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July 13, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.14.06

Israel bombs the civilian airport in Beirut...

Two military helos down... at least three crewmembers are lost...

And the latest from NASA... where APU glitches haven't yet disrupted

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ANN Special Feature: Is LSA Headed in the Right Direction? 07.14.06

Light Sport Aviation is just now two years old. It's become a haven for older pilots who don't want to fight over their medical certificates every couple of years and aircraft are still on the pric

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.14.06

Israel bombs the civilian airport in Beirut...

Two military helos down... at least three crewmembers are lost...

And the latest from NASA... where APU glitches haven't yet disrupted

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2495 Issue Date: July 12, 2006 at 23:49 UTC Location: Modesto, California near MODESTO VOR/DME (MOD) 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: Oakland (ZOA) Center, 510-745-3331

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2496 Issue Date: July 13, 2006 at 0:06 UTC Location: 29 Miles North East of Billings, Montana near BILLINGS VORTAC (BIL) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2500 Issue Date: July 13, 2006 at 1:20 UTC Location: 22.5 Nautical Miles North of Cedar City, Utah near CEDAR CITY VOR/DME (CDC) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2501 Issue Date: July 13, 2006 at 1:25 UTC Location: South Kanosh, Utah near MILFORD VORTAC (MLF) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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WI TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2525 Issue Date: July 13, 2006 at 14:06 UTC Location: Ellison Bay, Wisconsin near ESCANABA VOR/DME (ESC) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Gas explosion/leak Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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MN TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2576 Issue Date: July 13, 2006 at 17:47 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice 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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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2619 Issue Date: July 13, 2006 at 20:37 UTC Location: Cabezon, California near PALM SPRINGS VORTAC (PSP) 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: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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Israel Strikes Beirut Airport Twice In 24 Hours

Says Airport Is Entry Point For Weapons

Saying the airport is a major entry point for weapons and personnel supporting the radical Hezbollah movement, on Thursday Israeli air force jets bombed three runways at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport, bringing to a halt all operations -- civil, and otherwise -- at the middle eastern airport.

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National Cross Country Air Races Set To Begin!

Will Finish A Quick Hop Away From AirVenture 2006

On July 16, 2006 pilots will be arriving at Hutchinson, KS for the start of the 2006 National Cross Country Air Races.

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Say, There Was Something Funny About That Aero-Cast...

Aero-Whoops!

We received several listener comments regarding our most recent Aero-Craft segment, that ran this past Tuesday (7/11).

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GAMA Announces Winner Of Stimpson Aviation Excellence Award

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) told Aero-News this week it has chosen Mr. Miles Tischhauser as its 2006 Edward W. Stimpson "Aviation Excellence" scholarship recipient.

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Planning YOUR Flight To AirVenture 2006

It's Getting Closer!

Planning any flight today is an adventure... especially so if you're going to AirVenture.

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Boeing's Little Bird Demonstrator Helo Flies Unmanned For First Time

Control System Could Be Retrofitted To Several Other Copters

Aero-News learned Thursday that on June 30, Boeing's Unmanned Little Bird (ULB) technology demonstrator helicopter flew unmanned for the first time.

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2597 Issue Date: July 13, 2006 at 18:57 UTC Location: 32 Miles East of Billings, Montana near BILLINGS VORTAC (BIL) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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Courts Uphold Drunk Pilots' Conviction

'Not In Control' Excuse Doesn't Wash

Thomas Cloyd and Christopher Hughes aren't going home anytime soon.

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Is It Diet Time For The Dreamliner?

Said To Be 2.5 Percent Over Weight Target

Looks like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner might need to go on a dream-diet. Engineers say the aircraft is 2.5 percent overweight... much of it because of extra lightning protection required in the composite airframe.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 07.13.06

Lockwood Aviation Supply Founder Phil Lockwood On LSA... And The Air Cam

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.13.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.13.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Lockwood Aviation Supply's Phil Lockwood 07.13.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Phil Lockwood, founder of Lockwood Aviation Supply... and designer of t

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Copilot Files Lawsuit Over 2004 Ebersol Accident

Says Manual Failed To Warn CL-600 Is Susceptible To Icing

Is the Canadair CL-600 overly susceptible to icing -- something that's not made clear in the pilot's operating handbook or in training documents? Eric Wicksell thinks so... and he's suing Bombardier for negligence.

