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April 04, 2006

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.05.06

Now comes the hard part in the Zacarious Moussaoui trial...

Delta pilots authorize a strike...

And aerobat Sean Tucker is forced to bail out over Louisiana.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.05.06

Now comes the hard part in the Zacarious Moussaoui trial...

Delta pilots authorize a strike...

And aerobat Sean Tucker is forced to bail out over Louisiana...

...and more.

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Aviation Writer Injured in LSA Accident

Dan Johnson Suffers Back Injury In Take-Off Accident

A Lakeland bound LSA went down in Southern Florida Tuesday after a takeoff went awry. The departure reportedly fell victim to a lack of power from the four-stroke Rotax engine. Aviation writer Dan Johnson, who had flown the aircraft previously, was enroute to Lakeland FL, for a Fly-In, from South Florida's Naked Lady Ranch when he went down at the side of the runway in small trees and brush.

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ANN Special Feature: Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101 04.05.06

Our CFI, Tom Turner, talks about steps you can take to avoid mid-air collisions.


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American Legend Intro's Legend Cub Special

American Legend Aircraft Company has introduced its new Legend Cub Special, a variant of the Legend Cub 2-place sport aircraft. The Legend Cub Special is an evolutionary next step in the development of a family of aircraft produced by the company.

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Mooney's Got A Hot New Bird: M20 TN Acclaim

Latest Addition to Product Line is Fastest Mooney Ever

Mooney has unveiled a new, faster, more powerful and high-flying addition to its industry-leading family of high performance single engine, retractable gear aircraft, the M20 TN Acclaim. The newest Mooney, which will replace the Bravo in the company’s product line, is the fastest Mooney ever produced...

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Crossbow Announces Upgrade Program for NAV425EX-200 and NAV420CA-200

Crossbow has successfully completed extensive laboratory and flight validation testing of the solution that corrects the NAV425EX-200 and NAV420CA-200 AHRS field issues identified in previous service letters posted on their website.

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Embry-Riddle Orders 16 New G1000-Equipped Skyhawks

It's looking like good times continue for Cessna, especially with the news that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has ordered 16 new 172 Skyhawk SPs equipped with the Garmin G1000.

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Sean Tucker Bails Out Of 'Oracle Challenger'

Details are somewhat sketchy for the moment, but ANN has confirmed that Aerobatic Pilot Sean D. Tucker had to bail out of his 'Oracle Challenger' biplane today. The aircraft was being used in a practice session when a control malfunction occurred requiring some 15 minutes of trouble-shooting before Sean was forced to leave the aircraft at a reported 8000 feet. The aircraft went down near Shreveport, Louisiana and impacted in an open field. The accident occurred at 1045 local time, and Sean landed with no injuries.

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Piper Seminole To Deploy Avidyne Entegra Integrated Flight Deck

New Piper's Latest Introduction Brings Advanced Glass Avionics To Every Bird in New Piper Fleet

New Piper Aircraft will offer Avidyne's Entegra integrated flight deck on the Piper Seminole - the company's advanced multi-engine trainer and one of the world's top-selling twin-engine piston aircraft.

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Maiden Flight: Bombardier Learjet 60 XR Flight Deck

The new Bombardier Learjet 60 XR has successfully executed a rigorous two-hour, 20-minute first flight. The first Learjet 60 XR (serial number 60-294) departed Eastern Iowa Airport at Cedar Rapids under sunny and windy conditions at 1:47 p.m. and returned on schedule at 4:07 p.m. CST, Monday.

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American Software Developer Heading For Space

Space Adventures tells ANN that Charles Simonyi has signed a contract for a future orbital spaceflight. The company, which organized the spaceflights to the International Space Station (ISS) for the world's first private explorers Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth and Greg Olsen, disclosed that Mr. Simonyi has already completed preliminary training and medical examinations as part of the program’s qualification process.

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Eclipse Breaks Ground on New Gainesville Maintenance Facility

Eclipse Aviation Continues To Expand Factory Service Center Network

Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the revolutionary Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ), and the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority held a groundbreaking ceremony today to begin construction of the Eclipse Aviation factory service center in Gainesville, Florida.

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CubCrafters Debuts First Production CC11-100 ‘Sport Cub’

CubCrafters has come to Lakeland, this year, to introduce the first production CC11-100 SPORT CUB. SPORT CUB N503CR has a standard empty weight of 825 pounds; contains advanced weight saving and strengthening composites throughout; nad has a 4" wider cabin than any original Cub as well as a stow-away rear seat.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2006-07-10 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-07-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 727 airplanes.

