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March 22, 2006

ANN Special Feature: GAMA's Pete Bunce on Congressional Hearings In Wichita 03.23.06

Members of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation were in Wichita Wednesday for a field hearing... getting a first-hand look at the state of general aviation. The lawmakers also got a ch

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.23.06

Banned... 92 airlines can no longer fly in Europe.

How to deal with the increasingly thorny issue of aging aircraft...

And Congressional lawmakers hold hearings on general aviation

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.23.06

Banned... 92 airlines can no longer fly in Europe.

How to deal with the increasingly thorny issue of aging aircraft...

And Congressional lawmakers hold hearings on general aviation

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PA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3743  Issue Date: March 22, 2006 at 19:50 UTC Location: Montoursville, Pennsylvania near MONTOUR VORTAC (MMJ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Due to law enforcement activity Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Pittsburgh (PIT) Tower, 412-269-9247 x234

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Predator Down In Iraq

Part Of "Operation Swarmer"

The US Central Command Air Forces Forward reports an unmanned aerial vehicle crashed Tuesday morning in Iraq. The aircraft, an Air Force MQ-1 Predator UAV, was participating in combined operations in Salah ah Din province as part of Operation Swarmer.

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ST5 Satellites Blast Into Orbit

No Glitches This Time!

NASA controllers based at Vandenberg AFB in Calfornia sent three microsatellites into space Wednesday morning, after the successful airborne launch of the Pegasus rocket carrying the 55-pound satellites from an L-1011 carrier aircraft.

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American Legend Bringing Its FloatCub To Lakeland

Will Be Displayed At Winter Haven Seaplane Base

American Legend Aircraft Company announced Wednesday plans to base its FloatCub at Jack Brown's Seaplane Base during the upcoming 2006 Sun 'n Fun Annual Show in Lakeland, FL.

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Aerobatic Pilot Nick Nilmeyer, 23, Lost In Landing Accident

Had Just Practiced Routine For Upcoming Airshow Season

With heavy hearts, Aero-News has learned up-and-coming stunt pilot Nick Nilmeyer died Tuesday morning in an apparent landing mishap.

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WV TFR: 03.22.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3712 Issue Date: March 22, 2006 at 13:31 UTC Location: Wheeling, West Virginia Beginning Date and Time: March 22, 2006 at 16:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 22, 2006 at 20:25 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.22.06

From LCCs In Qatar... To Northwest's Labor Woes At Home

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.22.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.22.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- LCCs In Qatar, NWA Woes At Home: 03.22.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with commentary on Qatar's fare plan for its LCCs... and Northwest's ongoing labor issues)

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NTSB Releases Prelim On LA Helicopter Accident

Problems Began Just After Takeoff

In its Preliminary Report issued Tuesday concerning the fatal crash last week of a Bell 206 near Patterson, LA, the National Transportation Safety Board says there appears to have been problems with the flight since right after takeoff.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.22.06

Northwest pilots are on their own in voting for or against a new contract...

The latest on the Moussaoui trial...

And the story of one FBI agent who tried... but failed to raise the

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Direct-To Avionics Releases New EFIS SV-10

Direct-To Avionics has introduced a custom-tailored Chelton EFIS system for the Vans RV-10. Dubbed the Chelton EFIS SV-10, Direct-To Avionics tells ANN that it has broken new ground in capability and ease of installation of sophisticated, flat panel, integrated flight decks.

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Airlines Lose A Record Number Of Bags In 2005

30 Million Pieces Of Luggage Lost; 240,000 Gone Forever

Have you flown commercially lately? Did you arrive at your destination with fewer pieces of luggage than you left with? You're not alone. Airlines worldwide lost a record 30 million bags in 2005, according a study by SITA, a Swiss airline consulting firm.

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AMC Airlines Accepts Its First Boeing 737-800

Boeing and Cairo-based charter operator AMC Airlines announced Tuesday the delivery of the airline's first 737-800 with Blended Winglets. AMC's new 737-800 departed Boeing Field on Friday, for a shuttle flight to its home base at Cairo International Airport.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2006-06-08 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-06-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) Model CF6-80C2D1F turbofan engines.

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A380 Evacuation Test Planned For End Of Month

Fleeing The Whalejet

When faced with questions surrounding the need for a megasized airliner like its upcoming A380, Airbus's answer has essentially boiled down to that classic line from "Field of Dreams": If you build it, they will come. But will they be able to leave?

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Qatar Slaps Fare Restrictions On Low Cost Carriers

How Low Can They Go? Fifteen Percent... That's It

A top official with Qatar's Civil Aviation Authority says the organization will likely opt to maintain a 15 percent cap on the differential in airfares between mainline carriers and low-cost operators in the local market.

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Northwest Pilots Union Takes Neutral Position On Upcoming Contract Vote

Reactions To Deals From Other Workers Mixed

Leaders of the pilots union at Northwest Airlines voted last week to take a neutral position on the tentative agreement reached with the airline earlier this month.

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Raptor, JSF Issues May Mean More Orders For Older Fighters

Delays, Added Costs Might Spike Resurgence In F-15, F-18 Orders

Concerns over mounting controversy, production delays and added costs surrounding the expected next-generation of fighter aircraft may result in more orders for the relatively aged Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet... and even Boeing's comparatively old-school F-15 Eagle.

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BTS Releases January 2006 Airline Employment Data

Down Six Percent From January 2005

US scheduled passenger airlines employed six percent fewer workers in January 2006 than in January 2005, the 13th consecutive month that full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers declined compared to the same month of the previous year, the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Tuesday.

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Russian Air Force To Get New Bombers

Two-Seat Su-34s To Be Online By 2010

The head of the Russian Air Force said Tuesday that by 2010, a regiment of new Su-34 fighter-bombers will be added to the country's armed forces.

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RAPSCO New Supplier For Metro, Merlin Motor Mounts

RAPSCO (Regional Airline Parts Support Company) announced Tuesday the company has reached an agreement with LORD Corporation to take over manufacture and distribution of parts and assemblies related to the Fairchild (now M7 Aerospace) Metro (below) and Merlin models SA26 and SA226 aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.22.06): Low Level Windshear

Aero-Tips!

Any sudden shift in wind speed or direction is going to have adverse effects on an airplane. If it happens close to the ground, you may not have room to recover.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.06)

Aero-Linx!

Fed up with airline food? Then this is not the site for you, it’s dedicated to airline food.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.06): CFIT

Aero-Terms!

Controlled Flight into Terrain Occurs when an airworthy aircraft under the control of the flight crew is flown unintentionally into terrain, obstacles or water, usually with no prior awareness by the crew.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.22.06)

"Hence, LCCs cannot dictate what should be our definition of a budget carrier. Though such carriers cut costs on in-flight meals, operate newer, fuel efficient aircraft and offer lower free baggage allowance, they still have other expenses on crew and navigation."

Source: Saleh Haroon, Director of the Air Transport and Airport Affairs arm of Qatar's Civil Aviation Authority, on the CAA's cap on the differential in airfares between mainline carriers and low-cost operators flying from Doha International Airport.

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MD TFR: 03.25.06 - 03.26.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3670 Issue Date: March 21, 2006 at 21:30 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: March 25, 2006 at 13:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 26, 2006 at 18:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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IN TFR: 03.24.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3622 Issue Date: March 21, 2006 at 16:49 UTC Location: Indianapolis, Indiana Beginning Date and Time: March 24, 2006 at 17:55 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 24, 2006 at 21:10 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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