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February 10, 2006

Adam Aircraft Chronicles 2005 Milestones, Benchmarks, Achievements

Adam Aircraft sent ANN a recap of significant events and achievements for the firm during calendar year 2005.

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NTSB Publishes Prelims On Skyvan Midairs

NTSB Identification: CHI06FA077A 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation Accident occurred Sunday, February 05, 2006 in Watertown, WI Aircraft: Short Brothers SD-360-300, registration: N3735W Injuries: 3 Fatal, 1 Minor, 2 Uninjured.

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Bombardier Restarting CRJ200/Challenger 850 Production

Flexibility Of CRJ200 Platform Satisfies Three Distinct Markets   

Bombardier is restarting production of the Bombardier CRJ200/Challenger 850 aircraft platform. The production is scheduled to start in mid-April 2006 and will take place at Bombardier's Dorval facility to primarily meet present and anticipated demand for Challenger 850 business jets.

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HAI To Offer Crisis Management Program At Heli-Expo

HAI has announced that beginning at HELI-EXPO 2006, it will offer a comprehensive crisis management program to its member companies as a part of the association’s popular Professional Education Series. The HAI Board of Directors also has given its approval for the program to be presented regionally as well.

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AMFA Claims NWA Surrendered Part 145 Repair Station Cert to Avoid Revocation

AMFA (the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association) tells ANN that Northwest Airlines recently surrendered its FAA Part 145 repair station certificate in order to avoid having it revoked by the FAA.

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President Bush: Los Angeles Skyscraper Was Terrorist Target

According to an AFPS report, Al Qaeda terrorists were planning to fly a plane into the tallest building on the West Coast not long after they'd launched the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington.

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Mineta: Spacecraft Could Be Cleared to Fly Passengers by 2008

Commercial space craft could be cleared to carry passengers by 2008, according to SecTrans Norman Mineta. Speaking to a group of space entrepreneurs, the Secretary said that a number of companies should be set to take passengers into space and that the U.S. Department of Transportation would be ready to clear these flights within two years.

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ALPA Blasts Proposal to Loosen Foreign Control Rules

The head of the nation's largest airline pilot union has told Congress that a proposal to loosen Department of Transportation rules on foreign control of U.S. airlines would violate federal law, usurp Congress' authority in setting such policies, and strike yet another blow against airline workers.

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Boeing to Close Operations in Arkansas

Boeing has announced that it will cease operations at its facility located in Melbourne, Ark. Boeing expects to complete the closure of the facility sometime in the second quarter of this year.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.10.06

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.10.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.10.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Columbia's Bing Lantis--02.10.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Columbia Aircraft's Bing Lantis)

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2006-03-14 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-03-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 500 series turbo fan engines.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-03-12 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-03-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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Delta Pilots Edge Closer To Striking Bankrupt Carrier

Strike Center Opened As Delta Wants Senior Mgmt. Perks

Things are getting uglier in Atlanta, where it looks more likely every day that Delta pilots will soon walk out on their jobs. The pilot's union says Delta is pushing a US Bankruptcy Court to allow them to end an employee pension plan, and that contract negotiations continue to sour.

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AOPA Weighs In On FY 2007 FAA Budget

Says User Fee Battle Is Drawing Near

Editor's Note: On Tuesday, we put out the call for several aero-organizations to weigh in on President Bush's fiscal year 2007 budget -- specifically, in how it relates to the FAA and aviation interests as a whole. Today, we present the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's response, unedited.

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Man Dies After Hanging Himself In Lav On UA Flight

Had Driven Into Car Dealership Last Weekend

Gerald Georgettis, 56, was obviously a troubled man... and his life came to an end Wednesday, on a United Airlines flight from Washington, DC to Los Angeles.

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Klyde Morris 02.10.06

Klyde Gets Sucked in By The Media...  Again

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WSI Signs With Sirius To Provide Inflight Weather

Avoid Thunderstorms, AND Listen To Howard Stern!

WSI Corporation announced Wednesday the company is developing a system that will enable aircraft to receive WSI’s aviation weather information over Sirius Satellite Radio, as well as providing Sirius' audio programming for passengers.

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Another Pilot Violates Bush TFR

Sent On Way After Brief Detainment

The pilot of a Beech Skipper and his passenger had the opportunity to spend some quality time discussing topical issues of the day with Secret Service agents, after allegedly busting the TFR in effect during a speech by President Bush in Manchester, NH Wednesday.

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Enstrom Helicopter Signs Deal With Estonia

Ministry Of Environment To Get New 480B

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation told Aero-News Thursday the company has signed a deal to provide the Estonian Environmental Inspectorate with an Enstrom 480B helicopter. The new aircraft will serve as a surveillance helicopter for the Republic of Estonia’s Ministry of Environment.

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BRS Celebrates Three More People Saved In 'Chute Deployments

System 'Routinely' Saving Lives In Wide Range of Aircraft

Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. proudly announced Wednesday that another three lives had been saved with their on-board parachute systems.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (02.10.06): Squawking

Aero-Tips!

In aviation, a "squawk" may be a mechanical discrepancy. It also refers to use of the airplane’s transponder.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.10.06)

Aero-Linx!

What better place to learn the ins and outs of aerobatic flying than at the Sean D. Tucker School of Aerobatic Flight?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.10.06): ARF

ARF Almost Ready to Fly. A prefabricated R/C model aircraft. ARFs usually require only 1 or 2 evenings to assemble.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.10.06)

"It really smacks with elitism...They are more concerned with retaining management than with pilots."

Source: Lee Moak, president of the Delta branch of the Air Line Pilot's Association, on Delta's announcement the company aims to introduce a severance package for its senior managers to keep them from jumping ship. That move comes as the carrier is asking its pilots to eliminate furlough provisions in their contract, and is holding firm to its statement Delta needs $325 million in concessions from its pilots to stay in business.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2006-03-13 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-03-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas transport category airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-03-10 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-03-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A318-100 and A319-100 series airplanes; A320-111 airplanes; A320-200 series airplanes; and A321-100 and A321-200 series airplanes.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2006-03-11 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-03-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all British Aerospace Model HS 748 airplanes.

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