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December 19, 2006

MD TFR: 12.22.06 - 12.26.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/8739 Issue Date: December 19, 2006 at 1644 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: December 22, 2006 at 1930 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 26, 2006 at 1530 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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OR TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/8742 Issue Date: December 19, 2006 at 1725 UTC Location: Mount Hood, Oregon Beginning Date and Time: December 19, 2006 at 1800 UTC Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for rescue Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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Crews Searching In Nevada For Source Of ELT Signal

Believed To Be From Missing SR22

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.19.06 1615 EST: Search crews in southern Nevada are trying to locate the source of an emergency locator transmitter signal, that may be from a missing Cirrus SR22.

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NATCA Says FAA's Change To Aircraft Seating Regs Raises Safety Concerns

Lower Headrests Mean Lower Safety

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is taking the FAA to task over the agency's "clarification" of a safety regulation affecting front seat rows on commercial airliners. The regulation, in place since 1998, mandates headrests on those seats to provide head impact protection for passengers.

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Charlotte/Douglas Receives FAA Grant For Third Parallel Runway

Even At $220 Million, It's A Bargain

As the possibility of losing its hub status looms should the US Airways/Delta merger come through, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is looking to the future. On Monday, the airport received $124 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to help fund a new runway at the North Carolina facility.

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Yingling Aviation Launches Joint-Ownership Program For Cessna Turboprops

Refurbished Conquests Offer Seating For 8-10

Aero-News has learned Wichita, KS-based Yingling Aviation has introduced a joint ownership program, which offers partnerships on refurbished and updated Cessna twin-turboprop aircraft.

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Wreckage Of BE-95 Found In Sewage Treatment Tank

Pond Now Being Drained

Crews are working to pump thousands of gallons of raw sewage from a wastewater tank near Gilroy, CA where the wreckage of a Beechcraft twin was found Tuesday.

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Delta Air Lines Unveils Its Plan To Emerge From Bankruptcy

Claims Creditors Could See As Much As 80 Cents On Dollar

"Delta today is moving forward with a plan designed to provide significant value to our creditors as well as customers, employees and other key stakeholders on a timely basis." With that statement by CEO Gerald Grinstein on Tuesday, Delta Air Lines revealed its plan to reorganize the carrier, and return it to profitability in 2007.

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NASA, Google Partner For 'Virtual' Space Travel

Agreement First In Planned Series Of Collaborations

What if you could explore the canyons of the Red Planet yourself, from the comfort of your home? You might soon be able to, if a series of collaborations between NASA and the webmeisters at Google bear fruit.

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Big Number For A Big Plane: Boeing Delivers Its 600th Triple-7

Reaches Mark Faster Than Any Other Twin-Engine Airliner

On Monday, Boeing announced a milestone: delivering its 600th 777 airplane, to Singapore Airlines.

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Kansas Aviation Museum Will Soon Have Its Superfortress

"Doc" Almost Ready For Display

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Doc" will be moved to an outdoor display next month at the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita, KS.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.19.06

AEA's Ric Peri, On FAA Changes To Part 145

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.19.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AEA's Ric Peri: 12.19.06 (ANN Special Feature, with AEA President Ric Peri on changes to re

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.06

A ban on homebuilding of airplanes gains traction in Florida...
Diamond Aircraft announces its next head-turner to party-goers...
...and suddenly, USAG's bid for Delta doesn't look very stron

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.19.06

A ban on homebuilding of airplanes gains traction in Florida...
Diamond Aircraft announces its next head-turner to party-goers...
...and suddenly, USAG's bid for Delta doesn't look very stron

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ANN Special Feature: AEA's Ric Peri 12.19.06

Today, Jim Campbell sits down with Ric Peri of the Aircraft Electronics Association to discuss FAA changes to Part 145.

