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May 02, 2007

Alliance For Aviation Across America Responds To Senate's FAA Funding Bill

Reiterates Commitment To Opposing ALL User Fees

Reacting to Wednesday's news reports about user-fee based aviation legislation under consideration by Congress, the Alliance for Aviation Across America released the following statement to ANN.

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Cessna Names Stan Younger Vice President, Service Facilities

Will Manage Planemaker's Service Centers

Cessna Aircraft Company announced Wednesday the promotion of Stan Younger to vice president, Service Facilities. Younger will manage all activities of the company's 10 Citation service centers, as well as its network of some two dozen authorized service centers around the world.

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Robert Blaha Joins Aspen Avionics

Industry Veteran Comes From Honeywell

Aspen Avionics, Inc. told ANN Wednesday that industry veteran Robert Blaha has joined the Albuquerque, NM-based avionics manufacturer as Manager of Sales. Blaha will help define and implement Aspen Avionics' new sales, dealer and customer programs.

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NASA Mulls Over Sex, Death On Extended Mars Missions

Agency Considers Astronaut Health, Ethical Implications

Over the years, NASA has solved lots of engineering puzzles, and developed policies for everything from workweek length to permissable radiation exposure for astronauts. But now, as the US plans for a mission to Mars, the agency is being forced to begin addressing deeper ethical issues for the first time.

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Analyst Suggests Computers Contribute As Much CO2 As Aviation

Powerplants Supporting Devices Contribute Two Percent Of Global Emissions

Here's a factoid that may come in handy when your boss suggests teleconferencing to replace face-to-face meetings: digital devices generate as much greenhouse gas every year as aviation.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 05.02.07

Ballistic Recovery Systems' Larry Williams

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.02.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.02.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- BRS Parachutes Continue To Save Lives: 05.02.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Ballistic Recovery Systems CEO Larry Williams.)

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Aero-News Alert: Senate FAA Funding Bill Would Charge For IFR Flights

Airlines Would Enjoy Cut In Fuel Tax; VFR Piston Pilots Would Get A Break

It's different... but it sure doesn't appear that much better. The Hill newspaper reports the FAA funding reauthorization bill to be introduced before the Senate this week, by Senators Jay Rockefeller and Trent Lott, would phase out a 4.3 cent per gallon tax airlines pay for fuel... while also introducing a new per-trip fee for piston and turbine general aviation pilots who fly under IFR flight plans.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.02.07

NTSB announces an official cause in the Cory Lidle accident.
The FAA says the Alliance is comparing apples to oranges.
And a weather radio in the tower sure would have been handy.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.02.07

NTSB announces an official cause in the Cory Lidle accident.
The FAA says the Alliance is comparing apples to oranges.
And a weather radio in the tower sure would have been handy.

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ANN Special Feature: Larry Williams, Ballistic Recovery Systems - 05.02.07

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Larry Williams, CEO of Ballistic Recovery Systems. The company's airframe parachute systems recently recorded saves 200 and 201.

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MYR Terminal Proposal May Not Be Terminal After All

County Tries To Revive Airport Expansion, As Board Bickers

After a surprising defeat by a volunteer city review board last Thursday, Horry County, SC Council members are trying to revive plans to expand the Myrtle Beach International Airport's seven-gate terminal.

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Boeing Celebrates 40 Years In Everett, WA

Plant Opened For 747 Project May 1, 1967

Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary since The Boeing Company opened the major assembly buildings of its Everett, WA factory to build the first-ever jumbo jet -- the 747.

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New Horizons Provides New Look At Jupiter's Atmosphere, Moons

But No Sign Of Monolith, Clarke Fans...

NASA reports its Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has provided new data on the Jupiter system, stunning scientists with never-before-seen perspectives of the giant planet's atmosphere, rings, moons and magnetosphere.

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Coast Guard Rescues Three From Galveston Bay

Dolphin To The Rescue!

The Coast Guard recently rescued three people from Galveston Bay, TX, just weeks after crews were called out to assist an injured fisherman 130 miles south of the Texas gulf coast city.

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Navy's 'Big E' Continues Carrier Qualifications

Super Hornet, Seahawk Squadrons Due To Arrive Soon

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E), returned to sea April 30 for a cycle of carrier qualifications, following a four-week in port period for Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) preparations and inspections.

