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January 07, 2006

Criminal Charges Likely In Fatal 2004 Helicopter Accident

Did Pilot Knowingly Fly Unsafe Helicopter?

A pilot who officials allege knowingly took the controls of a helicopter deemed unsafe will likely face criminal charges in the death of his passenger, a sheriff's deputy, when the chopper's tailboom separated after takeoff.

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Terms Of NASA, Russian Deal For Soyuz Space Revealed

Agency Will Spend $21.8 Million Per Passenger, Per Trip

As was reported last month in Aero-News, NASA recently signed an agreement with the Russian Space Agency to provide transportation of American astronauts to and from the International Space Station onboard Russia's Soyuz spacecraft. At the time, the terms of the deal were not disclosed; "we have our commercial secrets as well," said Roskosmos Director Anatoly Perminow.

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FAA Says Security Checks, Training Needed For Space-Faring Passengers

The TSA... In Space?

Imagine this scenario, in a few years hence: after scrimping and saving, you've accumulated enough money (hopefully, by this time tickets are under $100K) to afford a trip into space aboard a private spacecraft. You arrive at the spaceport with plenty of time to spare -- and you get in line for security.

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FAA Chief Says Most Employees Will Receive A Raise In 2006

Pay Bands Also Increased

Praising her staff for weathering "an extremely challenging year," Federal Aviation Administration Chief Marion Blakey announced this week most FAA employees will receive a 3.1 percent salary increase -- as well as an average 1 percent locality raise.

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Corruption Charges Fuel Filipino Firestorm

Air Force Colonel Alleges 30 Million Pesos Purloined

In some parts of the world serving in the military is a career, a profession, even a calling. In others, it's politics.

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Transport Labor Steps Up Fight Against Foreign Control of US Airlines

AFL-CIO Claims Jobs and National Security at Risk

AFL-CIO transportation unions tell ANN that they are calling on the Bush administration to withdraw its flawed and controversial proposal allowing foreign interests to control U.S. airlines.

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Dallas Airmotive Names Appointments To Rolls-Royce Programs

New Year Brings New Jobs For Three

Dallas Airmotive has announced three new appointments to the company's Rolls Royce engine programs.

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The Latest From eBay: Name That Jetpack

May We Suggest The "Zoom?"

For those of you who were outbid on Dago Red when the revered Reno racer appeared on eBay back in October, or just missed the final winning bid on the last flying Sopwith Camel last month -- or, you're still trying to figure out how to assemble your F/A-18 -- Ae

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.07.06): Special VFR

Aero-Tips 01.07.06

Special VFR (SVFR) applies only in tower-controlled or Class D airspace, will be denied if any IFR aircraft is in the airspace, and is not available at several high-traffic airports.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.07.06)

Aero-Linx!

You won’t be having Kate Capshaw as your instructor but it’s certainly an adventure. It’s not just for kids anymore either, can’t let them have all the fun! There are several adult programs to choose from. Think you’ve got what it takes to pilot the shuttle? Find out! FMI: www.spacecamp.com

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.07.06): ACARS

ACARS Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System is a digital data link system transmitted via VHF radio which allows airline flight operations departments to communicate with the various aircraft in their fleet. Useful for ordering lunch, perhaps?

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.07.06)

"Some people think I'm crazy. I'm only as crazy as Howard Hughes... before he actually went crazy LOL..." Source: Aspiring jetpack builder Richard Herron, in response to an eBay-user's inquiry into the jetpack Herron is advertising on the popular auction site. Herron is not actually selling his jetpack, but rather the right to name it -- for the low, low price of $500,000 (if you buy it now.) According to Herron's website, the pack was expected to fly before the New Year.  

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MD TFR: 01.09.06

NOTAM: 6/0176 Issued: 01/06/2006 16:40 Effective: 01/09/2006 14:40 - 01/09/2006 17:00 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND, JANUARY 9, 2006

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