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August 25, 2006

Yet Another MU-2 Down, 2 POB Lost

Highly Capable Aircraft Design Continues to Rack Up A Disproportionate Amount of Accidents

ANN has learned of yet another tragic MU-2 accident that occurred mid-day, Friday, in an area of IFR weather, North of Daytona Beach, FL. The second MU-2 accident in FL, in as many months, this aircraft went down just 5 NM NW of Ormond Beach where local conditions consisted of rain showers and areas of reduced visibility.

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And Again... US Airways Flight Diverted, Passenger Subdued

Friday is proving to be a rough day when it comes to diverted airline flights... as Aero-News has learned of yet ANOTHER plane diverted due to a security issue.

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Transatlantic Flight Bound For Chicago Diverted To Maine

Not again... for the second time today, a security issue has arisen on a transatlantic commercial airline flight.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-17-11 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-17-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 767-400ER series airplanes and Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2006-17-10 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-17-10  SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-100, DHC-8-200, and DHC-8-300 series airplanes.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2006-17-08 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-17-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney (PW) PW4077D, PW4084D, PW4090, and PW4090-3 turbofan engines that were reassembled with certain previously used high pressure compressor (HPC) exit brush seal assembly parts and certain new or refurbished HPC exit diffuser air seal inner lands.

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All Clear After Bomb Threat Leads To Aer Lingus Evacuation

A330 Departed From JFK

Tense moments and a lot of inconvenience for passengers on Aer Lingus Flight 112 from New York to Dublin Friday, after a bomb threat was called in as the aircraft crossed over Atlantic Ocean.

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FAMS Chief Relaxes Air Marshal Dress Code

May Now Wear Clothes That "Fit In"

Responding to complaints of his predecessor's mandate that federal air marshals onboard commercial flights must wear a jacket and collared shirt at all times, on Thursday new Federal Air Marshal Service Chief Dana Brown relaxed those rules, effective September 1.

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First GP7200-Powered A380 Flies

Test Flight Lasts Over Four Hours

Aero-News has learned the first A380 Airbus aircraft powered by Engine Alliance engines successfully completed its maiden flight on Friday.

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FAA Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan Forecasts 12,000 New Controllers

Also Says More Than 10,000 Will Leave Before 2015

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an updated Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan designed to address anticipated retirement and replacement of air traffic controllers over the coming decade.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 08.25.06

Priceline's Mark Koeller On The Return Of Deep Discounts

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.25.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.25.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Will Discounts Soon Return To Airline Travel? 08.25.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Priceline's Mark Koeller.)

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FAA Worker Charged In Disability Scam

Faces Five Years In Prison, Fine

An electronics technician working at the Atlantic City International Airport was arrested and charged Wednesday with fraudulently obtaining over $100,000 in disability payments from the FAA.

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Russia Proposes Eased Restrictions On Foreign Investment

If Passed, Would Double Limit To 49 Percent

It seems the question of "who-owns-what" is universal in the aircraft biz -- from the matter of the state owning a third airline in South Africa, to the current showdown between the United States and European Union over foreign ownership of upstart carrier Virgin America.

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WA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7647 Issue Date: August 24, 2006 at 15:45 UTC Location: Wintrop, Washington 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: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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OR TFR: UFN

 NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7700 Issue Date: August 24, 2006 at 18:12 UTC Location: 32 Southwest of Rome, Oregon near ROME VORTAC (REO) 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: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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ID TFR: UFN

 NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7698 Issue Date: August 24, 2006 at 18:10 UTC Location: 15 West Stanley, Idaho near DONNELLY VORTAC (DNJ) 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: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7572 Issue Date: August 23, 2006 at 20:26 UTC Location: 12 Northeast, Lowman, Idaho Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7692 Issue Date: August 24, 2006 at 17:45 UTC Location: Mountain Home, Idaho 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: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7493 Issue Date: August 23, 2006 at 17:21 UTC Location: 25 South, Big Timber, Montana near LIVINGSTON VORTAC (LVM) 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: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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OR TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7548 Issue Date: August 23, 2006 at 19:54 UTC Location: Juntura, Oregon near WILDHORSE VOR/DME (ILR) 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: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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LA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7643 Issue Date: August 24, 2006 at 15:16 UTC Type: Hazards

