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February 17, 2006

Marines Lose Two Helos Off African Coast

Two People Rescued, Search Underway For 10 Others

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 02.17.06 1830EST: Marine officials say two of the combined 12 people onboard the two CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters that went down Friday near Djibouti have been rescued, and the search continues for the 10 who are still missing.

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WI TFR: 02.20.06

NOTAM Number:  FDC 6/2045  Issue Date: February 17, 2006 at 17:43 UTC Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Beginning Date and Time: February 20, 2006 at 16:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 20, 2006 at 19:25 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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MI TFR: 02.20.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2043 Issue Date: February 17, 2006 at 17:35 UTC Location: Detroit, Michigan Beginning Date and Time: February 20, 2006 at 19:15 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 20, 2006 at 22:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Authorities Investigate Cargo Carrier Collusion

Over A Dozen Airlines Under The Microscope

Are airlines collaborating to fix prices for running freight? That's what US, European and Asian regulators want to know, and they've started to probe more than a dozen airlines this week in hopes of finding the answer.

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NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2031  Issue Date: February 17, 2006 at 16:18 UTC Location: Manteca, California near MANTECA VORTAC (ECA) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Law enforcement operation Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Oakland (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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A380 Wing Snaps Shy Of Stress Test Target

Airbus Expects "No Impact" On Cert, Deliveries

Is a 3.3 percent margin of error good enough? That is the question being asked after Airbus officials revealed Thursday an A380 wing failed during stress testing earlier this week.

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Bombardier Fractional Enters Home Market

FlexJet Flexes Into Canada

Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional business jet ownership program of Bombardier Aerospace, told Aero-News Friday the company is expanding its services into Canada.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.17.06

New Mexico Gets Its Spaceport

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.17.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.17.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- NM Spaceport Approved: 02.17.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with New Mexico EDDS Rick Homans.)

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AEA Firms Up 2006 Palm Springs Convention Plans, Looks Ahead

ANN Will Be In Palm Springs!

Aero-News is looking ahead -- and forward -- to spending some time in sunny Palm Springs, CA for the 49th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show in April.

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You've Got Friends: APA Expresses Support For NWA, Delta Pilots

"Consensual Solution In The Best Interests Of All Concerned"

Just as talks come down to the wire in negotiations between Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines, and their workers, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) issued the following statement of support Thursday for the pilots of those beleagured carriers.

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BAE Systems Flies Wolfpack UAS

BAE Systems recently demonstrated its vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial system (UAS) at Fort Benning, GA, for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and US Army representatives.

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NM Legislature Approves $110 Million For Spaceport Funding

Bill Now Heads To Guv For Signature

In a conference call Thursday, New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans announced the New Mexico state legislature has approved $100 million in funding for the development of a commercial spaceport near Truth or Consequences.

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Judge Grants Seven Day Extension To NWA, Worker Talks

Had Been Scheduled To Vote Friday On Voiding Contracts

US Bankruptcy Court judge Allan Gropper has granted a stay of execution, of sorts, in the ongoing battle between Northwest Airlines and its pilots and flight attendants.

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Dassault Sets Record Sales Year For Falcon Business Jets

Raises Range Target for Falcon 7X to 6,000 NM

The good news about 2005 continues to come in. Aero-News learned Thursday that the final sales figures for Dassault are in... and 2005 was a VERY good year for the French manufacturer.

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Delta OK To Renegotiate Jet Leases

Will Save Carrier About $200 Million Annually

Delta Air Lines will be allowed to renegotiate leases on 88 aircraft, US Bankruptcy Court Judge Adlai Hardin ruled earlier this week.

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Klyde Morris 02.17.06

At Least They're Not Doping. Yet.

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Portland Basketball Player Fined After Loaded Gun Found On Team Plane

Today's Lesson? Be Sure To Grab The Right Bag

Portland Trail Blazers guard Sebastian Telfair had some explaining to do this week... to the team, the TSA, and even his girlfriend, after a handgun was found onboard the team's private jet as it was being readied for departure from Logan International Airport in Boston last weekend.

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What Part Of 'Don't Aim At Planes' DON'T You Understand?

Pilots Report Lasers In Detroit

Lasers are in the news again -- alas, not because of some scientific development, but instead because at least 16 pilots landing their planes at Detroit Metro Airport in a single night report having been flashed by potentially blinding, focused beams of light.

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Georgia Man Indicted In Bomb Scare

Claimed Bomb Was Onboard AirTran Flight

A man whom authorities say claimed there was a bomb aboard an AirTran Airways flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta last month was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday.

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USS John C. Stennis Back In Operation After Refit

Last Conducted Flight Ops In October 2004

With the recovery of an SH-60 helicopter from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 8, USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck was certified capable of conducting regular flight operations February 8, transforming the ship from a carrier in maintenance back to an operational carrier.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (02.17.06): Aero-Electricity 101 (Quiz, Part One)


For several days we’ve been demystifying an airplane’s electrical system by comparing it to water flow.  Check out the diagram, sharpen your #2 pencil, and see what you’ve learned. Answers are at the end of the article.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.06)


Almost ten years ago the idea was born to have computers all over the world help SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) find E.T.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.06): Autogyro

Autogyro An autogyro (only an autogiro when made by Cierva), sometimes called a gyroplane or Gyrocopter™, is an aircraft with an unpowered rotary wing, or rotor, that resembles a helicopter.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.17.06)

"It's all systems go."

Source: New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans, after the state legislature authorized approximately $110 million in funding for the development of a commercial spaceport near Truth or Consequences. The bill authorizes funding for the spaceport through 2009.

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