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December 20, 2005

Apparent Landing Gear Issue Sends Plane Back To BOS

Midway Airlines B717 Lands Safely After Circling... And Yes, It's On Tape

In a shower of sparks and before the watchful eyes of television cameras, a Midway Airlines Boeing 717 made a safe landing just before 10 pm EST Tuesday night at Logan International after an unknown problem was discovered with the aircraft's landing gear.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.21.05

Chalk's Accident Investigation, Ryanair Delays, Another Big Boeing Deal, Air Terrorist Jailed... and More!

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.21.05

Chalk's Accident Investigation, Ryanair Delays, Another Big Boeing Deal, Air Terrorist Jailed... and More!

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ANN Special Feature -- Tom Poberezny Looks Back at 2005 and Forward to 2006 (Part 2 of 2): 12.21.05

It was an interesting year for the Aero-Biz... and few organizations had as big a stake in 2005 as did EAA.

EAA Boss Tom Poberezny went through the year, warts and

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Airbus's A400M Program Coming Together

Finnish Company To Design, Deliver Structures For Military Transport

Development work continues on Airbus's A400M military transport plane, with Airbus's announcement that Patria Aerostructures Business Unit has been selected to design and deliver the A400M vertical tail plane tip fairing to the European aerospace consortium. Peak production rate will be some 30 aircraft per year -- with deliveries scheduled between 2006-2021.

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BAE Systems Completes Flight Tests Of F-22A Digital Electronic Warfare System

Will Be Installed In Raptors Beginning Next Year

BAE Systems' digital electronic warfare system (EW) has successfully completed the first phase of developmental flight tests on the U.S. Air Force's F -22A Raptor. The tests of the digital EW system were conducted aboard Raptor "4009" at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, over the past four months.

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NTSB On Scene In Miami Seaplane Accident

Witness Video Shows Wing Separated From Plane, Fire

One person remains missing in Monday's fatal accident involving a Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101, a Grumman seaplane, as investigators continue the search for clues in the fiery mishap that claimed 19 lives. A horrific video caught just after a witness heard an explosion shows the stricken Mallard falling to the water, with what appears to be the right wing separated from the aircraft engulfed in flames.

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AD: PZL Bielsko

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-22 MANUFACTURER: PZL Bielsko SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-22 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Przedsiebiorstwo Doswiadczalno-Produkcyjne Szybownictwa ''PZL-Bielsko'' Model SZD-50-3 ''Puchacz'' gliders.

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AD: Dassault

AD NUMBER:  2005-26-01 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT:  Airworthiness Directive 2005-26-01 SUMMARY:  The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Model Falcon 2000 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER:  2005-25-27 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT:  Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-27 SUMMARY:  The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A300 B2 series airplanes, A300 B4-103 and B4-203 airplanes, and A310-203 airplanes.

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FAA Announces New RNP Procedure At Reagan National, Other Airports

Planes Can Land With Lower Ceilings, Reduced Visibility

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Tuesday that a new navigation procedure at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Called "Required Navigation Performance" (RNP), the procedure takes advantage of a plane's onboard navigation capability to fly a more precise flight path into the airport.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.20.05

Miami Chalk's Grumman Crash, SpaceX Scrubs Again, C195 Down Near St. Augustine, AOPA: GA 'Not A Threat'... and More! 

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TX TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/1755 Issued: 12/20/2005 02:30 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: TX Facility: ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX. Type: HAZARDS Description: MINERAL WELLS TX

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AK TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/1764 Issued: 12/20/2005 16:50 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: MOUNT AUGUSTINE VOLCANO

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.20.05

Part One Of The EAA's Tom Poberezny On The Year That Was

It was an interesting year for the Aero-Biz... and few organizations had as big a stake in 2005 as did EAA. EAA Boss Tom Poberezny (below) went through the year, warts and all, with ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell to talk out the best and worst of 2005, and to check with the Poberezny crystal ball for a gander at our collective prospects for 2006.

