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January 08, 2007

FAA Changes ETOPS Regs

The FAA has published a comprehensive final rule that "further reduces the risks for passengers and crews flying long-range regularly scheduled commercial routes over remote areas."

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NASA Awards $48 Million Contract To ATK Launch Systems

UT-Based Company Will Continue Development Of Ares I First Stage

Aero-News learned Monday NASA has authorized a $48 million contract for ATK Launch Systems of Brigham City, Utah, to continue design and development of the first stage for the Ares I crew launch vehicle.

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Minnesota Air Guard Museum Fights USAF, CIA Over Blackbird

Covert Agency Wants Its A-12 Back

The Minnesota Air National Guard Museum has called upon its representatives in Congress to stop a plan by the US Air Force to commandeer the museum's A-12 Blackbird spyplane, to display outside the Virginia headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Canadian Artist Plans To Float Giant Banana Over Texas

Yes, You Read The Headline Correctly

A spokesman for the FAA says the agency has a few questions regarding a Canadian artist's plan to send a 1,000-foot-long, helium-filled banana into the skies over Texas. They're probably not the only ones.

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AEA Sets Record For Membership Growth In 2006

Ranks Swell To More Than 1,310 Members

Membership in the Aircraft Electronics Association is at an all-time high as the Association enters 2007 and prepares for its 50th anniversary.

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ISS Crew Makes Improvements To Station For New Year

New O2 System, Upgraded Soundproofing Among List Of Amenities

NASA reports that new gear helped the astronauts on the International Space Station kick off a new year as they prepared a second oxygen-generating system, upgraded soundproofing in the living quarters and unpacked supplies delivered just before Christmas by the space shuttle.

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Ahead Of Final Draft, Northrop Threatens To Pull Out Of USAF Tanker Competition

Alleges Implied Favoritism Towards Boeing Proposal

Could a joint effort between Northrop Grumman and EADS North America for a lucrative new US Air Force tanker program be dead in the water? It could be soon... as Northrop has warned the USAF it may withdraw from the competition, over concerns about the bidding process.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 01.08.07

Part Two: ASF Exec. Director Bruce Landsberg, On GA Safety And The 2006 Nall Report

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.08.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.08.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The 2006 Nall Report, Part Two: 01.08.07 (ANN Special Feature, with AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg on the findings of the 2006 Nall Report.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.08.07

Direct-To Avionics customers wonder if they'll ever see their money, or their Cheltons...
Keeping Central Florida a skydiving capital...
...and the FAA's "fix" for La Guardia lays an egg.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.08.07

Direct-To Avionics customers wonder if they'll ever see their money, or their Cheltons...
Keeping Central Florida a skydiving capital...
...and the FAA's "fix" for La Guardia lays an egg.


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ANN Special Feature: Part 2: ASF Exec. Dir. Bruce Landsberg 01.08.07

Jim Campbell talks with Bruce Landsberg, Executive Director of AOPA's Air Safety Foundation, about

conclusions in the 2006 Nall report on GA safety.

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Ka-Ching! FAA Boosts Pay Cap Ceilings For Second Consecutive Year

Agency Employees Receive Higher Percentage Than Other Government Workers

Those at the very top of the Federal Aviation Administration's salary rungs will receive a raise, for the second consecutive year.

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ERAU To Provide Test Facilities To Turbine Truck Engines

Aero-Science May Help Trucking Industry

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is opening its Daytona doors to Turbine Truck Engines, Inc. (TTE).

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2006-26-11 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-26-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Embraer Model ERJ 170 and ERJ 190 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-26-12 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-26-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Airbus Model A330, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-26-09 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-26-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-200, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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Louisiana Airport Seeking Support For Build A Plane

Program Uses Abandoned Aircraft As Teaching Tools

It started when Jerre Hurst, director of the Morehouse Parish, LA Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, asked Steve Litchfield, Morehouse Memorial Airport (KBQP) manager, if there were available aircraft that could be used to develop an aviation program for young people with an interest in aviation.

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Search Intensifies For Missing Adam Air 737

Families Of Those Missing Confront VP

Indonesia deployed more troops and helicopters to join the search of an Indonesian Boeing 737-400 that vanished from radar screens January 1, while a US military aircraft arrived at a Makassar air base to assist.

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The Aero-Dozen: Heroes And Heartbreakers In 2006, Part Three

ANN Salutes Those Who Did The Most For Aviation And Aerospace

It is both the most "fun," and most difficult task, facing the ANN staff at the end of every year -- determining who, or what, did the most to promote the cause of aviation in the past 365 days... while also chastising those who did all they could to undermine the successes the aerospace community has managed to accomplish.

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Northwest Set To Retire Its Last DC-10s

Workhorse Plane Introduced in 1972

Talk about the end of an era.... Northwest is taking its DC-10s out of scheduled passenger service, after more than 30 years. The final flight was scheduled to leave Honolulu Sunday, and arrive in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN early Monday morning.

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NTSB Searching For Clues In June C172 Accident

Four Lost When Plane Impacted Mountain

A probable cause ruling into a June 22 plane crash that claimed the lives of a pilot and three high school students near Newry, ME is still months away, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

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Twenty-Somethings Flock To India Cockpits Amidst Pilot Shortage

Young People Taking To The Skies

As Aero-News reported last week, the law of supply and demand is at work in India... a country struggling to find pilots to fly its ever-expanding fleet of airliners. But instead of looking outside the country for new recruits, some India airlines say native twenty-somethings are answering the call, and flocking to flight training programs.

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Klyde Morris (01.08.07)

Ya Gotta Look At The Big Picture, Klyde...

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Emergency Lighting Proves Lucrative For British Company

STG Aerospace Secures $1 Million Order

STG Aerospace was recently awarded a $1 million contract by Air Canada to provide fluorescent strips that guide passengers to emergency exits.

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Things That Go Bump On The Ramp: Planes Clip On JFK Taxiway

No Injuries... Well, Except To Planes

If you were on Air China's flight Saturday from JFK to Beijing, your plans were put on hold for a day due to a ramp mishap.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.08.07)

Aero-Linx!

The list of astronauts is short, the list of female astronauts is even shorter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.08.07): Monocoque

Aero-Terms!

The construction of an aircraft where the load bearing is done by the outer skin as opposed to an internal airframe covered with non-load bearing covering.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.08.07)

"It could do just about any mission that you asked it to do. We had that airplane flying in Asia as far as Singapore and had it in the Atlantic all the way down to Bombay, India."

Source: Tim Rainey, senior vice president for flight operations at Northwest Airlines, on the DC-10s the carrier is set to retire Monday, after one final flight from Honolulu to Minneapolis-St. Paul. The airline took delivery of its first DC-10 in 1972.

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