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December 12, 2006

FAA, CASA Issue Airworthiness Directives For Columbia 400 Icing Systems

Thermawing System May Short-Circuit

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have issued airworthiness directives calling for the immediate deactivation of anti-icing systems installed on some Lancair Columbia and Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing 400-series aircraft.

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Rolls-Royce Commemorates 3,000 Engine Deliveries To Gulfstream

Engines Have Powered Eight Aircraft Variants

Rolls-Royce recently commemorated its long relationship with Gulfstream Aerospace in a ceremony marking the delivery of 3,000 engines to the business jet maker.

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Urgent CASA AD: Columbia Aircraft

Applicability: Model LC41-550FG and LC42-550FG aeroplanes, all serial numbers, equipped with Kelly Aerospace Thermal Systems Thermawing Deice System (also known as E-Vade) under United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SA02260CH.

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WA TFR: 12.19.06 - 12.22.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/8120 Issue Date: December 11, 2006 at 2046 UTC Location: Outlook, Washington near YAKIMA VORTAC (YKM) Beginning Date and Time: December 19, 2006 at 1800 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 22, 2006 at 2359 UTC Reason for NOTAM: For gas release Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Automated Flight Service Station, 253-351-3520

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/8094 Issue Date: December 11, 2006 at 1709 UTC Location: Hesperia, California near VICTORVILLE VOR/DME (VCV) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for accident investigation Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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'Airship Alberto' Takes To The Skies

Personal Blimp Features Tail-Mounted Engine

Aero-News has learned the prototype Airship Alberto made its first flight October 27, 2006 in Amherst, MA. Designed and built by Skyacht Aircraft, Inc., Alberto is a hot air blimp, or airship, with a patented rigid, but foldable, structural frame.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.12.06

Airshow Performer And Announcer Steve Stavrakakis

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.12.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.12.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Airshow Staple Steve Stavrakakis: 12.12.06 (ANN Special Feature, with airshow announcer and performer Steve Stavrakakis.)

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Delta II To Launch Pair Of Italian Satellites

Slated For Liftoff In 2007

Aero-News learned Tuesday that Boeing has been awarded a contract to launch two commercial satellites in 2007 for Alcatel Alenia Space Italia, the prime contractor of the Italian Space Agency.

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NBAA Renews Board Terms For Busch, Schwartz

The Board of Directors of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced Tuesday the re-instatement of Steven A. Busch and Douglas Schwartz to the Board. Under the Association's Bylaws, both Board Members were required to resign from their posts in conjunction with occupational changes.

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FAA's Blakey Calls A380 Cert 'A Great Day For Aviation'

Below is the full text of FAA Adminstrator Marion Blakey's speech at Tuesday's ceremony awarding joint EASA/FAA type-certification to the Airbus A380.

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Type-Certified! Airbus A380

Aircraft May Be Registered In US, EU... But No Deliveries Yet

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.12.06 1000 EST: By whatever name you may call it -- superjumbo, gigabus or whalejet -- you can now add another word to describe the 555-seat Airbus A380: Certified.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.12.06

The FAA issues guidelines on the certification of diesel engines...
A computer glitch causes more headaches in the skies over Southern Florida...
...and Airbus says the problems plaguing its

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.12.06

The FAA issues guidelines on the certification of diesel engines...
A computer glitch causes more headaches in the skies over Southern Florida...
...and Airbus says the problems plaguing its

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ANN Special Feature: ICAS - Performer/Announcer Steve Stavrakakis 12.12.06

Today, ANN's Jim Campbell interviews Steve Stavrakakis, who's been performing and announcing at air shows for over 20 years.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2006-25-06 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-25-06  SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Model F27 Mark 500 airplanes.

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AD: Columbia Aircraft

AD NUMBER: 2006-25-08 MANUFACTURER: Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-25-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new Airworthiness Directive (AD) for all Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing (previously The Lancair Company) Models LC41-550FG and LC42-550FG airplanes equipped with Kelly Aerospace Thermal Systems Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SA02260CH, Thermawing Deice System (also known as E-Vade).

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2006-25-07 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-25-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Embraer Model EMB-135ER and -135KE airplanes and Model EMB-145, -145ER, -145MR, -145MP, and -145EP airplanes.

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Historian Says Tuskegee Airmen's Record May Not Be So Perfect

Claims Reports Show Escorted Bombers Were Shot Down

For over 60 years, it has been a mark of pride... the claim that America's first black fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, never lost a bomber to enemy fire while flying escort runs in World War II. But one man says he has evidence that claim may be inaccurate.

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US Army Receives Its First Light Utility Helicopter

UH-72A Lakota Delivered By EADS North America

EADS North America officially delivered the US Army’s first UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter on Monday, marking the beginning of a major defense program with a requirement for up to 322 rotary-wing aircraft and a potential total life-cycle value of over $2 billion.

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Airbus CEO Expects A380 Glitches To Be Resolved Soon

FedEx Boss Says Company May Reconsider Plane Later

Airbus CEO Louis Gallois says he sees a light at the end of the tunnel with his company's beleaguered A380 program.

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Printer Glitch Causes ATC Delays In Southern Florida

Controllers Unable To Print Flight Info

Five days after a severed telecommunications cable led to problems for Air Route Traffic Control Centers in Miami and Puerto Rico, a computer glitch at another facility in Miami caused grief on Monday.

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USAG Remains 'Absolutely Committed' To Delta Bid

Says Parker's Comments Were Misinterpreted

Despite word last week that US Airways CEO Doug Parker would drop his bid to take over Delta Air Lines if executives at the Atlanta-based carrier couldn't be swayed to see his way on things, US Airways Group says it remains "absolutely committed" to the deal, with or without Delta's blessing.

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Medevac Helicopter Down In SoCal

Fog May Have Contributed To Accident

A medical transport helicopter is down in California. The accident occurred Sunday night, when a Bell 412 went down in Cajon Pass, 55 miles northeast of Los Angeles as it was flying back to its base in Victorville.

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Northwest Asks Court For Permission To Explore Merger Options

Airline Wants To Hire Firm To Weigh Pros And Cons

Is Northwest Airlines looking to capitalize on recent merger-mania? All signs point to the affirmative.

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Boeing IDS Wins Two Big Military Contracts

USAF, Navy Deals Worth $102 Million

Two big new contracts for Boeing's aerospace division... as the US Air Force and US Navy awarded programs worth a combined $102 million dollars last week.

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Superior Air Parts Hires William Blackwood As Production Manager

Comes From ECi, Teledyne Continental

Representatives with Superior Air Parts told Aero-News Monday piston engine industry veteran William C. (Bill) Blackwood has been hired as the company’s new Production Manager.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.12.06): It's About Time

Aero-Tips!

Logbooks. Rental fees. Inspections. Overhauls. Taxes. There are a number of elements of flying and operating aircraft that are dependant on aircraft time.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.12.06)

Aero-Linx!

What do you do when you know what you want to be when you grow up? You find a school that will lead you down your chosen path.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.12.06): Part 16

Aero-Terms!

The part of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) governing nearly all proceedings involving Federally assisted airports.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.12.06)

"I think they are trying to destroy our record. What's the point now?"

Source: Former Tuskegee Airman Carrol Woods. Two historians say the claim that America's first black fighter pilots never lost a bomber to enemy fire while flying escort runs in World War II may be inaccurate.

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