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7640 Issue Date: August 24, 2006 at 14:54 UTC Location: 12 NM South/Southwest of Dillon, Montana near DILLON VOR/DME (DLN) 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: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7594 Issue Date: August 24, 2006 at 1:39 UTC Location: Denny, California 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: Oakland (ZOA) Automated Flight Service Station, 510-745-3331

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MT TFR: UFN

 NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7701 Issue Date: August 24, 2006 at 18:38 UTC Location: Condon, Montana near MISSOULA VOR/DME (MSO) 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 opeaations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7535 Issue Date: August 23, 2006 at 19:26 UTC Location: Northwest, Priest Lake, Idaho near COEUR D'ALENE VOR/DME (COE) 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: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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Temporary ORD Restrictions Made Permanent... Sort Of

Limits On Arrivals Planned Until New Runway Opens

Temporary restrictions put in place by the FAA in 2004 to calm the flood of traffic into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport were made permanent this week, with the agency imposing limits on the number of arrivals per hour at the busy airport.

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Oregon Aviation Department Faces Questions Over Contracts

Job's Not Finished Until The Paperwork Is Done

Did the left hand know what the right hand was doing? That's the question on the minds of many at the Oregon Department of Aviation right now... as state auditors have found evidence the agency isn't keeping track of contracts worth $1.2 million with outside companies handling construction at state airports.

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Northwest Strike Decision Expected Friday

Not A Great Couple Of Weeks For NWA

Today's the day for flight attendants awaiting word on whether they can strike Northwest Airlines... as a federal court is expected to rule Friday afternoon on an appeal by the airline that disputes an earlier ruling, that stated the court doesn't have the authority to block the strike.

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Planetary Status Officially Stripped From Ninth Rock From The Sun

Pluto: Denied!

Pity the poor little planet that almost was, Pluto.

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Klyde Morris (08.25.06)

NASA Goes To The Birds... All In The Name Of Science

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Salvaged Flight Deck From April C-5 Mishap Becomes Tool

Will Be Used As VERY Realistic Flight Sim

The crew compartment belonging to the C-5 Galaxy aircraft that fell less than a mile short of the runway at Dover Air Force Base April 3 has been salvaged for use in C-5 aircraft crew training.

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British Police Charge Another Suspect In Terror Plot

Also Freeze Charity's Assets

Police in Britain charged a 12th person Thursday in connection with the thwarted conspiracy to blow up airliners bound for the United States two weeks ago.

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SAA Presses Ahead With Plans For Low-Cost Carrier

Critics Say That's One State-Owned Airline Too Many

Representatives with South African Airways said this week the carrier is on track to launch a low-cost airline, over objections from those who say the country doesn't really need a third state-owned airline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (08.25.06): Unicom, Traffic, And Radio

Aero-Tips!

Flying around the pattern at locations around the country, it apparent there's some confusion about "addressing" radio calls at non-towered ("uncontrolled") airports. Radio addresses at these airports come in three varieties: "Unicom", "Traffic" and "Radio".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.25.06)

Aero-Linx!

Start saving today for the Paris Air Show, June 18 - 24 2007.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.25.06): Operation Raincheck

Aero-Terms!

A program designed to familiarize pilots with the ATC system, its functions, responsibilities, and benefits via a facilities tour.  

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.25.06)

"I would bet my life on the fact that there were and are contracts out there. There's no doubt in my mind that we had them."

Source: Mike Burrill Sr., chairman of the board that oversees the Oregon Department of Aviation, on missing copies of contracts the agency signed with outside contractors to perform work at state airports in 2004-2005.

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