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January 05, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.06.06

ANN Selects The Best Plane of 2005, Independence Air Goes West, Boeing Logs Record Sales for 2005 (Over 1000!), New Orders For Airbus, Bad Weight and Balance Down Christen Eagle... and More

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.06.06

Independence Air Goes West, Boeing Logs Record Sales for 2005 (Over 1000!), New Orders For Airbus, Bad Weight and Balance Down Christen Eagle... and More!

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ANN Special Feature: X-Prize Chairman Peter Diamandis Part II 01.06.06

ANN Chats With the XPrize's Peter Diamandis (Part Two)

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Airmen Help Evacuate Sick Child From Iraq

"Worth Getting Up In The Morning"

The C-130 Hercules has routinely hauled more than one million troops and 76,000 tons of cargo in and out of Iraq -- but a recent mission was anything but routine.

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TAM Brazilian Airlines Goes GEnx For Its A350s

TAM Brazilian Airlines has selected General Electric's GEnx engine to power its new order of 10 Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

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Boeing Takes A Bow: 1,002 Net Orders In 2005

It's A Record!

Boeing confirmed Thursday what the numbers had suggested throughout the year: that 2005 was a very good year for the American aerospace manufacturer.

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Australia May Halve JSF Orders Over Costs

Had Pledged To Purchase 100 F-35s

Officials in the Australian Ministry Of Defence warned parliament earlier this week the country could be forced to reduce its target order of 100 F-35 joint strike fighters over continuing cost overruns.

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Working Together: Voyager Flight Software System And WingX

Create Flight Plans On Desktop, Download To Pocket PC

Seattle Avionics Software, Inc. and Hilton Software LLC announced Thursday that flight plans can now be shared between Seattle Avionics’ Voyager Flight Software System 3.0 and Hilton Software’s WingX Pocket PC application.

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Presidential TFR: 01.06.06

NOTAM: 6/0116 Issued: 01/05/2006 15:50 Effective: 01/06/2006 16:20 - 01/06/2006 20:05 State: IL Facility: ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL. Type: VIP Description: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. JANUARY 6, 2006

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.05.06

Part One Of ANN's Year-End Interview With Dr. Peter Diamandis

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.05.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.05.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Peter Diamandis Looks Back At 2005 and Forward At 2006 -- 01.05.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with the X-Prize Fo

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Airline On-Time Performance in November Shows Improvement Over Last Year

...But Not As Good As October's Performance

The on-time performance of the nation's largest airlines improved in November 2005 compared to the same month last year -- although the carriers had a lower percentage of on-time flights than in October.

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AMS Offers Seatbelt Airbags System On 2006 Alarus CH2000

Latest Addition To Proven Design

Aircraft Manufacturing & Development (AMD) is now offering the FAA-certified SRS Airbag Seatbelt system as standard equipment.

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Maintenance Negligence Claimed In Suit Against Chalk's

Did Company Fail To Properly Handle Corrosion?

Moving quickly to claim a stake of what little funds may be available, lawyers representing the families of victims in the December 19 loss of a Chalk's Ocean Airways seaplane have filed a lawsuit against the company's insurance policy, claiming the company's failure to take adequate steps to check for corrosion led to the fatal accident.

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ANN's Annual 'Best of Breed' List: 2005's Planes of The Year -- SportPlane

One of the most difficult tasks we face each year comes in the form of our Annual 'Best of Breed' selections. Formerly announced at Oshkosh, we decided to fold these announcements into our Year-End Wrap-Up in order to take advantage of the rest of the year's events and input, as well as to make such an announcement truly representative of the full year.

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If Ya Can't Beat 'Em, Replace 'Em: City Signs Contract Launching Local Airline

City of Bismarck Gives Wings To Next-Generation Air Service Model

Mayor John Warford has announced the signing of a revolutionary contract that releases $1.25 million under a USDOT Small Community Air Service Development grant. Bismarck's Board of City Commissioners and USDOT previously approved use of federal funds to launch Point2Point Airways.

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SO COOL! DA42 Twin Star Gets EASA 'Known-Ice' Certification

Major Approval Granted For FIKI Capability 

The DA42 Twin Star has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for flight into known icing conditions. FAA validation is expected shortly.

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AEA Offers Regulatory Update On Air Carrier Insulation

SUBJECT: Thermal/Acoustic Insulation Installed on Transport Category Airplanes REFERENCE: Federal Register: December 30, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 250)  SUMMARY: This FAA action modifies the requirements for improved flammability characteristics of thermal/acoustic insulation used as replacements on airplanes manufactured before September 2, 2005.

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Boisture Resigns as President Of NetJets

Will Remain As Consultant

Fractional jet operator NetJets, the worldwide leader in private aviation solutions, announced Wednesday that Bill Boisture has resigned as president of NetJets Aviation, but will support and assist the company as a consultant on several strategic projects.

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NATA Issues Special Guidance for Military/Government Aircraft Fuel Taxes

Effective January 1, 2006, the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) will be modifying contracts with FBOs to address recent tax changes. Prior to Jan. 1, U.S. and foreign military aircraft, as well as State and local government aircraft, had been categorized as noncommercial aviation fuel sales.

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Navy's Newest A/C Carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, Departs on Maiden Deployment

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego, Jan. 4, on a deployment to conduct naval operations in support of the global war on terrorism, as well as national and theater cooperative security commitments in the western Pacific.

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California Air Guard To Get The Predator

The California Air National Guard’s 163rd Air Refueling Wing at March Air Reserve Base will the home for a new MQ-1 Predator unit.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.05.06): Pilot-Controlled Lighting

Aero-Tips 01.05.06

Most airports don’t have the traffic or budget to warrant leaving runway lights on all night.  When towers are closed, and in almost all cases at non-towered airports, you will likely be responsible for turning on approach and runway lights for your arrival or departure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.05.06)

Aero-Linx!

Today we’re looking at the world.  This site has satellite shots of world cities. The index list most of the major cities.  Here’s a site that lists the major cities around the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.05.06): Abbreviated Briefing

Abbreviated Briefing Used when you need information to supplement mass disseminated data, update a previous briefing, or when you need only one or two specific items. Provide the briefer with appropriate background information, the time you received the previous information, and/or the specific items needed. You should indicate the source of the information already received so that the briefer can limit the briefing to the information that you have not received, and/or appreciable changes in meteorological conditions since your previous briefing.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.05.06)

"The last three years of researching this issue have convinced us that the American air transportation sector is poised to undergo a fundamental realignment. Technology and regulatory reform are shifting us away from a scheduled, hub-and-spoke system to an on-demand, customized air travel model." Source: Bismarck ND, City Commissioner Bryce Hills, commenting on Mayor John Warford's announcement of the signing of a revolutionary contract that releases $1.25 million under a USDOT Small Community Air Service Development grant, to launch Point2Point Airways. With the contract signing, Point2Point will now begin providing affordable, customized air travel to businesses in Bismarck and other communities in the region that

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