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April 19, 2006

ANN Special Feature: CFI Tom Turner on the Resignation Of NTSB Member Ellen Engleman-Conners 04.20.06

In our news programs yesterday... we told you about the resignation of NTSB member Ellen Engleman-Conners... a Bush appointee who served on the board since 2003... and was, at one time, its chairma

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.20.06

Diamond's D-Jet flies...

A look at the rising cost of fuel...

...its effects on general aviation... business flights... and passenger service...

And the FAA looks at age lim

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.20.06

Diamond's D-Jet flies...

A look at the rising cost of fuel...

...its effects on general aviation... business flights... and passenger service...

And the FAA looks at age lim

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ANN Update: Diamond D-Jet First Flight Details

Comprehensive First Flight Pays Off

Diamond Aircraft North American boss, Peter Maurer, tells ANN's Jim Campbell that the first flight of the D-Jet was "tremendously uneventful." In test-flight terms, that means that there were no problems and the test card was accomplished deliberately and without issue... just the way we all wish that first flights would go.

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ATL Gates Reopen After 'Suspicious Package' Shuts Down Checkpoints

Closure Hits At Peak Time; Bomb Squad Called In

CNN reports that officials shut down security checkpoints at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for two hours Wednesday afternoon, after a "suspicious device" was detected in a screening machine.

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Washington State DOT Antes Up $13.3 Million For Airport Improvements

Total Of 31 Airports Will Benefit From Federal, State, Local Funds

Declaring that "we are committed to preserving the state’s aviation system by stretching our state grant funds to the maximum extent," Washington Aviation Operations Manager Stan Allison announced Wednesday the state's Local Airport Aid Grant Program has appropriated $13.3 million for 39 different airport improvement projects throughout the state.

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Japan's FMDA Successfully Tests Satellite Network For Tracking Helicopters

Iridium Satellite, KDDI Network & Solutions (KNSL) and Pioneer Navicom jointly announced Monday the completion of successful air trials and initial deployment of an automatic helicopter tracking system by the Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA).

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AL Pop-Up TFR: 04.19.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5807 Issue Date: April 19, 2006 at 16:38 UTC Location: Tuskegee, Alabama Beginning Date and Time: April 19, 2006 at 15:25 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 19, 2006 at 19:20 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Aero-News Alert: Diamond Flies First D-Jet

Aero-News has learned that the latest in a new generation of light jet aircraft has gotten some airtime. The Diamond D-Jet flew, for the first time late Tuesday, after the completion of a series of taxi tests.

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EAA To Bring LSA Mall To July's Arlington Fly-In

Popular Attraction To Feature More Than 30 RTF Airplanes

After its successful introduction at last year's AirVenture in Oshkosh -- and a somewhat-conspicuous absence at the recent Lakeland Fly-In -- the Experimental Aircraft Association is bringing its Light Sport Aircraft Mall to the upcoming Northwest EAA Fly-In in Arlington, WA.

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Paper: Gainesville Accident Plane Was Out Of Annual

Victim Developed Autopilot Later Sold By Chelton

The National Transportation Safety Board investigator now combing through the wreckage of last Sunday's fatal accident involving a Beechcraft B-60 Duke at Gainesville Regional Airport says the airplane had an out-of-date annual inspection.

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Cessna Pilots Association Publishes Skyhawk Buyers Guide

Which 172 Is Right For You?

It's one of the most popular and respected general-aviation aircraft ever built, and 2006 marks its 50th Anniversary -- so now seems to be the perfect time for the Cessna Pilots Association to add the Cessna 172 to its popular series of model-specific Buyer's Guides.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.19.06

Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: Flight Simulators

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.19.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.19.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Tom Turner's Aero-Craft 101: 04.19.06 (ANN Special Feature, with Tom Turner on how flight simulators and FTDs can benefit all pilots)

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.19.06

The NTSB loses a member...

Boeing loses about 900 workers...

And what about those Airbus planes that have lost rudders?

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.19.06

The NTSB loses a member...

Boeing loses about 900 workers...

And what about those Airbus planes that have lost rudders?

....And more.

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Union Courts NWA Mechanics Who Replaced Striking AMFA Members Last Year

IAM Says If You Can't Beat 'Em... Ask Them To Join YOUR Union

In just over eight months, replacement mechanics hired at Northwest Airlines to fill in for striking members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association have gone from being oft-maligned pariahs, to themselves being courted by AMFA-rival International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers -- the current ground workers union at the airline.

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Where The Warbirds Will Be

Thunder Over Michigan, August 5-6

When was the last time seven Spitfires, three Hurricanes, a Lancaster, and an Me-109 were all in the same place? We don't know, but we can tell you about an UPCOMING time to see all those machines -- and maybe 40 more -- this summer. Interested?