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KY TFR: 05.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9764 Issue Date: May 01, 2007 at 1711 UTC Location: Lexington/Louisvile, Kentucky Beginning Date and Time: May 04, 2007 at 2140 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 06, 2007 at 2150 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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IN TFR: 05.02.07 - 05.03.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9737  Issue Date: May 01, 2007 at 1424 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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NE TFR: 05.04.07 - 05.06.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9790 Issue Date: May 01, 2007 at 1917 UTC Location: Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska near OMAHA VORTAC (OVR) Beginning Date and Time: May 04, 2007 at 1630 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 06, 2007 at 2100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Omaha (OMA) TRACON, 402-294-3631

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VA TFR: 05.04.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/9763 Issue Date: May 01, 2007 at 1704 UTC Location: Newport News, Virginia Beginning Date and Time: May 04, 2007 at 1305 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 04, 2007 at 1920 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: MD Helicopters

AD NUMBER: PL2007-09-51 MANUFACTURER: MDHI SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2007-09-51 SUMMARY: This Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) is prompted by a report of an accident after the loss of a tail rotor blade. This condition, if not corrected, could result in the failure of a tail rotor blade and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-09-09 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-09-09 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AD: Vulcanair

AD NUMBER: 2007-09-08 MANUFACTURER: Vulcanair S.p.A. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-09-08 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Blind Pilot Completes Epic Trike Flight

Flies 13,500 Miles, From London To Sydney

Miles Hilton-Barber landed his plane in Sydney, Australia on Monday. That may not sound so unusual, but for two things: he flew an ultralight 13,500 miles from London... and he's blind.

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FAA Rebukes Group's Claims Against Funding Plan, Part Two

Stresses Fees Would NOT Be Imposed For Flying Through Terminal Airspace

In a telephone conversation with Aero-News last week, representatives with the Federal Aviation Administration rebuked many of the points presented by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, in that group's rebuttal to the FAA's policy document released April 23 on the subject of user fees. Over the next several days, ANN will present those arguments, and the FAA's contrasting position on each issue.

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New Storms, Same Complaint: NATCA Protests FAA Radio Ban

Says Controllers Unable To Monitor Funnel Clouds

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is again protesting a ban by the FAA on banning radios in air traffic control towers. Denver controllers said last week they only learned about a funnel cloud near the airport when someone notified them there had been a tornado warning on television.

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Ohio Airport Must Be More 'Realistic' In Grant Request, Says FAA

Funds Aren't Available For Runway Expansion

The FAA has told the Portage County, OH Airport Authority to work on a more realistic financial and business plan before trying to secure funds for a runway expansion project, and the $1.4 million grant they'd applied for just isn't available this year.

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Russia Says NASA Declined Its Help For Moon Mission

NASA Says, "What?"

There seems to be some miscommunication between NASA and Russian space agency Roskosmos. The head of the Russian program said recently the United States rejected that agency's proposal for the two countries to work together in returning to the moon.

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Virgin Atlantic 787 Contract Includes Diet Plans For Branson, Boeing Chairman

Environmental Groups Fail To See Humor

As they say... always read the fine print.

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Eclipse Aviation Names New Training Program Partners

FSC, Higher Power Aviation To Handle Flight Training

Less than two months after Eclipse Aviation announced the termination of its original training partnership with United Airlines, the very-light-jet manufacturer says it has finalized its team of partners who will train Eclipse 500 pilots.

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Delta Connection Academy Adopts ASAP Training Document

Encourages Incident 'Self-Reporting'

Delta Air Lines training subsidiary Delta Connection Academy has signed an historic safety program document with officials from the North Florida Flight Standards District Office of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Report: Registered Traveler Program Gaining Momentum

But Some Airports Still Aren't Interested

It's been more than five years since the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks prompted development of a 'trusted traveler' program. Only six of the nation's airports are actually using it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.02.07)

Aero-Linx!

The official web site of Gen. Chuck Yeager, also includes this day in aviation history. Called "the fastest man alive," "the guy with the right stuff," and "Mr. Supersonic."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.02.07): Sponson

Aero-Terms!

A short, winglike protuberance on each side of a seaplane to increase its lateral stability on the water.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.02.07)

"It's the fulfillment of an amazing dream. I've wanted to be a pilot since I was a kid. Now I'm totally blind and I've had the privilege of flying more than halfway around the world."

Source: Miles Hilton-Barber, who recently landed his plane in Sydney, Australia. That may not sound so unusual, but for two things: he flew an ultralight 13,500 miles from London... and he's blind.

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