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Zero-G Plans Regular Use Of NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility

Aero-News Will Be On Board Again This Weekend...

NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Zero Gravity Corporation, known as ZERO-G, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently announced an agreement for the firm's regular use of the Kennedy space shuttle runway and landing facility (Shuttle Landing Facility) for non-NASA flights.

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Totally Cool! Cirrus Intro's New Environmental System

New Standard Equipment Improves Temperature Regulation

Cirrus Design Corp. has announced that the world's best selling CIRRUS SR22 now has a "COOL" new production line integrated HVAC system. The popular SR Series aircraft are now designed to make customers even more comfortable, with a new and improved air distribution and temperature regulation throughout the cabin. 

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Avidyne Announces Free 12-Month XM Wx Subscription With Purchase Of EX500 MFD

Limited-Time Offer Covers a Subscription to XM WX Satellite Weather Aviator LT Service

Avidyne is offering a 12-month subscription to XM's Aviator LT satellite weather service at no additional cost with the purchase of an Avidyne EX500 multi-function display (MFD) between April 1 and June 30, 2005.

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Moussaoui Ruled Eligible For Death Penalty

Now, Jury To Decide If He Deserves It

After giving stunning testimony last week that he had been part of a plan to fly an airliner into the White House on 9/11, Zacarias Moussaoui perhaps shouldn't have been surprised with the verdict presented Monday in the first part of his death penalty trial -- that he is eligible to face the death penalty for his alleged role in the attacks.

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A Whole Lotta Sun, Fun On The Way

Set-Up Day At Lakeland 2006

With clear skies, relatively light winds and bright sunshine beating down on the Florida swampscape, all of the ingredients were present for a fantastic set-up day for the first major airshow of 2006: Sun 'N Fun, in Lakeland, FL.

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Superior Air Parts Announces The 210 Horsepower XP-400 Engine

Newest Addition To Popular Family Of Sport Aviation Engines

Superior Air Parts, a division of Thielert AG, announced that it is expanding its popular XP sport aviation engine series with the introduction of the new 210 horsepower, 400 cubic inch XP-400 Engine.

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Avidyne Releases New Free Training Software For Flightmax EX5000 and EX500 MFDs

Avidyne has announced new, free, PC-based training software for its FlightMax® EX5000 and EX500 multi-function displays (MFDs). Pilots or prospective buyers can use the software to quickly learn either or both systems by interacting with features and options including moving map, MultiLink™ weather including XM WX, lightning, traffic, terrain, weather radar and CMax™ Jeppesen JeppView® approach charts.

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TH-57 Training Helicopter Downed

Good News: Pilots Walk Away Unscathed

Its been a bad week for military aircraft... A TH-57 training helicopter attached to Training Air Wing 5 crashed during a routine training mission March 31 at the Navy’s Spencer Outlying Field in Pace, Fla., at approximately 11:35 a.m.

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National Flight Services Selects Trend Group As TPE331 Trend Monitoring Provider

The Trend Group has signed a teaming agreement with National Flight Services, Inc. of Toledo, OH. Under the agreement, National Flight will provide one year of The Trend Group’s trend monitoring and analysis service with each overhaul and hot section inspection they perform.

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Landmark Aviation Acquires Scottsdale's Corporate Jets FBO

Acquisition Expands Landmark's Engine and Avionics Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Network

Landmark Aviation has acquired Corporate Jets Inc., of Scottsdale, Ariz., - a full service business aviation fixed base operation (FBO) and aircraft maintenance, sales and charter operation at the Scottsdale Airport (SDL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.04.06): RVR

Aero-Tips!

Arriving at a commercial-service airport in poor visibility?  Listening to ATIS (the Automated Terminal Information System) you may hear "RVR"-- the Runway Visual Range.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.04.06)

Aero-Linx!

Building Hong Kong’s Airport. What do you do when you need a new airport and there’s no room, besides everyone is NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). You build an island to put the thing on, naturally.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.04.06): Contrail

Aero-Terms!

Condensation trail artificial clouds made by the exhaust of jet aircraft or wingtip vortices which precipitate a stream of tiny ice crystals in moist, frigid upper air.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.04.06)

"You will never get my blood, God curse you all."

Source: Confessed al-Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, as he was led from the courtroom Monday after hearing the jury's verdict in the first phase of his penalty trial.

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