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June 28, 2007

AOPA Endorses House FAA Funding Bill

Even With Fuel Tax Increases, It's "A Great Bill"

If this is what we end up with, general aviation will win the user fee battle... but that's a BIG "if." The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says release of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is a giant step forward... though the group cautions we're far from the end of a 12-step process.

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NBAA Lauds House Leaders' Rejection of Aviation User Fees

Supports Increased Fuel Tax To Fund Aviation System Modernization

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) commended aviation policymakers in the House of Representatives Thursday, for introducing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding legislation the group says promotes transformation to the Next Generation Air Traffic System based on established aviation excise taxes rather than a user fee structure.

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GAMA Commends House Bill For FAA Funding Reauthorization

Calls Bill "Extraordinarily Positive"

As ANN reported, Wednesday evening the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced its version of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) commends the House for this bipartisan legislation that significantly strengthens the effort to modernize the national air transportation system.

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Cirrus Unveils Mockup Of V-Tailed, Single-Engine Personal Jet

Shown To Customers Wednesday; Public Unveiling Thursday Afternoon

"the-jet"... is here. On Wednesday, Cirrus Design Corporation fulfilled its promise to a select group of customers by giving them the world's first look at "the-jet" -- the most anticipated new aircraft in the company's history. Each guest had placed a $100,000 deposit for their first "personal" jet.

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European Commission Adds All Indonesian Airlines To Blacklist

List Also Includes Angolan, Ukrainian Airlines; Goes Into Effect July 6

Authorities in Brussels said Thursday the European Commission has updated its blacklist of unsafe airlines. It issued an operating ban to include all 51 Indonesian airlines as well as Angolan flight carrier TAAG Angola Airlines and Ukrainian cargo airline Volare Aviation Enterprise.

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DVD Details Proper Care, Feeding Of Popular LSA Engine

Included With Flight Design CT, Airborne Trikes, Others

The Rotax 912 family of aircraft engines has proven itself for nearly 20 years in all kinds of applications... yet a large part of the aviation community is unfamiliar with its proper care and feeding.

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NASA Airborne Expedition Chases Climate, Ozone Questions

Will Use Research Aircraft, Satellites To Sample Storm Cloud Particles

NASA's Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling (TC4) field campaign will begin this summer in San Jose, Costa Rica, with an investigation into how chemical compounds in the air are transported vertically into the stratosphere and how that transport affects cloud formation and climate.

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Angolan Airliner Down In M'banza Congo

At Least Six Lost In Landing Accident

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 06.29.07 1310 EDT: At least six people were reported killed Thursday, when a TAAG Angolan Airlines Boeing 737-700 crashed on landing in the northern Angolan city of M'banza Congo, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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US Airways Pilots File Suit To Vacate Seniority Arbitration Award

Master Executive Council Asks Union To Remain Neutral In Dispute

The Washington, DC law firm of Baptiste & Wilder filed a complaint in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Wednesday on behalf of US Airways pilots who want the Nicolau Seniority Arbitration Award discarded.

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United 777 Takes 'Chunk' Out Of MD-80 At O'Hare

Strikes Parked AAL Airliner In Holding Area

There was some bent metal on the tarmac at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Wednesday, when the wingtip of a United Airlines Boeing 777 clipped the tail of an American Airlines MD-80 as the larger plane jockeyed for position in a holding area.

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F-35C Lightning II Completes Naval Review

Carrier Variant Sports Larger Wings, Enhanced Slow-Flight Handling

Representatives with Lockheed Martin tell ANN the US Navy's F-35C Lightning II carrier variant has completed its Air System Critical Design Review (CDR), a significant development milestone that Lockheed says verifies the design maturity of the aircraft and its associated systems.

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House Committee Adds Two Amendments To FAA Reauthorization Bill

May Spell Trouble For Bill's Chances Of Avoiding Bush Veto

Bring on the amendments. On Thursday, the US House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee voted to include two amendments which have strong support in Congress... but may endanger the bill's chances of avoiding a presidential veto.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.28.07

Actor, Pilot, And EAA Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.28.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.28.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Well-Known Pilot's Aviation Beginnings: 06.28.07 (ANN Special Feature, with actor, pilot, and EAA Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford)

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UT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6473 Issue Date: June 28, 2007 at 1759 UTC Type: Hazards

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CA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6448 Issue Date: June 28, 2007 at 1618 UTC Location: Oakland Center, South Lake Tahoe, 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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MT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6326 Issue Date: June 28, 2007 at 0311 UTC Location: Salt Lake Center, 2 Miles NW of West Yellowstone, Montana Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6487 Issue Date: June 28, 2007 at 1833 UTC Type: Hazards

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UT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6327  Issue Date: June 28, 2007 at 0311 UTC  Location: Salt Lake Center, Mercer Canyon, Utah near FAIRFIELD VORTAC (FFU)  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: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560 

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MN TFR: 06.29.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6468 Issue Date: June 28, 2007 at 1741 UTC Type: Hazards

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.28.07

Barrington Irving's longer-than-expected trip is finally complete.
A San Diego developer gives up his fight for a too-tall office tower.
And France's new president supports carbon trading for

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.28.07

Barrington Irving's longer-than-expected trip is finally complete.
A San Diego developer gives up the fight for a too-tall office tower.
And France's new president supports carbon credits f

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ANN Special Feature: Harrison Ford, Chairman, EAA Young Eagles - 06.28.07

Actor, pilot, and EAA Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford discusses his own start in aviation at Theater in the Woods, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006.

