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February 28, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Jim Campbell at the FAA Forecast Conference in Washington 03.01.06

Although no formal proposal has yet to hit the table... the far-and-away number-one topic at the FAA Forecast Conference in Washington today was aviation user fees... and it brought howls of indign

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.01.06

User fees dominate the FAA Forecast Conference in Washington...

An aircraft on the ground evacuated after a threatening message is found in the cargo hold...

and a warning from DHS

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.01.06

User fees dominate the FAA Forecast Conference in Washington...

An aircraft on the ground evacuated after a threatening message is found in the cargo hold...

And a warning from DHS

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Blakey Tells FAA Forecast Conference 'Snowplow' Approach Won't Work Anymore

Also: Voss Out As ICAO Nominee

The following is the unedited text of FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's speech this morning before the agency's annual Forecast Conference in Washington, DC.

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Special Notice TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2542 Issue Date: February 28, 2006 at 17:59 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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Special Notice TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2543 Issue Date: February 28, 2006 at 18:06 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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FAA Pulls Student's Ticket After Football Game Overflight

Also Charged With Carrying Passenger, Low-Level Aerobatics

The student pilot who flew over a high school football game last fall is on the receiving end of an FAA emergency revocation of his student pilot certificate.

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Heli-Expo 2006: Rolls-Royce Signs New Agreement With MD Helicopters

Will Continue Providing Engines

Rolls-Royce has finalized a new agreement with MD Helicopters Inc. for the supply of Model 250 turboshaft engines, reaffirming the company’s support to the helicopter manufacturer.

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Heli-Expo 2006: Skyline Helicopters Purchases AgustaWestland A119 Koala

Will Be Used For Work And Fun

Agusta Aerospace Corporation, an AgustaWestland company, announced Tuesday that Skyline Helicopters has signed a contract to acquire one A119 Koala during the Heli-Expo annual convention in Dallas, TX.

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Certified: Aero-Vodochody Ae270

But Is It Ready For Primetime?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the Type Certificate for the Ae270 Propjet aircraft on February 24, 2006. The FAA certification follows certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) late last year.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 02.28.06

Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: Real Lessons Of The PTS

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.28.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.28.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: 02.28.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Tom Turner on lessons to be learned from the Practical Test Standards.)

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Gone West: Robert L. Scott, 97

God Is His Co-Pilot Now

When this writer was young, and impressionable, he picked up a slim volume from the shelves of a school library. The dust jacket had a picture of a soaring P-40, a picture likely to set any young plane-happy heart to beating, and inside was the first-person story of Colonel Scott, written while the nation was still at war, and no one knew whether he'd be around to see the end.

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Man Becomes First Deaf Person To Earn IFR Rating

Copilot Writes Out ATC Instructions To Assist Communications

Earning an instrument rating can be difficult enough. Now, imagine you couldn't hear -- how would you be able to communicate with air traffic control? That didn't stop Stephen Hopson, however, who recently became the first deaf person to earn an IFR rating.

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SpaceX's Musk Speaks

Entrepreneur Addresses Lawsuit, Launch

"If you see a rocket ship on the way to Mars, honey, it'll be me." Elon Musk of Space Exploration Technologies, as no one calls it, SpaceX as it's called by everyone from him down, might be singing that line from an old Sun Records rocker to himself. But if so, he's singing it in the full knowledge that first he has to get to orbit, and he has a great deal of opposition.

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AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2510 Issue Date: February 27, 2006 at 19:49 UTC Location: 30 MI S OF SIERRA VISTA , Arizona Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-04-14 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-04-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2006-04-15 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-04-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca Artouste III B, Artouste IIIB1, and Artouste III D turboshaft engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.28.06

There's at least one thing the FAA and NATCA can agree on: We need a mediator...

Controversy over an FAA plan to move workers from New York to Atlanta...

And the very latest from HA

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Sikorsky Officials, Union Reps Meet For First Time After Strike

Company Continues Production At Reduced Rates

Sikorsky Aircraft officials met with union representatives on Monday, for the first time since thousands of workers walked out of plants in Connecticut and Florida one week ago.

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Joyriding Teens OK After Crashing Mooney In National Park

Fourteen-Year Old Boys Walk Away With Minor Injuries

Two 14-year-old boys in California appear to be the latest additions to the growing horde of teenagers who think it's really cool to steal an airplane.

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Gone West: Darrell Wittke

Gyro Pilot, Former Smoke Jumper

Darrell K. Wittke is not typical of the folks we eulogize here at Aero-News, but then again, he is.

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Airbus A320 Emerging As Top Single-Aisle Airliner

Will It Supplant The 737?

Is the Boeing 737's heyday finally coming to an end? It is if the folks who run Airbus have anything to do with it.

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Heli-Expo 2006: Flightsafety To Host Helicopter Safety Forum

FlightSafety International will be hosting a Helicopter Safety Forum at the Marriott Dallas/Fort Worth South Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on May 4-5, 2006.

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Pilatus Announces Record-Breaking Year For PC-12 Sales

2005 Was A Very Good... Well, You Know

Citing 2005 as its best year ever for PC-12 single engine business turboprop sales since the inception of the program in 1994, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. announced Monday the company delivered 80 PC-12 business turboprop aircraft to retail customers around the world.

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Heli-Expo 2006: L-3 Avionics To Supply S-92 ESIS

Sikorsky has selected L-3 Avionics' Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS) Model GH-3100 to install aboard a custom outfitted Sikorsky S-92.

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ERAU Plans National Aircraft Training Symposium

Will Focus On Flight Training Opportunities

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University representatives tell Aero-News that ERAU will convene the 2006 National Training Aircraft Symposium March 22-24 on its Daytona Beach campus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (02.28.06): More On Generators Vs. Alternators

Aero-Tips!

Several readers wrote with questions after reading the 2.05.06 Aero-Tips on “Generators vs. Alternators.”

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.28.06)

Aero-Linx!

Run out of places to go for that weekend hamburger? With this website, it’ll take a very long time to run out of places, some may cost you more than $100 but what are airplanes for?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.28.06): BFR

BFR Biennial Flight Review A Flight Review is required once every two years (24 calendar months).

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.28.06)

"Sikorsky and the union did have initial contact with each other to explore what opportunities there are to resume negotiations. We'll need some further evaluation of that contact today to see if an opportunity presents itself to get back to the table." Source: Sikorsky Aircraft spokesman Bud Grebey, on the first meeting Monday between officials with the helicopter manufacturer and union leaders after approximately 3,600 workers walked off the job last week protesting Sikorsky's latest contract offer. While it hasn't shut down production, the strike has sharply reduced production rates for the manufacturer.

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