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September 26, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Crisis In The Sky -- Federal Air Marshals Service 09.27.06

Shawn McCullers is a former Federal Air Marshal. He's 32-years old... a very healthy-seeming young man. But if you look at McCullers' legs... you'll see the scars of deep vein thrombosis... a medic

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Jahn Leaves A Resurgent Mooney Aircraft Company

Oversaw One Heck Of A Turnaround

She was among the most visible and personable CEOs in the aviation business... but Aero-News has just learned Gretchen L. Jahn has resigned as CEO of Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. and president of the parent company, Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd., effective October 1 of this year.

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Mooney: Jahn Resigns, Ferguson Replaces As CEO

Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd. Names Dennis Ferguson Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of the Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd. tells ANN that Dennis E. Ferguson has been appointed CEO of Mooney Airplane Company. His selection follows the resignation of Gretchen L. Jahn (pictured below) today, September 26th, 2006.

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AL TFR: 09.28.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1206 Issue Date: September 25, 2006 at 20:30 UTC Location: Birmingham, Alabama Beginning Date and Time: September 28, 2006 at 15:05 UTC Ending Date and Time: September 28, 2006 at 19:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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OH TFR: 09.28.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1301 Issue Date: September 26, 2006 at 15:50 UTC Location: Columbus/New Albany, Ohio Beginning Date and Time: September 28, 2006 at 19:55 UTC Ending Date and Time: September 28, 2006 at 23:10 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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MA TFR: 09.28.06 - 10.01.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1255 Issue Date: September 26, 2006 at 13:48 UTC Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts near NANTUCKET VOR/DME (ACK) Beginning Date and Time: September 28, 2006 at 16:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 01, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy BLue Angels and other demonstration teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Cape (K90) TRACON, 508-563-1428

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Two More Frasca Devices Earn JAA Qualification

Two Frasca customers recently received JAA qualification for their Frasca devices. Atlantic Flight Training, Coventry, England, has received FNPT II MCC qualification for their Canadair Regional Jet Simulator (CRJ), while Oxford Aviation Training (OAT) has received FNPT II MCC qualification for their Frasca 737 device, their second Frasca 737 simulator in operation.

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Sikorsky Submits Final CSAR-X Proposal

Company Bets On Its HH-92 Superhawk

Aero-News has learned Sikorsky Aircraft presented its final proposal Monday to the US Air Force for the service's Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) mission requirements.

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Army Puts Out APB For UAV

Army Loses Unmanned Aircraft... Literally

Remember when as a kid you would send that model plane gliding as far as you could throw it, and sometimes it disappeared? Well, the Army has somewhat the same problem.  

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Tasmanian Pilot Killed In Possible Suicide-By-Plane Crash

Reportedly Left Note Behind

Tasmanian authorities are looking at the possibility a fatal plane crash on Flinders Island Monday morning may have been an act of suicide.

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Proposed Pakistan F-16 Sale Carries Some Interesting Stipulations

Negotiations Underway Over Approved Airspace, Technology Swapping

A proposal put forth by the Bush administration in June that would allow Pakistan to buy up to 36 new F-16 Fighting Falcon warplanes carries with it some unusual conditions... stipulations Pakistani officials likely hope will disappear in ongoing negotiations.

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Qatar Airways 777 Order Is Good News For GE Aircraft Engines

Planes Will Be Powered By GE90s

Earlier this month, Aero-News reported on Qatar Airways' decision to firm up its year-old order for 20 Boeing 777s. The order was good news for Boeing... but it's also great news for GE Aircraft Engines, which will provide the 40 high-thrust GE90 engines to power the planes.

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Delta II Blasts Another GPS Satellite To Orbit

Chalk One Up For Boeing IDS

Boeing's workhorse Delta II launch booster successfully lifted a replenishment Block IIR Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite for the US Air Force on Sunday.

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FedEx To Upgrade Fleet

Used B757s Will Increase Capacity, Efficiency

FedEx announced Monday that it will be buying as many as 90 Boeing 757-200s on the used market to replace it's older fleet of smaller and less fuel efficient Boeing 727s.  

