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August 09, 2007

Endeavour Crew Gets Down To Business

Heat Shield Inspection, Docking Preparations Slated For Thursday

With the exhilaration of launch still fresh on the minds of the astronauts onboard Endeavour, on Thursday the crew got down to business... inspecting the orbiter's heat shield, and readying the shuttle for Friday's scheduled rendezvous with the International Space Station.

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Cessna Continues To Catch LSA Orders

720 SkyCatchers Sold To Date, Worth Over $75 Million

The hits just keep on coming for the Cessna 162 SkyCatcher. On Thursday, Cessna announced orders for its newly announced light sport aircraft (LSA) reached 720, totaling more than $75 Million, only two weeks after its official launch at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual meeting, AirVenture 2007.

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DOT Rule Banning Non-Rechargeable Lithium Battery Shipments Finalized

Prohibits Batteries From Flying On Passenger Aircraft

Cargo shipments of certain types of lithium batteries will remain banned from passenger aircraft under a final rule issued Thursday by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

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Boeing Delivers Canada's First C-17

Four Globemasters Slated For Canadian Forces

Boeing delivered the first of four C-17 Globemaster IIIs to the Canadian Forces Wednesday, during a ceremony at the company's Long Beach, CA C-17 manufacturing facility.

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Lockheed Says Software Upgrades Caused AFSS Delays

Wait Times Down To Near-Normal By Midday

With any new software, comes a few bugs to be ironed out. No one knows this better than Lockheed Martin, which tells ANN the company's Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) system was running a bit slower than usual Thursday morning.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 08.09.07

AOPA's Andy Cebula, On Changes To The Washington DC ADIZ

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.09.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.09.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: All About ADIZ Changes -- 08.09.07 (ANN Special Feature, with AOPA Executive Vice-President Andy Cebula.)

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ANN Special Feature: AOPA Exec. VP Andy Cebula - 08.09.07

ANN Special Feature: AOPA Exec. VP Andy Cebula - 08.09.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with AOPA Executive VP Andy Cebula about Marion Blakey's interview on public television, and about the signi

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.09.07

Endeavour returns to space.
RegionsAir fights back.
And airlines want to pull the feds into their 9/11 battle.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.09.07

Endeavour returns to space.
RegionsAir fights back.
And airlines want to pull the feds into their 9/11 battle.

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RAF Squadron Receives Its First Two Typhoon Fighters

Aircraft To Be Operational In Late-2008

Representatives with the UK Ministry of Defense tell ANN Royal Air Force Coningsby (No. XI Squadron) took delivery this week of its first two multi-role Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The aircraft will become operational by the latter half of 2008.

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Columbia Inducts Inaugural Members Into 'World's Fastest Singles Club'

First Seven 300 Knot Club Members Named

It didn't take long for Columbia 400 pilots -- eager to display the speed capabilities of their chosen aerial chariots -- to respond to the manufacturer's call for members into its new "300 Knot Club."

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WY TFR: 08.11.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1867 Issue Date: August 08, 2007 at 1918 UTC Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming near JACKSON VOR/DME (JAC) Beginning Date and Time: August 11, 2007 at 1535 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 11, 2007 at 1705 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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OK TFR: 08.11.07 - 08.12.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1909 Issue Date: August 08, 2007 at 2230 UTC Type: Hazards

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WY TFR: 08.13.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1868 Issue Date: August 08, 2007 at 1920 UTC Location: Jackson, Wyoming near JACKSON VOR/DME (JAC) Beginning Date and Time: August 13, 2007 at 0005 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 13, 2007 at 0215 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AD: Teledyne Continental

AD NUMBER: 2007-16-10 MANUFACTURER: Teledyne Continental SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-16-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for TCM IO-550-N, TSIO-520-BE, TSIO-550-A, TSIO-550-B, TSIO-550-C, TSIO-550-E, and TSIO-550-G reciprocating engines.

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FLRA Rules PASS Did Not Negotiate In Bad Faith

Union Says Decision Works For Them

You win some, you lose some. Such was the case for the FAA this week, as the agency won a significant victory before the Federal Labor Relations Authority... but was also handed a rebuke, of sorts.

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'Opporknockety' Tunes But Once: Might YOU Be The Face Of Aero-TV?

Help Shape The Future of Aviation News!

ANN has been enormously gratified by the response to our sneak-peek at Aero-TV. Mind you, what you've seen is a TINY fraction of what we have in our action plan -- not even the tip of the iceberg... but apparently it was enough of a start for thousands of you to let us know that YOU want your Aero-TV! FMI: I Want To Be The Face Of Aero-TV!

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Virgin America Gets Off To Late Start In US Market

First Flight Delayed By -- Wait For It -- Weather

Whoops. Not long after British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson lambasted other US carriers Wednesday during the launch of his latest airline venture, Virgin America... the airline got a taste of one of the multitude of reasons those other carriers have had a tough summer.

