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April 18, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101 04.19.06

Flight simulators have come a long way from the Link trainers known and feared by military pilots in the middle of the last century. But what can they do for pilots like you and me? Our Aero-Crafts

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FL TFR: 04.20.06 - 04.21.06

NOTAM Number:  FDC 6/5699  Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 15:16 UTC Location: Kennedy Space Center, Florida Beginning Date and Time: April 20, 2006 at 19:57 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 21, 2006 at 0:03 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Space Operations Area Type: Space Operations Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Miami (ZMA) Center

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Sea-Tac Tower Falls Silent For 25 Minutes

Delays One Takeoff, One Landing... As Plane Was On Approach

Did someone in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport control tower take an especially long bathroom break last week? That may have been the case, as the Associated Press reports that for 25 minutes in the early morning hours of April 11, the tower was incommunicado to planes in the area.

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Orbital Successfully Launches Minotaur Rocket Into Orbit

Company Celebrates Perfect 10-For-10 Record Over Last Six Years

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Monday that its Minotaur I space launch vehicle successfully delivered six small scientific satellites into low-Earth orbit in a mission that originated from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), CA on April 14.

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Hurry Up And Wait: Judge Withholds Comair Ruling

In Fact... He Didn't Show Up For Work Monday

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 04.18.06 1200 EST: In the continuing drama involving Delta regional subsidiary Comair and its efforts to force concessions on its approximately 1,000 flight attendants, here's where we stand right now: neither side is talking to each other at the moment, as both sides await Judge Adlai Hardin Jr.'s ruling on the airline's request to impose $8.9 million in annual cuts on flight attendants.

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NV Helicopter Operator Takes Delivery Of First Trailer Sim From Frasca

Six Units To Be Delivered To Locations Around The Country

Aero-News has learned that Silver State Helicopters, headquartered in North Las Vegas, NV has taken delivery of the first of six Frasca TruFlite HTM helicopter simulator equipped trailers at their facility in Spring, TX. Two additional simulator equipped trailers will be delivered to facilities in San Diego, CA and New Branfels, TX, and the remaining three will be delivered to other locations in the near future.

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FL TFR: 04.20.06 - 04.23.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5686  Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 13:38 UTC Location: Panama City, Florida near PANAMA CITY VORTAC (PFN) Beginning Date and Time: April 20, 2006 at 18:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 23, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, A-10, F-15, and the U.S. Army Golden Knights teams.  Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Tyndall (PAM) Air Traffic Control Tower, 850-283-3815

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.18.06

Tom Peghiny Talks About The Business Side Of LSAs With ANN

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.18.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.18.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Flightstar's Tom Peghiny: 04.18.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Tom Peghiny on making a go of it in Light Sport aircraft)

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Pilots Want Flight 587 Investigation Reopened

NTSB Maintains New Rudder Worry Not Related To 2001 Flight

In response to the urging by members of the Allied Pilots Association to reopen its investigation into the November 12, 2001 downing of American Airlines Flight 587, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday its recent warnings of a specific kind of problem with Airbus A300 and A310 aircraft does not affect the board's determination that the 2001 accident was caused by the pilot moving the rudder too aggressively.

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Boeing To Lay Off 25 Percent Of Wichita Workers

Cites Defense Budget Cuts

Boeing announced it will cut 25 percent of its work force -- or 900 jobs -- in three rounds of layoffs at its Wichita, KS facilities. Those layoffs will begin Tuesday, with approximately 360 workers receiving 60-day layoff notices.

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ANN Special Feature: Flightstar's Tom Peghiny 04.18.06

Flightstar and H-Power President, Tom Peghiny, played a pivotal role in creating the standards that allowed the FAA to proceed with the LSA and Sport Pilot Rules nearly two years ago. Now, Tom tell

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.18.06

A suspected drug plane... shot down over Panama...

Three people are dead and a commercial terminal evacuated after a crash in Florida...

And the Pentagon says yes to a tanker compe

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.18.06

A suspected drug plane... shot down over Panama...

Three people are dead and a commercial terminal evacuated after a crash in Florida...

And the Pentagon says yes to a tanker compe

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LA TFR: 04.20.06 - 04.25.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5636  Issue Date: April 17, 2006 at 17:51 UTC Location: Barksdale Air Force Base, Shreveport, Louisiana near ELM GROVE VORTAC (EMG) Beginning Date and Time: April 20, 2006 at 11:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 25, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-267-3333

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AD: Brantly

AD NUMBER: 2006-08-07 MANUFACTURER: Brantly SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-08-07 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Brantly International, Inc. (Brantly) model helicopters.

