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May 12, 2006


AD NUMBER: 2006-10-05 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-10-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Saab Model SAAB-Fairchild SF340A (SAAB/SF340A) and SAAB 340B airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2006-10-06 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-10-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 and 440) airplanes.

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Georgia C150 Accident Claims Two

Aircraft Impacted House

Investigators are traveling to the scene of a small plane crash Friday morning in Cumming, GA, that claimed the lives of the two men onboard.

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NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7553 Issue Date: May 12, 2006 at 19:26 UTC Location: 18 Miles SW, De Land, Florida near ORMOND BEACH VORTAC (OMN) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: May 13, 2006 at 19:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for general rescue operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-267-3333

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Discovery Moves One Step Closer To Launch

Orbiter Moved To Vehicle Assembly Building

NASA's return to space took a significant step towards the heavens Friday, as the space shuttle Discovery was moved from its hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to await attachment to its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters.

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Spanish Eurofighter Performs First Air-To-Surface Weapon Releases

Two Test Launches Deemed Successful

Aero-News has learned the first-ever release of air-to-surface weapons in the history of the EU Eurofighter program were carried out by EADS CASA Military Air Systems (MAS) earlier this month.

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Wanna Buy A Boeing? It Will Now Cost About Four Percent More

Cost Increases Come As Company Risks Losing C-130 Contract

Business is booming for Boeing right now... as long as you're talking about commercial aircraft, where the aerospace manufacturer still enjoys relatively brisk sales and a 1,002-order book for 2005 to work from. Things are less rosy on the defense side, however.

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Stop The Bleeding, Part II -- Delta Posts $2.1 Billion Loss So Far This Year

But, As With NWA, Losses May Mask Greater Progress

Big losses for bankrupt airlines seems to be a recurring theme this week, as on Friday Delta Air Lines reported a staggering loss of $2.1 billion for the first quarter of 2006.

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More Details Arise In Russian Helo Accident

Report Of One Fatality Uncorroborated

In a matter of seconds, a search and rescue exercise turned into a real rescue in Aniva Bay off the Sakhalin Peninsula north of Japan. A Russian Mil MI-14PS Search and Rescue helicopter with thirteen souls on board crashed in full sight of -- and while being filmed by -- a Japanese vessel at 6:46 AM  Thursday morning -- Moscow time (0246 Zulu).

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CA Airport Operator Under Investigation

Allegations Of Skimming, Booting Av Tenants

Is a California airport management company skimming off the top? That's just one of the allegations against American Airports Corp. in an ongoing investigation by the FAA and Los Angeles County aviation officials.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 05.12.06

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

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.12.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.12.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Columbia's Bing Lantis: 05.12.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Part Two of ANN's talk with Bing Lantis on the latest developments at Columbia Aircraft.)

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AD: Hamilton Standard

AD NUMBER: 2006-10-07 MANUFACTURER: Hamilton Standard SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-10-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Hamilton Sundstrand model 14RF-9 propellers.

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S-19 Is New Departure For RANS

Low Wing, Aluminum, LSA-Targeted Sport Plane

It's just like every other RANS product, except the S-19 is also completely different. While it is a two-seat sport airplane powered by a Rotax engine, it's a major departure for RANS in that it is an all-metal airframe.

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Just In Time For Fire Season -- Certification Of Evergreen 747 Tanker Delayed

Company Says Cert Will Come In July At Earliest

Evergreen International Aviation, which has put considerable cost and development time into a 747-200 water bomber the company says represents a "quantum leap" for fighting wildfires, reports the mammoth tanker is ready to fly... but won't be certified in time for this year's expected fierce wildfire season.

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Stop The Bleeding -- NWA Loses $1.1 Billion In Q1

Bankruptcy Losses Mount... But Could This Be Worst Of It?

It isn't easy being Northwest Airlines... but the bankrupt carrier hopes it's seen the worst of it. Just two days after US Airways reported a quarterly profit for the first time in five years, Northwest had to report it lost a whopping $1.1 billion -- with a "B" -- between January 1 and April 1 this year.

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Klyde Morris 05.12.06

Klyde Thinks NASA Is Taking This Simulation Thing TOO Far

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FoMoCo, Eclipse To Host Camp Scholler Free Films At AirVenture 2006

See The Planes, And Pass The Popcorn!

The show at EAA AirVenture 2006 in Oshkosh won't be over when the sun sets each evening, as the Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation are slated to present top aviation movies at the new "Fly-In Theater" on the AirVenture grounds.

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Air New Zealand Converts Dreamliner Orders To 787-9 Variant

Boeing Will Deliver First 787-9 To ANZ In 2010

Boeing has announced it will deliver the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand in December 2010. Boeing and ANZ, along with engine-maker Rolls-Royce, held a ceremonial signing Thursday in which ANZ converted its original order for four 787-8 airplanes to four 787-9s.

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Air Force Meets Navy In One Special F-16

Unique Aircraft Repair Saves Millions

It was a long time in coming, but the repair of an F-16 damaged in an accident at Utah's Hill Air Force Base in December 2000 will ultimately save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

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'FedEx? I'd Like To Ship A MiG From Idaho To Beijing... Hello?'

Man Demands Refund For Jet He Bought On eBay

We couldn't begin to guess how the Latin standard "caveat emptor" translates into Chinese, but one Beijing businessman will probably be a little more careful the next time he decides to buy an old Russian fighter jet on eBay.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (05.12.06): Fuel Tutorial #2: Engine Condition


A well-built, well-maintained and well-broken-in engine stands the best chance of meeting Pilot's Operating Handbook fuel flows. Anything else means you need to determine fuel burn expectations from your own experience to avoid coming up short of your planned destination.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.12.06)


July and the EAA AirVenture will be here before we know it. Even though I’m sure this site is bookmarked on everyone’s computer it’s worth a mention.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.12.06): EGPWS


Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System -- The enhanced version provides a much-needed "look ahead" function that provides significantly more time for pilots to react. Briefly, the system compares the aircraft's projected flight path to a terrain database and provides a pictorial, color-coded display of terrain ahead and to the side.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (5.12.06)

"We thought it would be ready last July."

Source: Evergreen Aviation International's Bob McAndrew, on continued delays the company has faced on receiving FAA and US Forest Service certifications for its 747-200 aerial water bomber.

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