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May 15, 2007

AOPA Calls Members To Arms -- And Phones -- To Support Senate Amendment

"We Cannot Allow A User Fee Precedent To Be Established"

It's an opportunity to kill user fees once and for all. That's how Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Phil Boyer summarizes the amendment proposed by Senators Bill Nelson and John Sununu Tuesday, that would gut a proposed $25 "per trip" charge for turbine aircraft in the Senate's FAA funding bill.

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Alliance for Aviation Across America Applauds Nelson-Sununu Amendment

Proposal Would Strike Travel Tax From Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill

On Tuesday, the Alliance for Aviation Across America called upon the Senate Commerce Committee to adopt the Nelson-Sununu amendment, which would strike the “user fee” flat tax from S.1300, or the Senate Commerce Committee bill for FAA reauthorization.

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AZ Firefighting TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1473 Issue Date: May 15, 2007 at 1354 UTC Location: Albuquerque Center , Nogales, Arizona Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Albuquerque Center (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580

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NBAA Applauds Amendment Striking User Fees From Senate Reauthorization Bill

Nelson/Sununu Amendment Would Remove User Fees From Senate FAA Reauthorization

NBAA is applauding an amendment introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (pictured right -- D-FL) and John Sununu (pictured below -- R-NH) that would strike proposed language calling for a per-flight user fee as part of a Senate "reauthorization" (or funding) bill for the FAA.

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Retired NASA Chief Strategist Dr. Bruce J. Holmes Joins DayJet

Personal Air Transportation Innovator Helps Bring NASA Small Aircraft Transportation System Vision to Life

DayJet has just named named former NASA chief strategist Dr. Bruce J. Holmes director of air systems research. In this role, Dr. Holmes will work with federal and state agencies to deploy next-generation technologies that will expand the number of small airports DayJet can utilize across the country for its ‘Per-Seat, On-Demand’ jet service.

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Airbus Wins Additional Orders For A330-200

Dutch Leasing Company Purchases 10 More Widebodies

Airbus has seen a resurgence of interest this year in its A330 widebody twinjet... and on Monday, the European planemaker announced Dutch aircraft leasing company AerCap has signed a firm contract for 10 more A330-200 airliners, building on the carrier's initial 2006 order for 20 A330-200s.

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Fog, Liquor Contribute To Tense Moments Onboard UAL Flight

Stranded Pax Didn't Want To Part With Duty-Free Booze

What happens when you combine dense fog, a diverted United Airlines jumbo jet with a full load of passengers, and duty-free alcohol? If you guessed a situation that could be described as a "near-riot," you'd be right, according to Australian media reports

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Progress 25 Cargo Module Docks With ISS

Over Two Tons Of Food And Supplies Onboard

NASA reports a Progress cargo spacecraft automatically docked to the International Space Station early Tuesday, delivering 2.5 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the residents on board.

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Socata Aircraft Now EADS Socata North America

What's In A Name? Global Commonality

In a move intended to bring its North American sales and support base in line with its other global centers, EADS announced this week the board of directors for Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Socata Aircraft Inc. approved the renaming of the company to EADS Socata North America.

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Crews Locate Wreckage Of Missing Helicopter

Pilot Lost In Accident Near Alabama Forest

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 05.15.07 2010 EDT: Search crews confirm they have located the wreckage of a helicopter that went missing Sunday night over Alabama's Bankhead National Forest.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.15.07

NATCA Vice-President Ruth Marlin

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.15.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.15.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Congressional Action In Controllers Dispute -- 05.15.07 (ANN Special Feature, with NATCA Vice-President Ruth Marlin.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.15.07

The tower's still empty at New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
Canada certifies Garmin-equipped Columbis 350s and 400s.
And ground radar in Lousiville and Seattle is plagued with bugs.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.15.07

The tower's still empty at New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
Canada certifies Garmin-equipped Columbis 350s and 400s.
And ground radar in Lousiville and Seattle is plagued with bugs.

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ANN Special Feature: Ruth Marlin, NATCA - 05.15.07

Today, as language to resolve the dispute between the FAA and its air traffic controllers finds its way into reauthorization legislation, we take you back to Pete Combs's June, 2006 interview with

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Polar First Crew Arrives Home

Trip Provides World Record, Healing

 British pilots Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill brought their historic trek to an end at the Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. head office in Mirabel almost 1500 miles from their last stop in Texas and successful completion of  a new world record.

