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October 19, 2006

Cheyenne Down In Arizona

Mid-Air With MiG-21 On Photo Flight Believed Not The Cause

A twin-engine Piper Cheyennne on a photo mission with a MiG-21 went down near Prescott, AZ early Wednesday afternoon, killing a confirmed five and possibly six people. While early reports suggested there was a mid-air collision, it appears now that the Cheyenne did not clip the Mig and crashed for undetermined reasons.  

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Teamsters Picket NetJets Headquarters, NBAA Convention

Union: Company Executives Attempt to Slash Workers' Health Care Coverage

Teamster mechanics, aircraft fuelers, cleaners and stock clerks employed by NetJets, Inc., a provider of fractional and air charter service, continued informational picketing and leafleting on October 17 and 18. Members of Teamsters Local 284 in Columbus, the workers drew attention to their 'fruitless contract negotiations with NetJets.'

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Southwest Airlines Pilots Elect New President

Southwest Airlines pilots elected a new Union president for the 2007-2008 term in the Fall 2006 General Election that closed at noon Central Time on Oct. 18. Capt. Carl Kuwitzky, 50, is a Dallas-based captain and has been at Southwest since 1983.

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DA40-tdi Lost At Sea

Three POBs Lost

A Diamond DA40-tdi has been lost at sea in a rare fatal accident occurring to this genre of aircraft, Monday. The new owner of the Diamond DA40-tdi (file photo, below), OE-KLA (S/N D4.008), had been manufactured in 2003 and was equipped for Night-VFR operations.

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NASA Dryden Aircraft, Exhibits At Edwards AFB Open House Oct. 28-29

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center will once again participate in the Edwards Air Force Base Open House and Air Show Oct. 28-29, with one of its high-altitude ER-2 Earth science aircraft flying and several other NASA aircraft on static display.

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SATSair Announces New Strategic Alliances

Air Taxi Travelers Can Have a Rental Car Waiting for Them When They Arrive at Their Destinations

Passengers of innovative SATSair’s air taxi service will soon be able to expect more than just convenient, cost-effective and hassle-free flight transportation. As of October 1, they can have an Avis or Budget rental car waiting for them when they land.

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New NBAA Member Publication, 'Business Aviation Insider' Announced

Will Inform Membership, Enhance Communication

NBAA has confirmed the launch of a new official newsletter for Members, titled Business Aviation Insider.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.19.06

Honda makes a splash at NBAA...
News on two US pilots still in Brazil...
And regional airline labor woes continue.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.19.06

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News on two US pilots still in Brazil...
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ANN Special Feature: Matt Huff, Williams International 10.19.06

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SATSair Adds 100 Aircraft to Fleet with $45M Purchase

Expands Service Area to Include Florida

SATSair will expand its service area to include Florida as part of their overall growth plan. SATSair has also signed a contract with Cirrus Design to acquire 50 Cirrus SR22 aircraft with options on an additional 50 in a deal valued at over $45 million.

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Brazil's Defense Minister Backtracks

Says US Pilots Did Follow Flight Plan

The two US pilots still in Brazil were following their flight plan.  So says Brazil's Defense Minister Waldir Pires. The two remain in Brazil as the investigation of a suspected mid-air collision continues. They gave up their passports on a judge's order and have been cooperating with investigators since.

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American May Lead The Way For Third Quarter Profits

Ailing Industry Shows Further Signs Of Health

In yet another indication of a rebounding airline industry, American Airlines announced profits for the second consecutive quarter.

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Kollsman and Chelton Have A Vision

They Combine Forces To Help Pilots See The Light

If there was one idea at NBAA 2006 that might be termed the "Next Big Thing," it would seem to be electronic systems allowing pilots to see what can't be seen with the naked eye.  

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FedEx Pilots Have A Contract

Four-Year Deal Has Everyone Smiling

FedEx Express pilots are on the hook, for at least four more years anyway. Company and union reps said they agreed on a four-year contract Tuesday.

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Comair Can't Please Its Pilots

Deal With Mechanics And FAs Final

Although it has reached a deal with its mechanics and flight attendants, Comair can't seem to reach accord with its pilots.

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Armadillo Aviation Must Allay FAA's Fears

Texel And Pixel Landers Cause Consternation

The FAA is afraid of armadillo, Armadillo Aerospace's lunar lander competition vehicles that is, not the cute little armored fellows running about the southwest.

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Two Companies Mate At Love Field

Combined Operations Will Expand Services

ANN has learned Premier/West Star has acquired Jet Aviation's Dallas Maintenance Repair & Overhaul(MRO) services effective November 1, 2006.

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Sino Swearingen Ramps Up For Production

Sino More, We Are Going To Make Jets

After many delays, Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation aircraft number 006 will take off Thursday (the day after NBAA ends) with the FAA aboard to begin its official acceptance flight.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (10.19.06): Obstructions

Aero-Tips!

Number five on the FAA's list of Top 10 causes of pilot-error mishaps is failure to see and avoid objects or obstructions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.19.06)

Aero-Linx!

Airline logos along with a bit of history, aircraft three view diagrams and airline paint jobs. There are also some special paint jobs shown, such as for Air Force 1.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.19.06): Translational Lift

Aero-Terms!

In a helicopter, it is the additional lift, or rotor thrust, obtained through airspeed because of increased efficiency of the rotor system.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.19.06)

"We're excited about expanding our fleet and service area to include Florida. The decision was customer-driven. We've had a tremendous interest level from people living in Florida; so starting November 1, we can now provide point-to-point, on-demand service to them at over 100 airports throughout the state." Source: Steve Hanvey, SATSair President and CEO, following the announcement of a major expansion for SATSAir.

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