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May 27, 2007

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.28.07

ALPA ends its opposition to the Age 60 Rule.
The FAA approves a $72,000,000 grant to move a Florida airport.
And Murphy's law strikes holiday weekend travelers.

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Holiday Get-Aways Impacted By TRACON Failure

Southern California Airports Impacted For Short Time Friday

If you were trying to get away for the Memorial Day Weekend from or to any of 21 Southern California airports Friday, an hour-long disruption at a San Diego-based radar center may have had you squirming in your seat for a half hour or more.

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Germany Backs Airbus Power 8 Restructuring Plan

"Important Step To Guarantee Future Of The Group"

A restructuring program of EADS' Airbus unit, Power 8, must not be called into question, a German government spokesman said after a German magazine reported France wanted to alter the plan, reported Reuters.

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FAA Gives $72 Million To Relocate Panama City Airport

Agency Gives "Stamp Of Approval" For Relocation To West Bay

On Friday the FAA awarded a $72 million federal Airport Improvement Program grant, and the lucky winner was -- the Panama City-Bay Count International Airport, FL, allowing it to move forward with its relocation to West Bay, reported the News Herald.

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Bees Sucked Into Plane Engine, Flight Aborted

Swarm Causes Engine Surge, 11-Hour Delay

Instead of Tatoo shouting, "Da plane, da plane!" from Fantasy Island, he could have been yelling, "Da bees, da bees" this bankers' holiday weekend in England.

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Male Astronaut From NASA Love Triangle Gets The Boot

NASA Embarrassment Continues

Ah, to be an employee of NASA these days. Despite delays, the next space shuttle flight is poised to blast off next month... the agency has had tremendous success with its unmanned space programs... oh, and then there's that darn love triangle thing, that they'd be more than happy to forget.

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Sault College Encouraging Chinese Aviation School Partnership

Ontario Institution Sees Good Things In The Future

While efforts by Ontario's Sault College to partner with a Chinese aviation school remain in a holding pattern after a six-member delegation from Guangzhou Civil Aviation College toured Sault College's aviation hangar Thursday, the visit was positive.

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Pilot Dragged After Starting Plane

Don't Do This At Home

 In an effort to prevent his antique single-engine Cessna from hitting houses, a 58-year old pilot was dragged more than 100 feet into a field as he attempted to jump inside the craft on Friday.

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At Least Eight Survive Peruvian Air Force Crash

20 On Board When Twin Otter Went Down Thursday

Officials say that eight people on board a government flight survived the crash of a De Havilland Twin Otter in Peru's northeastern jungle in a rainstorm Thursday, plowing into dense jungle an hour after take off, reported News24.

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Air India To Grow Freighter Operations

Looking to Take Back Foreign Capacity

Imagine, for a moment, you operate a national airline. It's unsetting to look around -- in your own country -- and see how aggressively foreign carriers, are expanding cargo capacities, taking full advantage of your country's export boom.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.27.07)

Aero-Linx!

A site with dozens of links, from Air Force Discussion Forum to Your Family American Valor, this is a great resource.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.27.07): Airport Surveillance Radar

Aero-Terms!

New terminal ATC radar system that replaces current analog systems with new digital technology.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.27.07)

"We were installing new maps in the radar system and something went wrong and all of them suddenly disappeared from the radar screens. Controllers could still see the aircraft and could still talk to the aircraft, but they couldn't see the maps."

Source: FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. The computer mapping system used by the SoCal TRACON failed for about an hour early Friday, when staff attempted to update the system's map software.

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