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March 24, 2006

Falcon 1 Destroyed Shortly After Liftoff

SpaceX: "We're In This For The Long Haul"

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 03.24.06 1755 EST: It looked good to start... but SpaceX reports its Falcon 1 launch vehicle was destroyed moments after it ascended from its launchpad on Kwalajein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands.

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NTSB Recommends A300 Rudder Inspections After FedEx, Air Transat Incidents

Recommendation Affects Approximately 400 Airbus Planes

On Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board urged the Federal Aviation Administration to order inspections of the inner skin of the composite rudder surfaces of certain Airbus A300 series airplanes.

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Arbitration Panel Chastises Delta, Pilots Union

"Failure Is Not An Option"

After nine days of what could charitably be described as "heated" talks between Delta Air Lines management and the pilots union before a three member federal arbitration panel, the two parties were firmly told Thursday to return to the bargaining table... and make nice, or else.

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Three Dead As Cessna 340 Goes Down On Approach To Land

ATC Advised Pilot To Slow For Spacing Just Before Accident

A Cessna 340, N37JB, whose pilot had been told to slow his approach to land crashed shortly after that near Melbourne (FL) International Airport Thursday. Witness to the accident said the plane did appear to slow -- and then nosed-dived to the ground, its engines silent.

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Incoming 22nd Air Force Commander Delivers Newest C-130J To Keesler AFB

Number Seven Of Eight Aircraft Slated For Squadron

Earlier this week, Lockheed Martin delivered its second C-130J airlifter of 2006. The aircraft is assigned to the 403rd Wing's 815th Airlift Squadron, Air Force Reserve Command's (AFRC) only C-130J combat delivery squadron.

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Women In Aviation Int'l 2006: The Membership Meeting

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas A small crowd gathered this week for the 17th Annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) membership meeting in Nashville, TN.

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Women In Aviation Int'l 2006: The Explore Aviation Kit

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas The Explore Aviation Kit was mentioned at last year's Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas, TX.  This year, the idea is a reality -- with the kit being unveiled here at the Nashville, TN gathering.

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Women In Aviation Int'l Conference 2006: Coffee Social

By ANN Correspondent Aleta* Vinas

New members of Women in Aviation International (WAI) were treated to a Coffee Social on the opening day of the conference in Nashville, TN.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 03.24.06

Tom Turner Reports On The FAA's Aging Aircraft Conference

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.24.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.24.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner Reports From Kansas City: 03.24.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Tom Turner's thoughts on the FAA's Aging Aircraft Conference)

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ANG Tests World's First Multiperson Rescue Basket

"Heli-Basket" Can Carry Up To 15 People

On March 1, an Air National Guard rescue unit successfully tested the world’s first multi-person rescue basket, a cage-like device that, once certified, can carry up to 15 people -- and with another strong hurricane season expected this year, that certification can't come soon enough for many who have experience with rescue operations.

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TX TFR: 03.30.06 - 04.02.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3844 Issue Date: March 23, 2006 at 19:02 UTC Location: Kingsville Naval Air Station, Kingsville, Texas near TRUAX VORTAC (NGP) Beginning Date and Time: March 30, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 02, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Wings Over South Texas 2006 Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Kingsville NAS (NQI) TRACON, 361-516-4410

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2006-06-17 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-06-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca Arriel 1B, 1D, and 1D1 turboshaft engines.

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Big Airworthiness Directive Hits Lycoming Owners

Lycoming 360-Series Engines Affected

We knew it was coming... and it looks like it's here: a massive new Airworthiness Directive, affecting nearly 300 Lycoming 360-series engines, installed on a variety of single-and-twin-engine aircraft.

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Legislators Oppose FAA's Plans To Move Controllers From PBI

Miami Center To Take Over Approach, Departure Control In Three Years

Don't take our TRACON. That's the message four congressmen sent to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey this week, after learning of the agency's plans to close the Palm Beach Terminal Radar Approach Control when a new control tower goes online at Palm Beach International Airport.

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Klyde Morris 03.24.06

Klyde... Airbus Is Never Going To Forgive You For Picking On The A380!

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First New US Coast Guard Deepwater Aircraft Rolls Off Production Line

HC-235A To Enforce Homeland Security

On Thursday, Lockheed Martin and aircraft maker EADS CASA rolled out the first production airframe of the HC-235A medium-range surveillance maritime patrol aircraft.

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Lyons Studios Completes Its Latest Work Of Art

See "Ole Yeller", Other Paintings At Lakeland

The staff at Aero-News is always amazed with the creations that spring forth from artist Sam Lyons' canvas... but his latest work, titled "Hoover's Ole Yeller," is particularly sharp.

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Boeing Delivers Malaysia Airlines System's First 747-400 Freighter

First Of Two 747-400Fs For MASkargo In 2006

Malaysia Airlines System's (MAS) cargo operation, MASkargo, took delivery Monday of its first Boeing 747-400 Freighter. The airplane departed Everett's Paine Field late Monday night, and is the first of two 747-400Fs that MASkargo will receive this year.

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Air Mauritius Selects Rockwell Collins Avionics For Its A340s

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Air Mauritius to provide avionics on three of its upcoming A340 aircraft, as well as for two additional A340s on option. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in October 2006.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.24.06): I See It


You can dramatically reduce your workload by making use of a knowledgeable person in the right seat. It takes briefing and practice, but more importantly communication, to make this a safety benefit.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.06)


The Multimedia page at Boeing, has screen savers, images and more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.06): Cherubs


Altitude under 1,000 feet, measured in hundreds of feet ("cherubs two" means 200 feet).

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.24.06)

"If a hurricane were to barrel through Miami-Dade County and damage Miami International Airport's control tower and subsequent radar system, as Hurricane Andrew did, then it is highly possible, indeed likely, that emergency efforts in Palm Beach could be dramatically hindered." Source: From a letter sent to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey this week from Florida congressmen Alcee Hastings, Mark Foley, Robert Wexler, and Clay Shaw, admonishing the FAA for its plans to close the Palm Beach TRACON and move approach and departure control for the area to Miami center within the next three years.

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PA TFR: 03.24.06 - 03.25.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3874  Issue Date: March 23, 2006 at 22:35 UTC Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Beginning Date and Time: March 24, 2006 at 21:10 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 25, 2006 at 0:55 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AD: Textron Lycoming

AD NUMBER: 2006-06-16 MANUFACTURER: Textron Lycoming SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-06-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Lycoming Engines (formerlyTextron Lycoming) AEIO-360, IO-360, O-360, LIO-360, and LO-360 series reciprocating engines.

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