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January 20, 2006

MD TFR: 01.20.06 - 01.22.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0739  Issue Date: January 20, 2006 at 16:03 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: January 20, 2006 at 18:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: January 22, 2006 at 18:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Crestview Aerospace Lands Major Bell Contract

Will Produce UH-1Y Airframes

Aero-News has learned aerospace manufacturing provider Crestview Aerospace Corporation has been awarded a multi-million dollar Bell Helicopter Textron contract. The contract calls for the production of UH-1Y helicopter airframe structures over an eight-year period and is potentially worth more than $100 million.

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FAA Issues Emergency Airworthiness Directive For Raytheon 390 Premier 1 Aircraft

Inspection Of Hydraulic Tube Assembly Necessary

The FAA has issued an Emergency AD for the Premier 1 business jet. Below is an edited summary of the FAA's statements on the AD. ANN strongly encourages our readers affected by this AD to take the time to read the entire document, accessed via the FMI link at the bottom of this story.

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Pluto Probe Carries Discoverer's Ashes

Clyde Tombaugh Found "Planet X" In 1930

In addition to advanced electronics, the New Horizons probe now wending its way to Pluto carries with it a cargo of a far more personal nature: the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered the tiny planet with his homemade telescope.

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Spacehab Goes After Commercial ISS Supply Contract

Cites Facilities, Expertise, Past Performance

The long list of companies vying for a piece of NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Service (COTS) program added another well-known name Thursday, as Spacehab, Inc. officially threw its hat into the ring.

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TSA Frequent Flier Program To Begin June 20 Despite Concerns

"Registered Traveler" To Allow Easy Screening -- For A Price

Airline passengers may soon be able to breeze through security screening lines -- after submitting 10 fingerprints, having their credit histories and property records scrutinized, and paying a fee.

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One Survivor, 42 Dead In Slovak Plane Downing

Troops Were Flying Home From Kosovo

Recovery efforts continue at the scene of an accident involving a Russian-built AN-24 military plane (file photo of type, right) that went down Thursday night near the Hungarian town of Telkibanya, about one mile from the Slovak border.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 01.20.06

What Might Galileo Do For You?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.20.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.20.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- CMC Electronic's Jean-Marc Gagne: 01.20.06  (ANN's Feature News Program, with Jean-Marc Gagne on GNS.)

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2001-08-14R1 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2001-08-14R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca S.A. Arrius Models 2B, 2B1, and 2F turbo shaft engines.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-02-01 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-02-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-541 and A340-642 airplanes.

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Air Force Official Tells Developers To Get Used To Noise

Base, Builders Make Concessions For Housing Project

In a preemptive measure to avoid a future NIMBY battle, Air Force officials laid down the facts for developers planning to build a 13,000-acre residential development along the south edge of Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM: the base operates helicopters and F-16s, and occasionally sets off bombs. They all make noise... and really, they were there first.

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Police Say Pilot Had Been Drinking In Fatal NE Plane Accident

Three Died Returning Home After Dancing

Police revealed Thursday that toxicology tests show the pilot of a Piper Cherokee that went down last month had been drinking prior to the accident that claimed his life, and the lives of two others.

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Commercial Airline Service Slow To Takeoff At VCV

Did Victorville Use Airport Funds Properly?

The FAA told Victorville, CA officials this week to expect an agency investigation into the city's use of a $1 million grant intended to support airline service that has been slow to come to Southern California Logistics Airport.

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United Airlines Expects Friday To Be The Day

Final Hearings Much Smoother Than Expected

Barring a last minute surprise, it looks like Friday will be the day United executives will finally be able to utter the words they've waited three years to say: goodbye, Chapter 11.

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Klyde Morris 01.20.06

Klyde Keeps Making Friends Among The Airlines...

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Czech Aircraft Works Petitions FAA For Mermaid LSA Exemption

At Issue Is Amphib's Retractable Gear

Aero-News has learned Czech Aircraft Works is seeking an exemption from the FAA allowing it to receive a special airworthiness certificate in the light-sport category for its Mermaid aircraft.

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NTSB Files Preliminary Report On CA SR20 Crash

As reported by ANN on January 9th, a Cirrus design SR20 went down while conducting flight training out of the Lancaster, CA airport in the middle of the afternoon. The NTSB has filed a preliminary report on this tragedy, which is listed below...

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Jetport Takes Delivery Of Fourth Gulfstream G100

Additional G100 Helps Canadian Operator Keep Pace with Growing Business

Gulfstream Aerospace has delivered a mid-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G100 to Jetport, a full-service business aviation service provider in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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From The Frontlines: Air Crews Flew 50 Close-Air-Support Missions January 18

The Battle Continues...

Coalition aircraft flew 50 close-air-support missions January 18 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. They included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.20.06): Service Bulletins


A reader asks: What are service advisories, and are they optional?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.20.06)


International Wheelchair Aviators don’t discriminate, even if you’re A/B (able bodied) you can join the organization.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.20.06): AFIS

AFIS Airborne Flight Information System, also Automatic Flight Information System. An automatic, pre-recorded series of messages which can be received either when airborne or via telephone on the ground detailing the weather conditions, which runway is in use and any special notifications at a specific airport.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.20.06)

"It's been a difficult three years for many of our stakeholders, and we appreciate the many sacrifices they made. But those sacrifices have manifested themselves into improved operating results." Source: United Airlines CFO Jake Brace, commenting on the long, hard road United Airlines, its shareholders, creditors, and employees have taken during the three-year fight to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. That fight may be over soon, however, as United is expected to hear Friday from a bankruptcy judge that the airline is clear to exit Chapter 11 on February 1.

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