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March 01, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Aero-Simulators' Shawn Coyle 03.02.06

One thing you can't ever get enough of... especially in rotor flight... is training. But the more you train... the more you spend. Now... a company called Aero-Simulators has come up with a sim you

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.02.06

A reported agreement between the FAA and the ATA on user fees...

An Air National Guard hangar fire leaves 12 soldiers hurt...

and we'll have the latest on the labor woes of two bank

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.02.06

A reported agreement between the FAA and the ATA on user fees...

An Air National Guard hangar fire leaves 12 soldiers hurt...

and we'll have the latest on the labor woes of two bank

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NM TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2619 Issue Date: March 01, 2006 at 17:31 UTC Location: Cimmaron, New Mexico near CIMARRON VORTAC (CIM) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-267-3333

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SD TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2631 Issue Date: March 01, 2006 at 18:34 UTC Location: Keystone, South Dakota near RAPID CITY VORTAC (RAP) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for forest fire operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-267-3333

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Special Notice TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2640 Issue Date: March 01, 2006 at 20:27 UTC Location: United States Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: Special Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Heli-Expo 2006: Sikorsky Honors US Coast Guard Crew For Katrina Rescue Flights

Made Four Flights, Rescued 282 People

In a ceremony held at the Sikorsky Aircraft booth on the floor of the HAI Heli-Expo 2006, Sikorsky recognized Lt. Mike Rasch and Petty Officer 1st Class Jon Schroeder, two of the many courageous crewmen and women of the United States Coast Guard who helped saved thousands of people stranded by Hurricane Katrina.

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Northwest Pilots OK Strike Before Contract Ruling; PFAA Reaches Deal

No Pressure, Judge...

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 03.01.06 1730EST: We're still awaiting word if Judge Allan Gropper will rule today on whether Northwest Airlines can toss aside its current contract with the airline's pilots in order to force concessions on them. However, it was just announced the Professional Flight Attendants Association (PFAA) has reached a pay-cut deal with the airline, that gives Northwest all of the $195 million in annual savings it had been seeking.

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Make Your Plans Now For The 2006 National Cross Country Air Races

Race Series Runs From July 16-23, Ends Near OSH

Looking for a little something to do in the weeks leading up to Oshkosh? Well, what better way is there to spend those weeks than participating in an air race, that ends within spitting distance (well, almost) of AirVenture 2006?

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Bell Enjoys Strong Singapore Showing, Record Orders At HAI

It's Been A Good Two Weeks

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) wrapped up its Annual Convention Tuesday in Dallas, TX and it was a record-breaking show for Bell Helicopter.

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Heli-Expo 2006: MDHI Makes Safety Equipment Standard On All Aircraft

Adds CVR, TAWS And HUMS

As part of an ongoing commitment to improving safety of its aircraft, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced Tuesday at Heli-Expo 2006 that it will equip its helos to support the safety recommendations of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST).

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Mooney Celebrates 60 Years

Party Time In... Wichita?

It was party time for Mooney... and to celebrate its 60th year in business, the company went back to where it all began. While the aircraft maker has been located in Kerrville, TX for 54 of those 60 years, it all began in Wichita, KS... and that's where Mooney kicked things off.

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Air Force To Test Crop-Derived Jet Fuel

Burns Cleaner, Cheaper Than JP-8

Alternative fuels have been in the news for some time, and especially after President Bush's state of the union speech earlier this month -- but until now, those stories have focused almost exclusively on automobiles. What about airplanes?

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.01.06

Is The FAA Forecasting User Fees?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.01.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.01.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The FAA Forecast Conference: 03.01.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with ANN E-I-C Jim Campbell at this year's FAA Forecast Conference in Washington, DC.)

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Heli-Expo 2006: Avidyne Intros TAS600 For Helicopters

Extends Avidyne’s Presence in Rotary Wing Market

What's good for fixed-wing airplanes is good for rotary-wings, too... that's the thinking behind Avidyne's introduction Tuesday of the TAS600 series of active surveillance traffic systems for helicopters.

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Airplane Evacuated After Cargo Compartment Threat

The Seven Words You Can't Write On An Airplane?

An airplane being loaded for takeoff in Oklahoma City was evacuated Monday after threatening words were found scrawled inside a cargo hold.

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Tempest Announces 'First' In Oil Filter Design

O-Ring Seal Prevents Leak Back Out Of Filter

Tempest -- which since March of 2005 has offered secondary magnet filtration to capture fine ferrous particles, thus reducing metal-on-metal contact within the engine, in its "Original" line of oil filters -- announced Monday another "first" in oil filter design.

