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October 12, 2006

NTSB: No 'Mayday' Prior To Lidle Accident

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 10.12.06 1635 EDT: Investigators with the NTSB are questioning a certified flight instructor who flew with Cory Lidle "numerous times" before Wednesday's crash of the pilot's Cirrus SR20 into a New York highrise apartment building, as part of the board's comprehensive investigation into the accident.

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LA TFR: 10.19.06 - 10.22.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3290 Issue Date: October 12, 2006 at 19:05 UTC Location: New Orleans NAS JRB, New Orleans/Belle Chase, Louisiana near HARVEY VORTAC (HRV) Beginning Date and Time: October 19, 2006 at 18:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 22, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The N'AWLINS 2006 Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: New Orleans (MSY) TRACON, 504-471-4359

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TX TFR: 10.19.06 - 10.22.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3291 Issue Date: October 12, 2006 at 19:07 UTC Location: Ellington Field Airport, Houston, Texas near HOBBY VOR/DME (HUB) Beginning Date and Time: October 19, 2006 at 18:50 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 22, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The Wings Over Houston Air Show Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Houston (I90) TRACON, 281-230-8441

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Chinese Flight Academy Goes With Frasca Sims

Will Be Configured As C172s

Aero-News learned Thursday the Qingdao Jiutian Spartan Flight Academy in Liuting, Qingdao, China (PRC) has placed an order with Frasca International for two Frasca Flight Training Devices (FTDs).

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MN TFR: 10.13.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3272 Issue Date: October 12, 2006 at 17:36 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: October 13, 2006 at 15:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 13, 2006 at 16:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at Babbitt Iron Mines Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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Aero-News Alert: Media Reports Of NYC TFR Untrue!

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 10.12.06 1500 EDT: ANN has seen several reports in the general media today stating the FAA has imposed a temporary flight restriction for flights over New York City, in the aftermath of Wednesday's crash of a light aircraft into a Manhattan highrise apartment building. A quick call to the friendly folks at Flight Service confirms that these reports are NOT TRUE.

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ATG Says Javelin Development Moving At Fast Pace

Recent Milestones Include Completion Of PDR

Aviation Technology Group (ATG) tells ANN its Javelin light jet program is speeding right along, with the accomplishment of major milestones including completion of a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), construction of cockpit and wing mockups, transonic wind tunnel testing, and initial tooling fabrication to support production of the conforming aircraft.

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Court Delays Ruling In Mesaba Mess

Decision On Whether Carrier Can Toss Out Contracts Will Come Monday

A bankruptcy court judge was expected to rule Thursday whether struggling regional carrier Mesaba Airlines can toss aside labor contracts with approximately 1,500 union employees, and impose the pay and benefit cuts it says it needs to survive... but late Thursday night, Judge Gregory Kishel decided to give both sides until Monday to hammer out a deal.

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Gone West: Jay Groen

Chairman Of Groen Bros. Aviation

Aero-News learned this week that Jay Groen, chairman of Groen Brothers Aviation, passed away the morning of October 9 after fighting cancer for almost two years.

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Officials Identify Second Victim In NYC Plane Crash

Lidle's Flight Instructor Was Onboard Cirrus

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 10.12.06 1330 EDT: Aero-News has learned authorities have identified the second victim in Wednesday's crash of a Cirrus SR20 into a Manhattan highrise apartment building as Tyler Stanger, the 26-year-old flight instructor who taught Cory Lidle how to fly. Lidle, a 34-year-old pitcher for the New York Yankees, was also killed in the accident.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 10.12.06

A Cirrus SR20 Impacts a NYC Highrise... Leaving Two Dead, And Many Questions

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.12.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.12.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Wednesday's Cirrus Crash In Manhattan: 10.12.06 (ANN Special Feature, with host Paul Plack and ANN Editor Rob Finfrock.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.12.06

A Cirrus SR-20 is down in Manhattan...
Embattled Airbus struggles to recover...
And watch out which runway you land on.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.12.06

A Cirrus SR-20 is down in Manhattan...
Embattled Airbus struggles to recover...
And watch out which runway you land on.

