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June 13, 2007

FAA Renews Contract For Extended-Range VHF Network In Gulf

Hey, VERN

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a 3-year contract to ARINC Inc. to continue providing the FAA with the VHF Extended Range Network (VERN) which supports air traffic control communications in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Cape Air Grounds Planes To Address Engine Problems

Says Crankshaft Counterweight Causing Abnormal Wear

If you were hoping to catch a flight out of Nantucket this week, chances are your plans have changed. Cape Air, which provides service throughout the East Coast and Caribbean utilizing a fleet of 49 Cessna 402 cabin-class twins, has grounded those planes to make engine repairs.

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FAA Issues Changes To Light-Sport Aircraft Rule

Allows Retractable Gear On Amphibs, Lighter-Than-Air LSA

It's official: pilots of amphibious light-sport aircraft may now legally reposition the landing gear on their aircraft while inflight. Last week, the FAA issued an amendment to its original 2004 "Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft" ruling, which also creates guidelines for lighter-than-air light sport aircraft.

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FAA Issues Draft Of Its 'Flight Plan' For The Next Four Years

Also Invites Comments To Timeline For ADS-B, Other NextGen Goals

Stating "aviation is safer than ever" -- but "capacity must expand to meet demand, and we must be good environmental stewards" -- on Wednesday the FAA posted a draft of its "Flight Plan 2008-2012." The draft outlines the steps the agency says it must undertake to "keep things running smoothly" for the next four years -- including deadlines on implementation of those steps, such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcasting (ADS-B) -- and also invites comments to the plan.

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KS TFR: 06.15.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4161  Issue Date: June 13, 2007 at 1305 UTC  Location: Wichita, Kansas  Beginning Date and Time: June 15, 2007 at 1625 UTC  Ending Date and Time: June 15, 2007 at 2035 UTC  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement  Type: VIP  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A 

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TX TFR: 06.15.07 - 06.17.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4222 Issue Date: June 13, 2007 at 1419 UTC Location: Crawford, Texas Beginning Date and Time: June 15, 2007 at 2040 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 17, 2007 at 1855 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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TX TFR: 06.15.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4195 Issue Date: June 13, 2007 at 1312 UTC Location: Waco, Texas near WACO VORTAC (ACT) Beginning Date and Time: June 15, 2007 at 2040 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 15, 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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FL Space Launch TFR: 06.14.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4252 Issue Date: June 13, 2007 at 1633 UTC Type: Space Operations

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AK TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4099  Issue Date: June 12, 2007 at 2009 UTC  Type: Hazards 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 06.13.07

An Update On Woes With FSS Consolidation, With AOPA's Andy Cebula

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.13.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.13.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Ongoing Woes With FSS Consolidation: 06.13.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Andy Cebula, Executive VP for Government Affairs, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.)

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Boeing Admits To Early Assembly Woes On First 787

But Says Company Remains On Track For Rollout

We're less than one month away before the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is scheduled to be rolled out in a flashy public ceremony, and the planemaker admits it has run into some snags as it builds the first-ever composite-bodied commercial airliner.

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Boeing Projects $2.8 Trillion Market For New Commercial Airplanes

That's Nearly 29,000 New Airplanes Over 20 Years

In its forecast on market demand for new commercial airliners released this week, Boeing says it sees a $2.8 trillion market for new commercial airplanes over the next 20 years. Strong demand for new airplanes will lead to a world fleet with significantly improved environmental performance, according to the American planemaker.

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Alteon Calls On Aviation Training Industry To Lower Costs, Improve Quality

Carbary Says Industry Must Adjust To Increasing Demand For Pilots

"The aviation training industry needs to lower the cost of simulators, increase training quality and efficiency and reduce the time required to train pilots," Alteon Training President Sherry Carbary said in her keynote speech at the 10th Annual World Aviation Training Symposium and Tradeshow (WATS) in Orlando, Fl Tuesday.

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'Don't Worry, It's Only A Safety Problem'

Cabin Crew Forbade Photo-Taking Of Unusual Solution

When passengers boarded a Vueling Airlines jet in Spain Sunday, they noticed something that made them do a classic double-take. All but three of the 32 seat rows on one side of the aircraft were cordoned off with tape.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.13.07

Protestors want to ban the Blue Angels from San Francisco's Fleet Week.
The state of Tenneessee plans big improvements at Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
And Congress shores up its ban on sales

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.13.07

Protestors want to ban the Blue Angels from San Francisco's Fleet Week.
The state of Tenneessee plans big improvements at Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
And Congress shores up its ban on sales of

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ANN Special Feature: Andy Cebula, AOPA - 06.13.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Andy Cebula, Executive VP for Government Affairs, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, about problems in Lockheed Martin's consolidation of the FAA's flight service

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Aviation Consultant Slams FAA, Congress For Inaction On ATC Issues

Says Professionals Should Run Agency, Not Political Appointees

Tell us how you REALLY feel, Mike. On a morning news program, Michael Boyd -- president of the Boyd Group, an aviation research, forecasting and consulting firm -- recently voiced his concerns about the Federal Aviation Administration, and the current state of air traffic control.

