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December 26, 2006

UK Company Asks For Proposals To Modify Loran Stations

'eLoran' Considered As Backup For ADS-B

Although global positioning system technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, pilots shouldn't toss out their old Loran receivers just yet. A British company's efforts to retain and modify the system as a backup for GPS is receiving careful scrutiny in the US, as well.

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Fireworks! Ted A320 Suffers Compressor Stall, Engine Fire

Plane Returns To Gate Safely

It probably looked a lot worse than it actually was, especially to passengers. In any case, emergency workers quickly put out an engine fire onboard a United Airlines (Ted) Airbus A320 as it taxied for takeoff Tuesday morning from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Navy's MQ-8B Enhanced Fire Scout UAV Makes First Flight

Successfully Conducts Launch Abort, 'Perch' Tests

Aero-News has learned the US Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle made its first flight last week, at the Webster Field annex of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, in St. Inigoes, MD.

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C414 Down Near Atlanta, Three Lost

Officials Report Fog In Area

Firefighters report at least three people were killed after a Cessna 414 Chancellor crashed on approach to Briscoe Field, outside Atlanta, GA Monday night.

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State Of Alaska To Put Jet Up For Bid On Ebay

New Guv Says She Won't Step Foot In It

A Westwind II business jet purchased last year by outgoing governor Frank H. Murkowski will probably be put up for sale, as the incoming governor has promised she won't step foot on the controversial aircraft.

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Utilicraft Aerospace Goes Public

First Flight Expected In September '07

Aero-News learned Tuesday that Utilicraft Aerospace Industries Inc., designer of a new utility air freight transport aircraft, has begun trading on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol UITA.

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ERAU Begins Cleanup, Recovery From Christmas Tornado

A Christmas Afternoon tornado, spawned by an aggressive line of thunderstorms (some of the worst we've felt in months as they came over ANN HQ - E-I-C), has done extensive damage to the Daytona Beach International Airport, and most specifically, at least 50 of some 65 aircraft reported by officials at ERAU. Damage includes aircraft that had been ripped loose from tie-downs, flipped over in the winds and several with wings that were literally torn from the aircraft. 

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KGYY Officials Blame FAA For Recent Wx-Related Woes

Says Agency Hasn't Reinstalled ILS

Recent weather woes were not confined to the Denver, CO area and London's Heathrow Airport. Officials at Indiana's Gary/Chicago International Airport (KGYY) say they've been feeling the ill effects of lousy weather, as well... but they say the FAA is to blame.

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PDX Flight Changes Open For Public Comment

FAA Will Then Review Four-Year Impact Study

Residents around Portland, OR have until February 15 to submit their comments on a plan that would route aircraft in and out of Portland International Airport (KPDX) along the Columbia River, and restrict available runways for nighttime operations.

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Report: Comair Pilot Fired After FA Smells Alcohol

Airline Will Not Confirm Events Are Related

A pilot for Delta Connection carrier Comair has been let go from the airline, after a flight attendant noticed the smell of alcohol on the pilot's breath before a flight earlier this month.

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Pilot, Dog OK After Aerocomp Ditches Near Merritt Island

Newly-Built Plane's Engine Quit Near Airport

A pilot completing one of the final test flights of his newly-built Aerocomp 7SL turboprop wound up going for a swim last week, after the plane suffered an engine failure near the Merritt Island (FL) Airport.

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Airspace Violations Over NYC Increase In 2006

Schumer Says FAA "Needs To Tighten Up Its Ship"

The New York Post reports 2006 was a bad year when it came to pilots violating restricted airspace over the city, with the number of incidents rising 42 percent compared to 2005.

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Growth At Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Stalls

The Future, However, Looks Good

Industry-wide cutbacks have resulted in a decrease in the number of passengers flying in and out of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) for the first time in recent years... while industry speculation of airline mergers could stall growth further.

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Virgin America Celebrates Completion Of FAA Review

But Many Doubt DOT Will Sign Off On Foreign-Owned Airline

With DOT approval to begin operations very much in doubt, Virgin America tells ANN it has nevertheless completed the last formal step in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) airline certification review -- flight proving runs.

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EAA Plans 'Ski-In' At Pioneer Airport

Snow, Or No Snow...

It's a safe bet that when it comes to January in Wisconsin, there will be plenty of snow on the ground... but even if the ground is dry, the Experimental Aircraft Association won't let that get in the way of a festive fly-in on the grounds of Wittman Field.

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Sikorsky Opts For GE-Engines On CH-53K

New Heavy-Lift Chopper For USMC

Aero-News learned Monday Sikorsky Aircraft has selected General Electric Aviation to provide the new CH-53K heavy lift helicopter's main engines. Sikorsky is developing the CH-53K for the United States Marine Corps (USMC).

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Bah Humbug! Christmas Eve Flight Delayed By Suspicious Note

Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Pax Safety

A US Airways Express flight from New York to Portland, ME was delayed over two hours Sunday, after a male passenger's note raised the flight crew's suspicions.

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PIA Receives Its First B777-300ER

Special Tails Represent Pakistan Provinces

Last week, Pakistan International Airlines took delivery of its first of three Boeing 777-300ERs on order. The newest member of PIA's long-haul, wide-body fleet departed Paine Field Friday morning en route to its new home base at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.26.06): Fuel Gauges


It's depressing how many airplanes run out of fuel just short of the pilot's intended destination. Part of the reason for fuel starvation and fuel exhaustion mishaps may be that fuel gauges are notoriously inaccurate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.26.06)


From an air race designed to maximize fuel efficiency to aircraft performance reports to Personal Air Vehicles CAFE is there.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.26.06): DUAT


Direct User Access Terminal - Permits pilots with a personal computer to obtain preflight weather data and flight plans. Toll-free service available to all pilots with a current medical certificate.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.26.06)

"I don't think there are too many people in the New England states who haven't heard of Manchester airport. Now we've started to turn our attention to national marketing. It's more directed toward the guy in Albuquerque who is now going to use Manchester as a gateway to access the Boston metro area."

Source: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Airport Director Kevin Dillon, on continuing efforts promoting MHT as a convenient regional hub and gateway to the Boston area. Industry-wide cutbacks have resulted in a decrease in the number of passengers flying in and out of the airport for the first time in recent years... while industry speculation of airline mergers could stall growth further.

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