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ANN Special Feature: Plane Hits NY High-Rise 10.12.06

In today's ANN Special Feature, ANN's AeroCast Host Paul Plack and Editor Rob Finfrock discuss preliminary details of today's crash of a small plane into a Manhatten high-rise condo building.


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FAA Tells Controllers To Eat In, Or Else

New Contract Prohibits Offsite Breaks

Air traffic controllers in South Florida say the FAA is out to lunch... because now they can't go out for their lunches.

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Groundbreaking Held For Perimeter Taxiway System At DFW

Plan Aims To Cut Runway Incursions

DFW is set to get a beltway... the airport, that is, not the city. Workers broke ground Tuesday on the $67 million project, which calls for a perimeter taxiway system around DFW's busiest runways.

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Brazilian Defense Minister Takes Shot At US Pilots

Calls Statement They Were Following Flight Plan 'Irresponsible'

The finger pointing continues in Brazil. Brazilian defense minister Waldir Pires says the US pilots involved in last week's crash of a Gol Airlines 737 are irresponsible. The airliner went down in the amazon jungle killing all 154 aboard.

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US Approves Deal To Export Aircraft Parts To Iran

Caving Into Pressure From Abroad?

Is it an olive branch or an acknowledgement of souring world opinion of US policies?

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Constant Phoenix Is Back In Business

Cold War Aircraft Still Has Important Use

A North Korean scare might just be a bluff. At least that's the word from the US Air Force.

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Can Airbus Get Anything Done On Time?

Company Hints At Delays For A350XWB And A400M

Can it possibly get worse at Airbus? Parent company EADS has seen its share of troubles of late. Now leadership is hinting at even more problems.

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Kentucky Pilot Gets Florida Hospitality -- USAF Style

Landing At The Wrong Airport Can Be Fun... Not!

An easy mistake led to a big problem for a Kentucky pilot. Neal Smith and his passenger spent several hours as... um... guests of security forces at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida last month.

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ISS Crew Takes A Short Trip

Soyuz Capsule Repositioned To Accommodate Arrival Of Promise

The crew of the ISS got to take a little spin in the Soyuz capsule Tuesday, but it wasn't exactly a joyride -- they had to move the capsule to another parking spot.

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The Race Is On For Control Of Aer Lingus

Pilots Purchase 1.6-Percent Stake In Carrier

It appears pilots at Ireland's Aer Lingus either really don't want Ryanair to buy their airline... or they want to make sure the rival low-cost carrier pays through the teeth for it.

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FAA Chief Calls For Standardized Logo... Like McDonalds

Fears Agency Is Being Confused With FEMA

It seems the Federal Aviation Administration is suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. FAA Adminstrator Marion Blakey is tired of the public confusing her agency with the USDA, the FDA or worse... her words... FEMA. And she's got a plan to stop the madness.

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Blue Sky Network Introduces Wireless Router For Aircraft

Passengers Can Inexpensively Share Access

Blue Sky Network -- a global logistics solution provider for two-way linking and managing transportation assets via satellite -- announced Wednesday the introduction of its new Wireless Airborne Router for managing all wireless and wired network needs inside an aircraft.

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Olcott To Receive NAA Elder Statesman Award

Aero-News has learned John W. "Jack" Olcott, former head of the National Business Aviation Association and a familiar voice in nearly all matters concerning bizav, will be honored with the 2006 Elder Statesman Award of the National Aeronautics Association.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (10.12.06): FAA's Top Ten List

Aero-Tips!

Recognize the high-risk flight operations that lead to mishaps, so you can avoid repeating mishap history.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.12.06)

Aero-Linx!

Deter. Detect. Defend. We should all sleep better at night knowing North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is on duty.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.12.06): Tacan

Aero-Terms!

Tactical Air Navigation -- a system which, working in the UHF band, gives to a pilot continuous information as to his range and bearing from a beacon.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.12.06)

"Going hungry isn't good. It makes it seem like our employer doesn't respect us."

Source: Shane Ahern, president of the Palm Beach International Airport Control Tower chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, on rules under a new union contract imposed September 3 that prohibit controllers from leaving their facilities during their shift.

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