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January 31, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Cirrus Design's John Bingham 02.01.06

Earlier this week... we told you about a remarkable year at Cessna. Orders are going through the roof and, in fact, the company is now scheduling deliveries for next year -- it's that far ahead. We

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.01.06

Bombardier shelves the C-Series...

Boeing expect big things in India...

And Northwest freezes its pilots' pensions.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.01.06

Bombardier shelves the C-Series...

Boeing expect big things in India...

And Northwest freezes its pilots' pensions...

...and more.

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Bombardier: No CSeries

Resources Shifted To Regional Jet And Turboprop Opportunities

Bombardier tells ANN that, "present market conditions do not justify the launch of the CSeries program at this time."

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Alaska Airlines Cancels Anchorage Flights As Result of Mt Augustine Volcanic Ash

Alaska Airlines canceled all flights to and from Anchorage, Monday, and early Tuesday morning. The flights were canceled as a safety precaution related to the pattern of ash at altitude created by the Mt. Augustine volcano.

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RRL Issues Requests For Proposals To Possible Racing Venues, Teams

You Can Also Name The First Rocket Racer!

The Rocket Racing League announced Monday the company has issued Requests For Proposals (RFP) for race venues and teams. The RRL also announced that it is launching a web-based contest for the naming of its first X-Racer rocket plane.

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ATA's Prez, James May, Continues To Advocate User Fees

May Speaks to NAA: '2007 Reauthorization: It’s Time for a Change'

ANN Analysis: ATA Boss James May hasn't been shy about his carrying water for the airline industry's desire to see the rest of aviation pay user fees, but a recent speech spells it out quite directly... and makes it clear to segments of the aviation world that are being asked to pay more of the burden, that the airline industry (which wants to pay less), WANTS IT THAT WAY.

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Apache Says, 'Hello, Sailor!'

New Generation Electronics Include Naval Capability

Could we one day see Apache helicopters in Navy grey -- or Coast Guard glossy white? The idea is less outrageous than you might think.

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Mustang Powerplant Receives Transport Canada Type Certification

PW615F Is First Of NextGen Family Of Turbofans

Pratt & Whitney Canada announced Monday the company received Transport Canada type certification December 30, 2005, for its new PW615F engine -- the powerplant selected to power the upcoming Cessna Citation Mustang business jet.

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Ken Brock Manufacturing Closed

Some Parts Sold To Spruce; Gyros Remain in Limbo

Sometimes you beat the odds, but sometimes the odds beat you... and the Ken Brock Manufacturing Company of Stanton, California closed its doors at the end of 2005, after a would-be buyer backed out at the last minute.

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FAA Wants to Fine Cessna $840K

Proposes $840,000 Civil Penalty

The FAA has proposed a civil penalty of $840,000 against the Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, Kansas, for allegedly failing to comply with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleged Cessna could not ensure that 42 new aircraft had been manufactured in accordance with the FAA-approved type design and were in condition for safe operation.

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How To Know When You're Having A Bad Day

Say Again? Firewall Fell OFF?

The daily accident reports often include some bizarre description of incidents that have happened to our brothers and sisters in flight... but this Cessna 175 (file photo, below) report kinda takes the cake. I have no doubt there is FAR more to this than the brief description lists, but let's face, when you lose your firewall, you're having a REALLY bad day. Y'all be careful out there...

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FAA Recognizes Concord, NC Aviation Director

Lauded For Growth At KJQF

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern Region Airports Division has named Richard Lewis, Aviation Director of the Concord Regional Airport in Concord, NC, its 2005 General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year.

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Lockheed Martin JASSM Conducts Two More Successful Flight Tests

Lockheed Martin's JASSM, a stealthy, air-to-surface missile, recently conducted two successful flight tests at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM.

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Man Pleads Guilty To Posing As Katrina Pilot

Asked For Financial Aid For His "Relief" Efforts

After deceiving those who thought they were supporting hurricane relief efforts, and gave him thousands of dollars to support that worthy cause, Gary Kraser 'fessed up in a Miami federal court Monday that he was no Good Samaritan.

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Latest Salvo Fired In War Of Words Between FAA, NATCA

If You Can't Play Nice...

Editor's Note: Below is the unedited text of NATCA's latest shot across the bow of the FAA, accusing the federal agency of standing in the way of bringing "accountability and fairness" to ongoing contract negotiations between the two parties. It's getting nasty, folks... on second thought, it's BEEN nasty.

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P-51 Pilot Who Buzzed MT Game Faces License Suspension

...And The FAA Sez He's Done It Before

There is arguably nothing cooler in the world of aviation than the low fly-by. The sight -- and sound -- of a screaming warbird, be it vintage or modern, buzzing a crowd at treetop-heights sends shivers down the spine of almost any aero-head, and cheers to their throat... but you have to have permission to do so.

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Boeing Strikers To Vote On Contract This Week

May End Three-Month Strike

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) currently striking Boeing's aerospace and military facilities in Alabama, California and Florida are expected to vote Wednesday on a new contract.

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Weather Hampers Search For C-421 Down In Washington

Plane Went Down Last Week In Heavy Snow

Rescuers searching for the wreckage from a Cessna 421 that went down in Washington state January 25 say any sign of the aircraft has likely been obscured by heavy snowfall in the area.

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NM Lab Continues Work On Hypersonic Aircraft

First Glide Test Expected In 2007

For an aircraft to achieve hypersonic speeds, it needs an airframe structure designed to survive intense heat and pressure. Such technology is in development by scientists and engineers with the Falcon hypersonic technology vehicle, or HTV, program.

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The Primary Mission May Be Over, But Stardust Continues On

Orbiter Placed In Hibernation Mode

NASA scientists put the Stardust spacecraft into hibernation mode Sunday, as it continues in an orbit that will place it just slightly closer to the sun than earth, and well beyond the orbit of Mars.

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VS-24 Scouts Take S-3B Viking To The Next Level

Missions Aim To Keep Al-Qaeda Out Of Iraq

During their current deployment with USS Theodore Roosevelt’s (CVN 71) embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, the "Scouts" of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 24 have taken the capabilities of the S-3B Viking to a new level.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (01.31.06): VFR-On-Top

Aero-Tips!

One of the most commonly misunderstood terms in flying is “VFR-on-top.”  What precisely does this mean?  What does it require of pilots and controllers?  Why is this term so misunderstood?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.31.06)

Aero-Linx!

Relive the Centennial of Flight here. Watch clips of the wind tunnel tests, simulator and test flights or read about them, successful and unsuccessful.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.31.06): Alpha Strike

Alpha Strike A large air strike conducted by an air wing where a majority of the air wing's aircraft types are used. In other words, everything but the kitchen sink. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.31.06)

"The Federal Aviation Administration is making an aggressive attempt to stifle debate on legislation that would bring accountability and fairness to FAA-NATCA contract negotiations."

Source: This assertion was made in a release circulated Monday by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, regarding accusations made by NATCA that the FAA is standing in the way of furthering the ongoing contract negotiations between the two parties.

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