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March 23, 2008

Additional Experts Weigh In On Risks Of FL Use Tax Exposure

SnF Misdirection Appears To Have Been Horribly Off Mark

Despite the assertions of one aviation event that ANN (and other media) reports of potential hazards and/or exposure to FL Tax penalties, a staggering amount of evidence continues to pour into ANN to prove that the Aero-News Network (along with exceptional work by AOPA and FATA) has gotten the story right all along.

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First Flight: Lancair Evolution

The first flight of a new generation of high-performance owner-built aircraft has just come off... quite well, we might add. Lancair International has announced that the latest addition to their high performance aircraft kits, the Evolution, has achieved first flight.

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ISS Spacewalking Continues, Shuttle Inspections Appear Nominal

STS-123 Coming To A Close  

Endeavour’s crew completed additional inspections of the space shuttle’s heat shield using the Orbital Boom Sensor System (OBSS) Friday. The detailed inspection performed by Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot Greg Johnson and Mission Specialist Takao Doi included up-close examinations of the shuttle’s thermal protection system, including the reinforced carbon-carbon panels on the leading edges of the shuttle’s wings as well as the nose cap of the orbiter.

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DIRECTV 11 Satellite Receives 1st Signal Following Successful Launch

New Satellite Appears To Be Functioning As Expected

The first on-orbit signals from the new DIRECTV 11 satellite have been received, indicating that the satellite is healthy and operating normally. A ground station in Hartebeesthoek, South Africa, reported spacecraft acquisition at 1:44 a.m. Eastern time, as scheduled.

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USAF: AMC Commander Reinforces Need For New Tanker

While many are focused on the formal protest of the recent KC-45A contract award, the needs of the warfighter -- and the nation -- remain unchanged. The Air Force's nearly 50-year-old KC-135 Stratotanker must be replaced with a newer, more capable aircraft as soon as possible.

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Coaltion Airpower Assets Stay Busy: A-10s Deter Enemy Activities

Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations March 21, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials. In Afghanistan, French 2000 Mirages performed shows of force in order to deter enemy activities in Bermel, Lwara and Qalat. In addition a British GR-7 Harrier  also performed a show of force in Qalat. The joint terminal attack controller confirmed the success of the mission.

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Associated Aircraft Group Adds New Positions

Maintenance Operation Expands On Increased Growth

Executive helicopter service provider Associated Aircraft Group, Inc. (AAG) announced this week the addition of three positions at its Dutchess County airport flight operations and maintenance center. Adam Antia, Bob Steinberg and Josh Kemlage have begun work in the company’s helicopter maintenance facility, according to AAG Vice President of Operations Kevin M. McGrath, who announced their employment.

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Cassini Spacecraft Finds Ocean May Exist Beneath Titan's Crust

Ammonia-Laced Water May Lie 62 Miles Under Surface

NASA tells ANN the Cassini spacecraft has discovered evidence that points to the existence of an underground ocean of water and ammonia on Saturn's moon Titan. The findings, made using radar measurements of Titan's rotation, will appear in the March 21 issue of the journal Science.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.08)

Aero-Linx!

Antilles Seaplanes, LLC. is currently developing the tooling & infrastructure needed to start manufacturing completely new G-21 series "Goose" seaplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.08): Placard

Aero-Terms!

A notice placed on an aircraft, in plain sight of the appropriate crew member or passenger providing information pertinent to the operation of the aircraft. Operations limitations, as well as maintenance specifics are often displayed on placards.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.23.08)

"I can say unequivocally that Florida Department of Revenue has assessed 6% use tax to a NON-FLORIDA resident, visiting Florida for SIMCOM training shortly after purchase the aircraft."

Source: Daniel Cheung, a CPA and Member of Aviation Tax Consultants, LLC, one of the nation's most experienced and highly regarded aviation tax consulting firms. Cheung contacted ANN to support our concerns about possible risks to visiting non-resident aircraft (of less than six month's ownership) from the FL Use tax issues we have been writing about for well over a year.

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