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January 06, 2006

Norsk’s Third S-92 Enters Revenue Service

And It WILL Get Used...

Sikorsky Helikopter has told Aero-News that Norsk Helicopter's third Sikorsky S-92 entered into revenue service earlier this week. The chopper joins a fleet of two other S-92s that has accumulated 3,206 flight hours in less than a year.

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From The Frontlines: Air Crews Fly 44 Close-Air-Support Missions January 5

New Year Sees Continuing Efforts To Defeat Terrorism

US and coalition aircrews flew combat and support missions Thursday in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, US Central Command Air Forces Forward officials in Southwest Asia reported Friday.

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FAA Agrees With AOPA (And Itself), Modifies Noise Rule

Would Have Hurt Small Business, Compromised Safety

The FAA recently announced it agreed with AOPA's assertions "the impact of a new noise standard on already certificated aircraft could be significant" -- which, perhaps, isn't exactly new, as the FAA conceded the same thing when the rule was initially proposed in 2004.

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ILS Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Seven Successful Launches, 10 Awards

Third Consecutive Year Of Double-Digit Orders For US-Russian Consortium

International Launch Services tells Aero-News that 2005 was another great year for the company, having launched seven times and won contract awards for 10 commercial and government missions.

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Another Alaska Airlines Plane Damaged By Sea-Tac Ramp Crew

Review Time For Menzies Aviation. Again.

Ten days after a dent caused by a errant baggage loader turned into a hole at 26,000 feet, causing an MD-80 to lose cabin pressure and make a speedy retreat back to the airport, another incident involving contract ramp workers for Alaska Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International has drawn the ire of company officials -- and dented an otherwise perfectly good airplane.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-01-06 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-01-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes. This AD requires operators to modify the hydraulic control block of the nose landing gear.

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Judge Gives Delta More Time To File Reorganization Plan

Execs Focus On Pension Battle As Creditors Wait

Delta Air Lines has been granted a six-month extension on the deadline to file a reorganization plan to lift the company from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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NASA Announces Expedition 13 Crew

Williams/Vinogradov Will Head To ISS In March

NASA and its international partners have selected astronaut Jeffrey Williams and Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov as the next crew for the International Space Station, designated as Expedition 13.  

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 01.06.06

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.06.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program)  ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.06.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Peter Diamandis Looks Back At 2005 and Forward At 2006 -- 01.06.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with the X-Prize Foundation's Dr. Peter Diamandis, Part Two)

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ANN's Final 2005 Year-In-Review: Best Certified GA Aircraft And Best SportPlane

Enough Of The Excuses... Here's The Final Decision

OK... a little more quibbling and we'll get right to the meat of the matter... as this was the TOUGHEST year to make such decisions in all the years we've been making such judgments. No kidding. It was tough.

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NTSB: Biplane May Have Been Overweight, Out-Of-CG At Time Of Accident

Witnesses Say Pilots Were Performing Aerobatics

A Christen Eagle II that went down last year in Iowa may have been overweight and at the limit of its CG envelope for aerobatic flight, according to the NTSB Factual report issued on the accident this week.

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'I Don't Want To Be On The List'

4-Year-Old Latest No-Fly-List Addition

Told he couldn't board the plane because he was on a TSA terrorist No-Fly List, Edward Allen was upset. "I don't want to be on the list," Allen said. "I want to fly and see my grandma." Edward Allen is four years old.

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Gross-er Than Most! DA42 Twin Star Receives Gross Weight Extension

Diamond's DA42 Twin Star has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of a gross weight increase from 3,748 lbs to 3935 lbs, concurrent with their recent known ice certification. FAA validation will follow shortly.

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Klyde Morris 01.06.06

Klyde Just Can't Leave The FAA Building Alone!

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Dynalifter Nearing First Flight

The Wave Of The Future?

Could the future of aviation be in a hangar about 50 miles south of Cleveland, OH? Brian Martin and Robert Rist believe so -- and they make a convincing case for their wing-and-canard-equipped airship called the Dynalifter.

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HAI Recognizes Katrina Workers With 2005 Igor. I Sikorsky Award Certificates

Relief Workers Urged To Contact HAI To Receive Recognition

HAI will award a 2005 Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service certificate to those companies, organizations, and individuals who took part in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts -- and has put the call out for Katrina workers to be recognized.

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Landmark Aviation Buys HPN's Skyport FBO

Acquisition Expands North American Network To 43 Sites

Landmark Aviation announced Thursday the finalization of its acquisition of Skyport, the full-service business aviation FBO at New York's Westchester County Airport (HPN).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.06.06): The FLATS Check

Aero-Tips 01.06.06

I use and teach a mnemonic FLATS as a “taking the runway” check before takeoff:

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.06.06)

Aero-Linx!

Weather was definitely not my best subject at college, I wish I had this site years ago, at least it would have helped on the cloud portion of the course.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.06.06): AC

AC Advisory Circular. The FAA publishes documents which, while not regulations, provide accepted information and accepted methods of complying with the various rules and regulations.  In other words, follow them or you’ll hear "we’re from the FAA and we’re here to help you."

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.06.06)

"I know the government is trying to protect because of the terrorist attacks, but common sense should play a role in it." Source: Sijollie Allen, who encountered some difficulties with Continental Airlines ticket agents after it was discovered her four-year-son, Edward, is listed on the TSA's 'No-Fly' list. While Edward was eventually let onboard the pre-Christmas flight from Houston to New York, poor Edward ran into the same problem on the return trip -- which is odd, as the TSA instructs airlines to disregard name-matches on the No-Fly or Selectee lists, if the passenger is a child under 12 years old.

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MN TFR: 01.06.06

NOTAM: 6/0131 Issued: 01/05/2006 18:30 Effective: 01/06/2006 17:30 - 01/06/2006 18:45 State: MN Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: HAZARDS Description: ELY MN

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IL Presidential TFR: 01.06.06

NOTAM: 6/0149 Issued: 01/05/2006 21:10 Effective: 01/06/2006 16:20 - 01/06/2006 20:05 State: IL Facility: ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL. Type: VIP Description: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, JANUARY 6, 2006

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