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April 16, 2006

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.17.06

Tentative Agreement between Delta Air lines and its Pilots Union Eases Fears of Holiday Travelers

The FAA is Cutting Jobs in Alaska and Relocating Workers to a Warmer Climate

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Aero-News Special Feature: Aviation Artist Sam Lyons -- 04.17.05

ANN's Jim Campbell chats with Aviation Artist Sam Lyons... a very talented man who has captured the very essence of the spirit of aviation.

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Third Me262 Nearing Completion

Fuselage Now Mated To Wing

As the second Me262 nears flight test in Germany, the third of five flying reproduction Me262 fighter jets has made a major step towards completion. The wing has now been joined to the fuselage as steady work continues on the cockpits of the historic aircraft. 

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More Details Emerge On Michigan Helo Crash

R-22 "Just Dropped, Really, Really Fast" -- Eyewitness

Midafternoon Thursday, a public service/law enforcement flight came to an abrupt and tragic end when a Robinson R-22 Beta helicopter, N887BC "dropped out of the sky" and crashed in Washtenaw County, Michigan, near Zeeb Road and I-94 in Scio Township, about five miles west of Ann Arbor.

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Certified: New A340-600

Airbus Claims Newly Certified A340-600 Brings 18% Higher Productivity

Airbus has achieved certification for the latest version of the long range A340-600 -- a 380 tonne variant -- from EASA. The new aircraft has concluded a successful four month test campaign following the aircraft’s first flight in November 2005.

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ISS Crew Wraps First Week In Orbit

ISS Status Report #18, 1 p.m. CDT – Friday, April 14, 2006

The 13th crew of the International Space Station is wrapping up its first week flying solo in its new orbiting home. The crew's work has included station maintenance, medical and other experiments and standard daily exercise.

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Maintenance Flight Goes Awry

Sometimes, the most hazardous point in an aircraft's life occurs right after maintenance... under those circumstances, it behooves us all to exercize even greater caution. Here's a case in point.

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Upgraded: Felder Named Director at FAA's Hughes Technical Center

FAA Administrator Blakey, and FAA Air Traffic Organization Chief Operating Officer Russ Chew have announced the appointment of Wilson N. Felder, Ph.D., as the new director of the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center.

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Onboard Images Joins EVQ/ACAP

OnBoard Images has joined EVQ's eXtreme Airshow Challenge "The partnership with EVQ will allow us to grow in ways we only imagined," said Mark Magin, President of OnBoard Images, "We will continue to provide state-of-the-art video systems for all of our clients as well as gaining the personnel and resources to expand our services."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.16.06): SAIB

Aero-Tips!

There are times when an aircraft mechanical issue prompts the Federal Aviation Administration to issue an Airworthiness Directive -- but there are also times when the Feds want to get the word out about an aircraft issue without jumping through all the hoops required by the AD process. One option FAA has to recommend change is the SAIB, or Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.06)

Aero-Linx!

Here is the NTSB report about the accident that killed John F. Kennedy, Jr, his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette. Written straight, dry and to the point as any typical government report, the short synopsis gives a link to a detailed report of the fatal crash.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.06): D&D

Aero-Terms!

Denial and Deception -- Military deception is an umbrella term that includes both denial and deception.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.16.06)

"Now we must wait and see if the FAA understands how this will help the community... It makes sense." Source: ASC's Jim Stephenson, speaking about a petition filed to allow amateur built experimental aircraft which have retractable landing gear to be flown by Sport Pilots, via an exemption from the FAA.

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Amateur-Built Retractable Gear Exemption Petition Filed

The Aero-Sports Connection notes that, "The FAA failed to allow Experimental or Special Light Sport Aircraft to have retractable gear even for amphibious applications. As a result an Amateur Built amphibian cannot be flown by a Sport Pilot or a Private pilot flying under the limitations of Sport Pilot..."

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