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June 22, 2006

Aero-News Special Feature: Columbia Aircraft Hit by Freak Hailstorm -- 06.23.06

ANN Special Feature: Columbia Aircraft Hit by Freak Hailstorm – 06.23.06

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.23.06

The FAA cracks down on bottle-to-throttle...

Oh hail! Columbia's plant in Oregon hit by a freak storm that catches dozens of planes out in the open.

And the very latest on the cont

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.23.06

The FAA cracks down on bottle-to-throttle...

Oh hail! Columbia's plant in Oregon hit by a freak storm that catches dozens of planes out in the open.

And the very latest on the cont

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Aero-News Alert: Excel-Jet's Sport Jet Downed By Takeoff Accident

Aero-News has learned from Excel-Jet representatives that the flight test prototype of the Excel-Jet Sport jet was "extensively" damaged during a takeoff accident in Colorado Springs, Co, at or about 1200 EST. Detail remain elusive but one report indicates that a wingtip contacted the ground during the takeoff roll, initiating a series of events which culminated in the accident.

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CO TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0552 Issue Date: June 22, 2006 at 1:39 UTC Location: Silt, Colorado near RIFLE VOR/DME (RIL) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Denver (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248

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TX TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0599 Issue Date: June 22, 2006 at 12:54 UTC Location: Richie Ranch in Irion County, Texas near SAN ANGELO VORTAC (SJT) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Fort Worth (ZFW) Center, 817-858-7503

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AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0604 Issue Date: June 22, 2006 at 13:37 UTC Location: Globe, Arizona near WILLIE VORTAC (IWA) Beginning Date and Time: June 22, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 22, 2006 at 19:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Natural gas release Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Albuquerque (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4591

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AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0614 Issue Date: June 22, 2006 at 14:19 UTC Location: 5 Miles North of Sedona, Arizona Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Albuquerque (ZAB) Center, 505-856-4580

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FAA Reverses Stewart Tower Radar Decision

Can Move Into New Tower... With Old Radar

One week after a Florida congresswoman wrote to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey to protest the agency's decision to delay opening the new control tower at New York's Stewart International Airport (SWF) due to a delay in transferring new radar equipment, the agency reversed its decision and told airport officials they can have their new tower... with the old radar.

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Aero-News Alert: Christen Eagle Stolen From New Smyrna (FL) Airport

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 06.22.06 1130 EDT: One of our ANN News-Spies has alerted us to a stolen aircraft in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

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Anchorage Controllers Want Apology From FAA Over ADS-B Comments

Say Blakey Blamed Them For Capstone Woes

They've had enough... and they each want a personal apology. That's the message air traffic controllers at Anchorage Center (ZAN) have for FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, over what they perceive as slander against their professionalism and work conduct.

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NTSB Hearings End On SWA Midway Overrun Accident

"We Never Talk About Any Of That Stuff..."

They're over: two days of hearings into a deadly mishap at Midway airport, where a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 ran off the end of the runway and onto a busy Chicago street.

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One Day, One Plane... 104 Airports

Men Celebrate Success Of WI Charity Flight

It was a daunting mission... but for a VERY good cause: take one Cirrus SR22, fill it with two eager pilots, and set out to land at all public, paved airports in the state of Wisconsin, as well as the Air National Guard Base at Volk Field... and, do it all in one day.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.22.06

NTSB Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker On Southwest Flight 1248

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.22.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.22.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- NTSB Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker: 06.22.06 (ANN Special Feature, with the NTSB's Mark Rosenker on the hearing into last December's runway overrun at Midway Air

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Analysts Expect Boeing To Profit From Airbus's Woes

Qantas Reportedly Considering 747-8i

No one's saying who picked up the check a recent dinner between Qantas Airways CEO Geoff Dixon and Boeing's Alan Mulally... but odds are the head of Boeing's commercial planes division at least bought the drinks, as Mulally is hoping to sell Qantas on Boeing's 747-8 Intercontinental passenger plane.

