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April 11, 2006

Aero-News Special Feature: Luc de Gaspe Beaubien of Aircraft Engine Services -- Part One. 04.12.06

ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, chats with Luc de Gaspe Beaubien of Aircraft Engine Services, about the NEXT generation of piston aircraft engines. Part One of an intriguing Two Part Interview.&

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.12.06

ATA Says Rising Fuel Prices Negating Airlines' Cost Saving Efforts

NJ County Doesn't Want Planes Routed Overhead, Says Better Options Exist

Ten Years Ago Tuesday: Jessica Dubroff

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Spirit Heads To Alternate Home To Wait Out Martian Winter

Wheel Failure Prevents Climb To Recharge Batteries

NASA announced Tuesday that after three attempts, the Mars Rover Spirit -- hampered by a failed wheel -- has failed to reach its preferred destination to wait out the Martian winter, and will instead rest on a closer, lower slope.

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ATA Says Rising Fuel Prices Offset 'Extraordinary' Cost-Cutting Efforts

Average Price Of Fuel Up 40 Cents Per Gallon... And Keeps Rising

The Air Transport Association (ATA), the industry organization that represents nearly all US airlines, announced Tuesday that continued rising jet fuel prices are impeding the remarkable overall progress being made by the US airline industry to return to profitability.

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Stennis Hosts Final S-3B Viking Carrier Qualifications

Planes Will Ultimately Be Replaced By F/A-18 Hornets

The last two Category 1 S-3B Viking pilots successfully completed their carrier qualification (CQ) aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in March, marking the last initial CQ in an S-3 aircraft.

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EAA Announces New SpaceShipOne Exhibit At AirVenture Museum

Will Be Dedicated At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006

A ground-breaking new display at the EAA AirVenture Museum will explore the rapidly emerging era of civilian spacecraft and space tourism when it is dedicated during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, which will take place July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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Reflecting On Lessons From The Jessica Dubroff Accident, Ten Years Ago Today

AOPA Says Its Efforts Kept Young Pilots Flying, While Grounding "Stunt" Flights

It was ten years ago today -- April 11, 1996 -- that a Cessna 177 Cardinal took off and headed straight for a huge thunderstorm cell outside of Cheyenne, WY. The plane, already over its gross weight limit, was no match for the powerful storm... and the encounter ended, sadly but predictably, with the deaths of the three people onboard.

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BAE Systems Receives Contract To Protect Army Aircraft

CMWS Protects Fixed-Wing Aircraft, Helicopters

The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a $52 million contract to provide more than 200 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) to protect Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against infrared guided missile threats.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 04.11.06

EAA's Tom Poberezny On What AirVenture 2006 Will Bring, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.11.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.11.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- EAA's Tom Poberezny On Oshkosh 2006, Part II: 04.11.06 (Part Two of Jim Campbell's chat with the EAA's Tom Poberezny, about what we can expect at Oshkosh 2006)

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WY TFR: 04.11.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5148 Issue Date: April 11, 2006 at 5:03 UTC Location: Lander, Wyoming near RIVERTON VOR/DME (RIW) 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: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-267-3333

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Pop-Up MO TFR: 04.11.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/5131 Issue Date: April 10, 2006 at 22:07 UTC Location: Jefferson City, Missouri Beginning Date and Time: April 11, 2006 at 16:10 UTC Ending Date and Time: April 11, 2006 at 20:05 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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Bell Helicopter Celebrates 750th... Well, 747th... 412 Helo

It Depends On How You Look At It...

Bell Helicopter announced completion this week of its 747th production model Bell 412, one of the most popular medium twin helicopters flying in the world. According to Bell Helicopter Customer Engineer Daniel Currie, however, the number could also be 750 Bell 412s.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.11.06

Airbus Says They're Ready To Discuss A350 Plane Improvements

Moussaoui Jury Will Hear 9/11 Cockpit Recordings

Dayjet Cancels Florida Rollout Announcement... and More!!!


