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March 27, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101 03.28.06

The Pilot's Operating Handbook contains a wealth of information to achieve safe and efficient use of the airplane.  Yet most pilots spend relatively little time studying the POH, especially af

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.28.06

An eye-popping heist aboard a South African 747...

An explosive day in court for Zacarious Moussaoui...

And is the US softening its position on sharing JSF technology.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.28.06

An eye-popping heist aboard a South African 747...

An explosive day in court for Zacarious Moussaoui...

And is the US softening its position on sharing JSF technology.

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Canada's TSB Adds To Airbus Rudder Woes

The TSB has just released two Aviation Safety Recommendations following the incident (A05F0047) in which an Airbus A310-300 lost its rudder after leaving Varadero, Cuba, for Quebec/Jean Lesage International Airport, Quebec, in March 2005.

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'Kids In Flight' Founder Maria Weybrecht Receives Scholarship At WAI Conference

Allows Seriously Ill Children To "Leave Their Problems On The Ground"

At the opening meeting of the Women in Aviation international Conference on Thursday, Maria Weybrecht was presented with the Chuck Yeager Foundation Scholarship. She hadn't applied for the scholarship; in fact, you can't apply for this scholarship.

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Gone West: Angelo d’Arrigo

'Birdman' Lost In Sky Arrow Accident

They called him the Birdman... Italian pilot Angelo D'Arrigo, who flew with flocks of geese across the Siberian wasteland, and trailed Step Eagles above Tibet. He was even known to have surprised Mount Everest expeditioners in 2004, by flying above the summit in a hang glider.

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Delta Pilots Prepare To Stage 'Practice' Strikes This Week

Union, Airline Says Gatherings Will Not Disrupt Flights... Yet

To drive their point home -- that they are prepared to strike if necessary should their current contract be tossed out in federal bankruptcy court -- the Delta Air Lines branch of the Air Line Pilot's Association announced it will encourage rank-and-file members to stage a series of "practice strikes" throughout the nation this week.

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Former ATC Company Employee A Suspect In Serial Bombings

CO Police Would Like To Chat With Robert Burke

If you see 54-year old Robert Burke, you might want to let him know the feds are looking for him -- but then again, you might also want to keep your distance.

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Too High To Fly? Accident Pilot Had Marijuana In His System

NTSB Probable Cause Report Pending

A coroner's report indicates the pilot of a Cessna T210L that went down last year near Fresno, CA had a significant amount of marijuana in his system at the time of the accident.

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Avidyne And Airshares Announce Free Seminars For S Florida Pilots

“Evenings of Learning” to Show Pilots Benefits of New Safety, Performance Features

Avidyne Corporation and AirShares Elite have announced plans for two free, hands-on seminars to introduce pilots to new weather and situational awareness tools and features on the Avidyne Entegra integrated flight deck.

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AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4096 Issue Date: March 27, 2006 at 14:19 UTC Location: Douglas, Arizona near SAN SIMON VORTAC (SSO) 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 Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Albuquerque (ABQ) Center, 505-856-4500

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 03.27.06

ANN's Aleta Vinas Reports From The 2006 Women In Aviation International Conference

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.27.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.27.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Aleta Vinas Reports From WAI: 03.27.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Aleta Vinas on the 2006 WAI Conference in Nashville, TN.)

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Quartz Mountain Aerospace Shows Off Its FAA-Certified Model 11E

Company Plans To Manufacture 68 Aircraft In First Year

Quartz Mountain Aerospace, Inc., based in Altus, OK showcased the FAA Type-Certified model of a $200,000, four-seat, high-winged Model 11E single-engine airplane Monday at the Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City.

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Beware! ANN Annual April 1st Edition Just Five Days Away

As previously noted (each year), we have this 'problem.' Each April 1st we have a problem getting our stories straight... we make things up, we get silly, we act weird (-er than normal...) we exaggerate and lampoon... in other words, we act like the folks that run Sun 'n Fun, (but are FAR more amusing AND no one gets hurt...).

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Viking Acquires Beaver, Twin Otter TCs from Bombardier

Acquisition Brings de Havilland Business To Western Canada

Viking Air Limited has acquired the Type Certificates for seven de Havilland legacy aircraft, including the near-legendary DHC-2 Beaver and the DHC-6 Twin Otter, from Bombardier Inc.

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Against All Odds... A380 Successfully Completes Evacuation Test

The fast-moving folks at Airbus tell ANN that they have successfully completed the passenger evacuation trial on development A380 MSN7, paving the way for the authorities to certify the aircraft in time for delivery by the end of 2006.

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Klyde Morris 03.27.06

The SpaceFlight Biz Can Be Tough...

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Women in Aviation International Conference: Girls With Wings

ANN Checks In With Some of The Folks Attending This Year's Women In Aviation Conference

Lynda Meeks has been a pilot for about twelve years now. She didn’t choose aviation because of a mentor or an educational program. Instead, Meeks became a pilot almost on a dare. Her Army ROTC instructor told her that Army aviation was the toughest branch to get into.

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ISS Expedition 12 Crew Nearly Ready To Come Home

The Expedition 12 crew members have the International Space Station poised and ready for their replacements to arrive March 31. Soyuz Commander Valery Tokarev and Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur moved their Soyuz spacecraft from the Zarya module to the Zvezda living quarters module early Monday.

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Women In Aviation 2006 Conference: Pilot Hiring In The Exhibit Hall

WAI Was A Great Place To Check Out Airline Hiring! Free chocolate and an interview with an airline. It doesn't get much better than that. In the Exhibitor's Hall at the 2006 Women in Aviation International Conference you can have both. Guess what, ladies... the airlines are hiring!

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NTSB Formally Urges FAA To TAWS Equip 6+ Pax Helos

Safety Recommendation A-06-19 through -23

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration: Require all existing and new U.S.-registered turbine-powered rotorcraft certificated for six or more passenger seats to be equipped with a terrain awareness and warning system. (A-06-19)

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Task Force Welcomes Afghan Aviators

Afghan National Army Air Corps and Task Force Falcon leaders met March 19 in what officials are calling a first step toward building an aviation partnership. For the initial gathering, Afghan Brig. Gen. Mohammed Barat and members of his staff met Task Force Falcon commander Col. Michael Rose at Bagram Airfield.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.27.06)

Aero-Linx!

After taking a look inside Air Force One yesterday, here are a few more sites with some of the history of Air Force Ones.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.27.06): CHT

Aero-Terms!

Cylinder Head Temperature -- The gauge showing CHT helps the pilot protect his engine against the threat of excessive heat. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.27.06): Dive Or Glide -- Another Look

Aero-Tips!

It’s always good when readers raise questions -- either I clarify something so readers learn more, or they give me new information that makes me learn, and provide better instruction. My recent Aero-Tips article Non-Precision Descent: Dive or Glide is a good example.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.27.06)

"There's been a steady stream of people here. Most are qualified, some are just short of the needed time, but are taking a preliminary step by meeting the airline folks and getting a bit of a head start for when they have the needed hours." Source: Jane DeLisle, a First Officer for Jet Blue as well as an Airbus instructor, speaking to pilot prospects at the recently concluded 2006 Women In Aviation Conference. 

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