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April 27, 2006

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.28.06

Test pilot Scott Crossfield was apparently the victim of an in-flight break-up...

Adam Aircraft flies high and fast in a test of the new A700...

And Calipso is a no go... again...

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.28.06

Test pilot Scott Crossfield was apparently the victim of an in-flight break-up...

Adam Aircraft flies high and fast in a test of the new A700...

And Calipso is a no go... again.


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ANN Special Feature: Glasair Aviation's Mikael Via on '2 Weeks to Taxi' Part II -- 04.28.06

Yesterday... we talked with Glasair boss Mikael Via about his company's revolutionary homebuilt assistance program... "Two Weeks to Taxi." Let's continue that discussion now. Mikael tells ANN's Jim

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NTSB Says Crossfield Accident May Have Been Caused By Inflight Breakup

No Evidence Of Systems Failures Found

On Thursday, the NTSB release its Preliminary Report on last week's accident in Ludville, GA that claimed the life of famed test pilot Scott Crossfield. In what is perhaps the report's most significant finding, the NTSB reports wreckage from the accident -- which occurred in IMC conditions near a Level 6 thunderstorm cell -- is "consistent with a low altitude in-flight breakup."

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Innovative Solutions Begins Shipments Of PC-12 Flat Panel Displays

Glass And RVSM In One Package

Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. announced Thursday the company has began shipments of its Cockpit/IP(TM) Flat Panel Display System to its authorized distributors and installers for the Pilatus PC-12 cockpit upgrade.

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TSA Fines Fewer Flyers In '05

Better Education, Or Looking For Less?

Are passengers becoming better educated about what they can and can't take on a commercial airliner... or is it that security agents today aren't looking for as many of those "hazardous" items? The TSA reports that screeners doled out 54 percent fewer fines in 2005 than the year before, when the agency's strict "no tolerance" policy went into effect.

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CALIPSO Is A No-Go For Sixth Straight Day

Temp Sensor Anomaly Pushes Launch To Friday

To quote Charles Schulz's erstwhile but oft-put-upon protagonist, Charlie Brown: good grief. That may to best sum up the sentiment at NASA these days, as the agency had to once again delay the launch of the CloudSat and CALIPSO satellites Thursday morning.

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Apache Helicopter Fleet Passes Two Million Flight Hours

One-Third Of Those Hours Have Come In Last Five Years

Boeing reports that the US Army's fleet of AH-64 Apache combat helicopters has logged more than two million flight hours, according to recently released US Army operational summary data.

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Trouble In Rocketland? Lockheed Reportedly Fed Up With ULA

Partnership With Boeing In Doubt

Lockheed Martin CFO Chris Kubasik dropped a bombshell Tuesday, when he revealed that the company's board would review the business case for the United Launch Alliance -- the proposed partnership with aerospace rival Boeing for satellite launch contracts -- and what's more, they may decide to spike the entire deal.

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Adam Says The A700 Continues To Fly High... And Speedy, Too

The AdamJet Hits FL410... At 340 KTAS

It can fly high... and it can fly fast. That's the word from Adam Aircraft, which Aero-News has learned that during a test flight last week, flew its A700 AdamJet to 41,000 feet and achieved a true airspeed of 340 knots -- the aircraft's reported top speed.

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Project Propeller: Today's Pilots Honor Yesterday's Heroes

British Pilot/Veteran Day Outing In Its Seventh Successful Year

Three pilots walked across the ramp to the Miles Messenger. They all expected Peter to fly; but Peter said he was tired. "You two flip for it." John won, and after takeoff Peter handed the plane to him. John Potter wasn't exactly current. He hadn't flown an airplane since he mustered out of the RAF at the end of World War II.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 04.27.06

Glasair's Mikael Via On "Two Weeks To Taxi"

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.27.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.27.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Glasair's Mikael Via: 04.27.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Glasair's Mikael Via on the company's new "Two Weeks to Taxi" program.)

