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September 17, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.18.06

Atlantis heads home with a "job-well-done."

The first female space tourist is set for launch...

And a US Air Force Base in Germany grounds all flights after an F-16 pilot is forced

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ANN Special Feature: Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101 09.18.06

The Federal Aviation Administration identifies five personality styles, or pilot attitudes that it calls "hazardous" to flying safety.  Each "bad attitude" highlights traits that can inhibit g

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.18.06

Atlantis heads home with a "job-well-done."

The first female space tourist is set for launch...

And a US Air Force Base in Germany grounds all flights after an F-16 pilot is forced

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Atlantis Undocks From ISS

It's About To Get Crowded Up There...

Hugs and cheers all around this morning aboard the International Space Station... as the crew of the shuttle Atlantis bade their compatriots farewell, shortly before the orbiter undocked from the station.

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Soyuz Rocket On Pad In Baikonur

Set To Launch With Ansari On Monday

A Soyuz rocket sits atop its launcher on a barren steppe at the southern end of the Ural Mountains today awaiting a Monday launch.

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Venga, ARINC Propose Replacement For Aging Snowbird Fleet

Hawks Would Replace 40-Year-Old Tutors

In a release September 15th, Venga Aerospace Systems and ARINC Incorporated, announced a joint proposal to the Canadian government to lease BAE System's Hawk jets to replace the Snowbirds' aging fleet of Tutors.

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Bay County International Airport Is Moving... Maybe

FAA Approves Plan To Move Across The Bay

How do you move an airport? Well, you start by getting permission from the FAA. Actually, there's a little more to it than that, but FAA approval is a big early step, and the Panama City - Bay County Airport Relocation Project got it on September 15th.

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Fickle Aeroflot Delays Purchase Decision

Rivals Airbus & Boeing Left Standing By....

Are they just being coy, or is it a clever attempt to get a better deal? As ANN reported last week, Aeroflot convened a meeting of its board to discuss a plan to purchase new aircraft. They met, they talked, and they decided... uh, not to decide -- yet.

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US Naval Academy Receives Replica Of Historic Wright Airplane

Wright Experience Donates 1911 Navy B-1

Ninety-five years after the Wright B-1 became the first aircraft built by Orville and Wilbur Wright to be delivered to the US Navy, a reproduction of that historic aircraft is now on permanent display at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

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Long Island Air Museum In Peril

Cradle (...of Aviation Museum) May Fall

Five months after a last-ditch bailout plan was approved by Nassua County, it appears the Long Island-based Cradle of Aviation Museum is undergoing the museum equivalent of an in-flight emergency... and may plummet out of control in less than two months.  

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The Venerable KC-135 Celebrates 50 Years

Boeing's Original Swept Wing Design Has Aged Well

It's hard to believe the US Military operates 50-year-old aircraft, but they do... every day, 24/7. The KC-135 is the USAF's primary in-flight refueling tanker, and also happens to be one of its most valuable tools -- nobody goes anywhere without gas, and the KC-135 has 30,000 gallons of what everybody needs.

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Upgraded: GAMA's Jens C. Henning

Promoted To Director Of Operations

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced this week the promotion of Jens C. Hennig to the position of Director, Operations for the organization. Hennig was previously GAMA's Manager of Operations.

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Pilot Walks Out On Holiday Flight

Calls Plane Unsafe; Pax NOT Happy

This story may top all others when it comes to "worst flight ever"... except for the fact, technically, it never left the ground. Tempers flared among passengers onboard a Turkish airline flight this week, when the captain refused to fly them back to Bristol from Antalya, Turkey.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (09.17.06): Bad Attitude: Invulnerability

Aero-Tips!

We've been reviewing what the FAA calls five "hazardous pilot attitudes" -- mindsets that can affect decision-making and lead to mishaps. We've reviewed the anti-authority and impulsive pilot, touching both on the negative and potentially positive outcomes of these personality traits. Today we'll look at the invulnerable pilot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.06)

Aero-Linx!

Similar to our Young Eagles, Faulkes Flying Foundation, located in the United Kingdom, uses low cost glider flights to give youngsters the chance to experience the wonders of flight and encourage their curiosity about aviation for a career.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.17.06): Rodeo

Aero-Terms!

A general fighter sweep over occupied territory. Pilots enjoy the rodeo!

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.17.06)

"The Venga/ARINC Snowbirds' aircraft replacement proposal is truly a WIN - WIN situation for all. Our Hawk-based proposal would not only see the Snowbirds flying newer, safer and better performing aircraft, but at a cost that would not exceed the Snowbirds' current operating budget."

Source: Hirsh Kwinter, president of Venga Aerospace Systems, on his company's joint proposal with ARINC Incorporated to the Canadian government, to lease BAE Systems Hawk jets to replace the fleet of 40-year-old Tutor jets used by the Canadian Snowbirds aerial demonstration team.

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