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January 23, 2017

AMA Drone Report 01.23.17: AMA Expo West, Propel Star Wars Drones, Lily Folds

Also: Ready Made RC FPV Fest, ERAU Offering Drone Course, Second Drone Advisory Committee Meeting

AMA Expo West was quite a transition for the ANN crew... who went from the insanity of Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show to the relative calm of the model aviation community. Incoming AMA President Rich Hansen spent a great deal of time with ANN chatting about the future of model aviation and the hobby drone community... and we’ll feature those remarks in upcoming Aero-TV feature interviews. By all appearances, the busy convention seemed a successful gathering... Drones come in all shapes an

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Aero-TV: Drone Juggernaut, DJI - The CES 2017 Product Update

An Update On All Things DJI…

In the drone business, DJI is the manufacturer that people look to for innovation and market smarts. While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, spoke with the Head U.S. Spokesman for DJI, Adam Lisberg. Lisberg started off by giving us an introduction to some of DJI’s latest products, including the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro, and then on to their professional level drone, the Inspire 2. Lisberg goes into details about these products and how each one carves out its unique place in their line of drone products.

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Airbus Donates Parts For WSU-NIAR Research

Damaged Elevator From An A300 Valued At $100,000

For the second time in five years, Airbus has made a significant parts donation to Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).

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B-17F Memphis Belle To Be Placed On Public Display May 17, 2018

Plans Are Already Taking Shape At The National Museum Of The USAF In Dayton, OH

One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943. 

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Funding For NAVAIR Avionic Projects To Continue In FY18

Will Award More Than $10 Million In Contracts In The Coming Fiscal Year

The Navy’s Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) is accepting proposals from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) program offices to award more than $10 million in funding toward fiscal 2018 projects, officials announced in December.

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DOT: Flight Cancellations, Mishandled Baggage Rate At All-Time Low

Air Travel Consumer Report Also Shows Improvement In On-Time Performance

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released its latest Air Travel Consumer Report, and the news from the reporting carriers is good.

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Klyde Morris (01.23.17)

Klyde Bemoans The Highs and Lows Of A Change In Administrations

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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AeroSports Update: Poberezny Estate To Be Preserved

Aircraft Spruce Acquires Poberezny Estate In Oshkosh, WI

Anyone who is interested in recreational aviation is well aware of the impact Paul Poberezny and his family have made on furthering the cause of aircraft home-building and aviation as a hobby. What you may not have known is that the Poberezny home is located only a short distance from the grounds were EAA AirVenture Oshkosh takes place annually.

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Digital Light Engine Technology To Illuminate F-22 HUD

Advanced Digital HUD Eliminates High-Maintenance Parts And Obsolescence Issues, According To BAE

BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to modernize the F-22 Raptor’s head-up display (HUD) for the U.S. Air Force, replacing it with a completely digital version.

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Kennedy Space Center Observes NASA Day Of Remembrance Jan. 26

Honors Apollo 1, Challenger, Columbia Crews And Others

NASA Kennedy Space Center will pay tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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Blackjack Soars Over Southern Maryland

First Navy Systems Will Be Operational Later This Year

The RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flew for the first time from Patuxent River Naval Air Station Webster Outlying Field, Maryland, in December.

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GPS OCX System Reaches Qualification Testing Milestone

Raytheon Is Developing The Next-Generation Launch And Checkout Controls

Another milestone has been reached by Raytheon in its development of the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qualification Test of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS). GPS OCX promises "dramatically" increased performance and security of the GPS system that benefits millions of people worldwide.

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Unique Tiltrotor Test Rig To Begin Operational Runs At NASA Ames

Testing Will Take Place In The World's Biggest Wind Tunnel

Someday, we may be able to commute to our jobs in aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter, but fly like a plane. Developing these advanced tiltrotors is no simple task, so NASA is installing a new rig that will let experts test them at an unprecedented scale in wind tunnels, where pilots’ lives won’t be on the line.

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CPI Aerostructures Awarded Contract For AH-1Z Viper Attack Helo Components

Agreement Has A Potential Value Of $14.8 Million To The Company

Bell Helicopter has awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to CPI Aerostructures for the manufacture of engine cowl assemblies and support assemblies for the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. The contract has a potential value of $14.8 million based on the estimated order quantity during the period of performance, ending December 31, 2020. CPI Aero has manufactured such assemblies for the AH-1Z Viper since 2011 totaling $6.8 million in orders.

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USAF Taps Doss Aviation For Training Services

Will Provide Training For Combat Systems Officers, RPA Pilots, International Students

Doss Aviation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $290 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for initial flight training.

