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February 16, 2006

ANN Special Feature: New Mexico EDDS Sec. Rick Homan 02.17.06

It's almost everything New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development Rick Homans wanted... money to build a spaceport... and the infrastructure around it... a way to ensure his state takes a huge le

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.17.06

New Mexico gets its spaceport...

Eclipse gets the Collier Trophy...

And lasers light up the skies over Detroit.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.17.06

New Mexico gets its spaceport...

Eclipse gets the Collier Trophy...

And lasers light up the skies over Detroit...

...and more.

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Eclipse Aviation Wins Collier Trophy

Joins Wright, Hughes, Yeager... Not Bad!

When Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn calls the ANN hotline, it's usually to announce something big... and the call E-I-C Jim Campbell received from Raburn this afternoon was no exception.

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AR TFR: 02.19.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1954  Issue Date: February 16, 2006 at 18:27 UTC Location: Little Rock, Arkansas near LITTLE ROCK VORTAC (LIT) Beginning Date and Time: February 19, 2006 at 14:45 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 19, 2006 at 15:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Building implosion in downtown Little Rock, AR Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Memphis (ZME) Center, 901-368-8234

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Northrop Grumman Increases Endurance Of MQ-5B Hunter UAV

Watch Battlefields Almost Two Times Longer

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced Thursday the company concluded a series of flights January 5 that demonstrated the weapons-capable MQ-5B Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle's (UAV) ability to fly more than 21 hours, which is almost a ten-hour increase over the original RQ-5A Hunter UAV.

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OK TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1938 Issue Date: February 16, 2006 at 16:39 UTC Location: Ardmore, Oklahoma near ARDMORE VORTAC (ADM) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Fort Worth (ZFW) Center, 817-858-7503

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CO TFR: 02.21.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1950 Issue Date: February 16, 2006 at 18:14 UTC Location: Denver, Colorado Beginning Date and Time: February 21, 2006 at 0:45 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 21, 2006 at 18:25 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Big Deal! Pratt & Whitney Moves In On GE Spare-Parts Business

Will Produce Parts For Competing Engine

It's the aviation equivalent to Pepsi agreeing to bottle Coca-Cola: Pratt & Whitney announced Wednesday the company will soon produce parts for a jet engine manufactured by rival General Electric Co.

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PA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1922 Issue Date: February 16, 2006 at 14:32 UTC Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania near EAST TEXAS VOR/DME (ETX) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for law enforcement activity Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: New York Center (ZNY) Center, 631-468-1084

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WY TFR: 02.17.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1944 Issue Date: February 16, 2006 at 17:13 UTC Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming near CHEYENNE VORTAC (CYS) Beginning Date and Time: February 17, 2006 at 17:20 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 17, 2006 at 20:10 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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TL Ultralight Launches New Factory To Meet StingSport Global Demand

New Czech Republic Plant Expands Production Capacity

Representatives with the Czech Republic's TL Ultralight sro, and SportairUSA LLC of Little Rock, AR revealed Thursday completion of TL’s new 44,000 square foot factory in Hradec Kralóvé.

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BTS Releases November 2005 Airline Traffic Data

11-Month Domestic Traffic Up 4.3 Percent From 2004

US airlines carried 4.3 percent more domestic passengers and flew slightly fewer domestic flights during the first 11 months of 2005 than they did during the same period in 2004, the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Thursday, in a release of preliminary data.

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Aviation Manuals Burn In El Mirage

History Goes Up In Flames

Investigators in El Mirage, CA are trying to figure out how it all started -- a huge fire at the Aviation Warehouse that burned an extensive library of technical manuals for aircraft that date back to before WWII.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 02.16.06

Goings On At GAMA

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.16.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.16.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Goings On At GAMA: 02.16.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, on what GAMA sees for GA's immediate future.)

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The Little Mermaid Gets Her Wings

Well, Her SLSA Certification. She's Had The Wings, But Convincing FAA....