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CharterX Says Acquisition Of Wyvern Consulting Will Improve Safety

Companies Handle $6.5 Million Annually In Air Charter Transactions

Aero-News has learned that Portland, OR-based air charter marketplace CharterX Corp. recently acquired Wyvern Consulting Ltd., which specializes in aviation safety auditing, consulting and information services.

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PA TFR: 07.15.06 - 07.16.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2432 Issue Date: July 12, 2006 at 16:48 UTC Location: Erie International Airport, Erie, Pennsylvania near ERIE VORTAC (ERI) Beginning Date and Time: July 15, 2006 at 18:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 16, 2006 at 19:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aerial demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Erie (ERI) Air Traffic Control Tower, 814-833-0841

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ID TFR: 07.13.06 - 09.27.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2472 Issue Date: July 12, 2006 at 19:55 UTC Location: Grangeville, Idaho near SALMON VOR/DME (LKT) Beginning Date and Time: July 13, 2006 at 14:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: September 27, 2006 at 23:59 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Blasting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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Discovery Astronauts Complete Third And Final Spacewalk

But They'll Return From Orbit With One Less Spatula

Discovery astronauts Michael Fossum and Piers Sellers were back in their spacesuits Wednesday for their third and final EVA of the current mission.

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NTSB Begins Hearings On UPS Cargo Plane Fire

Lithium Batteries Receiving VERY Close Scrutiny

How safe are lithium batteries when they're carried as cargo aboard aircraft? It's a valid question, given how pervasive they are. Lithium batteries are used in all sorts of laptops... and cell phones as well.

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Police Confirm Mechanical Failure Caused Last Week's WA Ultralight Accident

Elevator Controls Not Fully Connected

Although the FAA and NTSB aren't looking into what caused a fatal accident last week involving a Mini Max 1100 in the Puget Sound area of Washington state... police looking into the accident say they have a pretty good idea what happened.

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Registered Traveler Program Slow To Takeoff

Issues Include Cost, Liability

So... what's up with the much heralded "Registered Traveler" program, which was designed to give frequent fliers a way to skirt the tedium of airport security? Well... from the looks of it, nothing much.

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Forget Snakes... How About Mice On A Plane?

This One Rates High On The "Ick" Factor

As you've probably heard by now, a new movie is set to come out in the United States this summer called "Snakes on a Plane"... and the title pretty much sums up the plot. Well, in that vein, may we present "mice on a plane?"

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Aero-News Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2006 Staff

Say Hello To The Dorceys!

With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture 2006 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough... ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

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Glider Pilot Survives 24 Hours In Wrecked Plane

An "Extraordinary" Ending

Crews involved in a massive search for a missing glider pilot near Aberdeen, Scotland breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday night... but not as much as the pilot did.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (07.13.06): Young CFIs

Aero-Tips!

Go fly with a new CFI now and then. They need the experience (and the money), and maybe some of their "newbie" zeal for aviation will reignite the spark in you.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.13.06)

Aero-Linx!

FAA Today, aviation news item summaries, operational metrics and weather outlook for the National Airspace System (NAS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.13.06): IRS

Aero-Terms!

Inertial Reference System -- Provides inertial navigation data to user systems.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.13.06)

"No sign of the spatula. I think it's gone, gone, gone."

Source: Astronaut Piers Sellers, during the third and final spacewalk Wednesday of the STS-121 shuttle Discovery mission, on the disappearance of one of the six special "spatulas" he and crewmember Michael Fossum used to test the peanut-butter-like repair putty NASA says might one day be used to repair the shuttle's carbon-carbon heat shield tiles. Sellers received some good-hearted ribbing from Mission Control over the loss... as he was asked to reverify his spatual count before reeentering the orbiter.

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2467 Issue Date: July 12, 2006 at 19:34 UTC Location: North East of St. George, Utah near ST GEORGE VOR/DME (OZN) 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: Los Angeles (ZLA) Center, 661-265-8205

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