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August 16, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.17.06

Will we hear anything more about the possibility of aviation user fees? One powerful congressman says... not likely.

How long will the current carry-on restrictions last? The answer isn't c

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ANN Special Feature: Rep. John Mica (R-FL) and Rep Robin Hayes (R-NC) News Conference on Aviation Security 08.17.06

The chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee... Florida Republican John Mica... is on tour. He's checking out the needs of airports nationwide when it comes to issues of passenger and baggage sc

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.17.06

Will we hear anything more about the possibility of aviation user fees? One powerful congressman says... not likely.

How long will the current carry-on restrictions last? The answer isn't c

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The Growler Flies!

Test Conducted Ahead Of Schedule

Boeing officials told ANN the first production EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft took flight for the first time Tuesday, approximately one month ahead of schedule.

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What The...? 12-Year-Old Evades Gatwick Security

Also, Man Detained Trying To Recover Wallet

For all the talk of tougher security at British airports in the past week -- and the resulting delays and hassles to passengers -- it would appear there are a few bugs still to be worked out in the system.

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Lockheed Vows To Fight JCA Contract Exclusion

Army Denied Hercules Variant's Entry

They're not going to take this lying down... earlier this week, Lockheed Martin filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office against the US Army's decision to keep the manufacturer's C-130J cargo aircraft out of the competition for the military's new Joint Cargo Aircraft.

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NASA: We Can't Find Apollo 11 Moon Tapes

One Small Step For Duh...

Have you ever seen the classic Harrison Ford movie "Raiders Of The Lost Ark?" If so, you're no doubt very familiar with the final, iconic scene of that movie, in which a faceless government employee pushes a wooden crate containing the fabled Ark of the Covenant through a warehouse, to be lost forever in a sea of bureaucracy. NASA can relate.

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Congressman Says That FAA's Blakey Has 'Gotten The Message' On User Fees

Could User Fee Proposals Be DOA?

ANN was also able to get some extremely interesting data about the state of the User Fee fight from Congressman John L. Mica of the Seventh Congressional District of Florida (as well as being the head of the pivotal House Aviation Subcommittee) and Congressman Robin Hayes (R) of the 8th Congressional District of North Carolina.

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Pennsylvania Ambulance Company Takes Delivery Of New EC145

Aero-News has learned EmergyCare/LifeStar, an ambulance and air medical transport company based in Erie, PA recently took delivery of their first EC145 at a ceremony held at American Eurocopter headquarters in Grand Prairie, TX.

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VT TFR: 08.17.06 - 08.19.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6506 Issue Date: August 15, 2006 at 18:35 UTC Location: Burlington, Vermont near BURLINGTON VORTAC (BTV) Beginning Date and Time: August 17, 2006 at 18:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 19, 2006 at 21:15 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Wings Over Vermont Airshow Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Burlington (BTV) Air Traffic Control Tower, 802-657-4401

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NV TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6488 Issue Date: August 15, 2006 at 17:51 UTC Location: 22 North Northeast of Elko, Nevada near BULLION VOR/DME (BQU) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for wildland fire Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6613 Issue Date: August 16, 2006 at 1:50 UTC Location: Happy Camp, California near FORT JONES VOR/DME (FJS) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6617 Issue Date: August 16, 2006 at 2:11 UTC Location: Malad, Idaho Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6527 Issue Date: August 15, 2006 at 19:21 UTC Location: 6 Southwest Victor, Montana near MISSOULA VOR/DME (MSO) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6590 Issue Date: August 15, 2006 at 22:51 UTC Location: 8 Nautical Miles Southeast, Dixie, Idaho near DONNELLY VORTAC (DNJ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Seattle (ZSE) Center, 253-351-3520

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WY TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6586 Issue Date: August 15, 2006 at 22:22 UTC Location: 45 West, Casper, Wyoming near MUDDY MOUNTAIN VORTAC (DDY) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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ID TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6496 Issue Date: August 15, 2006 at 18:21 UTC Location: Lowman, Idaho near DONNELLY VORTAC (DNJ) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6507 Issue Date: August 15, 2006 at 18:50 UTC Location: Philipsburgs, Montana near MISSOULA VOR/DME (MSO) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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SD TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6629 Issue Date: August 16, 2006 at 9:01 UTC Location: 3 South, Hot Springs, South Dakota near RAPID CITY VORTAC (RAP) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Denver (ZDV) Center, 303-651-4248

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 08.16.06

Is Now The Time For Air Taxis?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.16.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.16.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Is Now The Time For Air Taxis?: 08.16.06 (ANN Special Feature, with SATS-Air's Steve Hanvey.)

