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July 27, 2007

Four Lost In News Helicopter Midair Over Phoenix

Crews Were Filming Police Chase

Two news helicopters, type unknown, collided while covering a police pursuit in central Phoenix Friday afternoon. Just before the accident, the helicopters were following a police chase involving a disabled truck.

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Sonex Touts E-Flight Initiative At AirVenture

And Now For Something Completely Different

While Tuesday was the day Sonex Aircraft unveiled its proof of concept prototype electrically-powered plane, the company's E-Flight Initiative involves more than just electric power, focusing on pioneering alternative energy research and development for sport aircraft.

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Voyager FPS And ANN Bring YOU The Weather In Oshkosh For 07.27.07

As Provided By Seattle Avionics And ANN!

We're gonna help you get to the fabled land of Oshkosh... with a little help from our friends!

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 07.27.07

The Alphabet Groups Weigh In On User Fees, Part Two

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 07.27.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.27.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: AirVenture User Fee Forum, Part Two -- 07.27.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Part Two of Wednesday's Alphabet-Group Forum on User Fees.)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.27.07

An industrial accident at Scaled Composites claims two lives.
Marion Blakey gets a cool but polite reception at Oshkosh.
And the FAA moves forward with Wings 2.0.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 07.27.07

An industrial accident at Scaled Composites claims two lives.
Marion Blakey gets a cool but polite reception at Oshkosh.
And the FAA moves forward with Wings 2.0.

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ANN Special Feature: AirVenture User Fee Panel Part II - 07.27.07

Today, we'll hear Tom Poberezny of EAA, Ed Bolen of NBAA, Pete Bunce of GAMA, and Phil Boyer of AOPA discuss user fees, and field audience questions at Oshkosh.

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Aspen Avionics Order Book 'Evolves' To The Tune Of $1.5 Million

New Evolution Flight Display Racks Up Impressive Sales Numbers

It was, as they say, not a bad first week. Aspen Avionics announced Friday at EAA AirVenture 2007 it has received over $1.5 million in new orders for its new Evolution Flight Display product line during the first week it was available for sale.

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Three Reported Lost In Explosion At Scaled Facility

"We Just Don't Know"

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 07.26.07 2225 EDT: Two persons were killed and at least four injured Thursday afternoon when an explosion rocked the airport in Mojave, CA.

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Wings 2.0 -- The New FAA Proficiency Program, Part II

Three-Phase Program Related To Pilot Cert Levels

In our first installment, we looked at the original Wings proficiency program and its recent replacement, Wings 2.0. This continuation digs deeper into how it works.

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Make Production Fly! Adam Aircraft Shifts Emphasis

Ramps Up For Increased Production

At a Thursday conference at AirVenture 2007, Rick Adam, founder and CEO of Adam Aircraft, detailed the redirection of resources for its piston and jet twins -- from development and certification, to production.

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'The Atmosphere Ate My Laptop'

NASA Watchdogs Reveal Odd Explanations For Missing Equipment

Watchdog groups that keep a sharp eye on public spending are saying the National Aeronautic and Space Administration fails to exercise "effective control" over $35 billion worth of property reported in its financial statements.

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From The Odd Airplane File... The Personal Cruiser

'Experimenter' Mentality Alive And Well At OSH

Morgan Hunter just turned 25. He's an Embry Riddle student majoring in professional aeronautics -- and since 2001, he earned his Private ticket, as well as instrument and commercial ratings. Most people the same age would be really happy with just that.

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BRS Basks In AirVenture Attention

'Chutes Standard On Cirrus LSA, Lancair Evolution

What do Diamond's jet, the Cirrus SRS light sport aircraft entry and the Lancair Evolution have in common? They're new -- and they're parachute-equipped.

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The Vampire: An LSA With The Heart Of A Fighter?

Rebirth Of Classic Ultralight, But With A New Twist

Back in 1982, Bill Sadler won the Grand Champion Ultralight award at Oshkosh with his single seat Vampire ultralight. Reminiscent of its mid-20th century jet-fighter namesake, the deHavilland Vampire, the ultralight was a mid-wing, twin tailboom pusher.

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French Helicopters Fly From Paris To Oshkosh

Heliventure '07 Headed Back To France Thursday

A group of French pilots, flying an array of helicopters, landed in Oshkosh on Tuesday after an exhaustive trip from Paris. Heliventure '07, as the event is called, took the helicopters through several countries and over long expanses of ocean. Several pilots recounted their memories of the trip, which was delayed several times due to weather and an issue with US Customs.

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Oshkosh Memories... Col. Charles E. McGee

On KidVenture -- "They're The Future And We Need To Support Them"

An aircraft doesn’t care who flies her; woman, man, black or white. Unfortunately, in the not-so-distant past, military and civilian people did. When World War II started pilots were white male - period. The military basically said black men lacked the "qualifications" to fly.

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Micco Aircraft Improves 2008 Production Aircraft

Changes Include Canopy Glass, Avionics Options

Thursday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Micco Aircraft Company, Inc. announced several improvements to its 2008 production aircraft, including the use of a new material for its large bubble canopy made by LP Aero Plastics, Inc.

