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December 08, 2006

US Pilots Lepore And Paladino Charged Before Leaving Brazil

ExcelAire Pilots Face Possible Prison Term

Brazil's federal police today charged two US pilots involved in a mid-air collision last September suspected of bringing down a Gol Airlines 737 in the Amazon jungle.

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AOPA's Boyer Helps Christen New Venice, FL Runway

Federal, State, City Officials Cooperate For GA... What A Concept!

AOPA President Phil Boyer and a crowd of city, state, and federal officials gathered at Venice Municipal Airport (KVNC) in Florida to celebrate the reopening of the field's primary runway.

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Aviation Groups Applaud Release Of Pilots Held In Brazil

Now, Remove Criminality In Accident Investigations...

Aero-News has learned the leaders of several aviation organizations sent a joint-letter Thursday to Brazilian prosecutorial authorities, commending recent legal action in Brazil that should shortly lead to the release of two American pilots held in the country for more than two months, and renewing a call that criminal inquiries not be made a part of investigations into any party involved in the accident.

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Space Shuttle TFR: 12.09.06 - 12.10.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/7945 Issue Date: December 08, 2006 at 1504 UTC Location: Cape Canaveral, Florida Beginning Date and Time: December 09, 2006 at 1846 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 10, 2006 at 0226 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Miami Center (ZMA) Center, 305-716-1588

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Wirefly X Prize Cup Looks To Expand For 2007

In Talks With White Sands, Holloman AFB

The X Prize Foundation announced Friday that following the success of the 2006 Wirefly X Prize Cup, event officials and the City of Las Cruces, NM have begun the task of organizing and expanding the 2007 festivities.

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AgustaWestland, PZL-Swidnik Announce Partnering Agreement

Join Together To Offer Helo For Polish EMS Contract

Representatives with AgustaWestland and PZL-Swidnik told Aero-News this week of their new partnering agreement, that will see the two companies cooperating to win a Polish Ministry of Health contract for 23 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) helicopters.

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Embraer Delivers Five Super Tucanos To Colombia

First Export Of Multipurpose Military Planes

Earlier this week, Embraer announced the delivery of the first five Super Tucano aircraft to the Colombian Air Force (FAC) in a ceremony held at Embraer's Gaviao Peixoto Unit in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Boeing Wins US Air Force UAS Support Contract

Will Provide Comm, Network Systems

Aero-News has learned Boeing will provide worldwide unmanned aerial systems (UAS) communications and network systems expertise to the US Air Force under a five-year $14 million contract. Boeing also will work with the Air Force to develop current and future UAS operations plans for allied missions.

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Norsk Helikopter Reaches 10,000 Fleet Hours Milestone

Last month, Norway's Norsk Helikopter became the first offshore oil operator in the North Sea to achieve 10,000 fleet hours with the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. The milestone was reached on November 20.

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NASA: Saturday Night's All Right For Launchin'

Discovery Launch Set For 8:47 PM EST

After having its hopes for a Thursday night launch dashed by a stubborn cold-front, NASA will try again Saturday to send the space shuttle Discovery on its way to the International Space Station. Launch time is set for December 9, at 8:47 pm EST.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.08.06

Airshow Performers Bud And Ross Granley

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.08.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.08.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Airshow Performers Bud And Ross Granley: 12.08.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Bud and Ross Gran

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.08.06

The A-O-P-A contests criminal background checks for student pilots in New York…
Discovery will have to wait...
...and Raytheon moves one step closer to selling off its aircraft division.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.08.06

The A-O-P-A contests criminal background checks for student pilots in New York…
Discovery will have to wait...
...and Raytheon moves one step closer to selling off its aircraft division.


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ANN Special Feature: From ICAS, Bud & Ross Granley 12.08.06

Today, we'll hear Jim Campbell's interview from the annual ICAS convention with airshow performers Bud and Ross Granley.

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Zero-G Gets Its Own Plane

Converted B727F Will Enter Service In 2007

Representatives with Zero Gravity Corporation told Aero-News Thursday the company has signed a four year lease/purchase and maintenance contract with Amerijet International of Ft. Lauderdale, FL for a dedicated Boeing 727-200F providing parabolic flights to meet demand in its growing education, research and entertainment markets.

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Delta Looks To Sell Planes, Switch Orders

Says It No Longer Needs As Many 737-800s

On Wednesday, Delta Air Lines asked for permission from the US Bankruptcy Court to sell some still-to-be-delivered aircraft, and purchase other models the carrier says would better suit its latest plans.

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Boeing Rolls Out The 787... Digitally

Computer Allows "Virtual" Assembly

Leaders of Boeing's 787 program rolled out their first Dreamliner on Wednesday. If that sounds just a bit ahead of schedule, you're right. We should add Boeing did so "virtually," using an advanced software program that recreates the assembly of the company's upcoming composite airliner, entirely on the computer.

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Gov't Enlists Help To Make Airports Friendlier To Foreign Travelers

Homeland Security Officials Question Plan

US officials are concerned with a decline in the number of overseas visitors in the past six years. Not surprisingly, heightened security following 9/11, especially at airports, is cited as the largest reason for that decline.

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Klyde Morris (12.08.06)

Behind The Scenes At Merger Central...

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USAF Puts Off Tanker Bid Request Until January

Capitol Hill Concerns Could Drive A Requirements Rewrite

The US Air Force is pushing back its request for bids on a new tanker until the end of January. The change was made amid concerns on Capitol Hill the bid contest isn't fair enough.

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Bush Administration To Implement New ETOPS Rules

Adds More Than 30 Minutes To Distance From Emergency Landing

The Bush administration is set to enact a new rule governing twin-engine airliner operations. When it does, aircraft such as Boeing's new 737-800 and -900 series aircraft might soon be able to fly farther from emergency airports.

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French Pilot OK After Ejecting From Fighter

Was Escorting Transport Plane

Little is known about the circumstances that led a French pilot to punch out of his Mirage F1 fighter Wednesday while on an escort mission... other than the best news, that the pilot is safe.

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EAA Announces An Encore Performance For Fly-In Theater Sponsors

Ford, Eclipse Will Again Sponsor Theater At AirVenture 2007

Again this year, the show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 won't be over when the sun sets each evening, as Ford Motor Company and Eclipse Aviation bring back top aviation movies at the popular "Fly-In Theater" on the AirVenture grounds for the 55th annual EAA fly-in convention.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.08.06): Amplified Icing Reports

Aero-Tips!

Most pilots are used to the Pilot Report (PIREP) intensity reports for structural ice accumulation. Describing ice as "light, moderate or severe" gives a good idea of whether a pilot may or should venture into those conditions. But sometimes pilots want a little more information about the ice's characteristics -- especially if flying an aircraft that can safely (and legally) plan a flight into "known ice."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.08.06)

Aero-Linx!

While Buddha Air certainly won’t be causing Delta or American any sleepless nights, they hold their own in their market.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.08.06) Tally Ho

Aero-Terms!

During WWII, the term saw use by the fighter pilots when they spotted enemy aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.08.06)

"Releasing the RFP in January is necessary to ensure all parties, to include the Air Force, Congress, the Department of Defense and any potential offerers have a chance to review the updates to the draft and have open discussions."

Source: From a US Air Force release, commenting on the USAF's decision to push back its request for bids on a new tanker until the end of January. The change was made amid concerns on Capitol Hill the bid contest isn't fair enough.

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