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December 14, 2006

NTSB Calls For New Oil Guidelines After 2003 Engine Failure

Switching Types Led To Coke Formation In A330's Turbines

In its latest round of recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday asked the FAA to amend its guidelines for engine oil use, and inspections when a new type of oil is used.

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OR TFR: 12.14.06 - 12.19.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/8519  Issue Date: December 14, 2006 at 1812 UTC Location: Mount Hood, Oregon near KLICKITAT VOR/DME (LTJ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: December 19, 2006 at 1800 UTC Reason for NOTAM: For police activity operation Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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Ebersol Family Sues Owner Of Plane That Crashed In Montrose

Lawsuit Focuses On Pilot Error

The family of NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol, who lost his 14-year-old son in the crash of a Canadair CL-600 two years ago, has joined others in suing the owner of the plane.

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US Aerospace Industry Enjoys Record Year On Civil Aircraft Sales

New Record Is Third In As Many Years

A surging civil aircraft market boosted the US aerospace industry in 2006, taking total sales to another record level, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) reported Wednesday.

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Midwest Says 'No Thanks' To AirTran Merger Bid

Airline Projects 10% Growth Over Next Three Years

Midwest Air Group, Incorporated -- parent company of Midwest Airlines -- declined a proposed merger agreement with AirTran Holdings yesterday.

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Boeing Begins Construction On First Next-Gen 737-700ER

All Nippon Airways To Receive Aircraft Early Next Year

Boeing recently began final assembly of the first Next-Generation 737-700ER (Extended Range), one of the newest members of the worlds most successful single-aisle airplane family.

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November Bellanca Crash Had Unlicensed Pilot At Controls

Plane's Last FAA Inspection Was Over Two Decades Ago

The NTSB says a man who crash landed his Bellanca BL-17-30 Super Viking (file photo below) in Lantana, FL last month wasn't licensed -- and the plane was 22 years out of inspection.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.14.06

Lancair Founder Lance Neibauer, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.14.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.14.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Lance Neibauer, Part One: 12.14.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Lancair founder Lance Neibauer.)

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ISS Crew Working On Station's Wiring

Solar Storm Not Powerful Enough To Prevent EVA

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 12.14.06 16:00 EST: A forecast solar storm didn't prevent today's EVA. Astronauts Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang are working to move a set of power cables from a temporary solar panel to a permenant, rotating solar array installed last September.

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Military Calls Sikorsky's Response To Criticism 'Inadequate'

DOD Letter Demands Plan To Address Quality And Schedule Problems

 Sikorsky is still garnering a great deal of attention from the military regarding quality control of its parts and meeting delivery schedules.

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Police Raid San Jose, CA Home In Search For Laser

Light Shone In Cockpits Of Planes Landing At KSJC

Police in San Jose, CA raided a home this week, in the latest attempt to find the source of blinding laser light that is being flashed into commercial aircraft cockpits trying to land at Mineta International Airport. The search did not turn up any sign of the laser.

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AOPA Warns Fortune 1000 Company Execs To Beware User Fees

Pays For Magazine Ad, Plans To Send Letters

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is appealing to the heads of Fortune 1000 companies in its fight against user fees.

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Qantas Accepts $8.7 Billion Takeover Bid

Consortium Sweetened Deal After Initial Offer Rejected

Press reports from the land down under say the country's flagship carrier Qantas has accepted a nearly $9 billion buyout bid from a consortium made up of Allco Equity, Macquarie Bank, US buyout specialist Texas Pacific and Canada's Onex.

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EADS Says It Can't Catch A Break In Canada

Airbus Says Its A400M Can Save Canada $3 Billion

Airbus complained to Canada's government leaders its bid to defense officials for the company's A400M military airlift aircraft has gotten a cold shoulder.

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A380 Certification Shadowed By EADS Office Raid

Police Search Offices Hours Before Ceremony

A day that should have been about celebration for Airbus SAS and parent company European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) got off to an auspicious start. Police raided EADS headquarters hours before Tuesday's ceremony announcing certification of the A380 superjumbo.

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Safety Experts Raise A380 Fuel Tank Concerns

European Regulators Protest Inerting Systems

One day after Airbus celebrated the joint EASA and FAA certification of the A380 superjumbo, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and safety advocates say they're concerned the mammoth airliner will be exempt from new US rules designed to prevent fuel tank explosions.

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Airport Tells QB He Can't Take Heisman With Him

Sorry, Sir... Your Award Can't Fly

After winning the Heisman Trophy this past weekend, Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith had some difficulty in bringing the presigious award home in Columbus, OH. Seems that airport security in New York wouldn't allow Smith to carry the trophy onto the plane.

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Polar First Crew Takes Time To Speak To HS Students

"We've Got Unfinished Business"

After taking off in their Bell 407 from Fort Worth Alliance Airport on December 5, Polar First helicopter pilots Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill made Waco, TX, their first stop -- where they spent the afternoon visiting the aviation classes at Waco High School.

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Turkish Airline Workers In Trouble For Unusual Celebration

Sacrifice Camel On Ramp In Thanks For Dumping Avros

A crew of mechanics in Turkey were apparently so thrilled to finally be rid of some trouble-prone Avro airliners, that they sacrificed a camel on the tarmac at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport in celebration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.14.06): Check The Ball

Aero-Tips!

Check the position of the slip/skid ball before engine start. If the airplane is sitting level, what you see will be the true centered-ball position in flight as well.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.14.06)

Aero-Linx!

New to the scene is Oakland Aviation High School in Oakland (CA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.14.06): Part 91, 121, 125, 135

Aero-Terms!

The parts of the FARs covering non-commercial operations (Part 91), major scheduled air carriers (Part 121), commuters (Part 125), non-scheduled carriers and air taxis (Part 135).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.14.06)

"No one should do such a thing just because an airline has rid itself of some aircraft."

Source: Vedat Muftuoglu, manager of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, to the Anatolia news agency. A crew of Turkish Airlines mechanics were apparently so thrilled to finally be rid of some trouble-prone Avro airliners, that they sacrificed a camel on the airport tarmac in celebration.

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