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October 16, 2005

Taikonauts Prepare To Return Home

Second Chinese Manned Spaceflight To Land Early Monday

Observers predict China's second manned spaceflight capsule, Shenzhou VI, will touch down early Monday morning (Beijing time) at the primary landing site located in Inner Mongolia, in China's northern region -- although Chinese officials have said the exact landing site will not be determined until just hours prior to touchdown.

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Young Eagles Among Victims In Everett, WA Accident

Two Girls And Volunteer Pilot Aboard When Plane Goes Down On Takeoff

An accident involving a Piper PA-28 that went down Saturday morning in Everett, WA has claimed three lives, including two ninth-grade girls participating in the EAA's Young Eagles program, and a pilot volunteer. All three were aboard the Cherokee 140 when it went down after apparently failing to gain altitude during an attempted go-around.

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Stolen Citation Pilot Indicted On Grand Theft Charge

Further Details Emerge On 'Joyride,' Pilot's History

The case against Daniel Andrew Wolcott -- the man accused of stealing a Cessna Citation last weekend from a Florida Airport and then taking friends on a flight in Georgia -- grew Friday as authorities stated he will face a first-degree felony charge for grand theft for the incident.

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Four Dead In Ohio Midair Collision

'Pieces Of Steel Floating In The Air'

The FAA, NTSB, and state police are investigating the causes behind a Friday midair collision of two aircraft over Rootstown Township, OH. A young student pilot and his instructor were among the four victims of the accident, according to media reports.

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NASA Aims For May '06 Shuttle Launch

Foam Issue Resolved, But Will Michoud Be Ready?

With a fix now in place for the ongoing foam insulation issue, NASA has announced a goal of returning the space shuttle to flight by May of 2006 -- in time for a planned flight to the International Space Station. However, the plan depends on how quickly the agency can return to full operations at its hurricane-damaged tank assembly facility outside New Orleans.

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Barr 6 Kitplane Business For Sale

Fast, High-End Composite Kit Business On Market

Over the past couple of months we've talked to Jim Barr several times as he's hashed out what to do with this project, and Jim informs us that he's retiring from the kit business to return to retirement, and perhaps a little bit of his first love -- buying and selling fine machinery, perhaps Beechcraft Barons.

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WMU Students Eagerly Eye First Two Cirrus Airplanes

30 Aircraft Expected By Next Summer

When you were, say, 13 or so, did your dad ever bring home a brand-new, sleek and shiny new car? Were you excited to just be able to ride around the block in it, taking in the new car smell and dreaming of the day you'd be able to drive it around on your own? If so, Western Michigan University students can relate.

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Teens Face Charges For Buzzing Stadium During Homecoming Game

16-Year-Old Apologizes In Letter To Local Newspaper

Another day, another story about someone flying a plane they shouldn't have been, WHERE they shouldn't have been.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.16.05)

"It was never my intention to scare or terrorize any of the fans or players at any time. The fly-over was a prank intended to enlighten the crowd's spirit and to have a fun Homecoming." Source: Sixteen-year-old student pilot Raymond E. Kennedy Jr, in a letter to the Marshfield (WI) New-Herald, apologizing for buzzing the crowd at a high school football game September 30. Kennedy and his equally-youthful passenger face criminal charges for the stunt.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-20-39 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-20-39 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-20-41 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-20-41 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF, and -300 series airplanes, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW2000 series engines.

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2005-20-38 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-20-38 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell HelicopterTextron (Bell) model helicopters modified with Aeronautical Accessories, Inc. (AAI), SupplementalType Certificate (STC) SH2820SO or that have the affected AAI Parts Manufacturer Approval(PMA) parts installed.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-20-40 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-20-40 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757-200, -200CB, and -200PF series airplanes.

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