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January 07, 2007

Chelton Flight Systems Responds To Direct-To Avionics Mess

Will Offer Discounts To D2A Customers With Unfilled Chelton Orders

The following is the unedited text of a release sent to ANN early Sunday by Chelton Flight Systems, regarding the confusion among customers about the fate of Direct-To Avionics (D2A), which has ceased operations and left many planebuilders with unfilled orders through that company for Chelton avionics, and systems with Chelton components.

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FAA Rebuffs Skydiver Deal With DeLand Control Tower

Jumpers "In A Holding Pattern"

Alleged preferential treatment and unsafe practices are just two of the reasons the FAA has refused to sign off on a plan by officials in DeLand, FL and skydivers to retain a famous sky diving drop zone open with the construction of a new airport control tower.

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The Aero-Dozen: Heroes And Heartbreakers In 2006, Part Two

...And Here Are The Heartbreakers

It is both the most "fun," and most difficult task, facing the ANN staff at the end of every year -- determining who, or what, did the most to promote the cause of aviation in the past 365 days... while also chastizing those who did all they could to undermine the successes the aerospace community has managed to accomplish.

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No Surprise Here: Airlines Object To LaGuardia Limits

Minimum Seat-Count Rule Finding Few Friends

The FAA is making no friends with its plans to reorganize what can politely be called "congested" LaGuardia Airport.

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Reports: United States May Provide Parts To Iranian Planes

But News From Tehran May Be News To US

Iran's beleaguered aviation industry, featuring 13 carriers and a fleet of 120 planes with an average age of 16 years, may see its shortage of spare parts greatly improved with what could be a breakthrough deal, if approved by the US Department of Treasury.

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NTSB Updates Status Of Recent Investigations

Holidays Saw 12 Fatal GA Accidents

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker said last week that, during the recent 12-day holiday period between December 22, 2006 and January 2, 2007, he dispatched regional air safety investigators to 12 fatal general aviation accidents. These accidents resulted in a total of 31 fatalities.

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Airlines Refuse To Fly To British Airport

Bristol Runway Too Slippery When Wet

Officials at Bristol International Airport acknowledged Saturday that several airlines have decided to suspend their service at the airport, due to concerns about the safety of the facility's runway.

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Upgraded: Parsons Tapped As Kennedy Space Center Director

Will Take NASA Facility From Shuttles To Orion

NASA's Florida Kennedy Space Center is under new leadership, as William W. Parsons became the facility's ninth director Thursday, succeeding James W. Kennedy, who retired from the agency.

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NTSB Probe Seeks Cause Of SC Skylane Crash

Three Lost In Thursday Accident

The crash of a Cessna 182 that took the lives of the pilot and two passengers near Columbia (FL) Metropolitan Airport Thursday night is under investigation by the NTSB.

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Rotorway Exec Down In Kansas, Two Injured

Pilot Hears Loud Noise Just Before Mishap

A pilot, with a reported 20 years experience flying similar aircraft, and his wife suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday in the crash of an experimental, amateur-built helicopter in rural Douglas County, KS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.07.07): Flameout

Aero-Terms!

A situation where the flame in a jet engine goes kaput. The problem can be caused by numerous factors too much fuel, too little fuel, too little air, sucking in a foreign object (which can cause more than just a flameout).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.07.07)

"Over the past 24 hours we have been working with our airline partners to find an acceptable way forward. We wish to reassure passengers that every effort is being made to ensure to that a normal service is resumed at Bristol International as soon as possible. The safety of our passengers is, as always, of paramount concern."

Source: Tony Hallwood, aviation development director for Bristol International Airport, after nine airlines stopped service to the British airport Saturday over concerns about the safety of the facility's runway.

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