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September 13, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.14.06

Four little words could doom a compromise ending the Wright Amendment.

A busy day in space for astronauts at the ISS... more work on the new solar array...

And the FAA steps into th

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ANN Special Feature: EAA's Verne Jobst Looks Back On Paul Poberezny's 85th Birthday 09.14.06

Happy Birthday today to EAA Founder Paul Poberezny... who's turning 85 years old. Poberezny is a giant in sport aviation. If you've ever been to AirVenture in Oshkosh... you've probably seen him ri

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.14.06

Four little words could doom a compromise ending the Wright Amendment.

A busy day in space for astronauts at the ISS... more work on the new solar array...

And the FAA steps into th

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Boeing Escalates 'Most Unusual Marketing' War Against Airbus

We'll See Your LEGO Whalejet, And Raise You A Maze

This is starting to get a tad surreal... Boeing announced Tuesday that Puget Sound-area residents will soon be able to run through a real-life mockup of the upcoming 787 composite airliner... constructed of real-life corn, no less.

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Anti-Trust Provisions Removed From Wright Amendment Compromise

Omission Of Four Words May Spell Doom For Landmark Deal

Four words. That may be all that marks the difference between passage of an unprecedented agreement on the decades-old Wright Amendment compromise in North Texas, and the bill being locked in eternal debate on Capitol Hill.

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/9834 Issue Date: September 12, 2006 at 18:27 UTC Location: 12 miles southeast, 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 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 6/9924 Issue Date: September 13, 2006 at 15:11 UTC Location: 20 Southwest, Augusta, 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 operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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PR TFR: 09.15.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/9900 Issue Date: September 13, 2006 at 14:27 UTC Location: Eastern Side, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: September 15, 2006 at 11:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: September 15, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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IN TFR: 09.15.06 - 09.18.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/9975 Issue Date: September 13, 2006 at 17:58 UTC Location: Terre Haute International-Hulman Field Airport, Terre Haute, Indiana near TERRE HAUTE VORTAC (TTH) Beginning Date and Time: September 15, 2006 at 17:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: September 18, 2006 at 1:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Terre Haute Air Fair Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Terre Haute (TTH) Air Traffic Control Tower, 812-877-7554

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/9895 Issue Date: September 13, 2006 at 14:24 UTC Location: 18 Northwest, Council, 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 aviation operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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PR TFR: 09.15.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/9904 Issue Date: September 13, 2006 at 14:28 UTC Location: Eastern Side, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: September 15, 2006 at 11:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: September 15, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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FAA Begins Investigation Of SkyWest Pilot

Captain Removed From Cockpit In Sioux Falls

In a move that could result in administrative action, the FAA has launched its own investigation into allegations a Skywest Captain attempted to fly after consuming alcohol.

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US Administration Pushing To Seal Open-Skies Deal

US, EU Pact Opposed By Congress, Labor Unions

An "open-skies" deal between the US and the EU, a decade in negotiations and in limbo since written last November, still faces serious opposition.

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Piasecki Aircraft Flies Its Autonomous Autogyro

Air Guard Technology Demonstrator Completes Phase One Testing

Piasecki Aircraft, an R&D company focusing on vertical lift aircraft technologies, has completed phase one flight testing of its Air Guard Technology Demonstrator from 6-8 September.

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Mars Recon Orbiter Fires Thrusters

Craft In Nominal Orbit For Mars Observation

NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has completed the challenging half-year task of shaping its orbit to the nearly circular, low-altitude pattern from which it will scrutinize the planet.

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VMGR-352 Refuels Its First Osprey In The Air

Inflight Refueling With KC-130J Goes Off Without A Hitch

Aero-News learned the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing participated in its first aerial refueling of an MV-22 Osprey during training in Southern California last month.

