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April 03, 2007

Keith Markley Named President, CEO Of Liberty Aerospace

Former CEO Tiarks Will Remain On Board Of Directors

Fledgling aircraft manufacturer Liberty Aerospace, Inc. announced Tuesday the appointment of Keith Markley as President and CEO. Formerly serving as VP of Sales and Marketing, and most recently as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Markley was promoted to the position of President and CEO effective April 2, 2007.

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OR TFR: 04.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7062 Issue Date: April 02, 2007 at 1825 UTC Type: Hazards

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CA TFR: 04.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7069 Issue Date: April 02, 2007 at 1952 UTC Location: Los Angeles, California Beginning Date and Time: April 04, 2007 at 2300 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 05, 2007 at 0235 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/7038: Change in wording.

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CA Coastal TFR: 04.06.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7104 Issue Date: April 03, 2007 at 1123 UTC Type: Special

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CA TFR: 04.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/7119 Issue Date: April 03, 2007 at 1356 UTC Type: Security

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787 + 500 = Boom Times For Boeing's Dreamliner

Milestone Order Mark Comes One Year Before Scheduled Deliveries

500. A number that goes hand-in-hand with Fortune, Indianapolis, and now... the Boeing 787. In a Tuesday morning press briefing, Boeing announced the 787 Dreamliner has surpassed the 500-orders mark, with a follow-on order from Japan Airlines.

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S-92 Helicopter Proves Capability To Deploy Missile Defense Measures

Fireworks!

Sikorsky representatives tell ANN the company's S-92 helicopter successfully demonstrated its capability to discharge a Chaff and Flare Counter Measures Dispensing System, which is designed to ward missiles away from the aircraft, last month.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.03.07

AEA's Ric Peri, On FAA Regulation Of Repair Stations

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.03.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.03.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Update On FAA's Repair Station Regulations: 04.03.07 (ANN Special Feature, with AEA VP of Government and Industry Affairs Ric Peri.)

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Some Fear Imams' Suit Could Silence Reports Of Suspicious Behavior

Lawsuit Implies 'John Doe' Witnesses Should Be Added To Litigation

Several members of the legal community are concerned a lawsuit filed by six Muslim imams who were taken off a US Airways flight last fall, after passengers complained of their behavior, could prevent others from stepping forward if they view behavior they consider suspicious.

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Three Pilots Sue Against FAA's 'Age 60' Rule

Says Limit Forces Experienced Pilots Out Of Cockpit

The newly-created Senior Pilots Coalition (SPC), a group of more than 300 pilots seeking to end alleged age discrimination at US airlines, is supporting a legal action forcing the Federal Aviation Administration to review the "Age 60" Rule.

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Towns Unite Against Controversial FAA Flight Plan

Nothing Brings Communities Together Like Litigation

Fairfield County, CT officials from Greenwich and New Canaan are working together to refute the FAA's new flight plans set to increase air traffic, and potentially airplane noise in their communities.

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Russian An-124 Makes Emergency Landing In Canada

Plane Runs Off Runway End

Russian crew made an emergency landing and prevented an accident at Canada's Gander airport over the weekend in the Antonov An-124-100 plane, as reported by Interfax.

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ARINC Opens New MRO Facility At Will Rogers World Airport

OKC Operation Sports Largest Hangar In Area

On Tuesday, ARINC Engineering Services, LLC opened a sophisticated new 81,000 square-foot Aircraft Modification and Operations Center at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport, featuring the largest commercial aircraft hangar in the OKC area.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.03.07

The US Air Force now says it will re-bid the CSAR-X.
Cessna announces its first flight with the CJ4's new engine.
And airline passengers have learned to live with less.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.03.07

The US Air Force now says it will re-bid the CSAR-X.
Cessna announces its first flight with the CJ4's new engine.
And airline passengers have learned to live with less.

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ANN Special Feature: Ric Peri, AEA - 04.03.07

ANN's Jim Campbell gets an update on proposed FAA regulations affecting aircraft repair and inspection from Ric Peri, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs for the Aircraft Electronics

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AD: Superior Air Parts

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-19R1 MANUFACTURER: Cylinder assembly SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-19R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain SAP cylinder assemblies installed in Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) 470, 520, and 550 series reciprocating engines, Lycoming Engines (LE) 320, 360, and 540 series reciprocating engines, Avco Lycoming (AL) 540 series reciprocating engines, and Superior Air Parts, Inc. (SAP) 360 series reciprocating engines.

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Aspen Avionics Presents 'A New Way' To View Avionics -- Less Expensively!

Company Cuts Price Of AT300 Hazard Awareness Display By $1,000

Hot on the heels of the announcement of its new corporate motto -- "A New Way To Look At Avionics" -- at AEA 2007, Albuquerque, NM-based Aspen Avionics told ANN of one way its living up to that creed: by offering its flagship AT300 Hazard Awareness Display for a lower price.