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ADIZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2550 Issue Date: February 28, 2006 at 18:43 UTC Location: Metropolitan Area ADIZ, Washington, District of Columbia Beginning Date and Time: March 01, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): 5/9477: This notice and another, separate notice for the Flight Restricted Zone (DC FRZ) combines previously issued FDC NOTAMs 5/9477, 5/1254, 4/5555, 5/9481, 5/9482, 6/0465. Pilots May Contact: Leesburg (LEE) Automated Flight Service Station, 866-225-74

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FRZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2545 Issue Date: February 28, 2006 at 18:27 UTC Location: Metropolitan Area FRZ, Washington, District of Columbia Beginning Date and Time: March 01, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): 5/9477: This notice and another, separate notice for Washington, D.C. metropolitan area air defense identification zone (DC ADIZ) combines previously issued FDC NOTAMs 5/9477, 5/1254, 4/5555, 5/9481, 5/9482, 6/0465. Pilots May Contact: Leesburg (LEE) Auto

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Listen To Chicago's Plans For Meigs Land... And Have Lunch

City To Offer Its Plans To The Public

Aero-News has learned that Wednesday, March 1, is the date of the first public discussion of the Chicago Park District's plans for Northerly Island. The event is part of a weekly lunch lecture series conducted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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Mineta Predicts Air Travel Will Top One Billion Pax By 2015

Predicts Future Capacity Relies On Trust Fund Reform

At the FAA annual Forecast Conference Tuesday in Washington DC, Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta predicted domestic air travel will top one billion passengers a year by 2015 -- whether the nation's aviation system is prepared to handle it or not.

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Lawsuit Alleges Boeing Planes Should Be Grounded

Whistleblowers Say Planes Contain "Bogus Parts"; Earlier Case Tossed

Three former Boeing employees have filed a federal lawsuit against that company and Ducommun, claiming the Los Angeles-based supplier sold defective and nonconforming parts, and falsified records to cover it up.

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Iraq Gets Hip -- Mi-17 Hips, That Is

Will Operate Alongside US Equipment

The Iraqi Air Force (IAF) is showing off its newest equipment at New Al Murthana Air Base. The Mil Mi-17 helicopters are brand new, with zero hours, and are being delivered, up to four at a time, by Russian Antonov-124 transports.

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Heli-Expo 2006: Bell Flies New 429 Rotor System For First Time

Seventh And Final New Technology To Be Demonstrated

Bell Helicopter announced at Heli-Expo Tuesday that its new 429 light twin helicopter passed a significant milestone at its Mirabel, Canada facility, when its new high performance main rotor system flew for the first time.

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FAA Delays Action On Grand Canyon Flight Restrictions

Final Airspace Modification Ruling Delayed Until February 2011

Citing the need for ongoing mediation to handle the multitude of factors involved, the FAA has delayed action on implementing the Airspace Modification final rule for the east end of Grand Canyon National Park until February 20, 2011.

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IndUS Aviation Celebrates Two Noteworthy Events

First Flight For Indian-Built Aircraft, Flight School Order

Aero-News has learned Indus Aviation Products Private Limited (IAPPL) -- the wholly-owned Indian subsidiary of Indus Aviation Inc, USA -- has successfully test flown the first Thorp T-211 aircraft assembled in India.

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Diamond Aircraft Names Chuck Glass As New Fleet Sales Director

Has Over 5,000 Hrs. PIC In Several Aircraft Types

Diamond Aircraft announced Tuesday the company has appointed Mr. Charles (Chuck) Glass as its new Director of Fleet Sales.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.01.06): Autopilot SAIB

Aero-Tips!

The FAA has issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) SW-06-21 concerning "certain autopilot components that could exhibit a potential failure of the Turn Coordinator causing the [autopilot's] roll computer to drive the servo when not commanded..."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.01.06)

Aero-Linx!

Volunteer pilots and others generously donate their time and their aircraft to the many volunteer organizations that need air transportation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.01.06): Billow Shift

Billow Shift The distortion of a weight-shift control wing (Trikes and Hang Gliders) where the “Billow” (sail slackness) changes as a result of moving the center of gravity side to side.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.01.06)

"The real solution is not reducing traffic to fit capacity. We must expand capacity to handle the growing traffic."

Source: DOT Secretary Norman Mineta, speaking at the FAA Forecast Conference Tuesday in Washington, DC. In his speech, Mineta predicted domestic air travel will top one billion passengers a year by 2015 -- whether the nation's aviation system is prepared to handle it or not. Mineta also said the FAA will need a new funding stream to handle the impending crisis; currently, trust fund revenues are collected based on a percentage of the cost of airline tickets --  and those revenues have dropped in recent years due to cheaper airfares.

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