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July 11, 2006

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.12.06

Look out Airbus... here come the lawyers...

Still no launches from North Korea... but there's new activity at the launch site...

And the flight recorders are recovered in the crash

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ANN Special Feature: The Road To Oshkosh 07.12.06

Light Sport Aviation was a big hit at the Arlington NWEAA Fly-In. Now comes word from the EAA's Dick Knapinski that it's going to be even bigger at AirVenture 2006.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.12.06

Look out Airbus... here come the lawyers...

Still no launches from North Korea... but there's new activity at the launch site...

And the flight recorders are recovered in the crash

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NATA Announces Return Of Tax Seminar For Part 135 Operators

Representatives with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) told ANN Tuesday the organization is once again offering a special tax seminar specifically geared towards Part 135 air charter operators.

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Two AA Super 80s Go To The Birds At DFW

Both Planes Suffer Radome Damage; The Birds, Well...

From the looks of it, some low-flying birds around Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were unnaturally attracted to shiny aluminum twinjets this weekend.

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NTSB Issues Renewed Call For Oversight Of Icing Operations

January Saab 340 Incident Leads To Four New Recommendations

In response to an incident earlier this year in which the pilots of an American Eagle Saab 340 turboprop lost control of their airplane after encountering icing conditions over California's central coast, the NTSB on Monday issued four new recommendations for planes operating in icing conditions.

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Two Days, Two Rockets, Two Failures

India's Rocket Program Suffers Setbacks

It's been a lousy two days for Indian scientists overseeing the test firing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and the launch of a powerful new rocket booster that was to carry the country's heaviest satellite into orbit.

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Northwest To Resume Old Talks With New Flight Attendants Union

Six Days Left To Reach A Deal

On the heels of last week's vote by flight attendants at Northwest Airlines to oust the Professional Flight Attendants Association (PFAA) as their union, and replace it with the Association of Flight Attendants, negotiators are planning to return to the bargaining table Wednesday in one last attempt to reach a deal with NWA management over a pay contract.

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MV-22 Suffers Engine Trouble Enroute To England

An Unwelcome Start To 'Self-Deployment' Demo Flight

One of two MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors enroute to England for the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough airshows suffered compressor stalls in an engine, and was forced Monday to put down in Iceland instead.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 07.11.06

Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: Density Altitude

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.11.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.11.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: 07.11.06 (ANN Special Feature, with CFI Tom Turner's tips on combating density altitude-related performance loss.)

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AOPA Invites Pilots To Comment On FAA Plan To Decommission DFs

You May Be Asking... "What's A DF?"

Ever heard of DF -- or direction finder -- steer? Like the non-directional beacon, it's a technology that goes largely unused by today's pilots... but it was once a valuable asset, that flight service stations could use to get wayward pilots back on course.

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2325 Issue Date: July 11, 2006 at 16:07 UTC Type: Hazards

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MN TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2365 Issue Date: July 11, 2006 at 18:12 UTC Type: Hazards

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UT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2281 Issue Date: July 11, 2006 at 0:51 UTC Location: Laketown, Utah near LOGAN VOR/DME (LGU) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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MT TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2283 Issue Date: July 11, 2006 at 3:13 UTC Location: 4 Miles West South West of Columbus, Montana near BILLINGS VORTAC (BIL) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Salt Lake (ZLC) Center, 801-320-2560

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Are Pilots Being Unfairly Blamed For Biz-Av Accidents?

Miami Herald: Pilot Error Findings Could Hide Other Causes

The Cessna 208 Caravan. The Mitsubishi MU-2. These are two very popular planes with small cargo carriers... and over the past decade, they've also been two of the most accident-prone aircraft in business aviation.

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Shuttle Astronauts Complete Second Successful Spacewalk

ISS Mobile Transporter Back On The Job

Spacewalking astronauts Piers Sellers and Michael Fossum were high-altitude repairmen Monday, as they worked on the International Space Station's Mobile Transporter rail system... putting a cart back on the tracks and, in the process, dealing with problems of their own.

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Cyprus Aviation Safety Still Under Fire

2004 Letter Warned Of Safety Falling To "Third World Levels"

The government on Cyprus says it's just not going to talk about it --  a developing flap over aviation safety as pointed out by a British aviation expert two years ago.

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Motives Behind Sale Of Missouri Planes, Hangar Questioned

Ah, Politics...

Is this an economic move... or a slap at a political opponent?

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PIA Fokker Accident Claims 45

Gov't Says Terrorism Not A Consideration

For the second time in two days, a passenger plane is down... killing everyone onboard.

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Spanish Pilots Go On Strike, Stranding Vacationers

Say New LCC Will Take Their Jobs

As the saying goes, timing is everything... a fact almost certainly not lost on pilots at Spain's Iberia Airlines, who began a weeklong strike Monday right in the heart of vacation season.

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NAHF To Honor First Female African American Inductee

Aerobatic Pilot Bessie Coleman Earned License In 1921

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has a distinguished history of inducting a long list of aviation pioneers into its ranks... and this Saturday, the organization will honor a true trailblazer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (07.11.06): Non-IFR Filing

Aero-Tips!

Know what ATC can order you to do-and what remains your responsibility as Pilot-in-Command. FMI: Aero-Tips

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.11.06): Inverted

Aero-Terms!

Flying upside down with reference to the horizon. Not a good place to be without an inverted fuel system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.11.06)

Aero-Linx!

El nino and la nina weather phenomenon explained for "dummies".

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.11.06)

"Who is the last person who could have prevented the accident? The vast majority of the time, it's pilot action or inaction that results in the accident."

Source: Tom Haueter, deputy director with the NTSB's Office of Aviation Safety, defending the board's ruling of pilot error in approximately 80 percent of all accidents involving small cargo aircraft.

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2256 Issue Date: July 10, 2006 at 20:24 UTC Location: Modesto, California near MODESTO VOR/DME (MOD) Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4019

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