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April 20, 2007

RAF Trainer Jet Down In Wales

Pilot Ejected Before Accident

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.20.07 1115 EDT: A British Royal Air Force Hawk I trainer crashed Friday afternoon in north Wales, and rescue operations are now underway for the pilot, who authorities confirm was able to eject before the accident.

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FAA Submits NPRM To Correct LSA 'Repositionable' Gear Controversy

Would Also Allow Development Of Lighter-Than-Air LSA

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that, if enacted, would put to rest a niggling point in the original standards defined for light sport aircraft in 2004... as well as potentially expanding the category to include lighter-than-air LSA.

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Is Southwest Airlines The Next Merger Target?

First Talk Of Assigned Seating, Now This...

Is Southwest Airlines poised to become the latest airline in play for a leveraged buyout? One analyst believes the time -- and Southwest -- is ripe for the picking.

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Airlines Enjoy A Healthy First Quarter

American, Southwest, Continental Make Money

There was more good financial news for airlines this week, as cost-cutting measures combined with increasing demand have been working together to boost the industry.

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Canadian Forces Receives First Refueling-Qualified A310 MRTT

One Of Two Slated For Canadian Service

Aero-News has learned the first of two Canadian Forces A310 Multi-role Tanker Transports (MRTTs) outfitted for aerial refueling has been delivered by EADS following the installation of its tanker mission avionics package.

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CIT Aerospace Signs For Five More 737-700s

Has 10 Narrowbodies, Five Dreamliners On Order

Boeing and CIT Aerospace, a business unit of CIT Group Inc. announced this week an order for five Boeing Next-Generation 737-700s, valued at approximately $295 million at list prices.

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Cessna Reports Skyhawk Order From Spain's Gestair Group

G1000-Equipped C-172s To Be Delivered Over Next Eight Months

Cessna told ANN Thursday the Wichita, KS-based planemaker received an order at the AERO Friedrichshafen trade show for 11 172 Skyhawks from the Gestair Group, one of the largest flight training schools on the Iberian Peninsula.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 04.20.07

AOPA Town Hall Meeting At Lakeland 2007

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.20.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.20.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: AOPA Town Hall Meeting At Lakeland 2007 -- 04.20.07 (ANN Special Feature, AOPA President Phil Boyer's comments on progress in the user fee battle.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.20.07

Jeppesen's famed pilot training moves to the internet.
AOPA's Phil Boyer gives an update on the fight against user fees.
And three pilots' widows sue the US government.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.20.07

Jeppesen's famed pilot training moves to the internet.
AOPA's Phil Boyer gives an update on the fight against user fees.
And three pilots' widows sue the US government.

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ANN Special Feature: Phil Boyer, AOPA - 04.20.07

Today, we'll take you to AOPA's Pilots'Town Hall meeting from Lakeland, with AOPA President Phil Boyer, and an update on the fight against user fees.

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Jeppesen And Diamond Aircraft Partner On Training

Online Program May Mark End Of Printed Study Materials

As Aero-News reported earlier this week, Diamond Aircraft and Jeppesen have joined forces to deliver an online private pilot training course that is tailored to Diamond airplanes. More details of that plan -- which also includes additional Diamond specific online course packages that will follow the private course -- were revealed Thursday at Lakeland 2007.

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Widows File Federal Lawsuits Over 2004 Crash

Alleges ATC Error, Negligence

The widows of three Indiana men killed in an October 2004 crash in Missouri have sued the federal government. Three separate and individual suits charge controllers directed the aircraft into a dangerous thunderstorm causing the crash.

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LAMA Announces First Compliance Accreditations

Processes Pass Muster For ASTM Certification

The Light Aircraft Manufacturing Association (LAMA) announced Thursday the first four companies to win the highly coveted Light Sport Aircraft Compliance Awards. The organization LAMA chose to provide the auditing is ASTM International.

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NM Rocket Team Announces Appointments Of Race Pilot, Crew Chief

Santa Fe Rocket Racing Includes NAA Award-Winning Pilot

The newest Rocket Racing Team -- Santa Fe Rocket Racing of Albuquerque, NM -- announced the addition of two new team members this week.

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Klyde Morris (04.20.07)

The FAA's Foray Into Flyover Country Doesn't End Well...

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Corporate Angel Network Recognizes County, HPN

Westchester County Donates CAN Office Space

The National Business Aviation Association told ANN this week the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) will recognize Westchester County and its airport for their support in the donation of the organization's office space for nearly 25 years.

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North Florida Gains Second Medical Helo

Life Flight II To Serve 150-mile Area

Life Flight, a Baptist Health Systems program operated by Air Methods Corp. has announced the addition of a second BK-117 air ambulance in the northern Florida town of Green Cove Springs.

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BE55 Down In Franklin County, New York

Witness Says Plane Rolled After Takeoff

A Beechcraft Baron 55 went down Thursday shortly after takeoff from Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear, NY, outside the Village of Saranac Lake.

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Medical Helo Makes Emergency Landing On Ball Field

Combative State Prisoner Trying To Break Free

An Arizona medical helicopter transporting a state prisoner was forced to make an emergency landing when the inmate began biting and tried to break free from his handcuffs and leg irons Monday afternoon.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.20.07)

Aero-Linx!

Each day, they post a free, clean, and hilarious aviation-related joke of the day!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.20.07): Aiding

Aero-Terms!

A process by which one or more sensors provide data to another sensor to produce results better than any single sensor.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.20.07)

“We are very excited to further develop our partnership with an innovative and forward-thinking manufacturer like Diamond Aircraft. Delivering custom courses to OEMs is something that goes back to the roots of our training business and Paul Sanderson himself.  Aircraft-specific ground training helps students to better retain knowledge and apply it to their flight training, and internet-based delivery will make the courses convenient for both students and instructors.”

Source: Kevin Collins, Jeppesen executive vice president for General and Business Aviation, on an online private pilot training course tailored to Diamond Aircraft planes.

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