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December 25, 2005

FAA Issues SAIB For Grumman Amphibs

The FAA has issued the following SAIB to owner/operators of Grumman/Gulfstream American G-73 Amphibs, just days after the fatal accident that took down a Chalk's G-73 involved in commercial passenger service.

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Lindbergh's Latest: A Lamp?

Erik Lindbergh Offers New Art

In the past, we've featured some of the cool art of Erik Lindbergh. The multidimensional artist/pilot/philanthropist may be best known to our readers for flying a Columbia 350 across the Atlantic, joining the Rocket Racing League and serving on the board of the X Prize foundation.

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Happy Holidays From ANN!

From the super-secret Command Bunker at the Aero-News Network home for the aeronautically deprived, we wish to offer all ANN readers, the world over, a Happy and Airworthy Holiday.

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German World War II Aircraft Manuals On CD

Luftfahrt-Archiv Hafner Offers New CDs For Christmas

Udo Hafner of Luftfahrt-Archiv Hafner notified us by email of his firm's latest offerings. "Luftfahrt-Archiv" means "Flight-Archive" and that's exactly what the Hafner family maintains, an archive of old, mostly World War II, German aircraft manuals, reprinted in high quality on decent, durable paper, unlike the grey, flimsy wartime stuff that collectors take extreme precautions in handling.

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ISS: Christmas In Space 2005

Report #63, 2 p.m. CST, Friday, Dec. 23, 2005

A holiday delivery arrived at the International Space Station Friday as an unpiloted Russian cargo ship linked up to the Pirs Docking Compartment filled with almost 3 tons of supplies and gifts for the Expedition 12 crew.

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Brazil Gets Its First Pilatus PC-12

Expects Two More Deliveries By End Of '05

Earlier this week, Pilatus announced its first PC-12 delivery to Brazil by OceanAir T�xi A�reo, its exclusive dealer for that country that was appointed in March of 2005.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.25.05)

"FAA is considering the need for mandatory detailed inspections of parts or all of the wing structure on the fleet of G-73 airplanes. If FAA determines that the accident airplane wing’s pre-separation condition is potentially manifest in other G-73 airplanes, the FAA will take appropriate action."

Source: The FAA's SAIB issued just days after the fatal accident that claimed the lives of 20 peopkle after a modified Chalk's Grumman G-73 went down after take-off due to a wing seperation.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-19-16R1 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-16R1 SUMMARY: This amendment rescinds Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2005-19-16, which is applicable to certain Airbus Model A320-111, -211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2005-26-06 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-26-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-45A, CF6-50A, CF6-50C, and CF6-50E series turbofan engines.

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