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April 13, 2008

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.14.08

Frontier Airlines joins the ranks of the bankrupt.
A South Carolina pilot dies leaving Lakeland.
And American expects normal operations by the time you hear this.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.14.08

Frontier Airlines joins the ranks of the bankrupt.
A South Carolina pilot dies leaving Lakeland.
And American expects normal operations by the time you hear this.

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ANN Special Feature: CFII Bob Miller, Remaining Insurable - 04.14.08

Today, ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFII Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about how pilots can remain insurable as they approach age 70. Bob also gives details on the unique, informal safety meetings

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IndUS Debuts Diesel-Powered Thorpedo At Lakeland 2008

WAM 120-Powered Plane Flies From Dallas On Three GPH!

And here, we thought the idea of a Cessna 172 powered by Jet-A was a curious -- and cool -- notion. On Saturday, IndUS Aviation debuted the world's first Light Sport Aircraft to be powered by a diesel engine.

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American Cleared To Return All But Three MD-80s To Service

Analyst Says FAA Checks Had 'Nothing' To Do With Safety

There may finally be a (landing) light at the end of the tunnel for American Airlines, stifled for days following groundings of its 300-plane fleet of MD-80 airliners for safety inspections. On Saturday, FAA officials cleared the airline to return all but three of the aircraft to service.

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ANN Names Lakeland 2008 Major Sponsor: Diamond Aircraft

Visit Diamond Aircraft (and See The SVT Equipped DA40-XLS) At Lakeland Booth MD-023B, MD-024C We can hardly believe our good fortune in th

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Cessna Says First Production SkyCatcher Almost Complete

Planemaker Selects TruTrack Autopilot As Option

Cessna told attendees this week at Lakeland 2008 the company continues to test fly its Model 162 SkyCatcher prototype, and soon will complete production of the second aircraft in the light sport aircraft's flight test program.

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Pilot Hospitalized Following SeaRay Takeoff Accident

Friend Comes To His Rescue

A pilot flying his SeaRay homebuilt amphibian to the Lakeland Fly-In last week fell short of his destination, when his plane crashed after takeoff from a central Florida lake... but he's alive to tell the tale, thanks in large part to the efforts of his friend.

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ANN Welcomes Avidyne As A Returning Lakeland 2008 Special Coverage Sponsor!

See Avidyne at Lakeland Booths D-069, D-070, N-028   First appearing on the Cirrus SR20 and SR22, Avidyne's Entegra LCD panels quickly set the standard by which all other glass cockpits are judged. This is some classy glass, folks... featuring large displays with SHARP text and graphics, and more options than even Jim can fiddle with on a long cross-country. Just short of Four years ago, Avidyne added Ryan International's TAS traffic avoidance systems to its repertoire -- offering yet another advanced safety option to its growing product list.

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Pilot Says Panicked Tourist Contributed To Fatal Peru Accident

Four Passengers Killed When Plane Struck Power Lines

The pilot and sole survivor of the April 9 downing of a Cessna 206 in southern Peru says the accident was caused by a passenger who became frantic, and tugged on the pilot's safety harness.

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Chelton Adds Software For ADS-B Integration

Field Installations Begin In Alaska

ADS-B is coming... and Chelton Flight Systems says it will be ready. The company tells ANN it recently began field installation of version 6.0B software in southeastern Alaska under the Capstone Phase II Program.

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It Must Be Spring: USAF Drones Return To Alabama Beaches

Aircraft Wash Ashore Along Gulf Coast

Swimmers and sunbathers hoping to take advantage of springtime weather last week along the gulf coast of Alabama were surprised to find some parts of the beach closed, due to the unexpected return of two non-native species.

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Prince William Earns His Wings As A Military Pilot

Graduates After Four Months With RAF

He's following the family tradition. Britain's Prince William graduated Friday after four months training with the Royal Air Force, earning his wings as a military pilot.

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ANN Welcomes Lakeland 2008 Major Sponsor: Piper Aircraft

Piper Helps Bring ANN's Special Coverage of Lakeland 2008 To YOU!

Lakeland Display Area MD-018C, MD-019B From Cubs to Meridians -- and BEYOND... Piper makes each and every aircraft they build their own. From the Arrow-inspired Warrior trainer... to the Cherokee Six... to the Seminole and Aztec twins... Pipers are easy to spot on the ramp, and even easier to find pilots simply raving about their planes. And then there's Piper's business-class singles -- available in piston form (Matrix and Mirage) or turbine (Meridian) that are two of the sweetest singles to fly out there. FMI: www.piper.com, Lakeland Display Area MD-018C, MD-019B

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CIT Signs Lease With Nasair For Three New A320s

Company's First Commercial Aircraft Lease In Saudi Arabia

Global finance corporation CIT Group Inc. recently announced CIT Aerospace signed three leases with nasair, the first budget carrier in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for three new Airbus A320-200s. The deal is CIT’s first transaction with Riyadh-based nasair, and its first commercial aerospace lease in Saudi Arabia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.13.08)

Aero-Linx!

This page is dedicated to the men who served with the 462nd Bomb Group of the 58th Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force during World War II. Their nickname was the Hellbirds and their motto was "With Malice Toward Some".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.13.08): Dual Ignition

Aero-Terms!

An ignition system on reciprocating engines that has two of every unit, including two spark plugs in each cylinder. Dual ignition provides safety in the event one system malfunctions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.13.08)

"You've got hundreds of thousands of people inconvenienced, jobs being threatened, and it's got nothing to do with improving safety."

Source: Airline analyst Michael Boyd, commeting on the FAA's grounding of 300 American Airlines planes to inspect wiring bundles.

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