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May 11, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Columbia's Bing Lantis Part III 05.12.06

Over the past couple of days, ANN's Jim Campbell has been talking with Columbia Aircraft chief Bing Lantis about the Columbia 400 and the 350. Now... Jim puts Bing on the hotseat.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.12.06

The latest on negotiations to restart the Capstone ADS-B program in Alaska...

More signs that Airbus is about to abandon the A350 as we know it...

And a southern California airport

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.12.06

The latest on negotiations to restart the Capstone ADS-B program in Alaska...

More signs that Airbus is about to abandon the A350 as we know it...

And a southern California airport

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One Lost As Russian Helo Goes Down At Sea

Twelve Others Injured In Training Accident Caught On Tape

A simulated rescue operation turned tragically real Thursday in the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk. A video crew could only watch helplessly as a Russian Mi-14 helicopter impacted the water during a training exercise, killing one of the 13 people onboard.

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AL TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7449  Issue Date: May 11, 2006 at 19:29 UTC Location: Tuskegee, Alabama near MONTGOMERY VORTAC (MGM) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: For search Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Atlanta (ZTL) Center, 770-210-7622

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MD TFR: 05.12.06 - 05.14.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7406  Issue Date: May 11, 2006 at 16:55 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: May 12, 2006 at 18:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 14, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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FAA Reports Spacing Issues Led To Capstone's Removal From Alaska's ATC Screens

If Program Is So Good... Why Is It Suddenly Too Dangerous?

Last week, Aero-News reported on the alarm pilots in Alaska expressed upon learning that the ADS-B program called Capstone had been suddenly suspended, without notice, by the FAA. When news of the shutdown got around, that led to an exchange of letters between Skip Nelson, chairman of the Alaska Aviation Coordination Council, and FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. Those letters were obtained by Aero-News... and we now know more about why Capstone has gone off the glass in Alaska.

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American Airlines Considers Replacing MD-80 Engines

"Looking Under Every Rock" For Cost Savings

It seems there is no more ubiquitous airliner around than American Airlines' fleet of 337 McDonnell-Douglas MD-80-series planes. Those airliners -- while capable people haulers -- do not represent the current state-of-the-art, especially when it comes to their thirsty JT8D-209 turbofans.

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AD: Honeywell

AD NUMBER: 2006-09-13 MANUFACTURER: Honeywell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-09-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Honeywell International Inc. ALF502L series and ALF502R series turbofan engines.

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RANS: Light Sport Aircraft Are The Future

Trims Product Line, Boosts Production, Intros S-19

RANS, which has shipped over 4,000 aircraft kits (and God knows how many recumbent bicycles) from its plant, is radically reorganizing that plant -- in ways that may affect you, if you're a customer or planning to be one. There are three changes to consider.

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Eurocopter EC725 Helos Now Operational In French Armed Forces

Will Mount Search-And-Rescue, Special Operations

Aero-News has learned that Eurocopter's EC725 helicopter has been declared operational for Combat Search & Rescue purposes.

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NTSB To Hold Two-Days Of Hearings On Southwest Runway Overrun

Will Be Open To The Public, And Available On Webcast

The National Transportation Safety Board has just announced the board will hold a two-day public hearing as part of its ongoing investigation into the runway overrun of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 at Chicago Midway Airport.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 05.11.06

Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing's Bing Lantis, Part Two Of Three

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.11.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.11.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Columbia's Bing Lantis: 05.11.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Part Two of ANN's talk with Bing Lantis on the latest developments at Columbia Aircraft.)

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GA TFR: 05.11.04 - 05.14.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7374 Issue Date: May 11, 2006 at 13:59 UTC Location: Robins AFB, Georgia near MACON VORTAC (MCN) Beginning Date and Time: May 11, 2006 at 18:45 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 14, 2006 at 20:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and F-15 teams and the U.S. Army Silver Wings Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Robins (WRB) Air Traffic Control Tower, 478-926-2114

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LA TFR: 05.12.06 - 05.14.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7384 Issue Date: May 11, 2006 at 15:15 UTC Location: Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, Louisiana near ELM GROVE VORTAC (EMG) Beginning Date and Time: May 12, 2006 at 18:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 14, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Barksdale Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Shreveport (SHV) Approach Control, 318-747-8519

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After Headaches, Western Michigan Fly-In Gets Its Temporary Tower

EAA Steps In For Second Time In Two Years

If the folks who work each year to organize the Western Michigan Fly-In feel a little put upon right now, perhaps they have a good reason... as for the last two years, they've had to call in outside help to ensure the FAA would provide a temporary control tower for their event at Padgham Field (35D) in Allegan, MI.

