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January 17, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.18.06

The launch of a controversial Pluto probe is delayed for at least a day...

Remember the headline, "Dewey Beats Truman?" Well, guess who actually won the 2005 commercial sales crown?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.18.06

The launch of a controversial Pluto probe is delayed for at least a day...

Remember the headline, "Dewey Beats Truman?" Well, guess who actually won the 2005 commercial sales crown?

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ANN Special Feature: NBAA's Steve Brown on FERMS 01.18.06

NBAA has unveiled what it calls the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards (FERMS), a new, web-based tool that provides business aircraft manufacturers and operators with real

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Pilot Safe After Ejecting From F-15

Fighter Goes Down Off Okinawa Coast

The pilot of an Air Force F-15 Eagle that went down Tuesday in waters off of Okinawa, Japan is safe after ejecting shortly before the fighter went down.

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VA TFR: 01.19.06

NOTAM: 6/0560 Issued: 01/17/2006 18:20 Effective: 01/19/2006 14:25 - 01/19/2006 16:55 State: VA Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: STERLING, VIRGINIA, JANUARY 19, 2006.

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Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland Announce Libyan Joint Venture

Aims To Modernize Libya's Aircraft Fleet

Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland and the Libyan Company for Aviation Industry announced Tuesday they have signed an agreement to form a joint venture called the Libyan Italian Advanced Technology Company (LIATEC).

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Ouch! Vintage Aircraft Involved In Drunk Driving Accident

Sadly, You Read That Right...

Police in Juneau, AK are investigating a suspected case of drunk driving that, fortunately, didn't result in any injuries -- except, that is, to a vintage Cessna parked at Juneau International Airport (PAJN).

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China's ARJ-21 Program Gets Off The Ground

Reports 41 Orders From Domestic Airlines

The Chinese Central government is reporting the country's first homegrown regional-jet effort, the ARJ-21, has received 41 orders to date from that country's airlines. The news originated from the aircraft's manufacturer, China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I).

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FAA Certification Delayed For Hawker 4000

Program Held Up For Lightning Protection Installation

Raytheon Aircraft announced Monday final FAA certification for its new Hawker 4000 (nee Horizon) twin-engine business jet will be delayed until early February, while the company installs a lightning protection system on the test aircraft being used for final function and reliability testing.

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FL Space Launch TFR: 01.17.06

NOTAM: 6/0528 Issued: 01/17/2006 13:10 Effective: 01/17/2006 17:54 - 01/17/2006 21:10 State: FL Facility: ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL. Type: SPACE FLIGHT Description: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER OPERATIONS AREA

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Huh? Airbus... Wins!

Beat Boeing In Orders For 2005

In a webcasted press conference Tuesday, Airbus executives announced that 2005 was a better year than many had thought for the European consortium... in all areas. In fact, Airbus claims it has beaten Boeing's number of orders for 2005, in addition to deliveries.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 01.17.06

Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: The Altitude Critical Area

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.17.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.17.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: 01.17.06  (ANN's Feature News Program, with Tom Turner on The Altitude Critical Area)

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More Problems For Menzies Aviation... And Flight 536

Plane Returns After Gear Door Left Open

What is it about Alaska Airlines' Flight 536? Last month, the Seattle-Burbank flight gained notoriety when an MD-80 lost cabin pressure at 26,000 feet due to a dent in the airliner's fuselage. Now comes word last week, another MD-80 flying the route had to make an emergency landing when a ramp worker failed to close a landing gear door after changing a taxi light.

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After Six Delays, NASA Cries Uncle

Nuclear Opponents To Protest Launch

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.17.06 1325 EST: Conditions are marginal for Tuesday's launch of NASA's New Horizons probe -- the first manmade object sent to explore Pluto, en route to the furthest reaches of our galaxy. Titusville is under a wind advisory, with gusts of 33 mph, according to news reports -- which is near the upper limit of approved weather conditions for the Atlas V booster.

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Mechanic Killed In ELP Ramp Mishap

Pulled Into Engine During Run-Up

A mechanic was killed Monday at El Paso International Airport when he was drawn into the right engine of a Boeing 737 as it spooled up during a maintenance check.

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Eclipse Aviation Breaks Ground On New Production Facility

'Sunport 11' Part Of Company's Plan To Nearly Double Space

On Monday, Eclipse Aviation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new primary assembly building, called Sunport 11. The new 52,000 square foot space will house a new assembly and manufacturing center, and will serve as a central hub for Eclipse 500 production.

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Prices Of Aviation-Grade Metals Skyrocket

A Sign Of Things To Come For GA?

It's not just the price of aviation fuel that's going through the roof... it's also the cost of building the plane that burns it.

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SAS Fails To Inspect Airbus Engines

Airline Blames Outsourcing For Oversight

When airlines find they have to do more with less... what doesn't get done? In Sweden, the answer appears to be engine inspections on ten Airbus aircraft in the SAS livery.

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Sir, Are These Your Combat Aircraft?

Russian Aircraft Turn Up In Togo

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union -- and the resulting cash crunch in most if not all of the former republics -- powerful Soviet-made weapons have been showing up in the darndest places. The latest... the tiny African nation of Togo.

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Police, Paramedics Respond To Cessna Accident

Just One Small Problem...

Aero-News is happy to report that no one was injured in this weekend's downing of a small Cessna in Vancouver, B.C... and when we say the plane was a "small" Cessna, we're not commenting on the limited elbow room in a 150.

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Aeromexico 777-200s Get Boeing's Electronic Flight Bag

Boeing and Aeromexico announced Monday the Mexican carrier will install the Boeing Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on its two new 777-200ERs, scheduled to be delivered in the first four months of 2006.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.17.06): Ice Reports

Aero-Tips!

Airframe ice is bad news all around. Sure, it increases airplane weight—but that’s not the half of it. Ice accumulation destroys airflow patterns, rendering wings and tail dangerously unpredictable.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.17.06)

Aero-Linx!

ANN readers with some spare time may want to consider volunteering for an aviation related organization.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.17.06): Accident

Accident An occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, or in which the aircraft receives substantial damage.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.17.06)

"Someone on the ground was sucked into the engine." Source: FAA Southwest Region spokesman Roland Herwig, on Monday's horrific accident involving a Continental Airlines 737 at El Paso Internation Airport. A mechanic was pulled into the airliner's right engine as it spooled up during a maintenance check prior to takeoff.

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GA TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 6/0522 Issued: 01/16/2006 23:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: GA Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: HAZARDS Description: STATESBORO GA.

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