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February 05, 2007

FAA's COO Chew Out... But To Where?

Is Another FAA Employee heading For An Airline Gig?

The FAA's Gerald E. Lavey, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Internal Communications, has confirmed that the FAA's COO, Russ Chew, is heading for the exit.

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Bush Budget Includes Request For Aviation User Fees

Also Wanted: GPS Over Old ATC Equipment, And 'Other System Upgrades'

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 02.05.07 1400 EST: The Bush Administration sent its budget request to the congress Monday and -- as feared by many in the general aviation community -- it includes language requesting a revamp of FAA funding to include user fees.

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UPS Orders 27 New B767-300ER Freighters

Says Order Not Related To Review Of A380 Order

At least one US airline's growth means new orders for jet manufacturers. UPS Monday announced an order for 27 new Boeing 767-300ER freighters to support its growing package delivery business.

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NBAA: Budget Includes 'Toxic Mix' of User Fees/Huge GA Tax Increases!

As Bad As We Feared... Is Administration Attempting To Kill-Off GA? 

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen (right) has issued the following statement concerning the fiscal year 2008 budget, released by the White House just moments ago...   "The general aviation community has long stood at the forefront of efforts to transform the nation's aviation system to meet the needs of the future. We will continue to work with the FAA to make the next generation aviation system a reality...."

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Delta Creditors Empowered After Failed Hostile Bid

Part Of Behind-The-Scenes Maneuvering To Avoid Merger

US Airways' unsuccessful take over bid for Delta airlines failed largely on a rejection from Delta's official unsecured creditors committee -- the group representing those who will eventually become Delta's new owners.

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Russian Low-Cost Carrier Sky Express Operational

Completes Inaugural Flight From Moscow To Sochi

ANN has learned Russia's newest airline, discount-carrier Sky Express, successfully completed its inaugural flight, delivering 91 passengers to the Black Sea resort of Sochi from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on January 29.

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Air Partner Offers Customers Chance To Go Neutral

Clients May Opt To 'Neutralize' Chartered Jet's Emissions

ANN has learned Air Partner, touted as "the world's largest aircraft charter broker," with operations in twelve countries, has entered a partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company. Through the program, Air Partner now offers its clients the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions when chartering a private jet.

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US Changes Chopper Tactics In Wake Of Recent Downings

Military Acknowledges Aircraft Lost To Hostile Fire

US military leaders in Iraq, acknowledging for the first time four helicopters and their crews lost over the last two weeks in Iraq were shot down, have directed new tactics for flight operations in the country.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 02.05.07

AOPA President Phil Boyer, On The Impending User Fee Fight

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.05.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.05.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AOPA President Phil Boyer, Part One: 02.05.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Ph

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.05.07

Two pilots regain consciousness just in time to save themselves and their King Air...
Aspen Avionics buries the hatchet with Eclipse...
...and an 82-year-old former Navy pilot safely lands hi

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.05.07

Two pilots regain consciousness just in time to save themselves and their King Air...
Aspen Avionics buries the hatchet with Eclipse...
...and an 82-year-old former Navy pilot safely lands hi

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ANN Special Feature: Part 1 - AOPA Pres. Phil Boyer 02.05.07

Today... ANN's Jim Campbell gets an update from AOPA's Phil Boyer on the group's state of readiness for the fight against general aviation user fees.

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ISS Crew Completes Scheduled Spacewalk Tasks -- and More

International Space Station Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Sunita Williams wound up the second of a series of three spacewalks at 3:49 p.m. EST Sunday, completing almost all scheduled tasks and one get-ahead task. The first of the three-spacewalk series was successfully completed Jan. 31. The third is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. next Thursday, Feb. 8.

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KY Airplane Tax Impacting State Economy

Four County Tax Levied On Private Airplanes Owned By Corporations

Four of Kentucky's 120 counties are levying taxes on personal property, including private airplanes owned by corporations, and the result, according to critics, is a negative economic impact on the region.

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The Tornado Spared One: Endangered Juvenile Whooping Crane Found Alive in FL

 The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) has informed ANN that one of the juvenile cranes presumed lost in the storms that hit central Florida on Feb. 1 and 2 has been found. Project biologists with the International Crane Foundation picked up the radio signal of crane 15-06 on Saturday afternoon near the pensite at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge where the other birds perished in the storm.

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Boeing and Canada Sign Deal

Four C-17 Globemaster IIIs Heading North

It's official. It's not unexpected. Boeing and the Canadian government signed an agreement Thursday for the purchase of four C-17 Globemaster IIIs for Canada's Department of National Defence to provide new strategic airlift mobility capabilities for the Canadian Forces.

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AMD Installs First BRS Parachute In Zodiac 601XL

Aircraft Manufacturing & Development Co. (AMD) has completed their first BRS (Ballistic Recovery Systems) parachute installation in a Zodiac 601XL - SLSA. The aircraft was certified on January 30th 2007 at the production facilities in Eastman, Georgia.

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NTSB Finds Most Of DIA Engine Using Trajectory Analysis

Engine Debris May Point To Cause OF Engine Failure

NTSB searchers found the debris from a jet engine from an America West flight that failed over Colorado January 25, as reported by ANN. Enroute to Phoenix from Denver, the pilot returned safely to DIA using his one good engine. None of the 54 passengers or crew was injured.

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Vintage Biplanes Collide Off CA Coast

Pilots Safe, Aircraft Damaged

Two vintage biplanes, a 1942 Boeing Stearman and a 1940 Army-green Waco UPF-7, collided about a mile off the Palos Verdes Peninsula Saturday afternoon. Both took off from Torrance Municipal Airport.

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Runway Lighting Could Be Factor In MA Crash

Sets Of Runway Lights Off At New Bedford Airport

A six-seat, single-engine turboprop, a Socata TBM-700, crashed while cleared for landing 1.5 miles west of New Bedford, MA, airport (EWB) Friday night, killing its three passengers, PA lawyer, Peter J. Karoly; his wife, Dr. Lauren Angstadt; and pilot, Michael Milot.

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Quebec's Aerospace Wants Its Share of Boeing Pie

Looking To Add To Its Aerospace Edge

Quebec is not getting enough of the deal, contend that province's aerospace industry leaders, who have denounced their government's handling of a (US) $2.9 billion deal to purchase military cargo planes.

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Germany Threatens EADS Over Airbus Cuts

Insists on German-French Parity For Airbus Production

 German Economics Minister Michael Glos warned Airbus parent company EADS Sunday that it faces the loss of military contracts if large sections of the plane maker's production are transferred from Germany. 

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Klyde Morris (02.05.07)

Klyde Weighs In On The 'ATHF' Debacle In Boston...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.05.07)

Aero-Linx!

What do the flight deck controls of an F-16 look like? Or a 777, 767, 747, A340 or A320? Well this is a site that takes you there -- and allows you to play with the controls.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.05.07): Bendix Trophy

Aero-Terms!

The Honeywell Bendix Trophy for Aviation Safety was re-established in 1998 by AlliedSignal (which later merged with Honeywell) to recognize contributions to aerospace safety.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.05.07)

"These taxes are a huge obstacle for airport operators who are trying to attract a corporate operator. We have several corporate aircraft. All those registered in Kentucky received a bill like that. You can imagine the uproar we're hearing from these folks."

Source: Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport (BWG), airport manager Rob Barnett, commenting on the fact that four of Kentucky's 120 counties are levying taxes on personal property, including private airplanes owned by corporations, and the result, according to critics, is a negative economic impact on the region. 

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