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AeroCare Simulates Water Ditching During Annual Safety Training

Practice Sessions Held In Three Locations Around The Country

AeroCare Air Ambulance recently held their annual "Safety Days" training in all three base locations: Scottsdale, Chicago, and Ft. Lauderdale. Medical and flight crews, as well as members of the sales team and communication center, participated in the training which simulated an aircraft ditching in water.

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Made In Space, Axiom Space Announce Joint Agreement

Will Support Commercial Manufacturing Opportunities In Low Earth Orbit

Made In Space and Axiom Space have jointly announced an agreement to be users and providers of one another's capabilities to manufacture products in space. Made In Space is the only company to produce 3D printed products in Space and Axiom Space is the leading developer of the world's first privately-owned commercial space station. This collaboration signifies Made In Space's exciting transition from research phase, to manufacturing for commercial customers.

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De-Icing Training And Awareness Can Prolong The Life Of Aircraft Brakes

Millions In Savings Could Be Realized By The Airline Industry

Improved de-icing training and awareness of the impact of de-ice fluid could help prolong the life of aircraft brakes and save the airline industry millions, says industry specialist Phil Randell, Managing Director of World Aero.

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ALMA Starts Observing The Sun

New Images Captured By ESO Telescope In Chile

New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted center of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The images are the first ever made of the Sun with a facility where ESO is a partner. The results are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the physics of our nearest star.

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Passenger Group Calls For New Security Measures By Airlines, TSA, Airports

Says Emergency Measures 'Must Be Imposed' To Prevent Loss Of Life

Passengers should be able to count on TSA and local and state law enforcement authorities to protect them.  The principal lessons from Lockerbie, the 9/11 attacks, and the Brussels, Istanbul and now Fort Lauderdale airport massacres are that air transportation continues to be a prime target for terrorism and mass murder.

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South Korea Used Video Game Footage To Market Fighter Jet

Use Of The Footage Was Not Authorized By The Game Companies

A marketing video shown by the South Korean military to build interest in its Kai KF-X fighter jet was impressive ... but also fake and some footage was illegally used.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.23.17)

Aero Linx: The Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) Founded in 1965 as the Ohio Airport Manager's Association, the Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) is a non-profit corporation committed to airport development and safety in Ohio.  OAA’s mission is to promote aviation by providing a medium for the exchange of ideas, methods, information, and experiences; to foster public recognition and understanding of aviation in Ohio; to promote and encourage better relations between airports, users, and communities served; and to cooperate with all organizations working for the general advancement and benefit of aviation. Association activities are primarily supported through membership dues and the dedicated

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ANN FAQ: How To Get YOUR News Out On Aero-News

Good News, Bad News... It's ALL News

As the preeminent online aviation news resource out there, the editorial staff at Aero-News sees a large number of news releases. We look at all of them, and can usually tell whether something merits publishing consideration within reading the first couple of paragraphs. Often, however, a new and innovative product can be overlooked because of the very words written to promote it, by the very people who created it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.23.17): Flight Management Systems

Flight Management Systems A computer system that uses a large data base to allow routes to be preprogrammed and fed into the system by means of a data loader. The system is constantly updated with respect to position accuracy by reference to conventional navigation aids. The sophisticated program and its associated data base ensures that the most appropriate aids are automatically selected during the information update cycle.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.23.17)

Aero-News Quote of the Day

“The B-17F Memphis Belle is an icon that represents the thousands of bomber crews, maintainers, and others supporting the bomber mission, whose service and sacrifice helped win WWII. Work is underway to showcase the aircraft in the WWII Gallery, and the surrounding exhibit will include interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never been seen before by our visitors.” Source: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Curator Jeff Duford, in comments made as o

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Aero-TV: Drone Juggernaut, DJI - The CES 2017 Product Update

An Update On All Things DJI…
 
In the drone business, DJI is the manufacturer that people look to for innovation and market smarts. While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, spoke with the Head U.S. Spokesman for DJI, Adam Lisberg.

AMA Drone Report 01.23.17: AMA Expo West, Propel Star Wars Drones, Lily Folds

Also: Ready Made RC FPV Fest, ERAU Offering Drone Course, Second Drone Advisory Committee Meeting AMA Expo West was quite a transition for the ANN crew... who went from the insanity of Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show to the relative calm of the model aviation community. Incoming AMA President Rich Hansen spent a great deal of time with ANN chatting about the future of model aviation and the hobby drone community... and we’ll feature those remarks in upcoming Aero-TV feature interviews. By all appearances, the busy convention seemed a successful gathering... Drones come in all shapes and sizes, and we’re finding out that their design purpose is almost limitless. Propel RC proved this point at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with their fascinating line of Star Wars drone

January 22, 2017

Airborne 01.20.17: Astro-NIMBY!, Airbus Flying Car, JetSuiteX v KSMO

Also: Daher Delivers, Aviation Progress, Tecnam P2012, D.B. Cooper, MH370 Search, T-45C Accident, Piper

