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November 20, 2007

Everyone Safe After Planes Collide Near Tacoma, WA

Two Persons Rescued From Water; One Plane Lands Safely

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 11.20.07 1735 EST: Officials in Tacoma, WA are releasing few details surrounding the apparent midair collision of two small planes Tuesday afternoon.

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LA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4829  Issue Date: November 19, 2007 at 2333 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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CA TFR: 11.21.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4862  Issue Date: November 20, 2007 at 1249 UTC  Type: Security 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.20.07

Former RAF Pilot Doug Cairns' "Diabetes World Flight"

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.20.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.20.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Diabetes World Flight: 11.20.07 (ANN Special Report, with former RAF pilot and round-the-world flyer Doug Cairns.)

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Antilles Seaplanes Launches 'Super Goose' Production

Modernizes Grumman G-21s

Antilles Seaplanes, LLC announced this week it has begun accepting deposit orders on the production of new "Antilles Super Goose" amphibious aircraft.

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First Production DA42 Multi-Purpose Platform Delivered To Customer

Aerial Laser Scanning Platform Already Pressed Into Service

Aero-News has learned Wolfgang Grumeth, Managing Director of Diamond Airborne Sensing GmbH, personally delivered the first DA42 Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP) in serial production to Dr. Johannes Riegl, CEO of RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH on November 13.

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Inflatable Lunar Habitat To Get Antarctic Test

Home Away From Home May Be Destined For Lunar Surface

It's official -- the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will use Antarctica's harsh environment to test a new tent- like architecture for astronaut housing on the moon, according to the NSF.

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Gone West: Fred 'Crash' Blechman

Crashed Five Corsairs At End Of WWII

His buddies called him "Crash" -- the funny ex-Navy pilot who earned his nickname by crashing five F4U Corsair fighter planes on landing during training missions at the end of World War II.

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Studies Suggest Video Games Could Help Screeners Do A Better Job

Quick! Send An XBox To DEN!

Could TSA screeners do their jobs better if they played Halo 3 on their off-time?

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Allegiant Air Triples Service From Plattsburgh Int'l Airport

Former USAF Base Opened Passenger Terminal In April

Things seem to be looking up (pun intended) for upstate New York's Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG), seven months after the converted air force base opened a new passenger terminal, in hopes of attracting commercial airline service.

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EADS Looks To US Investments Against Weakening Dollar

Recent US Takeover Bids Scuttled By Franco-German Shareholder

The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, EADS, is looking to invest in the US in order to reduce its exposure to a weaker dollar, chief executive Louis Gallois told the Financial Times.

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Suspicious Globs Found Along Flight Path To ATW

Neighbors Report Goo On Sidewalks, Patios, Sidings

Residents of Menasha, WI say they were dumped on last week... literally. Possibly by an airplane.

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Flying Boat Crew, Passengers Remembered 50 Years Later

Isle Of Wight Crash Witness Describes Scene

Forty-five people who died when their flying boat crashed on the Isle of Wight 50 years ago were remembered in a special ceremony Sunday. The Aquila Airlines plane crashed into an abandoned chalk pit near Chessell on November 15, 1957.

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German Market For Airliners Grows

Boeing Says Over 900 Aircraft Needed

Boeing says single-aisle airplanes will dominate deliveries to Germany, with carriers requiring 620 single-aisle jetliners valued at approximately $43 billion.

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High Blood Pressure From Airport Noise Being Studied

Noise Annoying You? Maybe You Should Move-Researcher Says

A Swedish study suggests, people who live near airports may have an elevated risk of high blood pressure due to noise pollution, according to Reuters. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and associates found that among more than 2,000 men followed for a decade, those who lived in areas with the greatest noise from a nearby airport had a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.

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CA TFR: 11.27.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4747  Issue Date: November 19, 2007 at 1257 UTC  Type: Security 

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CA TFR: 11.28.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4748 Issue Date: November 19, 2007 at 1257 UTC Type: Security

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Another Close Call Over Midwestern Skies

Second Incident In Four Days Involving ZAU

It was another close call for aircraft operating under the control of Chicago Center. For the second time in a week, two aircraft came closer than rules allow in the skies over the Midwestern US.

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CSAR-X RFP Revised... Again... By Air Force

Fifth Time Contract Bid Has Been Amended

A controversial request for bids on a contract to build replacements for the US Air Force's current fleet of Pave Hawk search-and-rescue helicopters was recently amended for the fifth -- and, hopefully, final -- time.

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Holiday Travelers Urged To Make TSA's Job Easier

Asked To Pack Carry-On Luggage Neatly

There's now another reason for travelers to pack neatly when taking an airline trip. In addition to making sure your clothes aren't (overly) wrinkled at your destination... you'll also be making a TSA screener's job a bit easier.

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DOT Penalizes Delta For Failing To Disclose On-Time Performance

Carrier Fined $115,000 For Violations By Mainline, Regional Operations

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) says it's not kidding about hitting airlines that fail to disclose on-time figures where it hurts the most -- as Delta Air Lines can attest.

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Arab Emirate Sharjah, Air BP Agree On $32 Million Facility

Move To Boost Cargo Activity At Sharjah International

The Government of Sharjah and Air BP have joined to operate and build a new $32 million jet fuel facility designed to boost Sharjah International Airport's operational capabilities.

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Cessna Service Centers Introduce Satellite Inventory Initiative

Citation Facilities Will Have Access To Each Others' Parts

Cessna announced Monday a new satellite inventory initiative for Cessna-owned Citation Service Centers.

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Trojan Phlyers Open New Hangar Facility At JWY

8,400 Square-Foot Facility Includes Maintenance Area, Pilot Lounge

As our readers in the United States prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week, the Trojan Phlyers aerobatic team definitely has a big reason to be thankful. The team held the grand opening of their new hangar facility earlier this month at Mid-Way Regional Airport (JWY), located halfway between Midlothian and Waxahachie, TX.

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Vintage WWII Aircraft Refinishing Company Grows

Lots Of Fathers And Sons Come To See Glistening Warbirds

An aircraft company that restores vintage World War II airplanes plans to double its size at the Huntington Municipal Airport in Texas.

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Build-A-Plane Opens eBay Auction

Proceeds To Benefit Aircraft Donation Program

Build A Plane -- a non-profit organization which helps teachers teach science, technology, engineering and math by building real airplanes -- announced recently the opening of a new auction program for all aviation enthusiasts.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.20.07)

"Whether or not the (TSA) campaign is effective, the effort is certainly welcome because, with 27 million-plus people scheduled to fly over Thanksgiving, every effort to speed up the security checkpoint will help."

Source: Dan Castelveter, spokesman for the Air Transport Association. On Monday, the Transportation Security Administration urged passengers to pack items in their carry-on luggage neatly, and in layers. Doing so will cut down on time screeners have to spend rifling through suitcases, the agency says -- cutting down on time spent searching carry-ons.

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