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May 16, 2007

Senate Commerce Committee Splits On Aviation User Fee Vote

Effort To Strike User Fees From Committee's FAA Funding Bill Narrowly Defeated 

An uphill effort to completely eliminate user fees from an FAA funding proposal came within one vote of succeeding Wednesday afternoon. That news is discouraging for general aviation advocates, who had hoped passage of the amendment would have driven the final nail in the coffin on user fees... but National Business Aviation Administration president Ed Bolen put a positive spin on the vote, noting opposition to user fees is strong and growing.

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1614 Issue Date: May 16, 2007 at 1451 UTC Type: Hazards

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FL Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1565 Issue Date: May 15, 2007 at 1935 UTC Location: Miami Center, 20 NM SE Immokalee, Florida Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Provide a safe environment for fire fighting. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Miami Center (ZMA) Center, 305-716-1588

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1616 Issue Date: May 16, 2007 at 1458 UTC Type: Hazards

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ATA 'Strongly Opposes' Amendment Striking User Fees From Senate Plan

Crucial Bill Comes To Vote Wednesday

Not surprisingly, on Tuesday the Air Transport Association (ATA), the trade association for several US airlines, voiced its opposition to a proposal by Senators Bill Nelson and John Sununu to eliminate the $25 travel fee from the Rockefeller-Lott FAA reauthorization bill.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 05.16.07

How The FAA's Proposed Funding Plan Would Affect FBOs

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.16.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.16.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: FAA Funding Plan's Impact On FBOs -- 05.16.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Don Campion, President and CEO of Banyan Air Service.)

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Lufthansa Hires Third MD-11 For Transatlantic Cargo Runs

World Airways Operates Chartered Trijet Freighters

Lufthansa Cargo and World Airways signed an expanded 18-month contract this week to operate three MD-11 freighters between Europe and the United States beginning July 1, 2007. This will supersede the current contract for two MD-11 freighters through October 2007.

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The Dreamliner Gets Its Wings

No, It Hasn't Flown Yet... We Mean Literally

The gigantic composite wings for the upcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner were delivered to Everett early Tuesday morning, adding another piece to the assembly puzzle now underway in the Seattle suburb.

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NAFI Names April 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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EADS Socata Delivers First TBM 850 To South Africa

Will Be Used On Corporate Flights, Charters

Representatives with EADS Socata celebrated the delivery this week of the first TBM 850 to Bravo Capital, a South African company involved in property development and mining activities.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.16.07

A Senate committee will hold a key vote Wednesday on user fees.
Searchers have found a helicopter down in Alabama.
And the DOT will study building a second airport for Atlanta.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.16.07

A Senate committee will hold a key vote Wednesday on user fees.
Searchers have found a helicopter down in Alabama.
And the DOT will study building a second airport for Atlanta.

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ANN Special Feature: Don Campion, Banyan Air Service - 05.16.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Don Campion, President and CEO of Banyan Air Service, about how proposed FAA funding changes would affect a large, full-service FBO at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airp

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NATCA: CRW Tower Closure Led To 'Complete Chaos'

Staffing Shortage Forced 90 Minute Shutdown

Another control tower had to close briefly last week, due to what the National Air Traffic Controllers Association terms a staffing shortage.

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Survey Says Airline Customer Experience Lacking

Airlines Approach Redemption From Different Angles

It seems finances aren't the only things bankrupt from the traveling experience onboard some US airlines, according to a recent survey of passenger complaints.

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CSC Sets New Record For Large Turbine Helos

Overhauled S-61 Speeds From Vancouver To Florida

Computer Sciences Corporation announced this week it has set a world speed flight record over a recognized course, as sanctioned and verified by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

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BSN, Nayak Earn EASA STC For Hawker Installations

Equipment Allowed On Hawker 800, 800XP, 850XP

Global satellite logistics provider Blue Sky Network, in coordination with European aircraft maintenance provider Nayak Aircraft Service, told ANN Tuesday of a new STC from the European Aviation Safety Agency. The STC covers Nayak installation of Blue Sky Network equipment on Hawker 800, Hawker 800XP and Hawker 850XP aircraft.

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Students Invited To Spend Summer At Evergreen Aviation Museum

Not Your Typical Camp Experience

The Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR invites students, grades 1-10, to join the adventure in June, July and August at the Evergreen Aviation Museum Summer Camps.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2007-10-06 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-10-06 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2007-10-07 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-10-07 SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) by adopting a new AD for the products listed above.

