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October 02, 2007

Special Purpose DA42 MPP Down In Romania

Box Canyon Crash Kills Three Aboard

ANN has been tracking reports of a DA42 crash for a few days but due to the vagaries of foreign translation and attendant media issues, we have only now confirmed that a special purpose Diamond DA42 Twin-engine aircraft went down in Romania last Wednesday. It is the first known fatal accident involving Diamond's innovative diesel-powered twin, though the cause of the accident appears to be condition/terrain-related rather than airframe-related, as the aircraft was found downed in a box canyon.

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Garmin Says It Will Honor Columbia Warranties

One Concern Addressed... Many Others Loom For Owners

It ain't easy being the owner of a Columbia airplane right now... as questions regarding Columbia's very existence surround ongoing ownership talks with Cessna. ANN is happy to report at least one of those questions -- will my avionics still be covered under warranty? -- has an answer, at least for customers flying Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing planes equipped with Garmin avionics.

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FAA Calls For ADS-B Equipage By 2020

Will Be Required In Controlled Airspace

Make no mistake... ADS-B is coming, and it WILL be mandatory when flying in controlled airspace.

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Apical Receives EASA Approval For S-76 Liferaft Kits

Lightweight System Does Not Interfere With Doors

Aero-News has learned Apical Industries Inc. recently received EASA certification of its Cargo Door Mounted Liferaft Kit for Sikorsky model S-76A/B/C aircraft. FAA certification was received in July 2006 and Transport Canada approval was received in September 2006.

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FAA Says Boeing's 787 Fuselage Testing Methods Satisfactory

Rebukes Fired Engineer's Claims To Contrary

The 787 is safe... or, at least, as safe as conventional airliners... and Boeing's methods for testing that claim are adequate. That is the summary of the FAA's response to assertions made last month by a former Boeing engineer, who claimed the composite-bodied airliner's structure could splinter and burn in a severe crash, causing passenger fatalities in an accident that could be survivable in an aluminum-bodied plane.

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Virgin Charter Launches Member Program

Online Marketplace Matches Planes, Flights To Customers

Like the British Empire before it, the sun never sets on Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group... and the latest entity in the Virgin family, Virgin Charter, recently added a Charter Member Program which offers access to a fully functional marketplace for selling, purchasing and booking charter flights on private aircraft on an invitation-only basis.

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NORAD Commander's Response To Bears: File Flight Plans, Please!

Scrambling Fighters Is A Waste Of Resources

Enough already. That was the message NORAD's General Gene Renuart had for Russian military planners Monday, as he urged the increasingly belligerent country to be more open with its plans to send Tu-95 bombers on patrols near the US and Canada.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 10.02.07

AOPA President Phil Boyer, With The Latest On User Fees

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.02.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.02.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- User Fee Update: 10.02.07 (ANN Special Feature, with AOPA President Phil Boyer.)

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Lawsuit Pins Blame For 2005 Accident On FAA

Attorney Suing Agency For $10 Million

The past seven days have seen three rulings placing responsibility for fatal aircraft accidents at least partly on the shoulders of air traffic controllers, and the FAA. Now, an attorney is suing the FAA for the loss of three people in a 2004 accident near Pikeville, KY, claiming the actions of an air traffic controller were to blame for the fatal crash.

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NASA Names Crew For STS-126 ISS Assembly Mission

Endeavour Scheduled To Lift Off September 2008

NASA tells ANN the space agency has assigned the space shuttle crew for Endeavour's STS-126 mission, targeted for launch in September 2008. The flight will deliver equipment to the International Space Station that will enable larger crews to reside aboard the complex.

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Lost Luggage Remains The Bane Of Commercial Passengers

"Airlines In Nepal Didn't Lose My Bag"

At last week's NBAA convention in Atlanta, there were plenty of opinions on the reasons for the boom in business jets. One that popped up in almost every conversation was the continued decay of the airline travel experience.

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One More Reason To Go To AOPA Expo: New Voyager 4.0

Seattle Avionics Boasts All-New Real-Time Charting Engine, Plus Geo-Referenced Scanned Sectionals and IFR Charts

Seattle Avionics will be demonstrating their latest version of Voyager Flight Software System, Version 4.0, at the 2007 AOPA Expo. V4.0 features a completely re-written charting engine based on the same DirectX technology that Google Earth and Microsoft Flight Simulator use.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.02.07

In New York, it's Chuck Schumer vs. general aviation...again.
Airlines have managed a dramatic safety improvement over the last decade.
And FAA aligns its definition of runway incursion with

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.02.07

In New York, it's Chuck Schumer vs. general aviation...again.
Airlines have managed a dramatic safety improvement over the last decade.
And FAA aligns its definition of runway incursion with the

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ANN Special Feature: Phil Boyer, Pres., AOPA - 10.02.07

AOPA President Phil Boyer provides an audience at NBAA with an update on the now-extended congressional battle over FAA reauthorization and user fees.

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Connecticut Town Latest To Join Airspace Suit

Sues FAA Over Redesign Plan

Move over, Bergen County, NJ and Delaware County, PA. Make room, Rockland County, NY and Elizabeth NJ. Stamford, CT, and its lawyers are diving into a growing lawsuit against the FAA aimed at scuttling the agency's plan to redesign the airspace around New York's LaGuardia and Westchester County Airports. And Stamford isn't alone. New Canaan, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Wilton, Weston and Ridgefield, CT, along with Pound Ridge, NY, are also thinking about joining the fray.