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Change Of Tune: Passenger Airlines Report Largest 4Q Profit Margin Since '99

BTS Releases Fourth-Quarter 2006 System Airline Financial Data

A group of 21 selected passenger airlines reported a system operating profit margin of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter, down from the third quarter but the largest fourth-quarter profit margin for this group since 1999, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the USDoT reported Monday in a release of preliminary data. The 21-carrier group consists of the seven largest network, low-cost and regional carriers based on operating revenue.

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National Guard On Front Lines In Wildfire Fight

National Guard troops are responding to wildfires in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota and California, using air assets to deliver water and providing logistics and communication support. In Florida, 84 Army National Guard troops are currently activated in response to fires in Flagler County, according to information from the National Guard Bureau. Since May 5, Florida National Guard assets have flown 67 hours, 445 sorties, and dropped 379,360 gallons of water.

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MHT Secondary Runway to Close for Summer

Construction Continuation of Long-Term Expansion

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will be closing its secondary runway this summer, for the second year in a row, for lengthening construction as part of the facility's long-term expansion plans.

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Paramount Airways Jet Overshoots Runway

Airline Blames "Mud on the Airstrip"

A Paramount Airways Embraer aircraft carrying 62 passengers and the crew overshot the runway during a landing attempt at Visakhapatnam Airport Saturday. A passenger told The Siaset Daily the pilot "made a mistake in judging the landing position" and seemed to have "lost control" as the aircraft skidded onto the ground.

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Boeing 777: ETOPS Claims 1 Million Flights

Boeing has a million reasons to crow about their B777 ETOPS capabilities. They have confirmed to ANN that the 777 jetliner fleet has completed its 1 millionth flight under ETOPS Regs. Based on reported and projected 777 fleet data, Boeing estimated the 1 millionth 777 ETOPS flight occurred on May 11.

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B-1B Targets Insurgents, Coalition Stays Airborne

Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan in the following operations May 13, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials.

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Oshkosh Aircraft Awards Ceremonies Expanded

Vintage Contemporary Category Extended Through 1970 This Year

EAA tells ANN that the presentation of their "Lindy" aircraft trophies and other aircraft awards will take on a different look in 2007. In 2007, each of the individual aircraft category areas, such as homebuilt, vintage, warbirds, ultralight and seaplane, will hold individual award presentations. This will replace the combined program that traditionally took place on the evening before the last day of EAA AirVenture.

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New Radar System Malfunctioning at SDF

FAA Reviewing System "Issues"

During a heavy downpour the evening before the Kentucky Derby, a Northwest Airlines DC-9 mistakenly crossed an active runway where another aircraft was on final approach at Louisville International Airport. SDH air traffic controllers said they could not see the DC-9 that had just landed and were, thus, unable to warn it not to cross that runway, according to the Associated Press.

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Delta Partners with US Helo for Manhattan/JFK Shuttle Service

Airline Investing in "Overall Travel Experience"

Delta Airlines and US Helicopter have teamed to provide an eight minute shuttle for customers traveling between Delta's hub at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and New York City Heliports in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. Beginning May 14, Delta customers will have exclusive access to frequent helicopter service that operates between the two New York City heliports and Gate 11 at JFK Terminal 3, according to Delta.

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Keystone Helicopter Delivers SAR Helicopter to the NJ State Police

 Keystone Helicopter recently delivered the newest addition to the New Jersey State Police aircraft fleet. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter will perform medical evacuations and support the state's homeland security programs.

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GAMA And ICAS Foundation Team-Up To Establish New Scholarship

 GAMA and the International Council of Air Shows Foundation (ICASF) have announced the establishment of the ICAS Foundation GAMA Scholarship. This annual scholarship will award $2,000 in funds to a college student seeking an aviation-related degree such as aircraft maintenance, aeronautical engineering, aviation business, or professional pilot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.15.07)

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Think Aerospace is a community dedicated to sharing great articles, news & images about the aerospace field.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.15.07)

"The 1 millionth 777 ETOPS flight is a result of our point-to-point product strategy to develop airplanes that fly people directly where they want to go. Early in its development we set out on a deliberate path to make the 777 the first airplane to enter service ready to fly ETOPS routes."

Source: Larry Loftis, vice president-general manager, 777 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, after Boeing announced that they had confirmed the 1 Millionth ETOPS Flight of a Boeing B777.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.15.07): ICAAS

Aero-Terms!

The Integrated Control in Avionics for Air Superiority advanced development program objective is to develop, integrate, and demonstrate critical technologies which will enable USAF fighter aircraft to kill and survive when outnumbered by enemy aircraft during air combat engagements.

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