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November 01, 2007

TX TFR: 11.01.07 - 11.03.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2793 Issue Date: November 01, 2007 at 1520 UTC Location: Dallas, Texas Beginning Date and Time: November 01, 2007 at 1825 UTC Ending Date and Time: November 03, 2007 at 1725 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/2489: due to change in times.

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CA TFR: 11.02.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2794 Issue Date: November 01, 2007 at 1521 UTC Type: Security

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NM TFR: 11.02.07 - 11.06.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2821 Issue Date: November 01, 2007 at 1645 UTC Type: Hazards

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FAA Says It Exceeded Goal For Reducing Most Serious Runway Incursions

Notes 24 Serious Incursions In FY2007, Out Of Over 61 Million Operations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proclaimed this week it exceeded its own goal for reducing the most serious runway incursions by 25 percent in fiscal year 2007. There were 24 serious runway incursions this past year out of more than 61 million operations, or one incursion for every 2,545,000 operations, improving on the agency’s goal of no more than one incursion for every two million surface movements.

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Upgraded: James Lauerman Named President Of Avemco

Brings 22 Years Of Av-Insurance Experience, 4,000 Flight Hours To Job

Avemco Insurance Company announced Thursday Jim Lauerman has been promoted to President of the Company.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 11.01.07

The Challenges Of Innovation, Part Two... With Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.01.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.01.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Challenges Of Innovation, Part Two: 11.01.07 (ANN Special Report, with Cirrus Design co-founder and CEO Alan Klapmeier.)

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Former 787 Chief Says Boeing May Reconsider Global Supply Network

Good News For Washington... Or Not

We screwed up? Well... former Boeing 787 chief Mike Bair wasn't quite as blunt as that, when he told Snohomish County, WA business leaders and politicians this week the planemaker may reconsider its much-touted global supply strategy, now causing headaches in the Dreamliner program... but one could argue that was the underlying implication.

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Gone West: Paul Tibbets

Enola Gay B-29 Pilot Was 92

It was one moment in time, that brought about an end to war... the annihilation of a city, and a large portion of its population... and both fame and infamy to Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. The dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 changed the world forever -- and left Tibbets, who flew the B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" that dropped that bomb, with no regrets.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.01.07

NASA's Griffin says the safety report will be released after all.
The most challenging shuttle mission ever poses still more challenges.
And the FAA tells British Airways...there may be no mo

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.01.07

NASA's Griffin says the safety report will be released after all.
The most challenging shuttle mission ever poses still more challenges.
And the FAA tells British Airways...there may be no more

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ANN Special Feature: Alan Klapmeier, Cirrus Design - 11.01.07

Cirrus Design President Alan Klapmeier tells ANN's Jim Campbell how general aviation pessimists today sound like computer industry pessimists in the 1970s, and how big he thinks the GA market could

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Helo Pilot Praised For Heroic Rescue Of SoCal Firefighters

Flew Into The Fire To Pull Five Away From Flames

Don't call him a hero. Mike Wagstaff says he was "just doing my job" when he flew his helicopter into blinding smoke from the California wildfires, to rescue four firefighters and an injured teen.

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US Airways To Offer Buyout For Flight Attendants

Hopes To Cut Senior FA Positions, And Reduce Costs

In a quest to reduce personnel costs, US Airways plans to offer a buyout plan to up to 314 East Coast-based flight attendants.

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Challenger Center Founder Speaks At LSU Risk And Exploration Symposium

Astronaut's Widow Says Risk Is Worth The Rewards

Exploration reaps benefits for all involved -- whether they go on the trip or stay at home. Yet there are risks inherent in all forms of exploration that accompany these benefits. You could argue no one knows this better than June Scobee Rodgers, founding Chairman of the Challenger Center for Space Education... and widow of STS-51L commander Dick Scobee, who along with six other spacefarers perished in the January 28, 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

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Pilot Arrested For Flying While Intoxicated In SD

Chairman Of IL Town's Airport Authority Also A Retired Pharmacist

A retired pharmacist and head of his local airport authority is in hot water with authorities in Mitchell, SD after allegedly flying drunk.

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Eclipse Aviation Receives FAA Approval For FOQA Program

Airline-Type Program Approved For General Aviation

Eclipse Aviation announced this week it received approval of its Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA - pronounced foh-qwah) program from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Eclipse is the only aircraft manufacturer to receive FAA approval for a FOQA program that includes flight data monitoring capability consistent with the advanced programs used by commercial airline (Part 121) operations.