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NV TFR: 04.24.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5757 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 20:14 UTC Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Beginning Date and Time: April 24, 2006 at 17:45 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 24, 2006 at 21:10 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA TFR: 04.22.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5763 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 20:30 UTC Location: Sacramento, California Beginning Date and Time: April 22, 2006 at 20:45 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 22, 2006 at 23:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA TFR: 04.21.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5750 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 18:43 UTC Location: San Jose/Stanford, California Beginning Date and Time: April 21, 2006 at 20:10 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 22, 2006 at 2:50 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA TFR: 04.22.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5754 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 19:48 UTC Location: Saint Helena, California Beginning Date and Time: April 22, 2006 at 2:35 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 22, 2006 at 21:15 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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WV TFR: 04.21.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5752 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 19:10 UTC Location: Morgantown, West Virginia Beginning Date and Time: April 21, 2006 at 18:10 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 21, 2006 at 23:05 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA TFR: 04.23.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5769 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 22:00 UTC Location: Twenty Nine Palms, California Beginning Date and Time: April 23, 2006 at 17:10 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 23, 2006 at 21:40 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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CA TFR: 04.22.06 - 04.24.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5766 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 21:48 UTC Location: Palm Springs, California Beginning Date and Time: April 22, 2006 at 23:59 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 24, 2006 at 15:25 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Former NTSB Chief Conners Announces Resignation From Board

Will Leave Agency At End Of May

Aero-News has learned that National Transportation Safety Board member Ellen Engleman Conners, who served two years as the agency's Chairman, announced this week that she intends to leave the Safety Board on May 31.

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Hooters Air Wings It For Last Time As Chairman Is Sued By Aircraft Lessor

Accused Of Defaulting On Loans

As Hooters Air flew its last commercial flights as a regularly scheduled airline on Monday, Hooters of America chairman Robert Brooks received papers for a $4.5 million lawsuit filed against him by CIT Leasing, the company that owned two of the bright orange and white 737s that, until recently, flew in Hooters Air livery.

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Delta's Pilots Prepare To Look At Deal Details

How "Tentative" Is It?

Last week, travelers rejoiced at the news the pilots union at Delta Air Lines had reached a tentative agreement with airline management on a new pay and benefits package, averting a possible holiday-weekend pilots strike. Just how "tentative" that deal may be, though, will now come up for review -- as union leaders meet in New Orleans Wednesday to decide whether to accept the deal or not.

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Two Lost In Vancouver Island C172 Accident

Second Fatal Accident In Area This Year

The bodies of two men aboard a Cessna 172 that went down on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in reported IFR conditions Saturday were found by a rescue party early Sunday morning, after rescuers were delayed in arriving at the scene due to low clouds, wind and swirling snow that enveloped the accident site.

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Model Airplane Flyers Say Superfund Site Ideal For New Airpark

A Great New Use For An Old Landfill

It's not often you hear of a plan to turn something no one wants in their backyard, into something that could help promote aviation in children of all ages -- which is why ANN was heartened to learn of one R/C flying club's efforts to turn an old landfill into a new park for their hobby.

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Adam Aircraft Announces Rob Penrod As VP Of Manufacturing

Will Lead Transition To Full-Rate Production On A500 and A700

On Monday, Adam Aircraft announced the appointment of Rob Penrod as Vice President of Manufacturing. Penrod joins Adam Aircraft from Bell Helicopter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.19.06): Blocked Pitot Part 2: Failure Modes

Aero-Tips!

Yesterday we looked briefly at how an airspeed indicator (ASI) works.  This sets us up to understand and diagnose potential failure modes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.19.06)

Aero-Linx!

A one track adventure, spaceflight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.19.06): Dark Matter

Aero-Terms!

Matter that exerts gravitational force but does not emit any detectable light or radiation; dark matter comprises most of the mass of the universe but its exact nature remains unknown.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.19.06)

"The numbers quoted... are inaccurate. ALPA will not publicly comment on the specifics of the tentative agreement prior to our governing body and our pilots having a chance to read the agreement, digest it and ask questions concerning the agreement."

Source: Air Line Pilots Association spokesman Mike Pinho, commenting on a Wall Street Journal report over the weekend that purported to know details of the tentative agreement reached between the union and Delta Air Lines management.

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Special Notice TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5775 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 23:09 UTC Location: United States Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately Ending Date and Time: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: Special Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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MN TFR: 04.19.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5747 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 18:28 UTC Location: Ely, Minnesota Beginning Date and Time: April 19, 2006 at 16:30 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 19, 2006 at 17:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to blasting activity at Babbitt Iron Mines Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580

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PR TFR: 04.20.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5736 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 17:32 UTC Location: Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: April 20, 2006 at 12:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 20, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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PR TFR: 04.20.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5735 Issue Date: April 18, 2006 at 17:32 UTC Location: Vieques Island, Puerto Rico near ST CROIX VOR/DME (COY) Beginning Date and Time: April 20, 2006 at 12:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 20, 2006 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Ordinance disposal Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: San Juan (ZSU) Center, 787-253-8664

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