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November 23, 2005

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Peter Lyons With Aspen Avionics Talks About The Newly TSO'd AT300

In today's Aero-News Special Report, Peter Lyons of Aspen Aviation talks with ANN about the recently announced FAA TSO Authorization for the company's AT300 Hazard Awareness Display.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2005-23-12 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-23-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Model Avro 146-RJ airplanes.

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Urgent CASA AD: Dornier

Applicability: Dornier 328-100 series aeroplanes.

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NBAA, Advocacy Group Rallies Troops Against New Legislation

New Proposals Seen As Harmful To General And Biz Aviation

National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen urged organization members Monday to contact their congressional representatives and voice their opposition to two proposals that could, according to NBAA, potentially prove very harmful to the aviation industry.

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Ruling: MN Legislators Acted Legally In Bonanza Purchase

Just Didn't Communicate Very Well

The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor issued its findings Tuesday in the case involving a state department's controversial purchase of a new Beechcraft Bonanza. The finding states the MN Department of Transportation was within the letter of the law when it changed the specs of the deal at the last minute, but did a poor job of communicating those changes -- which effectively shut out competing Cirrus Design Corp.

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NetJets Pilots Ratify Contract

NetJets Aviation (NJA) tells ANN that NetJets pilots have accepted the tentative labor agreement signed on October 8, 2005. The agreement, which was endorsed by an overwhelming 84 percent of the pilots, calls for improved wages, job security and increased productivity and details a mutual commitment to a labor partnership that will support NetJets' service commitment to owners.

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A380 Engine Concludes FAA Certification Testing

First Flight Of GP7200 Scheduled For '06

The Engine Alliance -- an equal partnership between General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, and whose GP7200 engine is to power over half the confirmed customer-ordered A380s -- has completed all the required tests for certification of the powerplant by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The completion of the tests, with expected certification by the end of the year, clears the way for first flight on the A380 in 2006.

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EgyptAir Orders Electronic Flight Bag System For New 737s

Class 3 EFB System Features Moving Map, 80 Gigabyte Memory

Boeing announced at the 2005 Dubai Air Show the company will install the Boeing Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system on six 737-800 airplanes to be delivered to EgyptAir beginning in July 2006.

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NTSB Releases Factual Report On Venezuelan MD-82 Accident

Heavy Rains Have Delayed Removal Of Wreckage

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its Factual Report on the August 16, 2005 downing of a West Caribbean Airways MD-82 that claimed the lives of all 160 people onboard. The findings, according to the NTSB, concur with those of French investigators, as well as the Comite de Investigation de Accicente Aereos (CIAA) of Venezuela.

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NASA, Others Work Towards Quieter Airplanes

A MUCH Quieter Flight May Not Be Far Away

If you've ever tried to catch a nap on a loud airliner, but are one of those people who don't find the low rumbling of rushing air and guzzling turbofans particularly soothing, NASA may have some welcome news for you: the agency, working with three corporations, have completed flight tests of a special B777 designed to help quiet jet aircraft noise, both in the passenger cabin and on the ground.

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Aviation Lawyer, Bumped From Flight, Makes Airline Pay

Awarded $3,100 In Damages In Breach-Of-Contract Suit

In hindsight, Continental Airlines probably wishes it had bumped someone else-- anyone else -- off a Christmas 2004 flight from Newark, NJ to Telluride, CO. Instead, the airline bumped Thatcher A. Stone and his daughter from the overbooked plane.

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Last US Navy Sea King Helicopter Delivered

The last US Navy Sea King helicopter to be delivered was received by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) team lead Bob Kelly, H-3 Sea King deputy program manager, in early November, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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This Just In! Pigs Fly... China Southern Airlines

Canadian Breeding Swine Fly In Style To New Home

China Southern Airlines -- which touts its aircraft as "the largest and most technically advanced fleet in The People's Republic of China" -- recently put that fleet to good use, by flying a load of special "passengers" from its cargo hub at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Shenzhen, China.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.23.05)

"They were betting that Thatcher Stone was some ignorant [jerk] who didn't know how to get money out of Continental. They picked the wrong guy." Source: Aviation Attorney Thatcher Stone, commenting on his successful breach-of-contract lawsuit against Continental Airlines over a flight Stone and his daughter were bumped from last Christmas. Stone was awarded $3,100 in damages by a judge for, among other things, loss of his luggage (that did make the flight) for four days.

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Florida TFR: 11.23.05

NOTAM: 5/0875 Issued: 11/22/2005 21:30 Effective: 11/23/2005 06:00 - 11/23/2005 12:00 State: FL Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: HAZARDS Description: CRESTVIEW.

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Virginia TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/0878 Issued: 11/23/2005 00:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: VA Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: HAZARDS Description: RICHMOND.

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