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MRB Board Members Ordered To Stay Away From Votes Involving Bank

Ethics Board Says Men Had Conflict Of Interest In FBO Vote

Two members on the board for Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB) in Martinsburg, WV were ordered recently not to vote on matters that could conflict with their financial interests in a local bank.

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The Day The Lights Went Out In MKE

Electrical Fire Puts Airport In The Black

A small electrical fire is being blamed for a two-hour blackout at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) on Tuesday afternoon.

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CAPBOR Finds Supporters Among Passengers On Recent CO Flight

Organization Says Pax Were Held Seven Hours Without Toilets, Water

The Coalition for a Passengers’ Bill of Rights (CAPBOR) tells ANN the experiences of those onboard a recent Continental Airlines flight shows why such a bill is needed.

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Woman Says British Airways 'Lost' Her Elderly Father

Man Suffered Stroke, Now Stuck In London Hospital

Lost luggage has become an all-too-common occurence for many airline travelers... but to our knowledge, this may be the first report of an airline managing to lose an entire person.

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DHS To Equip Agents -- Including Air Marshals -- With Blinding Devices

Can Screeners With Light Sabers Be Far Behind?

While it's probably safe to assume few in the Department of Homeland Security will ever attain "Jedi" status... soon some of DHS's finest will be equipped with honest-to-goodness light sabers.

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Sporty's Founder Wins Auction For First Cirrus LSA

$170,000 Bid Will Go Towards Young Eagles

Sporty’s Founder and Chairman Hal Shevers was the highest bidder when the first Cirrus Light Sport Aircraft was auctioned at EAA’s annual Gathering of Eagles fundraising dinner on July 26, 2007. Shevers' winning bid of $170,000 will benefit EAA’s Young Eagles program and youth initiatives.

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FAA Issues Final Rule On High Intensity Radiation Fields

New Cert Standards To Protect Electrical Systems

The Aircraft Electronics Association tells ANN on August 6, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published in the Federal Register a final rule directed at High Intensity Radiation Fields in all classes of aircraft.

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Is The World Ready For A Biz-Blimp?

Worldwide Aeros Says Yes

And now, for something completely different.

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Darfur Rebels Claim MiG-29 Shootdown

Claim Jet Was Bombing Village

An opposition army fighting against government-backed forces in the Darfur region of the Sudan claimed to have shot down a MiG-29 this week.

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F-22 Raptor Begins Operations In Pacific

90th Fighter Squadron Will Operate Advanced Fighters

Ceremonies held at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska today marked the formal beginning of operations for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor in the Pacific region.

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Sally Ride Science Launches Blog To Help Teachers Fuel Interest In Science

Astronaut Barbara Morgan In Spotlight During STS-118 Mission

What is it like to go from zero to 17,000 miles per hour in just over eight minutes? Or to orbit 220 miles above earth? When the Space Shuttle Endeavor blasts off tomorrow for its 12-day mission in space, teachers and students can follow the activities of NASA astronaut and teacher Barbara Morgan (right) through the Sally Ride Science blog.

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Report Entitled 'Why Can't We Make Money in Aviation?' Now Available

The Sky Is Often Blue... But Seldom Green

Talk about timing. Research and Markets announced this week the addition of a report entitled "Why Can't We Make Money In Aviation?" to their offerings.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.09.07)

"I do not consider it a coincidence that in the bargaining environment of the case, where the FAA has interpreted and applied its unique bargaining statute to deprive the Panel of jurisdiction to resolve bargaining disputes, one of its unions has sought to resort to a form of force: not economic, but political force, through the vehicle of a vote of its members on the agency's proposals."

Source: An unnamed judge with the Federal Labor Relations Authority, in ruling last week in favor of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union that represents FAA systems specialists, regarding the FAA's Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) case.

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1888 Issue Date: August 08, 2007 at 2124 UTC Type: Hazards

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ID Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1943 Issue Date: August 09, 2007 at 0345 UTC Type: Hazards

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WA Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1859 Issue Date: August 08, 2007 at 1832 UTC Location: Seattle Center , 25 NW Chelan, Washington Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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MT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1945 Issue Date: August 09, 2007 at 0419 UTC Type: Hazards

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ID Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1930 Issue Date: August 09, 2007 at 0142 UTC Type: Hazards

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IL TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1929 Issue Date: August 09, 2007 at 0140 UTC Type: Hazards

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MT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1921 Issue Date: August 09, 2007 at 0108 UTC Type: Hazards

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ID Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1948 Issue Date: August 09, 2007 at 0436 UTC Type: Hazards

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MT Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1933 Issue Date: August 09, 2007 at 0238 UTC Type: Hazards

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