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February 15, 2006

ANN Special Feature: GAMA 2006 Forecast Event 02.16.06

 It's perhaps the premier event each year for general aviation manufacturers -- the GAMA forecast conference in Washington. ANN's Jim Campbell was there and talked with Cessna's Jack Pelton as

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.16.06

An investigation into charges of price fixing among cargo carriers worldwide...

A German court shoots down that country's shoot-down law

And could EADS be building the world's first

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.16.06

An investigation into charges of price fixing among cargo carriers worldwide...

A German court shoots down that country's shoot-down law

And could EADS be building the world's first

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BRS Releases 1Q/2006 Results

Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of whole-airplane parachute recovery systems for general aviation and recreational aircraft, reported its earnings for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2005. The Company reported an increase of revenue of 2.2 percent (to $1,906,874 from $1,866,623 in the same period a year earlier).

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PR TFR: 02.17.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1819  Issue Date: February 15, 2006 at 17:21 UTC Location: Eastern Side, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST THOMAS VOR/DME (STT) Beginning Date and Time: February 17, 2006 at 12:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 17, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Explosive demolition Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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PR TFR: 02.17.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1818  Issue Date: February 15, 2006 at 17:17 UTC Location: Eastern Side, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST THOMAS VOR/DME (STT) Beginning Date and Time: February 17, 2006 at 12:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 17, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Explosive demolition Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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Passenger Jumps From Plane In ATL

Aircraft Had Just Landed

For the second time in as many months, a passenger has managed to open the door of a commercial aircraft on the tarmac and jump to the ground. This time, it was aboard Delta Flight 1047 -- which had just landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, inbound from Orlando.

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LeTourneau University Adds Four Glass-Equipped Skyhawks To Fleet

Glass Meets Class In Texas

Add LeTourneau University to the growing list of aeronautical schools adding glass-cockpit technology to their flight training programs.

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FAA Names Federal Air Surgeon

FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey, has appointed Frederick E. Tilton, M.D., M.P.H. as the new Federal Air Surgeon. Dr. Tilton has served as Deputy Federal Air Surgeon for the past six years and replaces Jon L. Jordan, M.D., J.D. (a class act and a difficult person to replace--E-I-C) who retired last month.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 02.15.06

GAMA President Pete Bunce On User Fees

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.15.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.15.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- GAMA's Pete Bunce: 02.15.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with GAMA President Pete Bunce on the user fee fight.)

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First RR Trent 1000 Runs On Schedule

Dreamliner-Spec Engine Starts On First Try

Rolls-Royce successfully completed the first test-bed run Tuesday of its Trent 1000 engine, being developed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Harbor Aviation Announces New Amphib Designs

Boasts Breakthrough Trihull Aircraft Technology

Harbor Aviation, which describes itself as an aviation technology company, tells ANN that it has developed a patent-pending design technology that allows aircraft to efficiently take off and land from water and conventional runways and airstrips.

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Navy's HS-2 Jumps Into SAR Training

Search and rescue (SAR) swimmers from the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 completed SAR jumps Feb. 8, during their annual required training in the San Diego Bay.

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Bombardier Restarts CL-215T Conversion Kits Program

Bombardier Aerospace is restarting its CL-215T conversion kits program. Nine orders for the turbine conversion kits to be installed on CL-215 amphibious aircraft were placed by the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, AeroFlite – a private U.S. operator, and Buffalo Airways Ltd of the Northwest Territories, Canada.

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NTSB Acting Chairman Emphasizes Board's Commitment To GA Safety

National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has reiterated the Safety Board's commitment to the safety of the general aviation community. "Having a safe and efficient aviation transportation network is essential for the commercial viability, economic stability and security of the nation, said Acting Chairman Rosenker (pictured below, right), at the GAMA executive meeting.

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FAA Ponders GA Changes Around Phoenix

Top, Bottom Of Bravo Airspace Would Drop

FAA wants to cut down on the number of separation incidents involving commercial and general aviation in the skies over Phoenix, AZ.

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Bombardier Delivers 337 Aircraft For Fiscal Year 2005/06

Third consecutive year increase in deliveries Industry-leading growth in business aircraft deliveries

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Did Fatal CO Run-Up Break The Rules At ELP?

Officials Won't Comment

Were mechanics on the ground at El Paso International Airport breaking the rules last month, when they conducted engine run-up tests on a Continental Airlines 737?

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British Investigators Say There's Something In The Air On Commercial Planes

... And It Ain't Love

The British government is concerned about the air quality aboard commercial aircraft. To that end, Her Majesty's lawmakers have launched an investigation into whether contaminated air is being pumped into aircraft by compressors powered by the engines.

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Vietnam UH-1H Crew Coming Home At Last

Army MIA Soldiers from Vietnam War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) has announced that the remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing in action since the Vietnam War, have been identified. They will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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Coast Guard Investigates Weekend Mishap Off CA Coast

Dolphin Goes Down During Boating Rescue

The Coast Guard Tuesday began its inquiry into the weekend crash of a Eurocopter HH-65B Dolphin off the California coast.

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EAA To Salute 50 Years Of The Cessna 172 At AirVenture 2006

Sturdy, Stalwart Plane Has Been Flown By A LOT Of Pilots

Say what you will about the somewhat dowdy Cessna 172 -- it's likely you'll do so with respect, even if at first your comments may not seem complimentary. After all, the 172 has never been the sexiest aircraft on any ramp... anywhere.

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ASESA 412s Surpass 50,000 Flying Hour Mark

Fort Worth, TX-based Bell Helicopter and Mexico's Aeroservicios Especializados S.A. de C.V. ("ASESA") announced Tuesday that ASESA's fleet of 17 Bell 412EP helicopters has surpassed the 50,000 flight hour mark without incident.

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Blair Stays An Extra Day, In SA, Due To Fate -- And A Blown Engine

Chartered DC-8 Suffers Engine Failure On Takeoff

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says it was "fate" that kept him from travelling home to England from South Africa Sunday night. Well, it might have been that... but it was definitely an engine problem.

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Prototype Global Hawk Flies Home After 4,000 Combat Hours

A high-flying prototype “Airman” is heading home after being deployed more than four years and flying 4,245 hours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (02.15.06): Aero-Electricity 101 (Part Three)

Aero-Tips!

Since we use electricity at different rates throughout a flight, we need something to regulate the output of our alternator "pump."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.06)

Aero-Linx!

Billed as the “Official website for women military aviators”, www.womenmilitaryaviators.org was formed in 1978.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.06): ATIS

ATIS Automated Terminal Information Service Broadcast that contains essential information on such things as weather, active runway and selected terminal areas.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.15.06)

"We are all partners in the quest to make safe skies even safer."

Source: NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker, in a Tuesday speech before the General Aviation Manufacturer's  Association (GAMA) executive meeting. Rosenker reiterated the board's commitment to making general aviation safer, as well as asserting GA is a leading force in transportation and the economy and too important to be overlooked.

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