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April 30, 2006

ANN Special Feature: Kitfox, LLC Head John McBean 05.01.06

A month after buying Kitfox assets out of bankruptcy... former company employee John McBean is now trying to get a handle on what he has and what he still has to get done. I caught up with him Sund

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 05.01.06

Storms wreak havoc on the airport in Gainesville, Texas...

The probe into an Alaska mid-air continues...

And the AOPA questions whether there's an FAA funding shortfall at all...

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.01.06

Storms wreak havoc on the airport in Gainesville, Texas...

The probe into an Alaska mid-air continues...

And the AOPA questions whether there's an FAA funding shortfall at all...

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VARIG Holds Off Bankruptcy Seizure

VARIG's Recovery Plan Bolstered by New York Judge's Decision

VARIG Brazilian Airlines won an important victory in New York's Bankruptcy Court yesterday when Judge Robert Drain extended until May 31st the embargo on the seizure of VARIG aircraft by aircraft leasing companies.

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2006 Starts Strong: GAMA Reports Strong 1Q Shipments & Billings

Say It With Us... It Ain't Bragging, When Its True!

GAMA has a bit to brag about... GA manufacturers have recorded the highest first quarter billings in history. Billings for the industry totaled $4.0 billion, an increase of 39.7 percent compared to 2.9 billion in for the first quarter of 2005.

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AOPA Takes Issue With FAA Funding Statements

AOPA Shows There Is No Funding Shortfall

After gathering the facts and crunching the numbers — using nothing less than the Bush Administration's estimates — AOPA has launched its effort to spread the facts about the FAA's funding "crisis" and combat the fiction that is being propagated by the FAA and the airlines.

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Sonex Announces Two Fly-In Events

Sonex Aircraft tells ANN that they have plans to host two Fly-In events for Sonex Aircraft pilots, builders and prospective customers this summer at its headquarters facility in Oshkosh, WI. 

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ISS's Expedition 13 Unloads The Goodies

ISS Status Report #22, 2 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 28, 2006

The 13th crew of the International Space Station this week began unloading -- and sank its teeth into -- some of the more than 5,000 pounds of new supplies that arrived at the complex Wednesday.

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NATA's Coyne Applauds Introduction Of Fuel Fraud Legislation

The Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (TEA-LU, P.L. 109-59), passed by Congress and signed into law last summer, contained a provision altering procedures for the collection of aviation fuel taxes.

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Air Force Test Team Launches 'Overhauled' Iraqi Aircraft

Airmen from several Air Force bases spent two months preparing, disassembling, rebuilding and testing an Iraqi Air Force Comp Air 7SLX, which had its first test flight April 25.

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Embraer Signs Product Support Contract With India

Deal To Increase Operational Efficiency Of The Indian Government’s Five Legacy 600s

The government of India signed a support contract with Embraer to increase the operational efficiency of its five Legacy 600 executive jets in operation with the Indian Air Force and the Border Security Force.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.30.06): What You Need To Know About METARs

Aero-Tips!

METARs are the primary aviation weather observation taken at airports. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.30.06)

Aero-Linx!

Need to jazz up your Powerpoint presentation? The Microsoft site has templates galore but since we’re aviation here, I’ll link you to a couple with the aviation theme.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.30.06): DVFR

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Defense VFR -- Flight plan used when encountering an ADIZ. Not filing DVFR will get you a close encounter with some F-16s.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.30.06)

"It's the safest, most efficient in the world, and the national economy benefits from our leadership in aviation. Just look at the facts: In 2005, the United States had nine times more departures than United Kingdom and four times more airports than Brazil. And general aviation is a large part of the U.S. aviation industry. In 2004, 68 percent of all aircraft in the country were GA." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, addressing the AAAE on the FAA's proposal to enact user fees... and why (says AOPA) they're wholly unnecessary. 

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