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October 14, 2006

AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2006-21-04 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-21-04 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-135BJ and Model EMB-145XR airplanes.

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AD: Cirrus

AD NUMBER: 2006-21-03 MANUFACTURER: Cirrus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-21-03 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cirrus Design Corporation (CDC) Models SR20 and SR22 airplanes.

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It Flies! Cessna LSA Makes First Flight

Cessna has confirmed the first flight of its Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) took place early Friday... the 13th (brave souls... no?). The airplane departed McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., at 0833, performed a variety of flight maneuvers at speeds in excess of 110 knots, and landed 0905 at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport a few miles away.

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Daley's Comments On NYC Accident Send AOPA Prez 'Over The Edge'

Boyer's Mad As Hell, And He's Not Gonna Take It Anymore

The following is the unedited text of a personal message from Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Phil Boyer to members of the pilot advocacy group, published on the AOPA website Friday.

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Comair Sues FAA, Lexington Airport Board Over Accident

Calls Lawsuits "A Required Procedural Step"

Is it an attempt to spread the blame for a tragic airline accident... or does Comair have a case in filing a claim Friday against the Federal Aviation Administration, for the agency's possible role in the August 27 loss of a CRJ100 at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY?

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Airbags In Space!

NASA Awards Contract To Test Ballutes

What's that? What's a ballute? Well, it's a giant airbag is what it is, but the word "ballute" is actually a cross between balloon and a parachute... get it? And more importantly, NASA thinks it can use them for the atmospheric reentry of spacecraft.

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Learn About Water Survival Tools And Techniques

Doug Ritter's AOPA Expo Seminars Could Save Your Life

Aviation survival authority Doug Ritter will present three seminars at AOPA Expo this year in Palm Springs, CA.

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Star Wars -- Boeing Style

How About A C-130H Laser Gunship?

Boeing is flight testing its Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) program and has generated "first light" of ATL's high-energy chemical laser in ground tests.

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FL Gubernatorial Candidate Drops In On Voters

Makes Emergency Landing On Interstate

It was, perhaps, not the best way to endear himself to possible voters... but Max Linn, former flight instructor and current Reform Party candidate for governor of Florida, had little choice but to land his plane on Interstate 4 near Orlando Friday afternoon, after the Cessna 172 experienced apparent engine failure.

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China Considers Entering Space Tourism Race

Agency Outlines Goals Through 2011

Despite being the subject of some jokes... and drawing NASA's ire on joint missions... Russia's "space tourist" program has succeeded in drawing attention to that nation's space endeavours. It has also brought in needed revenue for the program. Those facts are not lost on the fledgling Chinese space program, which may consider a similar program in the near future.

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Air Force Pilot Missing in Action From Vietnam War Identified

A Fallen Flyer Comes Home

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced this week the remains of a US airman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will soon be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is 1st Lt. James L. Hull, US Air Force, of Lubbock, TX.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (10.14.06): Flying Speed

Aero-Tips!

We've been reviewing the FAA's list of the Top 10 causes of pilot-error accidents. Second on their list is failure to attain or maintain flying speed. Today we'll look at the first component of airspeed control: rotation or, more correctly, liftoff speed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.14.06)

Aero-Linx!

Aerodynamics on screen, diagrams included. Extensive site includes typical topics such as angle of attack, maneuvering speed, airfoils and more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.14.06): TCAS

Aero-Terms!

Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System -- the system scans the vicinity by interrogating the transponders of other aircraft. It then uses the received transponder signals to compute distance, bearing and altitude relative to the own aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.14.06)

"If it were just Daley, I'd ignore his ravings, just as the folks in the federal government in charge of security and airspace do. But it's not just him. Other politicians (with the spectacular and notable exception of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg) and self-appointed "experts" are jumping on the tragic accident -- repeat, accident -- in New York to sound off again about the "danger" of light aircraft, and how they must be regulated, restricted, banned."

Source: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Phil Boyer, in an impassioned letter published on the AOPA website Friday. In it, Boyer responds to comments made by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley regarding the crash Wednesday of a Cirrus SR20 into a New York apartment building...

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