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December 15, 2006

FAA Issues Revised Final Rule For Commercial Spaceflight

Establishes New Part 460 Guidelines For Flight Crews

After receiving comments from The FAA received comments from 42 entities, including aerospace companies, associations, service providers, individuals and other agencies of the US Government, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued its Final Rule on regulations that will govern commercial spaceflight.

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F-35 Completes First Test Flight

In this age of extensive computer testing and modeling of aircraft designs, perhaps the first flights of today don't carry quite the 'edge of your seat' suspense they once did. Nevertheless, we're sure more than a few military officials, government subcontractors, and employees with Lockheed Martin were relieved to hear the words uttered about a half-hour ago by company spokesman Tom Jurkowsky.

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First Look: NEW Diamond DA50 Super Star

Diamond Aircraft is on a roll... and if the continuing development of  the Diamond D-Jet single-engine Personal Jet wasn't enough, there is now confirmation of a hot new single-engine bird from the ever-inventive minds working feverishly to keep up with Diamond's Christian Dries...

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Platinum Jet Center Opens Facility At KBMI

Facility Courts Honda, Eclipse For Service Centers

Aero-News has learned Platinum Jet Center BMI has opened its full-service, 34,000 square foot aviation and business center at the Bloomington-Normal Central Illinois Regional Airport. Platinum offers complete charter services, aviation consultation, leasing, and sales, as well as comprehensive maintenance and fueling services.

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Radar Glitch At O'Hare Causes Flight Delays

Morning Backups Likely To Affect Traffic All Day

Officials at Chicago's O'Hare International say the airport's ASR-9 radar went down early this morning causing flight delays up to 45 minutes.

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Alitalia Workers Stage Walk Off

Protesting Exclusion From Government - Management Decisions

 Some travelers going to and from Italy today using the country's national airline Alitalia got a rude surprise -- many flights were canceled due to a walk out.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.15.06

Cirrus Design's Rob Haig

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.15.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.15.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Training In A Turbocharged SR22: 12.15.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Cirrus Design's Rob Haig.)

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EVA To Rewire ISS Power Connectors Successful

Two Astronauts Finished The Job In Under Two Hours

Mission Specialists Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang took on the roles of electricians and movers during STS-116's second spacewalk at the International Space Station.

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ICAO Adopts New Rules Regarding Simulator Training

Less Actual Flight Time Needed For Licensing

According to the Washington Post, new ICAO rules allow pilots to receive a commercial license with only 70 hours of actual flight experience after obtaining 170 hours of simulator training.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.15.06

Astronauts resume work outside the International Space Station...
The Ebersol family sues the owner of a CL-600 that crashed on takeoff...
...and a Navy captain says Sikorsky has quality cont

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.15.06

Astronauts resume work outside the International Space Station...
The Ebersol family sues the owner of a CL-600 that crashed on takeoff...
...and a Navy captain says Sikorsky has quality cont

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ANN Special Feature: Cirrus Design's Rob Haig 12.15.06

Today, ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Rob Haig of Cirrus Design about the company's new training programs for buyers of turbocharged aircraft.

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AD NUMBER: 2006-25-13 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-25-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) AE2100D3 turboprop engines.

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AD NUMBER: 2006-25-14 MANUFACTURER: Schempp SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-25-14 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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AIR Inc. Says 464 Pilots Hired In November

Brings YTD Total To Over 7,600

 Representatives at AIR Inc. told Aero-News this week that airlines hired a total of 464 pilots in November, bringing the year-to-date total to 7,653. The Majors took the hiring lead once again adding 213 pilots, followed by the National carriers with 115, the Non-Jet Operators hired 52, the Fractionals 27 and Jet Operators hired 25 pilots respectively. Major airlines forecast hiring approximately 2,300 pilots in '07.

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FAA Agrees To Support LAX Jobs Program

But Questions Remain About Precedent

The Federal Aviation Administration has dropped its opposition to a $3.3 million annual program linking residents around Los Angeles International Airport with jobs at the airport. The agency now says airport revenue may be used to support the program.

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NW Pilots Allowed To Sell Unsecured Claims Against Airline

Pilots To Create Retirement Savings Plan With Proceeds

Northwest's CEO Doug Steenland gave the company's pilots permission to sell 20% of the their $888 million bankruptcy claim early.

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Houston Radio Personality Donates Aircraft For TX Border Patrol

Raised $100,000 For 'Eyes On The Border' Foundation

Houston, TX radio talk show host Edd Hendee made good on his promise to provide Culberson and Hudspeth counties with an aircraft to aid in patrolling the Texas border.

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Aspen Avionics Asks Court To Toss Eclipse Aviation Claim

Says AT300 Was Developed Before Men Were Hired

Former Eclipse Aviation workers Peter Lyons and Jeff Bethel, who later went on to found Aspen Avionics and sell the multifunction AT300 Hazard Awareness Display, have asked the court to throw out a lawsuit filed by Eclipse claiming intellectual ownership.

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Boeing Layoffs In Wichita Much Lower Than Forecast

Only 367 Of Proposed 900 So Far This Year

 Boeing says better than expected business has saved jobs at its Wichita plant. The company released 367 people so far this year with 28 more receiving 60-day layoff notices.

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Machinists Meet In Chicago In Preparation For GE Talks

Union Represents Nearly 2,500 Workers In Nine States

 Local and national leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) met in Chicago, IL this week to prepare for upcoming negotiations with General Electric Co.

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JetBlue: Answer To Airline Seat Recline Question Is Elementary

Fewer Seats = More Room For Everyone

 Just last month ANN reported on a very contentious issue: To recline or not to recline -- that is the question when flying commercial. Based on the number of comments we received, the issue seems to be near the top of concerns for today's air traveler.

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Dassault's Team Falcon Raises Serious Cash To Battle Multiple Sclerosis

Bike Team Collects $105,000 For New Jersey MS Society

Every fall, Dassault Falcon’s "Team Falcon" cycling team embarks on a two-day, 100-mile journey to raise money and awareness for the North Jersey Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). This year, a team record of over $105,000 was raised thanks to the tireless effort of the 24 riders and the generous contributions of the team’s 65 sponsors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.15.06): The Leans

Aero-Tips!

With an instructor in actual instrument conditions, try to identify your typical "leans" sensation. Regardless, trust and cross-check your flight instruments when in instrument conditions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.15.06)

Aero-Linx!

This site has got to be in my top 10 for the year: the Chick Fighter Pilot Association.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.15.06): Part 61, 141, 142

Aero-Terms!

The parts of the FARs covering pilot certification and flight school operations.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.15.06)

"If you’re in the 320 and the middle seat’s full, you’re hating life a little bit."

Source: JetBlue CEO David Neeleman. The budget carrier announced plans on Wednesday to remove one row of seats from all its Airbus A320 aircraft, increasing legroom in the front eleven rows.

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