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February 14, 2007

AOPA: FAA Using 'Weasel Words' To Sell 'Manufactured Crisis'

Boyer Calls Funding Plan A "Power Grab"... Kids, The Gloves Are Off

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) blasted the administration’s proposed FAA refinancing bill as a "manufactured crisis based on flawed financial assumptions about the viability of the current funding system and the cost of the 'NextGen' air traffic control system."

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TX TFR: 02.16.07 - 02.18.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3125 Issue Date: February 14, 2007 at 1334 UTC Location: Pampa, Texas Beginning Date and Time: February 16, 2007 at 1845 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 18, 2007 at 2105 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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GA In The Crosshairs: ATA Calls FAA Proposal 'Good Step Forward'

But Airline Group Also Expresses Concerns

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for many US airlines, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the release of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill and FAA Cost Allocation Study on the reauthorization of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF).

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A Whole Lotta RVs: 5000th Vans Aircraft Completed

Company Shipped First RV-3 Kit In 1973

An ANN News-Spy alerted us Wednesday to a rather significant accomplishment for Vans Aircraft. In typically understated fashion, the homebuilt airplane manufacturer didn't shout the news from the proverbial rooftops... but we will: the 5000th Vans aircraft builders report was recently submitted!

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 02.14.07

NATCA Warns Of Coming Controller Retirements, Part One

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.14.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.14.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Retiring Controllers Pose Problem, Part One: 02.14.07 (ANN Special Feature, with details from NATCA's press briefing this week.)

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GA In The Crosshairs: FAA Releases Its Plan For Funding

Plan Cuts Costs For Airline Passengers, Shifts Burden To Private Pilots And Biz-Av

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 02.14.07 1115 EST: It may be Valentine's Day, but the FAA is showing no love for general aviation.

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GA In The Crosshairs: FAA Touts Benefits Of New Plan To Non-Pilots

Emphasizes Reduced Ticket Fees, Lower Taxes, Shorter Delays

The FAA states under its new funding plan -- formally known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System Financing Reform Act of 2007 -- passengers travelling on commercial airliners will see significant benefits, at a time when passenger demand has already returned to pre-9/11 levels.

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GA In The Crosshairs: The Math Behind The Mayhem

Agency Worked With National Accounting Firm To Determine Allocations

How did the Federal Aviation Administration arrive at its decision to increase fees operators of smaller aircraft would pay under its proposed new funding scheme?

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European Airlines Carried Nearly 15 Million More Pax In 2006

Cross-Border, Far East Traffic Show Increases; North Atlantic Stagnant

The Association of European Airlines informed ANN Wednesday of the release of traffic and capacity data for its members in December 2006... giving a first look at the overall traffic and capacity results for 2006.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.14.07

CubCrafters gets a production certificate for the Top Cub...
Travelers battle more big snow in the midwest...
...and Boeing makes its official bid to build the US Air Force's next tanker.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.14.07

CubCrafters gets a production certificate for the Top Cub...
Travelers battle more big snow in the midwest...
...and Boeing makes its official bid to build the US Air Force's next tanker.


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ANN Special Feature: NATCA Press Briefing 02.14.07

Today, we'll hear the first of two parts of Tuesday's press briefing by NATCA, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, warning of coming air traffic controller retirements way above FAA p

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NBAA Calls Proposed FAA Budget A 'Sweetheart Deal' For The Airlines

FAA Plan Includes Airline Giveaways; GA, Congress Pays

It didn't take long for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) to denounce the new funding plan unveiled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Wednesday.

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China, Russia Take United States To Task Over Proposed Missile Ban Treaty

US Ambassador Says America Needs To Protect Its Assets

Some high-flying political posturing and rhetoric is coming out of Geneva, Switzerland... as representatives with the United States, China, and Russia hurled accusations Tuesday during a disarmament debate aimed at preventing an all-out arms race in space.

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John Wolf Joins Adam Aircraft Board Of Directors

Will Serve As Lead Director And Board Liaison

This week, Adam Aircraft welcomed newly elected Board member John Wolf as the Lead Director and Board Liaison. Representatives with Adam state Wolf will provide direction from the Board and will be an active contributor to company operations.

