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May 13, 2006

Time Is Running Out To Comment On FAA's Plan To Cut Many IFR Approaches

Get Your Letters... Yes, Letters... In By May 31

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has sent out a reminder to its members -- and all pilots -- that the deadline is quickly approaching to tell the FAA what you think of the agency's proposal to cancel some 270 instrument approach procedures that it considers underused or redundant.

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A380 Completes First Passenger-Carrying 'Flight'

Five-Hour Test Involving 494 Simulates 15-Hour Trip

This was a big week for Airbus's biggest jet, the upcoming A380. In addition to the first flight of a plane destined to be delivered to a customer earlier this week, the European consortium also successfully completed two additional milestones... including a fair approximation of what a flight onboard an A380 will be like.

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Men Survive Thunderstorm, Water Landing, 90-Minute Swim To Safety

Luck Was On Their Side

Two men are happy to be alive... and dry... after the two swam for 90 minutes Thursday night after their plane went down in a lake during a thunderstorm near Leesburg, FL.

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FAA Pulls American Air Network Operating Certificate

Determined Carrier Was 'Renting Out' Its Part 135 Cert

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southwest Region office announced Friday it has revoked the air carrier operating certificate of American Air Network, Inc. (AAN).

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IAM Pickets ACS Meeting, Demanding A Voice At New Piper

Union Voted Out Of Vero Beach March 15

Members of the International Association of Machinists picketed outside the Bethesda Hyatt Regency Thursday morning, where American Capital Strategies (ACS) was holding its annual shareholders meeting, to show support for workers at New Piper Aircraft who the union says were denied their freedom to join the union.

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After 1,650 Sorties, Red Flag-Alaska Wraps Up

Following two weeks of intense training involving more than 84 aircraft and 1,500 Air Force active duty, Reserve, and National Guard personnel, airmen from Eielson Air Force Base and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska wrapped up the first Red Flag-Alaska.

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Frontier Airlines Selects CFM56-5B Engine For Its New A320s

One fleet type, one engine type... that's what US low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines announced Friday, as it selected the CFM56-5B engine to power the six new Airbus A320 family aircraft scheduled for delivery between 2008 and 2010. The engine order is valued at $75 million at list price.

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Pilatus Enters Into Maintenance Tracking Agreement With CAMP Systems

Representatives with Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd. and CAMP Systems International told ANN Friday the two companies have entered into an agreement that will make CAMP the exclusive factory recommended maintenance tracking service for all PC-12 aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (05.13.06): Fuel Tutorial #3: Prop Settings

Aero-Tips!

Handbook cruise fuel flows are dependent on a specified propeller speed from the Performance charts. Any change in prop settings will affect fuel burn one way or another—another factor in arriving with a healthy fuel reserve.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.13.06)

Aero-Linx!

Military space technology info. See how nanotechnology can help our soldiers or check out the progress of the Lockheed Martin F-35. There’s more, but you have to visit for yourself.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.13.06): EGT

Aero-Terms!

Exhaust Gas Temperature gives important information about air/fuel ratio and mixture distribution and could save you from a burned out piston or engine seizure.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (5.13.06)

"I'm glad I was able to help them. When you hear someone yelling "help", I don't think about whether it could be a prank. I wanted to go out and try to help."

Source: Leesburg, FL resident Bob Geyman, on his rescue of two men from the waters of Lake Harris Thursday night. Geyman, his wife, and several neighbors heard cries for help from Shelton Kinser and Matthew Gerig, whose Cessna 152 went down in the lake during a thunderstorm while on approach to Leesburg Regional Airport.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-10-04 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-10-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, and 747SP series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-09-11 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-09-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319-100, A320-200, A321-100, and A321-200 series airplanes.

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