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January 01, 2007

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 01.02.07 Holiday Edition

Search Underway For Missing 737

Fighters Scrambled For Bush Ranch TFR Violation

ANN Names the 206 Planes Of The Year: Our Annual "Best of Breed" List

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Fighters Scrambled For Bush Ranch TFR Violation

Pilot Busted Restricted Airspace Twice Prompting Calls To NORAD

 A man flying an as yet unidentified "small plane" flew into restricted airspace near President Bush's Crawford Ranch in central Texas not once, but twice on Sunday.

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Crews Find Wreckage Of Missing Indonesian Airliner

Indonesian Jet Radioed Distress Call Before Disappearing

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.01.07 2200 EST: Indonesian air force pilots say they've spotted the wreckage of a missing Adam Air jet in a mountainous region of Sulawesi. Reports from the scene give little hope for any of the 102 persons reported onboard the 737.

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Merger Mania Goes Global

Virgin, EasyJet And AirAsia Said To Be Getting Cozy

Richard Branson's Virgin is said to be in talks with Stelios Haji-Ioannou of Europe's second-largest carrier, EasyJet, and Tony Fernandes of Malaysia's AirAsia over an alliance to form global, low-cost airline alliance.

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India Takes Steps To Mitigate Pilot Shortage

Need Outstrips Hirings By More Than Two-To-One

You're faced with a mounting shortage of more than 500 commercial pilots each year. What to do?

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Four Lost In NC Small Plane Crash

Came Down Three Miles From CLT

ANN REALTIME UPDATE 1.1.07 12:00 EST: ANN has learned the Sunday morning crash of a Cessna near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport resulted in the deaths of all four aboard. Local media reports say two died immediately as a result of the impact, but provided no details on the other victims.

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Model-Plane Enthusiasts Gather At Palm Bay, FL

Competition Proves Fun For Kids Of All Ages

King Orange International's Model Airplane Competition Palm Bay, FL, welcomed 100 competitors from the Sunshine State and across the country this past weekend for its annual model builder's event, featuring airplanes powered by gas engines, electric motors, rubber bands and tow lines, according to Florida Today.

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NASA Seeking Undergraduate And Graduate Students

Three Opportunities For Qualified Students

NASA has put the word out it's seeking applicants for its undergraduate student research project, its graduate student researchers project, and its Aeronautics Fellowship.

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ANN Puts Out The Call For Additional Editorial Staffing

More Helped Needed As We Prepare For ANN 10.0

Before the end of this year, Aero-News will announce a number of new staffers joining our organization. That doesn't mean we've ended our call for still more people with a unique blend of creativity, dedication, a love for all-things aviation, and a touch of sheer lunacy (grin) to join our ranks, however.  

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Eclipse Aviation Delivers First Customer Eclipse 500

Company Kicks Off An Aggressive Delivery Schedule

Talk about taking it down to the wire... Eclipse Aviation, promising to start deliveries of the Eclipse 500 VLJ before the end of the year, beat the skeptics with but a few hours to spare. Eclipse delivered its first customer aircraft Sunday, New Year's Eve, at its headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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ANN's Aero-Dozen: The Top Twelve Stories of 2006 (Part One)

Depending on who you talk to, 2006 was either a very good year for aviation, or a year of much foreboding. So, okay... 2006 was a mixed bag and it's bloody hard to determine which stories or story topics truly line up at the top of a list that we've decided to limit to a solid dozen entities -- presented in quasi-alphabetical order. But warts and all, this is what we've come up with -- the stories that made a splash in 2006 -- while also containing some promise (good and bad) for the future.

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2006 Year-In-Review: Aerospace

NASA Enjoys A Great Year... But It's Not The Only Game In Town Anymore

Make no mistake -- 2006 will go down as a significant year for the aerospace industry for two different, but equally important, reasons. It was the most successful year the National Aeronautic and Space Administration has had in years... but 2006 will also be remembered as the year commercial spaceflight took firm hold across the United States.

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2006 Year-In-Review: Gone West, Part One

While we see another year off, at ANN we like to use this space to pay tribute to those in aerospace and aviation who will not be among us as we welcome in the New Year.

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Philippine AF Assault Helicopter Crashes, Injuring Pilots

Crash Attributed To Pilot Error

Two female Philippine Air Force pilots were treated and released from a Philippine hospital Thursday after crash landing their MG-520 rocket-firing helicopter on a runway of Zamboanga International Airport.

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Klyde Morris (01.01.07)

Klyde Spends New Years Day Like Many Others... Stuck At DEN

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USAF Tanker Contract Would Keep Boeing 767 Program Viable

Only 27 Commercial Jets Remain On Order

Should it win the $23.5 billion Air Force aerial tanker project to build as many as 179 aircraft, Boeing's 767 aircraft construction program would see new energy even as it nears the end of its commercial life, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Search For Helicopter Crash Victim Called Off For Now

Weather Hampers Irish Sea Recovery Efforts

Rescuers off the coast of England called off their search Saturday for a man missing since last week's crash of a Eurocopter AS365 in the Irish Sea, after forecasters predicted gale force winds in the area. Six other men perished in that crash.

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Got 300,000 LEGO Bricks?

Build Yourself An Aircraft Carrier

Thirty-six year-old IT consultant Malle Hawking, of Munich, Germany, never left his boyhood behind... as evidenced by his scale model LEGO construction of the USS Harry S Truman aircraft carrier.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.01.07)


For those of you that may have just returned from Denver, (CO) how about a sunny view to start the New Year? Not to rub snow, errr... salt in the wound but how about a peek at some webcams located in Hawaii.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.01.07): F2


Let’s start the year on a windy note. With winds between 113 to 157 mph, an F2 tornado is akin to a Category 3, 4, or 5 hurricane -- and this is what swept through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Christmas Day.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.01.07)

"For many years, the promise of this day has fueled the passion and perseverance of everyone associated with Eclipse. Today, as we deliver the first Eclipse 500, our dream of opening up the world of private jet travel to a new realm of customers has become a reality."

Source: Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn, on his company's just-under-the-wire delivery of the first Eclipse 500 very-light-jet to co-owners David Crowe, a private owner, and Jet-Alliance, a shared jet ownership company in Westlake Village, CA.

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