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April 01, 2008

Sonex Aims For HIGHER Fuel Consumption

Scraps E-Flight; "Thirstier Is Better!" New Mantra

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: The leadership of Sonex Aircraft, LLC announced Tuesday a new initiative to further increase sales in the United States by opting to pursue a more proven, heavier-traveled road in the quest for commerce: marketing products which demand higher fuel consumption.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.01.08

Aloha Airlines ends passenger service after 61 years.
As you might expect, go! Airlines steps in to fill the gap.
And Champion Air announces it will shut down May 31st.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 04.01.08

Aloha Airlines ends passenger service after 61 years.
As you might expect, go! Airlines steps in to fill the gap.
And Champion Air announces it will shut down May 31st.

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ANN Special Feature: John Uczekaj, Aspen Avionics - 04.01.08

Aspen Avionics began customer shipments of its new Evolution modular glass panel yesterday, following a TSO approval which makes it a legal retrofit in nearly 400 aircraft types.

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Aero-TV Asks... How Much Do You Love Your Airplane???

A fitting subject, we think, for our annual April 1st edition of Aero-News is the feature we present today. It's a story about a guy who REALLY loves his Mooney... enough to have its logo tattooed on him for life.

Cessna Reintroduces Classic 195... With Glass And FADEC

Say Hello To The "StratoHoover"

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: "A respectful nod to Cessna's distinguished past." It was with these words Cessna Chairman, President, CEO, and Grand Poobah Jack Pelton announced the Wichita, KS-based planemaker's latest game-changer: the re-introduction of, and thorough modernization to, the classic Cessna 195.

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Aero-TV Asks... How Much Do You Love Your Airplane???

A Fitting Tale For Our Annual April 1st Edition...

A fitting subject, we think, for our annual April 1st edition of Aero-News is the feature we present today. It's a story about a guy who REALLY loves his Mooney... enough to have its logo tattooed on him for life.

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AOPA Settles With FAA On User Fees

NextGen Becomes Public/Private Partnership

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Aero-News has learned that intense negotiations between officials of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have resulted in an end to the long impasse over user fees on general aviation.

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Boeing Throws In The Towel On 787

Now Offering Customers GREAT Deals On 767-500 'Miserliner'

ANN APRIL 1st 'SPECIAL EDITION': "Enough!" That was the word from The Boeing Company on Tuesday, as the American planemaker shocked the aviation community with its decision to discontinue further development on the delay-plagued, composite-bodied 787 Dreamliner.

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A380 Under Fire by 'Green' Lobby

Mammoth Aircraft Creates Extensive Sun Blockage And Resultant Climate Change

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Airbus's gigantic (i.e., REALLY REALLY BIG) A380 airliner is under attack again... and by a lobby that it once courted quite aggressively. Following a NASA study of radical, sporadic and unexplained climatological issues all over the planet, the mystery was solved when an astute scientist (who reportedly owns over 1000 shares of Boeing stock) correlated the climatological problems with the growing Airbus A380 flight schedule.

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NBAA Acquires EAA

"Its About Time We Had Some Fun, Dammit"

"Its tough sticking to 'plane old business' day after day," says NBAA President Ed Bolen (pictured below), "so we thought it was time we had a little fun." These were the first words to leak out of NBAA after their surprise announcement of the organization's acquisition of yet another organization... the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

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FL Dept of Revenue Threatens To Tax Shuttle Landings

Rumored Shuttle/747 Fly-By At Lakeland Fly-In Cancelled As A Result

With increasing pressure on Florida's department of revenue over providing tax revenues for the state, the FDOR has turned to a most unlikely target for future revenue shortfalls -- NASA's Space Shuttles. "ANN, AOPA, FATA, EAA, NATA... and thousands of people were all breathing down our necks over the FL Use Tax on GA airplanes... so we've had to put the kibosh on that program until the heat dies down, but this Shuttle thing... that shows real promise," claims FDOR's Rene Watters.