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Last-Minute Call Leads To Unplanned Refueling Mission

Crew Responds To Help C-17 Medevac Reach Maryland

A late night call, a cancelled sortie and some needed flexibility led an aircrew from the 351st Air Refueling Squadron at England's RAF Mildenhall to expedite medical care for more than a dozen severely injured troops being transported from Iraq to Andrews Air Force Base, MD on February 7.

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German Tourist Protests Airport Security In... Unique... Fashion

Man Drops Trousers When Asked To Go Through X-Ray Again

If nothing else, Hans Jurgen Oskar von Naguschewski knows how to make a point.

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Florida Officials Move Forward With Plans To Mine Opa-locka West

Lime Deposit Revenue Would Pay For MIA Cost Overruns

A small airport in south Florida has been sacrificed in the name of a larger one. That's a common story in aviation... but how officials with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) plan to benefit from the destruction of the Opa-locka West Airport (X46) is certainly different.

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NTSB Says Microburst Brought Down Chopper In 2005 Accident

Blasts FAA For Poor Oversight And Not Following NTSB Recommendations

The NTSB Tuesday determined the probable cause of a 2005 fatal air tour helicopter crash in Hawaii as "the pilot's decision to continue flight into adverse weather conditions, which resulted in a loss of control due to an encounter with a microburst."

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Scheduling Practices, Weather Contributed To 2004 Air Tour Crash In Hawaii

Recommends New Procedures For Part 91 Air Tour Operators

ANN has learned the NTSB determined the probable cause of a fatal air tour helicopter crash in Hawaii as "the pilot's decision to continue flight into an area of turbulent, reduced visibility weather conditions, which resulted in the pilot's spatial disorientation and loss of control of the helicopter."

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NASA Delays THEMIS Launch Until Friday

Satellites Will Study Aurora Phenomena

Blame it on the weather. The launch date for the five small, identical satellites that comprise NASA's Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) project has been bumped 24 hours, due to concerns at Kennedy Space Center about an advancing cold front and the severe storms accompanying it.

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Return To Flight, Part Two

Steep Turns, And Dallas "Breezes"

"OK... make a shallow left turn... bring us gradually into the wind, and let's see if we can't get this baby to hover." No, I hadn't changed my intent to go through sport-pilot training, to focus on rotorcraft instead.

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Court Documents Show Delta Was Interested In Northwest Merger

"Business Combination" Sought To Halt US Airways Takeover

How close did Delta Air Lines come to merging with partner-in-bankruptcy Northwest Airlines? According to the Atlanta-based carrier's filing in US Bankruptcy Court Monday... possibly closer than was previously hinted.

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RAF Hercules Destroyed Following Landing Incident In Iraq

Aircraft Deemed Unrecoverable By Coalition Forces

The UK Ministry of Defense announced Tuesday the decision to destroy a Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules following a landing incident 12 miles north of Al-Amarah in the southern Iraq province of Maysan.

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'CATBird' Testbed Nearly Ready For F-35 Lightning II Testing

That And Other Milestones Reached For JSF Development Program

ANN has learned Lockheed Martin and partner BAE Systems have completed testing of the initial flight-clearance envelope on the Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (affectionately called CATBird), a highly modified 737 designed to validate the F-35 Lightning II's avionics.

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Petters Group Worldwide Places First US Order For A318 Elite

Airbus Touts Nine Orders So Far This Year For ACJs

Petters Group Worldwide (PGW) has signed a contract for an Airbus A318 Elite, becoming the first US customer for the type. Based in Minneapolis, MN, PGW plans to use its A318 Elite for flights to Asia and Europe, as well as within the USA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.14.07)

Aero-Linx!

It's not The Dating Game or match.com, but this site claims to be a meeting place for airline crewmembers. As the site claims, "meet other singles, just like you."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.14.07): Aurora

Aero-Terms!

In 1990, it was suggested the Aurora (also reportedly designated "Senior Citizen") had been intended to be the SR-71's successor, but it had actually been canceled along with the "Blackbird" in 1989.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.14.07)

"The county has an overabundance of general aviation airports that are underutilized and subsidized by Miami International."

Source: Miguel Southwell, with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD). Southwell commented on plans to mine the site of the former Opa-locka West Airport (X46) for lime rock, which the department then hopes to sell to pay off cost overruns from an expansion at Miami International Airport.

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CA TFR: 02.15.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3087 Issue Date: February 13, 2007 at 2233 UTC Type: Security

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