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AgustaWestland Future Lynx Manufacture Commences

First Bulkhead Panel Machined

The first monolithic machined panel for the first AgustaWestland Future Lynx was manufactured last week at Oldland CNC's facility in Bristol, United Kingdom. The manufacture of the first component, a lower fuselage bulkhead, was witnessed by representatives from the UK Ministry of Defense Integrated Project Team and AgustaWestland.

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Regional Express Suspends Snowy Mountains Service

Cites Pilot Shortage, Sick Calls

Citing a looming shortage of current and future pilot hires, Australian regional airline Regional Express (Rex) announced Tuesday it will temporarily suspend its single return service which operates six times per week between Sydney and the Snowy Mountains (Cooma). The service will be suspended from November 19, 2007 to May 18, 2008.

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MD TFR: 11.02.07 - 11.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/2656 Issue Date: October 31, 2007 at 1739 UTC Location: Washington Center , Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: November 02, 2007 at 2240 UTC Ending Date and Time: November 04, 2007 at 1800 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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NASA Postpones Fourth Spacewalk Due To ISS Power Problems

Panel Tear, Defective Joint Causing Headaches

Saying they need more time to work out a plan to deal with not one but two power issues at the International Space Station, mission managers at NASA postponed plans for a fourth spacewalk Wednesday.

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Mesa Told To Pay Up For Launching Hawaiian Service

Judge Rules Carrier Used Confidential Information

Mesa Air Group's new low-cost carrier will cost them some big bucks. A US Bankruptcy Court judge ruled Tuesday Mesa illegally used confidential information obtained from Hawaiian Airlines to launch its new go! interisland airline... and ordered Mesa to cough up $80 million.

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C-17 Once Again Faces Budgetary Limbo

Boeing May Win 10-Plane Order; Then Again, Maybe Not

It's the most advanced, and arguably most capable, cargo-hauler in the current US Air Force fleet... but the C-17 program has never been able to rest on its laurels, and it appears the Boeing-built workhorse is once again in jeopardy.

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Shareholders Approve Midwest Airlines Sale

Deal Expected To Close By December

Shareholders in Midwest Air Group have approved the sale of the airline to a private capital group backed by Northwest Airlines.

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OurPLANE Delivers First Eclipse 500 VLJ For Fractional Use

"Let The VLJ Revolution Begin!"

Light aircraft fractional ownership company OurPLANE recently delivered the first Eclipse 500 very light to operate under Part 91 fractional ownership.

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Criminal Recaptured Following Daring Prison Escape

Used Hijacked Helicopter To Distract Guards

A criminal who took advantage of a helicopter crash to escape from a Belgian prison over the weekend has been recaptured.

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CAP Flies In Support Of Crews Battling California Wildfires

As Many As Seven Aircraft Fly Reconnaissance Operations

Now in their second week of round-the-clock operations, the Civil Air Patrol's California Wing members are conducting reconnaissance flights in support of various federal, state and local agencies as part of the response to deadly wildfires that have consumed more than 500,000 acres in seven Southern California counties.

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Ouch! Man Pulls Military Helo With His Ear

You Heard Us Right

Now, we've heard of everything. Former wrestling champion Lasha Pataraia earned place in the record books this weekend by pulling a 17,015 pound Russian Mil-8 helicopter (type shown below) over 28 yards... using just his left ear.

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P&W Geared Turbofan Assembled, Ready For Ground Tests

Targeting Double-Digit Reductions In Fuel Burn, Emissions

Enginemaker Pratt & Whitney tells ANN it has completed assembly of a full-scale Geared Turbofan engine at the company's Engine Center in Middletown, CT and shipped it to the company's Advanced Test Facility in West Palm Beach, FL. The engine will begin ground testing early next month.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.01.07)

Aero-Linx!

FlyMexico Tours has been in the tour business for about 15 years. Paragliding and hang gliding are their specialty, and they have accommodated pilots from zero time beginners to experts in both paragliding and hang gliding. There are few places in the world where you can find their range of services and facilities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.01.07): Taxi Light

Aero-Terms!

A light, similar to a landing light, installed on an aircraft in a fashion so that it illuminates the runway or taxiway when the aircraft is on the ground.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.01.07)

"[A] triumph for fair competition and ethics over dishonesty and illegal behavior."

Source: Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Mark Dunkerely. A US Bankruptcy Court judge ruled Tuesday Mesa Air Group illegally used confidential information obtained from Hawaiian Airlines to launch its new go! interisland airline... and ordered Mesa to cough up $80 million in damages.

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