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August 18, 2006

NASA Announces COTS Selections

Selects Crew and Cargo Transportation to Orbit Partners 

NASA selected SpaceX, El Segundo, Calif. and Rocketplane-Kistler, Oklahoma City, to develop and demonstrate commercial orbital transportation services that could open new markets and pave the way for contracts to launch and deliver crew and cargo to the International Space Station.

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Sino Swearingen Lays Off About 100 San Antonio Workers

Comes Weeks After Expansion Announcement

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 08.18.06 1555 EDT: Aero-News has learned that in a move company officials say is expected to be temporary, San Antonio, TX-based jet maker Sino-Swearingen handed about 100 employees their walking papers Friday.

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Advisors Who Questioned NASA Priorities Leaving Agency

Two Asked To Resign, Third Leaving On His Own

NASA denied this week three advisors who spoke out against budget cuts to the agency's science programs were forced to resign.

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All's Well After British Charter Plane Diverts Due To Bomb Scare

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 08.18.06 1500 EDT: Things are returning to normal at the airport in Brindisi, Italy, where a British charter flight bound for Egypt was diverted Friday after a note written on a sick bag claimed a bomb was onboard the Boeing 767.

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OR TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6892 Issue Date: August 17, 2006 at 19:45 UTC Type: Hazards

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OR TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6901 Issue Date: August 17, 2006 at 20:13 UTC Type: Hazards

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NV TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6906 Issue Date: August 17, 2006 at 21:27 UTC Type: Hazards

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6908 Issue Date: August 17, 2006 at 22:29 UTC Type: Hazards

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PR TFR: 08.18.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6928 Issue Date: August 18, 2006 at 11:23 UTC Location: Eastern side of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: August 18, 2006 at 13:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 18, 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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PR TFR: 08.18.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6929 Issue Date: August 18, 2006 at 11:34 UTC Location: Eastern side of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: August 18, 2006 at 13:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 18, 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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OH TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6936 Issue Date: August 18, 2006 at 13:19 UTC Type: Hazards

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Boeing Looks To Shut Down C-17 Line By 2009

Takes First Step Towards Closing Long Beach Plant

It looks to only be a matter of time before aircraft production leaves Southern California for good... as Boeing announced Friday it is taking the first steps towards closing its last facility in Long Beach, which produces the mammoth C-17 Globemaster III military transport plane.

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FAA Orders Shorter Inspection Intervals For GE Engines

As Much As 70 Percent Reduction In Timeframe For CF6s

A June incident involving an American Airlines 767-200 parked at Los Angeles International has resulted in a long-term ripple effect for several widebody operators, with the FAA mandating a much tighter maintenance schedule for aircraft equipped with General Electric's popular CF6-80 turbofan.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 08.18.06

Meet The Man Behind Cessna's LSA

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.18.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.18.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Meet The Man Behind Cessna's LSA: 08.18.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Neal Willford, the lead engineer on Cessna's LSA proof-of-concept aircraft.)

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Columbia Offers To TRAIN ME On Unique Aircraft Features

AirVenture 2006 Kicked Off Program; Other Shows To Follow

It seems like it was only yesterday... and while it's been nearly a month since AirVenture 2006 wrapped up for the year, one of the more informative programs ANN saw there will continue on.

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AirCell Introduces AirCell Axxess EZ For MagnaStar Operators

Offers Replacement For Soon-To-Be Discontinued Service

Don't fret if your MagnaStar airborne telephone is facing potential obsolescence, with the forthcoming termination of that service by Verizon AirFone... as AirCell, Inc. announced this week its new Axxess EZ satellite communications system aimed at replacing that service.

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Plane Evacuated In Sydney After Bomb Threat

Believed To Be A Hoax

More than 100 people were whisked from a Pacific Blue 737 in Sydney, Australia Thursday night, after a bomb threat was called in to the airline.

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Boeing Rolls Out 747 Large Cargo Freighter

First Of Three Planes Modified To Carry 787 Parts

It won't win any beauty contests... but outer appearance isn't where the beauty of Boeing's new 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter lies.

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IN TFR: 08.24.06 - 08.27.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6735 Issue Date: August 16, 2006 at 18:02 UTC Location: Mt. Comfort Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana near SHELBYVILLE VORTAC (SHB) Beginning Date and Time: August 24, 2006 at 15:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 27, 2006 at 21:15 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The 2006 Indianapolis Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Mt. Comfort Temporary (MQJ) Air Traffic Control Tower, 317-557-1732

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Court Gives Permission For NWA Flight Attendants To Strike

Deadline Is August 25... With No New Talks Scheduled

Could this be the blow that knocks Northwest Airlines out of the fight? On Thursday, the carrier's flight attendants union won in court the right to strike the airline, even though Northwest is in bankruptcy.

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'Open Skies' Treaty Delayed Again Over Foreign Ownership Rules

Domestic Carriers Fighting Virgin Offshoot

Once again, a proposed "open skies" aviation pact between the US and the European Union was dealt a blow this week... when US officials warned that planned changes to airline ownership and control rules would not be ready in time for a crucial EU meeting set for October.

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KSU, Others Aim To Clear Airliner Air

Studying Ways To Combat Potential Threats

The next time you're on a commercial airline flight... take a deep breath. OK, don't... we understand, as the air on most planes is something... ah, less than fresh.

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NTSB: Mechanical Problems Downed Firefighting Helo

Tailrotor Assembly Fell Off Before Impact

There is strong evidence it was equipment failure that brought down a helicopter fighting the Happy Camp Complex Fire in Northern California on August 4.

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Klyde Morris (08.18.06)

Might Be A Good Time To Explore Options...

 

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Bank Robbery Suspect Who Fired At Police Helo Caught

Son, There Are Some Things Ya Just DON'T Do...

Police in Columbus, OH say they've got the man who robbed a bank Wednesday afternoon... and who then allegedly fired gunshots at a police helicopter tracking him.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (08.18.06): Student Pilot

Aero-Tips!

We all strive for professionalism in our flying, and that includes radio work. But how can a student pilot gain the experience he or she needs?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.18.06)

Aero-Linx!

Girls with Wings is "adorable accessories for future fliers." The site, created by Lynda Meeks offers items for little girls and big girls; clothing, jewelry, totes and accessories with an aviation motif.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.18.06): NOAA

Aero-Terms!

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space and sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service that touch the lives of all Americans.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.18.06)

"Now, Northwest management has one more chance. They have the choice to either set greed aside for once and agree to a fair and equitable contract, or they will face CHAOS."

Source: Mollie Reiley, interim head of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, on Thursday's court ruling that -- over the objections of Northwest Airlines -- flight attendants with the bankrupt carrier may strike August 25 if a tentative agreement on a new pay contract is not reached before then.

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WY TFR: 08.18.06 - 08.23.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6761 Issue Date: August 16, 2006 at 19:21 UTC Location: Jackson, Wyoming Beginning Date and Time: August 18, 2006 at 21:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 23, 2006 at 18:20 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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