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November 24, 2006

Close Call With B747LCF Vortices Nearly Claims C172

Instructor Recovers After Aircraft Rolls 90 Degrees and Pitches Nose-Down Vertical 

And you thought YOU had some close calls? If you want a little pucker factor in your reading, check out a recent NTSB Prelim (below) in which a C172 on a training flight mixed it up with the vortices induced by a nearby experimental Boeing 747-400 LCF (Large Cargo Freighter) toting a hefty operating weight of over 630,000 pounds.

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Gol/ExcelAire MidAir Draws More Legal Attention

Law Firm Sues ExcelAire and Honeywell For 'Negligence'

One of the most divisive international aircraft accidents has just gotten more so... this time due to the attention paid it by yet another law firm claiming to be one of the best in the field, etc., and placing blame long before any investigative body plans to offer a probable cause.

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Spring EAA B-17 Tour Dates Announced

Just as the final wraps are being put on EAA’s recently concluded 2006 B-17 tour, EAA has announced the first segment of its spring 2007 tour schedule for the Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast. The fully restored warbird will head to the West Coast to begin the 2007 tour with 15 confirmed locations in March, April, and May.

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T'is The Season: USAF Aircrews Fly Scientists, Equipment To Antarctica

Repeat After Me: Brrrrrrr......

A McChord Air Force Base, Wash., jet recently touched down on a sheet of sea ice at McMurdo Station as part of Operation Deep Freeze. The C-17 Globemaster III, loaded with National Science Foundation staff members, supplies and equipment along with members of the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings, landed on the ice runway as part of the joint mission the Air Force has participated in annually since 1957.

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Airbus: The A380 Can Handle Crosswinds

Airbus A380 'Beats Expectations' During Heavy Crosswind Tests In Iceland

Crosswind landings are always a bit more tasking than the average arrival.... but just imagine that you're flying a behemoth with all the mass and area of an A380 and you might have a challenge on your hands.... then again, maybe not.

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Klyde Morris 11.24.06

Klyde Reflects On The Life of The Pro Pilot

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SLICE! Orbital Golf Shot Takes A Detour

Two residents of the International Space Station ventured outside the complex Wednesday for a 5 hour, 38 minute spacewalk to reposition, deploy and relocate equipment, and to take a swing at a commercially sponsored activity.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.24.06): Eastern Mountain Wave

Aero-Tips!

Some of the strongest mountain wave conditions can occur in the eastern US, especially in winter when winds are typically strongest.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.24.06)

Aero-Linx!

There’s something very cool about knowing how to navigate by the stars.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.24.06) Yoke

Aero-Terms!

Flight control operated by pushing and pulling with hands in fixed-wing aircraft, primarily to control pitch (altitude) via the elevators; yoke is mounted on a column between the operator's legs, positioned much like a steering wheel in a car.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.24.06)

"The Investigator in Charge estimates a 10-month timeline for the investigation. The first phase, data gathering is estimated to take approximately 45 days, although some further data gathering remains to be completed. Analysis of the data is estimated to take 90 days followed by a preliminary report with conclusions 120 days afterward. Preparation of the final report and review by involved parties and States is estimated at a further 30 days each."

Source: From an NTSB update on the status of the investigation into a midair between a privately operated Legacy 600 and a Gol Boeing 737. In light of all the finger-pointing that is going on in this unnecessarily divisive international investigation, it seemed germane to note that the N

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