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December 13, 2005

ANN Special Feature: EADS Socata Introduces The TBM-850 -- 12.14.05

EADS Socata has unveiled the newest member of its TBM family – the six-seat TBM 850 pressurized single-engined turboprop. The TBM 850 offers a maximum cruise speed of 320 kts at FL260. That me

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Aero-News Alert: EADS Socata Intro's TBM 850 Single-Engine Turboprop

New Six-Seat Aircraft To Compete Directly With Very Light Jets

EADS Socata has unveiled the newest member of its TBM family – the six-seat TBM 850 pressurized single-engined turboprop. The TBM 850 builds on the success of the TBM 700 business aircraft and offers owners and pilots a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS at FL260 in ISA conditions.

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Sport-Jet Enroute to Guthrie, Oklahoma

Guthrie Industrial Development Authority Provides Incentives

Excel-Jet, Ltd announced it reached a financial agreement with the Guthrie, Oklahoma Industrial Development Authority. "We've completed negotiations and Excel-Jet will be relocating its facility to Guthrie within 90-120 days," said company president and designer, Bob Bornhofen.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 12.13.05

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.13.05 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.13.05 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: ATG's George Bye Talks About The Javelin 12.13.05 (In today's Special Feature, ATG's George Bye Talks About The Javelin)

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More Details Emerge From Case of Pilot Who Won Age Discrimination Suit

ANN has been provided with additional details on a story we presented several days ago, about a pilot who recently prevailed in a discrimination lawsuit against Connecticut based PrivatAir. 

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Airborne Laser Completes Laser Ground Tests

Let's All Be REALLY Nice To That Airplane With The Laser...

The Boeing-led Airborne Laser team has successfully completed a series of tests involving its high energy laser at the Systems Integration Lab at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. During this test series, lasing duration and power were demonstrated at levels suitable for the destruction of multiple classes of ballistic missiles.

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Technical Center Gets New Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Research Vehicle

The FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center has acquired a new Striker aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, from Oshkosh Truck Corp. of Oshkosh, Wis. The $650,000 state-of-the-art test bed will open a whole new realm of aircraft rescue and firefighting testing capabilities for FAA researchers.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-09

MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney (PW)PW4000 series turbofan engines.

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-07

MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-07 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Raytheon Aircraft Company(Raytheon), Model 390, Premier 1 airplanes.

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AK TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/1473 Issued: 12/13/2005 05:20 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: MOUNT AUGUSTINE VOLCANO.

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FAA Threatening To Play Sky-Cop With A/C Owners

You Have Until 02.01.06 To Furnish Info To FAA Or Be Restricted From The NAS

The FAA wants you to cough up some info about your aircraft... or else. According to FAA notices published in the Federal Register, "The FAA and TSA believe that it is in the interests of national security and aviation safety to ensure that only properly registered aircraft operate within the National Airspace System (NAS)."

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Airline Pilot Hiring - November 2005 Hiring Summary

Airlines hired a total of 695 pilots in November, bringing the year-to-date total to 9,771. The Majors took the hiring lead adding 227 pilots, followed by the National carriers with 197, the Jet Operators hired 127, and the Non-Jet Operators and Fractionals hired 56 and 46 pilots respectively. 2005 is shaping up to be the best year in airline pilot hiring since 9/11.

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Learjet v Pilot... Pilot Loses

Pilot Blasted 20 Feet -- Ouch....

A taxiing Learjet executed a 180 degree turn catching another pilot, nearby, unawares and sent him on a bumpy trip across the ramp as a result of the "jet blast." Ya just gotta know that had to hurt.

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USAF Airmen Keeping Search And Rescue Choppers Flying

Whether it’s for a matter of life and death or a routine mission, 64th Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit troops keep their combat search and rescue helicopters ready. The unit’s more than 30 Airmen never stop working to maintain and repair the HH-60G Pave Low helicopters that fly from their base.

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Pilot ID Cards Becoming Major Concern in Australia

CASA: Pilots To Benefit From Better Security Processing

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority tells ANN that it is making a range of improvements to the systems being used to issue pilots with Aviation Security Identification Cards. The improvements will help to speed up the time it takes for ASIC applications to be processed by CASA and security agencies.

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EJM Adds Five Aircraft To Charter Fleet

Executive Jet Management (EJM) has added five new aircraft to its charter fleet in October and November 2005. Executive Jet Management now manages 102 aircraft in over 60 locations throughout the country to meet the growing demand for retail charter.

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Lockheed Martin To Build High Altitude Airship

$149.2M Missile Defense Agency Contract

Lockheed Martin will build a prototype High Altitude Airship (HAATM) under a $149.2 million contract awarded by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). This contract marks the beginning of the program's third phase, leading to prototype delivery and flight in 2009.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day: 12.13.05

"The FAA and TSA believe that it is in the interests of national security and aviation safety to ensure that only properly registered aircraft operate within the National Airspace System (NAS)." Source: From a notice published in the Federal Register, December 9th, requiring pilots and operators to update their registration info.  

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AD: Shadin

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-08

MANUFACTURER: Air Data Computer SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-08 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Shadin ADC-2000 air datacomputers (ADC) installed on airplanes. This AD requires you to replace affected ADC-2000 units with a modified unit.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-05

MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney (PW) JT8D-1, -1A, -1B, -7, -7A, -7B, -9, -9A, -11, -15, -15A, -17, -17A, -17R, and -17AR series turbofanengines.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-06

MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all FokkerModel F27 Mark 050 series airplanes.

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