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December 16, 2006

AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2006-25-16 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-25-16  SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Bombardier Model CL-600-1A11(CL-600), CL-600-2A12 (CL-601), and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A and CL-601-3R) airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2006-25-17 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-25-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes.

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AD: Seats

AD NUMBER: 2006-25-15 MANUFACTURER: Seats SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-25-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sicma Aero Seat third occupant seat assemblies, 133 series.

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CLT Says It Will Survive If US Airways Hub Says Goodbye

Concourses May Be Closed, And Fees Would Rise

The continuing suspense surrounding the proposed US Airways-Delta merger is wreaking havoc on the nerves of many employees at both airlines. Officials at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport can likely relate.

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Student Pilot Lands Safely After Nose Gear Departs Aircraft

And You Think Your Solo Was Harrowing...

A student pilot, reportedly on her first solo, safely landed a Piper PA-28 (file photo of type below) without a nose gear at Danbury Municipal Airport in Connecticut.

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WWII B-24 Pilot Says He Was Downed While Escorted By Tuskegee Airmen

Supports Recent Controversial Claim By Historians

Warren Ludlum of Old Tappan, NJ told the Associated Press his B-24 was shot down during WWII while under the escort of P-51s piloted by the famed all-black, Tuskegee Airmen.

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Steve Fossett To Be Inducted In Aviation Hall Of Fame

July Ceremony To Honor Five 'Legends Of Flight'

Because of his numerous flight records and his tireless efforts in promoting aviation the world over, ANN has learned Steve Fossett and four other "legends of flight" will be honored with enshrinement in the The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) next July.

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Carb Ice Likely Cause Of October Comanche Crash

NTSB Says Conditions Conducive To 'Serious Icing'

An NTSB preliminary report on an October 3 Piper PA-24-180 Comanche crash in Hammonton, NJ indicates conditions conducive for "serious icing at glide power" were present at the time the aircraft's engine failed.

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B-52 Accidentally Bombs Kansas Lake

USAF Says 'Garbage in - Bombs Away'

In an almost comical incident that could have had decidedly tragic results, a USAF B-52 Stratofortress bomber accidentally dropped its load of concrete practice bombs in Kanopolis Lake near Salina, KS this past July.

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ICAO Releases Final A380 Separation Guidelines

Accepts Some Airbus Recommendations, But Not All

Following certification of the A380 with European and US regulatory agencies, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released it's final rules regarding safe separation times and distances to account for the superjumbo's wake vortex.

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Eglin's 'Combat Hammer' Tests Air-To-Ground Bombing Capabilities

Give Pilots The Chance To Deploy Actual Ordnance

Eglin Air Force Base's western range, Bravo 70, was the site for the largest-ever Combat Hammer weapons system evaluation program (WSEP) December 4 to 8, sponsored by the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron.

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Water Cannon Salute Damages United Airlines 777

Fire Crew Accidentally Shoots Foam

What was supposed to be a salutation this week to a retiring United Airlines captain ended with a Boeing 777 in the repair shop... and a mess on the ramp.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.16.06): Lost In The Clouds

Aero-Tips!

To the extent possible, train the way you'll fly, and use the tools at your disposal if you get lost in the clouds.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.16.06)

Aero-Linx!

Nobody wants to get out and walk (or float) at 30,000 feet but this site tells about the pilots that did.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.16.06): Part 77

Aero-Terms!

The part of the FARs that governs construction at airports and in navigable airspace, including standards for construction, notification requirements, requirement for aeronautical impact studies and public notice.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.16.06)

"The aircraft's system malfunctioned and did not release on the first pass. After checking the bomb bay compartment, the crew confirmed the weapons were still on board the aircraft. The crew made another pass and successfully jettisoned the weapons. However, the incorrect coordinates were still in the targeting system."

Source: From a US Air Force report into a July incident involving a B-52 Stratofortress.

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