We previously reported that studies indicate many complaints about airport noise come from a few people with a dedicated mission to file the complaints. It seems that one such person has been identified in the Washington DC area. Well known ESA astronaut, Roberto Vittori, moved his family to the Washington DC area where he bought a house in the Hillandale neighborhood north of Georgetown. After moving there, instrument procedures at Ronald Reagan National Airport were changed because of NextGen s

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NASA Tracks Air Flow Generated By Drones

Supercomputers Generate Images Showing How Air Interacts With Rotors, Fuselage

For decades, NASA has used computer models to simulate the flow of air around aircraft in order to test designs and improve the performance of next-generation vehicles.

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NBAA Names 2017 S&D Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award Winner

Aymie Thornton Honored For Her Contributions To The Industry

The NBAA will present longtime Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee volunteer Aymie Thornton with the Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award at the 2017 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2017), set for Feb. 7-10 in Fort Worth, TX.

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New Helicopter Surveillance System Designed To Protect Royal Navy Carriers

Deal Announced With Lockheed Martin To Begin Manufacturing The 'Crowsnest' System

Minister for Defense Procurement Harriett Baldwin has announced a £269 million (approx. $331 million) deal for a new cutting-edge helicopter-borne surveillance system designed to protect Royal Navy ships, including the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

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FAA Approves Construction Of New Rams Stadium In Los Angeles

Height Concerns Resolved Relative To Possible Radar Interference Issues

The FAA has approved construction of a new stadium in Los Angeles, CA that will be the home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers NFL franchises.

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Piper Appoints Ron Gunnarson VP, Sales, Marketing And Customer Support

Brings 28 Years Of Experience To His New Role

Piper has announced the appointment of Ron Gunnarson as Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Support. In his role, Mr. Gunnarson will be responsible for developing and executing sales and marketing strategies to sustain Piper Aircraft's continuing growth, as well as contributing to overall product and business strategy development for the company. 

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Miracle Flights Coordinates Over 700 Flights For Children In Need In December

An Increase Of Nearly 100 Flights Over December 2015

Miracle Flights experienced an impressive increase in families served during December 2016. The nonprofit coordinated a record 710 Miracle Flights—almost 100 more trips than reported in December 2015.

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Airbus Eyes The Flying Car Market

Prototype CityAirbus Autonomous Aircraft May Fly Late This Year

The Airbus Urban Mobility division may conduct tests of an autonomous "flying car" later this year, according to Airbus CEO Tom Enders.

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JBA Aviation Names Jon Taylor As New President

Succeeds Jerry Smith, Who Has Led The Company Since 1997

Aircraft brokerage firm JB&A Aviation (JBA) has announced the appointment of Jon Taylor to President of JBA Aviation, Inc. Formerly the Vice President at JBA, Mr. Taylor will begin his new role as Jerry Smith becomes Chairman Emeritus after leading the company as President since 1997.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.22.17)

Aero Linx: German Business Aviation Association (GBAA) The German Business Aviation Association is a registered association representing the interests of corporate aviation and of non-scheduled commercial aviation within the framework of general aviation, as defined by the international civil aviation organisation. GBAA is an independent organisation with individual assignments, demands and requirements and a member of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.22.17): Flight Level

Flight Level A level of constant atmospheric pressure related to a reference datum of 29.92 inches of mercury. Each is stated in three digits that represent hundreds of feet. For example, flight level (FL) 250 represents a barometric altimeter indication of 25,000 feet; FL 255, an indication of 25,500 feet.

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ANN FAQ: Like Us On Facebook

There's A Lot To Like On ANN's Latest Social Media Site

We all know how important Social Media is to a lot of people, particularly those under 30. We also know how important those folks are to the future of aviation. In so many forums and at so many events, we talk about how to attract the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts to our industry, and social media is certainly critical to getting the message out to those who practically live online.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.22.17)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "During the holiday season, it's especially important to give back. Knowing so many families were provided transportation to doctors because of Miracle Flights is the best Holiday gift our staff could receive. I'm so inspired by the families we serve." Source: Mark E. Brown, CEO of Miracle Flights, commenting on a busy month as Miracle Flights experienced an impressive increase in families served during December 2016. The nonprofit coordinated a record 710 Miracle Flights—almost 100 more trips than reported in December 2015.

