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November 17, 2011

Goodyear Blimp Gondola Heads For Smithsonian

Car C-49 Served Military, Civilian Missions For 50+ Years

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is donating the Goodyear blimp gondola, or car C-49, to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. C-49 car is going to the Smithsonian on the heels of last year's donation of a lifeboat used on the 1911 airship, Vaniman's Akron, which utilized Goodyear's first airship envelope.

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Bell 206 Down At Oregon Christmas Tree Farm

Pilot Survives, Is Airlifted To Portland Hospital

The FAA arrived late Monday on the scene of an accident involving a helicopter that was being used to haul Christmas trees on a farm north of Woodburn, Oregon. KTVZ-TV quotes the Marion County Sheriff's Office in reporting the call came in about 1440 PST.

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Sticker Shock!! Cessna Skyrockets Original Skycatcher Price Over $40K

And Current Depositors May Get Stuck Paying It All!

Things are not all well with the LSA movement... especially if you are one of the 1000 or so long-suffering folks awaiting the delivery of a Skycatcher that is years overdue. Late Wednesday evening, ANN received copies of a letter allegedly sent (via FedEx, according to one depositor) in the last 48 hours to a number (if not all) of the current list of Skycatcher depositors has raised the price, effective as of January 1,2012 to a whopping $149,900... well over $40K above the price first quoted when the aircraft was introduced in 2006 -- $109,500.

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Classic Aero-TV: Future Cessna Flt Training -- Positioning the Skycatcher

As LSA Slowly Integrates Itself Into The Flight Training Biz, The Skycatcher Stands Ready

ANN E-I-C Note: In light of the drastic price increase announced by Cessna for the C-162 Skycatcher, we thought it pertinent to look back at an interview we did with Cessna personnel at the 2011 Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo... view it and let us know how you think the the jump to a price of $149,900 is going to affect the plans for this airplane and its hopes for a serious role in the future of GA flight training... -- Jim Campbell, ANN Editor-In-Chief I don't have to tell you that the entire aviation biz has seen bette

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FAA Announces National Capital Area Airspace Rules Changes

New Procedures Take Effect November 30th

The FAA has codified special flight rules and flight restrictions for certain aircraft operations in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. A NOTAM scheduled to go into effect on November 30th makes changes in rules that went into effect on February 17th, 2009.

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