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January 27, 2006

FAA Announces Flight Restrictions for Super Bowl XL

At the request of other federal agencies, the FAA will restrict airspace in and around Detroit’s Ford Field before and during Super Bowl XL on February 5.

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JetBlue CEO Says E-Jet Intro Hitting A Few Snags

E190 Reliability "A Few Points Less" Than A320 Fleet

JetBlue's recent introduction of the Embraer 190 airliner to its fleet hasn't been without a few problems, airline CEO David Neelman told analysts at a conference last week.

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ANA To Add Five More A320s

Will Be Used On International Routes

Adding another piece to the "December Surprise" puzzle of Airbus's 2005 sales order tally, the European consortium announced Friday that Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) placed an order last year for three single-aisle A320s.

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Avidyne, AirShares Elite Team Up To Bring Entegra To The Mass-es

Seminar To Spotlight Release 6.0 Upgrade

Avidyne Corporation and AirShares Elite announced Friday the two companies are planning an "Evening of Learning" to be held February 9 at 6:30 pm in the Jet Aviation hangar at Hanscom Airport (BED), in Bedford, MA.

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Some GOOD News On The Local Airport Front

NY Field To Reopen Soon Under New Name

Tom Brelsford, a retired Connecticut State Environmental Police Sergeant, wasn't fooling when he bought the old Newhart Airport near Venice, NY last April 1st. Brelsford announced this week plans are well underway to reopen the field this spring.

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NTSB: Prohibit A/Ls From Using TR Credit In Determining Runway Stopping Distance

(Safety Recommendation A-06-16)

The NTSB has urged the FAA to prohibit airlines from using credit for the use of thrust reversers when calculating stopping distances on contaminated runways.

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FAA Responds To NATCA's False Claims About Controller Pay

The following doc was filed by the FAA in response to recent statements by NATCA. It makes for interesting reading... FAA Statement: Once again, John Carr's blog,, contains many misleading or false statements about the FAA's analysis of controller pay...

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Icing, Poor Planning Cited In 2005 Air Ambulance Accident

Claimed Three Lives, Lone Survivor Called For Help On Cell

Severe icing -- and the pilot's failure to plan sufficiently for it -- were cited by the NTSB in its probable cause report on a fatal January 2005 accident that caused a Beech King Air B-90 (file photo of type, below) to stall and impact terrain near Rawlins, WY.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 01.27.06

EAA's Earl Lawrence Fills Us In On A Certain Midwinter Meeting

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.27.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.27.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- EAA Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence: 01.27.06  (ANN's Feature News Program, with the EAA's Earl Lawrence on the annual EA

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First Flight: Bell's Eagle Eye Vertical Lift UAS

Bell Helicopter's TR918 Eagle Eye Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) lifted off the ground for the first time Thursday when it achieved the first flight milestone in this ground breaking, vertical-lift unmanned aircraft program. At 8:54 a.m. (CST) the vehicle lifted vertically off the ground hovered for nine minutes, executed yaw and translation maneuvers and then landed safely on the ground.

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SecTrans Mineta's Aero Club Speech Alarms EAA Officials

References To User Fees, Additional Equipment Ominous To GA

Although user fees have been rejected by Congress and the general aviation community on an almost-yearly basis over the past decade, EAA officials are extremely concerned following U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta's speech to the Aero Club of Washington (D.C.) on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in which he seemed to float the idea once again.

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Robinson Heli: 2005 Was A REALLY Good Year

Robinson Sets New Helicopter Sales Record

In 2005 Robinson manufactured 806 new helicopters which is the most civil helicopters ever produced in one year, by any individual company. The previous record of civil helicopters manufactured in one year, was set by Bell Helicopters in 1980.

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Klyde Morris 01.27.06

Klyde Keeps Sharing The Airline Love...

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Cessna Agrees: 2005 Was A REALLY Good Year

"Remarkable Gains, Significant Achievements" 

Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton has reported that the company made "remarkable gains and significant achievements" in 2005.

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Boeing Nears Completion On 737-900ER Design

First Customer Delivery Expected In Early 2007

Boeing representatives tell Aero-News that company engineers have completed 90 percent of the design work on the newest variant of the stalwart 737, the 737-900ER.

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HAI Prez Speaks Out Against Permanent ADIZ Restrictions

At a public meeting on Wednesday, January 18, Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matthew Zuccaro spoke out against a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) designed to make the Washington, D.C. ADIZ restrictions permanent.

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AA Plane Engine Goes To Pieces Over Texas

Flight Returns To Austin After Engine Failure

Investigators with the FAA are looking into why several pieces of an engine from an American Airlines plane fell onto an Austin, TX car lot last weekend.

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M7 Aerospace Repair Stations Receives EASA Approval

Facilities Already FAA-Certified Under Part 145

M7 Aerospace announced Thursday the company received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 Certification for both of its FAA-certified repair stations, located at M7’s headquarters in San Antonio, TX and at the company's facility in Springfield, MO.

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Upgraded: Jeff Cryder to Executive Jet Management EVP/CFO

Executive Jet Management (EJM), has promoted Jeff Cryder to Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.27.06): Supplemental Type Certificates


A recent edition of Aero-Tips discussed the Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) -- the official Type Certificate document that sets the limitations and other parameters of certified aircraft. Most aircraft modifications are legalized through a process that supplements, or modifies the Type Certificate (TC) -- hence the name Supplemental Type Certificate, or STC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.27.06)


For the non pilot, show this site to those folks who think the C-152 is a “terrorist weapon”.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.27.06): ALAR

ALAR Approach and Landing Accident Reduction: International Task Force created in 1996 as another phase of accident reduction.  In short, look before you land?

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.27.06)

"Along with the rest of you, I watched in horror as many of those I knew and worked with perished, and those glorious buildings were reduced to rubble. This is indeed a tragedy I will remember for all time. In the ensuing years, I have come to heed the President’s advice that we must keep on living, conducting our lives as before and not constraining our activities. To this end I would submit to you that we should not allow General Aviation to be unreasonably constrained or eliminate its future. This would be another tragedy I would rather not have to watch. Should this happen, the terrorist will have surely won without doing anything.”

Source: HAI President Matthew Zuccaro, succinctly noting one of the primary issues the avia

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