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July 25, 2007

Lancair Takes Wraps Off Its Evolution Turboprop

Taking Personal Aircraft To A New Level

Safety and performance. Lancair has been doing it for 23 years, delivering high performance piston and turbine powered aircraft kits.

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Eclipse Updates Status Of 500 Mods, Pitot/AOA Issue At AirVenture 2007

Also Unveils New Standard Radar, Touts NextGen Compliance Of Avio NG

After months of some less-than-pleasant news for Eclipse Aviation -- including an FAA Airworthiness Directive limiting the aircraft to two-person operation in VFR conditions -- it appears there may a light on the horizon for the Albuquerque, NM-based planemaker.

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Brazil's Civil Aviation Council Rules To Reduce Congonhas Congestion

Civil Aviation Council Requests Location Options For New Sao Paulo Airport

Days after Brazil's worst air disaster, the country's Civil Aviation Council (Conac) is finally taking some action. The agency announced new measures recently to reduce the amount of air traffic at the Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo.

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Pilot Shortages Force NWA To Cancel Substantial Number Of Flights

Pilots Running Out Of Allowed Flight time

Continuing what seems to be a trend this summer... the past few days haven't been real good to Northwest Airlines passengers. Once again, the carrier, fresh from bankruptcy reorganization, has had to cancel a large number of it flights at the end of the month because of a pilot shortage due to pilots reaching their allowed flight time limits.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 07.25.07

The Sport Cub S2, With CubCrafters' Todd Simmons

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.25.07 (ANN's Special Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.25.07 (ANN's Special Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- The CubCrafters Sport Cub S2: 07.25.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Todd Simmons.)

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Voyager FPS And ANN Bring YOU The Weather In Oshkosh For 07.25.07

As Provided By Seattle Avionics And ANN!

We're gonna help you get to the fabled land of Oshkosh... with a little help from our friends!

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.25.07

Sonex unveils an all-electric airplane.
EAA's alternative fuels workshop proves controversial.
And a UK company is developing a diesel engine for LSAs.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.25.07

Sonex unveils an all-electric airplane.
EAA's alternative fuels workshop proves controversial.
And a UK company is developing a diesel engine for LSAs.

ANN's 24-hour real-time coverag

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ANN Special Feature: Todd Simmons, CubCrafters - 07.25.07

Today, we'll let you listen in as Todd Simmons of CubCrafters introduces reporters at Oshkosh to the second-generation Sport Cub S2.

FMI: www.cubcrafter

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Hartzell Offers New Top Prop For Mooney M20s

Better Performance For Mooney M20A-G, M20J Operators

Hartzell Propeller announced at AirVenture 2007 this week it has received an STC to install a newly designed, two- bladed 74" diameter blended airfoil Top Prop performance conversion kit onto Mooney M20A-G and M20J models.

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Columbia Aircraft Says 55 Planes Delivered In Q2

Also Announces "300 Knot Club"

Columbia Aircraft announced Tuesday at AirVenture 2007 it delivered 55 new Columbia 350 and 400 aircraft in the second quarter of 2007, more than double the number delivered during the same period in 2006. While the Columbia's 2007 delivery pace is ahead of the figures posted in 2006, company officials caution that comparing 2006 to 2007 can lead to misconceptions.

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American Legend Announces Special Edition Prices, Autopilot Option At Oshkosh

A Cub With An Autopilot...

When is a Cub a limousine? Well, we're not quite there yet... but American Legend continues to take its interpretation of the classic Piper Cub to new heights.

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Passengers Stranded After Charter Aircraft Grounded

Last Of Passengers Finally Make it Home -- Four Days Later

More than 1,000 passengers were stranded in the Canary Islands, Scotland and abroad this weekend when their charter plane was grounded.

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Oshkosh Memories... King Schools Co-Founder John King

“Everyone Who Wants To Do Something New Is Here"

If you’ve gone through flight training, John and Martha King have probably been beside you -- in their DVD/video courses helping you through those rough spots and explaining things step by step.  The Kings are uniquely qualified to teach aviation. The two hold every FAA category and class rating on their pilot and instructor certificates.

