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December 19, 2005

ANN Special Feature -- Tom Poberezny Looks Back at 2005 and Forward to 2006 (Part 1 of 2): 12.20.05

It was an interesting year for the Aero-Biz... and few organizations had as big a stake in 2005 as did EAA.

EAA Boss Tom Poberezny went through the year, warts and

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.20.05

Miami Chalk's Grumman Crash, SpaceX Scrubs Again, C195 Down Near St. Augustine, AOPA: GA 'Not A Threat'... and More! 

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Aviation Accident TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/1748 Issued: 12/19/2005 21:10 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: FL Facility: ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL. Type: HAZARDS Description: MIAMI FL

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Grumman Mallard Turboprop Down Off Miami Beach, PAX Deaths Confirmed

Twelve Reported Dead, 18 Aboard

Local reports say 12 bodies have recovered from an accident just off the coast of Miami Beach, where a seaplane carrying as many as 18 onboard went down at approximately 2:45 pm EST. There are conflicting reports as to any survivors, with varying reports of two to six passengers now at local hospitals.

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Not Again! SpaceX Launch Scrubbed

Will Try Again In 2006

Aero-News has learned the planned launch of SpaceX's Falcon 1 rocket has been scrubbed for a second time, and it will be 2006 before another attempt is made.

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One More Time -- Scissors: OK Explosives: No

Fake Grenade Causes JFK Evacuation

It's hard for us to believe that with as much as airport security has been in the news these past four years, someone could possibly still think it was okay to bring a grenade onboard an aircraft -- but that's exactly what happened Sunday night in Jetblue's terminal at JFK International.

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'Passenger 57' Actor Arrested For Disturbance On Transatlantic Flight

Life Imitates... Art?

Aero-News has learned British actor Bruce Payne, known to movie audiences for roles in such films as "Passenger 57" and, well, "Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team" was arrested November 30 in London for a disturbance onboard a Virgin Atlantic flight from the US.

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First Images Received From British Consortium's TopSat Satellite

May Offer Significantly Less-Expensive Future Space Missions

The first high resolution images of the Earth transmitted by TopSat, the micro-satellite designed and built by a consortium of British firms led by QinetiQ, have been received at QinetiQ's West Freugh ground station.

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MD TFR: 12.21.05

NOTAM: 5/1713 Issued: 12/19/2005 14:50 Effective: 12/21/2005 14:55 - 12/21/2005 17:55 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: BETHESDA, MARYLAND, DECEMBER 21, 2005

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One Dead, Two Still Missing In FL Cessna 195 Accident

One Survivor Listed In Good Condition

Crews continue to search off the coast of northeastern Florida for the pilot of a Cessna 195 Businessliner that went down Sunday in rough seas one mile from St. Augustine, as well as his 16-year-old daughter. Another passenger died in the accident, but there was at least one survivor.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 12.19.05

Aero-Craft 101: When To Fly --  And When To Stay On The Ground

It's a decision every pilot faces at one time or another: you have to be somewhere, and the airplane's fueled and ready down at the airport. You've checked your planned route, and -- something isn't right. In fact, it looks like it's going to be a lousy day to fly... but you have to be home tonight... right?

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AOPA: Training Ops Back On At Florida's Pompano Airpark

FAA Decrees City Must Ease Restrictions

AOPA tells Aero-News the organization has won a victory against the City of Pompano Beach. As a result of ongoing efforts by the organization, the FAA has decreed the city must stop the 10-year old policies AOPA states restrict general aviation use -- specifically training-type operations -- at Pompano Airpark (PMP).

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In Wake Of Two Deadly Accidents, Nigeria Grounds Its 737s

Old Airliners Come Under Review

Twice is apparently enough in Nigeria. After two aviation tragedies since October -- including last weekend's accident involving a Sosoliso Airlines DC-9 that claimed 103 lives -- the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered all Boeing 737-100s and -200s in service in that country to be grounded until they can be inspected in accordance with an Airworthiness Directive issued more than five years ago by the FAA in Washington.

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One Dead In Hawaii 172 Accident

Vacationing Man Had Rented Aircraft

An unidentified man was killed last week in Hawaii when the Cessna 172 he had rented while reportedly visiting the islands from Utah went down on the tropical mountainside of a dormant volcano.

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EAA, NAFI Help Secure Waiver For 'In-Month' Recurrency Requirement

Agencies Ask TSA To Help Flight Schools, Instructors With Security Training

Thanks to direct involvement from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), and other aviation organizations, the TSA has waived a requirement for flight school employees and independent CFIs to receive recurrent security training in the same month as when they received initial security awareness training. The waiver instead allows 18 months to get annual security awareness recurrency training.

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Russians Have Space Plane On Drawing Board

If Only They Had The Rubles To Build It...

Scientists at the Moscow Institute have designed an aircraft capable of carrying passengers from Moscow to Paris in 20 minutes, and all the way to New York in less than an hour... if only they had the money to build it.

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Plutonium-Powered Pluto Probe Put On Pad

Liftoff Scheduled After Jan. 17

The world's first-ever mission to Pluto is closer to launch as the New Horizons probe was moved to Launch Complex 41 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The interplanetary spacecraft was moved to the pad -- where it will be installed atop its Atlas V booster rocket -- under heavy security Saturday morning.

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Klyde Morris 12.19.05

"A Christmas Carol," Klyde-Style...

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Boeing Delivers First Air China 747-400F

Boeing has announced the first delivery of a 747-400 Freighter to Air China Cargo, one of two new 747-400Fs for the Beijing-based carrier. The new airplane will be used on Air China Cargo's routes between China and North America and Europe, and is powered by Pratt & Whitney 4056 engines.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.19.05)

"This should send a clear message to airport sponsors everywhere. Treat every user fairly, and don't try to stop legal operations with illegal regulations." Source: Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports, on the FAA's decision to crack down on the City of Pompano Beach over 10-year old policies AOPA states restricts training-type operations -- such as touch-and-go's -- at Pompano Airpark (PMP).

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