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January 18, 2006

ANN Special Feature: AOPA's Phil Boyer on ADIZ Hearings 01.19.06

The FAA has finally held public hearings on the Air Defense Identification Zone over Washington. Pilots consider it an onerous burden... trying to skip around two-thousand square miles of restricte

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.19.06

Some eye-opening at the ADIZ hearings...

A helicopter pilot is charged with manslaughter...

A sad discovery near a volcano in Costa Rica...

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MD TFR: 01.20.06 - 01.22.06

NOTAM: 6/0592 Issued: 01/18/2006 16:00 Effective: 01/20/2006 19:00 - 01/22/2006 18:00 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: HAGERSTOWN/THURMONT, MARYLAND, JANUARY 20-22, 2006 LOCAL

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NY TFR: 01.19.06

NOTAM: 6/0594 Issued: 01/18/2006 16:40 Effective: 01/19/2006 16:35 - 01/19/2006 17:25 State: NY Facility: ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY. Type: VIP Description: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, JANUARY 19, 2006

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Second Round Of ADIZ Meetings To Be Held Wednesday

AOPA Offers Audio File Of ADIZ Flight

The second set of ADIZ public meetings are expected to start Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 4 pm in the Airport Marriott Hotel in Dulles, VA. AOPA President Phil Boyer will be first to speak at this meeting. The meeting will resume at 6:30 pm, and run to 9 pm.

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CJ Systems Aviation Group Selects Turbomeca Engines

American air medical services provider CJ Systems Aviation Group has chosen the Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 as the primary engine on their upcoming purchase of five additional EC 135 helicopters. The company will also purchase two EC 145s equipped with Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 engines.

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Costa Rican Search Crews Locate Lost Bonanza

Husband And Wife Were On Aerial Tour

Search crews in Costa Rica located the wreckage Tuesday of a Beechcraft Bonanza that went down Sunday in the vicinity of Irazu volcano, east of San Jose. The bodies of the husband and wife who were flying as part of a 19-plane tour throughout Central America were also found.

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Navy Fire Scout UAV Gets Its Sea Legs

Completes First Autonomous Ship Landings

Aero-News has learned the US Navy and Northrop Grumman successfully completed a major step in the development of shipboard UAVs earlier this week, when two RQ-8A Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) completed nine autonomous shipboard landings on board the USS Nashville.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 01.18.06

NBAA's Steve Brown On FERMS

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.18.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.18.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- NBAA's Steve Brown On FERMS: 01.18.06  (ANN's Feature News Program, with Steve Brown talking about NBAA's new FERMS online program)

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FAA Expected To Approve Funds To Improve GYY

Gary, IN Stakes Its Claim For Third Major Chicagoland Airport

Indiana officials announced earlier this week the US Department of Transportation is expected to approve $57.8 million in funds to expand and improve Gary/Chicago International Airport -- meaning Gary, IN may soon host the third major airport in the Chicago area.

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AD: Pacific Aerospace

AD NUMBER: PL2005-26-53 MANUFACTURER: Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2005-26-53 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pacific Aerospace Corporation (PAC)Ltd. Model 750XL airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-01-03 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-01-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 B2 and B4 series airplanes.

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New Horizons Launch Delayed Until Thursday

MD Power Outage To Blame This Time

Sources at NASA have told Aero-News Wednesday's scheduled launch of the New Horizons spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, has been postponed for a second (seventh?) time, pending resolution of a weather-related power outage at the spacecraft mission operations center in Maryland.

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Langley AFB Celebrates Raptor's IOC

The 1st Fighter Wing held a ceremony Friday to celebrate the F-22A Raptor's initial operational capability. The event comes after the 27th Fighter Squadron was officially declared IOC on Dec. 15 by Gen. Ronald E. Keys, commander of Air Combat Command.

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NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations For Caravan

Safety Recommendations A-06-01 through -03

The NTSB recommends that the FAA: Require all operators of Cessna 208 series airplanes to maintain a minimum operating airspeed of 120 knots during flight in icing conditions, even if a descent is required to do so. (A-06-01) Urgent

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USAF-AMC Concludes KC-135 Accident Investigation

Air Mobility Command has released the results of its investigation into the May 15, 2005, mishap involving a KC-135R Stratotanker assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Milwaukee, Wis.

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Mechanic Killed In El Paso Accident Identified

Was Checking For Oil Leak When Pulled Into Engine

The mechanic who was sucked into the right turbofan of a Continental Airlines 737 Monday was checking for an oil leak on the engine when the accident occurred, according to the FAA preliminary report on the accident.

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NTSB Files Factual Report On 2004 SC Bell 407 Medevac Accident

The NTSB has filed a factual report on the tragic July 13th, 2004 crash of a Bell 407 (file photos, below) serving an EMS role in foggy conditions. Of particular note are some additional statements that seem to indicate that the pilot of this flight may not have been aware that other entities had turned the flight down before he accepted the mission.

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Pentagon Looks For Answers In Iraq Helicopter Downings

Are Insurgents Using New Methods To Target US Aircraft?

In the wake of three recent fatal downings of US helicopters in Iraq, the Pentagon is investigating the possibility insurgents are utilizing new methods to target the helicopters, a senior Defense Department official said Tuesday.

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Pilots Safe In Su-24 Accident

Variable-Geometry Wings Jammed

A Russian Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber that went down Monday in the Amur region of eastern Russia -- near the Chinese border -- was likely brought down by a technical problem involving the aircraft's variable-geometry wings, said a Russian military official Tuesday.

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Astronaut Questions Shuttle Safety In Memoirs

"Most Dangerous Manned Spacecraft Ever Flown"

He's flown on Discovery and Atlantis, and he'd do it again if asked... but that doesn't stop astronaut Richard M. (Mike) Mullane from questioning the safety of NASA's space shuttle in his memoirs.

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Certified: Gulfstream G550, G500, G450 And G350 By CAA-CIS

Gulfstream Aerospace has received certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee for Gulfstream’s large-cabin, ultra-long-range G550 and G500; large-cabin, long-range G450; and large-cabin, mid-range G350 aircraft models.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.18.06): Clear Of The Runway

Aero-Tips!

Recently there were two separate incidents, at widely separated airports, of on-runway aircraft collisions involving piston aircraft at non-towered airports. Although it may not have been a factor in either collision, it’s important that pilots properly transmit their location on the airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.18.06)

Aero-Linx!

An FAA site for Aviation Safety. Reports galore, in the Safety Data Library. Need to know about bird strikes? It’s in there.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.18.06): Aero-Naut

Aero-Naut Pilot or crew of lighter-than-air craft. What, does every category have to have their own fancy word for pilot?

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.18.06)

"It's the most dangerous manned spacecraft ever flown, by anybody." Source: Former NASA astronaut -- and three-time shuttle mission specialist -- Mike Mullane, on the inherent risks of the space shuttle orbiters. In his new book "Riding Rockets," Mullane states astronauts flying aboard the shuttle are put at risk by the orbiter's lack of a powered launch escape system, similar to those once used on NASA's Mercury and Apollo flights (and are still used by Russia on Soyuz launches.) Mullane also states the sheepishness of astronauts, including himself, who were afraid to speak up about safety oversights in the wake of the 1986 Challenger tragedy (for fear of being drummed off the flight program) may have indirectly led to the 2002 loss of Columbia

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