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May 01, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.02.06

A pioneering astronaut says goodbye to NASA...

First flight for the Chinese FC-4 -- said to be comparable to the F-16...

And great news for GA manufacturers -- have you seen your ac

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.02.06

A pioneering astronaut says goodbye to NASA...

First flight for the Chinese FC-4 -- said to be comparable to the F-16...

And great news for GA manufacturers -- have you seen your ac

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FL TFR: 05.03.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6575 Issue Date: May 01, 2006 at 18:40 UTC Location: Lakeland, Florida near LAKELAND VORTAC (LAL) Beginning Date and Time: May 03, 2006 at 21:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 03, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the Canadian Snowbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Tampa (TPA) Air Traffic Control Tower, 813-371-7700

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Missing MD Pilot, Plane Found In Pennsylvania

Wreckage Found By Victim's Sons

After a search that spanned nearly a week, and involved hundreds of Civil Air Patrol volunteers, it was the sons of missing pilot David K. Weiss who found the wreckage of the lost Cessna 172... as well as their father's body... this weekend in a sparsely populated area of Franklin County, PA.

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Eileen Collins Announces She Is Leaving NASA

Trendsetting RTF Commander Flew On Four Shuttle Missions

She was the first woman ever to command a space shuttle mission, and she led last year's triumphant -- and nail-biting -- return to flight of the space shuttle Discovery. No one can say Eileen Collins' career at NASA has lacked excitement... and on Monday, Collins announced she is leaving the space agency for less-harrowing pursuits.

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In Wake Of Predator-B Accident, FAA Cancels UAV TFR

Ask, And Ye Shall Receive... But For How Long?

Last week, Aero-News reported on the downing of a US Customs and Border Patrol Predator B unmanned aerial vehicle over the Arizona desert -- which led to the grounding of all other UAVs in the area. That, in turn, led AOPA to call for the cancellation of the TFR... and the FAA has responded.

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MI TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6522 Issue Date: May 01, 2006 at 10:53 UTC Location: Mio, Michigan near HOUGHTON LAKE VOR/DME (HTL) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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Special Notice TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6547 Issue Date: May 01, 2006 at 16:37 UTC Location: United States Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: Special Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Rutan, EZ-Rocket Honored By NAA For 'Shortest Long-Distance Record Flight Ever'

10-Mile Flight One Of 2005's "Most Memorable Aviation Records"

XCOR Aerospace announced Monday the EZ-Rocket team was honored by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) at the organization's recent Spring Awards Ceremony, as recipients of the NAA's "Most Memorable Aviation Record of 2005" Award for last December's record-setting flight by the EZ-Rocket.

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Boeing Announces Plans To Buy Parts Supplier Aviall

Merger Expected To Be Approved By Q3 2006

Last week, Aero-News reported that Boeing -- helped by a very strong showing of its commercial aircraft division in the first quarter of 2006 -- took in 29 percent increase in profit over the same period in 2005. On Monday, Boeing announced its plans to spend some of its cash -- by purchasing aerospace parts and services provider Aviall, Inc.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 05.01.06

Sport Plane LLC's John McBean On The Future Of Kitfox

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.01.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.01.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Sport Plane LLC Chief John McBean: 5.01.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Sport Plane LLC head John McBean on resurrecting Kitfox.)

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Mesaba Relents On Pilot Training Cost Reimbursements

Union Fights Mesaba Management And Wins

The aviation business is a tough one these days... especially for a new generation of pilots trying to work their way up the ladder in the airline industry. It has been particularly difficult for the latest generation of pilots for Mesaba Airlines, currently operating under bankruptcy protection.

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Klyde Morris 05.01.06

Klyde Almost Spills the Beans

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Gone West: Col. J.B. Swindal, 88

James Barney Swindal passed away recently, another of the World War II Generation, another retired Colonel whose stories of flying the Hump  and the Berlin Airlift were once the everyday recollections of hundreds, thousands, of Air Force transport pilots. But being a standout even in that august company, he was selected for a special mission. That mission led to his most famous flight -- with a casket for cargo and a grim and shocked load of passengers.

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AEA Says 49th Annual Convention 'Exceeded Expectations'

Convention Is 'Where Business Gets Done' In The Avionics Industry

More than 1,650 avionics shop owners, managers and technicians, as well as manufacturers of avionics, instruments, airframe and test equipment, converged on Palm Springs, Calif., for the 49th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show from April 19-22.

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USUA Updates Status Of 'Carrier Petition'

USUA Boss Dale Hopper tells ANN that, "The story of the Carrier Petition goes on." Some time ago, USUA member Dick Carrier, along with USUA, NAPPF and ASC, petitioned the FAA to create a safety study that would identify and allow additional safety items to be listed in Advisory Circular 103-7.

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Australia's Top Aviation Award Awarded To Brisbane Woman

A 23 year-old Brisbane woman has been recognised as Australia's highest performing female trainee professional pilot. Jacqueline Holmes has won a special award from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Women Pilots Association for outstanding academic achievement in professional aviation studies over the past year.

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USAF Loadmasters Use New Parachute Jettison Device

An emergency parachute jettison device was used for the first time during a Joint Forcible Entry Exercise at Pope AFB, April 25.

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Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. and Pilots Reach Labour Agreement

Representatives from Bearskin Lake Air Service Ltd. and the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) have announced that they have reached a long term labour agreement, after five months of negotiations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (05.01.06): Mayday!

Aero-Tips!

Use this May Day to brush up on scenarios when you might have to declare an emergency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.01.06)

Aero-Linx!

Straight from the site, couldn’t say it better myself. The purposes of the Association are: to foster, encourage, develop, study, and support the aircraft carrier, sea-based aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, and aircrews of the United States of America; and to educate and inform the public in the appropriate role of the aircraft carrier and carrier aviation in the nation's defense system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.01.06): Early Extended Validation Integration Program

Aero-Terms!

An FAA program, first implemented for the Boeing 777, to give "out-of-the-box" ETOPS (Extended Twin-engine operations.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.01.06)

"We looked into this issue and we determined the right thing to do was not to enforce the contract provision in this matter."

Source: Mesaba Airlines spokesperson, Elizabeth Costello, explaining Mesaba's decision to relent on attempts to collect first year training costs from pilots about to be furloughed from the airplane. 

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