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April 26, 2007

Big News! Eclipse Aviation Earns FAA Production Certificate

Allows Company To Ramp Up Production

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.27.07 1620 EDT: It's a huge step towards Eclipse Aviation's goal of delivering over 2,000 aircraft in the coming years... and may just be the only time Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn could be accused of being "PC."

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PR TFR: 04.27.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9334 Issue Date: April 26, 2007 at 1459 UTC Location: San Juan Center, Eastern Side Of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: April 27, 2007 at 1100 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 27, 2007 at 2000 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Ordnance Disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: SAN JUAN (ZSU) CERAP, 787-253-8664

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NM Space Launch TFR: 04.28.07 - 04.30.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9288 Issue Date: April 25, 2007 at 2233 UTC Location: Las Cruces, United States near TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES VORTAC (TCS) Beginning Date and Time: April 28, 2007 at 1430 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 30, 2007 at 2230 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Space Operations Area Type: Space Operations Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: ABQ (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4500

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 04.26.07

Erik Lindbergh And Gregg Maryniak, On The New Spirit Of St. Louis' New Home

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.26.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.26.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The New Spirit Of St. Louis' New Home: 04.26.07 (ANN Special Feature, with pilot Erik Lindbergh And Gregg Maryniak, VP of the St. Louis Science Center.)

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Connecticut Residents Accuse FAA Of Holding Back Flight Path Information

Controversial Routing Change Would Send More Planes Over Homes

Opponents to a controversial flight path routing shift -- which, if enacted, would send airliners departing from five northeastern airports over homes in several Connecticut communities -- accused the FAA Tuesday of withholding vital information in gauging the overall impact of that plan.

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Fighters Escort Nigerian Cargo Plane After Radio Communications Lost

Plane Heading For Maintenance... Add One More Squawk To The List

Late Monday afternoon, F-16 fighters from March Air Reserve Base in California were scrambled to intercept a Nigerian 727 cargo jet, but not because of a security threat.

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Boeing Confirms Air Canada Order For More 787s

23 Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

Just past midnight Thursday morning, Boeing confirmed an order by Air Canada, announced Tuesday by the airline, for 23 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The order brings to 37 the number of 787s ordered by Air Canada, the most 787s ordered by any carrier in the Western Hemisphere.

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PBOR Coalition Calls Attention To Latest American Airlines Strandings

Group "Outraged" By Latest Ground Holds At AUS

It's become a situation you can bank on: storms over Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport mean stranded jets on the ground in Austin.

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Branson Twists Knife In Airbus' Back With Boeing Order

Takes Opportunity To Slam A380 As "Financial Disaster"

Sir Richard Branson is irked at Airbus, for three delays in Virgin Atlantic's order for the A380 superjumbo.

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Spanish Airline Signs For More ATR Commuter Aircraft

Swiftair Currently Flies 16 ATR-72s

ATR and Madrid-based Swiftair announced this week the signing of a contract for three new ATR 72-500s for a total value of about US $55 million. The airline, which currently operates 16 ATR aircraft, is now adding to its fleet for the first time the new -500 series ATR aircraft. Swiftair plans to operate 30 ATRs in 2010.

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Angel Flight North East To Hold 'A Wing And A Heart' Benefit

Fundraiser Includes Chance To Win Left-Seat Ride On A320 Sim

Angel Flight North East, a network of over 1100 pilots, will hold its second annual Long Island, NY benefit, titled "A Wing and A Heart," at the American Airpower Museum at the Farmingdale Airport, NY beginning at 5:30 pm on May 24, 2007. 

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Four Sikorsky S-92 Helicopters Added To Bristow Fleet

Offshore Operator's Fleet Will Increase To 11

Sikorsky Aircraft tells ANN the helomaker recently sold four additional S-92 helicopters to the Bristow Group Inc., which exercised options to purchase the aircraft under an existing sales agreement. With the sale, Bristow increased its firm deliveries from seven to 11 S-92s, and added 10 more optional aircraft to the contract.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.26.07

The battle over user fees is heating up.
NORAD scambles F-16s to intercept a Nigerian freighter.
And FedEx is still mad at the FAA for changes in Memphis.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.26.07

The battle over user fees is heating up.
NORAD scambles F-16s to intercept a Nigerian freighter.
And FedEx is still mad at the FAA for changes in Memphis.

