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December 14, 2005

UT TFR: 12.15.05

NOTAM Number:  FDC 5/1541   Issue Date: December 13, 2005 at 22:34 UTC Location: Provo, Utah near PROVO VOR/DME (PVU) Beginning Date and Time: December 15, 2005 at 17:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 15, 2005 at 21:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Blasting (avalanche control) Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake City (ZLC) Center, 801-376-7036

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MO TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number:  FDC 5/1594   Issue Date: December 14, 2005 at 19:00 UTC Location: 29 SW Farmington, Missouri near FARMINGTON VORTAC (FAM) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for a repair to a breached dam Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Kansas City (ZKC) Center, 913-254-8500

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TX TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 5/1577   Issue Date: December 14, 2005 at 16:54 UTC Location: Laughlin, Texas near LAUGHLIN VORTAC (DLF) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Aircraft accident Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Houston (ZHU) Center, 281-230-5560

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Pregnant Woman Survives Chute Accident

"I Prepared For The Worst And I Got The Best"

To say that Shayna Richardson feels lucky to be alive would be an understatement -- times two. The 21-year-old Arkansas woman started skydiving back in May, and was on her first solo jump two months ago when the unthinkable happened: her parachutes -- that's plural, both the main and the reserve -- failed to open fully. Her instructor caught the whole horrifying ordeal on tape as she spiraled to the ground, before landing face-down at 50 miles per hour in the airport parking lot.

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Embraer Delivers First E190 Jet To Air Canada

Air Canada has announced it has received its first Embraer 190, becoming the first airline in North America to receive two different E-Jet models. According to Embraer, eventually the carrier will fly as many as 45 of the larger 190s, which will feature seating for 93 passengers in two classes -- 20 more than the 175s the carrier also operates. Air Canada is expected to receive its last 175 in January 2006.

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Virgin Selects NM For Spaceport

"Land of Enchantment", or Gateway To The Stars?

New Mexico may just need a new state motto, after it was announced Tuesday that Virgin Galactic, the private spaceflight brainchild of billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, has entered into an agreement with the state to build a $225 million spaceport in the southern part of the state near White Sands Missile Range.

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Qantas Places Order For 65 Dreamliners

Bada-Boeing!

Here we go again! As we reported earlier in Aero-News, both Boeing and Airbus have been awaiting word on the decision by Australian-based airline Qantas on whose plane the airline was going to select to add to its growing fleet -- and how many. Well, the suspense is over, as Qantas announced Wednesday they have placed 45 firm orders for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, with options for 20 more and purchase rights for another 50 aircraft on top of that.

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Aloha Pilots Ratify New Contract

Carrier Hopes To Emerge From Bankruptcy By End Of Year

Earlier this week, representatives from Aloha Airlines told Aero-News members of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Council 70 have ratified their new contract, joining the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and three other collective bargaining units in finalizing agreements with the Hawaiian carrier. Aloha hopes to emerge from bankruptcy protection by December 15, 2005 -- less than one year after the company filed for Chapter 11.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.14.05

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.14.05 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.14.05 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: EADS Socata Introduces The TBM-850 -- 12.14.05 (In today's Special Feature, we get the low-down on EADS Socata's new TBM 850)

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Lawsuit Lottery Continues: Firm Files $100M Suit Over Venezuelan MD-82 Crash

Yet another law firm, calling itself, "one of the largest aviation litigation firms in the US," Motley Rice, LLC; has joined with co-counsel Edward Montoya of Coral Gables, Fla., and announced that they have filed a $100,000,000 suit against Colombian-based West Caribbean Airways and its principals, as well as others...

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S-TEC Equipped Conquest II's Now Cleared for RVSM Flights

Conquest II operators can once again fly above 28,000 feet. S-TEC has achieved RVSM approval for Conquest II's equipped with its MAGIC 2100 Digital Flight Control System, the only fully digital cockpit available for this aircraft.

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Aero-Biz Has Heart: NATA Distributes $13K to Katrina Victims

The National Air Transportation Association has distributed $13,000 in NATA member contributions to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The funds are being distributed this week.

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'M4': 2006 Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association Gathering Announced

COPA (The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association) is pleased to announce that the annual convention of COPA members will be held in Duluth, MN on June 2nd through June 4th 2006. Duluth is the home of Cirrus Design corporation.

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US, Greece Sign Agreement For Sale Of Additional Advanced F-16 Block 52+

The governments of Greece and the United States have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the sale of 30 additional Lockheed Martin Advanced F-16 Block 52+ aircraft to Greece, with an option for an additional 10 aircraft.

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NBAA Intro's 'Flight Department Essentials'

Small flight departments and companies new to business aircraft ownership and operations face many challenges as they acquire aircraft and place the aircraft into service. These challenges range from evaluating whether to purchase an aircraft to hiring pilots to choosing a base of operations to understanding applicable taxes.

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USS Kearsarge Becomes Osprey-Friendly Habitat

Modifies Structure to Accommodate Ospreys

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) is receiving structural and equipment upgrades to become the first amphibious assault ship to accommodate the Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.14.05)

"What is it that the world's aviation lawyers know that we (the aviation industry and investigating authorities), do not?" 

Source: A question that the Aero-News Network posed in a recent article about the latest lawsuit filed by yet another law firm claiming to be "one of the largest aviation litigation firms in the country..." long before any responsible investigating authority can derive a probable cause for the tragedy in question. Is this a case of 'sue first and ask questions later?'

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AD: BAE

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-14

MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited (Jetstream) Model 4101 airplanes.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-13

MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca Arriel 2B and 2B1 turboshaft engines without modification TU22 incorporated.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-11

MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) models RB211 Trent 875-17, Trent 877-17, Trent 884-17, Trent 884B-17, Trent 892-17, Trent 892B-17,and Trent 895-17 turbofan engines with low pressure (LP) compressor fan blades, part number(P/N) FW18548 installed.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-12

MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca Astazou XIV B and XIV H turboshaft engines that have operated with air intake noise suppressors.

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AD: Dassault

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-15

MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Model Falcon 2000 airplanes equipped with CFE Company CFE738-1-1B turbofan engines.

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