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December 01, 2006

Spectrum Aeronautical Receives ODAR Status From FAA

Company May Hire, Train Designated Airworthiness Reps

Representatives with Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC, tell ANN it has achieved "Organizational Designated Airworthiness Representative" (ODAR) status with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Corporate Angel Network Gains Public Charity Status

Eases Burdens For Organization, Donors

Aero-News has learned the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) has received official classification as a "public charity" by the Internal Revenue Service.

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Urgent CASA AD: Dassault

Applicability: Falcon 2000EX aeroplanes with serial number (S/N) 06, 28 through 90, 93 and 95.

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Urgent CASA AD: EADS-CASA

Applicability: Model C-212-DF and C-212-EE aircraft, serial numbers 444 through 477, except if EADS-CASA AOL 212-010 Revision 1 or Revision 2 has been previously accomplished on both upper and lower fittings in both outer and centre wings on both left and right hand sides of the aircraft.

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Urgent CASA AD: Eurocopter

Applicability: AS 332 C, AS 332 C1, AS 332 L and AS 332 L1 helicopters, all serial numbers, if averaging more than 4 torque variation cycles per flight hour.

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Urgent CASA AD: Eurocopter

Applicability: Model SA 365 N, SA 365 N1, AS 365 N2, AS 365 N3, SA 365 C, SA 365 C1, SA 365 C2, and SA 365 C3 helicopters, all serial numbers, if a main rotor head (MRH) fitted with frequency adapters and frequency adapter bushes is installed, as referenced below.

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RACCA Names John Hazlet Vice President, Technical Affairs

VP-Safety, Ops Director At Ameriflight Will Advise On Technical Matters

The Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) board of directors has named John W. Hazlet, Jr., vice president-safety and standards and director of operations for Burbank, CA-based cargo carrier Ameriflight, as RACCA's Vice President, Technical Affairs.

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First Swedish Astronaut Bound For ISS

ESA's Christer Fuglesang Part Of STS-116

ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang is about to become the first Swedish and the first Nordic astronaut in space. On the night of December 7, he will board NASA's Shuttle Discovery as a mission specialist aboard STS-116.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.01.06

A Disturbing Draft Proposal On User Fees?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.01.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.01.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- A Disturbing Draft Proposal On User Fees? 12.01.06 (ANN Special Feature, with ANN's Jim Campbell and Rob Finfrock discussing an alleged draft document for the FAA's funding plans.

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Boeing Delivers 747-400BCF To Guggenheim

Martinair Cargo Will Operate Converted Freighter

Aero-News learned Friday Boeing recently delivered a completed 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter to Guggenheim Aviation Partners. Guggenheim Aviation Partners leased the freighter to Martinair Cargo, which is operating the airplane on routes to and from the Middle East, the Far East and Australia.

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FedEx Plane Slides Off O'Hare Runway

Winter Storm Blasts Midwest

A blast of winter weather may have contributed to an incident Friday morning at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, as a FedEx plane departed the runway and got stuck in the mud.

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Finally! EADS Gives Go-Ahead For Airbus A350XWB

First Plane To Enter Service In 2013

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 12.01.06 1815 EST: It's officially official! Late Friday afternoon, the board at EADS gave the go-ahead for the development and production of the Airbus A350XWB, a new widebody airliner to compete against the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the Boeing 777.

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Proposed LDA Approach At Boeing Field Under Scrutiny

County Wants To Study Noise Impact

The FAA wants to commission a new Localizer-type Directional Aid (LDA) approach at Boeing Field. The proposal is intended to move traffic farther out over Elliot Bay away from residential communities.

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US Airways Makes Its Case For Merger To Delta Execs, Creditors

Neither Side Claims Victory... Yet

Thursday was the day for US Airways Group, as CEO Doug Parker and others met with executives at Delta Air Lines in New York, to make their case for a proposed merger between the two carriers. Also in attendance, a committee made up of Delta's creditors... and it is that audience US Airways hoped to entice into considering the merger bid.

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AOPA Reminds Pilots They'll Soon Need Passports To Go To Canada, Mexico

Required For ALL International Air Travel After January 23, 2007

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association reminds pilots they have less than two months to obtain a passport if they plan to fly to Canada, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, or other points in Central and South America next year.

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Klyde Morris 12.01.06

Klyde Starts Spreading The User Fee Blues

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Sikorsky Addresses Quality Control Issues

Defective Manufacturing Blamed For Parts Failures

The US Navy blamed a failed Seahawk helicopter tail rotor blade on a "manufacturing defect."

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FAA Facility Consolidation Plan Opposed In Pueblo

Lawmakers Want To Keep Approach Facility There Open

Colorado congressmen are opposing an FAA plan to close Pueblo's approach control facility and hand off control of air traffic to facilities in Colorado Springs or Denver.

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Finnair Takes Option On Four Embraer 190 E-Jets

Carrier Will Operate Fleet Of 20

Embraer announced Wednesday Finnair has confirmed its four remaining options of an initial order placed in July 2004.

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Lockheed Martin Wins Army Blimp Contract

'Aerostats' Will Be Used For Surveillance

Lockheed Martin has won a $77.5 million contract to fabricate tethered blimps that will be used for surveillance in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Open-Skies Agreement Under Fire In Congress Again

Bipartisan Group Sends Letter To President

A plan to ease rules restricting foreign control of US airlines is facing stiff congressional opposition.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.01.06): Hand Flying

Aero-Tips!

Within days of publication of an Aero-Tips item on trim runaways I received an email from one of my students, owner of a 1999 Beech Bonanza in central California.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.01.06)

Aero-Linx!

Folks with a passion for engines are what drive the Aircraft Engine Historical Society.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.01.06) Afterburner

Aero-Terms!

An extended part of the jet exhaust system housing extra fuel injectors. Raw fuel introduced into this area and ignited vastly expands the thrust produced by the engine and greatly increases fuel consumption. Also very fun video game from the 80's.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.01.06)

"Consistent with our obligation to review US Airways’ unsolicited proposal, today we, along with representatives of our Creditors’ Committee, met to listen to US Airways’ presentation concerning US Airways’ proposal to merge with Delta. While we will fulfill this obligation, we will, as we have stated, continue to progress toward filing our stand-alone plan by the end of the year, which would have us emerge from bankruptcy as a highly competitive, independent and financially sound airline by mid-2007. Our plan is working and we have tremendous, hard-won confidence in it."

Source: Delta Air Lines, in a statement issued to Aero-News after executives at the airline -- along with a committee representing Delta's creditors -- met with repres

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