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December 16, 2005

Flight Evacuated In Burbank After 'Noncredible' Bomb Remarks

Plane Turned Around Shortly After Takeoff

Comments overheard by flight attendants about a bomb aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that had just left Burbank Friday afternoon led the flight crew to turn the plane around shortly after takeoff. After landing, approximately 130 passengers were evacuated from the jet in an isolated area of the airport.

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Potomac Airfield Back In Business

Move To Reopen VKX Was "A Foregone Conclusion"

It's official: Aero-News has confirmed that Potomac Airfield, which has been in the spotlight of late as a kind of 'ground zero' in the Washington D.C. ADIZ crisis, has reopened for business as of 2:00 EST Friday afternoon. "I got a call yesterday from the TSA, and then a couple of congressmen last night," said Airport Manager David Wartofsky.

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Urgent CASA AD: Dornier

Applicability: Do 228-100, -101, -200, -201, -202 and -212 aeroplanes.

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PHI Exceeds 1,000 Flight Hours With One S-92 Helicopter

Operator Flies Six S-92s In Oil Industry Support Operations

Petroleum Helicopters Inc. achieved an industry milestone this month by surpassing 1,000 flight hours with just one of its Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.

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Boeing, Cathay Pacific Airways Finalize Agreement For 777-300ERs

Airline Confirms 12 Firm 777-300ER Orders, Purchase Rights For 20 More

Boeing representatives tell Aero-News the aerospace manufacturer signed the formal agreement Thursday with Cathay Pacific Airways for the purchase of 12 Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners, and purchase rights for 20 additional 777-300ERs.

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Pawnee Aviation's Chief Completes First Hover Tests

Kit-Copter May Be Offered To Customers Next Month

Aero-News has learned that McCook, NE-based Pawnee Aviation successfully completed the first hover test of its planned kit-built Chief helicopter this week, one of at least four flights the Chief completed. The results of the tests allow the company to lockdown final design details of the helicopter, and may even mean the company will be able to ship kits as early as January.

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NOTAM: 5/1658 Issued: 12/16/2005 14:40 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: TX Facility: ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX. Type: HAZARDS Description: PALO PINTO COUNTY TX.

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Urgent CASA AD: Bell Helicopter

Applicability: Agusta-Bell Model 412 EP helicopters equipped with external rescue hoists with the following part numbers (P/N): 412-8800-01-202 (Breeze-Eastern BL-20200-402) 412-8800-01-412 (Breeze-Eastern BL-20200-412)

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Urgent CASA AD: Learjet

Applicability: Learjet Model 45 aeroplanes, serial numbers (S/N) 45-005 through 45-273 inclusive and 45-2001 through 45-2029 inclusive.

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Urgent CASA AD: Shadin

Applicability: Shadin ADC-2000 air data computers (ADC), part numbers (P/N) 962830A-1-S-8, 962830A-2-S-8 or 962830A-3-S-8, Configurations B, C and D.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.16.05

IBIS Aerospace's Ae270 Receives EASA Certification... Now What?

IBIS Aerospace has just received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) for the new Ae270 Propjet, and the company anticipates FAA certification in the near future... but will that be enough to bring the rakish Ae270 to a hangar near you? Wayne Plucker, IBIS Aerospace's North American General Manager, told Aero-News recently that while the company has accomplished a lot, there is still a lot to do.

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USAF Has A New Top Fighter.. And Call It The F-22A, Please

Raptor Declared Combat Ready

Lockheed Martin's F-22A Raptor surpassed a monumental milestone Thursday when the United States Air Force declared the Raptor has reached initial operational capability -- meaning it is officially ready to serve on the front lines. General Ronald E. Keys, Commander of Air Combat Command, made the historic announcement at Langley Air Force Base, VA, from a Raptor hangar near his headquarters.

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NTSB Releases Updated Factual Report On Midway Accident

(Editor's Note: The following is the unedited text of the updated factual report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board Thursday, regarding the December 8 accident at Chicago's Midway Airport involving Southwest Flight 1248.)

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China's ARJ-21 To Make Maiden Flight In Two Years

Shenzhou, Long March Also Displayed At Shanghai Show

China's Xinhua news agency is reporting the country's first true regional jet, the DC-9-size ARJ-21, is set to make its maiden flight in 2008, with commercial operations set to begin approximately one year after that.

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British Airways Takes Action Against Workers Involved Summertime Strike

One Fired, Two Others Suspended

As part of ongoing disciplinary actions over a crippling strike among ground workers at London's Heathrow Airport back in August, British Airways reported Thursday it has fired one of three employees the airlines says helped organize the strike.

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Wednesday Wasn't A Good Day On East Coast Runways

Two Ground Collisions Bend Planes... And Egos

ANN has learned of two separate incidents of planes colliding on runways Wednesday.

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Klyde Morris 12.16.05

Klyde Seems to Know Richard Branson...

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Ae270 Propjet Receives European Type Certification

Company Expects FAA Approval Shortly

Ibis Aerospace Ltd, a joint venture company consisting of Aero Vodochody of the Czech Republic and AIDC of Taiwan R.O.C., announced Thursday Aero Vodochody has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for the Ae270 single-engine turboprop aircraft.

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Vegas Vs. Vegas In Flight Path Controversy

FAA Plan To Change Departure Routes Criticized

Residents of northwest Las Vegas are battling the FAA -- and each other -- over the agency's proposal to have as many as 200 aircraft a day depart the field over their homes.

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Evergreen International Airlines To Operate Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighters

Modified Aircraft Will Transport 787 Components And Assemblies  

Boeing announced Thursday the company had selected McMinnville, OR-based Evergreen International Airlines, Inc. to operate the 747 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) fleet, consisting of specially modified 747-400 jets that will be used to transport major assemblies for the upcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Korean Air Goes With GEnx To Power Its 787s

Airline May Take As Many As 20 Dreamliners

In a deal valued at more than $240 million, Korean Air has selected the GEnx engine to power its order for 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, as well as its option for 10 more should the airline exercise it. Engine deliveries are set to begin in 2009.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.16.05)

"They may live in fancier houses, but we've lived here longer."

Source: An unidentified resident of southern Las Vegas, NV, in a town-hall meeting regarding the FAA's plan to reroute as many as 1/3 of McCarren International Airport's daily departures -- approximately 200 aircraft -- over the northwestern part of the city, which is densely populated with new residential development. For years, most of McCarren's departing traffic was routed over the older southern portion of the city.

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