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March 30, 2006

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.31.06

The NTSB Makes Strong Recommendations After CRJ200 Fires

CA Caravan Accident Update

Six Lost In Colombian A/C Accident

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.31.06

The NTSB Makes Strong Recommendations After CRJ200 Fires

CA Caravan Accident Update

Six Lost In Colombian A/C Accident

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ANN Special Feature: Gauges To Glass, Part II 03.31.05

Yesterday... I started telling you about my experience with the Garmin G-1000 cockpit system... with the new integrated autopilot... an amazing... I'd even say revolutionary development in general

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NTSB Issues Urgent Recommendations After CRJ-200 Fires

Water Leaking Into Avionics Bay May Cause Electrical Short, Fire

A series of fires aboard Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft has prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to issue seven recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration.  Four of the recommendations are classified "Urgent" by the Safety Board.

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Urgent CASA AD: Airbus

Applicability: All Model A319, A320, and A321 aircraft; except aircraft with Airbus Modification 32025 incorporated in production, or Airbus Service Bulletin A320-57-1118 incorporated in service.

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Finnair Goes With A350s And A340s For Future Long-Haul Fleet

Order Includes Three A340-300 "Enhanced" Aircraft

Finnair has firmed up its decision to acquire the Airbus A350 by signing a firm contract for the purchase of nine Airbus A350-900s, as well as four options. The carrier has also ordered three new A340-300Es.

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PASS Sends ATO Contract To Its Membership For Vote

Strategy To Convince FAA To Return To The Bargaining Table

Aero-News has learned that Tom Brantley, national president of the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS, AFL-CIO), has sent the FAA's contract proposal for the union's employees in the FAA's Air Traffic Organization (ATO) out for a vote.

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Ahead Of Widebody Order, Aeroflot Goes With Airbus For Tu-154M Replacements

Part Of Major Fleet Upgrade

Is it a sign of what's to come? Ahead of its expected announcement of an order from either Boeing or Airbus for 22 next-generation widebody airliners, Aeroflot's deputy general director announced Wednesday the airline plans to buy between 30 and 35 Airbus A320s between 2008 and 2015.

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Women In Aviation Int'l Conference: The Space Session

We’re Not Worthy!

Finally, the session I have been waiting for. I am like a kid in a candy store – Robert "Hoot" Gibson, Brian Binnie and Eileen Collins (below, surrounded by her fans) -- here, all together for the last General Session at the Women in Aviation Conference in Nashville, TN.

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Cessna Manager, Sales Representative Lost In Caravan Accident Identified

Were Flying To KNOT; Second Accident In Area In Past Year

Two men who made their living selling aircraft have been identified as the victims of Tuesday's accident involving a company-owned Cessna 208B Caravan near Yucaipa, CA.

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CA Accident TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4280 Issue Date: March 30, 2006 at 0:47 UTC Location: 25 W Palm Springs, California near PALM SPRINGS VORTAC (PSP) 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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Southern Border TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4279 Issue Date: March 29, 2006 at 23:00 UTC Location: SOUTHERN US BORDER DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DH, United States Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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FL TFR: 03.30.06 - 04.02.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4306 Issue Date: March 30, 2006 at 16:07 UTC Location: Punta Gorda, Florida near LEE COUNTY VORTAC (RSW) Beginning Date and Time: March 30, 2006 at 19:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 02, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other military teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Southwest Florida Int'l Airport (RSW) Air Traffic Control Tower, 941-768-5985

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Southern Border TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4277 Issue Date: March 29, 2006 at 22:45 UTC Location: SOUTHERN US BORDER DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DH, United States Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 03.30.06

Transitioning From Gauges To Glass, Part One

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.30.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.30.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Transitioning From Gauges To Glass: 03.30.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Part One Of ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs' series on transitioning to a glass cockpit.)

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FAA's Blakey Goes Before Senate Subcommittee On Aviation

NATCA, Modernization... And User Fees On The Agenda

On Wednesday, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey went before the Senate Commerce, Science And Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation to talk about the agency's FY2007 budget, as well as the viability of the Airport And Airway Trust Fund. From Blakey's testimony, it is not difficult to discern which way she is leaning in that discussion.

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FAA Asks Hawaii Air Ambulance To Keep Its Planes On The Ground

Owner Says He Hopes To Restore Flights By Weekend

In the wake of a fatal accident earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration has asked Hawaii Air Ambulance to keep its medical transport planes on the ground until inspections of its maintenance records and operations have been completed, company president and CEO Andrew Kluger said Wednesday.

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FAA, NTSB Investigate Close Calls On O'Hare's Runways

Three Such Incidents In Less Than A Week

On the heels of two close calls on the runways of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last week, comes word of a third such incident.

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US Air Force Academy Continues Work On Satellites After Loss

More FalconSATs On The Way

Despite the loss of their FalconSAT-2 satellite last Friday, cadets in the Department of Aeronautics at the US Air Force Academy are pressing on with plans to launch several more of the small satellites.

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Columbia Launches Unique Demo Tour Featuring Sean D. Tucker

Will Perform Upset Recovery Demonstrations In Columbia 400SL

Columbia Aircraft announced Wednesday it is launching a second product demonstration tour --the Columbia Airshow Tour featuring Sean D. Tucker. On the tour, the world-renowned aerobatics performer will fly a Columbia 400SL at major airshows throughout the United States, performing a routine demonstrating upset recovery techniques.

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Ryanair Flight Lands At Army Base By Mistake

Whoops!

A passenger jet flying for Ryanair mistakenly landed at Ballykelly Army airstrip Wednesday, instead of at its intended destination of City of Derry Airport, six miles away.

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Boeing, GECAS Announce Big 737NG Order

30 Firm Orders, With 30 Options

The Boeing Company and GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) announced Wednesday an order for 30 firm and 30 option Boeing Next-Generation 737s worth approximately $4 billion at list prices. Included in this agreement is the first 737-900ER order by an aircraft leasing company.

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UAV Monitors Three Insurgents Planting Roadside Bomb In Iraq... Then Ends Them

The Predator Lives Up To Its Name

An MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle watched as three insurgents appeared to be planting a homemade bomb along a road near Balad Air Base, Iraq, Tuesday. When their motives were confirmed, the UAV launched an AGM-114 Hellfire missile against the group.

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Aviation Specialties Inc. Signs Order For New Bell 417

First 417 Ordered For Law Enforcement

Bell Helicopter told Aero-News this week of a new order for a Bell 417 helicopter to Aviation Specialties Inc., based in Boise, ID. This was one of the 46 new Bell 417s ordered in conjunction with the recent Heli-Expo in Dallas, TX.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.30.06): VOR Checks

Aero-Tips!

I’ve heard one of the most frequent violations during FAA ramp checks is a "bust" for the VOR Receiver Check. Even if you use GPS as your primary means of navigation there’s a good chance you’ll need a VOR for at least part of a trip.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.30.06)

Aero-Linx!

As the website says, One Focus: Warbirds.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.30.06): Clunk

Aero-Terms!

The weighted end of the fuel pick up line in the fuel tank of R/C aircraft.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.30.06)

"We also believe that a cost-based revenue structure would provide incentives to our customers to use limited resources efficiently... [and] we believe that the revenue stream that currently funds the FAA is not tied to the cost of the services and that there is a need for funding reform. FAA’s workload continues to increase. The current system, largely based on the ticket tax, provides no nexus between the actual workload of controlling flights and providing other services and how they are paid for. It is time for change."

Source: FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, speaking Wednesday before the Senate Commerce, Science And Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation about the agency's FY2007 budget, as well as the viability of the Airport And Airwa

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