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Sport Aviation Specialties PPC Repairman Course FAA-Accepted

Sport Aviation Specialties tells ANN that FAA has accepted their 16-hour experimental light-sport aircraft (ELSA) repairman course for powered parachutes. Their first PPC course is scheduled for April 29-30, 2006 at Beloit Airport, Beloit WI, just across the state line from Rockford, IL.

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Touchdown! Remembering The First Shuttle Flight From Space

The landing of the Space Shuttle Columbia on April 14, 1981, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., capped what was perhaps the greatest test flight in history...

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New EAA Homebuilt A/C Certification Kit Simplifies Process

A new amateur-built aircraft certification kit created by and now available from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) gives aircraft builders a simplified way to complete the required FAA paperwork for their new projects.

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LAX Seeks To Improve Its Image

Terminal Need For Terminal Improvements

After seeing their airport rank near the very bottom of J.D. Power's annual airport satisfaction survey -- due to such problems as confusing signage, holes in walls, antiquated facilities, and filthy restrooms -- officials for Los Angeles International airport have had enough.

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New Staffers Wanted For A Growing ANN -- F/T Staffer Needed NOW

Want To Work In The Aero-Biz? Searching For An ADDITIONAL Full-Time Aero-Reporter  Got Audio Skills? Do You Have The Right (Marketing) Stuff?

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ASF Presents Award To William Ashbaker For Dedication To GA Safety

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF) has acknowledged William Ashbaker, state aviation manager for the Florida Department of Transportation, for his dedication to the safety education of pilots in his state.

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Fighting Falcon Pilot Earns Jabara Award

Capt. John Vargas, a 1996 graduate of the Air Force Academy, has won the 2006 Colonel James Jabara Award, presented annually by the Air Force for excellence in airmanship.

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FreeFlight Systems' Equipment Played Role In Global Flyer Successes

Whereas a typical person with a bent towards flight collects model airplanes or stamps bearing historically significant aircraft, adventurer and pilot Steve Fossett collects world records.

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Rockwell Collins Lands Navy Helicopter Training Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Rockwell Collins for its MH-60 Weapons Load Trainer (WLT) program. The program, valued at $26 million, calls for Rockwell Collins to modify an existing H-60F trainer and build four new H-60 WLTs.

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Air War Strategy Preserved Iraqi Infrastructure, Lives

Aerial strategy practiced by coalition pilots during Operation Iraqi Freedom hinged on knocking out pertinent enemy targets while preserving vital Iraqi infrastructure as well as citizens' lives, an F-16 pilot who flew combat missions over Iraq early in the war recounted.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (04.11.06): Radar


Radar is most closely identified with thunderstorms. But radar images do not tell us where clouds are stormy -- they only show precipitation. How can we accurately use radar reports, and how do we use radar returns to avoid thunderstorms?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.11.06)


This site will space you out. For those of you looking to the stars you’ll have a whole day supply here. From the International Space Station to Space Ports and Seafood Cocktail Sauce. Catch that last one?

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.11.06)

"Nobody is happy about being almost in last place... We're not going to take it lying down anymore. We're going to do everything we can to start moving up in the survey." Source: LAX spokesman Paul Haney, in comments made after seeing his airport rank near the very bottom of J.D. Power's annual airport satisfaction survey -- due to such problems as confusing signage, holes in walls, antiquated facilities, and filthy restrooms.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.11.06): Crank The Chicken Switch


Eject from an air/space craft. You'd rather be a live chicken than a cooked goose.

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AD: Burkhart Grob

AD NUMBER: 2006-08-01 MANUFACTURER: Burkhart Grob SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-08-01 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) that supersedes AD 97-24-09, which appliesto certain BURKHART GROB LUFT-UND-RAUMFAHRT GmbH & Co. KG (Grob) Model G 103 C Twin III SL sailplanes.

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