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May 02, 2006

'Duck Soup': Continental Express Jet Makes Safe Emergency Landing At IAH

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 05.02.06 1925 EDT: All is well as the Continental ExpressJet Embraer 145XR that has been circling the Houston area for the past two hours and 15 minutes... after one if the jet's left maingear tires blew out on takeoff... landed safe and sound moments ago on Runway 15L at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH).

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Dassault Falcon Confirms 7X Range and Performance Increases At EBACE

Also Unveils Electronic Flight Bag Option On 2000 And 900 Lines

Dassault Falcon had some big news to share at EBACE2006 Tuesday... or rather, some big numbers.

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MN TFR: 05.03.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6715 Issue Date: May 02, 2006 at 18:08 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: May 03, 2006 at 15:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 03, 2006 at 16:45 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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NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6665 Issue Date: May 02, 2006 at 13:57 UTC Location: Luray, Virginia Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting 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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Embraer Unveils Latest Addition To Its Lineage At EBACE2006

New Lineage 1000 Bizjet Based On Embraer 190

There was big news from Embraer Tuesday at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2006), as the company introduced the Lineage 1000, an ultra-large business jet based on the Embraer 190 commercial jet platform.

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Eclipse Says 500 Testing Shows Remarkably Low Noise, Smoke Emissions

A VLJ That's Green?

At EBACE2006 in Geneva, Switzerland Tuesday, Eclipse Aviation announced that early Eclipse 500 tests indicate the new very light jet (VLJ) will exceed the company's already aggressive expectations for low aircraft noise, engine smoke emissions and cabin sound.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.02.06

Aero-Craft 101: Stretching Your Fueling Dollar

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.02.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.02.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: 5.02.06 (ANN Special Feature, with CFI Tom Turner on what pilots can do to stretch their avgas dollar.)

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Rockwell Collins Announces LCD display, AHRS Upgrade For Piaggio 180s

Get An Avanti II Panel For Your Avanti

At EBACE2006 Tuesday, Rockwell Collins announced the company is offering Piaggio 180 operators an upgrade to LCD displays, as well the latest attitude heading reference system (AHRS) with its Pro Line 21 IDS Integrated Display System and AHS-3000 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS).

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Icing, Pilot Error Cited In NTSB Probable Cause Report On Ebersol Accident

Agency Makes Additional Safety Recommendations To FAA, DOT

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 05.02.06 1520 EST: The NTSB has just issued its Probable Cause report on the November 2004 accident of a Challenger 601 business jet at Colorado's Montrose Regional Airport.

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British Skydiver Commits Suicide On First Jump

Cuts Through Parachute Rigging

An unidentified British man who deliberately cut through the rigging of his parachute and fell to his death on his first skydiving jump this weekend gave no sign he was disturbed enough to commit suicide, according to his instructors.

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NAA Lauds Boeing 777-200LR World Record Flight

One Of The "Most Memorable Aviation Records Of 2005"

At an awards ceremony Friday, the National Aeronautics Association named the record-setting distance flight of the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner as one of the most memorable aviation records of 2005.

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ANN Special Feature: Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101 -- 05.02.06

This episode features Aero-Craft CFI Tom Turner -- On Stretching Your Avgas Dollar. A timely topic... no?

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Columbia Rolls Out Its 400th Plane

Factory Now Producing A Plane A Day

Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Co. celebrated a milestone last week as its 400th aircraft rolled off the assembly line in Bend, OR. The company produced its first plane six years ago... and while times are now rosy for Columbia, that wasn't always the case.

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TSA Offers Bonuses To Keep Screeners Happy As Summer Nears

Up To $1000 To Workers Who Stay On Job... But Will That Be Enough?

In an effort to combat an employee attrition rate close to 25 percent as the summer travel seasons draws near, the Transportation Security Administration is offering its screeners up to $1000 in bonus pay in order to convince them to stay on the job.

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Search Crews Continue Attempts To Reach South African Cargo Plane

UN Sending Team To Recover Wreckage Of Chartered Plane

Search crews continued to combat rugged territory near the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Monday to reach the wreckage of an aircraft, believed to be a chartered Cessna Caravan flying for the United Nations' World Food Programme.

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Delta Air Lines Gets New Uniforms

Chapter 11 Never Looked So Good

Aiming to "evoke the time when air travel was glamorous and sophisticated, yet with a contemporary look and feel," on Monday Delta Air Lines unveiled a new look for its flight attendants, customer service agents, and Crown Room Club representatives.

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First Flight Of China's FC-4 Fighter Called A Success

"Fierce Dragon" Seen As F-16, MiG-29 Competitor

Chinese officials reported the first successful test flight Friday of that country's new Xiaolong/FC-4 "Fierce Dragon" fighter.

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FlightSafety International, Geneva Officials To Receive Awards At EBACE2006

Will Be Honored For Their Work Supporting Business Aviation

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced Monday that city officials in Geneva and FlightSafety International will be recognized with the EBACE2006 European Business Aviation Award for their work on behalf of business aviation.

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Acrohelipro Awarded CBP Repair/Overhaul Contract

Will Service Helos Equipped With RR 250 Engines

Acrohelipro Global Services Inc. (AHGS) announced Monday it has been awarded a contract for repair and overhaul of approximately 50 Rolls-Royce 250 (RR) series engines by the US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), El Paso, TX.

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Minnesota Aviation Hall Of Fame Banquet Coming Up

Mark your calendars.... Aero-News has learned the 17th Annual Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHOF) banquet and induction ceremony will be held Saturday, May 13, 2006, at the Ramada Mall of America/Thunderbird Convention Center in Bloomington, MN.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (05.02.06): VFR Altitudes


A recent, tragic mid-air collision between two Cessnas flying visually over Alaska prompted a few questions about Visual Flight Rules (VFR) cruising altitudes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.02.06)


Pick your seatmate, $5.00 for a roundtrip. Are you one of those chatty types? Or are you one of the quiet ones, preferring not to be bothered? Whatever your preference, you can find it at AirTroductions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.02.06): EAS


Equivalent Airspeed -- the calibrated airspeed of an aircraft corrected for adiabatic compressible flow for the particular altitude.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.02.06)

"We started in the mid-'90s on certifying the aircraft, and it was a long, hard battle to get to the point of producing one plane per day. It's phenomenal."

Source: Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing's North American sales manager, Mike Schrader, on the company's rollout of its 400th plane on April 27.

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FL TFR: 05.05.06 - 05.07.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6537 Issue Date: May 01, 2006 at 14:53 UTC Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida near FORT LAUDERDALE VOR/DME (FLL) Beginning Date and Time: May 05, 2006 at 13:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 07, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Canadian Snowbirds, other demonstration teams and the U.S. Army golden Knights Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) Air Traffic Control Tower, 954-359-5683

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NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6618 Issue Date: May 02, 2006 at 0:22 UTC Location: LURAY , Virginia Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FIRE FIGHTING Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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AL TFR: 05.03.06 - 05.17.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6581 Issue Date: May 01, 2006 at 19:05 UTC Location: Anniston, Alabama near TALLADEGA VOR/DME (TDG) Beginning Date and Time: May 03, 2006 at 12:45 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 17, 2006 at 21:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Movement of hazardous material Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Atlanta (ZTL) Center, 770-210-7622

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NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6592 Issue Date: May 01, 2006 at 19:40 UTC Location: Houghton Lake, Michigan near HOUGHTON LAKE VOR/DME (HTL) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5589

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Urgent CASA AD: Parachutes de France

Applicability: Parachutes de France Techno 240-B Reserve Parachute, part number R 01-240-B, all serial numbers.

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