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March 21, 2007

NASA: Atlantis Launch Delayed Until Mid-May At Earliest

Agency To Determine How To Handle Tank Damage

Repair or replace. That's the issue facing engineers at NASA, who on Wednesday determined they need more time to decide which course of action to pursue regarding damage to the shuttle's problematic external fuel tank.

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MD TFR: 03.23.07 - 03.25.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6230 Issue Date: March 20, 2007 at 2004 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: March 23, 2007 at 1950 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 25, 2007 at 1700 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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WA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6260 Issue Date: March 20, 2007 at 2335 UTC Type: Hazards

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AK TFR: 03.21.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6287 Issue Date: March 21, 2007 at 1636 UTC Type: Hazards

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SpaceX's Musk Says Falcon I Flew 'Far Beyond Edge Of Space'

Launch "Not Perfect, But Certainly Pretty Good"

Below is an update from SpaceX founder Elon Musk, regarding Tuesday's launch of the company's second Falcon I rocket. As ANN reported, the launch went far better than the company's first attempt, one year ago... but didn't quite attain the company's goal of reaching orbit.

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AOPA President Goes Before Congress In Opposition To User Fees

Boyer Cites Detrimental Effects On GA In Other Countries

Radical changes to the way the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is funded are standing in the way of modernizing America’s air traffic control system. That's the core message the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) delivered to Congress Wednesday, in prepared testimony to the House Aviation subcommittee.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.21.07

Hilton Software's Hilton Goldstein, Part One

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.21.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.21.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Part One, Hilton Goldstein: 03.21.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Hilton Goldstein on his c

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Widow Says Settlement Proves Her Husband Was Not At Fault In 2003 Crash

Reported Seven-Figure Deal Does Not Assign Blame

Roberta Lowenstein has maintained all along a mechanical defect led to the December 30, 2003 plane crash that claimed the life of her husband, Norman. She held to that belief even after the NTSB said her husband was impaired by high levels of over-the-counter cold medicine -- 10 times higher than a standard dosage.

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Virgin America's Reid 'Pleased' With DOT Ruling

But Conditions Include His Removal From Airline

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has tentatively approved Virgin America's application to start a new US airline, finding the carrier is owned and controlled by U.S. citizens and is fit to operate as a domestic airline.

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Northwest Flight Attendants Protest Disclosure Statement

Demand To Know Executive Salary Schedule Post-Bankruptcy

Northwest flight attendants objected this week to the airline's failure to disclose how much its executives and directors are scheduled to be paid when the company emerges from bankruptcy later this year.

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Accused Drunk Pilot Found Not Guilty By British Court

First Officer Said He Never Intended To Fly

James Yates told a jury in Manchester, England this week he never intended to fly when he showed up at that city's airport last year, smelling of alcohol... and on Wednesday, the jury agreed.

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EWR Closes Runway Following Uncontained Engine Failure On Departing Jet

Engine "Shattered" On Continental 777

The right engine of a Continental Airlines Boeing 777-200ER "shattered" during takeoff from Newark Liberty International Airport Tuesday, forcing an aborted takeoff.

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Vought Reports Progress On 787 Construction

Will Deliver Completed Rear Fuselage Sections In April

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc., a program partner on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner team, tells ANN the company is on track to deliver its first production ship set from Charleston, SC next month.

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CA TFR: 03.22.07 - 03.23.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/6266 Issue Date: March 21, 2007 at 1057 UTC Type: Security

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.21.07

SpaceX gets the Falcon 1 launched, but doesn't get it back.
States evaluate the local impact of FAA user fees.
And the airlines warn Canada about inflated airport rents.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.21.07

SpaceX gets the Falcon 1 launched, but doesn't get it back.
States evaluate the local impact of FAA user fees.
And the airlines warn Canada about inflated airport rents.

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ANN Special Feature: Pt 1 - Hilton Goldstein, Hilton Software - 03.21.07

Today, ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Hilton Goldstein of Hilton Software about Wing-X, a sophisticated, GPS-enabled software suite which runs on a pocket-PC.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-06-13 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-06-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus airplane models, as specified above.

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AD: Socata

AD NUMBER: 2007-06-14 MANUFACTURER: Socata SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-06-14 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: 2007-06-15 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-06-15 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) model helicopters that requires replacing a certain hydraulic drive belt (drive belt).

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AD: Alpha Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2007-06-16 MANUFACTURER: Alpha Aviation Design SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-06-16 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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WTO Offers Glimpse Of Boeing/Airbus Subsidies Spat

Censored Broadcast To Be Aired Thursday

The general public will get a peek Thursday into the contentious dispute between the US and the European Union -- and their respective aerospace manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus -- over accusations of unfair funding practices and subsidies.

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Floatplane Pilot Rescues Stranded Boaters

"Saint" Lands Near Capsized Boat

Here's a story where general aviation really DID save the day... as two stranded boaters in Canada were rescued by a real-life "saint" Monday evening.

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FAA Begins Use Of Contested Flight Path Over Las Vegas

Last-Minute Appeal Dismissed

Over protests from residents of several affluent neighborhoods in northwest Las Vegas, NV, on Tuesday airliners departing westbound from McCarran International Airport began implementing the so-called "right turn" departure path, as per FAA order.

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Pilot Safe After Ejecting Over North Arabian Sea

Super Hornet Goes Into The Drink

A pilot assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) was rescued shortly after ejecting Tuesday afternoon from an F/A-18C Super Hornet over the North Arabian Sea.

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China Formally Signs Off On Large Airliner Plan

200-Seat Airliner Expected To Arrive By 2020

Confirming reports that surfaced last week regarding plans by China to enter the large commercial airliner market -- territory now dominated exclusively by Boeing and Airbus -- now comes word leaders in that country have approved the program to produce an "internationally competitive" 200-seat airliner, and bring it to market by 2020.

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Houston's Hobby Airport Celebrates 80 Years

Southern Texas Field Has Storied History

Houston's William H. Hobby Airport is getting ready to celebrate 80 years of service.

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Sioux Falls Airport To Get Needed Improvements

FSD Aims To Attract More Passengers, Airlines

South Dakota's Sioux Falls Regional Airport will soon see a major upgrade, aimed at attracting low-cost carriers and new customers.

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ISS Crew To Feast On Elaborate Gourmet Meal

Space Tourist Simonyi Bringing Food Prepared By Martha Stewart

We've come a long way from beef paste and Tang. When billionaire 'tourinaut' Charles Simonyi rides into orbit to the International Space Station next month aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, he'll be bringing gourmet meals with him -- compliments of Martha Stewart, no less.

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Continental Pilot Aborts Takeoff At LAS

Blows Tires Out Following Engine Trouble

A Continental Airlines Boeing 757-300 (file photo of type, below) bound for New Jersey aborted takeoff at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas Monday, and blew out several tires in the resulting hard stop.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.21.07)

Aero-Linx!

The #1 powered paragliding and para-motoring information resource for pilots flying powered paragliders and para-motors, providing information about the rapidly growing sport of powered paragliding so you can make your experience more enjoyable.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.21.07): AGM-65

Aero-Terms!

The AGM-65 Maverick is a tactical, air-to-surface, infra-red or electro-optically guided missile launch. Stay away, stay very far away!

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.21.07)

"The gentleman did say, when I was walking him up the ramp, 'So what's your name?' And I said, 'Saint.' And he looked at me and said, 'Oh yeah, right.'

Source: St. Clair McColl, the aptly named owner of Salt Spring Air, recounting his rescue of two stranded boaters Monday.

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