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April 07, 2006


NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4869 Issue Date: April 06, 2006 at 13:30 UTC Location: Bridgewater, Virginia near GORDONSVILLE VORTAC (GVE) 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: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-267-8276

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MN TFR: 04.07.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4920 Issue Date: April 06, 2006 at 20:17 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: April 07, 2006 at 15:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 07, 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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TSB Files Final Accident Report On Franklin/Younkin Airshow Mid-Air

Canada's TSBa Determines That Modifications To A Display Manoeuvre Caused The In-Flight Collision

Canada's TSB has released its final report (A05C0123) into the in-flight collision between two biplane aircraft participating in the Saskatchewan Air Show in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on July 10, 2005.

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Pilots and Families Protest Cockpit Voice Recorder Airing During Moussaoui Trial

ALPA President Capt. Duane E. Woerth (right)  issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia issued a written order announcing the potential public release of the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) tape in the case of United Airlines Flight 93, the hijacked airliner that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Cessna Sells Large Fleet of Skyhawks To Chinese Flight School

Mixed Buy of G1000 and Standard NAV 1 Equipped Skyhawks

Cessna Aircraft Company is in the process of delivering 42 172 Skyhawks to the Civil Aviation Flying University of China (CAFUC). The airplanes are traveling overseas by boat in 40-foot containers that can carry three 172s at a time.

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Military Arresting System Stops Aircraft Safely

An F-16 Fighting Falcon has an emergency braking system that can bring it to a stop called aircraft arresting systems.

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Raytheon Aircraft Services Completes First Rockwell Collins IFIS Hawker 800XP Re

Raytheon Aircraft Services has successfully retrofitted the first Rockwell Collins Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) into a Hawker 800XP aircraft. The aircraft was completed at Raytheon Aircraft Services in Little Rock, Ark.

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Big Bucks For Sikorsky CH-53K Contract

Sikorsky Awarded $3.0B Development Contract For Marine Corps CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helo

Sikorsky has been awarded a $3.0 billion System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract for the United States Marine Corps CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter.

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More Records For Gulfstream

G550 Establishes New Speed Record Between Hong Kong And Dubai

A Gulfstream G550 business jet recently established a new city-pair speed record, flying 4,082 nautical miles between Hong Kong and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 8 hours and 29 minutes.

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ANN Special Feature: Sean Tucker on the End of the Oracle Challenger 04.07.06

It was a very near thing for aerobat Sean Tucker earlier this week. He was practicing in the airspace near Shreveport, Louisiana Tuesday when he felt something give... he could feel the vibration t

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Big Deal! Symphony Aircraft Coming To Spartan College Of Aeronautics

Will Upgrade Existing Fleet Of Cessna 152s, 172s

Symphony Aircraft announced Thursday that Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has selected the SA160 to replace the school's existing fleet of approximately 30 Cessna 152s and 10 172s. The Symphonys will be heading to the flight line in Tulsa, OK beginning later this year.

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Cowabunga, Dude!!! Oshkosh 2006 Opening Day To Feature Beach Boys Concert

They're Gonna Rock The Ol' Aerodrome!

After a full opening day of flying on Monday, July 24 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, AeroShell Square will be full of "Fun, Fun, Fun" that evening as the Beach Boys bring in their sounds of summer, compliments of the Ford Motor Company.

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Shaw AFB F-16 Downed, Pilot Safe

Pilot Located After Crash

The pilot of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to Shaw AFB, that crashed April 5 at around 5:40 p.m. was found by the U.S. Coast Guard about two hours later in the Atlantic Ocean, and taken to a nearby U.S. Navy ship for stabilization.

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Right On Target: NTSB's Rosenker Reiterates Importance Of Training

The Acting Chairman of the NTSB, Mark V. Rosenker, recently emphasized the importance of airline industry training. "The safety of this industry is critical, and there is work to be done," said Acting Chairman Rosenker, at the 2006 World and Regional Airline Training Conference. 