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Urgent CASA AD: Pilatus

Applicability: All model BN2, BN2A, BN2B, BN2T, BN2T-4R and BN2T-4S Islander series aeroplanes.

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Congress Earmarks $350 Million For NASA Hurricane Repairs

Bill Must Still Pass Senate Muster

A $29 billion relief bill passed by the US House of Representatives Monday, to fund rebuilding efforts in the hurricane-ravaged states along the US Gulf Coast, also contains $350 million to repair damage incurred to NASA facilities in the wrath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But the bill still must pass in the Senate... where it likely faces a battle.

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All Together Now, With Feeling: General Aviation Is NOT A Threat!

AOPA TV Commercial, Website Will Spread The Word

Don’t be surprised when you start seeing TV commercials this week on the Weather Channel... saying general aviation is NOT a threat to national security, period. It's all part of a campaign by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to send a clear and concise message to the public, media and political community.

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Analysts: Flight Attendant At Controls During Final Moments Of Helios Accident

Simulation Flight Included Partial Cabin Depressurization

Experts now report a flight attendant was at the controls of a Helios Airways 737 for as long as 12 minutes before it went down on a Greek hillside August 14, killing all 121 people on board.

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The Year That Was: Part One With EAA's Tom Poberezny On 2005

AirVenture, Young Eagles, And LSA

It was an interesting year for the Aero-Biz... and few organizations had as big a stake in 2005 as did EAA. EAA Boss Tom Poberezny went through the year, warts and all, with ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell to talk out the best and worst of 2005 and to check with the Poberezny crystal ball for a gander at our collective prospects for 2006.

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Canadian Laws Prevent Candidates From Flying To Northern Territories

They Can't Afford The Trip

Canadian lawmakers who passed a series of campaign finance reform laws in 2003 had the best of intentions... but unfortunately, they wound up hurting themselves. The laws now prevent candidates from flying to campaign in far-flung Arctic communities -- because the candidates simply can't afford it.

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Turkish 737 Goes Off The Runway In Germany

Slides 100 Meters, No One Injured

For the second time in just over two weeks, a Boeing 737 has slid off the runway during landing. This time, an airliner flying for Turkish Airlines left the runway at Germany's Dusseldorf Airport Sunday, and slid 100 meters before coming to rest in a security zone at the end of the runway.

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Columbia Aircraft Opens Italian Sales Center

Benvenuto!

Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (CAM) announced Monday  it has appointed a new International Sales Center to serve Italy. The firm will market, sell and support the Columbia 350 and 400 aircraft models exclusively in the southern European nation.

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ESA Requests Short Delay In Galileo Launch

The anticipated December 26 launch of the European Space Agency's Galileo spacecraft has been bumped back a few days... and it's not the spacecraft's fault.

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Space Race Relic Relegated to Playground

Capsule Has Been School Fixture Since 1969

While as kids we may have had to imagine a tire swing was really a Gemini capsule to send us to the stars, students at Ophir Elementary School in California can play and dream in an authentic Gemini-type space capsule that has been on the school grounds since 1969.

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Boeing, Cathay Pacific Celebrate Redelivery of First 747-400BCF

Former Passenger Airplane Enters Service As Freighter December 21 

Cathay Pacific Airways is certainly getting its money's worth out of one of its 747-400s, as the airline -- along with Boeing -- has announced completion and certification of the first 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter at a redelivery ceremony held in Xiamen, People’s Republic of China, Dec. 19.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.19.05)

"Is it unfair? Absolutely. There are going to be a number of small communities who are just not going to get candidates in." Source: Kirby Marshall, campaign manager for Canadian Northwest Territory Tory candidate Richard Edjericon, on the effects of a 2003 campaign reform bill that limited corporate contributions to individual candidates, including complimentary airline tickets, to $1,000 -- more than a single ticket to some communities in Nunavet and the N.W.T. costs -- and airline service is pretty much the only way to reach some communities that lack roads.

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