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October 25, 2005

Scenes From A GA Disaster... Wilma Clobbers Lantana

Even Worse Than We Feared...

Good grief... not only do we have to contend with the worst whims of Mother Nature several times a year, but for some reason she seems intent in picking on some of the coolest airports on the face of the planet.

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Cernan, Crossfield and Hoover to Present 2005 Combs Award at NBAA2005

Astronaut Gene Cernan and legendary pilots Scott Crossfield and Bob Hoover will present the 2005 Combs Award during the Opening General Session of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 58th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2005) on Wednesday, November 9, in Orlando, FL.

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Heads-Up Pilot Side Console Now Available on New R44s

A new pilot side console is now available for the Robinson R44 Raven I and Raven II.

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AirShares Elite Welcomes Ohio Flyers in National Network

"We are extremely excited about our opportunity to add our newest operation, based in Ohio, to our growing list of expansion markets" says CEO, David Lee.

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Horizon Hobby Unveils Interference-Proof R/C Transmitter

Military Tech Provides Improved Control For Model Airplanes

Horizon Hobby has unveiled a radio-controlled transmitter that should eliminate channel interference, a major cause of R/C aircraft accidents.

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USAF Introductory Flight Training Undergoing Changes

This fall, the USAF's Introductory Flight Training program, which prepares pilot candidates for specialized undergraduate pilot training will decrease from the 50 hours now required to 25 hours.

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Upgraded: Shelly Simi Signs On At Adam Aircraft

Selected as Public Affairs/Media Relations Representative

Adam Aircraft has announced the recent hiring of Shelly S. Simi as the company's public affairs/media relations representative.

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Marines Accept First AH-1Z and UH-1Y Choppers For Evaluation

They Might Look Familiar, But...

The US Marine Corps has accepted delivery of the first much-modified AH-1Z Cobra and UH-1Y helicopters to enter the Naval Air Systems Command fleet. The two Bell aircraft are part of the Marine's H-1 Upgrade Program, and will now be transferred to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, to begin Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) testing and training.

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Glass Cockpit Aviation Goes With Frasca

New Cirrus Simulators Will Feature Authentic Sights, Sounds

Students training at Glass Cockpit Aviation in Farmingdale, NY will soon have bragging rights to the first Cirrus Flight Training Device (FTD) to be built by simulator manufacturer Frasca.

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Wyoming TFR: 10.25.05 - 10.26.05

NOTAM: 5/9765 Issued: 10/25/2005 14:50 Effective: 10/25/2005 20:25 - 10/26/2005 03:45 State: WY Facility: ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO. Type: VIP Description: LARAMIE, WYOMING

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Pennsylvania To Implement ADS-B Statewide

Statewide Rollout of New Technology Expected by 2009

The state of Pennsylvania has announced steps to make air travel safer and more efficient by adopting a recommendation from the Governor's Aviation Advisory Committee to begin using new technology at its airports.

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ANN: Call For Hurricane Assessments

How Did Airports, Installations, Planes Fare Under Wilma?

Hurricane Wilma struck near Ft. Meyers and blasted across Florida today, passing out into the Atlantic near Hobe Sound in Palm Beach County. But our interest, as always, is in the aviation angle. We've heard there's a hangar down in Boca Raton with damage to the planes inside, and we've heard of planes damaged in other places.

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1000! Schweizer Delivers A 'Grand' Helicopter

Schweizer Aircraft celebrated a significant milestone at its facility by delivering the 1000th Schweizer helicopter in company history, a 300CBi, to Gerry and Bonny Friesen of BC Helicopters.

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Nigerian 737 May Have Been Struck By Lightning, Say Authorities

Conflicting Reports Continue From Accident Site

As Nigerians began a three-day mourning period Monday for the 117 victims of this weekend's downing of Bellview Airlines Flight 210, crews at the accident scene searched for any clue they could find that could shed light on what brought the B737 down. Word came early Monday the aircraft's flight data recorders had been located, although that story was later rebuked by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

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NWA Mechanics Won't Vote On Contracts, After All

Back To The Drawing Board... Again...

Northwest Airlines has resumed hiring permanent replacements for striking Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association members following the union's refusal last week to put the latest contract offer to a vote, after the airline allegedly inserted new language into the previously agreed-upon written offer.

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United Pilot Pulled Out Of Cockpit For Smelling Of Alcohol

Paging Mr. Leno...  

Police removed a United Airlines pilot from the cockpit Sunday morning flight after TSA screeners at Miami International Airport told police they had smelled alcohol as he passed through security.

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Coming Soon To A City Near You -- The Eclipse 500

Company Announces First Seven Stops On National Tour

If there's anyone out there who hasn't yet heard of the Eclipse 500, Eclipse Aviation is doing all it can to bring their new Very Light Jet to your attention. The company has announced the first seven stops in a planned nationwide tour promoting the airplane, expected to become the first certified VLJ to reach the market.

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Westover Airport Prepares For The Future

Renovation Of USAF Hangar May Lead To Air Taxi Service... It May Not, Too

A remnant of the Cold War may soon give way to the future of general aviation, as ground was broken this weekend on a $2 million "ground-breaking, skin-changing" renovation project at Westover Metropolitan Airport.

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Pilot Gets Wings Clipped For Going 650 mph In A 230 Zone

"Maverick, You Are NOT Cleared To Buzz The Tower!"

For at least one man, the sight of US Navy pilot Richard Webb buzzing the runway at San Luis Obispo Regional Airport in his F-18 Super Hornet was all in good fun, or even inspirational. For others, including Webb himself, it has ignited a firestorm of trouble.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.25.05)

"The highlight of my day would be when a military fighter jet seemingly appeared out of nowhere and made a high-speed low pass over the runway. Talk about motivation." Source: Former Navy Pilot Richard Webb, in an email defending his January 21 flyby over San Luis Obispo Regional Airport in an F-18 Hornet. According to media reports, Webb flew the fighter less than 100 feet above the main runway, at speeds approaching 650 mph. Webb lost his Navy wings over the incident, although many supporters have defended his actions as inspirational, and in good fun.

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Arizona TFR: 10.25.05

NOTAM: 5/9734 Issued: 10/24/2005 20:20 Effective: 10/25/2005 17:00 - 10/25/2005 18:00 State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: GLOBE AZ

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Hurricane Wilma TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/9730 Issued: 10/24/2005 19:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: FL Facility: ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL. Type: HAZARDS Description: WESTERN FLORIDA COASTLINE

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Hurricane Wilma TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/9729 Issued: 10/24/2005 18:40 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: VA Facility: ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL. Type: HAZARDS Description: FLORIDA KEYS

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Wyoming TFR: 10.25.05 - 10.26.05

NOTAM: 5/9731 Issued: 10/24/2005 19:20 Effective: 10/25/2005 20:25 - 10/26/2005 03:45 State: WY Facility: ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO. Type: VIP Description: LARAMIE, WYOMING

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