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Tucker Gives Harrowing, Heartfelt Account Of Bailout

"I'm Thinking, 'Maybe I Can Still Fly It"

Less than 48 hours after he was forced to bail out of his beloved Oracle Challenger aerobatic biplane in the skies over western Louisiana, Sean Tucker was in the media room at Sun 'N Fun, recounting the event for the reporters gathered.

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Bruce Bohannon And The [Your Name Here] Flyin' Tiger

Seven-Year Exxon Elite Sponsorship Comes To An End; Who's Next?

Bruce Bohannon and the Exxon Flyin' Tiger were a team for seven hugely successful years, which saw Bruce and his RV-4-based homebuilt take on, and conquer, innumerable FAI and NAA records. But the partnership, like all transitory things, has come to an end.

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Minor Incident, Major Fire At Lakeland Thursday

That's One Hot Maserati, Mister...

Police estimate 24 cars were either destroyed or damaged Thursday afternoon when a grass fire ignited in the parking area at the Sun 'N Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, FL. The fire was reportedly sparked by the hot exhaust system of a Maserati sedan.

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Klyde Morris 04.07.06

Klyde Talks Pensions -- And The Lack Thereof...

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American Legend Selects Dynon FlightDEK for Legend Cub/Cub Special

American Legend Aircraft will offer the Dynon FlightDEK-D180 combination EFIS and engine monitor on its Legend Cub. Additionally, the company announced that the D180 will become standard equipment on the company’s high-end Legend Cub Special package.

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The WHUFFO File: ArcticAir

That's Cool!... And Cheap, Too

As Aero-News reported earlier this week, Cirrus has unveiled its new air-conditioning system for its SR22. Cirrus rightfully calls this a "COOL" idea, guaranteed to keep all onboard much cooler whether taxing on the ramp, or flying at lower altitudes.

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Is There An 'Exit Plan' For TSA?

Coalition for Luggage Security Asks For A TSA ''Exit Plan'' From Our Airports

The Coalition for Luggage Security comments on increased stories highlighting airport, luggage security and travelers inconveniences caused by increased problems created due to security issues. The Coalition sees a correlation between recent American exit discussions and why shouldn't there be a TSA exit plan? Was their presence to be forever?

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Avidyne Active Traffic Systems Now Available For For G1000-Equipped Birds

TAS600 Provides Active-Surveillance Collision Avoidance Protection for G1000-equipped Cessna, Beechcraft, Diamond and Columbia Aircraft

Avidyne's TAS600 Series of Traffic Advisory Systems (TAS) is now approved and available for retrofit installation in aircraft equipped with the Garmin G1000 integrated flight deck.

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Big Changes At Pilatus

Pilatus has updated ANN on three important organizational changes. Thomas Bosshard, President & CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. (PilBAL) since 2002 has been named Chief Operating Officer of Pilatus Aircraft in Stans, Switzerland. He will be moving back to Switzerland to take over the COO position.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.07.06): The Magnus Effect


You know about the Bernoulli principle and how Newton's laws apply to lift.  But have you ever heard of the Magnus Effect?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.07.06)


The First Lady of Firsts, Betty Skelton-Frankman, holds more records in the automotive and aviation fields combined than anyone else.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.07.06): Contrail


Condensation trail -- artificial clouds made by the exhaust of jet aircraft or wingtip vortices which precipitate a stream of tiny ice crystals in moist, frigid upper air.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.07.06)

"The safety of this industry is critical, and there is work to be done."  Source: Acting Chairman Rosenker, at the 2006 World and Regional Airline Training Conference, commenting on the continued need for training in the industry.  

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AD: Thrush Aircraft

AD NUMBER: 2006-07-15 MANUFACTURER: Thrush Aircraft Inc. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-07-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2003-07-01, whichapplies to certain Thrush Aircraft, Inc. Model 600 S2D and S2R (S -2R) series airplanes (type certificate previously held by Quality Aerospace, Inc. and Ayres Corporation).

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