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Open Skies Still Held Up Over EU Ownership Of US Airlines

Who Would Run Things?

Foreign control of domestic airlines continues to be a hot topic in Washington, and continues to be the reason a new Open Skies Agreement between the US and the European Union still hasn't been implemented. The issue isn't so much one of who owns the business... but more one of who runs the business.

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For Sale: Brazil's Varig

Wanna Buy An Airline?

We know what you've been thinking: "with higher fares and crowded planes leading the way to actual profits, things sure have turned around for the airlines... maybe now's the time for me to buy an airline myself." Well, have we got a deal for you.

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Could UAVs Become New Terrorist Weapon Of Choice?

Some Say It's Already Happening

Osama bin Laden, meet Buck Rogers. Agence France Presse suggests unmanned aerial vehicles might soon make suicide bombers and those who would turn airliners into guided missiles things of the past.

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Judge Says Maritime Laws Apply To AAL Flight 587 Accident

Plane Was To Fly Over Water, Tail Fell Into Jamaica Bay

Any legal matters pertaining to the 2001 crash of American Airlines Flight 587 will be dealt with under maritime laws. That's the ruling of a federal judge in New York on Tuesday, and it could mean dozens of people who are suing over the crash could win much bigger awards.

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Bahrain Parliament Minister Says Pilot Was Kidnapped By US

Accuses US Of Holding Him, And 35 Other Saudi Pilots, At Gitmo

What has become of Bahrain Air Force Lt. Col. Abdulaziz Saleh Sultan Sinan Al Dossary? The F-16 pilot disappeared a year-and-a-half ago when his plane disappeared during a night-training exercise over the Gulf. Officially, he's missing and presumed dead.

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Vietnam POW Exhibit Opens At USAF Museum

Emotional Display Sheds Insight Into Life Of POWs

Aero-News has learned a dramatic new exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH allows vistors to get a rare glimpse into the lives of prisoners of war.

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Bill Noe Appointed President of NetJets International Inc.

Fractional aircraft operator NetJets announced Wednesday that Bill Noe has been appointed to President of NetJets International Inc. (NJI). Noe will assume all day-to-day responsibility for the operations and administrative functions of NJI.

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Report: Sheriff's Pal Used False Authority To Intimidate Airline Worker

Who do you call when the passenger you're dealing with at the ticket counter gets rowdy... then tells you he's a law officer? That's what apparently happened at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA back in September.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (05.11.06): Fuel Tutorial #1: Fuel Consumption

Aero-Tips!

One of aviation's few "cardinal sins" is fuel exhaustion -- running out of gas. It's absolutely vital to know how to predict fuel requirements, monitor fuel use in flight, and safely arrive with a substantial fuel reserve remaining.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.11.06)

Aero-Linx!

These folks want us back on the moon with bases for scientific research, tourism and manufacturing. They are partnering with aerospace equipment suppliers and space agencies. They have an aggressive multi-phased program designed to get us back there.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.11.06): EFVS

Aero-Terms!

Enhanced Flight Vision System is an electronic means to provide a display of the forward external scene topography through the use of imaging sensors, such as a forward looking infrared, millimeter wave radiometry, millimeter wave radar, low light level image intensifying.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (5.11.06)

"We’ve held them at bay for a little while, and if it’s not us next year, who is it going to be?"

Source: Andy Millin, who each year arranges for a temporary control tower from the FAA for the annual Western Michigan Fly-In at Padgham Field in Allegan, MI. For the second year in a row, organizers of the fly-in received static from the FAA over the tower -- last year, an administrative snafu cancelled their request, and this year the FAA said it would cost the group $3,200 to have the tower for one day. Fortunately, both issues were resolved, with the help of the EAA.

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Special Notice TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7346 Issue Date: May 10, 2006 at 22:23 UTC Location: United States Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: Special Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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