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January 28, 2006

Challenger Remembered: January 28, 1986

They Were All Teachers

On the morning of January 28, 1986, I was home sick from the fifth grade. I awoke to the sound of my clock radio at exactly 11:20 am, Iowa time.

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Blakey To Obama: 'Agency Negotiators Are Working Very Hard, In Good Faith...'

Even before the publication of the Obama bill, FAA Administrator Blakey was attempting to educate the Senator about the state of affairs surrounding the ongoing negotiation between the FAA and NATCA.

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Once Again, FAA Says Better Training Is The Answer For The MU-2

Will Not Ground Aircraft... Or Require A Type-Rating

For the third time in the aircraft's much-maligned history, the Mitsubishi MU-2 has received the conditional support of the Federal Aviation Administration. On Thursday, the agency once again stated enhanced training procedures are the answer to reducing accidents in the speedy twin-turboprop.

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Two Dead In South TX T-34 Accident

Plane Goes Down Near Training Field

It is not yet known what led to the fatal downing of a Navy T-34C "TurboMentor" training aircraft that went down near a Corpus Christi, TX neighborhood Friday. The two pilots onboard -- a trainee pilot and an instructor -- were killed in the accident.

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Matt Chapman Added To The Roster For ACAP 2006

Inaugural Series Begins In April

EVQ announced earlier this week the association of Matt Chapman as a contender in the  upcoming inaugural ACAP Competition Airshow Series.

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Cessna Names New Director Of Communications

Doug Oliver Comes From Embraer

Cessna Aircraft Company announced earlier this week it has named Doug Oliver director of communications, effective February 6. In this role, Oliver will have day-to-day responsibility for internal communications and media relations for the company.

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ALPA Pledges $10 Million To Fund NWA Pilots' Contingency Preparations

To Be Used If Pilots Strike After Judge's Decision

Pilots for Northwest Airlines are taking steps to insure they're ready in case a US Bankruptcy Court judge grants Northwest's request to override its current contract with them.

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Golden Age Aviation Completes First One-Day Sport Pilot Ground School

Many Students Are Ultralight Pilots

Golden Age Aviation, Inc. announced last week the first batch of students has completed the first one-day training program that guarantees successful completion of the sport pilot written examination. The class, held in Cushing, OK was full to maximum capacity.

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ATA To Obama: 'Vigorous And Absolute Opposition'

The Air Transport Association's President and CEO, James May, has weighed in, aggressively, on Senator Obama's attempt to insert himself into the current contract negotiations between FAA and NATCA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.28.06): Time Of Useful Consciousness


More and more of us are flying high enough that we need extra oxygen, in the form of supplemental air or pressurization. It’s critical to know not only when we need supplemental oxygen or pressurization, but also what may happen if our O2 system goes away.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.28.06)


Not sure where to go on that vacation getaway? Cayman Caravan can help.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.28.06): Albedo

Albedo Albedo is the total amount of light produced by a star irrespective of its distance from an observer.  Not to be confused with libido.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.28.06)

"Senator, the stakes for the taxpayers in these negotiations could not be higher. Under the 199K agreement, base salaries for controllers have soared by more than 75 percent – from $64,877 in 1998 to $113,615 in 2005. When you add on premium pay and benefits (including special retirement payments not generally available to other federal employees), average cash compensation now exceeds $128,000 a year and total compensation, $166,000 a year. By comparison, FAA safety inspectors with considerable expertise and experience make significantly less." Source: FAA Administrator Blakey to Senator Barack Obama, in explaining the FAA's position on negotiations with NATCA. 

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AD: Empresa

AD NUMBER: 2006-03-01 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-03-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model ERJ 170 airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2006-02-11 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-02-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas transport category airplanes.

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