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December 24, 2004

Breathe Easier Kids... DoT Gives Santa Green Light for Xmas Ops

Santa’s Sleigh Passes FAA Inspection, Kris Kringle Granted Operating Authority

SecTrans Norman Mineta has given Kris Kringle, a.k.a. Santa Claus, the green light to fly to various points throughout the United States the night of Dec. 24-25. The Secretary signed the waiver after a team from the FAA conducted a safety inspection of Santa’s sleigh to ensure air worthiness.

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Progress On Its Way

With No Backup, The "Astronaut's Rule" Is In Effect

A Russian cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station. The Progress resupply ship launched at 1719:31 EST from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, and less than 10 minutes later settled into orbit. Moments after that, automatic commands deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas.

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Mars Rover 'Opportunity' Looks Back

A hundred years (if that...) from now, I hope that this photo will sit alongside the Mars Rover, Opportunity, after its having been brought back from Mars to sit in the Smithsonian.

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Mystery Maid Cleans Mars Rover

No Tip Required!

The folks at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA, would very much like to thank whoever -- or whatever -- cleaned the solar panels on the Mars rover Opportunity. They just don't know who to thank.

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Accused Con Man Arrested At Kansas GA Airport

What GA Security Problem?

For those who are tired of hand-wringing in Washington and in the media about a supposed lack of security on America's GA airfields, consider the case of 30-year old James E. Patton. Police nationwide had been looking for Patton, who stood accused of fraud, theft and impersonating a police officer. But they couldn't find him -- until he showed up at Cottonwood Aviation in McPherson, KS.

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Santa Now ADS-B Equipped

In an announcement made at the North Pole, Santa Claus declared that his reindeer sled has been equipped with new, emerging avionics technology intended to safely speed delivery of gifts this Christmas season.

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Sold: West Star Aviation

Bought Out By Wichita-Based Investors

West Star Aviation, one of the most well-respected FBOs in the country and one of the largest employers in Grand Junction, CO, has been sold to a group of investors based in Wichita.

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Thieves Target Unusual Items Aboard AAL Jet

Who'd Want That Stuff?

This is one of those stories that, admittedly, has us scratching our pointed little heads.

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Near Mid-Air Over Pakistan

Jetliner "Dipped Like A Diver" To Avoid Collision

It was a close thing -- two Airbus aircraft (type unknown) plowing through the air over Pakistan came within five seconds of colliding before one of them dove with such force that the passengers in the back were left bruised, shaken and in tears.

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Ghostly Passengers Make Final Journey In Space

SpaceX's Falcon One To Carry Remains To The Stars

When you go to the Spirit in the Sky, would you really like to take off -- out of Earth's atmosphere? For about 125 people whose last wish was to do just that, their time is soon to come.

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Silver Lobos Fly West

20th Fighter Squadron's Phantom IIs Are Retired

The Air Force’s last operational F-4 Phantom II squadron held its inactivation ceremony at Holloman AFB in New Mexico earlier this week. The Silver Lobos have gone west.

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China's Second Manned Space Mission Set For September

Two Taikonauts Will Be On Board

Flushed with success from its first launch earlier this year, China will send another space flight in September. This time, the Shenzhou V spacecraft will carry two "taikonauts."

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And The Winner Is... Luis F. Garcia

Recieves HAI Aviation Repair Specialist Award

Luis F. Garcia, Director of Maintenance, Papillon Airways Inc., Grand Canyon, Arizona, is the recipient of Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) 2004 Aviation Repair Specialist Award. This award will be presented February 7, 2005, at HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California, during HAI’s 44th annual "Salute to Excellence" awards ceremony.

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LA County Sheriff's Air Rescue 5 Honored

Rescue Program Is Recipient Of HAI's Sikorsky Award

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 Program in Long Beach, CA, is the recipient of Helicopter Association International’s (HAl) 2004 Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service. This award will be presented February 7, 2005, at HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California, during HAI’s 44th annual "Salute to Excellence" awards ceremony. Read More

Klyde Morris 12.24.04

Klyde Definitely Has The Christmas Spirit!

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Aero-Views: FAA Hiring Plan Is A Firing Plan, Too

NAATS: FSS A-76 Announcement Might Leave 2000 Controllers Without Jobs

The FAA released its hiring plan for the terminal and en route options of the Air Traffic Control system, while they are planning to make an announcement within weeks that may put nearly 2000 Air Traffic Controllers in the Flight Service option on the street by Oct. 1, 2005. Flight Service is currently in the final stages of an A-76 process, also known as a public-private competition.

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Defending Afghanistan's New Democracy From Above

VAW-126 Provides Early Warning For Hamid Karzai's Inauguration

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 provided two aircraft and approximately 30 crew members in support of the week long operation for the inauguration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kandahar Dec. 7.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.24.04)

"All things being equal, I would prefer to let other astronauts go up on Shenzhou VI. That way China would have three astronauts who will have been into space." Source: Fighter pilot Yang Liwei is one of 14 candidates now training for China's next space mission, due to be launched in September. This mission, announced Thursday by China's space agency, will carry two "taikonauts" into orbit for an unspecified series of experiments.

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AD: MDHI (Correction)

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-15 MANUFACTURER: MDHI (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-15 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Model MD900 helicopters. This action requires reducing the life limit of certain Notar fan system tension-torsion (TT) straps.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-25-23 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-230 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model 747 series airplanes, that requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the top and side panel webs and panel stiffeners of the nose wheel well (NWW), and corrective actions if necessary.

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