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ANN Special Feature: Erik Lindbergh, Gregg Maryniak - 04.26.07

ANN's Paul Plack discusses Columbia Aircraft's donation of the New Spirit of St. Louis to the St. Louis Science Center with center VP Gregg Maryniak, and with Erik Lindbergh, who used the plane to

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Hilton Software Unveils Significantly Upgraded WingX 2.0

Upgrades SmartTaxi Runway Incursion Warning System, Adds Animated NEXRAD Images

Hilton Software LLC tipped ANN Wednesday to a significant upgrade to the company's flagship WingX 2.0 offering for the Pocket PC.

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Delta Cleared By Bankruptcy Court To Exit Chapter 11

Carrier Plans To Regain Solvency April 30

It was the final hurdle ahead of Delta Air Lines, in its quest to exit bankruptcy after one-and-a-half years... and on Wednesday, the US Bankruptcy Court gave the Atlanta, GA-based airline its blessing.

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Armed Forces Duke It Out Over Who Will Control UAVs

USAF Versus Army, Navy And Marines

A turf battle of sorts has broken out among the US armed forces, over whether the Air Force should take the lead in development of all unmanned aerial vehicles used above 3,500 feet. What started as a beef between the Air Force and the Army, has now been joined by the Navy and Marine Corps.

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Fedex Says FAA Rule Change At MEM Not 'Appropriate'

Cargo Carrier Fears Operational Slowdown

FedEx is calling for the FAA to reverse its decision to end a long-standing and questionable landing procedure at its Memphis, TN hub, saying it could lead to serious nationwide delays in package deliveries.

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Kodiak Coast Guard Rescues Fisherman

Alaskan Helo Rescuers Keeping Busy

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted a fisherman from the deck of a fishing vessel 60 miles south of Kodiak Island, AK on Monday.

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Storms May Have Played Role In FL Aztec Accident

Weekend Downing Claims Five

Heavy rains and thunderstorms in the area may have contributed to a fatal crash near Fort Lauderdale, FL last weekend, federal officials said Monday.

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British Pilot, Passengers Say They Saw UFOs

Galactic Visitor, Or Greenhouse Reflection?

The BBC says a commercial airline pilot reported seeing two unidentified flying objects in the sky near Guernsey.

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Gatwick Airport Refueling Staff Plan To Strike

Two Separate Actions Could Disrupt Holiday Travel

Fifteen aircraft refuelers -- the entire workforce at Gatwick Refueling Services -- are preparing to strike. They plan to walk out from their jobs at London's Gatwick Airport for 24 hours at 5 am BST Wednesday, May 2, and for 48 hours beginning at 5 am BST Friday, May 4 -- a move that will likely disrupt the May Bank holiday weekend flights.

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First Major Assembly Of Boeing's 787 Arrives In Everett

Horizontal Stab 'Dreamliftered' From Italy

Representatives with Boeing tell ANN that final assembly for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one step closer, with the April 24 arrival in Everett, WA of the first aircraft's horizontal stabilizer.

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JLN Terminal Construction Progressing

Grand Opening Expected In Mid-2008

With little more than a year to go, work on Joplin Regional Airport's 50-year-old terminal replacement project is progressing right on schedule.

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Embraer Shuffles Board, Elects New CEO

Curado Replaces Botelho At The Top Of Brazilian Planemaker

Aero-News learned Wednesday the board of directors at Brazilian planemaker Embraer has completed a planned succession process, naming Frederico Fleury Curado as Embraer’s new President and CEO. Current CEO Maurício Botelho will stay on as Chairman of Embraer’s Board of Directors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.26.07)

Aero-Linx!

An affiliation of individuals who have flown, maintained, (or who simply love) the "A-4 Skyhawk"; and who are dedicated to the perpetuation of the legend, history, traditions, and camaraderie associated with the greatest attack aircraft ever built.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.26.07): Happy Valley

Aero-Terms!

Prolonged offensive against the industrial centers of the Ruhr (what the RAF crews called "Happy Valley") in early 1943 that caused both major damage and high RAF losses.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.26.07)

"We're free at last."

Source: Delta Air Lines CEO Gerald Grinstein, after the US Bankruptcy Court in New York signed off on the carrier's plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the end of April.

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MD TFR: 04.27.07 - 04.28.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9249 Issue Date: April 25, 2007 at 1814 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: April 27, 2007 at 1215 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 28, 2007 at 1345 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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FL TFR: 04.28.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9218 Issue Date: April 25, 2007 at 1525 UTC Location: Miami/Key Biscayne, Florida Beginning Date and Time: April 28, 2007 at 1550 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 28, 2007 at 2255 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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