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November 30, 2005

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ANN Special Feature: AOPA's Gary Crump 12.01.05

ANN Special Feature: AOPA's Gary Crump 12.01.05

Does it seem to you that more pilots are being charged with flying drunk these days than ever before? Yesterday... we told y

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Police Recant Story That Pilot, Skydiver Were Racing In Fatal Accident

Department Maintains Manslaughter Charges Should Be Filed

Police in DeLand, FL announced this week the department is recanting its earlier assertion that pilot William Buchmann was racing skydiver Albert "Gus" Wing III (file photo, right) to the ground when Buchmann's De Havilland DHC-6 collided in midair with Wing. The April 23 accident claimed Wing's life, and caused Buchmann's license to be suspended.

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New NASA Advisory Council Meets To Discuss The Future

Hopes To Reconcile Agency's Current Needs With Future Plans

Spurred by the hope that NASA can find a way to balance its present needs in space with the agency's vision for the future, two former Apollo astronauts and a former space shuttle astronaut joined 22 other experts Tuesday in the first meeting of the newly restructured NASA Advisory Council, a group of eminent US citizens organized to provide guidance and policy advice to the administrator of America's space agency.

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PR TFR: 12.01.05 - 12.02.05

NOTAM: 5/1052 Issued: 11/30/2005 14:20 Effective: 12/01/2005 12:00 - 12/02/2005 20:00 State: PR Facility: ZSU - SAN JUAN (ARTCC),PR. Type: HAZARDS Description: VIEQUES ISLAND PR

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ANN Learns More About Cirrus Design's Acquisition Of SATSair Air Taxi

There was a big announcement at the AOPA Expo 2005 earlier this month, involving an upstart Part-135 operation flying single-engine IFR, and the company whose aircraft makes that possible. As was previously reported in Aero-News, Cirrus Design made public its plans to purchase Greenville, SC-based SATSair. This is news for a few reasons, not the least of which is the nature of SATSAir's operation.

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Airbus Announces US Airways Order Of 20 Airbus A350s

Manufacturer Aided In Merger Financing

Airbus SAS announced Tuesday that US Airways Group Inc. has ordered 20 of its new A350 aircraft, fulfilling a promise the airline made with the European consortium in exchange for Airbus's help in completing the financing arrangements for the airline's acquisition by America West Airlines.

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Iran Rushes To Purchase Space Technology Ahead Of Anticipated Restrictions

Possible Military Uses Concern Neighbors, UN

In the face of possible UN sanctions and embargoes over its refusal to shelve its nuclear program, Iran is now buying up all the space hardware it can find... hoping to establish a foothold in space before it loses access to the necessary technology.

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Boeing Delivers First Longer-Range 777-300ER To Air France

Enhancements Should Save 200,000 Gallons Of Fuel Annually

Boeing told Aero-News Tuesday the company has delivered to Air France the first Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane that includes enhancements that improve the overall fuel efficiency of the 777-300ER by 1.4 percent. This amount is in addition to the 2 percent fuel-burn improvement already proven in revenue service by the airlines that operate the 777-300ER.

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Police Say Pilot Was Legally Intoxicated In MKE Power Lines Mishap

But Was That A Factor?

Police say the pilot of a Piper PA-28 was legally intoxicated when the plane's engine lost power, and went down earlier this month. Fortunately, no one was injured when the Cherokee (file photo of type, right) landed in powerlines over a Milwaukee neighborhood.

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Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc. Names New Sales Executive

Frank Bellocchio To Lead White Plains, NY Sales Location

Columbia Aircraft Sales, Inc. -- a member of the Columbia group of aviation companies that specializes in sales of the EADS Socata TBM 700, as well as the entire New Piper line and Adam Aircraft's A500 and A700 -- announced Tuesday the appointment of experienced sales executive and pilot Frank Bellocchio to Columbia Aircraft Sales' White Plains (HPN) location.