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PS Engineering Announces New 'EX' Class Audio Panel For Homebuilders

Freedom From TSO Regs Allow A Plethora Of Features

Thousands of their audio panels have been installed in homebuilt and experimental aircraft over the years... but the folks at PS Engineering are now taking direct aim at the market, with the company's new PMA9000EX.

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AOPA Members Can Fly the 2007 Sweepstakes Airplane Any Time They Want

By Downloading A Microsoft Flight Simulator Add-On, That is

Even though there can only be one winner of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's 2007 Catch-a-Cardinal Sweepstakes grand prize of a refurbished 1977 Cessna 177B Cardinal, any AOPA member can now fly it any time -- from the comfort of their own home.

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Air France-KLM Rumored To Still Be Considering Alitalia

Company Dismisses Speculation, Adds Serious Changes Would Have To Occur

Even though Italy has officially closed its seven-month auction for its state-owned airline, Alitalia, rumors are re-circulating that Air France - KLM is still interested, but the carrier isn't talking.

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From The Odd Airplane File, Part Two: Percival EP. 9 Prospector

One Of Only Two Known To Still Be Flying

Sometimes, an airplane just stands out. Adaptability to odd applications, a unique shape, or a machine that towers head and shoulders above the rest of the line -- any factor can qualify an airplane as odd. Jan Christie's EP.9 is just that, on all counts!

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Eric Tucker Named 2007 LAMA President’s Award Recipient

Rotax Engine Guru Active In ASTM Committee on LSA

Awards abound at Oshkosh. But only one honors outstanding leaders in the light aircraft community.  

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EADS Socata CEO Visits Oshkosh 2007

CEO Jean-Michel Leonard Challenges VLJs

On Tuesday, EADS Socata's new CEO Jean-Michel Leonard made his first appearance at Oshkosh since joining the company June 13... and he was quick to defend his company's turf amongst the announcements of very light jets out of Cirrus and Eclipse.

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Lightspeed Aviation Demonstrates New 'Zulu' Headset At Oshkosh

Company Takes Orders, Announces Upgrade Path From Thirty-3G

Last week, Lightspeed Aviation announced the company's latest active noise cancelling (ANR) headset, the Zulu (as in, Zulu time). This premium priced offering promises to be smaller, lighter, quieter, clearer, and more comfortable than any previous Lightspeed product, but the company doesn't expect Oshkosh visitors to just take their word for it.

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Diamond Aircraft Details The DA50!

Diamond Aircraft offers up some tantalizing details about their forthcoming, 200KT+, DA50 Five-Place hotrod. The DA40 finally gets a big brother!

Powerplant Developments Unveils Diesel LSA Engine

Gemini 100 Sports Impressive Power, Low Weight

Powerplant Developments, a UK company, in a joint development effort with Weslake Air Services and Jade Air, unveiled plans Tuesday at AirVenture 2007 to produce a diesel engine intended for the LSA market.

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Diesel Market Shows More Signs Of Warming

SMA, Thielert Grapple For Market Share

Jet fuel piston engine makers Thielert AG and SMA (Societe de Motorisations Aeronautiques) held back-to-back press conferences at AirVenture on Tuesday, coincidentally illustrating the tense competition between the two companies.

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CubCrafters Introduces Its Sport Cub S2 At AirVenture 2007

A New Look For An Old Friend!

A new generation of an old favorite will soon be available from CubCrafters. The Sport Cub S2, first flown last week, is expected to be delivered as soon as October of this year.

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P-38 Arrives Late... Forfeits 'Best Of The Best' Contest

Glacier Girl Is Second To Bow Out

She's here, but she's late. "Glacier Girl" touched down at EAA AirVenture 2007 minutes before 1 pm July 24. The delayed arrival forced "Glacier Girl," a "Best of the Best" contestant to withdraw from the voting, which began Monday.

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Cessna Says Over 400 SkyCatcher Orders Placed Since Sunday

Concept... Proven!

The SkyCatcher is catching some big orders at AirVenture 2007. Through Tuesday -- just over two days since the planemaker began accepting orders for its new light sport aircraft -- Cessna says it has garnered over 400 orders for the plane.

