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November 19, 2007

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.20.07

Cirrus announces it will not bid for Columbia Aircraft.
Granger Whitelaw says, neither will he.
And Chicago Center has its second close call in four days.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.20.07

Cirrus announces it will not bid for Columbia Aircraft.
Granger Whitelaw says, neither will he.
And Chicago Center has its second close call in four days.

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ANN Special Feature: Doug Cairns, Diabetes World Flight - 11.20.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Doug Cairns, a former British RAF pilot and instructor who lost his career to a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes, came the the US to regain his medical certification, then f

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MD TFR: 11.20.07 - 11.24.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4793 Issue Date: November 19, 2007 at 1820 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: November 20, 2007 at 1600 UTC Ending Date and Time: November 24, 2007 at 1900 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/4450: Due to change in Departure Date and Time.

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Aero-News Alert: Cirrus 'Will Not Bid' On Columbia

MORE Major Breaking News... Klapmeier Confirms That Cirrus "Will Not Bid"

ANN has confirmed, in an exclusive conversation with Cirrus Founder Alan Klapmeier, that the company will not bid for ownership of the assets of Columbia Aircraft, currently on the block and slated to be sold in a bankruptcy auction in just a few days. 

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Aero-News Alert: Whitelaw Will NOT Bid On Columbia

Is Cessna Now A Shoo-In For Columbia Purchase?

ANN has learned that Aerospace Entrepeneur, Granger Whitelaw, is in the process of informing a number of parties associated with Columbia Aircraft, that he will not bid on the company in the upcoming bankruptcy auction.

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Holiday Travel Season Off To A Rough Start

Comm Failure At DFW; Security SNAFU In Phoenix; Weather On East Coast

If you're planning to head over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house this holiday season, you may just be better off prepping the horse-drawn sleigh (or avgas-fueled Cessna) instead of traveling on the airlines.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 11.19.07

Listener Opinions On Icing Training, With CFI Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.19.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.19.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Listener Opinions On Icing Training: 11.19.07 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.19.07

The airlines say Bush's congestion relief plan will help.
Delta CEO Richard Anderson gets peppered with merger questions by Congress.
And an instructor and two students are lost when a PA-28

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.19.07

The airlines say Bush's congestion relief plan will help.
Delta CEO Richard Anderson gets peppered with merger questions by Congress.
And an instructor and two students are lost when a PA-28 goe

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Listener E-mails - 11.19.07

ANN's Paul Plack and CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves discuss listener e-mail sent in response to last week's discussion of training for flight in icing.

FMI:

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AOPA's Boyer Warns The User Fee Issue Is 'Far From Resolved'

President's Airline Plan Includes Call For Higher GA Taxes

Buried in President Bush's call last week for a set of sweeping measures aimed at combating airline flight delays was an all-too familiar appeal for higher taxes and fee on general aviation, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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Lemoore NAS Squadron Commander Relieved Of Duty Following DUI Arrest

Seen Driving Erratically In Early Morning Hours

Aero-News has learned Cmdr. Thomas O'Dowd, commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, was relieved of duty last week following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA.

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Rhetoric Following Close Call Over Fresno Highlights ATC Staffing Battle

But How Close Was It?

There was another close call in the nation's skies last week, though it didn't garner the headlines last Tuesday's near-miss involving a Midwest Express regional jet and a United Express aircraft did. The FAA says that's because the two planes involved in this example really didn't come all that close.

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Angel Flight West Recognizes New Mexico Pilots

Receives Grant To Improve Access To Health Care

Angel Flight West (AFW) awarded The Distinguished Pilot of the Year award to Albuquerque, NM pilot Dan Telfair at AFW's 24th Anniversary Awards, and on Saturday at the annual New Mexico Wing pilot awards event.

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HAI Announces Recipient Of 2008 Aviation Maintenance Technician Award

Milton K. Geltz Works For Shreveport, LA-Based Metro Aviation

HAI tells ANN this year’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Award recipient is Milton K. Geltz, Director of Maintenance for Metro Aviation, Inc. in Shreveport, LA.

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Smelly Feet Or Fumes?

