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April 17, 2006

Modifications Continue On Large Cargo Freighter 747-400s

Will Be Used To Transport 787 Sections

Boeing representatives told Aero-News Monday that modifications continue on the three 747-400s that will transport major components of the Boeing Dreamliner. The distinctive look of the aircraft crystallized late last month with the installation of the "brow," the section just behind the cockpit.

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Citing Sensitivity, NASA Stays Quiet On DART Failure

Will Only Release Summary Of Findings

NASA announced last week it will only release a summary of its report outlining when and why things went wrong with a failed orbital rendezvous of two spacecraft last year, saying the information contained in the full report is too sensitive for public release.

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NC TFR: 04.18.06 - 04.20.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5563 Issue Date: April 15, 2006 at 16:02 UTC Location: New Bern, North Carolina near NEW BERN VOR/DME (EWN) Beginning Date and Time: April 18, 2006 at 13:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 20, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Explosive ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-267-3333

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CA TFR: 04.18.06 - 04.20.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5571 Issue Date: April 15, 2006 at 21:04 UTC Location: Pacifica, California near SAN FRANCISCO VOR/DME (SFO) Beginning Date and Time: April 18, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 20, 2006 at 2:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Explosive demolition Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Oakland (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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IN TFR: 04.21.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5622 Issue Date: April 17, 2006 at 13:53 UTC Location: Indianapolis, Indiana Beginning Date and Time: April 21, 2006 at 14:40 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 21, 2006 at 17:40 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Today's The Day For Comair

Flight Attendants Make Plans For Possible Job Actions

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.17.06 1230 EST: Nearly 1,000 flight attendants at Delta regional subsidiary Comair are preparing for possible job actions in anticipation of Federal Bankruptcy Judge Adlai Hardin's scheduled ruling Monday on Comair's motion to reject the flight attendants' contract.

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Final Round Set For World's Largest Model Rocket Contest

Teams Will Meet in Fly-Off May 20

Perhaps some of the space pioneers of tomorrow are now among the top 100 model rocket teams in the US, who will compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge next month.

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AL TFR: 04.19.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5625 Issue Date: April 17, 2006 at 15:00 UTC Location: Tuskegee, Alabama Beginning Date and Time: April 19, 2006 at 14:55 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 19, 2006 at 18:50 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Three Lost When Beech Impacts Gainesville, FL Airport Terminal

Commercial Flights Resume At GNV

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.17.06 1545EST: The commercial terminal at Gainesville Regional Airport reopened for business Monday afternoon, after being evacuated 24 hours before following a plane crash that claimed the lives of three people onboard.

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NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5627 Issue Date: April 17, 2006 at 15:45 UTC Location: BARKSDALE AFB/SHREVEPORT APRIL 20-25 2006 PURSUANT TO , Louisiana Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 04.17.06

Aero-News Talks Aviation Art With Sam Lyons

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.17.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.17.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Aviation Artist Sam Lyons: 04.17.06 (Aero-News Special Feature, with Jim Campbell's chat with aviation artist Sam Lyons)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.17.06

Tentative Agreement between Delta Air lines and its Pilots Union Eases Fears of Holiday Travelers

The FAA is Cutting Jobs in Alaska and Relocating Workers to a Warmer Climate

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Beware The Camel's Nose: AOPA Objects To CA User Fees

User fees for some ultimately mean user fees for everyone. That's one reason why AOPA opposes aviation user fees in the United States. Canada has proven the point. When the private corporation Nav Canada bought the country's air traffic control system in 1996, it assured general aviation that its only fee would be a fixed, annual fee. Now Nav Canada has implemented daily use charges for general aviation aircraft at seven Canadian airports.

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P-40 Pilot Laid To Rest With International Honors

Pilot's Burial Resolves Two Mysteries

It’s not every day that delegates from China attend a lieutenant’s funeral in North Carolina, or that four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fly overhead in a missing-man formation, or 300 people show up without having ever met the Air Force pilot. Even a congressman made an appearance.

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FAA Cutting Positions In AK, Moving Them South

The FAA is cutting jobs in Alaska, but the agency says the cuts will not impact your next flight in or out of Alaska. More than two dozen Alaskans who work for the FAA in Anchorage will either have relocate to the Seattle area or find other jobs.

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USAF: 'Committed To Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Development'

Innovative UAV tactics have transformed the battle space as witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Maj. Gen. Stanley Gorenc, Air Force deputy chief of staff for air and space operations, at testimony before the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on tactical air and land forces April 6.

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Klyde Morris 04.17.06

Klyde Just Can't Resist Messing With FAA Security

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Naval Air Station Aviation Weather Forecasting Changing, Staying the Same

To improve effectiveness and efficiency, the Navy has started moving toward remote briefing capabilities to forecast weather to Navy pilots, first via facsimile and now to Web-based services. The process began in late 2005, and all changes should be fully in place by the end of 2007.

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Wheels-Up Landing In Detroit... By Chevy

They'll Yank His Ticket... Oops, They Already Did

Here's a wheels-up landing that requires more than a moment's oversight -- a blue Chevrolet, "wheels up" at Coleman A. Young International (formerly Detroit City) Airport early Thursday morning. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.17.06): One Airplane, Two Engines


Engines on a twin are unique operating entities that just happen to be attached to the same airframe.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.17.06)


Sometimes you wanna do more than fly. How about swimming with tiger sharks, great whites or hammerheads.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.17.06): DA


Decision Altitude. It replaces the term Decision Height (DH). With the adoption of the new approach plate, the US will harmonize with international terminology.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.17.06)

“Over the past 60 years, the people of Guidong County, have quietly watched and tended the grave of Lieutenant Upchurch, who has been a hero commanding their highest respect and a symbol in their mind for everlasting pursuit of peace.” 

Source: Haung Renzhun, a representative from the Foreign Affairs Office of the Hunan Provincial Government, speaking about 2nd Lt. Robert Upchurch, a member of the famed Flying Tigers, who was lost defending them, over 61 years ago. Mr. Renzhun said that every year during “Tomb-Sweeping Day,” local students and citizens voluntarily came to pay their respects and lay wreaths and flowers at the tomb of the unknown pilot. The grave was well-maintained until May 2005, the date they disc

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NOTAM Number : FDC 6/5586 Issue Date : April 16, 2006 at 20:58 UTC Location : SOUTHEAST OF PORTAL , Arizona Beginning Date and Time : Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time : Until further notice Reason for NOTAM : TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS

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