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AD: Pacific Aerospace Corp.

AD NUMBER: 2007-10-08 MANUFACTURER: Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-10-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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FAA Says Construction Caused Hazards At O'Hare

Agency Won't Fine City Or Contractors

Federal Aviation Administration inspectors have found numerous violations by the Chicago Department of Aviation, the O'Hare Modernization Program and several contractors working on an expansion of O'Hare International Airport.

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DOT's Peters Tells Atlanta To Consider Second Airport

ATL Quickly Running Out Of Space To Grow

Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters told community leaders in Atlanta, GA they should strongly consider a second airport -- before putting up $1 million for the study.

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NASA Rolls Atlantis Out To Pad

Agency Targeting June 8 Launch

It's time to try again. After a three-month mission delay brought about by a February thunderstorm, space shuttle Atlantis is back out at its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, in preparation for a planned June 8 launch.

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CSAR-X Officially Out For Rebid

Contract To Be Re-Awarded In the Fall

The US Air Force released draft requests for bids Monday to three companies battling to win a disputed $15 billion helicopter contract originally awarded to Boeing Co.

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Careers In Aviation Partners With AWAM, PIA For Scholarships

Aviation Isn't Just About Flying

For most of us, the allure of flying never wears off... from the moment we first saw an airplane, or held the controls. This is why millions of people work in aviation.

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24-Hour Walkout Called At Athens Airport

Flights Cancelled, Tourists Stranded

A 24-hour strike called by Greek transport workers Tuesday is expected to disrupt 100 flights at Athens International Airport -- leaving tourists and residents on several Greek islands stranded.

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Congressman, CEO Receive Top AIAA Awards

Awards Honor Aviation, Space And Science Support

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) presented its highest awards Tuesday night at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

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Premier Aircraft Says Its Falcon 50Dash4 Upgrade Beats Guarantees

Company Applies For European Certification

Premier Aircraft, LLC tells ANN its Falcon 50 performance upgrade -- known as 50Dash4 -- is beating its guarantees for speed, range and time to climb, and has resulted in application to the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) for certification to satisfy growing demand in Europe.

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Instruments Stolen From Donated FedEx Plane

727 Mysteriously Parked Facing Opposite Direction

Was it a prank, a burglary, or something else entirely? Authorities in Lake Township, OH are trying to figure out how a donated Boeing 727-100 changed parking spots at the airport... and what happened to some of the plane's instruments.

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ATP Orders Five Frasca Seminole Simulators

School Will Have 16 TruFlite Sims

Representatives with Urbana, IL-based Frasca International tell ANN regional airline training outfit Airline Training Professionals (ATP) has ordered five Frasca TruFlite Flight Training Devices. The FTDs are configured for the multi-engine Piper Seminole, and sport Frasca's TruVision visual system.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.16.07)

"Now is the time for Atlanta to consider having multiple commercial airports."

Source: US Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters. Peters told community leaders in Atlanta, GA they should strongly consider a second airport, to relieve future congestion at Hartsfield-Jackson International.

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MN TFR: 05.16.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1530 Issue Date: May 15, 2007 at 1712 UTC Location: Minneapolis Center, Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: May 16, 2007 at 1430 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 16, 2007 at 1545 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at Babbitt Iron Mines Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis Center (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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WI TFR: 05.17.07 - 05.20.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1546 Issue Date: May 15, 2007 at 1741 UTC Location: Minneapolis Center, Lacrosse, Wisconsin near LA CROSSE VOR/DME (LSE) Beginning Date and Time: May 17, 2007 at 1700 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 20, 2007 at 2215 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Airshow - Deke Slayton Airfest Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/1294: To add additional time for the Blue Angles at their request Pilots May Contact: Lacrosse ATCT (LSE) Air Traffic Control Tower, 608-783-0202 Controlling Facility: Minneapolis Center ARTCC

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NM TFR: 05.16.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1509  Issue Date: May 15, 2007 at 1534 UTC  Location: Albuquerque Center, Belen, New Mexico near SOCORRO VORTAC (ONM)  Beginning Date and Time: May 16, 2007 at 1200 UTC  Ending Date and Time: May 16, 2007 at 1900 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary Flight Restrictionsare In Effect For Gas Release  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: ALBUQUERQUE (ZAB) Automated Flight Service Station, 505-856-4580 

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