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October 25, 2006

STEREO Launch Is Music To NASA's Ears

Twin Satellites Sent Into Orbit Without A Hitch

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 10.25.06 2315 EDT: NASA's STEREO mission to investigate solar storms got off to a spectacular start Wednesday night, as the rocket carrying the twin satellites blazed through the starry sky after lifting off at 8:52 pm EDT from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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First C-27J Enters Service With Italian Air Force

JCA Contender Enters Overseas Service

Following the successful completion of a test program, the Italian Defence Ministry has accepted the first Alenia Aeronautica C-27J tactical transport aircraft. The aircraft is part of a 12-unit contract that should be completed by 2008 to the Italian Air Force 46th Wing, Pisa Air Force Base.

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Avemco Signs Off On Columbia's FITS Curriculum

One Step Towards Easier Av Insurance

Columbia pilots and owners now have one more option when shopping insurance thanks to Avemco Insurance Company, the nation’s only direct underwriter of aviation insurance.

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Urgent CASA AD: Eurocopter

Applicability: EC 135 helicopters, all models, having the following components installed:

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Urgent CASA AD: Eurocopter

Applicability: Model SA 365 N, N1, Model AS 365 N2, N3, and, Model SA 365 C, C1, C2, C3, helicopters; equipped with main rotor hub Starflex stars (all part numbers).

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Urgent CASA AD: Eurocopter

Applicability: Model AS 332 C, AS 332 C1, AS 332 L, and AS 332 L1 helicopters, equipped with following main rotor head spindles, Part Numbers (P/N): 332A31-1390-all dash numbers, or 332A31-1398-all dash numbers, or 332A31-1410-all dash numbers, or 332A31-1485-all dash numbers.

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Urgent CASA AD: Dowty

Applicability: All Dowty R321/4-82-F/8, R324/4-82-F/9, R333/4-82-F/12 and R334/4-82-F/13 propellers, if blades are installed with serial numbers (S/N) A156121 through A156132, A156137 through A156160, A156165 to A156168, A156177 through A156184, A156194 and A156196 through A156200.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 10.25.06

LoPresti Speed Merchants' Todd Lohenry, Part One

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.25.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.25.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- What's Up At LoPresti: 10.25.06 (ANN Special Feature, Part One of our chat with Todd Lohenry at LoPresti Speed Merchants.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.25.06

Another FAA employee decides the skies are bluer over the private sector...
Taylorcraft files for bankruptcy protection...
And Eclipse Aviation wants its MFD back, and will go to court to get

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.25.06

Another FAA employee decides the skies are bluer over the private sector...
Taylorcraft files for bankruptcy protection...
And Eclipse Aviation wants its MFD back, and will go to court to get

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ANN Special Feature: LoPresti's Todd Lohenry (Part 1) 10.25.06

Today, Jim Campbell talks with Todd Lohenry of LoPresti Speed Merchants about the history and growth of the company, its product line, and its partner network.

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USAF Buys A Mini (Decoy)

Raytheon Mini-Drone Successfully Launched from F-16

If a decoy works for duck hunters, you can imagine what the Air Force can do with its shotgun. The Air Force is always looking for ways to maintain air superiority and it really likes to kill SAMs (surface-to-air missiles) that could harm its crews and aircraft.   

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A Real Toy Story

And They Said It Would Never Fly

by ANN Associate Editor James Aronovsky What's that saying, that the difference between men and boys is the size of their toys? A British artist, tinkerer, and would-be pilot, seems to illustrate this statement perfectly. He has constructed what may be world's largest rubber-band powered model plane. He began flight test operations last Sunday.    

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Missile Fired At French Plane In Chad

Rebel Leader Denies Incident

The French military reports one of its Breguet Atlantique 2 reconnaisance planes came under fire this week by a single ground-to-air missile as it overflew the eastern section Chad, where rebels hostile to the current political regime are active.

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NATA Asks For Rulemaking Commitee On Landing Distance SAFO

Wants All Groups At Table To Hash Out New Restrictions

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced Tuesday it has sent a letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, urging her to establish an Aviation Rulemaking Committee to discuss concerns with the recent landing distance assessment Safety Alert for Operators, or SAFO for short.

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More Labor Outrage Expressed Over Mesaba Legal Rulings

AFA-CWA: "Court Tramples Mesaba Flight Attendants' Right To Strike"

Flight attendants at Mesaba Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), vow to continue their fight against impending pay cuts and the rejection of their contract despite an injunction issued by a United States bankruptcy court. Mesaba flight attendants expressed shock and anger at the judge's decision to block the flight attendants from striking if the airline imposes drastic cuts to pay and benefits.

