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February 23, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.24.06

Airbus threatens to skunk Boeing at Singapore...

Is there trouble ahead for aviation in Asia?

And AOPA's Phil Boyer lashes out at user fees at a Wichita Town Meeting...

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.24.06

Airbus threatens to skunk Boeing at Singapore...

Is there trouble ahead for aviation in Asia?

And AOPA's Phil Boyer lashes out at user fees at a Wichita Town Meeting.

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Columbia 400 Down In Virginia

Four Onboard Killed As Plane Goes Down During Go-Around

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 02.23.06 2300EST: Aero-News has confirmed the Columbia 400 that went down in Virginia Wednesday night was a factory-built, certified aircraft -- making the latest accident the second involving a certified Lancair (later, Columbia) aircraft.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2006-04-12 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-04-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF34-3A1 and -3B1 series turbofan engines.

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AD: Dornier

AD NUMBER: 2000-24-03R1 MANUFACTURER: AvCraft Aerospace GmbH SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2000-24-03 R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all AvCraft Dornier Model 328-100 airplanes.

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Scottish Man Jailed Over Very Expensive, Rather Dumb Joke

What NOT To Say At The Airport, Volume... We've Lost Count

It doesn't tickle OUR funny-bone, but it apparently seemed humorous to a Scottish businessman at the time. He told a flight attendant on a trip from Inverness to Luton that he had a bomb in his carry-on bag.

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Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Signs Contract For 12 AW139s

AgustaWestland announced that Mitsui Bussan Aerospace of Japan has signed a contract, valued at approximately $100 million, for 12 AW139 helicopters -- as well as an exclusive distributor agreement for the AW139 in Japan.

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ADIZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2238 Issue Date: February 22, 2006 at 20:13 UTC Location: Metropolitan Area, Washington, District of Columbia Beginning Date and Time: February 23, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): This notice combines previously issued FDC NOTAMs 5/9477, 5/1254, 4/5555, 5/9481, 5/9482, 6/0465 Pilots May Contact: Leesburg (LEE) Automated Flight Service Station, 866-225-7410

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Buying Or Selling A Large Aircraft? Prepare To Jump Through Another Hoop

Cape Town Convention Goes Into Effect March 1

Are you getting ready to buy or sell an aircraft? Starting March 1, 2006, you'll have to comply with a new international treaty if that aircraft has eight or more seats, or if it's a helicopter with five or more seats and with engines rated at 550 horsepower or more.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.23.06

Part Two Of ANN's Interview With Diamond Aircraft's Peter Maurer

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.23.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.23.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Diamond Aircraft President Peter Maurer: 02.23.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Part Two of our chat with Peter Maurer, president of Diamond Aircraft.)

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Aspen Avionics Completes First Round Of New Funding

Also Receives 'Innovate Albuquerque' Award

Upstart avionics design and development company Aspen Avionics announced earlier this week the company recently close a Series A investment round. The company has also received the "Innovate Albuquerque" award from the Greater Albuquerque (NM) Chamber of Commerce.

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Eurocopter SEA Orders Frasca Helicopter FTD

Company's TruFliteH 342 Sim Will Be At Heli-Expo '06

Frasca International announced Wednesday the company was recently awarded a contract with Eurocopter SEA for an EC 120 Helicopter Flight Training Device (FTD).

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Ike Gets Underway Again With CVW-7

For the first time in five years, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) is underway, with the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. Team "769" is gearing up for Surge Ready status.

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Investigators Look Into LAX Runway Incursion Incident

Tense Moments As Three Planes Are Cleared Onto Same Runway

It appears to have been a controller's mistake: three aircraft on the same runway at the same time -- two of them taxiing, one of them landing. A recipe for disaster? The FAA thinks so.

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Chicago Flight Instructor Talks About Weekend Accident

Disputes Reports Fuel Tanks Ran Dry

As the FAA and NTSB continue to investigate Sunday's emergency landing of a Piper Warrior on a busy Chicago expressway, the flight instructor aboard that aircraft says he's sure he had enough fuel on board. That contradicts reports that the aircraft departed Schaumburg Regional Airport with empty tanks.

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Tapes Shed Light On Final Moments Of December Crash Off FL Coast

Pilot Reported Engine Failure Before Impacting Water

A recording of communications between pilot Gary Tillman and a Florida air traffic controller just before Tillman was forced to ditch his plane in the Atlantic Ocean last December were made public Wednesday, giving investigators some idea what brought the Cessna 195 down.

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Four Lost In Queensland Helo Accident

Passengers Were Conducting Geological Survey

Australian rescuers confirmed Wednesday that no one survived the Tuesday morning downing of a four-place Robinson R-44 about 90 miles north of Mount Isa in Queensland.

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Helped By US Sales, Flight Design GmbH Says 2005 Was a VERY Good Year

Record Sales For 20-Year Airplane Manufacturer

Flight Design, based in Echterdingen Germany, told Aero-News Wednesday the company enjoyed its most successful year yet in 2005.

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Another Presidential Road Trip, Another TFR Violation

It's happened again... Monday, in the skies over Auburn Hills, MI an unidentified pilot was hustled out of restricted airspace as President Bush visited the United Solar Ovonic plant.

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Delta AirElite Continues Charter Fleet Expansion

Adds Two New Aircraft To Fleet Of 400+

Even as parent company Delta Air Lines fights its way through bankruptcy, that airline's fractional operator -- Delta AirElite Business Jets -- continues to expand its fleet. Delta AirElite recently announced the addition of two more aircraft to its fleet -- a Citation X and a Learjet 31A.

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King Schools Announces Sweepstakes Winner

Tom McGowan Wins Loaded Skyhawk

If it's early in the year, it's sweepstakes time. Last month, Aero-News reported on the winner of the AOPA's 2005 Commander giveaway, Rob Melnick of Colorado... and we're now happy to report that Tom McGowan from Hicksville, NY is the lucky winner of the King Schools' New Century of Flight sweepstakes.

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Global Hawk UAV Welcomed Home After Three-Year Deployment

Flew Over 4,800 Hours

After supporting the global war on terror for three years, Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Number 3 (UAV-3) received its official homecoming Monday at California's Edwards Air Force Base.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (02.23.06): The Horsepower Curve

Aero-Tips!

In Aero-Tips 1/8/06 we learned that the peak, or highest Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) is the benchmark for all mixture leaning. But how can we use this information?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.23.06)

Aero-Linx!

Know an A & P mechanic who has a birthday coming up? AMT Magazine is a staple at AMT training schools.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.23.06): Balls To The Wall

Balls To The Wall To push to the limit, go all out, full speed. No, the origin is NOT referring to what you think.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.23.06)

"There was really no place else to go. A hard surface is much better. I really didn’t want to land out in a field, even if I could. You flip over, who’s going to be there?"

Source: Instructor John Vashko, in his first public comments regarding Sunday's emergency landing on a freeway near Chicago, IL. Vashko and his student, Casey Mattuck, had just taken off from Schaumberg Regional Airport when the engine of their Piper Warrior quit, forcing the men to land on the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway. Vashko came forward, in part, to deny reports the accident occured because the airplane ran out of fuel.

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