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ANN Will Be Offering EXTRAORDINARY DAILY Coverage of The 2007 AOPA Expo

Attention GA Companies... It's TIME To Get Your News To ANN!

The 2007 AOPA Expo is nearly upon us, and, if history is any indicator, it's likely those of you in the GA sector may have some news/announcements to make. The Aero-News Network, the aviation world's DAILY/REAL-TIME news and information service, is going to be webcasting live from the floor of AOPA2007 with the industry's most aggressive roster of LIVE Online News, as well as Audio and Video programming, in the business.

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Four Lost In Alaskan Helio Courier Accident

Aircraft Was Returning From Fly-Fishing Trip

Officials have identified three of the four victims of a weekend floatplane accident in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve... as investigators work to determine what caused the Helio Courier to go down.

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High-Flying Lawmaker To Take That First Big Step

First-Time Tandem Jump To Raise Funds For Sexual Assault Counseling

Georgia State Senator Preston Smith, a big-shot in the legislature, has decided to take the plunge.

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Skydiving From Space

The Next Big Thing (After the Other Big Thing)?

As aerospace entrepreneurs compete to get high-flying tourists into space, one company is already figuring out a way to get them down again.

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Sputnik: 50 Years Later

Scientific Marvel Or Political Hail Mary?

It struck awe around the world and fear around the Pentagon. Fifty years ago this Thursday, Russia launched the first tiny probe that ignited a decades-long space race -- Sputnik.

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Embraer Delivers Its 1000th ERJ-145

China-Built Plane First Of 50 For Carrier

Brazilian planemaker Embraer recently celebrated the 1000th ERJ-145 aircraft delivered. The milestone aircraft -- which was manufactured by Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co. Ltd. (HEAI) in Harbin City, China -- was delivered to Hainan Airlines subsidiary Grand China Express.

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Concorde Parts Auction Proves VERY Lucrative

Takes In $1.3 Million For New Park, Museum

So... how much for that toilet seat in the window? A recent auction of spare parts for the once-glorious, but now grounded, Concorde took in a whopping $1.3 million -- more than three times original estimates, according to event organizers.

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Diamond Aircraft Names New Mid-Atlantic Distributor

VA-Based Dealer Partnership Between Dominion Aviation, Premier Aircraft Sales

Aero-News learned Monday Diamond Aircraft reached an agreement at last week's NBAA 2007 convention with Dominion Aircraft Sales of Richmond, VA to become the new Diamond Regional Distribution Center for Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and Kentucky.

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KFI Tower Still Grounded

FAA Takes Another Look At Hazard Potential

California radio station KFI can't rebuild its tower near Fullerton Municipal Airport -- yet.

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NASA Awards Orion Launch Abort Test Facility Contract

Testing To Be Conducted At White Sands, NM

NASA's White Sands, NM Test Facility has selected Denco, Inc. of Las Cruces, NM to build launch site facilities for flight testing of the Orion Launch Abort System.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.02.07)

Aero-Linx!

This web site is dedicated to the all members of 15th USAAF and 205.BG RAF, and especially to those who were shot down, bailed out or transited Slovakia in their travels back to Allied lines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.02.07): Isogonic Line

Aero-Terms!

On maps and charts, a line connecting points of equal magnetic variation.  They are used when computing magnetic course from true course.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.02.07)

"The key reason behind the emergence of Sputnik was the Cold War atmosphere and our race against the Americans. The military missile was the main thing we were thinking of at the moment."

Source: Boris Chertok, 95, one of two fathers of Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite.

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AZ TFR: 10.05.07 - 10.07.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8783 Issue Date: October 01, 2007 at 1601 UTC Location: Kingman, Arizona near KINGMAN VOR/DME (IGM) Beginning Date and Time: October 05, 2007 at 2000 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 07, 2007 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High altitude parachute activities Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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TX TFR: 10.05.07 - 10.07.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8625 Issue Date: September 28, 2007 at 1924 UTC Location: Ellington FIeld Airport, Houston, Texas near HOBBY VOR/DME (HUB) Beginning Date and Time: October 05, 2007 at 1500 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 07, 2007 at 2200 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Wings Over Houston Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Houston (I90) TRACON, 281-230-8441

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NC TFR: 10.04.07 - 10.07.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8574 Issue Date: September 28, 2007 at 1435 UTC Location: Pope AFB, North Carolina near FAYETTEVILLE VOR/DME (FAY) Beginning Date and Time: October 04, 2007 at 1850 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 07, 2007 at 2100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, other high performance aircraft and the U.S. Army Golden Knights. Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Pope (POB) Air Traffic Control Tower, 910-394-1672

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CA TFR: 10.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8499 Issue Date: September 27, 2007 at 1837 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: October 04, 2007 at 1755 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 04, 2007 at 2100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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NM TFR: 10.05.07 - 10.14.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8494  Issue Date: September 27, 2007 at 1723 UTC  Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico near ALBUQUERQUE VORTAC (ABQ)  Beginning Date and Time: October 05, 2007 at 1130 UTC  Ending Date and Time: October 14, 2007 at 1800 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: The 2007 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Albuquerque (ABQ) TRACON, 505-856-4935 

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