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February 08, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Mechtronix Ressurects Old Planes As Sims 02.09.06

Think of what Mechtronix does as reincarnation. The Montreal-based maker of aviation simulators has been searching the aircraft boneyard at Mojave, California... and has come up with gold. It's in

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.09.06

Steve Fosset... airborne...

The latest on a fire on board a Philly-bound DC-8 freighter...

and the NTSB is out with initial findings of fact in the California crash of a Citation la

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.09.06

Steve Fosset... airborne...

The latest on a fire on board a Philly-bound DC-8 freighter...

and the NTSB is out with initial findings of fact in the California crash of a Citation la

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Cutter Comes To Collin County

FBO Opens Seventh Facility At TKI

Aero-News has learned that effective March 1st, 2006, Cutter Aviation will take over fixed-base operations at the Collin County Regional Airport (TKI) in McKinney, TX. Cutter will assume operations from WingsPoint Aviation Services.

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End Of An Era: Final Boeing 717 Begins Journey Down Assembly Line

Traces Heritage Back To The Original DC-9

The final Boeing 717 began production this week on the moving assembly line in Long Beach, CA. This milestone marks the final phase of assembly before the airliner is delivered to AirTran Airways in May.

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1587  Issue Date: February 08, 2006 at 18:32 UTC Location: Sierra Peak, Corrona, California near PARADISE VORTAC (PDZ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Riverside (RAL) Automated Flight Service Station, 951-351-8419

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Better Than The $100 Hamburger

Sporty's Fly-In/Open House Will Have Free Hot Dogs!

Sporty’s Pilot Shop -- and its FBO affiliate, Eastern Cincinnati Aviation -- will hold a Fly-In and Open House at Clermont County Airport (I69) on Saturday, May 20, 2006.

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American Airlines Denies BA Merger Talks

Restrictions On Foreign Ownership May Be Eased

The reports around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex started quietly earlier this week, but have since grown more adamant. Despite growing speculation of a potential merger between Ft. Worth-based American Airlines and British Airways, however, a spokesman for AA vigorously denies the rumor.

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HAI Announces 2005 Scholarship Winners

Supporting The Future Of Rotorcraft

Representatives with Helicopter Association International -- better known as HAI -- were pleased to announce to Aero-News recently the award recipients of the 2005 Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarship -- and ANN felt it was worth giving them a shout-out here, as well.

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TX TFR: 02.10.06 - 02.12.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1573  Issue Date: February 08, 2006 at 14:44 UTC Location: Armstrong, Texas Beginning Date and Time: February 10, 2006 at 22:40 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 12, 2006 at 21:25 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 02.08.06

New Mexico EDDS Secretary Rick Homans On The Spaceport Fight

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.08.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.08.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The legislative fight for New Mexico's spaceport: 02.08.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with NM EDDS Secretary Rick Homans.)

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Icelandair Selects RR Trent 1000s For Its Dreamliners

First Engine Test Expected This Month

Representatives with Rolls-Royce announced Wednesday that Icelandair has selected the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine to power its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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NTSB Go-Team Sent To Investigate PHL Cargo Plane Fire

Plane Makes Emergency Landing As Flames Shoot Out

A team of investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are rushing to Philadelphia International Airport, where the charred remains of a UPS DC-8 await their scrutiny.

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Fossett Flies!

Bird Strikes Appear To Have Caused Little Damage

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 02.09.06 1700EST: Steve Fossett is now winging his way across the Atlantic towards Africa, after he successfully took off early Wednesday morning for his Ultimate Flight. All appears well... but we're now learning more about two bird strikes that occurred as Fossett took off.

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NASA Delays More Scientific Missions For Moon Plans

CEV Development Pushed To Forefront In NASA Budget

Faced with cost overruns in the shuttle program -- combined with a promise to halve the federal deficit before he leaves office -- President Bush had two basic choices with regard to the NASA budget. He could cut back on science missions like the search for new, life-sustaining planets... or he could delay the launch of the crew exploration vehicle.

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ATSB Says Better Communication May Have Prevented Fatal Accident

Controller Did Not Tell Pilot He Was Off Course

The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau said an air traffic controller's failure to alert a pilot he was flying off course may have led to an accident that claimed six lives in July 2004.

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TSA Wants To Double Ticket Security Fee

Hike Would Raise Add'l $1.3 Billion Annually

In its fiscal year 2007 budget proposal released Monday, the Bush administration has called on the Transportation Safety Administration to cough up an additional $1.3 billion in passenger receipts -- which means passengers may soon be paying an additional $2.50, or five dollars total, for each one-way-trip leg.

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FA'S Family Files Lawsuit Over 2004 Gulfstream Accident

Plane Was To Pick Up Former Pres. Bush

Relatives of Kristi Dunn, the flight attendant who died onboard a Gulfstream jet that was dispatched to Houston in November 2004 to pick up former President George H. W. Bush, have sued the aircraft's operator over alleged safety errors by the plane's pilots.

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FAA Reduces Size Of Border TFR

Area Restricted For UAV Operations

Call it a temporary, temporary flight restriction. After much prodding from aviation advocates like the AOPA, the FAA announced the agency has shrunk the 300-mile long, 17-mile wide restriction to less than half that length.

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Nigerian Safety Group Claims Airline Safety Has Been Restored

We'll See...

Nigeria's Ministerial Task Force on Audit of Aircraft and Airlines Competencies reported Monday the agency had restored an "appreciable" level of safety standards to the country's much-maligned aviation industry.

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Pilot Safe After F/A-18 Bailout Near Key West

Second Hornet Accident In Ten Days

An unidentified US Navy pilot is in good condition after he rescued Monday after ejecting from his F/A-18 Hornet near Naval Air Station Key West.

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SpiceJet Celebrates Its First NextGen 737-800 Delivery

First Of 10 Ordered, With Another 10 Options

Boeing and New Delhi-based SpiceJet celebrated Tuesday the delivery of the airline's first Next-Generation 737-800 with Blended Winglets -- the first of 10 737-800s ordered.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (02.08.06): Retractable Landing Gear

Aero-Tips!

"Positive rate, gear up." What pilot doesn’t want to command an airplane with retractable landing gear? What advantages does gear retraction bring? And what’s the down side?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.08.06)

Aero-Linx!

We don’t want to leave out any readers across the pond in the UK, so here’s a site to locate some places for hot air ballooning in your neck of the woods.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.08.06): Apron

Aero-Terms!

A defined area, on an airfield, intended to accommodate aircraft for purposes of loading or unloading passengers or cargo, refueling, parking, or maintenance.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.08.06)

"Frankly, we don't believe that airspace should be walled off simply because UAVs can't play with the rest of us." Source: Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs, on the ongoing battle over the government's use of TFRs to "wall off" airspace from general aviation traffic to allow UAVs a safe zone of operations. Although one such TFR along the US-Mexico border has since been scaled back by nearly 50 percent, AOPA maintains such TFRs aren't "temporary" enough.

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AD: Pumps Vacuum

AD NUMBER: 2006-03-08 MANUFACTURER: Pumps Vacuum SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-03-08 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all airplanes equipped with Aero Advantage ADV200 series (part numbers ADV211CC and ADV212CW) vacuum pumps installed under supplemental type certificate number SA10126SC, through field approval, or other methods.

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AD: Short Brothers

AD NUMBER: 2006-03-05 MANUFACTURER: Short SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-03-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Short Brothers Model SD3-60 and SD3-SHERPA airplanes.

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