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March 08, 2006

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.09.06

The war over user fees heats up...

ATA issues its statement of principles on future funding of the national airspace...

And so do GAMA, NATA and NBAA -- but that one doesn't include

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.09.06

The war over user fees heats up...

ATA issues its statement of principles on future funding of the national airspace...

And so do GAMA, NATA and NBAA -- but that one doesn't include

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The Other Side Of User Fee Argument: GA Groups Announce FAA Funding Principles

ANN Note: In opposition to the proposal set forth this morning by the ATA, on behalf of the airline community, three prominent GA/BizAv organizations have published proposals of their own. No matter which way one feels on the issue, the matter seems destined to divide an already embattled industry down the middle... between the airlines' cry for GA to pay more for the services they contend it owes to the system, and a GA world that argues that the system was designed for the airlines and that much of the costs needed to support it have nothing to do with what they need... or use.

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Drunk Man Breaches Security At Chicago's Midway, Takes Stroll Along Runway

Maybe He Wanted To Buy It?

We honestly don't know where to start with this one, except at the beginning. Chicago city officials confirmed Tuesday that an intoxicated man was able to sneak through a security gate at Midway Airport this weekend, where he proceeded to then take a stroll along the runways.

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Aluminum Overcast Takes To The Skies Again!

Was Damaged In 2004 Landing Mishap

The Experimental Aircraft Association has given Aero-News some happy news: Tuesday, March 7, the long and meticulous repair project for EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast officially ended when her wheels left Runway 18 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh for a 50-minute test flight.

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Radar Woes: Two TRACONS Go Down In As Many Days

Computer Failures Result In Delays

In the past three days, the FAA's primary radar services have failed in both Chicago and New York.

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Modernization Blueprint or 'Power/Money Grab?' ATA Unveils 'Smart Skies' Program

Airlines Unveil Statement of Principles to Fund System Transformation

ANN Note: ANN is participating in a number of conference calls and interviews throughout the day now that the cards finally appear to be on the table, as far as the airlines are concerned. Preliminary analysis does not bode well for the General Aviation community in that the ATA proposal both seems to be a power grab over what ATA claims is 'commercial' airspace, as well as an expense reduction program that would transfer 1.5-2 billion dollars of annual costs to the GA community for a system that is admittedly custom-designed to cater to the airline industry.

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Do New Air Marshal Recruits Have The Right Stuff?

Older Marshals Say No

If you ran a law enforcement agency... would you take the greenest of recruits and put him undercover? That question comes from at least one federal air marshal, who says the TSA is recruiting people with NO law enforcement experience to protect commercial passenger flights from would-be hijackers.

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S-TEC Receives FAA Approval For MAGIC Installation In King Air E90s

Representatives with S-TEC tell Aero-News that -- thanks to FAA approval for the installation of the company's MAGIC EFIS and MAGIC 2100 DFCS -- flying the King Air E90 just got a little easier.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 03.08.06

IndUS Aviation's Scott Severen, On What's To Come

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.08.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.08.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- IndUS Aviation's Scott Severen: 03.08.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Scott Severen of IndUS Aviation.)

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From The Internet To The Airport: Scammers At Work

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True...

Let's say you're trying to sell your plane. You're asking $50,000 for it -- but so far, no one has bitten, and you're getting a little desperate.

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Kenya Airways To Add Six Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Most Successful Program Launch To Date For Boeing

Are commercial airliner orders coming in sixes now? Just one day after Airbus announced a six-plane deal with Yemenia Air for its A350 -- with options for four more -- Boeing responded in kind with a six-aircraft deal of its own. On Tuesday, Kenya Airways announced its decision to purchase six 787 Dreamliners.

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MN TFR: 03.08.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2907 Issue Date: March 07, 2006 at 21:20 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: March 08, 2006 at 17:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 08, 2006 at 18:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at Babbitt Iron Mines Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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GA TFR: 03.09.06 - 03.10.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2884 Issue Date: March 07, 2006 at 18:30 UTC Location: Atlanta, Georgia Beginning Date and Time: March 09, 2006 at 21:50 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 10, 2006 at 0:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Possible AD Looms For Lycoming Owners Affected By Latest Service Bulletin

Calls For "Retirement" Of 5,000+ Crankshafts

Two-hundred-million dollars. That's the current price tag on Textron/Lycoming's effort to, in the company's words, "proactively retire" thousands of engines with potential crankshaft problems. Now, Lycoming has announced yet another bulletin -- SB 569, which calls for replacement of over 5,000 crankshafts on engines ranging from the O-360 to the IO-720.

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Is This Good News? Mineta Says No 'Wide-Ranging' User Fees

But There Will Be Some...

There will be no wide-ranging user fees imposed on general aviation -- so said Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta in testimony before the House of Representatives Tuesday.

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NTSB Calls For Terrain Collision Avoidance Systems For All 6+ Pax Turbine Helis

NTSB has called on the FAA to require all U.S.-registered turbine-powered helicopters certificated to carry at least 6 passengers to be equipped with a terrain awareness and warning system. The recommendation is one of five contained in the final report of a fatal helicopter accident in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Delta Regional Operator Grounds Troubled CRJ-200 After Weekend Flap Incidents

Problem Plane Undergoes Inspection In ATL

So, what's up with the flaps on a couple of Delta's Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jets? That's what both Delta and its regional operator, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, would like to know.

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Enstrom Announces 2005 Dealer of the Year

Enstrom Helicopter Corp. has named its annual Dealer of the Year -- Simon Oliphant-Hope of Eastern Atlantic Helicopters, located in Shoreham by the Sea, UK.

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Boeing Has 100 Reasons To Like Ryanair

Boeing Delivers 100th Next-Generation 737 to Ryanair

Boeing and Ryanair, Europe's largest and most profitable low-cost carrier, have celebrated the delivery of the airline's 100th Boeing Next-Generation 737, nearly seven years after receiving its first 737-800.

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Guess Who's Watching The Aussie Coast? Bombardier.

National Air Support (NAS) of Adelaide, Australia has placed a firm order for three Bombardier Q300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) for the Surveillance Australia Coastwatch program.

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AeroGraphics Announces 2006 Fly-In Plans, Offers New Sweepstakes

Meanwhile, 2005 Winner Enjoys His Thunderbirds-Inspired Glastar

AeroGraphics Design announced this week they will again exhibit at Sun N’ Fun in Lakeland, FL in April.

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Iraqi Air Force Opens New Al Muthana Air Base

The Iraqi air force, along with its coalition partners, officially opened a new air base in Baghdad Tuesday. The Al Muthana Air Base, near the international airport, provides a foundation on which Iraq's air force can rebuild with help from its allies, U.S. officials said.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.08.06): After The Off-Airport Landing

Aero-Tips!

A pilot died recently attempting takeoff. The irony is that he had successfully landed off-airport after losing power. After repairs were complete, he tried to take off from the emergency landing site... only to impact trees on departure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.08.06)

Aero-Linx!

Brainchild of Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and Granger B. Whitelaw, entertainment and sports takes a flying leap into the future with the Rocket Racing League.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.08.06): C4IFTW

C4IFTW Command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence for the Warrior.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.08.06)

"Even Lycoming concedes that there have been no failures with these crankshafts. The FAA needs to do its homework and ensure that there is compelling, risk-based data to support what will be an expensive proposition for owners."

Source: Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of regulatory and certification policy, on the latest service bulletin from Lycoming regarding crankshafts in its engines. AOPA is concerned that the FAA is considering the issuance of an airworthiness bulletin based off of SB 569 -- which calls for replacement of over 5,000 crankshafts on engines ranging from the O-360 to the IO-720.

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