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November 14, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.15.06

A West Texas spaceport launches its first rocket... we think...
Five lost in the crash of a Cessna twin in Indiana...
...and the FAA riles homeowners in Las Vegas.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.15.06

A West Texas spaceport launches its first rocket... we think...
Five lost in the crash of a Cessna twin in Indiana...
...and the FAA riles homeowners in Las Vegas.

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ANN Special Feature: Pt 2 - FAA's Marion Blakey 11.15.06

Today, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey answers audience questions at AOPA Expo.

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HI TFR: 11.21.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6195 Issue Date: November 14, 2006 at 20:27 UTC Location: Honolulu, Hawaii Beginning Date and Time: November 21, 2006 at 3:35 UTC Ending Date and Time: November 21, 2006 at 19:55 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AL TFR: 11.14.06 - 01.02.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6194 Issue Date: November 14, 2006 at 20:22 UTC Type: Hazards

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NTSB Updates 'Most Wanted' List

Warns That Runway Collisions Remain A Real Danger

Citing a serious near collision of two jumbo aircraft in Chicago last July, the National Transportation Safety Board, at a public meeting Tuesday, called again for effective action by the FAA to counter the danger posed by potentially catastrophic runway collisions. The Board was reviewing its Most Wanted List of safety improvements, a list that calls for action by federal agencies on the most critical transportation safety issues.

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Embraer Hits Ten Million Flight Hours For ERJ-145 Fleet

A Million Hours Per Year In Service

Brazilian planemaker Embraer announced a significant milestone Tuesday for its ERJ-145 regional jet platform. After a decade in service, the worldwide ERJ-145 fleet has reached ten million flight-hours -- with the total number of cycles (take-off and landing procedures) at around 8.5 million.

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EasyJet Orders 52 More A319s, Options On 75 More

Is The Tide Turning For Airbus?

It's happened before... after being all-but-locked out of the 2006 sales race to archrival Boeing, Airbus seems to be slowly gaining back ground.

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Skybus Goes With Wingspeed For Fleet Communications Support

Skybus Airlines, an upcoming low-fare airline based in Columbus, OH, has selected Wingspeed Corporation's XLLink Flight Information Architecture (XFIA) to manage automated paperless operations, voice and messaging on its fleet of Airbus A319 aircraft.

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C303 Crusader Down In Indiana

Pilot Reported Engine Trouble

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 11.14.06 1515 EST: There is new information related to the Monday night crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in LaPorte County, IN, south of the city of South Bend.

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First Launch From West Texas Spaceport

Test Program Flight Lasts Two Minutes

It didn't last long... but that wasn't the point. Early Monday morning, the west Texas spaceport being built by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos witnessed its first rocket launch, a brief test flight presumbly connected to Bezos' Blue Origin commercial space venture.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 11.14.06

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey At AOPA Expo, Part One

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.14.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.14.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Marion Blakey Speaks At AOPA Expo: 11.14.06 (ANN Special Feature, with FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's speech at AOPA Expo 2006.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.14.06

Rotax abandons its plans for V6 aircraft engines...
Voters in Jacksonville, Florida say no to the US Navy...
...and a second Zenith Zodiac is down in Virginia.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.14.06

Rotax abandons its plans for V6 aircraft engines...
Voters in Jacksonville, Florida say no to the US Navy...
...and a second Zenith Zodiac is down in Virginia.

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ANN Special Feature: Pt 1 - FAA's Marion Blakey 11.14.06

Today, in the first of two parts, we have FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's speech at AOPA Expo last week, including answers to audience questions.

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Air Force Declassifies Elite Aggressor Program

After decades of secrecy, Air Force officials acknowledged Nov. 13 that Communist-built fighters were flown at the Tonopah Test Range northwest of Las Vegas, Nev. From 1977 through 1988, the program, known as Constant Peg, saw Air Force, Navy and Marine aircrews flying against Soviet-designed MiG fighters as part of a training program where American pilots could better learn how to defeat or evade the Communist bloc's fighters of the day.

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LSA Certified: Colyaer FREEDOM Amphib

LSA-Aero tells ANN that the latest Light Sport airplane has arrived... and its an amphibian, at that. The Colyaer FREEDOM received LSA certification on November 9, 2006 from the Memphis FSDO. The first delivery was made the following week.

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Airline Pilot Hiring Stayed Strong Through October

There's Still Some Hiring Going On!

The folks at AIR, Inc., tell ANN that airlines hired 697 pilots in October, bringing the year-to-date total to 7,170. The Major carriers had the highest hiring volume in October hiring 265 pilots, followed by the Nationals with 203, and the Non-Jet Operators finished in third hiring 95 pilots for the month. 

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Kuwaiti Plane Shooed Away From Indian No-Fly Zone

They Have TFRs In India?

Given all the media attention surrounding planes that have accidentally meandered into no-fly zones over the past several years in the US... it's almost reassuring, in a way, to hear American pilots aren't the only ones that have to deal with the problem.

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Horizon Air Selects XM WX Satellite Weather Service

XM WX Satellite Weather graphical weather service has been selected by Horizon Air as the in-flight weather datalink service to its current fleet of 68 aircraft as well as future deliveries. XM WX Satellite Weather will be incorporated into Horizon Air's new Electronic Flight Bag Communication and Data Management System, an electronic information management device that helps flight crews perform flight management tasks more easily and efficiently.

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Boeing Identifies KLM Order For Six NextGen 737s

Carrier Also Switches 777 Order

Boeing confirmed Monday that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines placed several orders earlier this year for a total of six Boeing Next-Generation 737s.

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Canadian Man Survives Encounter With Spinning Prop

Things could have turned out far worse for an unidentified Canadian man this weekend. He suffered non-life threatening injuries, after accidentally walking into the spinning propeller of a Cessna 150.

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Quintuple Boeing Deliveries for Angola's TAAG

Boeing Delivers Five Commercial Jets to TAAG Angola Airlines

This had to be THE trip for Carolyn Corvi... As Boeing's Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Airplane Production, Corvi led a 38-member company delegation on a 16-hour and 47-minute record-setting 777-200ER delivery flight of 8,060 nautical miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle that arrived Saturday, Nov. 11, in Luanda, Angola.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.14.06): Fuel Vents

Aero-Tips!

Fuel Vents... UNOBSTRUCTED. It's a common step on an airplane's Preflight Inspection checklist. But what are you really looking for? Why is it so important to check fuel vents for obstruction?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.14.06)

Aero-Linx!

The FAA Aircraft History Project documents the aircraft used by the FAA and its earlier incarnations. Not much in the way of photographs... but lots of aircraft lists starting from "N" number 1.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.14.06): Wilco

Aero-Terms!

"I have received your message, understand it, and will comply with it." If you say it, don't forget to do it.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.14.06)

"CONSTANT PEG afforded pilots an opportunity to learn how to fight enemy aircraft in a controlled, safe environment without having to endure the risks of actual air combat. Typically a pilot would start with a basic familiarization flight to observe the enemy airplane and study its characteristics, practicing one-on-one defensive and offensive maneuvers against it, and finally, experience multi-bogey engagements high over the desert scrubland of the Nellis Air Force Base ranges."

Source: Brig. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, 3rd Wing commander at Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK and a former member of the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron.

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