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June 23, 2006

NBAA's Bolen Thanks Mineta For His Efforts To Strength America's Aviation System

Editor's Note: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen issued the following statement Friday, thanking outgoing Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Norman Y. Mineta for his many years of distinguished public service and effective work to strengthen the nation's transportation system.

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AOPA: Group 'Loses Longtime GA Friend' With Mineta's Resignation

Editor's Note: Calling it "a big loss" to the organization, on Friday the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association issued the following statement on the resignation -- announced earlier in the day and effective July 7 -- of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.

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NATA President Reacts To The Resignation Of Norman Mineta

Editor's Note: National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne issued the following statement Friday afternoon regarding the resignation of Norman Y. Mineta as Secretary of the US Department of Transportation.

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NM TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0796 Issue Date: June 23, 2006 at 17:21 UTC Location: 17 Miles North East of Glenwood, New Mexico near SILVER CITY VORTAC (SVC) 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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Symphony Aircraft Goes Into Protected Status

Has Plenty Of Orders... But Short Of Cash

They have the interest -- and they have the orders. What Symphony Aircraft doesn't have at the moment, however, is readily-accessible funding... which is why the company announced Friday it is going into protected status.

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CO TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0723 Issue Date: June 23, 2006 at 0:53 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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NV TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0722 Issue Date: June 23, 2006 at 0:16 UTC Location: Indian Springs, Nevada near LAS VEGAS VORTAC (LAS) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: June 27, 2006 at 23:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aircraft accident Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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Mineta Resigns As DOT Secretary

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 06.23.06 1230 EDT: ANN REALTIME REPORTING 06.23.06 1230 EDT: After over five years on the job, Department of Transportation Norman E. Mineta -- the longest-serving DOT secretary in the agency's history -- announced Friday he will resign from the position, effective July 7.

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If It's Attention They Wanted... North Korea Has It

Some Tout Preemptive Strike; Others Advise Caution

Much of the world continues to be captivated by the possibility that North Korea could test-launch its Taepodong-2 long-range ICBM -- a missile capable of hitting Alaska, and perhaps much of the West Coast.

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Frequent Traveler Program Stalls

Surprise! Held Up Over Security Issues

A program meant to allow frequent fliers to sidestep many security hassles at the airport has been delayed, as the government and private businesses wrestle with ways to ensure security standards aren't compromised.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 06.23.06

Columbia's Bing Lantis On The Aftermath Of A "Freak" Hailstorm

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.23.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.23.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Columbia Aircraft's Bing Lantis: 06.23.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Bing Lantis on the aftermath of the June 12 hailstorm that hit Columbia's Bend, OR plant.

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Australian Goverment Rejects Reports Of 2003 Al-Qaeda Airliner Plot

'Intelligence Correct, Assessment Flawed'

Was Australia a terrorist target three years ago? The government in Canberra says... nope.

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Former Presidential Helicopter Arrives At Nixon Library

"Most Photographed Helicopter In History" Now Home

A now-retired Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King helicopter that served four American presidents arrived Wednesday at the Richard M. Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, CA, where it will be permanently displayed as part of a public exhibition opening July 1.

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Cathay Pacific Signs For Six Boeing 747-400ER Freighters

Chalk up some more 747 sales for Boeing. On Thursday, the American manufacturer joined Cathay Pacific Airways in proclaiming the Hong Kong-based airline had ordered six Boeing 747-400ER -- Extended Range -- Freighters.

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MN TFR: 06.26.06 - 06.27.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0550 Issue Date: June 21, 2006 at 23:45 UTC Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: June 26, 2006 at 19:40 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 27, 2006 at 0:05 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-09 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-400 and 747-400D series airplanes. This AD requires replacing specified tie rods of the center overhead stowage bins.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-08 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes; and Model A340-541 and A340-642 airplanes.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-11 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) that supersedes AD 2002-21-08, which applies to certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd (Pilatus) Model PC-6 airplanes.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-12 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-12 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) that supersedes AD 98-12-01, which appliesto certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd (Pilatus) Models PC-6, PC-6/A, PC-6/B, and PC-6/C series airplanes equipped with turbo-prop engines.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-13 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737 airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2006-13-07 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-13-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes.

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Columbia Chief Says More Than 60 Planes Damaged In 'Freak' Storm

Oh, Hail

Two words have been on the minds of factory workers and managers at the Columbia Aircraft plant in Bend, OR these past ten days: "Oh, hail."

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CA Hospitals Look For Ways To Restore Medevac Service

SLO, Templeton Hospitals Without Heliports Since 11/05

More than seven months after an order from the state Transportation Department closed down the helicopter pads at two California hospitals, officials are still scrambling to come with alternative sites for medevac helos to touch down on.

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FAA Issues Final Ruling On Alcohol, Drug Use

If You Use... You WILL Pay With Your Ticket

It's now a matter of law. The FAA Thursday issued a long-awaited final ruling on alcohol and drug abuse, under which a pilot who either refuses a drug or alcohol test at the airport, or is found with a blood-alcohol content of more than .04-percent, will lose his medical certificate.

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Klyde Morris 06.23.06

Klyde Keeps Trying To Win Media Friends...

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Skeptics Say Runway Margin Proposal Would Lead To Delays, Cancellations

Convenience... Or Safety?

A proposal by the Federal Aviation Administration to add a 15 percent safety margin to pilots' landing-distance calculations met with some concern from federal safety officials Wednesday, who question the impact the landing restrictions will have on air carriers.

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Pentagon Awards Funds For Three Additional Globemaster IIIs

The C-17 Lives On... For Now

Long Beach lives on; at least, the Boeing plant there does. That plant produces C-17 Globemaster IIIs, the backbone of the Air Force transport fleet -- and Wednesday, the Pentagon announced production of that aircraft will continue.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (06.23.06): Call The Missed?

Aero-Tips!

Brief and set up for the missed approach procedure every time you fly an approach.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.23.06)

Aero-Linx!

The cutest DC-3 in the sky is Duggy, The Smile in the Sky.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.23.06): Ground Effect

Aero-Terms!

No, it’s NOT a cushion of air. Ground effect dampens downwash vortices as well as wing tip vortices. This means that while in ground effect, an aircraft has less induced drag.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.23.06)

"I was giving a presentation on what a safe risk we are."

Source: Columbia Aircraft CEO Bing Lantis, ironically telling ANN his whereabouts on June 12, as the company's Bend, OR production facility was being pelted by a freak hailstorm. Lantis was in Atlanta -- in the offices of Columbia's primary insurance underwriter, AIG -- when the storm hit Bend, causing golfball-sized hail to rain down for 12 minutes... damaging the finishes on more than 60 planes awaiting delivery outside the plant.

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MA TFR: 06.23.06 - 06.25.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0603 Issue Date: June 22, 2006 at 13:28 UTC Location: Westfield-Barnes Municipal Airport, Westfield, Massachusetts near BARNES VORTAC (BAF) Beginning Date and Time: June 23, 2006 at 15:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 25, 2006 at 21:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Westfield International Airshow 2006 Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Bradley (Y90) TRACON, 860-386-3580

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