement when working at an FAA facility... or something that is only needed on occasion, and at the controller's discretion.

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Brazil's Varig Sold To Former Rival GOL

Airlines Will Be Maintained Separately

A new Varig has been born... again. Just eight months after the Brazilian carrier was rescued from dissolution by former cargo subsidiary Varilog, this week the airline announced GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, controlling shareholder of Brazilian low-cost airline GOL Transportes Aereos S.A., agreed to acquire the total share capital of the airline.

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Another Court Rules NWA Flight Attendants Can't Strike

Union's Last Possible Option Is US Supreme Court

In another in a series of legal setbacks for flight attendants at Northwest Airlines, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld a lower court ruling, stating flight attendants cannot legally strike the bankrupt carrier to protest cuts in pay and benefits.

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Nosewheel-Up Landing Ends Safely At SFB

Allegiant MD-80 A Bit Worse For Wear

There were some tense moments onboard an Allegiant Air MD-80 flying from Portsmouth, HN to Orlando-Sanford International Airport Thursday afternoon, when the plane's flight crew detected a hydraulic problem affecting the landing gear about 40 minutes from landing.

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Researchers Confirm Jet Lag Is Worse On Longer Flights

Add A "More Detailed Understanding" Is Needed

The older you get, the worse the effects from frequent long-haul flights have on your body. That's the summation of a report published Thursday in a British medical journal... adding younger fliers can't escape from the detrimental effects crossing several time zones can have on their bodies, either.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 03.30.07

Mechtronix's Xavier Herve

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.30.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.30.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- New Life For Old Cockpits: 03.30.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Xavier Herve of Mechtronix, which rebuilds boneyard cockpits into modern flight simulators.)

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Hawaiian Airlines Finds A Clean Engine Makes For A... Clean Engine

Washing Turbofans Pays Dividends For Carrier

Hawaiian Airlines may soon proudly tout it has the cleanest 767s in the business... or at least the cleanest engines. The airline announced this week it has extended a contract with Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners to wash the engines on its 767 fleet for one year, through March 2009.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.30.07

Cirrus plans a mandatory service bulletin for its ballistc chutes.
The FAA says it's got outsourced maintenance under control.
And the new Hawker Beechcraft delivers its first planes.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.30.07

Cirrus plans a mandatory service bulletin for its ballistc chutes.
The FAA says it's got outsourced maintenance under control.
And the new Hawker Beechcraft delivers its first planes.

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ANN Special Feature: Xavier Herve, Mechtronix - 03.30.07

Today, Xavier Herve explains how and why his company exhumes boneyard cockpits and rebuilds them into modern flight simulators. Mechtronix just signed contracts to build new simulators for Bell Hel

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AEA 2007: Garmin Intro's GRC 10 Remote Control

Remote Control Lets Aircraft Passengers Control XM Audio Entertainment With Ease

 During a James Bond-esque skit at the 2007 AEA Convention, Garmin announced the GRC 10, a handheld remote control designed specifically for use with the GDL 69A, a remote sensor that receives broadcast weather data and CD quality audio entertainment from XM WX Satellite Weather and XM Satellite Radio.

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Drunken Rage Results In $12,000 Fine For Passenger

Also Faces Potential Lawsuit From Airline

Paul Randall Burns, a 47-year-old Florida resident, was fined $12,000 Thursday for an incident of air rage on a Continental Airlines flight earlier this week. Burns pleaded guilty to one charge of violating the Aeronautics Act for "endangering the safety and security of an aircraft in flight."

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AEA 2007: Admin. Blakey Says Funding Debate 'Is About Paying Your Fair Share'

Reauthorization Battle Is 'Degrading Into Stick Fight Over User Fees'

Below, we pick up comments made by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey during her speech Thursday before attendees of the Aircraft Electronics Association's 2007 Convention and Trade Show, regarding the omnipresent fight over the agency's proposed airline-supported reauthorization plan.

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Klyde Morris (03.30.07)

Klyde's "Spring Break" Involves Boomers And Coffee...

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Qantas' JetStar Increases Size Of Airbus Fleet

Purchases More A320s; Mainline Operation Moves 767 To Domestic Routes

Australian carrier Qantas -- involved in a full blown war between its low cost JetStar subsidiary, and rivals Virgin Blue and newcomer Tiger Airways -- made a move Thursday to assert dominance in the segment.

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More Warbirds Heading To AirVenture 2007

EAA Warbirds Of America To Expand Activities

The unmistakable din created by the roaring engines of former military aircraft is one of the many unique sensory experiences that bring aviation devotees back to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh every summer. Visitors to this year's July 23-29 installment of the annual event are in for a special treat... as the EAA Warbirds of America will expand their activities in the air and on the ground.

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Bell's 429 Helicopter Advances Through Flight Training

Production Blades, New Software Installed

Bell Helicopter told ANN Thursday its 429 helicopter continues to perform well as it advances through its flight test paces.

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The Dreamliner Bandwagon Continues, A Few Planes At A Time

Orders Bring Total To Date To 491

Regardless of whether you're a Boeing fan or an Airbus aficinado, you have to respect the number of orders the American planemaker has attracted with its upcoming 787... a plane that is still months away from its first flight.

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NTSB: Hard Landing Possible Factor In Fatal Baron Accident

Passenger Says Pilot Struggled To Keep Plane On Runway

In its Preliminary Report on a fatal landing accident earlier this month near Marietta, OK, the National Transportation Safety Board says a Beechcraft Baron 58 made a hard landing on a turf runway just before the plane's right wing came down on rollout, leading to the aircraft's departure from the runway.

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Astronaut To Participate In Boston Marathon... From Space

Has 17,206 MPH Advantage Over Other Contestants

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams will go faster than anyone has ever gone in the Boston Marathon. She will run the famed race in April as an official entrant from 210 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. This will be the first time an astronaut in space will be an official participant in a marathon.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.30.07)

Aero-Linx!

MILAVIA, military aviation, is what you are going to find here!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.30.07): Transonic

Aero-Terms!

Used to describe aircraft speeds that are very near the speed of sound. An aircraft traveling at transonic speed is usually traveling at more than Mach 0.8 but less than Mach 1.2 -- air is flowing faster than sound over some of the parts of the aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.30.07)

"This is about paying your fair share... If I were a GA pilot, I'd be afraid of gridlock. When gridlock comes, we'll have to slow things down because of safety. That could spell an end to the first-come, first-served system we know today. In a gridlock scenario, a plane carrying three hundred people is going to trump one carrying three."

Source: FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, in her speech Thursday at the Aircraft Electronics Association 2007 Conference and Trade Show In Reno, NV.

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