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September 21, 2006

ANN Special Feature: The End of STS-115 09.22.06

It was... as has been the case throughout shuttle mission STS-115... a picture perfect manoeuver. Before sunrise, Thursday morning, Atlantis returned to Earth. And aboard the International Space St

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.22.06

It's official... another delay for the A380...

American and the APA begin what could be two years of contract talks...

And Atlantis is back on terra firma.....

...And more.<

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.22.06

It's official... another delay for the A380...

American and the APA begin what could be two years of contract talks...

And Atlantis is back on terra firma.

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X Prize Cup Opens Registration For Education Day

5,000 Students Expected To Attend

The X Prize Cup announced Thursday that registration is now open for schools and teachers who are interested in educating their students about the next generation of space travel.

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Aero-News Alert: Micco Heading Back To Production

Production To Resume 2Q/07

A renewed MICCO Aircraft Company tells ANN that it has concluded the acquisition of the Type Certificate and all associated assets of the former Micco Aircraft, Inc. previously located in Fort Pierce, Florida. All of the assets will be moved to Frank Phillips Field in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, so that production of the MICCO SP26 Aerobatic, IFR aircraft can begin with first deliveries projected for second quarter of 2007.

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0694 Issue Date: September 20, 2006 at 17:39 UTC Location: Sierraville, California near SQUAW VALLEY VOR/DME (SWR) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Oakland (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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NY TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0789 Issue Date: September 21, 2006 at 14:33 UTC Type: VIP

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Pilot Killed In FL Landing Accident

No Witnesses To Afternoon Crash

The pilot of a homebuilt aerobatic plane was killed Wednesday afternoon when the low-winged aircraft either ground-looped off the runway, or overran it completely, while landing at the Lake Wales (FL) Airport.

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American Airlines, Pilots Union Begin Talks

'We Gave When Needed... Now We'd Like It Back'

Now that the airline is showing a profit, will pilots for American Airlines get back some of what they gave up to keep the nation's number one airline afloat? That's what the Allied Pilots Association wants.

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First Flight: C-130 AMP

The first C-130 Hercules with a comprehensive avionics modification completed its maiden flight September 19 from Lackland Air Force Base, TX. The C-130 Avionics Modernization Program aircraft provides needed upgrades for C-130s, at one-seventh the cost of a new, basic C-130J aircraft.

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Airbus Confirms Yet Another A380 Delay

No Word Yet On Delivery Timeframe, Added Costs

The rumors are true -- for the second time in less than three months, European planemaker Airbus SAS has announced a delay for its new A380 superjumbo.

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Atlantis Returns Safely To KSC

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 09.21.06 0621 EDT: -- A mission that saw its fair share of drama -- be it related to suspect bolts, suspect weather, or suspect debris -- came to a safe end moments ago at Kennedy Space Center, as the shuttle Atlantis rolled to a stop on Runway 33 in a spectacular early-morning landing.

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Hear The Roar! Mighty F-35 Lightning II Engine Spools Up

The F-35 Lightning II completed its first series of engine runs Monday afternoon, culminating in a full-afterburner test that unleashed 40,000 pounds of  thrust – the most ever from a jet-fighter engine. The testing began on Friday, Sept. 15, when Chief Pilot Jon Beesley moved a cockpit switch to the “run” position and brought the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine to life.

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Yet Another Airborne Scare For Jittery Passengers

Air India Flight Turns Around After Suspicious Package Found

Nope, it wasn't a bomb. But the flight crew aboard Air India flight 188 from Toronto to Birmingham, England, didn't know that late Monday night when they returned to the airport in Toronto.

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ARSA To Assist FAA On Repair Station Human Factors Training

Representatives with the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) told ANN this week the group is prepared to work closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the agency's stated effort to mandate human factors training programs in aviation.

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All Bets Off Predicting What Aeroflot Eventually Orders

CEO Says Russian Carrier Will Buy Boeings... And Airbuses

OK... let's try to figure this out.

