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April 26, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Glasair Aviation's Mikael Via on '2 Weeks to Taxi' Part 1 -- 04.27.06

It's called "Two Weeks to Taxi"... Glasair's new program designed to help pilots build a Sportsman 2+2. Mikael Via is the president of Glasair. He recently described the program to ANN's Jim Campbe

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.27.06

STILL no verdict in the Zacarious Moussaoui death penalty trial...

Scrubbed again... two NASA weather research satellites are still on the pad...

And NASA Chief Michael Griffin will

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.27.06

STILL no verdict in the Zacarious Moussaoui death penalty trial...

Scrubbed again... two NASA weather research satellites are still on the pad...

And NASA Chief Michael Griffin will

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USUA To Hold Sport Pilot Transition Seminar For Northeast Region

Ultralight'ers Who Wish To Attend Encouraged To Contact Group NOW

As the deadline for ultralight pilots who wish to transition into the new Sport Pilot category draws near, the US Ultralight Association has scheduled a Sport Pilot Transition Seminar for Saturday, May 13, 2006 for any and all interested pilots in USUA Region 2 (Delaware, District Of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia).

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Faulty Canopy Latch Keeps Pilot Trapped In Raptor

Firefighters Eventually Had To Cut Him Out

An alert News-Spy forwarded along an official Department of Defense report concerning a stuck canopy on one of the Air Force's new F-22A Raptor fighters, that resulted in a few tense moments as ground crews worked to figure out how to get the pilot out of the aircraft.

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AZ TFR: 04.27.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6280 Issue Date: April 26, 2006 at 15:28 UTC Location: Window Rock, Arizona near GALLUP VORTAC (GUP) Beginning Date and Time: April 27, 2006 at 13:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 27, 2006 at 19:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Natural gas release Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-267-3333

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AZ TFR: 04.27.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6282 Issue Date: April 26, 2006 at 15:31 UTC Location: Window Rock, Arizona near GALLUP VORTAC (GUP) Beginning Date and Time: April 27, 2006 at 13:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 27, 2006 at 19:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Natural gas release Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-267-3333

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TCAS 2000 Now Standard On Cessna's High-End Jets

Aero-News has learned the TCAS 2000 traffic alert and collision avoidance system from ACSS has been selected as the standard traffic collision and avoidance package on three of Cessna Aircraft's high-end business jets -- the Citation X, XLS and Sovereign.

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No One Injured As UAV Crashes In Southern AZ

Predator Down Near US-Mexico Border

A Predator B unmanned aerial drone went down Tuesday morning over southern Arizona as it was monitoring the US-Mexico border in an effort to find smugglers and illegal immigrants.

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NTSB Has Some Ideas For FAA's Airliner Design Certification Process

Changes Could Result In Even Fewer Fatalities On US Transport Planes

Could changes in the FAA's process in evaluating safety-critical systems on new transport category aircraft result in even fewer fatalities?

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.26.06

Ric Peri On The Changing Role Of AEA

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.26.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.26.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- AEA Vice President Ric Peri: 04.26.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Ric Peri, Aircraft Electronics Association Vice President of Legislative and Industry Affairs.)

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Air Pacific Signs For Five Dreamliners

Latest Deal Takes The 787 Past 350 Orders

Air Pacific, the flag carrier of the South Pacific island republic of Fiji, and Boeing announced an order Tuesday for five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with three additional purchase rights.

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AES Gets Ready To REV Up The Piston Powerplant Biz

Aircraft Engine Services (AES), Inc. has announced that it will be marketing the revolutionary V220 and V300T aircraft engines under the REV™ brand.

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Could 'Delta Envy' Keep NWA Pilots From Approving Pay Deal?

Also, NWA Pilots Vote To Retain Chairman... For Now

Call it "Delta Envy." That's the realization hitting pilots at Northwest Airlines -- just as they're voting on a new pay deal that the bankrupt carrier says it needs to emerge from Chapter 11 -- that they'll be making as much as 10 percent less than their counterparts at Delta Air Lines... even after pilots at that carrier have their pay cut, too.

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ACAP Holds Its First eXtreme Airshow Challenge

Skip Stewart Takes The Crown In Inaugural Event

After what was called by aerobatic authority Keoki Gray "The most awesome display of aerobatics I have ever seen," Skip Stewart carried away first place last weekend in the inaugural event of the eXtreme Airshow Challenge.

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Reports: Boeing, US Nearing Deals On Two Investigations

What Price Justice? At Least Half A Billion

In the wake of two major defense contracting scandals, Boeing is reportedly now about to pay the piper. The only question now appears to be... how much?

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CALIPSO/CloudSat Delayed Yet Again, This Time By Weather

And It Doesn't Look Good For Wednesday

Issues ranging from communications glitches to missing aircraft have plagued previously scheduled launches of the CloudSat and CALIPSO satellites... and now, a good old-fashioned weather delay has scrapped Tuesday's planned launch of the Delta II rocket that will carry both probes into orbit.

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Are Air Marshals Put At Risk By Their Own Agency's Policy?

Often, "Trusted Agents" Aren't Allowed To Board Discretely

If you're a federal air marshal whose job depends on anonymity, it's kind of tough to remain anonymous if you're asked to board the plane as part of a team -- in full view of the passengers who are waiting in the gate area.

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NASA Optimistic About July Launch Date For Discovery

Griffin: "We're In Pretty Good Shape"

NASA officials are guardedly optimistic about meeting deadlines for a scheduled July launch for the space shuttle Discovery... especially since they have some built-in time to handle any last-minute delays.

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Nassau County Okays Museum Bailout... But With A Warning

Cradle Of Aviation Gets Its "Last Gasp"

Lawmakers in Nassau County, NY voted Monday to bail out the Cradle of Aviation Museum. They did so without dissent -- but they also issued a warning.

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Frasca To Supply EC135 FTD To Finnish Aviation Academy

Aero-News has learned the Finnish Aviation Academy located in Pori, Finland, has contracted to purchase a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter Flight Training Device (FTD) from Frasca International.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.26.06): Amateur-Built Airplane Limitations

Aero-Tips!

Here’s an interesting tidbit from AOPA’s recently released Aviation Fact Card for 2006: 10% of all general aviation aircraft in the US are licensed in the Experimental category—amateur-built, or “homebuilt” airplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.26.06)

Aero-Linx!

Would you like to sit in an actual cockpit of an F-18 Hornet or SR-71? You can even play with the knobs and dials but you will have to climb out and let the kiddies take a turn.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.26.06): Dialed In

Aero-Terms!

Slang term for the condition in which the aircraft is set up to fly smoothly and predictably. This is the state where the mechanics and electronics work together to produce the best performance.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.26.06)

"All I can tell you is, the situation is ridiculous. We are treated like nuisances."

Source: Federal Air Marshal Frank Terreri, commenting on the Federal Air Marshal Service's order to its marshals to disregard a new rule that would give marshals "trusted agent" status and allow them to board the aircraft separately from other passengers.

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PA TFR: 05.01.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6246 Issue Date: April 25, 2006 at 20:35 UTC Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Beginning Date and Time: May 01, 2006 at 14:55 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 01, 2006 at 17:10 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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