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December 30, 2006

Car Bomb At Madrid Airport Injures 26, One Still Missing

Authorities Blame Basque Separatist Group ETA

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.30.06 09:00 EST: Spain's government says Basque separatists with ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna, or Basque Fatherland and Liberty) ended a nine-month cease fire by exploding a car bomb in a parking lot near the new terminal at Madrid's airport this morning.

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Comair's Pilots Say No Strike... For Now

Now Holiday Travelers Just Have To Deal With The Weather

Comair and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association agreed to extend negotiations for a new labor contract an additional 32 days. The new deadline is February 2, 2007.

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Manned Asteroid Mission Not Just For Hollywood

NASA Says Such A Mission Would Have Many Benefits

You may have seen it first on the big screen, but NASA says a manned mission to visit an asteroid isn't as far-fetched as it seems. Experts at several locations are currently outlining the details and requirements of just such a mission.

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Welcome To The %$@# Winter Wonderland, Part Two

Snowstorm In DEN; Tornados Near DFW

A slow-moving band of winter storms essentially stalled over the central US, dumping even more snow in the Denver area and, yes, causing even more cancelled flights at Denver International Airport.

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Boeing Finalizes 25-Airplane Order With Korean Air

Pushes Order Count Above 900 On Year

In what will likely be the last order announced in 2006, Boeing and Korean Air said Friday the two companies have finalized an order for 25 airplanes with a value of approximately $5.6 billion at list prices.

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B-1B Crews Provide A 'Show Of Force' In Afghanistan

US Airpower Keeps Enemy's Heads Down

 Captain Craig Morrison reports to duty with the rest of his B-1B Lancer crew from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron for a "show of force" mission over Afghanistan.

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IL Says Backup Radar For O'Hare Critical

Officials Say The State Can't Wait Until Late 2008

The state of Illinois says it must have a backup airport surveillance radar for O'Hare sooner that the FAA's planned 2008 delivery date.

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NBAA's Bolen Updates Members On Latest FAA OpSpec

Calls For Clarity In Air Charter Agreements

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen issued a letter Friday alerting NBAA Members to a directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), concerning "operational control" -- a term used to describe the systems and procedures involved in the safe and legal operation of an aircraft.

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Medical Transport First To Try Out Ramstein's New CAT II ILS

Christmas Flight Carried 14 Wounded Soldiers

On Christmas Day, a C-17 Globemaster III departed Iraq carrying 14 patients requiring medical care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.30.06): Personal Responsibility


I try not to condemn pilots who choose to take risks that I myself do not... so long as they adequately plan for those risks and always keep that "solid gold out" in mind. Sometimes it's very hard to maintain this objectivity, especially since I read every FAA and NTSB accident report that hits the Internet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.30.06)


Ballistic Recovery Systems, read about the chutes that are saving lives.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.30.06): Wake Turbulence


Turbulent air condition generated at the wingtips of an aircraft when lift is being produced.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.30.06)

"It is astounding that Atlanta and Dallas-Ft. Worth have multiple radars to cover for catastrophic failures on site, but FAA does not believe O'Hare should be given similar consideration."

Source: From a letter sent by members of the Illinois congressional delegation to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, asking her to speed delivery of a backup radar system scheduled for installation at Chicago's O'Hare International in late 2008.

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