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April 22, 2005

5-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Plays USAF Pilot For A Day

The newest member of Seymour Johnson AFB's 334th Fighter Squadron cannot even reach the rudder pedals in an F-15E Strike Eagle, but that does not keep Evan “Big E” Moriarty from being one of the squadron’s Fightin’ Eagles.

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ACI-NA Files Brief in Newark Rates and Charges Case

ACI-NA filed a post-hearing amicus brief on April 17, 2005, with the DOT on behalf of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in an expedited rates and charges proceeding filed in February 2005.

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First 'Civilian' Trike CFI Issued in USA by DE

On April 19, 2005, the first trike (weight shift control) CFI (authorized sport pilot trike flight instructor) examination was successfully completed by Terri Sipantzi of Forrest, VA.

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Space Day Is May 5th At Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center

Offering Extended Hours and Free Parking

The public is invited for a cosmic adventure as the National Air and Space Museum again hosts the Space Day global launch celebration, to be held Thursday, May 5, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

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FAA Makes More Sport Pilot Data Available

The FAA's Martin Weaver tells ANN that, "We have added two documents to the Sport Pilot Documents page of the Light Sport Aviation (AFS-610) web site."

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TX TFR: 04.22.05-04.26.05

NOTAM: 5/3162 Issued: 04/22/2005 17:10 Effective: 04/22/2005 18:00 - 04/26/2005 16:30 State: TX Facility: ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: CRAWFORD, TEXAS, APRIL 22-26 2005.

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CA TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/3191 Issued: 04/22/2005 21:10 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CA Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: POMONA CA.

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Fatal Glider Crash Investigation Providing Few Clues

An April 6th commercial glider flight that resulted in an accident, claiming the life of the newly certified commercial pilot, and injuring his two passengers, is yielding scant evidence as to the cause.

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Groen Brothers Grants Six Month Funding Window To Chinese Investment Group

Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. has announced that in exchange for a minimum equity investment of $1 million, GBA has granted a Chinese investment group a six-month period in which to bring to the Company a funding/partnering package sufficient to fund the completion of the Hawk 4 Gyroplane program up through FAA Certification and production.

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Wednesday's Tanker Crash Double Tragedy For Pilots' Family

One Pilot's Brother Died In 1995 Tanker Mishap

Wednesday's crash of a firefighting tanker in northern California was a double tragedy for the family pilot Paul Cockrell. You see, Paul's brother died in a 1995 mid-air while fighting a forest fire in the Anza-Borrego State Park, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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FAA Language Puts Historic Aircraft Restorations At Risk

EAA, along with its Vintage Aircraft Association division, is objecting strongly to language in a proposed FAA rule change that would jeopardize future historic aircraft restorations.

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Congress Keeps An Eye On Tanker Situation

Forest Service Stands Behind Aero Union

Members of Congress are watching very carefully safety issues surrounding America's dwindling firefighting tanker fleet, down to a mere 32 aircraft now in the wake of Thursday's mishap in Northern California. This, as the assistant director for aviation at the US Forest Service stood solidly behind the company that owned the ill-fated Lockheed P-3 Orion.

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When All That's Left Is Your Experience... And Your Cool

75-Year Old Pilot Puts 152 Down On VERY Busy Road

Ever wonder why you don't read more about general aviation mishaps here at ANN? Well, we have a policy on that. We cover aviation accidents and incidents three ways here.

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Klyde Morris 04.22.05

Klyde Takes Aim At TSA Waste

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First Bombardier Global 5000 Enters Service

Now Flying For Corporate Operator In The Mideast

Bombardier Aerospace says it's reached an important milestone with the entry into service of the first completed Bombardier Global 5000 business jet. The aircraft departed Montreal on Monday and is now in service with a corporate operator based in the Middle East.

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F/A-22 Approved For Full-Rate Production

Green Light Means More Raptors, More Jobs

The Lockheed Martin F/A-22 Raptor fighter aircraft has been given the green light by Department of Defense acquisition officials to enter into full-rate production.

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Cross-Country Cross-Country

Heron Souza of The Butterfly, LLC, grabbed me and started steering me like a guy leaning through the window of a truck his buddies are pushing. Several other gyro pilots fell in behind.

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Take-Off For A Brand New Sport

Competitive Air Combat Racing Launches Over Europe

Aero GP, a brand new international sport featuring 300 mph air racing, precision bombing and air combat takes to European skies in May with Slovenia hosting the first event. A first-ever event, Aero GP is a full-blooded battle for air supremacy fought by highly trained military and civilian pilots from around the globe.

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1500th Caravan Delivery Celebration

This One Went To Poland

The keys to the 1,500th Caravan (file photo of type, below) were presented to customer Radoslav Miskiewicz of GEMI Ltd. Thursday at Aero Friedrichshafen. GEMI Ltd., a trading company in the ferroalloys industry, is headquartered in Poland and will use the aircraft for private and business travel.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.22.05)

"When they say, 'WE pay,' [the airlines] don't pay. I don't see the captain sitting up in the left seat getting his credit card out to pay the bill for that flight. I see him turning around and looking back at 200-300 passengers who have a 7.5-percent tax added to the price of their ticket. THAT'S who pays. When I'm sitting in the left seat of my Cessna 172, I don't turn around and see anybody behind me paying the tax when I buy my fuel." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, in an exclusive interview with ANN, talking about the simmering dispute between commercial the airlines and general aviation. At stake is the possibility that GA pilots may be hit with stiff user fees.

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