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Bombardier Cuts 1,330 Employees

Regional Jet Just Isn't Selling Much These Days

Their press release says they're just aligning their production rate with current market demand, but what that means is that Bombardier is laying off about 20% of its workforce.

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Another FAA Worker Heading For Private Sector

David Balloff Leaving Agency For Job With Embraer

For the second time this year, a key employee in the Federal Aviation Administration is leaving the agency for bluer skies with an organization tied to the commercial airline industry.

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Eclipse Aviation Sues Former Employees

Men Left To Start Aspen Avionics

A small multifunction digital avionics display that's won kudos from Aero-News in the past, is now at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Albuquerque, New Mexico-based planemaker Eclipse Aviation.

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FAA Hires Back PATCO Controllers

Pres. Reagan Said They Could Never Work Again

They were told they would never work in their chosen field again, but hundreds of air traffic controllers, fired by President Ronald Reagan 25 years ago, are quietly being rehired.  

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Czechs Say Three Arabs Attempted Airline Hijack

Government Report Believes Attempt Was Test Of Cockpit Security

Are Arab Muslim terrorists still considering hijacking airliners? That seems to be the conclusion of the Czech counter-intelligence service (BIS) who has just released its annual report on terrorism in the Czech Republic.    

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China Launches a Twofer

Launch Represents 50 Satellites In Space

China launched two satellites into space Tuesday -- from the same missile. The two Shijian Six spacecraft were lifted aboard the Long March-4b rocket in the early morning take-off from the main Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern province of Shanxi, said the official Xinhua news agency.

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Alakai Technologies Introduces 'Black Box' For Cirrus SR20/SR22

Digital Flight Data System Designed to Improve GA Safety

Alakai Technologies Corporation has introduced a Digital Flight Data System (DFDS) for Cirrus SR-20 and SR-22 aircraft, providing these popular aircraft with a "black box” and the ability to record flight data as is mandatory on larger aircraft.

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Airbus Delivers Italian Airline's First A320

Air One Aims To Replace Boeing Fleet

While it's true Airbus isn't selling the number of planes lately it has in the past... the company is still quite busy filling those earlier orders. On Monday, Air One took delivery of its first A320 -- the first of 30 aircraft for the Rome based airline, which is Italy's second largest.

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Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter Successfully Tests Swing Tail

Boeing opened and closed the swing tail for the 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter for the first time Oct. 10. The 747 LCF is currently at the Boeing Everett factory for tests on the swing tail, a major modification to the airplane that allows large pieces to be loaded and unloaded from the back of the airplane. These tests are the first time the LCF swing tail has opened.

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CitationShares Launches New Simplified Fractional Product

New Program 'Streamlines' Fractional Jet Ownership

CitationShares has launched a new program that they claim will offer payment predictability, customized program options and cost savings never before seen in the industry. Citelines by CitationShares offers clientele the opportunity to save tens of thousands of dollars by choosing to fly on non-peak days. This program also combines all management and operating costs for the year into one predictable payment.

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Training Comes First For USAF Pararescue Airmen

Air Force pararescue is an elite force, but before its Airmen are PJs they're trainees. And sometimes PJ training brings them to the 920th Rescue Wing before they join the world of combat rescue. Thirteen instructors and 20 pararescue trainees with the 342nd Training Squadron traveled from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., to the 920th Rescue Wing to complete an air operations training block Oct. 7-21.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (10.25.06): Improper Use Of Flight Controls

Aero-Tips!

Last on the FAA's list of the Top 10 contributors to pilot-error mishaps is "improper operation of flight controls."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.25.06)

Aero-Linx!

If you’re a fan of listening to Air Traffic Control you may be puzzled by some of the airline call signs you hear. Today’s site deciphers the call signs of the airlines that you’ll hear.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.25.06): VAB

Aero-Terms!

The Vehicle Assembly Building is one of the largest buildings in the world. It was originally built for assembly of Apollo/Saturn vehicles and was later modified to support Space Shuttle operations.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.25.06)

"We must be prudent and manage proactively our CRJ700/900 jets production schedule in the short term to ensure we achieve our goal of increased profitability and our success in the long term."

Source: Bombardier Aerospace President and CEO Pierre Beadoin, on the company's decision to lay off about 20% of its workforce due to sluggish sales for its bread-and-butter regional jets, the CRJ700 and CRJ900.

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