Welsh Worried About Pilots Passing Out

Aircraft flying over Wales, England could spiral out of control because its pilots are being poisoned in flight by toxic fumes, reports Wales on Sunday. That is the shocking warning from one former airline pilot who had to give up his $103,000-a-year job after years of being exposed to the deadly gasses. The issue came up when a former airlines pilot gave up his job flying after being exposed to fumes after years in the cockpit.

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Auction Crowd Flips For 'Inverted Jenny' Stamp

Upside-Down Airplane Stamp Brings Record Price

An example of the "Inverted Jenny" error stamp sold for $977,500 -- including the 15% buyer's premium -- at an auction held last Wednesday by Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City. The buyer was Charles Hack, a private collector.

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US Airways Banned From Serving Alcohol On NM Flights

Other Airlines Also Asked To Stop Serving

Sorry, no more boozing on US Airways to and from New Mexico. The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department denied a liquor license to US Airways for its flights there, according to TradingMarkets.com. US Airways is now banned from serving alcohol on all flights to and from New Mexico.

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TrueNorth Avionics Expands North American Dealer Network

Company Now Has Dealers In Approximately 40 Locations

TrueNorth Avionics, Inc. tells ANN the company recently signed sales agreements with several North American avionics dealers, covering many areas of the continental United States and Canada.

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On The Block: NJ's Twin Pines Airport (N75)

One Of The Oldest Strips In Nation Gets 220 Percent Tax Boost

Land valuation, and increased taxes may take another historic airport off the charts, and turn it into athletic fields. William Weasner, who has owned the Twin Pine Airport, in Hopewell Township since 1956, says he is sad to see it happen but can't afford to pay the taxes, according to the Trenton Times.

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UA Express And Midwest Near Miss Triggers FAA Reassurance

Air Traffic Controllers Cite Fatigue, FAA Blames Shift Change

An error by air traffic controllers that nearly caused two flights to collide near Chicago last week are rare-staffing levels are adequate-according to federal officials-while  air traffic controllers complain of fatigue and work conditions.

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Police Chopper Collides With Ad Blimp Over Honolulu

Helicopter Pilot Makes Emergency Landing

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident between an advertising balloon and a police helicopter in Honolulu on November 12, in Hawaii. A local store called Savers Thrift Store flew a large red balloon tethered to a light pole outside its Waipahu store, last week as it often does this to advertise a sale.

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Gone West: CAP Col. Henry Ed Phipps

Lifelong Anti-Subchaser Advocate Was 93

Aero-News learned recently of the passing of Col. Henry Ed Phipps of Cockeysville, MD, a lifelong spokesman for Civil Air Patrol anti-subchaser patrols. Phipps passed away November 9, at the age of 93.

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Russia Cargo Hauler Receives Its First 747-400 Freighter

One Of Two Leased Through GECAS

Last week, Boeing delivered the first 747-400 Freighter to enter the fleet of AirBridgeCargo, a subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr Group, under lease from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS).

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Two Lost After Gas Balloon Hits Power Line

Basket Separated From Envelope 60-Feet Above Pasture

A helium balloon flying low over a cattle pasture hit a power line and went down in north-central Iowa on Friday, November 16. Killed were two men--one from Littleton and the other from Fort Collins--a third man from New Mexico was injured, according to authorities.

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Cessna Missing In New South Wales Australia

Four People On Board

A Cessna with two women and two men on board went missing on Saturday, when it failed to arrive at Meribula, on the far south coast of Australia, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). AMSA says it began searching the entire area between Melbourne-where the flight departed-and Merimbula, but is hoping to receive information from the public which might narrow down the search area.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.19.07)

"I definitely would characterize this as a rare event." 

Source: FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor, chatting about a recent collision between a Police helo and a small unmanned advertising blimp. FAA regulations state, a tethered balloon cannot fly higher than 500 feet and it cannot fly within five miles of any airport.

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CA TFR: 11.19.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4643  Issue Date: November 16, 2007 at 1816 UTC  Type: Security 

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VA TFR: 11.19.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4657  Issue Date: November 16, 2007 at 1839 UTC  Location: Richmond/Charles City, Virginia  Beginning Date and Time: November 19, 2007 at 1505 UTC  Ending Date and Time: November 19, 2007 at 1915 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/4567: Due to change in times. 

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