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December 01, 2005

ANN Special Feature: Team Oracle's Sean Tucker 12.02.05

ANN Special Feature: Team Oracle's Sean Tucker 12.02.05

The International Council of Airshows convention is underway in Orlando. Among other things... it's a marketplace wh

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Three Injured In NAS Fort Worth, JRB Shootings

Gunman Captured, Base Open After Brief Lockdown

An enlisted sailor shot two service members before turning the gun on himself Thursday afternoon at Naval Air Station Ft Worth, Joint Reserve Base in Texas. All three were taken to area hospitals, with the suspect in critical condition. According to Navy Capt. John McCormick, the sailor walked into the base operations center around 12:30 pm and shot two others, a Navy officer and an enlisted man. Both men reportedly have non-life-threatening injuries, McCormick said.

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DOD, NGA Revise Their FLIP Decision

Will Continue To Make Charts Available

The Department of Defense is not known for changing its mind about very much, but efforts by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) appear to have led to just that. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced earlier this week that it will continue to provide US pilots with DOD aviation navigation charts and products.

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NTSB: Pilot To Blame For Post-Charley Accident

Mosquito Control Aircraft Collided With Unlit Tower

The NTSB has determined pilot error and improper flight planning were the likely causes of a September 11, 2004 accident that claimed the lives of two men aboard a Piper Aztec twin after the plane struck an unlit television tower outside of Lake Wales, FL.

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Finland Celebrates 10 Years Of Flying The Hornet

'Outstanding Success Story'

The Finnish air force marked a decade of flying the American F/A-18 Hornet during a ceremony last month on an air base near Tampere, Finland.

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Space Development Group To Consider Revamping Former FL Naval Station

Could It Soon Be 'Cecil Field Commercial Spaceport?'

The Florida Space Authority -- an economic development agency based out of Cape Canaveral -- will discuss in a December 7 teleconference a plan to revamp the former Cecil Field Naval Air Station in Jacksonville (now Cecil Commerce Center) into a commercial spaceport, where civilians would be sent into space.

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ANN Asks AOPA's Gary Crump: Are More Pilots Flying While Intoxicated?

Nearly all members of the Aero-News staff noticed it, at almost the exact same time: "Gee, we sure are seeing a lot of drunk pilot stories lately..." Is it that more pilots are choosing to fly while intoxicated, or simply that those pilots are now being noticed more?While the news reports cannot be ignored, AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump says the answer tends towards the latter.

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Continental To Transport Wayward Wisconsin Cat Home From France

Another Sign That Animals Are Taking Over The Skies

First it was pigs, now a cat... Aero-News has learned that Emily, a stowaway feline that made her way from Appleton, WI to France inside a shipping container over two months ago, will be flown home across the Atlantic in high style aboard a Continental Airlines 777.

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Estonia's Border Guard Orders One AB139

AgustaWestland announced this week that Estonia's Interior Ministry Secretary-General, Mart Kraft, and Border Guard representative Riho Breivel have signed a contract for one AB139 helicopter with options for a second.

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AD: McCauley

AD NUMBER: 2005-24-08 MANUFACTURER: McCauley SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-24-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McCauley Propeller Systems propeller assemblies installed on BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Jetstream model 4100 series airplanes.

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AD: McCauley

AD NUMBER: 2005-24-09 MANUFACTURER: McCauley SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-24-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for McCauley Propeller Systems propeller assemblies, models 2D34C53/74E-X; D2A34C58/90AT-X; 3AF32C87/82NC-X;D3AF32C87/82NC-X; D3A32C88/82NC-X; D3A32C90/82NC-X; and 3AF34C92/90LF-X. This AD requires, within 10 flight hours or 10 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, removing certain serial number propeller hubs from service.

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CASA Urgent AD: Bell Helicopter

Applicability: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC), Model 206 series helicopters as follows: Model 206A, 206B Serial Numbers (S/N) 004 through 660 and 672 through 715 661 through 671 and 716 through 4586 and 5101 through 5305.

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CASA Urgent AD: Eurocopter

Applicability: Model AS 332 helicopters versions C, C1, L, and L1, equipped with plug doors.