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Special Notice TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/6378 Issue Date: April 27, 2006 at 19:13 UTC Location: United States Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: Special Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Search Crews Hope Cell Phone Calls Lead To Missing MD Pilot

Pilot Went Missing Tuesday Afternoon

Crews searching for a Maryland pilot who went missing Tuesday afternoon have narrowed their search to Franklin County, PA, based on calls to the missing pilot's cell phone.

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Judge Won't Allow Comair To Void Contract With FA's

Back To The Bargaining Table..?

After delaying his decision for over a week, on Wednesday US Bankruptcy Court Judge Adlai Hardin denied Delta Air Lines regional subsidiary Comair's request to toss out its contract with its 970 flight attendants so it can impose harsh pay cuts.

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NASA Chief Will Go To China To Discuss Space Cooperation

No Date Or Agenda Has Been Set For Trip

In a question-and-answer period Tuesday before members of the US Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin (right) made a somewhat shocking announcement: that he had accepted an invitation to visit China, and possibly begin talks on cooperating with the Chinese space program on future efforts.

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A380 Set To Make Its British Debut

The Whalejet Comes To England

The world's largest airliner continues its globetrotting ways, with the news the A380 is set to make its debut in the United Kingdom next month. The 555-seat airliner is due to fly into Heathrow on May 18, after a stop at the Berlin Air Show.

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AOPA Responds To Arizona UAV Accident

Calls On Gov't To Remove TFR While UAVs Are Grounded

Stating that an accident Tuesday involving a US Customs and Border Patrol Predator B reinforces their position that UAVs must meet manned aircraft safety standards, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is calling on the FAA to revoke TFRs currently in place along the US-Mexico border while the fleet is grounded as investigators determine why the unmanned plane crashed.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Bloomington Accident

No Mechanical Issues Found With Aircraft

It wasn't a mechanical problem that brought down a Cessna U206G Stationair last Thursday near Bloomington, IN, in an accident that claimed the lives of five University of Illinois graduate music students. That's the word from the National Transportation Safety Board, which issued its Preliminary Report on the accident Wednesday.

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Boeing Boasts Better-Than-Expected Q1 Results

Commercial Sales Offset Military, Aerospace Losses

On Wednesday, Boeing reported a 29 percent improvement in profits for the first quarter of 2006 -- a better-than expected sign of the aerospace manufacturer's current success on its commercial aircraft operation.

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Alaskan Combat Exercise Lets Airmen Prepare For Real Thing

Red Flag-Alaska Simulates Actual Conditions

Surface-to-air "threats" are frequent at Red Flag-Alaska 06-2, as aircrews try to slip past simulated, enemy ground fire during the exercise that began at Eielson AFB April 24.

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Bomb Scare Rattles Johannesburg International

Three Planes Isolated As Police Search For Explosives

A bomb threat at a South African airport resulted in little more than frayed nerves Wednesday morning, when three South African Airways planes on the ramp at Johannesburg International Airport were searched after police received word that there were bombs onboard the airliners.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.27.06): Center Weather Advisories

Aero-Tips!

CWAs are created in Air Traffic Control Centers to describe weather likely to be hazardous enough that they require delays or reroutes of IFR airplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.27.06)

Aero-Linx!

Sometimes the gritty, “real” restoration centers of the air museums are even more entertaining than the pristine museums themselves.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.27.06): Dihedral

Aero-Terms!

The upward angle of the airplane's wings with respect to the horizontal.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.27.06)

"The bottom line is we train pilots by throwing missiles at them."

Source: Buck Buchanan, an unmanned threat emitter technician who is working with airmen from some 20 Air Force active duty, Reserve and National Guard units participating in the Red Flag-Alaska combat exercises currently underway at Eielson Air Force Base.

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Urgent CASA AD: Ayres (Thrush) Aircraft

Applicability: Models 600 S2D, S2R and S-2R series aircraft, as listed in FAA AD 2006-07-15 that do not have a part number 22507 lower spar cap incorporated on both the left and right wings.

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