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Qatar Airways Coy About Reported Dreamliner Order

Carrier Starting Service To US this Month

An unidentified customer placed an order for 30 Being 787 Dreamliners this past April, worth an estimated $5 billion at list prices. Those familiar with the deal identified the customer as Qatar Airways.

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CA TFR: 06.30.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6244 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1751 UTC Type: Special

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CA TFR: 06.29.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6243 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1750 UTC Type: Special

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Special Notice TFR: 06.29.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6205 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1614 UTC Type: Special

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IN TFR: 06.30.07 - 07.01.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6196 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1559 UTC Location: Goshen Municipal Airport, Goshen, Indiana near GOSHEN VORTAC (GSH) Beginning Date and Time: June 30, 2007 at 2100 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 01, 2007 at 0200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Freedom Fest Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: South Bend (SBN) Air Traffic Control Tower, 574-236-8405

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Special Notice TFR: 06.29.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6204 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1613 UTC Type: Special

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WA TFR: 07.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6126 Issue Date: June 27, 2007 at 1012 UTC Location: Tacoma, Washington near SEATTLE VORTAC (SEA) Beginning Date and Time: July 04, 2007 at 2145 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 04, 2007 at 2245 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (S46) TRACON, 206-214-4657

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New MSP Runway Usage Prompts Angry Letter From Eagan Mayor

Increase In Takeoffs Results In Increased Complaints

The mayor of Eagan, MN, Mike Maguire, sent an angry letter to the Minnesota Airports Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration recently, complaining the new runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is being used more extensively than originally promised.

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France Announces Support of EU Carbon Trading Plan

President Wants Program To Include All Airlines Flying To Europe

Another country has jumped on the 'goin' green' bandwagon, but only if it's an all-or-nothing deal.

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Raytheon Provides Details Of Its JCA Protest

Says C-295 Rated Equal To Competitor, And It's Cheaper

In a release issued Wednesday, the Team JCA partnership led by Raytheon and EADS CASA North America detailed the reasons it is contesting the Joint Cargo Aircraft selection process. As ANN reported, the team filed its protest June 22 with the Government Accountability Office.

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Canadian Forces To Replace CF-18 Fleet with F-35s

Opponents Warn Purchase Would Only Support US Defense Industry

The Canadian government has until 2012 to decide how it is going replace its fleet CF-18s, but the military recently told Lockheed Martin it will spend almost $4 billion for the purchase of 80 of its Joint Strike Fighter F-35 Lightning II over the next 10 years.

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Boeing To Shut Down Oak Ridge Parts Production Facility

Plant Employs 265 Workers

The axe has fallen. Boeing announced Wednesday it will end parts production operations at its site in Oak Ridge, TN by the first quarter of 2008.

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Africa Establishes Continental Aviation Authority

Agency Hopes To Curtail Disproportionate Number Of Air Accidents

In an effort to make flying in African airspace a safer endeavor, the African Civil Aviation Agency (ACAA) was inaugurated last week.

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Flight Forced To Make Unscheduled Landing Over Apple Juice

Altercation Erupts Between Passenger, Flight Attendant

A Delta Connection flight from LaGuardia to Greensboro, NC was forced to make an unscheduled stop at Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday after a passenger got upset because his apple juice was too slow in coming.

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Man Falls 700 Feet From Hot Air Balloon

Incident Being Treated As Accident, Possible Suicide

Pilot Ian Cox was about 700 feet up in his hot air balloon Tuesday, on a 30-minute pleasure ride in Steamboat, CO, with five passengers. Then, suddenly, there were four.

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Sporty's Pilot Shop Serves Its 150,000th Hot Dog

AOPA's Boyer Wolfs Down Historic Freebie

Sporty's Pilot Shop reached a milestone on June 23, 2007, when its 150,000th complimentary hot dog was served. To commemorate the event, AOPA President Phil Boyer had the honor of eating the 150,000th dog.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.28.07)

Aero-Linx!

Schedules, message boards, and tons of excellent photography and videos make this your one-stop shopping outlet to find where to go for airshow excitement.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.28.07): Anti-Collision Light

Aero-Terms!

A flashing light on the vertical fin or belly of an aircraft. Anti-collision lights increase the visibility of the aircraft, especially at night and under conditions of poor visibility.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.28.07)

"All airlines should be concerned, or none."

Source: French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who said Tuesday he supported the European Union's plan to make airlines that fly within Europe trade pollution allowances, or carbon permits, beginning in 2011 in an effort to cut aviation emissions... but only if those rules apply to all airlines flying into Europe, including non-European carriers.

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