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October 07, 2006

The Exodus Continues: Sonex Aircraft Latest To Bail Out Of Sun 'n Fun

Cites "A Drastic Dropoff" In '06 Attendance

Is it yet another sign things have taken a turn for the worse at Sun 'n Fun? Representatives with Sonex Aircraft, LLC told Aero-News Friday the company will not be exhibiting at the 2007 Sun 'n Fun air show, due to what the Oshkosh, WI-based homebuilt kit manufacturer termed "a drastic drop-off in Sun 'n Fun attendance in 2006."

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Surviving Pilots Deny Turning Off Transponder Before Brazilian Midair

Would Be Considered Criminal Manslaughter In Brazil

Two American pilots of an Embraer Legacy 600 who survived a mid-air collision with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737, deny they turned off their transponder before the accident that caused loss of the airliner, and all onboard.  

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TBM Owners Meet In Idaho For 2006 Gathering

For Some, It Was A VERY Long Trip

Aero-News learned this week the annual TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) event held in Coeur d’Alene, ID this year rallied over 70 aircraft and 200 attendees.

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Vintage BAC 167 Strikemaster Down In Australia

Two Lost In Apparent In-flight Breakup

A BAC 167 Strikemaster, flown by private Australian company Jet Fighter Flights, evidently broke apart in mid-air on Thursday, killing the pilot and his passenger.  

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PHI Extends Short Olive Branch To Some Strikers

Company Especially Needs Sikorsky Pilots

Going into its third week with striking pilots, PHI is now offering $1,000 a day to pilots qualified on the twelve-passenger Sikorsky S-76.

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Gulfstream, RJ Involved In LAX Runway Incursion Incident

Skywest And Bizjet Nearly Collide On Runway

A Skywest regional jet departing last Saturday from LAX to San Antonio reached 100 kts before aborting takeoff, to avoid a Gulfstream business jet taxing across the active runway. The planes missed by less than 100 feet.  

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Evergreen Museum Gets Its Tomcat

Will Join Spruce Goose and Blackbird

An F-14D Tomcat, symbol of Top Gun, and made famous by Tom Cruise, has finally arrived at Evergreen Museum in McMinnville, OR. It made its last hop at approximately Mach 0.04 last weekend, from Saturday night to Sunday morning.  

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NASA Looking For Weightless Experiment Participants

Students Can Fly Zero-G and Lunar Gravity Hops

NASA has put the word out it is looking for college students to design science experiments to study zero and reduced gravity applications.

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NYC VFR Chart Updated For Helicopters

New Chart Makes It Easier To Navigate Big Apple

The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) had a special surprise during its annual meeting held the last weekend of September in Hanover, NJ. To the delight of its members,the ERHC distributed copies of the newest New York City VFR Helicopter Route Chart, hot off the presses from the National Aeronautical Charting Office.   

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (10.07.06): Ground Instructor


Many pilots don't know that there are certificated ground (as opposed to flight) instructors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.07.06)


Challenge Air for kids and friends is a non-profit organization that offers flights to physically challenged youths.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.07.06): Standard Briefing


Given by Flight Service includes complete weather and aeronautical information for flight planning. Request a Standard Briefing when the flight will occur within six hours of the briefing.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.07.06)

"Not attending Sun 'n Fun is an obvious break with tradition in our industry, however, we feel strongly that the show is losing is effectiveness for us as an exhibitor."

Source: From a release issued by Sonex Aircraft LCC Friday, on the company's decision to forego exhibiting at next year's Lakeland Fly-In due to what the Oshkosh, WI-based homebuilt kit manufacturer termed "a drastic drop-off in Sun 'n Fun attendance in 2006."

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