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Burger King Puts End To TSA Cross-Training Program

"Some Folks Simply Can't Be Trained To Deal With The Public"

An experimental outreach program with private industry seems to have gone astray as the mammoth Burger King food chain has terminated an agreement with the Transportation Security Administration. The agreement, announced with great fanfare in late 2007, was designed to soften the image of the TSA by cross-training their personnel in an environment where good solid customer service disciplines were actually taught and practiced.

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'Survivor: ANN' Coming To Fall 2008 Television Schedule

Winner Awarded Associate Editor Position With Aviation's ONLY Real-Time News Service!

It should make for some good TV, to say the least. One of the most popular reality shows in television history has joined forces with the Aero-News Network, to determine who should be named the online aviation news service's next associate editor.

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FAA (Acting) Administrator Busts Camp David TFR

"Sheesh, Those Things Are Everywhere!"

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Boy, is his face red... and not because of the sun shining through the windscreen of his Cessna 172. Acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell recently was presented with the chance to renew his formation flying skills, after his private plane inadvertantly crossed the outer boundary to the infamous P-40 "Temporary" Flight Restriction over Camp David.

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Surprise Merger Stuns Airline Industry

Northwest, Southwest Join Forces To "goWest"

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: It's the merger NO ONE in the industry expected... but in a surprising move, on Tuesday officials with Northwest Airlines and Southwest Airlines announced the two carriers will join forces, pending regulatory approval, to form what executives called "the first step in the direction we expect all domestic airlines will ultimately go in coming years."

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NASA Buys Out XCOR Aerospace

'We Haven't Had 'Cool' For Quite Some Time'

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Engineers at NASA tell ANN they can't wait to get their hands on blueprints for XCOR Aerospace's recently-unveiled Lynx sub-orbital spaceship... now that the space agency has purchased the emerging commercial space travel provider.

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TSA's Hawley Encounters Screening, Boarding Difficulties At BWI

Rumors Of "Suggestive" Dress, Body Piercings Downplayed By Agency

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Over the past several days, ANN has received several anonymous News-Spy tips, from a number of personnel deep within the Transportation Security Administration, regarding an alleged incident at Baltimore-Washington International Airport involving TSA Administrator Kip Hawley.

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Teledyne Continental Motors Unveils Biodiesel Project

Collaborates With McDonalds For Fuel Source

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: And we thought reducing the weight of the venerable O-200 was impressive. On Tuesday, representatives with Teledyne Continental Motors announced the company is also jumping into the aviation diesel fray, with its new O-200TD-F.

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Upstart Company Offers New Option For Former Columbia Owners

Get Your 400 On Floats!

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Upstart aircraft supplier Heavy Water Manufacturing LLC has a new option for owners of Lancair/Columbia/Cessna 300 and 400 series aircraft, giving pilots even greater options and improved capabilities.

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Disgruntled SSH Students Hire Celebrity To Find Missing CEO

"Dog, The Bounty Hunter" To Locate Jerry Airola

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: They don't have a lot of money left... but they're putting it towards a common goal.

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'Masters Of Hip Hop And Alt-Rock' Coming To EAA AirVenture 2008

No Beach Boys This Year For Oshkosh

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: Acknowledging that "even The Beach Boys grow stale after you've seen them twice in two years," officials at the Experimental Aircraft Association announced this week attendees for this summer's AirVenture 2008 will be treated instead to something entirely different.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.01.08): RIGHTRUDDERRIGHTRUDDER!

Aero-Terms!

Urgent admonishment, usually offered by flight instructors to their students, to properly compensate for left-turning tendencies and adverse yaw on takeoff and climbout.

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April 1st FL Student Pilot Training TFR: UFN

NOTAM Number: FDC 04/091975  Issue Date: April 1, 2008 at 1100 UTC  Location: Within 45 nm radius of PALATKA, Florida  Beginning Date and Time: April 1, 2008 at 1100 UTC  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Rob's solo cross-country flight Type: Security/Safety/Clear The Skies!!!!! Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Operations Support Center, 202-555-3333 

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