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Opening Arguments Begin In 2002 Malibu Accident Trial

Three Died When Plane Went Down After Engine Trouble

Attorneys representing the families of two men who died when their Piper Malibu lost power and crashed shortly after take-off laced their opening arguments in a Naples, FL, courtroom Tuesday with heavy drama, as they outlined their case for damages against a local maintenance shop.

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Blakey Says New Funding Structure Needed

'User Fees' By Any Other Name?

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association tells Aero-News that in a speech earlier this week to the Aero Club of Washington, DC, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey (file photo, right) again said the agency is nearly broke... and she held out her hat on a possible solution.

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The Cost (So Far) Of Chapter 11 For NWA: $346 Million

Judge Also Rules Northwest Can Reject Plane Leases

Northwest Airlines reported Wednesday the carrier has lost a combined $346 million during the first six weeks of operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A US bankruptcy court judge also allowed the carrier to reject leases on 15 Canadair CRJ-200 regional jets that were part of commuter operator Pinnacle Airlines' fleet.

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President Signs Missouri Wright Amendment Exemption

SWA Plans Service To St. Louis, Kansas City From DAL

It's official -- President Bush Wednesday signed into law a new transportation bill, containing a provision exempting Missouri from the burdens of Wright Amendment -- a decades-old piece of compromise legislation restricting flights from Dallas' Love Field to states bordering on Texas... as well as Mississippi, Kansas, and Alabama.

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Bellview Settles With Families Who Lost Relatives In October Accident

Will Also Drill Wells In Affected Villages

Bellview Airlines has compensated at least 30 families who lost relatives in the October 22 downing of one of the Nigerian airline's 737-200s, according to local media reports. The airline has also agreed to drill two new wells in the villages where the wreckage fell.

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Organization Flies High For Wounded Soldiers At Landstuhl

Flight Attendant Founded Aid Service After Visits To Hospital

Wounded servicemembers recuperating at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, look to doctors and nurses for their medical care. For creature comforts and a touch of 'home,' however, they look to the skies.

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Pilots Blast 'Temporary' Flight Restriction Over Cheney's New Home

Open-Ended TFR For VP's Maryland Home

Ask pilots in the Washington, DC area what they think of the latest flight restriction over a new house for Vice President Dick Cheney... and be prepared to duck. Already stressed out over the Washington ADIZ and the constantly changing restricted space over Camp David, GA pilots flying near the Chesapeake Bay now have something else to worry about.

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TSA To Allow Scissors, Tools, And Other Sharp Objects Back On Planes

No Nipple Rings, Though. Seriously.

An anonymous Transportation Security Administration official told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review earlier this week that TSA chief Kip Hawley is expected Friday to announce changes to the list of prohibited items allowed in carry-on baggage and to the airport screening process. Small scissors and tools are among the items expected to be let back onboard, to the consternation of flight attendants -- and, those with body piercings.

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Major Upgrades For Australia's Chinook Helicopters

Advances In Crew Protection Among Improvements

Australia's Minister of Defence announced this week the country's Boeing Ch-47 Chinook helicopters are about to undergo a $25 million upgrade to fit them with electronic warfare and ballistic protection and advanced communications to ensure they are combat ready for future operations.

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IS&S Deal With ABX Air Brings Flat-Panel Screens To B757 & B767 Cockpits

Cargo and charter flight operation ABX Air, Inc. and Innovative Solutions and Support (IS&S) told Aero-News this week that the two companies have successfully obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA for installation of glass panel technology in the cockpits of Boeing 767s. Under a partnership between the two companies, ABX Air will install IS&S flat-panel screens in B757 and B767 airliners, as well as handle training duties on the components.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.01.05)

"There is no dispute the aircraft lost power. The question is why." Source: Attorney John Murray, defending London Aviation and London Aircraft Services owner John London in a wrongful death lawsuit brought against him by family members of two men who died when their Piper Malibu lost power and crashed shortly after take-off in 2002. Murray is defending London from charges that a mechanic's failure to properly secure a fuel line after cylinder replacement work was performed on the Piper's engine, which led to a fuel leak and fire that caused the power loss and contributed to the accident.

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