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April 20, 2006

AIAA Mourns The Loss Of Scott Crossfield

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics issued the following statement Thursday regarding the loss of legendary pilot -- and honorary AIAA fellow -- Scott Crossfield.

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Urgent CASA AD: Cirrus

Applicability: Model SR20 and SR22 aeroplanes with serial numbers as follows: Model SR20 SR22 Serial Numbers 1005 through 1581 inclusive 0002 through 1643 and 1645 through 1662

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Second Cape Canaveral Launch Of 2006 Set To Fly Thursday

US-Russian Company's Atlas V Will Carry European Satellite Into Orbit

A 191-foot tall Atlas V rocket expected to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Thursday afternoon is significant for two reasons: One, it will be the 100th mission flown by a US-Russian launch services joint venture operation, and two -- it's only the second rocket launch of 2006 from the once-bustling Cape.

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Famed Pilot Scott Crossfield, 84, Lost In GA Plane Accident

Aero-Community Reacts To News Of Aviation Legend's Death

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 04.20.06 2035 EST: The aviation community was shocked today by news of aviation legend Scott Crossfield's death in the crash of a Cessna 210 Wednesday night in northern Georgia.

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China's Hu Tells Boeing His Country Needs More Planes... A Lot More

American Manufacturer Can Probably Count On About Half Of Those Orders

In an historic speech Wednesday at Boeing's massive Everett, WA aircraft plant, Chinese President Hu Jintao told workers that China will need more planes over the next several years -- as in thousands.

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Justice Department Plane Goes Down Near Virgin Islands, All Safe

Detainees, Officers Onboard Rescued By Dive Boat

"You train for something like this, but you never think you'll have to do it," pilot Gary Schmidt said Tuesday afternoon, shortly before a press conference to describe the harrowing ordeal he and six other people onboard a Virgin Islands Justice Department Piper Navajo experienced just hours before.

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Raytheon Delivers First Aircraft Self Protection Security System

"Please Step Away From The Aircraft!"

Raytheon Company's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business recently delivered to the Air Force its first prototype Aircraft Self Protection Security System (ASPSS). The systems uses near-object detection sensor (NODS) technology to provide provides electronic perimeter security for aircraft parked on the tarmac of an airfield or in a field location.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 04.20.06

The Resignation Of NTSB Member Ellen Engleman-Conners

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.20.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.20.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The Resignation Of NTSB Member Ellen Engleman-Conners: 04.20.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Tom Turner's take on the resignation of Ellen Engleman-Conners from the NTSB)

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GA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5864 Issue Date: April 20, 2006 at 13:18 UTC Location: Blairsville, Georgia near HARRIS VORTAC (HRS) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for search activities and aircraft accident Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Atlanta (ATL) Center, 770-210-7622

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FAA Issues NPRM On Operational Limits For Transport Category Aircraft

Aims To Prevent Widespread Fatigue Damage -- But Operators Would Have To Pay

Earlier this week, the FAA issued its Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on measures the agency intends to prevent fatigue damage in transport category aircraft.

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After 37 Years, Armstrong Gets A Piece Of The Rock

But He Didn't Hold Onto It For Long

Former astronaut Neil Armstrong now has a piece of the rock -- a moon rock, that is. But it's not something the first man on the moon plans to keep in his pocket.

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More Auction Action -- Boeing Bits Under The Hammer

Treasury Department Has 6,000 Aircraft Parts To Unload

It must be the auction season! First Independence Air, now this.

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Father, Son Jump From Perfectly Good Helicopter

"It Was Probably My Most Memorable Jump," -- Retiring Dad

OK, would you jump from a perfectly good helicopter? With your father? Or your son? Meet the Gillulys -- who would, and did.

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AD: Air Tractor

AD NUMBER: 2006-08-09 MANUFACTURER: Air Tractor SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-08-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Air Tractor, Inc. (Air Tractor) Models AT-802 and AT-802A airplanes.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2006-08-10 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-08-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CT64-820-4 turboprop engines with certain part number (P/N) rotating parts.

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AD: Air Tractor

AD NUMBER: 2006-08-08 MANUFACTURER: Air Tractor SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-08-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Air Tractor, Inc. (Air Tractor) Models AT-400, AT-401, AT-401B, AT-402, AT-402A, and AT-402B airplanes.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2006-08-11 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-08-11 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Models PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes equipped with certain crew seat bucket assemblies with and without a backrest recline system.

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NATCA Makes Nice, Agrees To Return to Negotiations With FAA

But Keep The Bucket Ready... Just In Case

After escalating its war of rhetoric with the FAA to levels unseen since the days of Kennedy and Khrushchev, on Tuesday the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, led by President John Carr, announced the union would accept the Federal Aviation Administration’s public offer to return to the bargaining table.

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Pax, Crew Safe After RDU Airplane Evacuation

Cockpit Smoke Leads Pilots To Abort Takeoff

Smoke seeping into the cockpit prompted 20 people to evacuate an Embraer regional jet as it was preparing to takeoff from Raleigh-Durham International Airport just before noon Wednesday. The pilots aborted their takeoff, and the three crewmembers and 17 passengers aboard Flight 4646 bound for Newark, NJ fled the plane via inflatable slides.

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Moussaoui: Barking Mad, Or Sending Code?

Defense Documents Make No Earthly Sense

The court-appointed lawyers trying to defend Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th Hijacker" now in the death-penalty phase of trial, have submitted some of Moussaoui's writings to the court as defense exhibits. While these writings, submitted years ago as court filings, have been little commented on by the mainstream press, they do provide an insight of some kind into Moussaoui.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.20.06): After The Fall

Aero-Tips!

Here’s hoping you never need to know this... Protect your passengers, your airplane, its contents and records after an accident or incident. Remember, you’re still pilot-in-command.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.20.06)

Aero-Linx!

Today’s link was sent in by ANN reader Mindy Lyons. The site features the aviation art of her husband, Sam -- no bias there, right?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.20.06): DC3

Aero-Terms!

College Park (CGS), Potomac (VKX), and Washington Executive/Hyde Field (W32) Airports, all in the Washington DC area, are nicknamed the DC3.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.20.06)

"We are absolutely delighted with this flight. The test flight went exactly as planned. What more could you ask for?"

Source: Diamond Aircraft CEO Christian Dries, on Tuesday's successful first flight of the single engine D-Jet five-place personal jet.

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CA TFR: 04.27.06 - 05.01.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5785 Issue Date: April 19, 2006 at 11:49 UTC Location: March AFB, California near PARADISE VORTAC (PDZ) Beginning Date and Time: April 27, 2006 at 19:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 01, 2006 at 0:01 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstration by the USAF Thunderbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: FAA Southern California (SCT) TRACON, 858-537-5900

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CA TFR: 04.27.06 - 05.01.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5784 Issue Date: April 19, 2006 at 11:44 UTC Location: March AFB, California near PARADISE VORTAC (PDZ) Beginning Date and Time: April 27, 2006 at 19:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 01, 2006 at 0:01 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demostration by the USAF Thunderbirds Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: FAA Southern California (SCT) TRACON, 858-537-5900

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