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August 11, 2006

Australia's CASA to Host Briefings on Alcohol and Drug Testing

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has announced that it will host a series of briefings on alcohol and drug testing for safety-sensitive personnel. The briefings will be held from August 31 through October 11, 2006, in cities throughout Australia.

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First Eurofighter Typhoon Dome Simulator in Operation

The German Air Force successfully completed check out activities on the first Eurofighter Typhoon dome simulator at Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff" in Rostock-Laage.

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Mark V. Rosenker Sworn In As 11th Chairman Of NTSB

Mark V. Rosenker took the oath of office today (Friday) as the 11th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Chairman Rosenker became a Member of the Board in March 2003 and was designated by President Bush as Vice Chairman of the Board that April. In March of 2005, Rosenker became Acting Chairman, a position he has held until today.

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Updated UK TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number : FDC 6/6027 Issue Date : August 11, 2006 at 17:26 UTC Type : Security

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Van’s Aircraft Announces “Matched-Hole” RV-8/8A Kit

If you've been enamored of the sleek RV-8 series, we have good news for you. After a thirteen-month project by Van’s engineering and prototype staff, a new kit for the RV-8 series combines the current matched-hole Standard Wing and Empennage kits with a brand-new Standard Fuselage Kit, bringing the RV-8/8A into the same world already enjoyed by RV-7/7A, RV-9/9A and RV-10 builders.

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AFL-CIO Claims Foreign Repair Stations Threaten Safety Of Air Passengers

Transportation Labor Warns of Lack of Oversight and Regulations

Though it might strike some as a mite opportunistic, the following statement was issued today by Edward Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), following the terror plot uncovered by British Authorities that threatened airline passengers and forced increased security measures at the nation's airports...

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 08.11.06

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.11.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.11.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Terrorist Plot to Bring Down Commercial Flights Foiled 08.11.06 (ANN Special Feature, ANN's Look at The Foiled Terrorist Plot)

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Fantasy of Flight To Host First Annual Wings & Wheels Event

Mark Your Calendars: Saturday, October 7, 2006

Fantasy of Flight will play host to an Oktoberfest themed event “Wings & Wheels” honoring the best in German engineered vintage aircraft and automobiles. The attraction is home to the World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection featuring over 40 vintage aircraft including an exact replica of the legendary WW I ace, Manfred Von Richthofen’s (Red Baron) Fokker DR-1 Tri-plane.

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Boeing Delivers Army's 501st AH-64D Apache Longbow

Boeing has delivered the Army's 501st AH-64D Apache Longbow multi-role combat helicopter, marking completion of work that spanned the past decade in support of Boeing's largest Apache customer.

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Military Students from 76 Countries Visit Cessna to Learn Business Practices

Ninety-five international military students from 76 countries visited Cessna as part of the United States Army Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Wednesday.

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IL TFR: 08.17.06 -- 08.20.06

NOTAM Number : FDC 6/5862 Issue Date : August 10, 2006 at 9:51 UTC Location : Chicago, Illinois near CHICAGO O'HARE VOR/DME (ORD) Beginning Date and Time : August 17, 2006 at 15:00 UTC Ending Date and Time : August 20, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM : The Chicago Air and Water Lake Front Air Show Type : Airshow

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OR TFR: 08.19.06 -- 08.20.06

NOTAM Number : FDC 6/5863 Issue Date : August 10, 2006 at 9:54 UTC Location : Mcminnville, Oregon near NEWBERG VOR/DME (UBG) Beginning Date and Time : August 19, 2006 at 21:00 UTC Ending Date and Time : August 20, 2006 at 21:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM : Due to a High performance aerial demonstration Type : Airshow

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NTSB Publishes Prelim On Oshkosh Ground Taxi Accident

It was about as tragic an accident as we have seen on Wittman Field, Oshkosh, Wisconsin... but the NTSB has started shedding some light on the circumstances that surround this accident with the attached preliminary report.

NTSB Identification: CHI06FA206A 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation Accident occurred Sunday, July 30, 2006 in Oshkosh, WI Aircraft: Grumman TBM-3, registration: N420GP Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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Increased Security Implemented At FAA Facilities

The FAA is expressing concern over the security of their offices by adding new security protocols that will make it more difficult for aviators to interact with the FAA. The FAA has increased security levels at all of its FAA facilities. If you are a visitor, this change may impact any meeting or visit you may have scheduled.

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NATA Demands Postponement Of FAA Landing Performance Notice

In a letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, NATA has requested that the agency delay implementation of the recent notice announcing a new policy requiring landing performance assessments prior to landing for all turbojet aircraft.

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Changes To TSA Inspection Procedures Extend To Domestic Travel

Here's What Thursday's Events Have Wrought

As noted in other coverage by ANN in the last few hours, the US threat level has been raised to Severe, or Red, for all commercial flights flying from the United Kingdom to the United States. The U.S. threat level is raised to High, or Orange, for all commercial aviation operating in the United States, including international flights. Flights from the United States to the United Kingdom are also Orange.

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Schramm, Lesher Selected For EAA Homebuilders Hall Of Fame

B. J. Schramm, founder of RotorWay Aircraft and creator of the Scorpion and Executive kit helicopters, and Edgar James Lesher, pioneer of the pusher prop design, will both be posthumously inducted into the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame on October 27.

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Klyde Morris 08.11.06

Klyde Decides To Hit The Silk...

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Upgraded EP-3 Aircraft Goes to Full Production

The Program Executive Office for Air ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs granted full rate production approval for the EP-3E Joint Airborne Signals Intelligence Architecture Modernization Common Configuration (JCC) Program spiral one aircraft.

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33rd Fighter Wing Gains F-35 Training Mission

The mission of training new Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter pilots and maintainers is moving to the 33rd Fighter Wing, Air Force officials announced.

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Gulfstream To Build New Savannah Service And Support Center

Expansion Addresses Demand for Maintenance of Gulfstream Business Jets

Gulfstream Aerospace will build a new Savannah Service and Support Center that is more than double the size of its current facility. The new center will meet the ongoing demand for business-jet aircraft support, maintenance and refurbishment.

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ACI-NA Issues Statement Regarding UK Terror Plot

Greg Principato, president of ACI-NA, made the following statement, Thursday, regarding the new aviation threat level in response to the terrorist plot in the United Kingdom. “Airports Council International – North America applauds the federal government’s quick response to this terrorist threat..."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (08.11.06): Density Altitude -- What About Humidity?

Aero-Tips!

"It's not the heat, it's the humidity." A tired saw, but it holds a truth. Moisture content does affect the way we perceive a given temperature... but does humidity have an impact on aircraft performance?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.11.06)

Aero-Linx!

More of the “have a plane but not sure where to fly to” sites.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.11.06): MiG

Aero-Terms!

Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau, designers of some of the best known Russian aircraft.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.11.06)

"There are approximately 106 flights per day between the United Kingdom and the United States.  Although numerous arrests have been made in the U.K. to disrupt and neutralize this threat, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking a number of heightened protective measures to ensure the continued safety and security of our international and domestic air travel." Source: From TSA documentation accompanying the notification of raised security levels in the UK and the US, as a result of new terrorist threats recently uncovered in the UK. 

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