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December 07, 2006

AOPA Sues State Of New York Over Background Checks For Student Pilots

Says Rule Violates Constitutional Law

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, along with seven New York flight schools, filed a lawsuit in Federal court Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of a state law requiring criminal background checks for all flight school students.

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65 Years Ago Today...

December 7, 1941

Sixty-five years ago, the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,400 Americans.

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Report: Raytheon In Exclusive Talks With Buyer For GA Operation

Onex Corp. Believed To Be Strongest Candidate For Buyout

It appears Raytheon may be one step closer to selling off its aircraft operation. The Wichita Eagle says sources close to the deal report Raytheon Aircraft has entered exclusive talks with Onex Corp. and Goldman Sachs.

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MN TFR: 12.08.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7865 Issue Date: December 07, 2006 at 1703 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: December 08, 2006 at 1530 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 08, 2006 at 1645 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at Babbitt Iron Mines Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.07.06

Part Two: RJ Siegel, With The Latest On The LoPresti Fury

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.07.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.07.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Latest On LoPresti's Fury, Part Two: 12.07.06 (ANN Special Feature, with LoPresti's RJ Siegel and an update on the status of the LoPresti Fury.)

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NASA Postpones Discovery Launch Due To Lingering Clouds

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.07.06 2135 EST: It literally came down to the final moments... but in the end, NASA opted to postpone Thursday night's planned launch of the space shuttle Discovery for another day. Broken clouds at 5500 feet MSL, below NASA's guidelines for a safe launch, are to blame for the delay.

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Canadian TSB Recommends New Icing Restrictions For Caravans

Deadly Winnipeg Crash Prompts Calls For Changes

Canada's Transportation Safety Board (CTSB) concluded icing brought down a Cessna 208 Caravan (file photo of type below) last October in Winnipeg. Now the investigative agency wants to ground Cessna Caravans in anything but light icing conditions.

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PHI Union Pilots Get Help From Courts

Court Supervised Mediation To Begin December 14

PHI's union pilots still aren't back at work. The company and the union remain at odds despite a vote by the pilots to return to work.

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United Pilots Are Circling The Wagons

Union Forming 'Strike-Preparedness Panel'

The Air Line Pilots Association's (ALPA) incoming president John Prater promised a return to hard-nosed tactics and offensive action following this year's election -- and it looks like he's going to keep that promise.

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Brazilian Aviation In Crisis Following Sabotage Claims

Tuesday's 'Equipment Malfunction' Fishy To Some Experts

Brazilian air traffic control has steadily worsened since the September crash of a Gol airlines 737 according to Reuters.

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Ryanair Pax Causes Ruckus, Gets Hand Slap From Court

Man Claims Crew Unresponsive & Rude During Six-Hour Delay

A Ryanair passenger who led a near riot after a six-hour delay got only a hand slap from a Scottish court last week.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.07.06

Two glitches may spell trouble for tonight's launch of the shuttle Discovery...
US Airways CEO Doug Parker says if Delta doesn't want to merge, he won't force the issue...
...and pilots at Co

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.07.06

Two glitches may spell trouble for tonight's launch of the shuttle Discovery...
US Airways CEO Doug Parker says if Delta doesn't want to merge, he won't force the issue...
...and pilots at Co

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ANN Special Feature: Part 2 - RJ Siegel, VP, LoPresti - Fury Update 12.07.06

Today, it's part 2 of Jim Campbell's interview with RJ Siegel, LoPresti's VP of Operations, to get an update on the Fury program.

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NTSB Chairman Rosenker Urges Airlines To Change Runway Stopping Calculations

Asks Carriers To Not Factor Reverse Thrust In Computing Landing Distance

As the one-year anniversary of a tragic runway overrun accident approaches, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker is urging airlines to voluntarily adopt changes in the way they calculate stopping distances on contaminated runways, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance issued in response to an urgent NTSB recommendation.

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Mars Global Surveyor Images Suggest Water Still Flows On Red Planet

Photographs May Indicate Brief Spurts Of Water Since 1999

NASA says photographs taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera on the now-silent Mars Global Surveyor have revealed bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars... that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven years.

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One Obstacle Gone For Airbus Tanker Bid

USAF Says It Will Disregard WTO Disputes

Airbus got an unexpected boost in its competition for a new US Air Force tanker contract. The service removed a requirement for bidders to discuss trade disputes lodged with the World Trade Organization in their proposals.

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Boeing, Lufthansa Make It Official: Airline Will Launch 747-8i

Also Orders Seven A340-600s

Confirming reports over the past several days regarding an imminent order for Boeing's 747-8 Intercontinental, the American planemaker and Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced Wednesday the carrier has ordered 20 747-8 Intercontinental jetliners plus 20 purchase rights.

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Fokker 100 Lighting Strike Much Worse Than Thought

Crew Lands Stricken Aircraft Despite Widespread Damage

A Fokker 100 (photo of type below) hit by lightning last December near Darwin Australia suffered more extensive damage than the crew suspected.

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Astar Air Cargo Pilots Picket

Union Says Three Years Is Long Enough Without Contract

Astar Air Cargo's union pilots are informally picketing the company's headquarters in Miami. Represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, they say they don't have a contract despite three years of negotiation with the company.

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Twin Cessna Taxis Into Terminal At Michigan Airport

No Injuries Reported In Ramp Accident

A Cessna 425 smashed through a floor-to-ceiling window in the terminal at Twin County Airport in Menominee, MI Tuesday afternoon.

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Flatulence Leads To Emergency Landing In Nashville

Insert Joke Here

An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing this week after a female passenger lit a match onboard. Why did she do it? Authorities say she was trying to disguise the smell of... well, flatulence.

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Gene Cunningham Named Deputy Director Of Bell Boeing Program Office

Joint Partnership Produces V-22 Tiltrotor

Aero-News learned this week Gene Cunningham has been appointed vice president and deputy director for the Bell Boeing Program Office in Amarillo, TX.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.07.06): Think About It

Aero-Tips!

When using cockpit technology for any purpose, though, think about how you'll really use it, and look for pitfalls or traps that might make it less useful to you and even impair your actions if you don't have a back-up procedure in place.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.07.06)

Aero-Linx!

Need some performance data on a General Aviation airplane made within the last 40 years or so? Aircraft Performance Database website is for you.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.07.06) Balloonatic

Aero-Terms!

What balloon "over-enthusiasts" may call themselves or what others may call them after finding out waking up at 0430 to perform "hard" labor, in the cold to get your balloon in the air is considered the norm. Also a 1923 movie with Buster Keaton.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.07.06)

"We think airlines should voluntarily adopt the procedures contained in the FAA's OpSpec now, as we are entering another winter flying season."

Source: NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker, urging airlines to voluntarily adopt changes in the way they calculate stopping distances on contaminated runways, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance issued in response to an urgent NTSB recommendation.

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