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February 20, 2007

OIG Says FAA Making 'Moderate' Progress In Maintaining ATC Staffing

But Final Staffing Levels Won't Be Known Until 2008

In its Performance and Accountability Report to the Department of Transportation's for fiscal year (FY) 2006, the FAA said it had managed "moderate" progress in addressing the expected surge in air traffic controller attrition. The Office of Inspector General agrees with that lukewarm self-critique -- and notes the agency is still one year away from completing its assessment of where controllers are needed most.

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NC TFR: 02.22.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3534 Issue Date: February 20, 2007 at 1631 UTC Location: Raleigh/Franklinton, North Carolina Beginning Date and Time: February 22, 2007 at 1520 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 22, 2007 at 1910 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CH-47F Chinook Begins Operational Testing In KY

First Of 452 Helos On Order With US Army

Representatives with Boeing tell ANN the first production CH-47F Chinook helicopter for the US Army recently began Operational Testing (OT) at Ft. Campbell, KY. The aircraft successfully completed acceptance and developmental flight testing in December 2006.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-17 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the McDonnell Douglas airplanes previously described.

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AD: Socata

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-13 MANUFACTURER: Socata SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-13 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-16 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 767 airplanes.

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AD: Simca Seats

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-15 MANUFACTURER: Seats SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Sicma Aero Seat, passenger seat assemblies.

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AD: Learjet

AD NUMBER: 2007-04-18 MANUFACTURER: Learjet SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-04-18 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Learjet Model 23, 24, 24A, 24B, 24B-A, 24C, 24D, 24D-A, 24E, 24F, 24F-A, 25, 25A, 25B, 25C, 25D, 25F, 28, 29, 31, 31A, 35, 35A (C-21A), 36, 36A, 55, 55B, and 55C airplanes.

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It's Official! 18th Annual WAI Conference Drew Largest Crowd Ever

3,200 Participants Attended Three-Day Event

The 18th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference broke its own records for attendance, exhibitors and just plain fun February 15-17 at Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort. The conference had 3,200 participants and 49 excited scholarship winners by the end of its gala banquet ceremony Saturday night.

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2007 WAI Scholarships and Winners

The following people were awarded scholarships at this year's Women in Aviation International conference, which wrapped up this weekend in Orlando, FL.

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ALPA Rallies Behind Mesaba Pilots

Union Says Job Security Threatened

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) issued the following statement this week from its president, Captain John Prater, in response to recent public statements made by MAIR Holdings CEO Paul Foley.

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Air Forces Fill The Skies Over Iraq, Afghanistan

Fly Close Support, Surveillance, Airlift Operations

US Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for February 18 to ANN.

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AMFA Says Outsourced Shops Trying To Skirt Drug Screenings

Supports FAA Efforts To Clamp Down, Fighting ARSA Petition

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) tells ANN the organization filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruling that employees of outsourced aircraft repair shops must undergo periodic drug and alcohol testing.

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Eclipse Aviation Gets A Little Place On ABQ's West Side

Begins Construction On New Building At Double Eagle II Airport

Eclipse Aviation told ANN Tuesday it is building a new facility at Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG) on the west side of Albuquerque, NM. When in full operation, the company plans to employ approximately 100 people at the new facility in a variety of roles including training, flight support and administrative support.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.20.07

CFI John Hardy, On Sport Pilot's Chances For Success

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.20.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.20.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Sport Pilot Success: 02.20.07 (ANN Special Feature, with CFI John Hardy.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.20.07

Cirrus reports 2006 deliveries and, again, its a new record.
EADS is mired in disputes over reorganization...
...and Bombardier officially launches the CRJ-1000.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.20.07

Cirrus reports 2006 deliveries and, again, its a new record.
EADS is mired in disputes over reorganization...
...and Bombardier officially launches the CRJ-1000.

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ANN Special Feature: CFI John Hardy: 02.20.07

Today, veteran corporate pilot and Oregon-based flight instructor John Hardy explains why Sport Pilot can succeed where the FAA Recreational Certificate failed.

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New Ethics Rules Ground Pilot Legislators

Mixed Messages On Possible Resolution

New laws meant to keep high-flying Congressional lawmakers closer to the ground -- and off high-dollar planes paid for by lobbyists and special interests -- has had an opposite effect for a Minnesota representative who travels in his own Beech Bonanza.

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Power8 Stalls As EADS Board Can't Agree On A350 Work Split

Germany Wants More Widebody Work

A controversial plan to reorganize troubled planemaker Airbus is on hold, after French and German boardmembers at parent company EADS couldn't reach a decision Monday on how work on the upcoming A350XWB will be distributed between the two countries.

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JetBlue Will Try Again Tuesday

Planes In Place, Pilots Rested... Someone Check The Weather...

It appears to be almost over. After a frustrating and embarassing crippling of its fleet, low-cost carrier JetBlue hopes the bugs are now worked out... and the airline can resume normal operations Tuesday, six days after a snowstorm led to a domino-like shutdown.

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Astronauts Ask United Nations To Lead Plan To Destroy Threatening Asteroids

Group To Submit Formal Plan On Handling Crisis By 2009

 Someone call Bruce Willis... and we hear Ben Affleck likely has some free time. As it turns out, Earth as we know it may be doomed by a large asteroid as soon as 2036.

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Raptors Arrive In Japan... But Not Without Some Glitches

Software Problems Led To Hawaiian Stopover

Ten F-22 Raptors arrived at Japan's Kadena Air Force Base this weekend, for the first overseas deployment of the Air Force's newest air supremacy aircraft.

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Boeing Adds Five To Dreamliner Tally

Air New Zealand, LOT Firm Up 787 Orders

Boeing told ANN Monday two existing customers for its upcoming 787 Dreamliner have opened their checkbooks. Air New Zealand finalized an order first announced in December for four additional 787-9s -- and Poland's LOT added one to its order for seven of the planes.

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Apollo 1 Capsule Moved To New Storage Facility

Facility Provides Safer Storage

NASA informed ANN the Apollo 1 capsule and related materials was moved approximately 90 feet Saturday, to a newer, environmentally-controlled warehouse at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. The move provides better protection for the spacecraft.

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Space Tourism Comes To Orlando, FL

Space Adventures Exhibits At WAI

Space Tourism once seemed like an oxymoron. Now, what was once considered science fiction is big business, thanks to Space Adventures and the Russian Space Program.

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Aero-Movie Review: 'Speed And Angels'

Independent Film Shown At WAI

Passion!  No, not the XXX kind... rather, the kind that defies definition, that drives you to achieving your goal no matter what the roadblock. That passion is the aura of "Speed and Angels", which was shown last Thursday evening to a standing room only crowd at the Women in Aviation International Conference in Orlando, FL.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.20.07)

Aero-Linx!

Did you know that Fisher-Price, yes that Fisher-Price, created an airplane, the Tupolev Tu-164 in the 1970s?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.20.07): Hypoxia

Aero-Terms!

A state of dysfunction due to inadequate Oxygen passing to the tissues of our bodies, has been with mankind since long before we took our first tentative leaps towards the sky.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.20.07)

"They didn't know anything about airplanes, the people who were writing this, and they didn't talk to me. I haven't asked for any money for it. It could be that I can't even legally fly my own plane even if I don't ask anybody to pay for it, which would be kind of crazy."

Source: Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson. Peterson uses his Beech Bonanza to commute to and from his district... but since last month, he's been grounded, as new laws enacted by his fellow Democratic lawmakers mean he can no longer be reimbursed for his Beech business trips.

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