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March 28, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Aerospace Pioneer Wally Funk 03.29.05

Perhaps you've never heard of Wally Funk. She's one of the under-sung heroes of aviation and aerospace... a woman who was at the very forefront of the Space Race more than 45 years ago. Now in her

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.29.06

Another Cargo plane goes down in Iran...

A different story from al Qaeda leaders in the death penalty trial of Zacarious Moussaoui...

And Boeing reluctantly agrees to building a str

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 03.29.06

Another Cargo plane goes down in Iran...

A different story from al Qaeda leaders in the death penalty trial of Zacarious Moussaoui...

And Boeing reluctantly agrees to building a str

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Sport Aircraft Works Intro's Its Newest Certified S-LSA

SportCruiser Offers Docile Handling... And Free Training?

Three aircraft... that's the number of certified S-LSAs Sport Aircraft Works has introduced over the past six months. Aero-News has just learned of the certification of the newest aircraft to join SAW's stable, the SportCruiser.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2006-05-11R1 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-05-11R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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Aurora Flight Sciences Celebrates 100th GoldenEye-50 Flight

Unique UAS Transitions From Vertical To Horizontal Flight

Aero-News received word Tuesday from Aurora Flight Sciences that the company's GoldenEye-50 unmanned aerial system (UAS) completed its 100th flight earlier this month, during a 22-minute flight at the company’s flight test facility.

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Thales Wins Lufthansa A380 Flight Sim Contract

Third Superjumbo Sim Ordered From UK Company

Before the Airbus A380 flies for an airline... airline pilots must be trained to fly the A380. Thales UK's services business has been selected by Lufthansa Flight Training to supply an Airbus A380 full-flight simulator.

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One Good Turn... Mid-Continent Celebrates Its 100,000th Turn Coordinator

OEM Equipment On A Variety Of New Aircraft

Earlier this month, Mid-Continent Instruments marked a significant milestone as its gyro production line, Electric Gyro Corp., celebrated the manufacturing of its 100,000th turn coordinator.

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Women in Aviation Int'l Conference: The Sessions

There is no lack of what to do at a Women in Aviation International Conference. Things start rolling at a generally decent hour in the morning, around 0900. Other special sessions can start earlier.

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MN TFR: 03.29.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4143 Issue Date: March 28, 2006 at 15:02 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: March 29, 2006 at 16:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 29, 2006 at 17:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at Babbitt Iron Mines Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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PR TFR: 03.29.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/4140 Issue Date: March 28, 2006 at 12:05 UTC Location: Eastern Side, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST THOMAS VOR/DME (STT) Beginning Date and Time: March 29, 2006 at 12:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: March 29, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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Pressured By Airlines, Boeing Goes Ahead With Expanded 787

Will Begin Flights In Late 2012... For Emirates?

When airlines talk, Boeing listens. That was the word Monday from Mike Bair, general director of the 787 program, who said Boeing has decided to proceed with plans for an expanded version of the Dreamliner despite the company's fears such a plane would compete with its own popular 777-200ER.

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Moussaoui Testifies He Was To Pilot Fifth 9/11 Airliner

Apparent Reversal Of Earlier Testimony May Mean Death Penalty

It was a stunning revelation. On Monday, Zacarias Moussaoui took the stand at his death penalty trial, and declared he was to hijack a fifth airliner on September 11, 2001 and fly the plane into the White House.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 03.28.06

Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: Understanding The POH

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 03.28.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.28.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner's Aero Craft 101: 03.28.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Master CFI Tom Turner on lessons your aircraft's POH can teach you.)

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-06-13 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-06-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200 and A330-300 series airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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AD: Aerospatiale

AD NUMBER: 2006-06-12 MANUFACTURER: Aerospatiale SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-06-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Aerospatiale Model ATR72 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-06-15 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-06-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A318-100 series airplanes; Model A319-100 series airplanes; Model A320-111 airplanes; Model A320-200 series airplanes; Model A321-100 series airplanes; and Model A321-200 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2006-06-14 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-06-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A318-100 and A319-100 series airplanes, A320-111 airplanes, A320-200 series airplanes, and A321-100 and A321-200 series airplanes.

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2006-07-01 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-07-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain EMBRAER Model EMB-135 airplanes and Model EMB-145, -145ER, -145MR, -145LR, -145XR, -145MP, and -145EP airplanes.

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The Mother Of All Tankers! Evergreen To Demo 747 Supertanker

Month-Long Demonstration Tour to Span 11 States

Evergreen International Aviation has announced that its firefighting 747 Supertanker will visit 11 states during a month-long, nationwide tour to demonstrate the capabilities of the world’s largest firefighting aircraft to wildland firefighters at the federal, state and local levels.

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NASA Says Dawn Is Back On

Agency Will Fund Mission After All

The little space program that refused to die, will live on after all. That's the word NASA gave administrators overseeing the much-maligned Dawn program, just weeks after the agency killed the project because of ongoing technical and budgetary woes.

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French, Egyptian Investigators Disagree On Cause Of Flash Air Accident

NTSB Opens Public Docket On 2004 Loss Of B737

French and Egyptian investigators sharply disagree on what caused a Flash Air Boeing 737 to crash into the Red Sea after taking off from Cairo more than two years ago. The two sides published both of their opinions in a 1,300-page report on the crash issued on Saturday.

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Fighting High Costs And Competition, Air Wales Bails

Will Focus On Charter And Freight Ops

Welsh regional carrier Air Wales announced last week it will stop flying scheduled passenger flights next month, in order to focus its efforts on charter flights and freight hauling.

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SAA Plane Robbery May Have Been An Inside Job

Thieves Made Off With Over $16 Million

Last Saturday, a band of thieves held up a South African Airways 747 on the ramp in Johannesburg, and made off with over $16 million -- and police say either an airport or airline employee may have helped them do it.

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Man Admits Faking Plane Crash For Cash

Was To Use Money To Buy Another Aircraft, Settle Debts

After collecting more than $250,000 Australian in insurance money, a New Zealand man now admits he faked a 2004 plane crash so he could buy another plane, and pay off an old debt.

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Harriers Return To The USS Bonhomme Richard

Part Of Counter-Terrorism Role

On March 23, AV-8B Harriers returned to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) for the first time in nearly nine months during local operations off the coast of Southern California.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.28.06): Non-CFI Instruction

Aero-Tips!

Most instruction must be performed by pilots who are Certificated Flight Instructors (CFIs). There are cases, however, when you can receive “log-able” instruction from persons who are not current CFIs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.28.06)

Aero-Linx!

If non-US aircraft is more your interest, these Russian and Czech aircraft can take you to the heavens and roll you around on the way up.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.28.06): Clouds

Aero-Terms!

Clouds are classified by their appearance and height.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.28.06)

"Increased costs and high competition in the market place have made it virtually impossible to exist as a passenger focused airline. Without the vast economies of scale required to sustain and successfully compete in the passenger airline business today, it has become clear that Air Wales now needs to center on charter and freight services to continue operating in the airline industry."

Source: Welsh regional airline Air Wales founder Roy Thomas, on the decision to halt passenger operations next month in order to focus on charter and freight-hauling operations, citing high costs and aggressive competition from other regional and low-cost operators in the area.

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