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AgustaWestland Breaks Ground On New PA Production Facility

AB139 Production Facility Should Boost Local Economy, Create Jobs

AgustaWestland broke ground Tuesday on an expansion of its US subsidiary manufacturing facility, Agusta aerospace corporation (AAC), in Philadelphia, PA. The new, state-of-the-art facility will be used for the production of the AB139 helicopter.

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Delta: Survival Depends On Concessions, Pilots Strike Would Be 'Devastating'

Judge Allows Sale Of Aircraft, But Questions Carrier's Past Choices

Delta Air Lines officials told US Bankruptcy Court judge Prudence Carter Beatty this week the company needs the approximately $3 billion in savings the carrier expects from employee concessions -- including the $325 million it is asking for from the union representing Delta's pilots -- if the carrier is to survive.

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FAA Says NATCA Response To Mediation Is 'Predictable Rhetoric'

NATCA Calls FAA Request A 'Publicity Stunt'

As Aero-News reported in Real-Time Monday, the war of words continues between the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association over ongoing contract talks. After the Federal Aviation Administration requested a federal mediator to oversee its talks with the controller's union, NATCA's response was succinct, calling the request "a publicity stunt, pure and simple."

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New Garmin G1000 Course Intro'd

Helps Pilots Become Glass Proficient Before They Fly

Pilots can now avoid the pitfalls, confusion, and expense of learning the Garmin G1000 in the air by getting ahead on the ground with the new Cleared for Flying the Garmin G1000 interactive CD-ROM course from King Schools.

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Hyde Delegation Leaves Venezuela After Being Held On Plane

Was To Meet With Country's VP, Other Officials

Relations between the United States and Venezuela have cooled several more degrees, as a US congressional delegation scheduled to meet with Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel and other government officials Monday was not permitted to leave their aircraft after in landed in Caracas. After waiting for approximately one hour, the airplane left, according to a US embassy spokesman.

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Aspen Man Sues After July Colorado Runway Mishap

Injured After Plane Slid From Runway, Caught Fire

A Colorado man is suing two Aspen aviation businesses, as well as two pilots, for injuries he says he received after the private jet he was a passenger in slid off the runway after attempting to land at Eagle County airport last July.

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AirShares Elite–Atlanta Intro's 'LITE' Program

AirShares Elite’s Atlanta office tells ANN that they have introduced a program that makes advanced aircraft ownership easier than before. The program, named AirShares LITE, enables pilots to own a share of a Cirrus Design SR20, build valuable flight time, earn or finish ratings and allows owners to apply their initial investment towards ownership of a share in a Cirrus Design SR22.

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Air Force Fighters Destroy Terrorist Hideout

US Air Force F-16s successfully bombed a booby-trapped house in the vicinity of Al Mahmudiyah Nov. 23 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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It Just Wouldn't Have Been Thanksgiving Without A Snowstorm...

Winter WX Blamed For Holiday Travel Delays

To paraphrase a classic, the weather outside IS frightful for much of the Midwest... and that, of course, meant flight delays throughout the air traffic system as a major snowstorm crossed the Plains states this weekend. The early winter storm -- stretching from the Texas panhandle to South Dakota -- caused holiday travelers trying to get back home after the four-day weekend significant delays... and even more grief.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.30.05)

"They didn't contact Venezuelan authorities. We understand they went to Aruba. There was no problem." Source: Jose Cabello, president of the Caracas-area airport where a US Congressional delegation flew into Monday for a meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel. The meeting never occurred, and the US Embassy claims Venezuelan authorities did not allow the delegation off the airplane. After approximately one hour, according to the embassy, the aircraft left Caracas -- causing further strain to already troubled ties between the two countries.

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MD TFR: 11.30.05

NOTAM: 5/1041 Issued: 11/29/2005 20:00 Effective: 11/30/2005 14:00 - 11/30/2005 16:30 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, NOVEMBER 30, 2005.

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MD TFR: 11.30.05

NOTAM: 5/1042 Issued: 11/29/2005 20:10 Effective: 11/30/2005 15:30 - 11/30/2005 19:30 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, NOVEMBER 30, 2005.

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