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.26.06

TSA Relaxes Carry-On Rules, a Little

TSA Lowers Trusted Traveler Fee to
Thirty Dollars

Lebanon Asks Belgium for SAMs

NTSB Releases Update On Comair Investigation

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.26.06

TSA Relaxes Carry-On Rules, a Little

TSA Lowers Trusted Traveler Fee to
Thirty Dollars

Lebanon Asks Belgium for SAMs

NTSB Releases Update On Comair Investigation

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IFly, U Fly, We All Fly!

Eric Lindbergh Wants You To Fly A New Plane

As an aviation journalist, I know that I'll never get rich in this profession. But there are times when my business card allows me entrance into the highest levels of personal aviation even if only for a short time as recorded on the Hobbs meter.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-19-12 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-19-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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Inaugural Flight From Spaceport America Ends Prematurely

What Went UP Comes Falling Back Down

Rats... the first-ever rocket flight from New Mexico's Spaceport America ended sooner than planned Monday, crashing in the desert far short of its planned 70-mile apogee in suborbital space.

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Despite FAA's Blessing, SoCal Pilots Fighting New Radio Tower

Both Sides Say New Tower Will Pose Same Hazard As Old; That's The Problem, Say Pilots

Pilots in Southern California are decrying a radio station's plans to erect a transmission tower near the Fullerton Municipal Airport (FUL)... on the site of an old antenna involved in the deaths of three pilots over the years.

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'Amazed' Controllers Watched Damaged 747 Depart

Captain Had Engine Fire, But Wanted to 'Get As Far As We Can'

That British Airways Boeing 747 that shut down one engine after takeoff due to fire -- and then continued for 5,000 miles from Los Angeles to England -- simply "amazed" tower controllers when they discovered the plane would not be returning to base.

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Pilot Lost In WI Seaplane Accident

Plane Flipped On Landing

A single-engine Cessna 182Q amphibian coming in for landing on a Wisconsin lake Sunday afternoon apparently flipped over when it hit the water, destroying the aircraft and killing the pilot.

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Altair UAV Re-Certified For High-Altitude Ops

FAA Gives The OK For Continued Tests

Aero-News learned Monday the Altair -- an improved, high-altitude version of the famous Predator unmanned aerial vehicle -- was recently awarded re-certification by the FAA to continue tests in the high atmosphere.

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A Spot Of Bother At Two English Airports

This Probably Couldn't Happen Here

The perimeter fence at Nottingham East Midlands Airport was scaled last week by 24 people who belong to a group called "Plane Stupid". The protesters, who were members of a larger environmental group, Climate Camp, staged a sit-in on a taxiway to protest what they said was the effect aviation has on climate change.  

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Put On Your Shades! Japan's Solar-B Sun Probe Blasts Off

Will Begin Mission In November

It was a little later than planned... but Japanese scientists and space enthusiasts were still able to celebrate "Sun Day" early Saturday, as a rocket carrying the Solar-B satellite lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Port on the southern tip of Japan.

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EAA Sweepstakes Husky Coming To NBAA 2006

A Little 'Fun-Flying' Among The Biz World

While the primary focus of the NBAA's annual convention is, understandably, business aviation... that's no reason not to have a little fun, too.

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Ryanair Captain Collapses During Flight

Almost Like The Movie 'Airplane", But With Less Drama

A Ryanair captain, flying a Boeing 737 from London to Derry, collapsed at the controls due to suspected food poisoning Sunday night.  

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 09.26.06

Tom Turner's Aero-Craft Takes On A 'Breezy' Subject

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 09.26.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.26.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner's 'Aero-Craft 101': 09.26.06 (ANN Special Feature, with ANN's Ace CFI, Tom Turner.)

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (09.26.06): The 90-270

Aero-Tips!

Practice the 90-270 procedure turn in visual conditions and under the hood a few times, to see if the technique works for you.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.26.06)

Aero-Linx!

Most of the museums we’ve listed under Aero-Linx concentrate on aircraft, this one centers on missiles and ordnance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.26.06): Situational Awareness

Aero-Terms!

Provides the pilots with information relative to the current surroundings, such as other aircraft or threats in the immediate area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.26.06)

"We will launch again in three weeks. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. We still feel it was a success."

Source: Tracy Larson, launch logistics coordinator for UP Aerospace, on Monday's failed inaugural launch from New Mexico's Spaceport America.

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