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September 03, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.04.06

The FAA Sends An Urgent Alert To Operators Of A Popular Regional Airliner...

Yet Another Mitsubishi MU-2 Falls From The Florida Sky...

And the investigation is underway after a Brit

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ANN Special Feature: Groen Brothers' Al Waddill on a New Type Of Military Rotorcraft 09.04.06

Al Waddill is vice president for sales at Groen Brothers Aviation... a company you might know as a top-notch developer of gyroplanes. But Groen Brothers is known around the Pentagon for something e

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.04.06

The FAA Sends An Urgent Alert To Operators Of A Popular Regional Airliner...

Yet Another Mitsubishi MU-2 Falls From The Florida Sky...

And the investigation is underway after a Brit

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FAA Testimony to 911 Commission Under Fire

Executives Failed to Correct Errors

An investigation conducted by the Transportation Department's acting Inspector General (IG) found that three FAA executives (one now retired) knew after the fact that testimony presented to the 9/11 Commission in 2003 was, in fact, false, but they made no effort to correct it.

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First Certification-Spec Seawind 300C Takes Flight

Company Expects Four Months To VFR Cert; IFR To Follow

The first FAA certification-spec Seawind 300C took to the skies last month from Quebec's Saint Jean Airport -- an occasion the company expects will mark the beginning of the end to its lengthy path towards FAA certification.

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New FAA Runway Landing Length Requirements Recommended

Proposed Rule Follows Midway Runway Overrun

Discussion of runway length has been very much in the public eye this week, but after last December's overrun accident of a Southwest 737 off a snow-filled runway, the FAA immediately went to work analyzing runway length decisions.

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Helicopter, Plane Come Too Close For Comfort Over LAX

FAA: First Near-Miss In Area Since 2004

The pilot of an American Eagle flight on approach to land early Friday at Los Angeles International Airport had to execute a go-around, after a chartered news helicopter appeared near the Saab 340's flight path.

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Bonhomme Wins Red Bull At Longleat UK!

Wins Race With Help From Wind

50 mph winds forced officials to cancel the 7th leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Series in Longleat, England on Saturday, September 2nd. Under Red Bull rules, qualifying results become official results in the event a race is cancelled. That means British racer Paul Bonhomme's qualifying run on Friday, the fastest of the group, earns him his first Red Bull race win.

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Approved: Elite RTF-B (Ready-To-Fly) Portable BASIC ATD

ELITE Simulation Solutions has received FAA approval of its RTF-B portable Aviation Training Device (ATD). The new RTF-B Basic ATD is the first such system specifically designed to provide truly practical portability and is the latest addition in ELITE's expanding fleet of approved training devices.

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NASA Management Astronauts Announce Changes, Retirement

Veteran astronauts and Flight Crew Operations Directorate managers Ken Bowersox and Kent Rominger have announced intentions to depart from NASA.

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EAA Sport Pilot Tour to Visit Boston Area

Sport Planes and Pilots Come Together September 9

EAA's Sport Pilot tour is visiting Lawrence Municipal Airport in North Andover, MA on Sep 9 -- all activities start at 9:00am. The tour stop is one of several the EAA is making across the country to promote sport aviation and sport aircraft in the US.

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S-Tec And Ameriflight STC System 30 Autopilot For Beech 99s

S-TEC and Ameriflight have received an STC for the installation of S-TEC's System Thirty autopilot on Beechcraft 99 turboprop aircraft including the A99A, B99 and C99 models.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (09.03.06): More Elusive Turbine Time

Aero-Tips!

When making a certificates-and-ratings transition look to the regulations for ways to combine as many of the requirements as necessary, to speed up the process and make the change as inexpensively as possible.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.03.06)

Aero-Linx!

A site of heart wrenching poems of wartime and losses. Don’t read it without a box of tissues nearby.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.03.06): Planetesimal

Aero-Terms!

Small celestial bodies that are believed to have existed in large quantities during the formation of the solar system.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.03.06)

“The association is very pleased with the FAA’s decision to issue this recommendation through a SAFO and not through inappropriate regulation by notice or OpSpec [operational specification.] No federal agency is above the rulemaking process and the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act.”

Source: NATA President James K. Coyne, commenting on Friday's issuance of a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) titled “Landing Distance Assessment at Time of Arrival for Turbojets."

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