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January 26, 2006

ANN Special Feature: EAA's Earl Lawrence On Mid-Winter Meetings With The FAA 01.27.06

At a time when relations between the FAA and pilots are strained over issues like user fees and reduced services... there is at least one very bright spot of cooperation. It's the agency's mid-wint

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.27.06

The NTSB recommends new procedures for air ambulance operators...

The story of a hero in the skies over Alaska...

And Alaskan Caravan operators say a new AD could mean huge... perha

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.27.06

The NTSB recommends new procedures for air ambulance operators...

The story of a hero in the skies over Alaska...

And Alaskan Caravan operators say a new AD could mean huge... perha

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Senate Democrats Attempt Intervention In FAA-NATCA Negotiations

Three Democratic members of the US Senate have introduced legislation that may impose additional oversight and controls on the FAA if they fail to reach an agreement with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

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NATCA Pushing New Senate Bill

Obviously pleased with the efforts of Senators Barack Obama, D-Ill., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.; the NATCA spin machine is busy promoting a bill that NATCA says, "would force the Federal Aviation Administration to engage in productive, good faith contract negotiations with its unions, including the National Air Traffic Controllers Association..."

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Navy Opens Cockpits To Warrant Officers

Test Program Will Give 30 Enlisted Sailors Wings... and Commissions

The Navy, which sixty-five years ago actually had enlisted pilots, is going to dip a toe in the warrant-officer pool and see how it works out. The program is a pilot program in both senses of the word: only 30 enlisted sailors are going to be accepted in this program, and their career horizons are going to be considerably narrower than a regular commissioned officer.

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GAMA to FAA: 'We Have Concerns'

The ever-vigilant folks at GAMA sent a letter to FAA Boss Marion Blakey, Wednesday the 25th, expressing concern about the FAA's lack of application for millions of dollars that were authorized under the FY06 Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill.

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Air Europa Orders 10 A350s, Two More Options

Deal Signed In December

A few more of the "mystery orders" that allowed Airbus to leapfrog Boeing for the 2005 sales title came to light Thursday morning, with the announcement that Spanish airline Air Europa has firmed up its order for 10 A350-800s and two further options, for deliveries between 2010 and 2012.

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PR TFR: 01.30.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0959  Issue Date: January 26, 2006 at 1:05 UTC Location: Dorado, Puerto Rico near SAN JUAN VORTAC (SJU) Beginning Date and Time: January 30, 2006 at 11:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: January 30, 2006 at 23:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Military activity Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664, 787-253-8664

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 01.26.06

What Happened In The Skies Over Kirksville, MO?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.26.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.26.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner Talks About The Corporate Air Crash In Kirksville, MO: 01.26.06  (ANN's Feature News Program, with Tom Turner on what caused last year's Corporate Airlines a

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Bell's Claims Their LUH Offering Has Proven Track Record

412s Credited With Saving 'Tens Of Thousands' Of Lives

Bell Helicopter is confident their proven 412 helicopter will be able to fulfill the US Army's requirement for a new Light Utility Helicopter, or LUH -- and they cite the chopper's performance following the catastrophic events of 2005 as proof.

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Is China Building An Aircraft Carrier?

Taiwan Says Photos Don't Lie

China's central government is denying rumors coming from Taiwan that the country has bought and is currently rebuilding an old Russian aircraft carrier.

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'Smart' Cable Helps Protect Aircraft From Missile Attacks

Teams Now Working To Fix Power Supply Issues

In December 2003 and January 2004, several Air Force aircraft took fire near Baghdad, Iraq, but missile warning systems aboard those planes failed to indicate the attacks. Air Force officials looked to the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center to fix this problem.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2006-02-10 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-02-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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NTSB Calls For Stricter Regulation Of Air Ambulance Flights

Calls For All EMS Ops Under Part 135, Use Of TAWS

Aero-News has learned that in a special report adopted Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to impose stricter requirements on all emergency medical services flights.

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FBI, TSA Agree To Pay ACLU Over No-Fly Lists

Will Compensate For Attorneys' Fees

An agreement has been reached between representatives with the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration, and the American Civil Liberties Union over a lawsuit originally brought about to uncover information about the government's no-fly list.

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SecTrans Mineta's Aero Club Speech Stirring Up Industry

E-I-C Note: The Secretary of Transportation gave a lunch-time speech Tuesday that seems to be stirring up some dust... already NATCA is shooting back with a full barrage and we expect others to follow suit. As these factions make themselves known, it might behoove us all to take a look at the Secretary's speech, listed unedited, below.

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Former Pilots Call Sonicblue's Safety Practices 'Atrocious'

Allege Planes Not Maintained, Students Flew Passengers For Free

Oil leaks. Turbo failures. Unpaid students flying commercial routes with passengers onboard. These are but a few of the reasons pilots gave a Canadian news service as reasons why they left the British Columbia-based regional airline Sonicblue.

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FAA Claims Safety and Productivity Improvements At New York TRACON

FAA: New Management Controls Save Taxpayers $1.4 million

The FAA tells ANN that, "just six months after eliminating artificially inflated overtime schedules at the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control, the FAA has saved $1.4 million and air traffic controller errors are down 75 percent."

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Boeing Introduces New 737 Signals Intelligence Aircraft

Variant of Navy's 737-MMA

Boeing announced Wednesday plans for a new 737 signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft to be used for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and also advanced network centric communications.

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Hill AFB and Hamilton Sundstrand Sign C-17 Globemaster Repair Agreement

The Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC) at Hill Air Force Base and Hamilton Sundstrand officials signed a public-private cooperative partnering agreement enabling Hill’s technicians to provide repair capabilities for the Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster III. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.26.06): Hung Starter

Aero-Tips!

Aircraft starters use a lot of electrical power. Because they are air-cooled (they do their work before the oil is flowing) they get very hot. If a starter runs for more than just a few seconds at a time, it will overheat—damaging the starter and possibly “starting” a fire.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.26.06)

Aero-Linx!

For those of you who believe SETI has already found something and our government is hiding it, here’s some links to Area 51 and Area 19 (you DO know about area 19, right?)

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.26.06): Airport Watch

Airport Watch AOPA has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop a nationwide Airport Watch Program that uses the more than 650,000 pilots as eyes and ears for observing and reporting suspicious activity.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.26.06)

"You get on an airline, you think it's going to be regulated and safe... this accident was just a ticking time bomb. When I quit there, I quit because I [feared] that they would kill somebody." Source: Former Sonicblue pilot Shaun Crowe-Swords, on what he calls the airline's "atrocious" safety record in the time he flew for the Canadian regional carrier. Crowe-Swords cited a time he flew a Piper Navajo for the carrier, as oil literally poured from one of the engines, to the CanWest News Service. As was reported by Aero-News, one of the airline's Cessna 208 Caravans went down Saturday, killing thre

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