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March 31, 2006

NATCA: FAA, Controller Contract Talks 'Break Down'

Blakey Says That's News To Her

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.31.06 1945 EST: Aero-News received the following message Friday afternoon from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, regarding what the organization calls the "break down" of contract talks between the two entities. 

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4356 Issue Date: March 31, 2006 at 0:17 UTC Location: WEST OF OGDEN , Utah Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: SALT LAKE (ZLC) Automated Flight Service Station, 801-320-2560

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MS TFR: 04.08.06 - 04.09.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4392 Issue Date: March 31, 2006 at 14:47 UTC Location: Columbus AFB, Mississippi near CALEDONIA VORTAC (CBM) Beginning Date and Time: April 08, 2006 at 19:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 09, 2006 at 22:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds and F-15 teams and parachute jumps by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Columbus AFB (CBM) Air Traffic Control Tower, 662-434-2306

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ATA Names Recent FAA'er Sharon Pinkerton VP Of Government Affairs

Leaves FAA Post To Work On Behalf Of The Airlines

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 03.31.06 1045EST: It could be a shot in the arm for those who theorize the FAA and the ATA are in collusion over the issue of user fees. The Air Transport Association (ATA) announced Friday that former FAA assistant adminstrator Sharon L. Pinkerton has been named the organization's vice president of government affairs.

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Emirates Puts Off A340 Orders For A Few Years

Gives Airbus Time To Develop "Enhanced" Airliner

Confirming earlier speculation, Emirates, the largest Arab airline, announced Thursday the carrier will delay its current order for 20 Airbus A340s, in order to give Airbus time to develop a more efficient version of the four-engine airliner.

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Northwest Presents Its Plans For Compass Airlines

Will New Regional Subsidiary Help NWA Find Its Bearings?

Northwest Airlines has high hopes for its new regional jet subsidiary, which is expecting to begin flying as early as June under the name Compass Airlines -- formerly the name of an Australian low-cost carrier that went belly-up not once... but twice, in the early 1990s.

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US Military Airmen Still Working At Relief

"Forgotten" Missions Bring Succor To Pakistani, Filipino Disaster Victims

Marines break things and hurt people. Navy Structural Mechanics fix shipboard aircraft. Seabees build airfields and fortifications; Army helicopters sweep troops into and out of combat. That's the conventional wisdom about the US military machine; and there's little reporting about it, until somebody dies in Iraq.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 03.31.06

Transitioning From Gauges To Glass, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.31.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.31.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Transitioning From Gauges To Glass, Part II: 03.31.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Part Two Of ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs' series on transitioning to a glass cockpit.)

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Delta Pilots March On Atlanta As Marketing Chief Exits Company

Pilots Carry Out "Practice" Strikes At ATL, Other Airports

It was, frankly, a demonstration of outrage in Atlanta Thursday, as some 275 Delta pilots marched through the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport terminal to protest the company's attempts to have their contracts run through the shredder.

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Venezuela Again Delays US Airline Ban

New Deadline April 25

As FAA negotiators left Caracas Thursday to deliberate the possibility of allowing Venezuela to resume flights to the United States after an 11-year ban, that country's government eased off on the deadline for its own move to block US airlines from flying to the South American country.

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KSC Technicians Deal With Latest Shuttle Stumble

Work Lamp Falls Onto Fuel Tank, Leaves Impressions In Foam

As if they didn't have enough to worry about... NASA engineers are now dealing with another mishap at the Kennedy Space Center. Earlier this week, as technicians were replacing one of the external fuel tank's problematic fuel sensors, a halogen work lamp fell onto the tank and hit the tank's relatively fragile foam insulation.

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Third Lawsuit Filed In Hendricks Accident Focuses On Pilots

Cites NTSB Probable Cause Report

The third wrongful death lawsuit to be filed against Hendrick Motorsports following the October 24, 2004 downing of a company aircraft near Martinsville, VA, focuses on the pilots' actions leading up to the accident that claimed the lives of all ten people onboard the King Air 200.

