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December 29, 2005

Aero-News Special Feature: NBAA's Ed Bolen Looks Back At 2005 and Forward At 2006 -- 12.30.05

It was an amazing year for business aviation... find out why! Aero-News Special Feature: NBAA's Ed Bolen Looks Back At 2005 and Forward At 2006 -- 12.30.05

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.30.05

Delta Pilots Compromise Again, NWA Pilots Stand Firm, UPS Pilots Close To Strike?, Independence Air May Shut-Down Within Days, Lear 35A Down in Tahoe... and More!

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.30.05

Delta Pilots Compromise Again, NWA Pilots Stand Firm, UPS Pilots Close To Strike?, Independence Air May Shut-Down Within Days, Lear 35A Down in Tahoe... and More!

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ANG Crews Set To Respond To Fires In Texas, Oklahoma

Also Standing By For Flood Relief In Oregon

Sources within the National Guard told Aero-News Thursday helicopter crews remain on standby  to respond to wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma, while their counterparts in Oregon are preparing to move in, if asked, to provide flood relief.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-22-10R1 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-22-10R1 SUMMARY: This document corrects information in an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Airbus Model A320-111 airplanes, and Model A320-200 series airplanes.

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CASA Investigating Possible Metroliner Fuel System Problem

Exposed Fuel Sensor Wiring May Ignite Fuel

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is looking into the possibility of fuel tank problems with the popular Fairchild Metroliner 19-passenger regional aircraft.

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Australian Authorities Praise Young Pilot For Emergency Landing

Kept Calm, Told Skydivers To Get Out Before Accident

Jump! That command took on new meaning for two skydivers preparing for a normal jump out of a Cessna 172 (file photo of type, below) earlier this week, as well as the young pilot who was flying the plane -- and who is now being praised for keeping a cool head during a crisis.

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Without An Investor, Flyi May Stop Flyi-ng Soon

Will End Operations January 7 If Buyer Not Found

It may be the first airline casualty of 2006: beleaguered carrier Independence Air's parent company, Flyi, announced Thursday it will cease operations early next month unless a major investor or buyer can be found.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.29.05

Part Two Of ANN's Year-End Interview With GAMA's Pete Bunce

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.29.05 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.29.05 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: GAMA's Pete Bunce Looks Back At 2005 and Forward At 2006 -- 12.28.05 (ANN's Feature News Program, with GAMA's Pete Bunce,

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ANN Special Feature: Part Two of Our Interview with GAMA's Pete Bunce 12.29.05

ANN Special Feature: ANN Interviews GAMA's Pete Bunce About the Best and Worst of 2005 and a Look-Ahead For 2006 -- 12.29.05

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Bagram-Based Bulldogs Have Flown Over 1,700 Sorties Since September

A-10s Bring Fight To The Enemy In Afghanistan

A-10 Thunderbolt IIs continue taking the fight to the enemy by providing close air support to U.S. and coalition forces participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. Shortly after deploying in September from Arizona's Davis-Monthan Air Base, to Bagram Air Base at the foot of the Hindu Kush mountains, the 354th Fighter Squadron "Bulldogs" began making history.

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Lebanese Army Recruits Two More Robinson R44s

Eleven months after acquiring their first two Robinsons, the Lebanese Army increased their training fleet by taking delivery of two more R44 Raven II helicopters.

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AD: Burkhart Grob

AD NUMBER: 2005-26-12 MANUFACTURER: Burkhart Grob SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-26-12 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2004-08-13, which applies to certain BURKHARDT GROB LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT GmbH & CO KG (Burkhardt Grob)Models G103 TWIN ASTIR, G103 TWIN II, G103 TWIN III ACRO, and G103 C Twin III SL sailplanes.

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AD: DG Flugzeugbau GMBH

AD NUMBER: 2005-26-11 MANUFACTURER: DG Flugzeugbau GMBH SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-26-11 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Models DG-800B and DG-500MB sailplanes.

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AD: Burkhart Grob

AD NUMBER: 2005-26-14 MANUFACTURER: Burkhart Grob SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-26-14 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BURKHARDT GROB LUFT-UNDRAUMFAHRT GmbH & CO KG (Burkhardt Grob) Model G103 TWIN ASTIR sailplanes.

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Lear 35 Down On Approach To Truckee Tahoe

Two Pilots Listed Lost In Crash

A Lear 35 is reported down, just short of the runway, during an approach in light rain and snow to Truckee Tahoe (NV) Airport. The twinjet Lear went down at approximately 1400 local time after flying in from Idaho falls, Idaho.

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Airport Lines Aren't Moving Any Faster After TSA Rule Change

In Fact, Waiting Times Haven't Changed Much From Last Year

There are two ways to take the news that the recently implemented changes to the Transportation Security Administration's screening procedures haven't resulted in shorter, quicker lines at the airport: you can either be upset over the fact you're likely to be in line for about five minutes, on average... or you can thank your lucky stars it's not even longer than that.

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Could User Fees Harm Their Supporters? AOPA Says Yes

"Ideology As Much As Economics"

Many of the nation's biggest airlines are the strongest advocates for user fees for general aviation pilots -- but could user fees harm the carriers, too? The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) says yes, citing a new study by aviation industry expert Darryl Jenkins.

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Vegas Gears Up For The A380, More Overseas Visitors

New Airport Needed For Superjumbo Jet

The Airbus A380 already promises to haul more passengers than any other airliner currently flying -- which means it could also bring more gamblers to Las Vegas, a fact not lost on city leaders. They'll have to wait awhile, however, before the A380 brings the hopeful to the desert city (and then carries the dejected away).

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Calgary-Based Avmax Expands Into Montana

Will Lease Renovated Hangar At GTF

Earlier this month, Calgary-based Avmax Group Inc. announced the expansion of its Calgary, Alberta heavy maintenance and avionics operation to the Great Falls International Airport, in Great Falls, MT. This facility will be in addition to, and will compliment, the company’s existing operations in Calgary, Alberta.

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Nassau Radar Snafu Delays Passengers, Snags Air Traffic

Passengers Stranded At Airport Over Holiday Weekend

Controllers at Nassau International Airport were thrown into a tailspin over the holiday weekend, when the airport's new radar system decided to go belly-up during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

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One Dead, Another Injured In TX Stearman Accident

Holiday Ride Turns Tragic For Brothers

One brother was killed and another critically injured Monday afternoon when their vintage 1940 PT-17 Stearman biplane went down near Hicks Field, northwest of Fort Worth, TX.

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Northwest Airlines Pilots Say No To New Subsidiary

Carrier Wants To Transfer Pilots To New Regional Operation

The head of the Northwest pilots union is standing firm on his declaration the union will not accept any contract with the airline that would shift as many as 1,500 pilot jobs to a new regional subsidiary.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.29.05)

"The airport was full to capacity, so there was no room. Basically everybody was lying on the floor, the cafeteria lines were from one end all the way to the next side of the airport; it was just chaotic. The tourists had no money for hotel rooms and they had nowhere to go. It was a mess." Source: An unidentified passenger who was stranded at Nassau International Airport over the holiday weekend. As many as 6,000 passengers saw their travel plans change when a radar system broke down on Christmas Eve, cancelling many outbound flights and forcing inbound planes to either fly an extended "procedural approach" or divert to Miami.

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