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September 15, 2006

CVW-1 Strike Missions Over Afghanistan Last Nine Days

Enterprise-Based F/A-18s Hit Hard

For nine consecutive days, aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 stationed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) provided support to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops on the ground as part of Operations Medusa and Enduring Freedom near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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Contenders See Opportunity As Past Winners May Not Fly At Reno

Rare Bear, Dago Red Grounded For Engine Problems

There's reason for optimism at Reno Stead Field this year, as organizers of the Reno National Championship Air Races expect the weekend crowds to top 200,000. Several contenders in the Unlimited compeition may also be feeling rather chipper... as two perennial winners may not be flying this year.

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Court Blocks Northwest FA Strike Efforts For Good

Decision Made Final After Three Weeks Of Deliberations

The courts have spoken... there will be no strike by flight attendants at Northwest Airlines, period.

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Senators Organize A Meeting Of Minds On The DC ADIZ

AOPA's Boyer Says "It's Only A Start"

Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, is no stranger to the halls and chambers of Washington, DC... and he knows a thing or two of what it takes for meaningful dialogue to take place.

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CA TFR: 09.15.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0150 Issue Date: September 14, 2006 at 17:32 UTC Location: Menlo Park/Moffet Field, California Beginning Date and Time: September 15, 2006 at 20:55 UTC Ending Date and Time: September 15, 2006 at 23:55 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Explosives Screening For All Air Cargo

Government Tightens Security Rules

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced a new directive requiring explosives screening for all packages checked at airline counters.

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Mesaba Flight Attendants' Contract Not Dead Yet

Federal Judge Says 'Not So Fast Mesaba'

A federal judge yesterday overturned a July ruling in bankruptcy court that allowed Mesaba Airlines to void a labor contract with its flight attendants.

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Yup... The PiperJet Is Beginning To Look Like The Real Deal

Details Start To Emerge

While the real buzz will begin at this October's 2006 NBAA Convention, Piper Boss James Bass is starting to let fly with a few choice details on their soon-to-be-officially announced "PiperJet" GA jet program.

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Boeing Completes 150 Plane Deal In China

China's Hainan Airlines Gets 15 Next-Gen 737s

In yet another indication of a hot Asian aviation sales market, China Aviation Supplies Import and Export Group completed its 150-airplane deal with Boeing yesterday.

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Boeing Looks At Two Planes To Replace 737, Including A 100-Seater

Wait... Didn't They Already Have One Of Those?

When it comes to narrowbody (single-aisle) airliners, there is little doubt Boeing's 737 has reigned supreme for nearly 40 years... with over 6,000 planes sold. But while the plane has seen continuous updates over the years... that's a long time for one airframe design, no matter how successful it may be.

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Part One: Sport Pilot -- Now You Can!

Fly The Consumer-Friendly Skies

"Now you can!" That was the message conveyed throughout the day Saturday, September 9 at Lawrence Municipal Airport (LWM) as upwards of 400 pilots and aviation enthusiasts converged on the airport's flight line to inspect entries into the new class of light sport aircraft approved by the FAA two years ago.

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Airbus Hiring Freeze Extends To Workers In Wichita

Impact Not That Bad So Far

A hiring freeze announced last week by Airbus CEO Christian Streiff is taking its toll on all the planemaker's facilities worldwide... including Airbus' North America Engineering Center in Wichita, KS.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Canada

AD NUMBER: 2006-19-06 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-19-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) Models PW118, PW118A, PW118B, PW119C, PW120, PW120A, PW121, PW121A, PW123, PW123B, PW123C, PW123D, PW123E, PW124B, PW125B, PW127, and PW127E turboprop engines with certain propeller shafts installed.

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BAE, ILFC Chiefs Say Another A380 Delay May Be Coming

Udvar-Hazy: Wiring Problems Worse Than Feared

Two individuals -- each with separate interests -- hinted in the past week that Airbus may be forced to announce yet another delay in the beleagured A380 superjumbo program.

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Upgraded: BRS Chief Larry Williams

CEO Named To Company's Board Of Directors

Aero-News learned Thursday whole-airplane parachute recovery system manufacturer Ballistic Recovery Systems has appointed CEO Larry E. Williams to its Board of Directors.

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Thefts Lead To Tighter Security At PA Airports

Cameras Going Up At Quakertown Airport, Others

It isn't so much a fear of terrorism, as it is petty burglary that is the driving force behind a move by the Bucks County (PA) Airport Authority to install security cameras and other measures at several Lehigh Valley-area general aviation airports.

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A 14-Year-Old Mystery Might Be Solved

Lloyd Kolbe's Helicopter Found In Baja California

Fourteen years ago Lloyd Kolbe took off from a campsite on the Gulf of California headed inland with two Mexican government officials in his Hiller 12E helicopter -- and they weren't seen or heard from again.

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Boeing Still Looking For Customers For 747-8i, 787-10

'If They Come, We'll Build It'

In a perfect example of the cyclical nature of the airliner business, American planemaker Boeing has seen its fortunes take a turn for the better over the past few years, just as European rival Airbus has hit some turbulence... but that's not to say all is roses and caviar for the American manufacturer.

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Klyde Morris (09.15.06)

Recalled FA's Dumpster-Dive For Memories Past...

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Attention Bad Guys... Fear The Reaper!

The USAF Names Its Newest (and only) Hunter-Killer UAV

With an ominous name -- like something from an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie -- and enough ordinance to... well, a lot of ordinance, the US Air Force's new MQ-9 Reaper is sure to result in a change of tactics for the bad guys -- like maybe surrender!

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Does Hong Kong Need A New Runway?

A Feasibility Study Is Underway

The Hong Kong Airport Authority expects "exponential growth" in mainland air traffic. With that assumption, they've begun a feasibility study into building a third runway.

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UN Aid Workers Under Fire In Somalia - Again

Gunmen Open Fire On Landing Aircraft

UN aid operations were suspended around Gedo, in southern Somalia, after an aid aircraft took ground fire while attempting to land at Garbaharey near the Keynan border southwest of Mogadishu.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 09.15.06

EAA's Ron Wagner On Sport Pilot, Two Years On

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.15.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.15.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Sport Pilot, Two Years On: 09.15.06 (ANN Special Feature, with EAA Field Relations Manager Ron Wagner.)

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Air Methods Signs Open-Ended Agreement For AS350s

Now that's a lot of helicopters. Aero-News learned this week that Air Methods Corporation, the largest air medical transportation provider in the United States, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with American Eurocopter to purchase 10 AS350 B2/B3 "AStar" helicopters annually, on an indefinite basis.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (09.15.06): Bad Attitude: The Anti-Authority Pilot


Look for signs of the anti-authority attitude in yourself. Use it to your advantage -- to employ healthy skepticism -- but don't let it lead you to make bad decisions just to avoid deviating from what you want to do.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.15.06)


Aviation art and humor combined. Some of Bob Durnan’s paintings were displayed in the Canadian National Aviation museum.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.15.06): RIO


Radar Intercept Officer -- Back-seat crewman in the F-14 Tomcat and F-4 Phantom.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.15.06)

"I don’t know where he would know that from, because the audit of the A380 is still under way, and as long as that’s ongoing, we have no result."

Source: EADS spokesman Michael Hauger, commenting on remarks made by BAE Systems chief Mike Turner that he would "not be surprised" if Airbus were forced to once again delay deliveries of the mammoth A380 airliner... adding "all the ingredients are there" for further problems.

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