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June 24, 2006

Diamond Sets New Standard: 1st 'Diamond Brilliance' Flt Center Opens

ANN was privileged to be present as Diamond Aircraft set the flight training standard higher than ever with the opening of its first Diamond Brilliance Flight Center, in Naples, FL. Diamond Brilliance operators are designated by Diamond Aircraft for their provision of "world-class flight training and aircraft rental services using exclusively Diamond aircraft and flight training devices." The first center will be operated by Europe-American Aviation.

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NE TFR: 06.26.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0774 Issue Date: June 23, 2006 at 14:52 UTC Location: Grand Island, Nebraska Beginning Date and Time: June 26, 2006 at 15:40 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 26, 2006 at 18:40 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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NY TFR: 06.30.06 - 07.01.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/0757 Issue Date: June 23, 2006 at 12:07 UTC Location: Binghamton, New York near BINGHAMTON VORTAC (CFB) Beginning Date and Time: June 30, 2006 at 17:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: July 01, 2006 at 21:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: High performance aircraft and military parachute demonstrations Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Binghamton (BGM) Air Traffic Control Tower, 607-729-6146

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Teen Pilot To Kick Off Aviation Career With Piloting First

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda... What Were YOU Doing at 14?

Relatively few pilots ever receive dual certification in fixed and rotor wing aircraft. NONE of us has ever solo both types of aircraft at the tender age of 14... on the same day!

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Gone West: Boeing Test Pilot James Gannett

Jet Pioneer's Legacy Includes 707 Barrel Rolls

When Tex Johnston barrel-rolled the four-engined, prototype Boeing 367-80 ("Dash 80") over Lake Washington in 1955 -- twice -- James R. Gannett was flying right seat. Aero-News was saddened to learn Gannett died of a brain aneurism on Saturday, June 17, in Redmond, WA. The retired Boeing test pilot was 83.

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LGB Neighbors Threaten Suit Over Expansion Approval

Split City Council Approves Growth Plan

Opposition is growing to expansion of the terminal and aircraft parking areas at Long Beach International Airport (LGB), even though the newly approved plans call for no increase in the amount of air traffic.

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Attention North Korea: Aegis Missile Intercept a Success

USS Shiloh Detects, Takes out Unannounced Test Missile

On Thursday, June 22, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) intercepted and destroyed a medium-range ballistic missile outside the earth's atmosphere, in a real-life simulation of an enemy attack.

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Second Wrongful Death Suit Filed In IL Accident

Pilot, Passenger, Engine Manufacturer, Overhauler All Named

Hang on to your wallets. A second lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday, June 22, on behalf of a Chicago man lost in the crash of a Cessna 421B on approach to Palwaukee Airport (PWK), seeks damages from everyone from the pilot to the engine overhauler.

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IO-580 Running on All Six Cylinders In EU

EASA Certification Granted

Lycoming Engines announced Thursday, June 22, that it had received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification for its IO-580-B1A engine.

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Delta II Rocket Launches Micro-Satellite Experiment

The June 21 launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket marked the 250th launch of an Aerojet-boosted Delta II.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (06.24.06): Is It 135?


Time and again the question arises: what aircraft operations are permissible without being labeled an "aerial transportation" operation subject to FAR 135?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.24.06)


Want to find out about an airport, any airport?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.24.06): Ground Speed


The speed of an airborne aircraft relative to the ground it traverses in a given period of time.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.24.06)

"Norm Mineta leaves behind a proud legacy of accomplishment for America's transportation system, which -- as he well recognized -- is a critical component in the nation's economy."

Source: NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, echoing the sentiments expressed by several of the aviation "letter groups" on Friday's news that, after over five years as head of the DOT, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta will resign his post, effective July 7.

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