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March 25, 2006

NTSB Releases Prelim On Nilmeyer Accident

Witnesses Say Aircraft Veered Right On Approach

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its Preliminary Report on the accident earlier this week that claimed the life of aerobatic pilot Nick Nilmeyer.

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Iraq War Veteran Advances In IL Congressional Run

Helo Pilot Lost Her Legs In 2004 RPG Attack

Major Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth, a former US Army pilot who lost both legs in a November 2004 grenade attack on her Blackhawk helicopter in Iraq, is now on the frontlines of a very different battle: to serve in the US House of Representatives.

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AOPA Believes Education Is The Answer For Older Aircraft

Calls For More Maintenance Data To Be Made Available

At the FAA's conference on aircraft aging held this week in Kansas City, MO, representatives with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association met with the FAA and general aviation industry representatives from around the world to discuss ways to keep GA safe and affordable.

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Oregon Aero To Unveil Its 'Skydancer' In Lakeland

Husband & Wife Team Will Perform Aerobatics, Skywriting

Those attending the upcoming Lakeland show will be among the first to set eyes on the Oregon Aero SkyDancer, newly painted with the SkyDancer’s signature red, white and blue checkerboard theme and adorned with Oregon Aero graphics.

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Northrop Grumman Selected To Design First-Ever 'Oblique Flying Wing'

Supersonic Aircraft Can Vary Wing Sweep For Most Efficient Performance

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced Friday the company has been selected by the US Department of Defense to design the first-ever supersonic flying wing aircraft that can vary the sweep of its wing for the most efficient flight performance.

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SiriusWings Urges Cessna Owners To Keep Their Planes Out Of The Headlines

Increase Antitheft Security With A Window Lock

Aero-News has reported on a series of airplane thefts recently involving high-wing Cessnas. SiriusWings is happy to help combat the problem, with new STC that enables owners of 172 Series, 182 Series, 180s, 185s, 206 and 210 Series Cessnas to add heightened security to their aircraft with a window lock.

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Boeing Delivers Aeromexico’s First 777-200ER

One Of Two EFB-Equipped Long-Haul Airliners For Carrier

Aeromexico, Mexico’s largest airline, took delivery Wednesday of its first 777 jetliner from Boeing at a ceremony attended by Hispanic dignitaries, community leaders and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire.

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Fighter Jets Proving Effective In 'Non-Traditional' Role

Function As "Eyes In The Skies" For Convoys

The convoy travels down the dusty desert road. Soldiers keep watchful eyes, surveying the barren landscape surrounding them. Today, their minds are slightly at ease. Overhead, an armed F-16 in direct contact with their team is watching the road ahead. No one will be lost today.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.25.06): Inversely Proportional Oil


Oil temperature and oil pressure are two of the most vital indicators of immediate engine health. The analogy to the body’s temperature and blood pressure is not too far off -- if one or the other is excessively high (or low), trouble may be on the way.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.25.06)


The FMI link for today’s Aero-Linx talks about Air Traffic Control and goes behind the scenes on how ATC does what it does.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.25.06): Chicken Stick


Stick used to "flip start" a model airplane engine, and hence save your fingers from getting caught in the propeller when the engine starts or backfires.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.25.06)

"The average GA aircraft is 35 years old, according to the FAA. But GA aircraft, regardless of age, are safe."

Source: Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of regulatory and certification policy, speaking on the FAA's recent conference on aging aircraft, held in Kansas City, MO last week.

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FL TFR: 03.30.06 - 04.02.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/3913  Issue Date: March 24, 2006 at 13:31 UTC Location: Punta Gorda, Florida near LEE COUNTY VORTAC (RSW) Beginning Date and Time: March 30, 2006 at 19:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 02, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other military teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Southwest Florida Int'l Airport (RSW) Air Traffic Control Tower, 941-768-5985

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