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November 18, 2005

Bell Helicopter Had Record-Breaking Time At NBAA

Company Reports 35 Orders Over Three Days In Orlando

As ANN readers know, the National Business Aviation Association held its annual convention last week in Orlando, FL -- and for Bell Helicopter, it was a record breaking show, as the company reports it took orders for 35 aircraft during the three-day convention, more than tripling its NBAA order number from last year.

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Lockheed Martin Gets Go Order For Continued Raptor Production

Twenty-Four Add'l F/A-22s To Be Produced Over Next Two Years

Lockheed Martin announced Thursday the company has been awarded a $2.9 billion fixed-price contract by the USAF for continued production of F/A-22 aircraft through November 2007.

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Israeli Airport Lie Detector Shows Promise

Picture This: The TSA With Lie Detectors

We may be witnessing the future of airport security, as an Israeli-made airport lie detector is currently being tested at Russia's Domodedevo airport.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 11.18.05

Surprise NPRM Announcement Shocks Bonanza, Navion Owners

As you may have already seen in today's edition of Aero-News, on Wednesday the FAA submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a potential Airworthiness Directive aimed at McCauley C406 and C409 propellers mounted to Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) IO-520, TSIO-520, or IO-550 reciprocating engines. The news came as a shock to the AOPA's Luis Gutierrez, who is Director of Regulatory and Certification Policies for the organization.

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UAV 'Cop-Pilots' Getting The Job Done In Iraq

'It's Not Just A Remote Controlled Plane'

While the glamour of piloting a UAV may not match that of flying F-15 Eagles or F-16 Fighting Falcons, a group of enlisted airmen at Ali Base, Iraq are using their wings to perform much the same tasks as those flying the heavier equipment -- providing security, through air superiority.

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Score Another One For The Standard Missile-3

Sixth Successful Test In Program

Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) destroyed a ballistic missile target outside the earth's atmosphere during a Missile Defense Agency/ Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program flight test Thursday over the Pacific Ocean. It was the sixth successful intercept for the Aegis BMD program using the SM-3.

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Surprise NPRM: McCauley Propeller

This Could Be A Pricey One, Folks...

The FAA has submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a potential Airworthiness Directive aimed at McCauley Propellers, specifically model 3A32C406/82NDB-X and D3A32C409/82NDB-X Propellers (hereafter referred to as C406 and C409, respectively) mounted to Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) IO-520, TSIO-520, or IO-550 reciprocating engines.

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TSA Inspector Reinstated After Fake Bomb Blunder

Test Bomb Got Aboard Amsterdam-Bound Airliner

One of two TSA screeners fired after a fake bomb slipped through a Newark Liberty International Airport checkpoint last December has been reinstated... and she plans to return to her post at the airport.

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Senate OKs Airline Pension Help

Bill Faces Uphill Battle In House

By a 97-2 margin, the Senate Wednesday passed legislation to bolster the nation's troubled pension system, including special assistance for aiding airlines and retired pilots under 65.

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Harsh Words Exchanged In Delta Court Case

Pilots Union Threatens Strike If Contract Tossed

It's official: in opening remarks Wednesday, Delta Air Lines asked a US Bankruptcy Court judge to void its contract with Delta's pilots' union, in hopes the $325 million the carrier hopes to save by slashing its collective bargaining agreements with pilots will help the carrier emerge from Chapter 11.

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Klyde Morris 11.18.05

Klyde Can't Resist Some Bankruptcy Commentary

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EASA Head All For EU Proposal To Grant Regulatory Powers

In an EU release, Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency Patrick Goudou welcomed the Commission's proposal to extend the Agency's regulatory powers to air operations, flight crew licensing and oversight of third-country airlines.

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Too Close For Comfort In FLL Runway Incursion

Landing Jet Narrowly Missed Another Holding On Same Runway

On the heels of the NTSB's strong recommendation to the FAA that the agency needs to do more to stem runway incursions, comes word such an event occurred last week -- as a landing airliner came within 100 feet of an RJ holding on the active runway.

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Northwest Workers Write Judge Asking For Help

Some Plead, Others Pray... One Accuses

If you're Judge Allan Gropper, you have no shortage of people trying to get your attention right now -- especially if those people are current or former employees of Northwest Airlines.

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Ariane 5 ECA Launches To New Record After Delays

Two New -- And Heavy -- Telecom Satellites Now In Orbit

After a rough start marred by several delays, Europe's most powerful rocket yet lifted off from Kourou in French Guiana Wednesday night, carrying two communications satellites weighing a combined 17,500 lbs into orbit -- a new world record.

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Northrop Unveils Airliner Antimissile System

Jams Guidance Systems Of Incoming Missiles

Northrop Grumman -- in competition with Britain's BAE Systems for a federal contract to equip commercial airliners with a missile defense system -- took the wraps off their proposed method last week in Mojave, CA.

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Australian Women Stopped From Boarding Plane In Damascus

Dismantled Gun Found In Carry-On Bags, Child's Toy?

Four Australian woman and a young boy were detained Thursday in Syria -- not a good place for that to happen -- after a dismantled gun was found inside their carry-on items and baggage. The group was attempting to board a Gulf Air flight in Damascus bound for Australia, with a stopover in Bahrain.

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False Alarm: No Missing Plane In Toledo

Two Day Search Reveals Frustrating -- But Happy -- Ending

After a 48-hour search in strong winds and rain, rescue workers have determined a plane did not go down Monday night in northwest Ohio. In fact -- and we say this only because the story has a happy ending -- the whole event was triggered by a comedy of errors.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.18.05)

"I say you're throwing darts at the pilots because they're smaller than you are and you think you can stomp on them. That may or may not be true. I don't think this matter will be resolved until I hear what the pilots have to say and what you have to say." Source: US Bankruptcy Court Judge Prudence Carter Beatty to lawyers representing Delta Air Lines, during opening arguments Wednesday in the airline's request to axe its collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association. Delta is hoping to save $325 million by voiding the current contract with its pilots.

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Minnesota TFR: 11.18.05

NOTAM: 5/0734 Issued: 11/17/2005 19:10 Effective: 11/18/2005 16:30 - 11/18/2005 17:45 State: MN Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: HAZARDS Description: ELY MN

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