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August 04, 2006

Senate Passes Pension Funding Bill

NWA Says Bill Gives Time To Save Pensions

So much for the opposition. CFO.com reports that by a somewhat lopsided vote of 95-5, the Senate late Thursday night passed the Pension Protection Act -- a pension reform bill aimed at making it easier for cash-strapped airlines to repay their pension funds.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2006-16-03 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-16-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas airplanes, identified above.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2006-16-02 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-16-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87), and MD-88 airplanes.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2006-16-04 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-16-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for RRC 250-B and 250-C series turboshaft and turboprop engines.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 08.04.06

One More Night At Theater In The Woods

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 08.04.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.04.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- One Last Night At TITW: 08.04.06 (ANN Special Feature, with the Thursday, July 27 presentation from EAA's Theater In The Woods.)

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NWA Sues AFA Over Strike Threat

T-Minus 11 Days To 'CHAOS'

Can union members strike against an airline in bankruptcy? That question will have its day in court... as Northwest Airlines files suit against the Association of Flight Attendants over the union's 15-day strike notification.

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Boeing All Alone In Bid For Huge South Korean Spy Plane Deal

IAI Dropped From Contract Bid

Israeli Aircraft Industries is out of the running in its bid to build South Korea's next aerial surveillance platform. That leaves Boeing all alone in the race for a contract worth more than $2 billion.

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Patricio Sentenced For Flying Drunk

Will Enter Rehab After Jail Term

Regular ANN readers will recognize the name Philippe Patricio. He was the 20-year old flight student accused of stealing a Cessna 172 from the airport in Danbury, CT in June 2005... then flying drunk for hours.

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Atlantis Won't Launch As Early As Hoped

Why? Because The Lighting Is Wrong

The space shuttle Atlantis won't launch a day early. That's the word from NASA... as the space plane is being made ready for liftoff on August 27.

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Seventeen Lost In DRC Antonov 28 Accident

Plane Impacted Mountain In Stormy Weather

This is a story which is becoming depressingly familiar. An aging Russian-made airliner is down in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with all 17 people onboard lost... including the three Russian crew members.

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Still No Sign Of Missing Aero Commander In Alaska

Plane Disappeared One Week Ago

The search continues in Alaska for an Aero Commander twin-turboprop missing since July 28.

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Service Truck Sends 737 On Wild Ride In DEN

Plane Knocked 90 Degrees From Parking Spot

A United Airlines 737 is heading to the body shop after a fender-bender involving a catering truck Thursday morning.

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Medevac Helo Comes Under Fire In Afghanistan

All Safe After Gunman Dispatched

The crew and young passenger aboard a US medevac chopper are safe, after the helo came under attack from small-arms fire in Afghanistan's Zabul province August 1 while transporting an injured two-year-old Afghan girl to medical facilities.

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Senators Expect Pension Bill Agreement Before Recess

Northwest Responds To Claims Of Unfair Advantage

The US Senate is working hard to resolve the ongoing dispute over how airlines are to repay their pensions before the chamber is set to recess for the month at the end of this week, according to news reports.

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ISS Spacewalkers Complete Full Roster Of Tasks... And Then Some

Cooling System Repair One Of Several Assignments

Astronauts Jeff Williams and Thomas Reiter worked so efficiently together on Thursday's spacewalk outside the International Space Station that they were actually done 90-minutes ahead of schedule. Their reward? More work assignments from ground control.

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Family Of Skydiver Lost In Sullivan Accident Sues

Says P&W, Skydiving Company, Airport Responsible For Daughter's Death

The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to issue its preliminary report on last Saturday's accident involving a skydiving plane near Sullivan, MO... but that doesn't mean the lawyers are waiting to assign blame.

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Aerostar Int'l To Discontinue Hot Air Balloon Manufacturing

January 31, 2007 Last Day For Orders

Aero-News has learned that Raven Industries subsidiary Aerostar International, Inc, announced this week it will be getting out of the hot-air balloon business, due to what it terms the "steady decline" of the hot air balloon industry.

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Klyde Morris (08.04.06)

Klyde's Adventures In Aero-Therapy Continue...

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Boeing, Continental Airlines Reach Agreement For 12 737-900ERs

Airline Is North American Launch Customer

Aero-News learned Thursday that Continental Airlines will be the first carrier in the Americas -- and the first two-class carrier -- to operate Boeing's newest and largest-capacity member of the Next-Generation 737 family, the -900ER.

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Kids Find KidVenture Riveting

EAA Gives Kids a Hands-On Experience

"I learned that riveting is fun!" So says 10-year-old Chase who'd just spent 15 minutes constructing a name tag from aluminum adorned with a set of KidVenture wings.

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Aerox Introduces High-Flying New Products

Better Mask, Lightweight Onboard System

It's pretty hard to get excited about an oxygen mask -- unless you fly with one a lot. Most masks are about as comfortable as they'd be if they were approved by Torquemada rather than the FAA; Aerox was the first to offer an alternative (the nasal cannula) and has also offered several generations of masks, including these new silicon- based masks which are more comfortable than their older models.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (08.04.06): Do-Over

Aero-Tips!

It happens. Not everyone passes a checkride on the first attempt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.04.06)

Aero-Linx!

There is a plethora of programs made available by NASA for educators.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.04.06): Lomcevak

Aero-Terms!

Class of negative-"g", near-zero-airspeed maneuvers invented by the Czechs, where the gyroscopic precession of the engine and propeller is used as an additional flight control along with the three usual ones, aileron, elevator and rudder.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.04.06)

"This crew risked their lives to save this little girl, and the Taliban response to that was to try to shoot down an unarmed helicopter. This makes no sense at all."

Source: Army Colonel Michael Rose, Task Force Falcon and 10th Combat Aviation Brigade commander in Afghanistan, on an August 1 incident in which a man on the ground opened fire on a US medevac helicopter transporting a two-year-old girl to the hospital for burn treatments.

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WA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5146 Issue Date: August 03, 2006 at 19:33 UTC Location: Hoodsport, Washington near OLYMPIA VORTAC (OLM) 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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OR TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5133 Issue Date: August 03, 2006 at 18:45 UTC Location: Prinville, Oregon near KIMBERLY VORTAC (IMB) 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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MI TFR: 08.04.06 - 08.06.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5127 Issue Date: August 03, 2006 at 17:51 UTC Location: Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, Michigan near DETROIT VOR/DME (DXO) Beginning Date and Time: August 04, 2006 at 16:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: August 06, 2006 at 16:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Thunder Over Michigan Airshow Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Willow Run (YIP) Air Traffic Control Tower, 734-480-9247

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