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April 18, 2004

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Exxon's Flying Tiger Shatters Climb Record

"Do you wanna hear my prediction for how long this will take?" That question from Exxon Flying Tiger pilot Bruce Bohannon Saturday was directed at a bunch of bleary-eyed reporters at Sun-N-Fun in Lakeland (FL) Saturday. No one responded. Tough crowd. "Ten minutes."

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Aeroshell Aerobatic Team: Preserving A Heritage

Just over the morning haze, rumbling along in a T-6 Texan, we looked over the horizon searching for multiple aircraft, smoke on. The orange groves below us cast long shadows and the lush green fields of the Florida countryside resembled patches of a random patterned quilt. Closing in from our right rear, four additional T-6 Texans in an unmistakable paint scheme gather up in fingertip formation. With the morning light bathing the aircraft in serene colors, and props gleam the telltale lightning bolt reflection from the sun, each aircraft move to an in-trail formation aesthetically pleasing to any eye.

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Para-Phernalia, Inc. Introduces Wider, Thinner Mini Softie

Making It A Bit Wider Makes It Thinner And Helps Larger Pilots Fit In Their Birds

At Sun-N-Fun 2004, Para-Phernalia, booths B-43 and B-70 in Hangar B has introduced a new version of the popular Mini emergency parachute to give pilots in cramped cockpits more working room and comfort. The Mini Softie is an extremely small, lightweight and comfortable backpack parachute system designed for use in today's restricted cockpit environments.

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HAI Keeping Up The Pressure On Proposed Air Tour Rule

HAI President Roy Resavage dispatched letters to Capitol Hill this week. The letters request help from Members of Congress in obtaining suspension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed national air tour rule, the holding of a public hearing on the issue, thorough analysis of the commercial air tour safety record, and the possible holding of Congressional oversight hearings.

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RMS Software Updates Flitesoft Product with VirtualFlight Upgrade

Cool New Feature Lets You "Fly" Your Flight Plan, View TFR's, MOA's, Terrain, Etc.

RMS Software Inc., makes of Flitesoft™ flight planing software, Flitesoft Express™ flight planning and moving map software and Vista™ have released an update to Flitesoft which includes a cool new feature named "Virtual Flight."

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.18.04)

"The Huey is as much an icon of Vietnam as the Fokker is of the First World War. Rotary-wing warbirds have their own following - and their own problems, and they are just now beginning to be noticed. Right now, almost all of the Hueys in civilian hands are either stuffed and mounted in museum settings... or being flogged and spurred to new heights of productivity in those jobs where a civil type certificate is not a necessity: logging and public service." Source: ANN's Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien, discussing the plight of a number of lesser known "warbirds" seen at today's airshows and flight displays.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage

For Sale: Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage 450 TTAE, all AD's complied with. August Annual. Known Ice, color radar, Stormscope, Dual Garmin 430, S-Tec 55 with yaw and altitude preselect. Details at www.piper-malibu-mirage-N4190W.com    Exterior Quality: 10, Interior Quality: 10 Used, will sell for $700,000.00 (or best offer)

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ANN Looks At... The 'Other' Warbirds

Let's raise a glass to the "other" warbirds. I'll admit it, everybody and his brother loves Mustangs and B-25s, and so do I. But wars need all kinds of aircraft, and here are a few of the less-famous, but no less significant, war machines of wars great and small. (Note to experts: many warplanes have multiple designations. For these, I've used the ones they saw the most action under: for most of the more recent US warbirds, this means the post-1962 codes).

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