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About-Face: USAF Opts To Put CSAR-X Out For Rebid After All

GAO Quells Further Protests

In a significant shift in direction from earlier statements, the US Air Force agreed last week to put a $15 billion contract for a new combat search-and-rescue helicopter up for bid once again, in respond to protests from losing bidders and a recommendation from the Government Accounting Office.

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Mooney To Offer NavData Bundle On New Aircraft

Jeppesen Package Included In Purchase Price

Mooney Airplane Company and Jeppesen have announced a program which will allow buyers of new Mooney Ovation2 GX, Ovation3 and Acclaim airplanes to take delivery of their new aircraft with Jeppesen's NavData services and electronic charts preloaded onto their Garmin G1000 avionics systems.

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USAF Releases Report On November F-16 Downing In Iraq

Pilot Unable To Recover From Low Strafing Run

Air Force officials completed an investigation of the F-16 Fighting Falcon accident 20 miles northwest of Baghdad November 27, which resulted in the death of the F-16's pilot, Maj. Troy Gilbert.

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AMFA Says United Airlines Is Violating Outsourcing Agreement

Third-Party Audit Shows Carrier Has Exceeded Contractual Limit By 50%

Representatives with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association state an independent maintenance audit shows that United Airlines violated a key clause of its labor agreement with the union -- a limit on outsourced maintenance. The audit found UAL exceeded the contractual limit by 50 percent, according to the union.

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AirTran Increases Bid For Midwest... Again...

Midwest Will 'Carefully Consider' Offer

Despite continued reluctance on the part of Midwest Airlines to consider a hostile takeover bid by AirTran Holdings, Inc, parent company of AirTran Airways, that doesn't mean AirTran has given up on its merger offer.

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Nondestructive Testing Keeps F-15s Flying From Bagram

Team Uses Sophisticated Equipment To Find Flaws

They endure wide swings in temperature and dusty conditions, and they are constantly pushed to their limits. They are the F-15E Strike Eagles stationed at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

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West Virginia Legislature KO's Airplane Tax Elimination

Pols Fear Losing Tax Money, But Not Future Business

The West Virginia Legislature voted down a measure that would have eliminated or reduced property taxes on out-of-state airplanes that are housed at airports within the state. The measure died from issues in the House of Delegates.

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First Lichten Internship Award Winner Announced

Helicopter Noise Reduction Topic Of Winning Entry

NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, in cooperation with the American Helicopter Society (AHS) has selected the first winner of the Lichten Internship Award... a study that could lead to quieter whirlybirds in the skies over an airport near you in the future.

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Finishing An RV Just Got A LOT Cheaper

Engine, Prop Combo Could Save Builders Nearly $4,000

While the company DID release this bit of news on April 1st, Van's Aircraft assures ANN it's no joke.

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NBAA Awards 14 Scholarships For Engine, Avionics Training

Maintenance TRACS Program Now In Second Year

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its Maintenance Committee congratulated 14 recipients of the 2007 Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (TRACS) at NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference in San Diego, CA.

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NAFI Announces March 2007 Master Instructors

"The Best Of The Best" 

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators.  Recently, they were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

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More Embraer E-Jets Will Soon Be Working 'Blue'

Virgin Blue Adds E-170s, E-190s To Order

Embraer told ANN Monday that Australia’s Virgin Blue Airlines has exercised options on three Embraer 170 jets, and taken three more Embraer 190 purchase rights, thus complementing its former order announced on November 2, 2006, and increasing its firm order backlog to 20 E-Jets.

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Pilot Identified In Tennessee PA28 Accident

Witness Says Plane 'Flew Straight Up Into Clouds'

A Piper PA-28 Archer went down Monday in Tennessee's Claiborne County, in a wooded area about 35 miles northeast of Knoxville.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.03.07)

Aero-Linx!

The Lightship Group (TLG) is the world's largest airship operator, providing an integrated, full- service Airship advertising and promotion programs for such companies as MetLife, Saturn (GM) Corp., Monster.com...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.03.07): Leap Seconds

Aero-Terms!

A second which may be added or subtracted to adjust UTC at either, both, or neither, of two specific opportunities each year.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.03.07)

"Midwest has said that its board will evaluate carefully AirTran's increased offer which substantially enhanced the latest tender offer of $15 per share for all of the Midwest shares and make its recommendation to investors no later than April 13. We believe that all stakeholders would benefit more from our proposal than from any stand-alone plan that Midwest can support."

Source: From a statement released Monday by AirTran Airlines CEO Joe Leonard, regarding his airline's third takeover bid for rival Midwest Airlines. Midwest shareholders and executives have soundly rejected all previous bids for the carrier from the Orlando, FL-based low-cost airline.

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