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Disturbance Diverts Flight From London

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 08.16.06 1400 EDT: It appears increasingly likely that this morning's diversion of a United Airlines flight from London bound for Washington, DC was due to an altercation involving a claustrophobic passenger -- and was not the result of an attempted terrorist attack.

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NJ TFR: 08.20.06 - 08.23.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6444 Issue Date: August 15, 2006 at 14:34 UTC Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey near ATLANTIC CITY VORTAC (ACY) Beginning Date and Time: August 20, 2006 at 14:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 23, 2006 at 21:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The 2006 Thunder Over the Boardwalk Airshow Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Atlantic City (ACY) Air Traffic Control Tower, 609-485-6193

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NJ Governor's Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

Guv Then Gets An Earful About Airport Rights

This story certainly highlights the importance of being in the right place, at the right time.

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NASA Goes To Museums For Ares Program Inspiration

Learning The Lessons From Apollo

We've all heard that those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it... but what about those who take lessons from the past for the projects of today? Well, that's essentially what scientists at NASA are doing, as they finalize the design for America's next lunar rocket... and they're not ashamed to say it.

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Four Lost In MI Piper Accident

Pilot Avoided Homes Near Prison

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the downing of a Piper Apache Monday that almost came down inside the fence of a prison on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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LAX Officials Want Answers After Series Of Failures

"Enough Is Enough"

In the wake of the second failure in a week of an ILS approach system at Los Angeles International -- and with many unanswered questions still surrounding last month's blackout of the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale -- officials at LAX are changing their tone when speaking about of relationship with the FAA.

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More Delays, Angst At British Airports

Another Suspect Arrested In Terror Case

British police say they've arrested another suspected in the plot to bomb as many as ten commercial flights from the UK to the US. In the meantime... Britain's airport security nightmare continued into its sixth day Tuesday, marked by more delays and dozens of flight cancellations.

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Dell Recall Renews Spotlight On Lithium-Ion Battery Incidents

Suspected In Several Airplane Fires

The world's biggest computer-maker is recalling 4.1 million computer batteries because they may be prone to catching fire -- a nasty threat anywhere... but especially on both commercial and cargo planes.

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EAA Planes Getting Some Serious Air Time

B-17, Ford Tri-Motor May Be Coming To An Airport Near You

A classic Ford "Tin Goose" from the early days of commercial air travel is joining the Experimental Aircraft Association's restored B-17 bomber in flying across the nation, wowing spectators and educating the masses about two of the earliest and most storied flying machines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (08.16.06): ARINC

Aero-Tips!

Although ARINC fills a multitude of aviation roles, it's probably best known for its air-to-ground Domestic Voice Service.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.16.06)

Aero-Linx!

CrewCommute matches flight crews, pilots and/or flight attendants with rooms or homes near airports.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.16.06): MSIC

Aero-Terms!

Missile and Space Intelligence Center -- State-of-the-art scientific and technical intelligence analysis complex.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.16.06)

"We've gone back to the days of simplicity. You can get more complicated, but why bother?"

Source: Marshall Space Flight Center manager Jim Snoddy, on the reason NASA scientists are going to museums to gain inspiration they can utilize while designing the agency's next-generation Ares I moon rocket and spacecraft.

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MD TFR: 08.17.06 - 08.20.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6445 Issue Date: August 15, 2006 at 14:41 UTC Location: Hagerstown/Thurmont, Maryland near MARTINSBURG VORTAC (MRB) Beginning Date and Time: August 17, 2006 at 18:10 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 20, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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