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October 06, 2007

Albuquerque, Aloft! Balloon Fiesta Lifts Off

Rainbows In The Skies Over The Land Of Enchantment

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.06.07 1000 EDT: It seems even Mother Nature wanted to see the show. Despite initial concerns of high winds, the weather was calm in the skies over Albuquerque, NM Saturday morning as roughly 400 balloons ascended, to mark the official start of the 36th Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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AD: Alpha Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2007-20-08 MANUFACTURER: Alpha Aviation Design SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-20-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: DG Flugzeugbau

AD NUMBER: 2007-21-01 MANUFACTURER: DG Flugzeugbau GMBH SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-21-01 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Did The TSA Cheat?!?!

Investigator Wants To Know If Screeners Were Tipped To Security Tests

A federal investigator in looking into whether or not security screeners at six airports cheated by receiving information prior to covert tests run by undercover agents trying to sneak weapons through checkpoints.

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AOPA 2007: Airport Support Network Celebrates 10 Years Of Fighting A Good Fight

Volunteers Making A Difference Through Education and Early Action

AOPA's Airport Support Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary. With nearly 2000 volunteers in all 50 states, the program's mission is to promote, protect, and defend America's community airports.

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AOPA 2007: Cessna Updates NGP Progress, SkyCatcher Sales Numbers

Does Possible Columbia Acquisition Nix A NextGen High-Wing?

Though overshadowed somewhat by the news of a factory-installed, diesel-powerplant option in the venerable Skyhawk, Cessna also had news to share on two of its newest aircraft programs this week at AOPA Expo 2007.

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Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Blood-Clot Claims Against Airlines

Question Of Possible Causes Still Undetermined

A federal appeals court has handed American Airlines, Continental Airlines and other carriers a courtroom victory. A federal appeals panel in San Francisco, CA, upheld a lower court's dismissal of passenger claims that airlines failed to adequately warn them about the risk of blood clots.

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ANN Names AOPA 2007 Major Sponsor: Diamond Aircraft

Visit Diamond Aircraft At AOPA Expo Display #121 and the Static Display! ANN is proud to have friends like Diamond Aircraft to help us bring you coverage of the 2007 AOPA Expo. Each Diamond Aircraft is a testimony to efficiency in design. Not a line is wasted; not a curve is out of place. From the elegant DA20, and its roots in gliders... to the larger DA40 four-place birds... to the ALL-NEW DA50... and the gorgeous, Thielert diesel-powered DA42, these planes live up to their 'Diamond' moniker.

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Japan's Kaguya Probe Enters Lunar Orbit

"A Big Step" For JAXA

Japan is now one step ahead of China and India in an increasingly-heated Asian space race. Japanese officials say their first satellite is now orbiting the moon. 

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Airbus CEO Denies Accusations Of Insider Trading

Enders Says November '05 Sales Were Above-Board

It looks bad... but Airbus CEO Thomas Enders passionately denies commiting insider trading by dumping shares of parent company EADS ahead of public disclosure of problems with the Airbus A380.

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AOPA 2007: UND Aerospace Foundation Orders Diamond D-Jet

Will Be Used As Transition Aircraft

At AOPA Expo Friday, University of North Dakota Aerospace and Diamond Aircraft announced the purchase of a D-Jet by UND Aerospace Foundation. The aircraft will be used for air service and flight education to prepare graduates of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota for careers in the emerging VLJ and personal jet market.

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ANN Sponsor, Eclipse Aviation, Soars into AOPA Expo 2007

See Eclipse At Booth 310, As Well As The Static Display!  Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the world's first very light jet (VLJ), returns to AOPA Expo 2007 with a full FAA Type certificate and production certificate in hand -- as well as the exciting ECJ POC aircraft. More important; the company is delivering Eclipse 500s and has opened two Eclipse Service Centers (ESCs). 

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AOPA 2007: Av-Stak Systems Introduces Multi-Level Hangars

Why Build Out When You Can Build Up?

Av-Stak Systems, of St. Petersburg, FL has introduced an innovative solution to overcrowded ramps and hangars. Their solution? Go vertical.

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Once Again, Southwest Sings A Familiar Refrain...

'Change Your Outfit Or Get Off The Plane!'

Not this again. Yet another Southwest Airlines passenger is not a happy customer, after being asked to change their outfit, or get off the plane. The incident is the second time in recent months the airline has been in the news for an employee enforcing a dress code... which airline officials maintain it does not have.

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Sikorsky Opens 'Hawk Works' Helo Completion Center

Will Be Primary Finisher For Black Hawks, Derivatives

With the snip of a ceremonial red ribbon, Sikorsky Aircraft, its Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary and a host of New York dignitaries officially opened the new Hawk Works completion center on the west side of Elmira/Corning Regional Airport.

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ANN Welcomes AOPA Expo 2007 Major Sponsor: Piper Aircraft

Visit Piper At AOPA Expo Display Area 821 and Static Display From Cubs to Meridians -- and BEYOND... Piper makes each and every aircraft they build their own. From the Arrow-inspired Warrior trainer... to the Cherokee Six... to the Seminole and Aztec twins... Pipers are easy to spot on the ramp, and even easier to find pilots simply raving about their planes. And then there's Piper's business-class singles -- available in piston form (Mirage) or turbine (Meridian) that are two of the sweetest singles to fly out there. And what's this? Talk of even more...?

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ANN Thanks AOPA Expo 2007 Special Coverage Sponsors: Cirrus Design!

ANN Thanks One Of Our Favorite AOPA Expo 2007 Special Coverage Sponsors: Cirrus Design (Display Areas #629 and The Mobile Showroom)

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.06.07)

"Saving airports is consistently at the top of members' priority lists. We see their passion in the numbers who volunteer their time and energy to protect their local airports, and we encourage all members to get involved."

Source: Andy Cebula, executive vice president of government affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. AOPA's Airport Support Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week at AOPA Expo 2007.

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CA TFR: 10.11.07 - 10.14.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9308 Issue Date: October 05, 2007 at 1817 UTC Location: MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California near MISSION BAY VORTAC (MZB) Beginning Date and Time: October 11, 2007 at 1930 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 14, 2007 at 2359 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations by the usaf thunderbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Southern California (SCT) TRACON, 858-537-5900 Controlling Facility: Southern California TRACON Frequency(ies): 132.2, 269.1

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CA TFR: 10.12.07 - 10.14.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9306  Issue Date: October 05, 2007 at 1810 UTC  Location: Miramar MCAS San Diego, California near MISSION BAY VORTAC (MZB)  Beginning Date and Time: October 12, 2007 at 1700 UTC  Ending Date and Time: October 14, 2007 at 2159 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations by the USAF Thunderbirds  Type: Airshow  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Southern California (SCT) TRACON, 858-537-5900  Controlling Facility: Southern California TRACON Frequency(ies): 132.2, 269.1 

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