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NTSB Releases Probable Cause Report on Comair Flight 5191

Agency Says Accident Caused By Numerous Errors

After offering the families of those who perished in the Comair Flight 5191 accident last year, the National Transportation Safety Board announced its findings on the 11-month investigating into what went wrong in the early morning hours of August 27, 2006.

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New OSH Control Tower Draws Attention

Contractor: "Ahead of Schedule And On Budget"

It's a narrow white tower brushing the sky that you can't help but raise your head towards as you enter AirVenture. 

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Embraer's Very Light Jet Takes To The Skies

Phenom 100 Completes First Flight In Brazil

Embraer's Phenom 100 Very Light Jet made its first flight Thursday at the company's main facility in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The jet was able to take off in a pocket of clear sky as weather... has been postponing the flight for the past few days.

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True Craftsmanship Taught By Mentors at AirVenture

EAA Workshops Focus on Building Skills

EAA can always find its roots with the homebuilt community. The skills needed to build your own plane, helicopter, or ultralight have been passed on from one generation of EAA'ers to the next. The most basic skills of the homebuilding trade include woodworking, metalworking, composites, and fabrics.

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Air Bosses Conduct World-Class Airshows At AirVenture 2007

Daily Shows Planned, Written, And Coordinated By Crack Team

Wayne “Boss” Boggs is a busy man during “airshow season,” but he was kind enough to let ANN trail him for a couple days at AirVenture. A retired FAA official, Boggs now travels the country directing airshows as an Air Boss. In this position, he is responsible to produce an airshow that is safe, timely, and action-packed, no matter the conditions or location.

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Boeing Concept Aircraft Completes First Test Flight

Research Aircraft Based On Blended Wing Body Concept

The innovative Boeing Blended Wing Body (BWB) research aircraft -- designated the X-48B -- flew for the first time last week at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in CA.

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Midwest Airlines Sues For 2005 Fender Bender

Carrier Seeking $410,053 For Damage to B717

Midwest Airlines filed a lawsuit in US District Court Tuesday in conjunction with an incident in 2005 where one of its 717 jets had a brush with a weed-sprayer truck at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport that is, essentially, a case of failure to yield.

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Brazilian President Confesses He Fears Flying

Replaces Defense Minister In Response To TAM Accident

It's not clear why he chose to go public with this information one week after the worst airline disaster in Brazil's history... but just after swearing in a new Minister of Defense Wednesday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made a public confession: he's afraid of flying.

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Shuttle Endeavour Gets The ‘Go’ For Launch

Flight Will Include at Least Three Spacewalks

On Thursday, National Aeronautic and Space Administration managers set August 7 as the official launch date for Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for 7:02 p.m. EDT.

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Klyde Morris (07.27.07)

Nevermind The Environmentalists, Klyde...

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Qantas Bringing Wireless Broadband, Laptop Power To The Skies

All Classes Will Have Access To The Internet, In-Seat Laptop Power 

Qantas unveiled this week the state-of-the-art interior and seating to be installed onboard its fleet of 20 Airbus A380 aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery beginning August 2008.

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Why You Should Consider Becoming A Glider Pilot

Soaring Continues To Bring Pilots Closer To Aviation Roots

With the recent buzz about Very Light Jets and new Light Sport Aircraft debuting one after another in rapid succession, it's easy to miss a more quiet, more understated -- and much lighter -- form of flight: Soaring.

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Cirrus Unveils New Pilot Training Program

Pilots New And Old May Benefit

On Wednesday at AirVenture 2007, Cirrus took the wraps off a training service for customers of its new and used aircraft. The Cirrus Proficiency program intends to train pilots on safety aspects of the company's entire product line.

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Spirit Of Goodyear Blimp Returns To Oshkosh After 20 Years

...And ANN Got A Ride!

As a journalist you can generally get places others can’t... and other times, it’s just luck. In that vein, new Aero-TV Video Journalist Peter Riley and I recently scored a ride in the Goodyear Blimp at Oshkosh 2007. I would like to pay homage to the television news crew who cancelled to make our ride possible.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.27.07)

Aero-Linx!

The official home of the BD-5 network, providing information about the Bede Aircraft BD-5. A  homebuilt, single-seat high performance aircraft that first flew more than 30 years ago and continues to draw crowds wherever one appears.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.27.07): Expander Tube Brake

Aero-Terms!

A type of lightweight, hydraulically operated aircraft brake.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.27.07)

"This accident was caused by poor human performance. Forty-nine lives could have been saved if the flightcrew had been concentrating on the important task of operating the airplane in a safe manner."

Source: NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker, regarding the release Thursday of the Board's Probable Cause report into the August 27, 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191.

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Shedding Some Light On TKS

TKS technology is making all weather flying more of a reality than ever before... and for many different aircraft types.

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Aspen Avionics Wows Oshkosh Crowds With Another 'Evolution'

Aspen Avionics does it again with the introduction of a whole new glass panel system... with exceptional redundancy.

Excerpts From Marion Blakey's 'Meet The Boss' Remarks at Airventure 2007

Administrator Blakey had lots to say at this year's "Meet The Boss" presentation... but only had time for a few questions... here are some excerpts... with MORE to come.




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