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May 10, 2005

AD: CFM International

AD NUMBER: 2005-10-05 MANUFACTURER: CFM International SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-10-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for CFM International CFM56-5, -5B, and -5C series turbofan engines.

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AD: Centrair

AD NUMBER: 2005-08-06 MANUFACTURER: Centrair (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-08-06 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all CENTRAIR 101 series gliders with other than elevator or aileron part number (P/N) SY991A hinge pins installed.

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DFW: Wright Amendment Repeal Would Hurt BAD

DFW International Says It Would Need 20 Years Or More To Recover

In the darkened terminal where Delta Air Lines once serviced more than 220 flights a day, DFW International Airport officials, members of the North Texas Commission and aviation industry experts from Simat, Helliesen & Eichner, Inc. (SH&E) today released an independent economic analysis of potential impacts if the Wright Amendment were repealed.

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Edmund S. Hawley, Where Are You?

President Bush's TSA Nominee Is The Invisible Man

By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs We're beginning to doubt President Bush's new TSA Administrator-Designate actually exists.

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Canadian Arrow Engine Successfully Tested

Test Moves Private Space Company Closer To Flight Status

Canadian Arrow has successfully tested their main engine designed to produce the thrust required for liftoff of the rocket.

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Boeing, JAL, Wrap Up Big 787, 737 Deal

Order Worth $5.3 Billion At List

Boeing and Japan Airlines (JAL) Monday completed contracts for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 30 next-generation 737-800 aircraft. The agreements are worth $5.3 billion at list prices. JAL also has options for 20 more 787s and 10 more 737s.

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Mooney: Business Is Booming!

Let The Good Times Roll

Mooney Airplane Company says it's seeing record orders and deliveries for the first quarter 2005. The high-performance, single-engine airplane manufacturer recorded new orders for 13 aircraft during the first three months of 2005, exceeding its initial expectations. Based on strong first quarter 2005 results, and anticipated accelerated growth in orders throughout 2005, management anticipates total orders in 2005 could exceed last year's orders that totaled 80. During the same period, the company also delivered 20 aircraft, matching its output for the final quarter of 2004 and more than doubling the output of the first quarter 2004.

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Lockheed Martin Unveils Arrowhead System At Quad-A

Lockheed Martin, on behalf of Team Apache Systems LLC, will (ceremonially) deliver its first Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), also known as Arrowhead, for the Apache AH-64 helicopter to the US Army later today.

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Aussie Metroliner Had Previous Engine Woes

But Transair Australia Says It Had Flown 60 Hours Since Repairs

A Fairchild Metroliner that went down in Queensland, Australia, over the weekend was in the maintenance shop just last month after suffering a power loss, authorities said Monday.

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A Pat On The Back For Embattled New York Controllers

Even Shorthanded, FAA Says They've Kept Their Eyes On The Ball

Despite a severe staffing shortage, the air traffic controllers in the New York area continue to prove that they will not be distracted from their primary mission. Even the FAA has commended the performance of controllers at the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (N90) and the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZNY).

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John Glenn Returns To PAX River

Marine Space Pioneer Returns To Patuxent River

The first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn, touched down at Pax River April 28 to officially commemorate the stand up of the Marine Corps Aviation Association squadron named in his honor.

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Appropriations Subcommittee Mandates Return Of General Aviation To DCA

NATA Reacts To Efforts By Sen. Allen And Rep. Davis

The US House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), has approved legislation that includes language ordering the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to return non-scheduled charter and general aviation operations to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) within 90 days of the bill's passage.  The provision is part of the bill that would fund the DHS for Fiscal Year 2006.

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Light Sound: Aloft Technology's New Featherweight Headset

Weighs Just 1.5 Ounces

Aloft Technologies Monday announced the introduction of the world’s most comfortable, technologically advanced, lightweight aviation headset, weighing only 1.5 ounces.

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Quad-A Announces Robert M. Leich Award

In late 2003, the Army Chief of Staff, GEN Schoomaker stated that Army aviation needed to be fixed. To achieve this goal, the CSA appointed MG Thurman, an Army aviator with broad combat arms experience and a former commanding general of the National Training Center, to stand up the Aviation Task Force.

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Quad-A Announces Outstanding Aviation Unit (ARNG) of the Year

Task Force Pirate, led by the 1st Bn., 211th Avn. Regt., Utah ARNG epitomized the Army's transformation to units of action in which modular "plug and play" formations are combined to form deployable, lethal, capable and sustainable forces.

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Quad-A Announces Outstanding Aviation Unit (Active) of the Year

The relentless determination, adaptive tactics and heroic performance of the 4th Brigade Combat Team during 2004 distinguished it among all other outstanding units in support of the Global War on Terrorism and made significant contributions in every major combat action during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

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Quad-A Announces Outstanding Aviation Unit (USAR) of the Year

The "Flying Dragons" of the 6th Bn., 52nd Aviation Regiment, headquartered at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, Calif., with units at Los Alamitos; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort McCoy, Wis., and Fort Knox, Ky., distinguished themselves by flying thousands of hours accident and incident free, in and out of combat zones during 2004.

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Quad-A Announces James H. McClellan Aviation Safety Award

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Willis J. Haas is recognized for his incredible accomplishments as the safety officer of the 4th Bde. (Aviation) while deployed to the Al Sahra Airfield at Forward Operating Base Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq.

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Quad-A Announces Joseph P. Cribbins Dept. of the Army Civilian of the Year Award

Mr. James "Snuff' Thompson is recognized for his outstanding leadership, management and direction of modernization, modification, sustainment and reset efforts of the Apache aircraft fleet.

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NBAA: Welcome Aboard, Mr. Hawley

Business Aviators Hail Incoming TSA Director

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen Monday commended President Bush for announcing his intention to nominate Edmund S. "Kip" Hawley as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration). The White House announced Hawley's nomination late last week.

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Midwest Schedulers & Dispatchers Group To Meet In Chicago

Biannual Meeting Hosts Members From Throughout The Region

The Midwest Schedulers & Dispatchers Group held their biannual meeting on April 26th at Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs baseball club.  The group, which formed back in 2000, boasted record-breaking attendance figures nearing 75 people, with members coming from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Missouri.

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Something New: Affordable Vortex Generators

Customers: These VGs Are Cheap Way to Enhance Aircraft Performance and Safety

If Harrison Designs, LLC is right, the most affordable way to increase performance and safety is to add after-market vortex generators. According to Harrison, most customers see stall speed reductions of 4-12 mph and decreased takeoff and landing distances of 10- to 30-percent with no noticeable loss in cruise speed. Website testimonials indicate that when Landshorter! VGs are added customers are reporting significant improvements in low speed handling and response and feel their airplanes are much safer.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.10.05)

"As we have with his predecessors, AOPA will reach out to this new chief of an agency that has an inordinate amount of influence on general aviation activities and educate him on the realities of GA. This quick announcement means there will be no leadership gap at TSA. We hope he'll be in the job long enough to understand all of the issues and have a positive influence." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, upon the White House announcement that President Bush has chosen businessman Edmund "Kip" Hawley as his next TSA Administrator.

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