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US Airways Tells Man He Is 'Too Disabled' To Fly Alone

Couldn't Guarantee Return Trip For Mother If She Accompanied Him

Andy Gates planned to fly to Wisconsin last week from Jacksonville, FL. He booked a flight on US Airways -- as he's done in the past -- went to the airport, checked his baggage, went through security, and waited to board like everyone else.

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Is 'Puffer' A Blow Out In Detecting Explosives?

"It's Probably DOA"

Well, it looked good at the time. In the latter part of 2004, the Transportation Safety Administration unveiled what it called the "trace portal pilot program" at select major airports across the nation. Quickly dubbed the "puffer portal," it was designed to detect explosives at airport checkpoints with, supposedly, amazing accuracy.

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OP Technologies Confirms Work On STC For EFIS Installation In SR22s

Prototype Pegasus IAS Now Flying Onboard Test Bed

OP Technologies recently told ANN the avionics manufacturer is pursuing a Supplemental Type Certificate for EFIS installation in Cirrus SR22s, and the company hopes to win its STC in the near future.

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Atlantis Crew Unfurls Newest Solar Array Onboard ISS

Attention Turns To Second Spacewalk

Right on schedule, the International Space Station spread its new set of "wings" Tuesday, allowing STS-117 crew members to turn their attention to the mission's next spacewalk.

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TN Guv Announces Grants For Tri-Cities Regional Airport

Funds Earmarked for Taxiway, Terminal, And Runway Safety Area Study

The Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) in Sullivan County, TN has been awarded a $3 million Aeronautics Grant by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor Phil Bredesen announced Monday.

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Top-Level EADS Exec Resigns Ahead Of Paris Air Show

Will Receive $3.7 Million Severance Deal

If you subscribe to the belief that timing is everything, it's likely you'll also believe Jean-Paul Gut had a clear message to send this week. On Monday, the once-Chief Operating Officer of EADS abruptly quit, one week before the start of the 47th Annual Paris Air Show.

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Lack Of Sleep May Affect Airport Security

Study Shows Fatigue Increases Speed, Mistakes

According to a new study, lack of sleep may affect the attentiveness of airport baggage screeners -- and, in turn, could compromise passenger safety.

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House Votes Again To Ban Sales Of F-14 Parts To Iran

Measure Awaiting Senate Approval

Just in case the message didn't come through the first time, this week the US House of Representatives voted a second time to ban the sale of surplus parts off the Pentagon's recently retired fleet of F-14 Tomcats.

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Jet Source To Enter VLJ Fractional Fray With Spectrum Jets

Will Offer Ownership, Charter, Training Options

Jet Source recently announced a new business alliance with Spectrum Aeronautical LLC that offer new very light jets -- including the Spectrum 33 and Spectrum 40 -- for clients as part of its new fractional jet ownership program.

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New Book Spotlights Aviation's Role In Wildlife Conservation

"Chasing The Ghost Birds" Offers Indepth Look At Rescue Efforts

Aircraft are used to locate and gather precious eggs in Alaska for trumpeter swan reintroduction in the Midwest. A private jet makes a historic flight across Russia to help save the endangered Siberian crane. A world hang-gliding champion attempts to lead young Siberian cranes on a 5,000-mile migration. Ultralights successfully teach whooping cranes to migrate from Wisconsin to Florida. And pilots and biologists track migrating cranes across a 1,200-mile route.

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Successful Flight Test For Wireless Strain Sensor Nodes

Systems Able To Track Damage On Rotating Helo Parts

MicroStrain, Inc. announced Tuesday it performed a successful flight test of next generation wireless strain sensors for damage tracking of rotating helicopter parts and other dynamic components. The flight test coincided with the release of the company's energy harvesting wireless strain sensing modules into the market.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.13.07)

Aero-Linx!

A group promoting the international preservation, restoration and flying of vintage and classic gliders.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.13.07): Yaw Damper

Aero-Terms!

A part of an aircraft automatic flight control system used to keep the aircraft from unwanted yawing. Yaw dampers are generally needed for swept-wing airplanes because of their tendency to Dutch roll. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.13.07)

"The idea is good -- but they have to work. That's the part they always miss at the TSA."

Source: FAA "Red Team" security testing agent Steve Elson. In the latter part of 2004, the Transportation Safety Administration unveiled what it called the "trace portal pilot program" at select major airports across the nation. Quickly dubbed the "puffer portal," it was designed to detect explosives at airport checkpoints with, supposedly, amazing accuracy. It hasn't quite worked out that way. Several of the machines have been experiencing consistent problems ranging from filter trouble to just not working at all.

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MI TFR: 06.22.07 - 06.24.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/4019 Issue Date: June 12, 2007 at 1422 UTC Location: Sawyer International Airport, Gwinn, Michigan near SAWYER VOR/DME (SAW) Beginning Date and Time: June 22, 2007 at 2030 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 24, 2007 at 2000 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Sawyer Experience Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Sawyer (SAW) Air Traffic Control Tower, 906-346-6990

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