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Death Toll Climbs In Russian Helo Accident

Authorities Say Helicopter Flew Into Terrain

We're learning more about a crash earlier this week involving a Russian Mi-8 helicopter in the North Caucasus region of that country.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-19-02 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-19-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A300-600 series airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2006-19-03 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: To prevent damage to the wire support bracket and wiring of the auxiliary hydraulic pump SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas transport category airplanes.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: 2006-19-01 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-19-01 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter helicopters. This action requires, within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS), inspecting the tapered housing of each main servo-control (MSC) for a crack.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-18-11 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-18-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-200, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes equipped with an auxiliary fuel system installed in accordance with STC SA83NE, SA1078NE, SA725NE, ST00040NY, or ST01337NY.

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AD: Honeywell

AD NUMBER: 2006-19-04 MANUFACTURER: Communication (COM),Transponder SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-19-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Honeywell COM units and transponders, installed on but not limited to certain transport category airplanes.

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Lufthansa Agrees To Settle In Cargo Collusion Case

May Be First Of Many In Anti-Trust Case

A possible breakthrough in the seven-month investigation into price-fixing among international carriers... as Lufthansa has agreed to settle several US class-action lawsuits against the airline for $85 million.

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Feinstein Latest To Tell FAA -- 'Hire More Controllers!'

Says SoCal TRACON Has Seen More Near-Misses

Now more than ever, we need experienced controllers watching over America's skies... that's the message California senator Dianne Feinstein has for FAA Administrator Marion Blakey.

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Atlantis Crew Conducts Successful First Spacewalk

...And The Bolt Ran Away With The Spatula?

There's no time to rest onboard the International Space Station this week... as by the time many of you read this, astronauts will already be on the second spacewalk in as many days.

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Superior Air Parts Set To Unleash XP-400 At Reno Air Races

Company Expects It To Be First Of Many

Aero-News has learned that less than six months after the program was announced at the 2006 Lakeland Fly-In, Superior Air Parts' new racing inspired 400 cubic inch XP-400 Engine will make its official debut in the skies over Reno Stead Field during the 43rd Annual Reno National Championship Air Races.

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CAA Finds 2003 Accident Plane Was Losing Fuel For Hours

Pilot Likely Suffered From Hypoxia, Did Not Notice

New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority says a series of fatal errors led to the loss of a Pacific Aerospace Corporation 750XL off the coast of California three years ago.

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Australians Triple Smart Bomb Range

Strap-On Wing Kit Improves JDAMs

The Australians have come up with a wing kit that more than triples the range of the basic JDAM (joint direct attack munition).

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 09.13.06

CBS Radio Correspondent Peter King On STS-115

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.13.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.13.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Atlantis Mission Update: 09.13.06 (ANN Special Feature, with CBS News Radio's Peter King In Orlando.)

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Qatar Confirms Boeing 777 Order

First Boeing Deal In The Mideast For '06

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker confirmed on Monday that the airline has signed the contracts and placed a firm order for 20 Boeing 777 aircraft. 

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Smokejumper To Be Awarded Heroism Medal

Pulled Two Air Crash Victims To Safety

Ron Rucker, a smokejumper based in Bend, OR, will be awarded a medal for his heroism after he survived a takeoff crash and then returned to pull two people out of the smoldering wreckage.

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King Schools Reminds UL Pilots It Can Help With Sport Pilot Transition

January 2007 Deadline Is Approaching Fast

Time is ticking down for ultralight pilots who wish to use their hours of experience in getting a sport-pilot license... and King Schools wants to remind those pilots that, well, they're here to help.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (09.13.06): Flight And Ground Visibility

Aero-Tips!

There's a distinct difference between flight visibility and ground visibility. Knowing the distinction helps you safely (and legally) maneuver an aircraft when the visibility is poor but not below required minimums.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.13.06)

Aero-Linx!

Ultralights are the star. Listen to talks with pilots, manufacturers and the organizations in the world of "light aviation."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.13.06): Reno

Aero-Terms!

Reno, NV. Five days of racing (Wednesday through Sunday 13 - 17 September 2006) by six different classes of aircraft, racers reach speeds of over 500 mph -- by far the fastest-moving machines in motorsports!

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.13.06)

"Oh wow, Earth’s pretty."

Source: Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, upon stepping out of the airlock on the International Space Station Monday morning to begin the first of three planned spacewalks for the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis.

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