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January 20, 2017

Airborne 01.20.17: Astro-NIMBY!, Airbus Flying Car, JetSuiteX v KSMO

Also: Daher Delivers, Aviation Progress, Tecnam P2012, D.B. Cooper, MH370 Search, T-45C Accident, Piper

We previously reported that studies indicate many complaints about airport noise come from a few people with a dedicated mission to file the complaints. It seems that one such person has been identified in the Washington DC area. Well known ESA astronaut, Roberto Vittori, moved his family to the Washington DC area where he bought a house in the Hillandale neighborhood north of Georgetown. After moving there, instrument procedures at Ronald Reagan National Airport were changed because of NextGen shift

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Airborne 01.19.17: $200K Drone Fine, Sandia IVSI TSO, 'Can't Close' KSMO

Also: MH370 Search Suspended, Supporting AUVSI, Sikorsky S-92, Challenger Astronaut, Stressed Pilots, JBA Aviation, Embraer E2

A settlement agreement has been reached between the FAA and the drone operating company, SkyPan International of Chicago. The agreement resolves enforcement cases occurring between 2012 and 2014 that alleged the company operated unmanned aircraft in congested airspace over New York City and Chicago, and violated airspace regulations and aircraft operating rules. Under the terms of the agreement, SkyPan will pay a $200,000 civil penalty. Additional penalties apply if the company

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January 19, 2017

Airborne 01.19.17: $200K Drone Fine, Sandia IVSI TSO, 'Can't Close' KSMO

Also: MH370 Search Suspended, Supporting AUVSI, Sikorsky S-92, Challenger Astronaut, Stressed Pilots, JBA Aviation, Embraer E2

A settlement agreement has been reached between the FAA and the drone operating company, SkyPan International of Chicago. The agreement resolves enforcement cases occurring between 2012 and 2014 that alleged the company operated unmanned aircraft in congested airspace over New York City and Chicago, and violated airspace regulations and aircraft operating rules. Under the terms of the agreement, SkyPan will pay a $200,000 civil penalty. Additional penalties apply if the company

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Airborne 01.18.17: AirVenture 2017, King Schools Drone Test, Tico Warbirds

Also: Plastic Fuel, 747 Down, Great Lakes, Lily Suit, Neffenger Stepping Down, Coast Flt Training, Boeing-SpiceJet

EAA-AirVenture is many things to many people, and not the least of these is the story of historic flights and great aviators as well as the latest innovations to be found in recreational aviation. In order to highlight all of these, EAA has adopted a “theme format” to make it easier for individuals to find what it is that interests them the most at EAA AirVenture 2017. Historic aviation achievements, legendary pilots, and groundbreaking innovations will all be featured as some o

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January 18, 2017

Airborne 01.18.17: AirVenture 2017, King Schools Drone Test, Tico Warbirds

Also: Plastic Fuel, 747 Down, Great Lakes, Lily Suit, Neffenger Stepping Down, Coast Flt Training, Boeing-SpiceJet

EAA-AirVenture is many things to many people, and not the least of these is the story of historic flights and great aviators as well as the latest innovations to be found in recreational aviation. In order to highlight all of these, EAA has adopted a “theme format” to make it easier for individuals to find what it is that interests them the most at EAA AirVenture 2017. Historic aviation achievements, legendary pilots, and groundbreaking innovations will all be featured as some o

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Airborne 01.17.17: Gene Cernan, KSMO NIMBY's Threaten AvBiz, Lily Drones Kaput

Also: Gone West: Bill Bordeleau, Aero-Calendar, Duncan Aviation, Norwegian Air, Drone Advisory, QinetiQ, Drone v Space Needle

We’re sorry to report that, according to a Tweet from NASA, Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan passed away on Monday at the age of 82. Captain Cernan was one of fourteen astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space-of which more than 73 hours were spent on the surface of the moon. It’s reported that Cernan’s flight to the moon was the most scientifically rewarding of all the lunar flights. When speaking of all the crazy h

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January 17, 2017

Airborne 01.17.17: Gene Cernan, KSMO NIMBY's Threaten AvBiz, Lily Drones Kaput

Also: Gone West: Bill Bordeleau, Aero-Calendar, Duncan Aviation, Norwegian Air, Drone Advisory, QinetiQ, Drone v Space Needle

We’re sorry to report that, according to a Tweet from NASA, Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan passed away on Monday at the age of 82. Captain Cernan was one of fourteen astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He logged 566 hours and 15 minutes in space-of which more than 73 hours were spent on the surface of the moon. It’s reported that Cernan’s flight to the moon was the most scientifically rewarding of all the lunar flights. When speaking of all the crazy h

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A Special Note From ANN To Our Friends/Readers

Hi Folks... This is a special issue of the Propwash newsletter, dedicated only to its being a personal message from the ANN gang to you. I promise not to do this too often, but hope that I can impose on you for a few minutes in order to seek your continued support. We'd like to make one last pitch for book orders while they might affect the total print order. We have sent this book to the printer and are in pre-press prep right now (proofs expected today)... and the more we can add to the print tally, the more cost-effective our printing prices (per book) become. As you

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