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Superior Receives Canadian TC For Vantage Engine

On Wednesday, Superior Air Parts received Type Certificate approval for its 180-horsepower Vantage engine from Transport Canada.

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0470 Issue Date: June 21, 2006 at 16:52 UTC Location: New Cuyama, California near FELLOWS VORTAC (FLW) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0479 Issue Date: June 21, 2006 at 17:14 UTC Location: East Side of La Sal Mountains, Utah near MOAB VOR/DME (OAB) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Denver (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248

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AD: Pacific Aerospace

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-05 MANUFACTURER: Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-05 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) that supersedes AD 2005-26-53, which applies to certain Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd. (PAC) 750XL airplanes.

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AD: Rolls-Royce

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-06 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce Corporation 250-B and 250-C series turboprop and turboshaft engines with certain part numbers (P/Ns) of gas producer rotor assembly tie bolts manufactured by EXTEX Ltd., Pacific Sky Supply Inc., Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC), and Superior Air Parts Inc.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 1968-17-03R1 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 68-17-03R1 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to revise AD 68-17-03, which applies to all Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) PC-6 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus airplanes as listed above.

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Jabiru Engine Now Available On Legend Cub LSA

First Glass Cockpits, And Now... A Six-Cylinder Cub!

American Legend Aircraft Company told Aero-News Wednesday that an optional Jabiru 120-horsepower engine is now available in the company's Legend Cub light-sport aircraft.

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NASA Safety Chief Speaks Up About Foam

Will Not Appeal Decision To Launch

He objected to NASA's decision to press ahead for the launch of the space shuttle Discovery next month... but Bryan O'Connor does not believe his objection represents a danger to astronauts' lives.

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ILFC Hints It May Cancel A380 Orders

Others Say They'll Stick It Out

That scratching sound you hear coming from Toulouse may very well be Airbus sales managers scrambling to hold onto a $3 billion order for the manufacturer's upcoming A380 superjumbo jet.

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Wall Street Suddenly Bullish On Airlines

Or, When Being "Overweight" Is A Good Thing

Could the toughest days for the US airline industry behind us? The guys with the money seem to think so.

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Is The End Near For Varig?

Not If It Can Raise $75 Million By... Now

The good news for Brazil's Varig Airlines is that a bankruptcy judge has approved its purchase by the company's employees and two foreign investors. The bad news... those buyers have until Friday to come up with $75 million.

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Meteorologists Indicted In Taiwanese Accident

Failed To Warn Of Bad Weather

When the weather's bad... who do you blame? The weatherman? That's apparently the case in Taiwan... where five meteorologists for the Civil Aeronautics Administration have been indicted for failing to issue warnings just before a cargo plane crashed in the Taiwan Strait in December 2002.

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Southwest Confirms It Will Soon Experiment With Assigned Seating

An End To Tradition?

Could this be the end of an era? Ever since the very beginning, passengers flying Dallas-based Southwest Airlines have waited for the starting gun -- then rushed the gate in hopes of grabbing their favorite seat onboard the aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (06.22.06): Non-US Aeronautical Charts

Aero-Tips!

Planning a flight outside the United States? Interested in aeronautical facilities and topography in other lands? Looking for some colorful and unusual gift-wrapping paper? You can get aeronautical charts for "foreign" (to our US readers, anyway) areas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.22.06)

Aero-Linx!

Help the National Air and Space Museum and have a cool way to hold your M&M candies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.22.06): Grey Term

Aero-Terms!

Used for a program that may have been revealed, but its true capabilities are not commonly known -- e.g. SR-71, B-2, F-22 Raptor.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.22.06)

"We wish we understood the physics a little better."

Source: NASA's Chief Safety Officer, Bryan O'Connor, who along with NASA Chief Engineer Christopher Scolese voted "No Go" in last weekend's decision to send Discovery into orbit July 1.

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