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November 09, 2007


NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3851  Issue Date: November 09, 2007 at 1630 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Two Civil Air Patrol Leaders Lost In NV Accident

Plane Was Heading To Rosamond, CA

Representatives with the Civil Air Patrol tell ANN two highly-regarded members of the Civil Air Patrol -- Col. Edwin W. Lewis Jr., director of operations for CAP’s Pacific Region, and Col. Dion E. DeCamp, commander of CAP’s Nevada Wing -- died Thursday evening when their CAP Cessna 182 impacted mountainous terrain south of Las Vegas.

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PlaneSense To Add Grob spn Light Jets

25 Orders & Options; Currently Flies PC-12s

New Hampshire-based fractional ownership program PlaneSense tells ANN it plans to add the Grob spn light twin jet to its current fleet of Pilatus PC-12 turboprops in 2008. Alpha Flying, which operates the fractional program, recently placed 25 firm orders and options for the spn.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 11.09.07

Applying "Reason" To The Debates On User Fees, And Airline Delays

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.09.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.09.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Dose Of "Reason": 11.09.07 (ANN Special Report, with Bob Poole, Director of Transportation Studies for the Reason Foundation.)

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Second Production Kodiak Turboprop Completes Maiden Flight

S/N002 Will Be First Customer Delivery

Quest Aircraft told ANN Friday of the successful first flight of S/N002, the second production Kodiak turboprop to take to the skies. The aircraft, which will be delivered to the customer early next month, flew for about an hour on Tuesday, November 6. S/N002 joins S/N001 and the Kodiak prototype in the fleet, as work on the production line continues to accelerate.

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L-3 Selected To Develop Avionics For Ares I First Stage Booster

Program Runs Through 2014

L-3 Communications announced Thursday its Cincinnati Electronics (L-3 CE) subsidiary has been selected by Alliant Techsystems to provide the avionics subsystem and components for NASA's Ares I launch vehicle. The approximately-$65 million program effort will run through June 2014.

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RAF's First Reaper Takes To The Skies

Begins Operations Over Afghanistan

The Royal Air Force's first Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Britain's most sophisticated unmanned surveillance system, has taken to the air in Afghanistan -- one month after the first USAF Reaper entered operational service.

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ESA's Rosetta Probe Approaching Earth For Second Time

Building Momentum For Comet Rendezvous

The European Space Agency's comet chaser, Rosetta, is on its way to its second close encounter with Earth next Tuesday. The spacecraft's operators are leaving no stones unturned to make sure Earth's gravity gives it the exact boost it needs en route to its destination.

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Jacksonville ARTCC Back Up Following 50-Minute Comm Failure

Ground Hold In Effect For ZJX Center

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 11.09.07 1420 EST: The National Air Traffic Controllers Association tells ANN controllers at Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center have lost all of their radio frequencies -- used to communicate with pilots -- and also their landline phone communications to communicate with other air traffic control facilities.

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Runway Mishaps, Fatigue Top List Of NTSB's 'Most Wanted' Safety Fixes

All But One Aviation-Related Areas Of Concern Rated "Unacceptable"

Six near runway collisions at San Francisco, New York, Ft. Lauderdale and other airports were narrowly averted in just the last six months... leading the NTSB to highlight the issue of runway safety as among its most important issue areas to be addressed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Boeing Signs Cathay Pacific For 10 747-8 Freighters, Seven More 777-300ERs

Hong Kong-Based Carrier Builds Up Passenger, Cargo Fleets

On Thursday, Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways announced the Hong Kong-based carrier has ordered 10 Boeing 747-8 Freighters and seven more 777-300ERs. At list prices, the entire deal is valued at $5.2 billion.

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AD: Socata

AD NUMBER: 2007-23-07 MANUFACTURER: Socata SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-23-07 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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O'Hare Workers Arrested In Fake ID Scheme

Temp Agency Charged With Providing Phony Badges

In a major bust Wednesday, federal and local law enforcement agents raided numerous warehouses around Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, and arrested 24 illegal workers suspected of using phony security badges to work in restricted areas around the airport.

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Southwest Continues Its Push To Lure Business Travelers

Adds Liquor, FF Perks To The Battle Between 'Apple Juices' And 'Coffees'

If there was any question before of just how serious Southwest Airlines was with its push to lure more business travelers to the carrier... that's been answered. This week, in addition to radically altering its storied "cattle call" boarding process, Southwest -- once considered an airline-for-the-masses -- also announced new perks for passengers paying higher-price, last-minute airfares.

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NTSB Issues Series Of Recommendations To Grand Canyon Tour Operators

Says FAA, TOPS Need To More-Closely Monitor Tours

Spurred on by two separate accidents involving helicopters conducting air tour operations over the Grand Canyon, on Thursday the National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Tour Operators Program of Safety geared towards weeding out problem pilots, before they can cause accidents.

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Klyde Morris (11.09.07)

Needless To Say, Klyde Won't Be Paying The 'Business Select' Fare...

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Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of AAL Flight At LaGuardia

Plane Had Just Arrived From Chicago

Some tense moments at New York's LaGuardia Airport Thursday morning, as officials quarantined an arriving flight from Chicago when a bomb threat was reported against the plane.

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FAA Mandates New Wiring Safety Measures For Airliners

Aimed At Preventing Damage Caused During Maintenance

The Federal Aviation Administration has mandated that US airlines take additional measures to protect wiring in aircraft from damage during maintenance.

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Boeing's Larry Dickenson To Retire As Commercial Airline Sales VP

Once-727 Mechanic Ray Conner Named Replacement In Global Sales Role

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President, Sales, Larry Dickenson announced his intention to retire Thursday from the planemaker, effective December 31. Raymond (Ray) Conner will replace Dickenson as vice president, Sales, reporting to Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson.

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Pilots Make Safe Landing After Engine Falls Off 737

Right Turbine Departs Plane On Takeoff

If anyone ever wondered why twin-engine commercial airliners must be able to continue takeoff on just one engine... here's why. Passengers on a South African Boeing 737-200 spent some terrifying moments bracing for the worst, after the aircraft's right engine fell off the wing during takeoff Wednesday afternoon.

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AirTran Plans To Abandon Cargo Business

Cites Fuel Costs, But Upgrades Also A Concern

Faced with the combination of increasing fuel prices and higher security costs, low-cost carrier AirTran has opted to forgo transporting air cargo in the bellies of its aircraft, effective December 1.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.09.07)


Established in 1980, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is an international association which serves providers of air and surface medical transport systems.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.09.07)

"Southwest is differentiating its product without changing its core philosophy."

Source: Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly. This week, Southwest -- once considered an airline-for-the-masses -- announced new perks for passengers paying higher-price, last-minute airfares.

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