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December 28, 2005

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.29.05

Alaska Airlines Decompression Incident, Another Inflight Anthrax Scare, Fairchild Metros To Be Grounded?, Aussie Deadsticks Skydive Plane... and More! 

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Delta Pilots Ratify Interim Contract

Talks Will Continue Towards Final Deal In March

Members of the Air Line Pilots Association officially ratified their interim contract with bankrupt Delta Air Lines Wednesday, easing tensions between the two entities (at least temporarily) as both parties work towards a permanent deal by March.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.29.05

Alaska Airlines Decompression Incident, Another Inflight Anthrax Scare, Fairchild Metros To Be Grounded?, Aussie Deadsticks Skydive Plane... and More! 

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2005 Was A Bad Year For NJ Aviation Accidents

Nearly Twice As Many As 2004

Nationwide, the number of aviation accidents continues to decline -- but not in New Jersey, where officials reported 44 accidents in 2005. That figure is about twice the number of accidents for the state in 2004.

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Anthrax Hoax Sends Flight Back To Athens

Plane Was Heading To Cyprus

An Olympic Airlines flight to Cyprus had to return to Athens Tuesday on reports the plane had anthrax hidden onboard.

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Ground Crew Mishap Leads To Hole In Fuselage, Emergency Landing

All Safe In Monday Alaska Airlines Incident

There are a lot of questions in the aftermath of an incident aboard an Alaska Airlines flight heading to Burbank Monday.

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Continental Pulls Aircraft From ExpressJet

Puts Bid Out On Replacements

Continental Airlines announced Wednesday it has given notice it will withdraw 69 of 274 regional jet aircraft from its capacity purchase agreement with ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. and ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. ExpressJet is currently the exclusive operator of regional jet services for the airline -- but likely won't be for much longer.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.28.05

DoD Budgets "Flattening", 2 Lost In Apache Crash, Shuttles may Fly Longer Than Planned, Airbus + Boeing Still Gathering Orders... and more!

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ANN Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.28.05

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.28.05 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.28.05 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) Aero-News Special Feature: GAMA's Pete Bunce Looks Back At 2005 and Forward At 2006 -- 12.28.05 (ANN's Feature News Program, with GAMA's Pete Bunce, Part One)

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IRS Contests Deductions by Employers for Nonbusiness Use of Aircraft

Companies that own and operate aircraft are generally entitled to deductions for ordinary and necessary business expenses, among other things, in connection with business use of the aircraft. A lesser known type of deduction pertains to deductions for expenses in operating the company aircraft for the benefit of employees for nonbusiness flights.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Diamond DA20-C1

For Sale: Diamond Aircraft DA-20 Series

2000 DA20-C1 Katana, N897CT, Serial CO112, August 2005 Annual Inspection, Garmin GNC 420 plus Bendix/King Avionics, very clean & well equipped. Located in Houston TX CALL FLY DIAMONDS 800.881.6711 Exterior Quality: 9, Interior Quality: 9 Used, will sell for $75,900.00

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AD: ECi

AD NUMBER: 2005-26-10

MANUFACTURER: Engine Components Inc. (ECi) Reciprocating Engine Cylinder Assemblies SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-26-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Lycoming Engines (formerly Textron Lycoming) models 320, 360, and 540 series, "Parallel Valve" reciprocating engines, with certain Engine Components Inc. (ECi) cylinder assemblies, part number (P/N) AEL65102 series "Classic Cast", installed.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-26-07

MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A318-100, A319-100, A320- 200, A321-100, and A321-200 Series Airplanes; and Model A320-111 Airplanes SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-26-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318-100, A319-100, A320-200, A321-100, and A321-200 series airplanes; and Model A320-111 airplanes.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2005-26-09

MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4 Turbofan Engines SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-26-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney (PW) JT9D-7R4 turbofan engines.

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NASA, Russians Sign Agreement For ISS Flights

Ends Dispute Over Russian Costs To Keep Station Supplied

There are reports out of Russia that Roskosmos -- the Russian Federal Space Agency -- has signed a commercial contract with NASA on financing the transportation of US astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz and Progress space capsules.

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ANN Reader Pix Show PA31's Textbook Gear-Up Landing

Yet Another Reason That ANN LOVES Its News-Spies!

ANN Reader John W. Meneely was kind enough to send us these pix of what appears to be a textbook gear-up landing at California's Deer Valley Airport.

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Oprah's Gulfstream Doesn't Get The Bird, After All

A Gulfstream, departing from Santa Barbara CA's airport, Monday, was forced to return for maintenance after a midair collision with some form of flying wild-life. Normally this does not make much news, but since the bizjet was carrying Oprah Winfrey and her boyfriend, it's gotten escalated a bit in media reports.

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F-22A Took Long Road To Initial Operational Capability

With the F-22A Raptor's initial operational capability declaration Dec. 15th, came the capstone of a process that began 76 months earlier, in August 1997, when a C-5 Galaxy landed at Edwards AFB...

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Old CH-53Ds Get New Sea Legs

The Marines’ older heavy lifter, the nearly 30-year old CH-53D Sea Stallion, recently had its capabilities expanded to operate from the Navy’s newest class of multi-purpose amphibious assault ships.

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Apache v Apache Helo MidAir Results In 2 KIA

Two American pilots were killed Dec. 26th in a helicopter accident in western Baghdad. The nighttime accident occurred as a result of a midair collision between two twin-engine AH-64 Apache gunships.

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Christmas Firefighter Downed In Reservoir

Pilot Jonathon D'Attilio, a helicopter pilot with InterIsland Helicopters, is in critical condition at Wilcox Memorial Hospital following an accident which forced his 530 down into the De Mello reservoir while battling a brush fire in Kapaia Valley.

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Here We Go Again: Frontier A318's 'Emergency' Landing = Media Attention

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A318, departing from Orange County Airport in Southern California enroute to Denver Colorado, is the latest focus of a cable-news/media frenzy. The A318 informed ATC, shortly after departure, that they were getting cockpit indications of an unsafe/open cargo door and decided to make a precautionary landing in order to check the matter out.

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Dems Raise Questions DHS's Ability to Keep America Secure

Aviation Security Not Up To Snuff?

A House Committee on Homeland Security investigative report prepared for Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Committee Democrats finds that the Department of Homeland Security has left 33 separate promises to strengthen aspects of homeland security unresolved ahead of the New Year.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.28.05)

“A couple of times, we found those limits.”

Source: Maj. Hank Vanderborght, speaking about the aggressive testing undertaken to find exactly where the limits were for the CH-53D and how the aircraft can most effectively be deployed within those limits... 

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