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January 30, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101 01.31.06

Tom Turner's feature on staying on the right side of the weather

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.31.06

Get ready for major airspace restrictions... tonight and over the weekend...

Who says the Air Force needs a new tanker? Not the RAND Corporation...

And a vote by aerospace workers c

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.31.06

Get ready for major airspace restrictions... tonight and over the weekend...

Who says the Air Force needs a new tanker? Not the RAND Corporation...

And a vote by aerospace workers c

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FAA To NATCA: Our Numbers ARE Right

Independent Firm Validates High Cost of Controller Compensation - Cost of Protracted Contract Negotiations Approaches $2 Million

The FAA has announced that an international financial and accounting services firm validated the agency’s calculation that the average 2005 air traffic controller compensation package exceeded $166,000.

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Next Generation 737 Will Get Composite Brake Option

More Dreamliner Tech Trickles Down The Line

Boeing announced Monday a new carbon-fiber brake option will be available on the Next-Generation Boeing 737. The brakes will reduce airframe weight, and lower operating costs for the advanced version of Boeing's standard-bearer medium range airliner.

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Third Cessna Citation Mustang Makes First Flight

FAA Cert Targeted For Late 2006

As was alluded to by Cessna's Bob Stangarone in today's ANN Special Feature Aero-Cast, Cessna's third Citation Mustang -- serial number two, the second production aircraft -- made its first flight Friday.

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Fossett Record Flight On Hold Once More

Thank The Year Of The Dog

Pilot Steve Fossett's quest to undergo the longest non-stop flight in history is on hold once again. This time around, however, it's not weather or technical problems that are keeping the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer on the ground at Kennedy Space Center: it's the Year of the Dog.

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RRL Announces First Independent Team

F-16 Pilots Purchase First Mark-1 X Racer

The Rocket Racing League, the aerospace sports and entertainment organization that combines the competition of racing with the excitement of rocketry, today announced the selection of Leading Edge Rocket Racing, LLC as its first independent race team.

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Heckuva Year! Cirrus Design Exceeds Previous Sales/Delivery Totals In '05

Banner Year Sets Multiple Records; Production Increase and Plant Expansion Recorded

It was a VERY GOOD YEAR for Cirrus Design. The company reported 600 new aircraft shipped in 2005, representing an increase of 9.2% over 2004. The company registered 701 new aircraft orders during fiscal year 2005.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 01.30.06

Bob Stangarone Talks About The Good News At Cessna

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 01.30.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.30.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Cessna VP of Communications Bob Stangarone: 01.30.06  (ANN's Feature News Program, with Bob Stangarone on some big goings-on at Cessna.)

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FAA Honors Gulf Coast Airport With Safety Award

KHSA Recognized For Hurricane Relief Efforts

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern Region Airports Division announced the agency has selected Stennis International Airport (HSA) in Bay St. Louis, MS, to receive the 2005 General Aviation Airport Safety Award.

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San Jose Sharks In Hot Water Over Airport Curfew

Team Charter Has Returned Past Curfew 10 Times In Past 1 1/2 Seasons

The San Jose Sharks hockey team is in trouble with their hometown airport over curfew violations the team's charter airline -- Sacramento, CA-based Sky King -- has incurred over the past season and a half.

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Diamond Star Grand Prize In EAA Membership Drive

A two year lease on a DA40 Diamond Star is the grand prize in the Experimental Aircraft Association's 2006 membership drive. To enter to win, individuals can join EAA, renew an existing membership or recruit a new member.

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Air Force Asks For More Training Airspace Over Eastern Georgia

Will This Force GA Out Of The Skies Over GA?

A proposal currently under consideration by the FAA to increase training airspace for South Carolina's Shaw AFB may cut into the skies available to general aviation pilots over eastern Georgia.

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LaGuardia To Finally Get New Tower

FAA Approves Funds To Replace Leaky Structure

After years of delayed flights, outdated equipment and ground controllers being unable to see certain parts of the runway at one of the nation's busiest airports, New York's LaGuardia Airport will soon be getting a new control tower.

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Starlight, Starbright, First SuitSat I See Tonight

Oddest Satellite Ever Set To Launch February 3

It's exceedingly weird, yet innovative and, above all, cost-effective. Is it any surprise that it's also Russian?

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Klyde Morris 01.30.06

Klyde Judges Aero-Cuisine

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Hornet Lost During Night Carrier Landing Attempt

Pilot Ejects Safely, Aircraft To Be Left At Sea

The pilot of an F/A-18 Hornet was safely rescued after he bailed out while attempting a night landing on the USS Ronald Reagan near Queensland, Australia Saturday.

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EAA Steps Up Over Kentucky Airspace Restrictions

State Officials Claim Flights Over Frankfort Are Security Risk

Representatives with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) told Aero-News last week objections from the organization's members to a proposed no-fly zone around the Kentucky state capital grounds in Frankfort have brought assurances from the state's governor that he would not support any such airspace restrictions.

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IndUS Aviation Plans Training Sites In India

Thorpedo Makers Will Train Indian Pilots

Dallas, TX-based IndUS Aviation, makers of the Thorp T-211 and Thorpedo light sport aircraft, will soon set up two pilot training centers in India.

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Continental Flight Jumper Has Heart Attack In Prison

Sister Says Troy Rigby Is Bipolar Schizophrenic

The sad saga of Troy Rigby -- the man who jumped from a Continental Airlines flight as it was waiting to takeoff from Fort Lauderdale last Monday -- continues, as reports have surfaced that Rigby suffered a 'massive' heart attack in prison Friday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.30.06): Collision Avoidance

Aero-Tips!

After a fire in the cockpit, most pilots’ greatest fear is a mid-air collision.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.30.06)

Aero-Linx!

Most pilots have read at least one Richard Bach book. I have a shelf full of them, dog-eared from being read and re-read!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.30.06): Aleta

Aleta Greek origin meaning winged, so what other field could I possibly go into? In Latin meaning Bird-like. Spanish means winged. Also means truthful, well three out of four isn’t bad. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.30.06)

"[The old tower] is a technical, structural disaster. This is long overdue."

Source: Phil Barbarello, vice president for the Eastern Region of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, on news the FAA has authorized $40 million for construction of a new control tower at New York's LaGuardia International Airport. The new tower, which is to be completed in 2009, will replace the aged, leaking 42-year-old tower that has caused controllers grief for the past decade.

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