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January 16, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.17.06

Continental Mechanic Killed In Ground Accident, AH-64 Downed in Iraq, More Trouble For Alaska Airlines, Volcano Delays Reported... and More!

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ANN Special Feature: Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101 01.17.06

A lot of aircraft accidents -- ranging from "minor" incidents to fatal tragedies -- happen when the pilot is distracted while flying close to the ground.   It's extremely rare even in the

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.17.06

Continental Mechanic Killed In Ground Accident, AH-64 Downed in Iraq, More Trouble For Alaska Airlines, Volcano Delays Reported... and More!

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Superior Air Parts Receives FAA Approval For ESR Crankshafts

Can Be Retrofitted To Lycoming Motors

Representatives with Superior Air Parts told Aero-News Monday the Coppell, TX-based company has received FAA approval to begin production of the its new ESR crankshafts, which utilize a new forging process known as Electro Slag Remelt.

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FAA Signs Off On Alaska Airlines' Jackscrews

'Dry' Parts Still OK Per Guidelines

Despite inspectors' reports of 15 incidents of "dry" jackscrews since 2003 on Alaska Airlines' fleet of 26 MD-80 airliners, FAA investigators announced Friday the airline is complying with regulations for maintaining the critical part.

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NASA Celebrates 40 Years Of Crawlers

Transporters First Carried Apollo Rockets To The Pad

They were originally seen as something of a folly, with no less an authority than Walter Cronkite stating they might never work. That was over 40 years ago -- and today, NASA's massive crawler transporters are expected to carry the future of manned spaceflight to the launchpad.

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Another US Helo Down In Iraq

Two Dead In Latest Crash

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.16.06 1430 EST: The Army has confirmed two soldiers were killed Monday after their AH-64 Apache helicopter went down north of Baghdad, in the third downing of a US helicopter in 10 days.

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Birthday Party Plane Ride Ends In Tragedy

One Child Dead, Five Hospitalized

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.16.06 1500 EST: Reports from the scene state the aircraft involved in Saturday's accident that claimed the life of an young boy in Pierre, SD was a Piper Cherokee, although the aircraft's registration has not been released by investigators.

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F-22A Raptor Receives 'Mission Capable' Rating For Air-To-Ground Ops

AFOTEC Eval Included JDAM Deployment

Aero-News has learned the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM recently completed the F-22A Raptor Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) -- and has rated the Air Force’s newest fighter as mission capable in the air-to-ground role.

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Senate Committee To Investigate Airline Security

Public Hearings On February 9, And Another Date Ahead

There are public hearings coming up in February on the subject of transportation security. The two relevant hearings of the US Senate Full Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation will take place on February 9th at 10 in the morning, and on a date yet to be announced (this second hearing was originally scheduled for the afternoon of February 9th).

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'Hero' In 2004 Plane Accident Revealed To Be Fake

Took Credit For Rescue, As True Good Samaritan Stayed Quiet

We're not sure if Nigel Gallimore is a Dustin Hoffman fan, but this story reminds us a little too much of the plot of Hoffman's 1992 movie "Hero," in which a seemingly nice guy takes credit for rescuing victims of a plane crash -- except, as it turns out, that person had nothing to do with it, the true "hero" preferring to stay out of the spotlight.

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TX TFR: UFN

NOTAM:  6/0508  Issued:  01/15/2006 19:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  POSSUM KINGDOM STATE PARK.

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AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM:  6/0510  Issued:  01/15/2006 23:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ROOSEVELT AZ.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 01.16.06

Gone With The Wind In Sebring?

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.16.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program)

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CubCrafters Partners With Andover Flight Academy

CubCrafters has formalized a sales, training, and aircraft maintenance partnership with Damian DelGaizo and Andover Flight Academy.

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Milestone: Robinson Manufactures 4,000th R22 Helicopter

As the year came to a close, Robinson Helicopter Company completed another milestone in 2005; delivery of its 4,000th R22 helicopter. Thirty years after test flying the first R22, himself, Frank Robinson presented the keys of ship S/N 4000 to John Skeen of Heliflite, Australia.

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Klyde Morris 01.16.06

Klyde Lets The NASA Guys Off The Hook As Stardust Arrives Safely

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ME262 Back In Europe

The second of five flying Me262s (TANGO TANGO) from the Me262 Project in Everett, WA, has completed a ride on a CargoLux 747 freighter jet from Seattle, WA to Luxembourgh. The Me262 will next be trucked to Manching, Germany for reassembly and flight testing.

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International Space Station Breathing Easier

2006 Report #2, 3 p.m. CST, Friday, Jan. 13, 2006

The International Space Station crew this week installed an upgrade that will conserve oxygen during spacewalks, moved the station robotic arm to prepare for their next spacewalk, and began an experiment that studies body movements.

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NASA Refines Design For Crew Exploration Vehicle

NASA's Constellation Program is making progress toward selecting a prime contractor to design, develop and build the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), America's first new human spacecraft in 30 years.

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Airline Pilot Hiring - December 2005 Summary

As forecasted by AIR, Inc. the airline industry hired more than 10,000 pilots in 2005. The Nationals lead the way by adding 3,193 pilots, followed by the Majors with 2,498, the jet Operators with 1,592, and the Non-Jet Operators with 1,480.

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Sport Aviation Specialties Sets New ELSA Repairman Courses

Sport Aviation Specialties has announced the scheduling of three additional experimental light-sport aircraft (ELSA) repairman courses. The FAA-accepted 16-hour courses provide the required training for owners or would-be owners of fixed-wing ELSAs to be eligible for an FAA light-sport repairman certificate, thus authorizing them to perform their own annual condition inspections.

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NBAA Intro's Online Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards

NBAA has unveiled the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards (FERMS), a new, web-based tool that provides business aircraft manufacturers and operators with real-time information about business aircraft maintenance and performance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.16.06): TCDS

Aero-Tips!

Have a question about the operating limitations that apply to an airplane? Want to know what engines or propellers are authorized to be installed on an airframe? What are the limiting airspeeds and c.g. limits? Does the airframe or any component have a maximum service lifetime? Can an airplane be flown aerobatically, and if so, within what limits? All these questions, and more, are answered on the Type Certificate Data Sheet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.16.06)

Aero-Linx!

Cleveland, (OH), home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is also home to the International Women’s Air and Space Museum.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.16.06): Adverse Yaw

Adverse Yaw Yawing motion generated when the ailerons are used. The lifting wing generates more drag, causing the plane to yaw toward it. Also happens when person at one wing is pushing faster when attempting to park an airplane.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.16.06)

"For the first time, the Phase II Request for Proposals specifies a configuration for the spacecraft: an improved, blunt-body crew capsule shape. Requirements are based on future exploration mission needs and the desire to fly the first CEV mission as close as possible to 2010, when the space shuttle will be retired. "

Source: NASA, commenting on the PHase II RFP for the upcoming CEV. Phase II adds detailed design, development and production requirements. Phase II proposals will be evaluated and used to select a single CEV contractor later this year.

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