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AirTran Passenger Diagnosed With Bacterial Meningitis

Girl Listed In Critical Condition; All Potentially Affected Passengers Notified

A teenager traveling from Orlando, FL to Wichita, KS aboard an AirTran Airways flight Saturday fell ill and has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

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Monday CL-415 Tanker Accidents Claim Three

Canadair Firebombers Down in Greece, Italy

two firefighting aircraft and crew were lost Monday in separate countries.

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'Careers In Aviation' Works To Make Its Name A Reality For Students

Group Finds Scholarships, Support For Those In Pursuit Of Aero-Careers

As part of our extensive coverage at AirVenture 2007, Aero-News spoke with industry leaders about what is being done to address to issue of the workforce crisis in the aviation industry... and the shortage of students pursuing careers in aviation.

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eFlyBook Blends Usability With Advanced Technology

Features Innovative Power-Off Capability

The ARINC eFlyBook display sits innocently among a row of vendor displays in an Airventure hangar. To most it seems that this is just another electronic flight book, a copy of many companies all claiming the best readability. What is different about eFlyBook is the technology used to create its unique display.

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Rotorway Debuts New A600 Talon At AirVenture 2007

Company Aims For An Affordable... And Certified... Helicopter

This week at AirVenture 2007, Rotorway proudly displayed its newest aircraft, the A600 Talon. Successor to the well-known Exec 162F, the A600 looks almost identical... but Rotorway CEO Grant Norwitz is quick to point out beneath the aircraft's skin is an entirely new aircraft.

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Gulf Air CEO Resigns As Carrier Faces Criminal Investigation

Carrier's Employees Have Been Instructed To "Shut Up"

After less than four months at the helm, Gulf Air's Chief Executive Officer resigned Tuesday and the carrier announced it was under "criminal investigation."

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Mooney: No LSA, Mum On Jet

Acclaim Deliveries Top One Per Week

 Mooney came to AirVenture armed with their biggest display ever, and good news about their sales. Mooney's Acclaim, first delivered in November 2006, passed a milestone this month -- 50 Acclaims are now in the hands of owners, including one particular owner who will be present July 25.

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Virgin Galactic Offers a Glimpse of Things to Come

Space for the Masses

Who thought a business plan could actually be made to reach for the stars?  Virgin Galactic COO Alex Tai took some time at AirVenture 2007 to describe what the company plans to accomplish, both in the near and distant future.

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'Andy's Airplanes' Premieres At Oshkosh

Animated Series Aims To Inspire Young Children

The combination of a passion for aviation, and a love of educating and entertaining children has resulted in the production of a new animated series designed for school children ages 3 through 8. It is called Andy's Airplanes.

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Indonesian Air Force Grounds OV-10 Bronco Fleet

Action Follows Fatal Accident

In response to a fatal accident Monday, the Indonesian Air Force has grounded its remaining six OV-10 Bronco light attack aircraft.

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First S-92 Helicopter Delivered To China

Delivery Marks First Helo Of Type To Operate In The Country

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered the first S-92 helicopter to China. Eastern General Aviation Corporation (EGAC), a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines Group, recently accepted the aircraft along with two S-76 C++ helicopters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.25.07)

Aero-Linx!

Located at F.E. Warren AFB, just west of Cheyenne, WY you'll find exhibits depicting the history of missiles and that of the 90th Space Wing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.25.07): Center Weather Advisory

Aero-Terms!

Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.25.07)

“This is not to sound arrogant. Our engine is not a car engine. All components are carefully [designed for] aviation. We want to match the worldwide customers’ needs and expectations."

Source: SMA chairman Luc Pelon, during a press conference Tuesday at AirVenture 2007. Sitting in the front row during that conference was Frank Thielert, CEO of Thielert Aircraft Engines... a fierce -- and, so far, more popular -- competitor to SMA.

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Glasair Aviation's 'Two Weeks To Taxi' Program

Check out Glasair Aviation's revolutionary 'Two Weeks to Taxi' accelerated sportplane building program!

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