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AD: Gippsland Aeronautics

AD NUMBER: 2006-19-11 MANUFACTURER: Gippsland Aeronautics SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-19-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above.

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Columbia Delivers First Six 350s To iFly

Company Says They'll Be The First Of Many

One week after the unveiling of iFly -- a "pilots club" offering managed access to a fleet of Columbia 350s, for about half the cost and responsibility of traditional sole ownership -- Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation has delivered the first six Columbia 350 aircraft to the Southern California enterprise.

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Air Marshals Say OTJ Injuries Leading To Dismissals

Health Issues Have Sidelined Over 2,000

The day-to-day rigors of sitting for hours onboard commercial airline flights may be taking a disturbing toll on those in the Federal Air Marshal Service, where the size of the force has been cut in half by on-the-job injuries.

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Airlines Call FAA 'Aging Aircraft' Proposal Premature

Also Question "Gap" For Small Cargo Operators

We're hearing more and more complaints from major airlines over an FAA proposal mandating an "aging aircraft" management program. The airlines say it's unnecessary -- and would cost too much.

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Horizon Air Ends 12-Year Partnership With Frontier Airlines

Shuffles Planes To West Coast Network

Should we use the planes to help a competior... or use them for ourselves? For now, at least, Horizon Air officials have chosen the latter... by ending their 12-year contract with Frontier Airlines.

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Downed Cessna Pilot Aided By British Airways Crew

Airliner Circles Overhead To Aid Rescuers

A Cessna now lies at the bottom of the English Channel. The small plane sank Wednesday... but here's the good news: the pilot's Mayday call was picked up by a passing British Airways flight.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 09.21.06

NASA's Wednesday Briefing On Landing The Shuttle Atlantis

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.21.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.21.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Atlantis Cleared For Landing: 09.21.06 (ANN Special Feature, Wednesday's NASA mission briefing on landing the shuttle Atlantis.)

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Iranian 707 Diverted To Istanbul

Plane Had Been Denied Entry To US

Just in case you thought airspace violations are only a problem in here in the US... Turkey forced an unidentified Boeing 707 to land at Istanbul late Tuesday night.

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Gone West: Neil R. Anderson

Storied Test Pilot Was 72

He flew more than 250 types of airplanes, and chalked up over 15,000 hours in the air over a career spanning close to 50 years. He flew dozens of experimental aircraft... but is best known for his crash-landing in one of them. His name was known even among the ranks of the Soviet Union's best pilots... but as a child, he planned to become a priest.

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Heads Up! The Sky May Be Falling

...Or Was That A Towbar?

Eighty-two-year-old Mary Hornbrook of Auburn, WA went back inside her house Sunday to get a forgotten tool she needed to tend the plants on her porch. As she did, she heard a "boom" and the whole house shook.

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Is The Burning Battery Problem Solved?

Never Fear... PRBA Is On The Case

The Portable Rechargeable Battery Association, or PRBA -- did you even know there was such an organization? -- says all the problems with burning batteries of late... in their words... most likely relates to aircraft charging systems.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (09.21.06): Position Awareness

Aero-Tips!

Strive for a level of position awareness that promotes safety while you are distracted with cockpit chores.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.21.06)

Aero-Linx!

See the Big Apple from the air. Get above the gridlock, no crowded buses and subways, no rush hour to worry about.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.21.06): RVR

Aero-Terms!

Runway Visual Range -- The range over which the pilot of an aircraft on the center line of a runway can see the runway surface markings or the lights delineating the runway or identifying its center line.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.21.06)

"Five percent nationwide are affected by sinus and ear problems daily. These groundings all have a commonality of being directly related to our current flight schedules. Our health is being eroded at an alarming rate."

Source: From a memo sent last year from the Federal Air Marshal Service field office in Charlotte, NC, stating the day-to-day rigors of sitting for hours onboard commercial airline flights may be taking a disturbing toll on air marshals.

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