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December 07, 2005

ANN Special Feature: The FAM Shooting In Miami 12.08.05

ANN Special Feature: The FAM Shooting In Miami 12.08.05

SAC James Bauer, US Air Marshal Service, Miami Branch and Blain Stanley, Director, Air Care's FACTS Training Program

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AOPA: ADIZs Everywhere Goal Of 9/11 Commission?

AOPA is aksing the aviation community, "Does the 9/11 Commission want ADIZs everywhere?" Perhaps. In the commission's latest "report card," it gives the government a B- for homeland airspace defense. The commission notes that there is "no overarching plan to secure airspace outside the National Capital region."

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First All-Iraqi Aircrew Shows Security Forces' Progress

The first Iraqi air force C-130 mission with an all-Iraqi aircrew Dec. 5 is an indicator of Iraqi security forces' progress, according to a US military official.

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Aero-News Alert: NTSB's Conners Asks Bush To Withdraw Nomination As Chairman

National Transportation Safety Board Member Ellen Engleman Conners has asked President Bush to withdraw her nomination for a second term as Chairman of the NTSB.

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Aero-News Alert: Shots Fired by Air Marshal On Board Miami Airliner

Situation Appears "Confusing" At This Time

ANN Reporting 1430 EST, 12.07.05: ANN is monitoring a story in which shots were allegedly fired, for reasons as yet unknown, by a Federal Air Marshal. According to a number of sources, American Airlines Flight 924 was the scene of a shooting incident. The aircraft is currently surrounded by law enforcement personnel, is still attached to an airport jetway and the matter is reportedly "under control."

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Aero-News Welcomes Expert CFI Tom Turner To The ANN Line-Up

Will Provide Daily Aero-Tips, As Well As Weekly Aero-Craft Audio Segments

Our regular readers will recognize the name Tom Turner -- and maybe, some of you have even been fortunate enough to meet him. Tom is one of THE people to talk to on matters of aircraft systems and operation...

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Angel Flight Southeast Offers Holiday Gifts To Support Its Missions

Sales Of Pendants, Ornaments, Teddy Bears Help Support Volunteers' Efforts 

Angel Flight(R) Southeast (AFSE), a nonprofit charity that has coordinated nearly 3,500 free medical and humanitarian flights in 2005 alone, is offering a variety of gifts appropriate for holiday giving. These include a limited-edition, three-dimensional gold-plated ornament, a custom-designed pearl pendant by Lake County artist Marie Len, aviator teddy bears, angel bears and logo clothing, including a t-shirt remembering the victims and volunteers of Hurricane Katrina.

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Boeing and Royal Air Maroc Complete 787 Dreamliner Order

In a joint statement, Boeing and Royal Air Maroc announced Tuesday the firm-order agreement for four 787 Dreamliners, with an option for the purchase of one additional airplane. The first 787 is scheduled for delivery in late 2008.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-25-03 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-25-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, and -800 series airplanes.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 12.07.05

Work On Your Own ELSA

You can fly it... but can you fix it? Mike Huffman, owner of Sport Aviation Specialties, hopes to put wrenches in the hands of many owners of both ELSA (Experimental Light Sport Aircraft) and SLSA (Special Light Sport Aircraft) airplanes. He is currently offering a 16-hour course to owners of ELSA aircraft, that upon successful completion will allow owners to handle their own maintenance work --including annuals -- legally.

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CA Teen May Have Found Way To Increase Aerodynamic Efficiency

Wins Scholarship For His Answer To The Dirichlet Problem

Michael Viscardi may have the answer to a 200-year-old question: how to build a better wing. The California teen isn't sharing the details at the moment -- which is fine for us, as we're still trying to figure out how many orders Boeing REALLY has for 2005 -- but suffice to say, the answer could lead to even more efficient aircraft wing designs.

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SPEEA's Wichita Workers Reject Boeing Contract Offer

Washington, Oregon Workers Approve Their Deal With Aerospace Manufacturer

Aero-News has learned engineers at The Boeing Company's Wichita Integrated Defense Systems are planning to return to the negotiation table, after voting to reject the company's offer for a new employment contract. However, the union's members in Washington and Oregon who work for Boeing's Commercial Airliner division were also presented with a new contract, which that union approved last week -- with nearly 90 percent of its membership voting yes on the three-year deal.

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RANS S-7LS Receives SLSA Certification

First Delivery to Montana

The first RANS SLSA has been flying for several weeks now. The S-7LS is the sport plane version of the Courier, a kit plane that began production in 1985, and received Primary Type Certification in September of 2001. Deliveries from the plant, located in Kansas, have begun.

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Mars Rovers Still Going, Going, Going... But How Much Longer Is Anyone's Guess

Opportunity's Arm, Steering Malfunctioning; Spirit's Scraping Tool Worn

When the Spirit rover landed on the Martian surface on January 3, 2004, not even the most wide-eyed optimist in the NASA community believed that the rover would still be functioning nearly two earth-years later. After all, the rover was built for a mission expected to last only 90 days, with stress tests for only three times that number.

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Analysts Say Delta Faces Liquidation, In Addition To Its Other Problems

Could it be curtains for Delta in 2006?

Several analysts taking part in the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit this week said it's a real possibility. One says Delta could very well sell what's left and lock the doors if it doesn't fare well in bankruptcy court during the coming year.

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US Airways Goes With GEnx Engines For Its A350s

Over 100 Orders For Engine On A350 So Far

US Airways has reached agreement with General Electric Company to purchase GEnx engines for its new order of 20 Airbus A350 aircraft. The contract is valued at more than $400 million.

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Gone West: John Iannaccone

Naval Airship Veteran, Was On Hindenburg Ground Crew

Aero-News was saddened to learn from one of our readers that John Antonio Iannaccone, 94, died Friday, December 2. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy and a veteran of the Navy's World War II blimp program, as well as one of the last remaining "Sky Sailors" from the Navy's rigid airship era of the 1920's-1930's. Iannaccone was also the last known living US Navy ground crewmember from the Hindenburg disaster.

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Court Approves ABX Purchase Of 11 762s From Delta

ABX Air announced Monday a US bankruptcy court had approved the company's purchase of eleven Boeing 767-200 passenger aircraft from Delta Air Lines.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.07.05)

"Our team is very disappointed in the approach management took. For the first time in history, [Boeing's] Wichita management tried to give us lower wage pools than are provided to Puget Sound engineers." Source: SPEEA Midwest director Bob Brewer, on the union's rejection of a three-year contract for workers in Boeing's Wichita plant. According to the union -- which represents 802 employees at the plant --  the vote tally showed 71 percent of the voting members cast ballots to reject the offer. However, Brewer said he was optimistic a compromise agreement would soon be reached.

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