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Success! NASA Spacewalkers Fix Stubborn Array

Panel Retracts With Some... Coaxing

This time, it was personal -- but STS-116 spacewalkers Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang rose to the challenge, and completed efforts to retract the port solar array on the International Space Station’s P6 truss segment Monday. The final section was folded about 6:55 pm EST.

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Lockheed Graduates 46 More Flight Service Specialists

Great-Grandson Of Founder In Latest Class

 Aero-News has learned 46 new Flight Service Specialists will graduate this week from Lockheed Martin's Flight Service Academy in Prescott Valley, AZ.

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FAA Issues Notice On Maneuvers In Oceanic Airspace

Pilots Must Notify ATC When Deviating From Planned Course

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) sent notice to its members Monday that the FAA has issued an Information for Operators (InFO) message regarding operations over oceans.

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C-17 Program Gains Additional Orders From USAF

Pentagon Authorizes Funds For 10 More Transports

Things are looking up in Long Beach, CA, where Boeing builds the C-17 Globemaster III transport plane. The Pentagon announced Monday a new order for 10 more of the four-engine heavy lifters for the US Air Force, which should extend production for at least a year beyond original predictions.

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Gone West: Clarence 'Del' Smith

Pilot For Three CA Governors Was 86

Aero-News has learned the man who served as pilot for three California governors passed away from natural causes December 9. Clarence "Del" Smith earned his wings flying C-47 transports in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he joined the National Guard.

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Military Aircrews Supporting Mt. Hood Rescue Operation

National Guard, Reserve Crews Search For Two Remaining Climbers

Although discouraged with the discovery of the body of one missing climber on Mount Hood Sunday, members of the Oregon Army National Guard, Nevada Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve continued the search Monday for two other lost climbers.

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Four Lost In OH Comanche Accident

Debris Impacts Apartment Complex

Investigators attempted to determine Monday why a Piper PA-24 Comanche went down Sunday night in an Ohio field, within one mile of the Bucyrus-Crawford Country Airport (17G) 60 miles north of Columbus. A family of four on their way to Maine was killed.

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First PA-Built AW139 Helo Delivered To SEACOR Holdings

Company Also Receives A109 Power, A119 Koala

AgustaWestland delivered three different models of helicopters -- an A109 Power, A119 Koala and AW139 -- to SEACOR Holdings/Era Helicopters during a ceremony held at AgustaWestland's Philadelphia facility last week. The AW139 handover was especially significant as it marked the first AW139 to be assembled in Philadelphia, PA.

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Cessna Selects Fidelity Flight Simulation To Provide Trainers

Nine Devices To Be Used At Independence, KS Training Center

Cessna has awarded Fidelity Flight Simulation, Inc. a contract to provide flight simulation devices and Garmin G1000 Kiosk trainers at its Independence, KS single engine training facility.

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Airbus Delivers First VIP A340-600 To SAAD Air

Luxo-Lengthy-Liner Will Seat 80

Aero-News learned Monday Airbus has delivered the first VIP version of its long-haul A340-600 -- which carries the distinction of being the world's longest airliner -- to the private business group SAAD Air Ltd of Saudi Arabia. SAAD is the first customer for the type.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.19.06): One Cross-Country Strategy

Aero-Tips!

Get creative with ways to reduce your stress level when it comes to making go/no-go decisions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.19.06)

Aero-Linx!

Dedicated to the Air Mail pioneers, those who truly came through rain, snow and dark of night to deliver the mail.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.19.06): Knot

Aero-Terms!

Nautical mile per hour -- Most common measure of aircraft speed. 100 knots equals 115 statute miles per hour. (For mph, multiply knots by 1.15.)

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.19.06)

"It's very important from a personal standpoint. I think we're all very Type A personalities -- I think my crew would agree with me there -- so we always like to accomplish the task that we are given."

Source: STS-116 Mission Specialist Joan Higginbotham, ahead of Monday's spacewalk to retract the stubborn P6 port solar array that has been a source of grief throughout the eight-day mission.

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