Did our readers' comments help? We're waiting to hear from Sport Aircraft Works on that, but we CAN tell you that SAW's sexy Mermaid is the latest certified SLSA.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2006-04-05 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-04-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702), CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), and CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes.

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NAV CANADA Proposes GA Fees To Make Up $116 Million Shortfall

A User Fee, To Support Losses From Other User Fees

If you've ever asked someone what's good about aviation user fees, there's a pretty good chance you'll hear something about NAV CANADA -- the commercial air traffic control entity that charges pilots directly for its services. But AOPA says... look a little closer.

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FAA Publishes 'Suspect Unapproved Parts (SUPs)' Fact Sheet

An airplane is a highly complex machine depending on thousands or even millions of parts to fly safely. As part of its regulatory responsibility, the FAA works closely with industry to make sure that unapproved parts don’t threaten today’s all-time-high aviation safety record.

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Delta Files Year-End Report For Abysmal 2005 And Tough 4th Quarter

Delta Air Lines has reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2005. Key points include: Delta's fourth quarter net loss was $1.2 billion. Excluding reorganization and special items, the fourth quarter net loss was $782 million. For 2005, Delta's net loss was $3.8 billion. Excluding reorganization and special items, the full year 2005 net loss was $2.2 billion.

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Counting Down... Heli-Expo 2006 Is Almost Here!

ANN Will Be There To Report On ALL The Heli-Happenings

HELI-EXPO 2006 is less than two weeks away and HAI staff members are working hard to prepare for the world’s largest convention and exposition dedicated to the civil helicopter industry.

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NASA's Spitzer Finds Violent Galaxies Smothered in 'Crushed Glass'

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has observed a rare population of colliding galaxies whose entangled hearts are wrapped in tiny crystals resembling crushed glass.

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Air Strike Destroys Terrorist Bunker

In a joint effort, coalition forces conducted a precision air strike against a known terrorist facility in southern Baghdad Wednesday, using four U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, officials said.

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Australian Man Sentenced For Threatening Helicopter

No Fine... But He Will Need To Chat With A Counselor

Anthony Donohue is in big trouble. He was in a Queensland, Australia, courtroom on Wednesday, charged with making threats against an aircraft.

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Last F-14 Combat Mission Returns To USS Theodore Roosevelt

Adios, Tomcat. Hello, Hornet

A chapter in naval aviation history drew to a close February 8 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), with the last recovery of an F-14 Tomcat from a combat mission.

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Premier/West Star-Grand Junction Now Authorized SC For Citation 650, Sovereign

Premier/West Star has announced that it has expanded their Citation Authorized Service Center at their Grand Junction location to include the 650 Series Citations including the new 680 Sovereign aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (02.16.06): Aero-Electricity 101 (Part Four)

Aero-Tips!

For several days we’ve been demystifying operation of an airplane’s electrical system by comparing it to the flow of water. To stretch the analogy even further, let's talk about electrical system indicators.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.06)

Aero-Linx!

If you’re ready for a little more than that Cessna or Piper you’re flying, why not fly a Warbird?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.06): Attitude

Attitude In the simplest use, it is the orientation of an aircraft with respect to the horizon.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.16.06)

"A user fee system can generate sufficient funds during the good times, but it falls apart during an economic downturn, which is exactly what happened to NAV CANADA after 9/11. The US national air transportation system is well served by the stable funding stream provided by the existing combination of taxes and general fund contributions."

Source: AOPA VP of Regulatory Affairs Andy Cebula, on privatized ATC operator NAV CANADA's proposal to add a $5-per-day fee for aircraft less than 6,075 lbs gross weight to operate at any of eight major Canadian airports.

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FL TFR: 02.17.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/1823  Issue Date: February 15, 2006 at 18:22 UTC Location: Tampa, Florida Beginning Date and Time: February 17, 2006 at 16:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 17, 2006 at 21:15 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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