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Are More Drones On The Way? Probably...

UAVs Getting A LOT Of Attention In Congress

Having demonstrated their abilities in combat on the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan, it's little wonder why unmanned aerial vehicles are being looked at for a variety of roles over US soil. That could prove to be a blessing... or a curse, a House panel was told this week.

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Klyde Morris 03.30.06

Klyde Smacks The A380 One More Time

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First Full Day Of Jury Deliberations In Moussaoui Case Ends Without Verdict

TSA Lawyer Martin May Face Criminal Charges

Can you define the term "weapons of mass destruction"? That's what the jury in the Zacarious Moussaoui death penalty trial wants to know.

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Report: Boeing-Lockheed Rocket Merger Likely To Be Approved

United Launch Alliance To Be Given The Go Order

US military officials and antitrust regulators are dotting the i's and crossing the t's on an agreement that would allow two financially-strapped aerospace powerhouses to merge operations for government rocket contracts.

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No Radio, No Electronics... But A Fortunate Tornado

RAF Fighter Guides Stricken King Air To Safety

For the crew of a Royal Air Force F-3 Tornado, it all started out as a routine training mission. But it ended in a life-saving diversion as the crew escorted a crippled Beech King Air to a safe landing Wednesday.

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Former Toledo Mayoral Candidate Accused Of Flying Without A License

FAA Asked Local Paper's Help In Locating Him

Former Toledo mayoral and city council candidate Terry Shankland may be in a lot of trouble. Or maybe not. But he's at least going to face some very interesting questions for the FAA... now that they've found him.

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When Jetways Attack?

When you stop to think about it, the traveling public tends to take jetways for granted. Well, one jetway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport was evidently fed up with everyone walking all over it this week... and decided to vent its aggravations on an unsuspecting MD-88 parked at the Delta gate Monday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.31.06): Compass Correction Card

Aero-Tips!

Don’t overlook the vital need to know deviation’s effect on your magnetic compass.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.31.06)

Aero-Linx!

Planes of Fame now has two locations for your viewing pleasure, Chino (CA) and Valle (AZ).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.31.06): Collective

Aero-Terms!

On a helicopter, the collective pitch lever or stick is located by the left side of the pilot's seat and is operated with the left hand.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.31.06)

"You can consider today's actions an exercise and you can stand by for the real thing."

Source: Lee Moak, chairman of the Delta pilot union's executive committee, on Thursday's march by approximately 275 pilots through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in a so-called "practice strike" against Delta management, for their plan to toss out existing pilot contracts if allowed to do so by a federal mediation board.

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OH TFR: 04.03.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4352 Issue Date: March 30, 2006 at 22:58 UTC Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Beginning Date and Time: April 03, 2006 at 16:15 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 03, 2006 at 20:35 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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SC TFR: 04.06.06 - 04.08.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4308 Issue Date: March 30, 2006 at 16:34 UTC Location: Charleston AFB, South Carolina near CHARLESTON VORTAC (CHS) Beginning Date and Time: April 06, 2006 at 16:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 08, 2006 at 20:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Black Daggers, and various military flight teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Charleston (CHS) Air Traffic Control Tower, 843-414-2800

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AL TFR: 04.06.06 - 04.08.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4307 Issue Date: March 30, 2006 at 16:21 UTC Location: Maxwell AFB, Alabama near MONTGOMERY VORTAC (MGM) Beginning Date and Time: April 06, 2006 at 18:50 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 08, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and various military teams and parachute jumps by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Maxwell (MXF) Air Traffic Control Tower, 334-284-0384

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AD: Cirrus

AD NUMBER: 2006-07-06 MANUFACTURER: Cirrus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-07-06 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cirrus Design Corporation (CDC) Models SR20 and SR22 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-07-13 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-07-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A310 airplanes, Model A300 B4-600 series airplanes, Model A300 B4-600R series airplanes, Model A300 F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-07-03 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-07-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A321-100 and -200 series airplanes.

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