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AD: Air Tractor

AD NUMBER: 2002-11-05R1 MANUFACTURER: Air Tractor SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2002-11-05R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to revise AD 2002-11-05, which applies to certain Air Tractor, Inc. (Air Tractor) AT-400 series and Models AT-501, AT-802, and AT-802A airplanes.

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Panamanian Helo Downs Suspected Drug Plane

Believed To Have Been Heading To US

After agents warned its pilot not to take off, a general aviation aircraft suspected of drug smuggling was chased by a Panamanian Air Force helicopter Sunday, before being shot down.

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FAA Gives OK To Airborne Hunting With LSAs

"Aerial ATVs" May Be Used To Ward Off Predators

After two years of prodding by Idaho's congressional delegation and the office of Governor Dirk Kempthorne, the FAA has granted its conditional approval to ranchers who wish to obtain state permits to shoot coyotes and other predators while flying overhead in powered parachutes and ultralights.

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Defense Presents Its Side In Moussaoui Trial

How Unstable Is He?

The death penalty trial of Zacarious Moussaoui -- the only man tried here in the US on charges related to the 9/11 attacks -- continued in Alexandria, VA Monday, with testimony from the defense about his wretched upbringing and his overall mental stability.

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Pentagon Okays Tanker Competition

Boeing Vs. Airbus... Round 4,521

The Pentagon has started shopping for refueling tankers again... a process that will almost certainly put Boeing and Airbus in a head-to-head fly-off competition between the 767 and the A330 tanker variants.

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FAA, NATCA Take Their Dispute To The Airwaves

Battle Now Fought In Court Of Public Opinion... And Congress

If you've watched much television lately, you might have already seen it -- a commercial sponsored by the National Air Traffic Controllers' Association talking about their bitter contract dispute, saying the FAA is trying to penalize senior controllers for staying on the job.

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TSA Officer Charged With Attempted Kidnapping Of Child

But Who Is He... Really?

Who is this guy... really? Authorities in Idaho aren't so sure about the identity of a TSA officer charged with trying to kidnap a 10-year old boy.

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John Provenzano Joins GAMA As Director Of Government Affairs

Comes From AIA

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced Monday the hiring of John Provenzano as the group's new Director of Government Affairs. Provenzano comes to GAMA from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) where he was in charge of advocacy on all civil aviation issues as a member of the legislative affairs staff.

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So... Ya Wanna Buy An Airline's Motivational Posters (And Other Discards)?

Remnants Of Independence Air Go On The Auction Block

Have you ever wanted an Airbus A319 cabin trainer? Okay, then how about a slide-trainer? If these items are on your shopping list -- then you positively need to be at Dulles Airport this weekend, where what's left of Independence Air goes on the auction block.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.18.06): Block Pitot Part 1: How It Works

Aero-Tips!

Knowing the basics of how the airspeed indicator works helps you troubleshoot problems that may occur in flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.18.06)

Aero-Linx!

Another place for some extreme experiences. Of course there’s dog fighting and hot air balloon rides to be had but some of the other adventures up for sale are Formula Racing, Kart racing, white water rafting.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.18.06): Dark Energy

Aero-Terms!

A type of "negative gravity" that seems to play a role in the acceleration of universal expansion.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.18.06)

"[A] pretty little baby, always smiling... he was the little sweetheart of the family."

Source: Description of confessed al-Qaeda operative Zacarious Moussaoui, given by his sister Jamilla in videotaped testimony presented Monday by defense attorneys in Moussaoui's death penalty trial.

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RI TFR: 04.18.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5640  Issue Date: April 17, 2006 at 19:06 UTC Location: 12.14 Miles South, Providence, Rhode Island near PROVIDENCE VORTAC (PVD) Beginning Date and Time: April 18, 2006 at 14:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 18, 2006 at 18:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: The explosive demolition of the Old Jamestown Bridge Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Providence (G90) TRACON, 401-738-8945

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WY TFR: 04.18.06

NOTAM Number:  FDC 6/5665  Issue Date: April 17, 2006 at 23:52 UTC Location: Jackson, Wyoming Beginning Date and Time: April 18, 2006 at 2:35 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 18, 2006 at 17:35 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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