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November 11, 2006

Van's RV-12 Flies!

Prototype Kit LSA Entry Makes First Hop

Van's Aircraft flew its RV-12 prototype for the first time Thursday, November 9, with Dick "Van" VanGrunsven at the controls.

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Voyager FPS and ANN Bring YOU The Weather For Saturday 11.11.06

As Provided By Seattle Avionics And ANN!

We're gonna help you to get to AOPA Expo in Palm Springs... with a little help from our friends!

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SMA Struggles To Educate America

Engine Manufacturer Wants To Sell You On Diesels

SMA earned an STC to install its SMA SR305-230 diesel engines in certain Cessna 182 models in July of this year. Since then, they've sold six engines in the US, and six in Canada. That may not seem like many, but SMA is ecstatic about it.

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An Alluring Airplane 'That Puts A Smile On Your Face'

Cessna's LSA Prototype Lands At AOPA

After flying from Wichita, KS in Cessna's (likely? Inevitable?) future entry into the LSA market, Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton called his company's all-aluminum Sport, the airplane with ramp appeal "that puts a smile on your face."

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Vflite Programs Provide Tools To Learning

The Benefits Of Scenario-Based Simulation

You bought the fancy new airplane with the glass cockpit... or, you upgraded to a Garmin GPS unit in your current plane. What do you do now?

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Hacienda de los Santos Will Appeal to 'Pilotos'

Mexican Resort Ideal Destination For Mexico Flying

A beautiful white 1999 Cessna T206, tricked out with all the latest mods, stands near an AOPA Expo 2006 booth showcasing one of the most unique flying destinations available to pilots. The Hacienda de los Santos, or House of Saints, is a Spanish colonial estate in a historic Mexican village about 300 nautical miles due south of Tucson, AZ.

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Luscombe LSA-8 Makes Its Public Debut At AOPA Expo

All The Fun Of The Spiffy Classic With Brand New Parts!

Luscombe-Silvaire Aircraft Company debuted their brand new LSA-8 at AOPA Expo 2006 in Palm Springs, CA this week.

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JP Aerospace Flies Two Edge Of Space Missions In One Day

Logs Missions 29 and 30 With Student Experiments Aboard

JP Aerospace (JPA) bills itself as America's OTHER space program. It calls itself an independent space program -- a volunteer-based organization that achieves access to space by just doing it. In that spirit, JPA launched two missions on November 7, Away Missions 29 and 30.

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Pilots Can Breathe Easier In Diamond's Twin Star

Aerox To Supply Inflight O2 System

Aero-News has learned Diamond Aircraft will offer factory installed oxygen systems on the DA42 Twin Star, from Aerox Aviation Oxygen Systems.

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NASA Loses Contact With Mars Orbiter

Ten-Year-Old Mars Surveyor Hasn't Responded For A Week

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) hasn't received any signals from Mars Global Surveyor since last Sunday.

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AOPA Expo Attendee Has Answer For Covering A LOT Of Ground

We Want This For Next Year!

There are ways to get around AOPA Expo 2006 -- and then there are ways to get around!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.11.06): Hot Start


More and more airplanes in the general aviation fleet have fuel injected engines. One of the lessons pilots need to learn about starting fuel injected engines is how to start them when they are hot -- how to prevail in the dreaded "hot start".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.11.06)


Flying is for the birds, well yeah, they were in the air before we were.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.11.06): Washout


The twist in an airfoil which causes less angle of attack at the tips than the root.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.11.06)

"Why didn't I think of that?"

Source: FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, responding to an audience member during Friday's General Session at AOPA Expo 2006. In one of the morning's lighter moments, the attendee commented he had the solution to dealing with Chicago's 2003 late-night destruction of Meigs Field -- "I would have just shut down O'Hare."

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