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December 15, 2005

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.16.05

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Certified: Raytheon Beechcraft Baron G58

First Piston Twin With Standard G1000

Raytheon Aircraft Company announced Thursday the FAA has granted type certification to the Beechcraft Baron G58, which features Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics system as standard equipment. The dual-display system integrates Garmin's innovative GFC 700 autopilot and GWX68 color weather radar to provide improved situational awareness, increased functionality, and reduced pilot workload.

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Ariane 5 Nearly Ready For Blastoff

Launch Scheduled Before December 21

Representatives from French Aerospace manufacturer Arianespace tell ANN the final Ariane 5 flight of the year is almost ready to send its cargo into orbit, as the mission has entered the final preparation phase at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

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Pilot Dies In CA Cardinal Accident

Plane Went Down Near Travis AFB

The pilot of a Cessna 177 Cardinal died Wednesday after the plane went down in a rural area approximately eight miles east of Travis Air Force Base, near Clarksburg, CA.

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FedEx A300 Stuck In Mud At Charlotte

Ice And Rain Didn't Cause Mishap, But Didn't Help Either

No one was injured early Thursday morning when a FedEx Airbus A300 became mired in the mud at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Aero-News Senior Editor Pete Combs was on the scene as ground crews first offloaded the cargo, then shifted the fuel from the left wing to the right in order to lighten the load on the left main gear, which were rim-deep in the muck.

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Ramp Workers Strike At Newark Over Pay, Increasing Medical Premiums

Officials Say No Major Disruptions So Far

If you're planning on flying out of Newark, you might be in for a wait... or, maybe not. Over 200 fuelers and other ramp personnel belonging to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) walked off the job Wednesday morning at Newark Liberty International Airport, after rejecting a contract offer from Allied Aviation Services.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 12.15.05

Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: What Should You Do When The Engine Goes Silent?

"The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat." This axiom has more than a ring of truth for all pilots, as there is no quicker way to make a pilot's heart skip a beat -- or fifty -- than to have the engine quit while in flight.

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FL TFR: 12.15.05

NOTAM: 5/1617 Issued: 12/15/2005 01:00 Effective: 12/15/2005 11:30 - 12/15/2005 13:30 State: FL Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: HAZARDS Description: PASCO FL.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-23 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-23 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-19 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-19 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus transport category airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-21 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-21 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-243, -341,-342, and -343 airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce RB211 TRENT 700 engines.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-20 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-20 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A330-300, A340-200, and 340-300 series airplanes.

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Cirrus Signs Deal With Britten-Norman For European Reassembly

First Europe, Then Beyond?

Cirrus Aircraft announced Wednesday that UK-based Britten-Norman will now provide final re-assembly of SR20 and SR22 aircraft slated for delivery to European customers.

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House Passes Stiff Penalties For Pointing Lasers At Aircraft

Offers Alternative To Prosecuting Under Patriot Act

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would carry a $250,000 fine and a possible 5-year prison term for people who point lasers at aircraft. Proponents say the bill fills a gap in the current law that does not specifically prohibit pointing laser beams at aircraft -- evidently, relying on common sense (and the Patriot Act) to dissuade those from doing it.

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Japan Says Hayabusa's Return Delayed Until 2010

Communications Lost After Thruster Malfunction Puts Probe Into Spin

An official with Japan's space agency announced Wednesday the Hayabusa space probe's original June 2007 return date will be put off for approximately three years, after a thruster problem put the probe into an unexpected spin as it hovered over the Itokawa asteroid it was sent to collect samples from.

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American Airlines Firms Up Its Love Field Schedule

Will Start DAL Operations In March 2006

American Airlines has announced its plans for Dallas's Love Field, matching Southwest Airlines' service from the airport to St. Louis and Kansas City, as well as adding two intrastate flights to San Antonio and Austin. The move, which was previously reported in Aero-News, comes at the expense of several routes American previously flew out of its hub at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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NTSB Says Midway Pilot Set Autobrakes, In Violation Of Southwest Policy

But Did That Make A Difference?

The Southwest captain whose Boeing 737 overran a snowy runway when landing at Chicago's Midway Airport last week said he had set the plane's autobraking system prior to touching down, according to NTSB investigators -- something that Southwest discourages pilots from doing.

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Search For Air Crew Lost Off Colombian Coast Called Off

Sources within the US Navy have told Aero-News search and rescue efforts for a SH-60B Seahawk helicopter (file photo of type, below) and its crew lost off the western coast of Colombia this weekend have been terminated. The helicopter, assigned to the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 48 based at Naval Station Mayport, FL, went down December 13 in international waters while conducting counter-narcotics and anti-terrorism operations off the Colombian coast.

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Sikorsky S-92 Selected For UK Offshore Search-And-Rescue Missions

First SAR Application For Helicopter

Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky has signed a five-year contract to provide four S-92 helicopters to CHC Helicopter Corporation, to perform commercial search-and-rescue missions for the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency, beginning in 2007.

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Survivor: Earth Orbit

You've Been In Space... Not!

Apparently, America doesn't hold exclusive rights to denser-than-average contestants on reality television shows (we're as surprised as you are) as a British television show was able to successfully dupe four unwitting contestants into believing they had gone where no English plasterer had gone before: earth orbit.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.15.05)

"It's bad for American Airlines, it's bad for our people and it's bad for the people who live around Love Field. But we've said all along that this is absolutely essential for us to do to remain competitive... This is not something we look forward to doing. We're not driving this -- we are responding to [Southwest]." Source: American Airlines Executive VP of Marketing Dan Garton, on the airline's reluctant decision to shift some of its operations from its hub Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Dallas's Love Field, in response to rival Southwest Airlines' push into Missouri following the easing of Wright Amendment restrictions to the Show Me State.

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AD: Sabreliner

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-18 MANUFACTURER: Sabreliner SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-18 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Sabreliner Model NA-265-40, NA-265-50, NA-265-60, NA-265-70, and NA-265-80 series airplanes.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-16 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain EMBRAER Model ERJ 170 airplanes.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-17 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain EMBRAER airplanes listed above.

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