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September 16, 2006

EAA Co-Chairs Committee To Review 51% Rule

Government, Industry Partnership To Review Amateur-Builder Statutes

The FAA is concerned that some builders-for-hire and commercial "builder's assistance" providers are doing more that the FARs permit when it comes to amateur-built aircraft.

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With Third Spacewalk Complete, Atlantis Prepares To Undock From ISS

Station's Crew Won't Be Lonely For Long

Astronauts onboard the shuttle Atlantis -- docked with the International Space Station since early Monday -- are three-for-three... and now, they're preparing to leave.

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More Congressional Attention On Comair Accident

Representative Calls For Official Inquiry

Representative Ben Chandler is calling for a congressional inquiry into FAA staffing policies, following the August 27 loss of a Comair regional jet at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY.

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Two Lost In Downing Of Mosquito-Control Plane

FAA Says Plane Impacted Tower

Two pilots flying for the Polk County (FL) Natural Resources Division were killed Thursday night, when their Piper PA-23 impacted a tower east of Fort Meade Peace River Park while on a mosquito-control flight.

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EADS Quashes Rumors Of Russian Takeover

Says EU Will Maintain Control

Rumors abound, following a Russian state bank's investment -- and a British sell-off -- of European Aeronautic Defense & Space (EADS) stock, that the former Soviet state might seek a controlling interest in the company.

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Look Out Reaper, Here Comes MALE

France Tests Its First UAV

France test flew its new Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) surveillance UAV for 1.5 hours around Istres, an air base in the southern part of the country, on September 12th.

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Rocket Motor Test Success

Kinetic Energy Interceptor Has A First Stage

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) successfully test-fired the first-stage rocket motor for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) Wednesday.

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DWC Reaches Out For Industry Input On Future Course Options

Online Survey Asks Employers What Skills They're Looking For

Representatives with Nashua, NH-based Daniel Webster College (DWC) told ANN this week the college is proactively seeking advice from industry leaders to help formulate the programs, skills, and curricula of the future.

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Russia, EU Partners In New Space Programs

New Launch Pad For Russia At EU's ESA Site

The European Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency are building a launch pad for Russia's Soyuz-2 rockets at the ESA's Kourou space center in French Guiana.

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Lockheed Martin Rolls Out Poland's First F-16

One Of 48 Planes Slated For "Peace Sky" Program

The first of 48 F-16s produced for the Poland Air Force "Peace Sky" program was officially unveiled Friday, during a ceremony at Lockheed Martin's production facility in Fort Worth, TX.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (09.16.06): Bad Attitude: The Impulsive Pilot


Manage impulsivity-be ready to react quickly in the rare case when it's necessary, but take your time and correctly respond to status when you have time.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.16.06)


The United States Hang Gliding Association is a great place to start if you’re looking for information about hang gliding.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.16.06): RNP


Required Navigational Performance is a measure of system navigational capability.

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