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November 17, 2006

ATK Conducts Successful Night Test Of Space Shuttle SRB Motor

Test Supports Upcoming Shuttle, Ares I Launches

Aero-News has learned late Thursday night, Alliant Techsystems conducted a test firing of a Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM). The test had numerous objectives to obtain and validate performance data on upgrades being analyzed for the future.

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FAA Policy Document Allows DA42 To Meet Definition Of Complex Aircraft

May Be Used For Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor Certification

According to a national FAA Policy document (Notice 8000.331), issued this month, airplanes equipped with retractable landing gear, flaps and Full Authority Digital Electronics Control (FADEC) meet the definition of a complex aircraft and may be used for Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor Certifications. That's particularly important to Diamond Aircraft... as it's DA42 Twin Star is the only aircraft that meets that amended definition.

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Boeing's A160 Hummingbird Unmanned Aircraft Resumes Testing

Powered By Subaru 6-Cylinder Engine

After nearly a year since its first flight with an uprated powerplant, Boeing's A160 Hummingbird unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) returned to the skies over as Victorville, CA last week. Flight testing on the autonomous rotorcraft resumed November 8.

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Air Wing Returns Stateside Following Deployment On USS Enterprise

CVW 1 Back At Oceana, Norfolk

Four squadrons from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 will return to their home bases at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and Norfolk Naval Station, Chambers Field, November 16 and 17 following a seven-month deployment aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

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NASA Says Ares I Can Do The Job

Completes First Review Of NextGen Spacecraft

NASA has completed a milestone first review of all systems for the Orion spacecraft and the Ares I and Ares V rockets. The review brings the agency a step closer to launching the nation's next human space vehicle... and answers questions about a possible shortage of available thrust with the Ares I launch vehicle.

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NTSB: O'Hare Near-Miss A Lot Closer Than First Thought

Jets Came Within 35 Feet Of Colliding

The National Transportation Safety Board says a near-miss between an airliner and a cargo jet this summer was a lot closer than first reported.

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TSA Admits It Alerted SFO Security To Inspections

Firm Tracked Undercover Agents

Here's a surefire way to improve your job performance stats... it appears screeners at San Francisco International have been getting a heads up from the Transportation Security Administration before security inspections.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 11.17.06

Pete Combs On The USAG Takeover Bid For Delta Air Lines

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 11.17.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.17.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- USAG Bids For Delta: 11.17.06 (ANN Special Feature, the latest developments in US Airways CEO Doug Parker's move on bankrupt Delta Air Lines.)

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JAL Takes Delivery Of Its First NextGen 737

First Of 30 Planes On Order

Aero-News has learned Japan Airlines (JAL) took delivery this week of its first Boeing Next-Generation 737, a 737-800 that will seat 165 passengers in a two-class configuration.

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FL TFR: 11.17.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6395 Issue Date: November 16, 2006 at 17:05 UTC Location: Kennedy Space Center, Florida Beginning Date and Time: November 17, 2006 at 18:42 UTC Ending Date and Time: November 17, 2006 at 20:13 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Space Operations Area Type: Space Operations Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: St. Petersburg (PIE) Flight service station, 727-893-3537

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-23-15 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-23-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2006-23-16 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-23-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Avro 146-RJ airplanes.

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AD: Air Tractor

AD NUMBER: 2006-23-14 MANUFACTURER: Air Tractor SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-23-14 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Air Tractor, Inc. (Air Tractor) Models AT-502, AT-502A, AT-502B, AT-602, AT-802, and AT-802A airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.17.06

Eclipse Aviation's tough road to production...
Airbus subsidies rankle the US...
...and PHI busts a strike while Boeing finds labor harmony.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 11.17.06

Eclipse Aviation's tough road to production...
Airbus subsidies rankle the US...
...and PHI busts a strike while Boeing finds labor harmony.

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ANN Special Feature: Pete Combs, USAG Bids for Delta 11.17.06

Today, ANN's Pete Combs is in Atlanta with additional details on US Airways Group's hostile takeover bid for bankrupt Delta Airlines.

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FAA: Accident Pilot Did Not Have Proper License

Charter Pilot's Second Class Med Had Expired

He didn't have a commercial ticket. According to FAA records, the pilot flying a chartered plane that crashed in Indiana Monday did not have the license required to fly passengers for hire.

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Drug Smuggler Foiled By Motion Sickness

Vomiting Is Not Criminal -- But Smuggling Is

A drug smuggler from Ghana made an unsuccessful attempt to get his contraband to Amsterdam last Saturday.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2006-23-17 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-23-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca Turmo IV A and IV C series turboshaft engines.

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The People Have Spoken: Hillsboro Air Show Will Return For 2007

July Accident Cast Doubt On Show's Future

Aero-News learned Thursday that following a four-month review process, the Port of Portland, OR -- in conjunction with the City of Hillsboro -- has decided to grant a permit to the Oregon International Airshow for a summer 2007 event.

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WTO Subsidy Battle Renewed Between Airbus, Boeing

"Line Needs To Be Drawn In The Sand Now"

The European Union spends too much on Airbus. This, according to an updated complaint filed by the US with the World Trade Organization Wednesday.

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PHI Becomes First S-92 10K Airframe Fleet Operator

Sikorsky Aircraft is touting a pretty impressive milestone for what it, comparatively, a fairly new airframe. S-92 operator, PHI, has become the first operator in the world to achieve 10,000 fleet hours with the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. 

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Stemme MotorGlider Down In New Zealand

Father, Son Pilot Team Perish In Crash

Searchers on Thursday found the crash site of a glider missing since the day before.

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Klyde Morris (11.17.06)

Klyde Asks For Clarification On User Fees...

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Airbags For Your Airplane Really Work

Manufacturer Says System Has Saved Five Lives

AmSafe makes airbags -- for airplanes. You may have heard of them. And if you have, you might have wondered how well they work.

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NASA Has One Last Hope For Mars Global Surveyor

Agency Hopes Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Can Help

NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) still isn't talking, but NASA scientists think they might be able to find out why.

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Taiwan Airline Says 21 Injured Following Rapid Descent

Spokesman Says Plane Dived To Avoid Collision

Taiwanese airline Far Eastern Air Transport says 21 people were hurt on a flight from Taipei Wednesday.

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Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame Names 2007 Inductees

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) has named three aviation pioneers as Members, to be inducted in 2007. The 2007 inductees are Craig Laurence Dobbin (1935-2006), founder of CHC Helicopter Corp, the world's largest commercial helicopter operator; Fred Harvey Hitchins (1904-1972), official post-war RCAF historian; and Stanley William Deluce, founder of several regional airlines in Canada.

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Netherlands First To Sign On For Next Phase Of F-35 Program

Other Nations Expected To Sign MOU By End Of Year

This week, the Netherlands became the first of the partner nations involved in the development of the F-35 to extend its participation into the production and support phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.17.06): Abdication

Aero-Tips!

Use autopilots as a workload-reduction tool, but monitor their function closely. Do not abdicate your authority as pilot-in-command to an unintelligent and unpredictable machine.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.17.06)

Aero-Linx!

A plane only a mother could love. They do their job of transporting oversized cargo but sure look more like sea mammals than airplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.17.06): Wind Shear

Aero-Terms!

In the context of aviation, wind shear refers to the change in wind with distance along a plane's flight path.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.17.06)

"A line needs to be drawn in the sand now. Airbus is financially strong and does not need additional launch aid."

Source: Boeing spokesman Charlie Miller, speaking on the latest volley before the World Trade Organization between rivals Airbus and Boeing.

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