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January 07, 2005

NBAA Lauds FAA For Axing Landing Fees At Santa Monica

SMO Fee Structure Determined Unlawful

The NBAA Thursday welcomed a decision from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finding that the landing-fee structure at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) unjustly discriminates against certain types of aircraft.

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Conners: Airbus, AAL Lobbying Delayed Belle Harbor Finding

NTSB Chief Says That Was Inappropriate

NTSB Administrator Ellen Engleman Conners Wednesday took aim at both American Airlines and Airbus for what she said was excessive lobbying in the case of AAL 587, which crashed in Queens, NY more than three years ago, blaming both the airline and the manufacturer of the A300-600 for holding up the agency's final report.

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Air Ambulance Accident Claims Life Of Pilot

Paramedics, Patient Had Taken Ground Transport After Trouble Found

One person is dead after a medical helicopter went down in rural Mississippi late Wednesday night, after the pilot and crew apparently noticed problems with the aircraft.

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Russian Tu-154 In Runway Mishap

No One Hurt, Plane Grounded

An apparent hard landing in Finnish Lapland left a Tupelov Tu-154 with damage to its tail and gear -- but there were no injuries.

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Make Room At The Top: New Class of 35 Test Pilots

Air Force Announces Results of Selection Board

The Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, TX, announced Wednesday that 35 Air Force officers had been selected to attend test pilot school. A selection board met in November, but the results are only being announced now. The selected officers have been notified.

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AOPA Air Safety Foundation Offers 'Anti-Ice' Resources For GA Pilots

New Safety Brief Focuses On Wing Contamination

It's that time of year again. Frost, snow, and ice are in the forecast, and pilots need to know how to handle these hazards. The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's new Safety Brief — Cold Facts: Wing Contamination — gives pilots a quick lesson on the effects of wintry wing contaminants and what to do about them.

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DFW Launches Effort To Attract New Air Service

Offer Includes Free Rent And Marketing Dollars For Terminal E Gates

DFW International Airport, the world's third-busiest, announced today a multi-million dollar incentive and stimulus package that will be offered to all major US air carriers which initiate or expand service at the Airport. The plan includes free rent in Terminal E for one year and up to $22M in other financial aid.

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AvAero Receives Transport Canada Approval for Boeing 737 Fuel Reduction Mod

Falconbridge Mining 737-200 Is FuelMizer Launch Customer

AvAero’s FuelMizer modification, receives Transport Canada approval. Transport Canada now joins the approvals of the United States FAA, EASA (European Union/JAA), Australia, New Zealand and soon to be China’s, CAAC.

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NATA Convinces FAA To Extend Costly Maintenance Program Compliance

Handbook Bulletin Implementation Put Off Until Summer's End

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has successfully convinced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to extend the implementation of a costly Handbook Bulletin affecting aircraft maintenance programs to August 31, 2005.

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Klyde Morris 01.07.04

Klyde Starts Revealing Airline Strategy

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Airmen Continue To Deliver Relief In Devastated Thailand

353rd SOG's Relief Effort Brings Phuket 100 Tons Of Supplies -- And Counting 

As the calendar turned a new year, the aid delivered by Airmen of the 353rd Special Operations Group to communities on Thailand’s southwest coast approached 100 tons.

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NATA Urges FAA To Extend Part 145 RSTM Comment Period

Joins AEA In Decrying Lack Of Time To Respond

Citing a lack of sufficient time to respond to guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on how repair stations will implement required training programs, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) this week formally requested a 60-day extension to the recently announced comment period for Advisory Circular (AC) 145-RSTM.

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BAE Systems To Develop UAV for DARPA

Part Of Phase One In Organic Air Vehicle Project

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has selected BAE Systems as one of three companies to develop a ducted-fan unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a first phase of its Organic Air Vehicle Class II (OAV II) program. The award of the design and development contract follows a competitive selection process.

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SCAA Names Nissen Davis President... Again

Was Leader When SCAA Acquired Spruce Goose

Nissen Davis, a 30-year veteran of the aerospace industry, has been elected president of the Southern California Aeronautic Association (SCAA) for 2005. He succeeds Keith Mew, PhD, Professor of Computer Science & Technology, College of Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles.

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RACCA Sets Conference Dates

This Year's Event Will Be In Scottsdale

Following in the tradition of past gatherings RACCA says its 2005 Spring Conference will permit plenty of time to "network" with other members, catch up with old friends and even get in a round of golf or just relaxing and enjoying all that Paradise Valley has to offer.

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Upgraded: Skip Sorenson

Named Vought's CFO

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. today announced it has named Lloyd R. "Skip" Sorenson as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), a position that had been open since the retirement of William McMillan. Sorenson joins Vought today and will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Risley.

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L-3 Acquires Northrop Grumman's Canadian Nav And Sensor Biz

Expected To Do $80 Million In Business Under New Ownership

L-3 Communications says it's completed the acquisition of Northrop Grumman's Canadian navigation systems and space sensors system business.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.07.05)

"Given the ambiguity of FAR 145.163, the draft AC constitutes the FAA’s only guidance for the development of training programs for repair stations certificated under Part 145. Issuing the draft AC with only a 30-day comment period does not allow affected entities the opportunity to evaluate and comment on this comprehensive document." Source: Eric R. Byer, NATA Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, in comments submitted to the FAA. NATA is the second alphabet group to request an extension of the comment period on the proposed FAR.

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New Mexico TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/0107 Issued: 01/06/2005 17:10 Effective: 01/06/2005 17:00 - 01/06/2005 19:00 State: NM Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: GALLUP NM.

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South Carolina TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/0098 Issued: 01/06/2005 15:10 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: SC Facility: ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA. Type: HAZARDS Description: GRANITEVILLE S.C.

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Georgia TFR: 01.07.05 - 01.09.05

NOTAM: 5/0102 Issued: 01/06/2005 16:00 Effective: 01/07/2005 23:10 - 01/10/2005 00:05 State: GA Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: VIP Description: ALBANY, GEORGIA, JANUARY 7-9 2005 LOCAL.

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/0120 Issued: 01/06/2005 20:20 Effective: Undetermined State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: TURNAGAIN ARM NEAR ANCHORAGE ALASKA.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-26-06 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-26-06 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), that is applicable to certain Boeing Model 767-300 and 767-300F series airplanes equipped with General Electric or Pratt & Whitney engines.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-25-03 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A320 series airplanes.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2004-26-10 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-26-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain RRD Tay 611-8, Tay 620-15, Tay 620-15/20, Tay 650-15, Tay 650-15/10, and Tay 651-54 turbofan engines with ice- impact panels installed in the low pressure (LP) compressor case.

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AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2004-25-01 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Aerospace LP Model Gulfstream 100 airplanes; and Model Astra SPX and 1125 Westwind Astra series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-26-07 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-26-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes equipped with certain forward and aft passenger door emergency escape slides.

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2005-01-04 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede (AD) 98-15-13, which applies to certain Raytheon Aircraft Company 90, 100, 200, and 300 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-25-02 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A320 series airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive inspections to detect fatigue cracking in certain areas of the fuselage, and corrective action if necessary.

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