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December 04, 2005

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Pilot Charged For Medical Fibs Nodded Off Inflight

Cape Air Pilot in 2002 Incident Had Diabetes, Criminal Record

by Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien In the latest example of Federal authorities getting tough with pilots who fib on their medicals, Ronald Newton Crews, 53, of Centerville, Massachusetts, has been indicted in Federal District Court in Boston with four felony counts of Making False Statements. Aero-News has previously reported the indictment but we have uncovered further significant details: Crews allegedly concealed diabetes and a criminal record for drug trafficking and gun violations from the FAA, as well as from the airline that em

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NAFI Announces Its Newest Master CFIs

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has announced its newest selections for its prestigious "Master CFI" designation, a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. To help put this achievement in its proper perspective, there are approximately 87,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 500 of them have earned the Master designation thus far.  

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Too Much Of A Good Thing For Boeing?

Company Hopes To Avoid The Problems Of Success

By all accounts, it's good to be Boeing right now. With the days counting down to the end of 2005, it looks all but assured the Chicago, IL-based aerospace manufacturer will accomplish their goal of besting rival Airbus for the commercial airliner sales crown for the first time in five years, on sales almost exclusively from overseas carriers in India and the east. The company, already on track for its best sales year in almost two decades, is also working to bringing innovative new products such as the 787 Dreamliner to the market, while also updating its standard-bearer 747 to better compete with the mammoth Airbus A380.

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NAS Pilots Share Disaster Relief Experiences with Middle School

'It Felt Great To Be Able To Assist'

Three pilots from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 43, homeported at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, CA, shared their experiences from providing humanitarian relief following both the Southeast Asia Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina to 6th- through 8th-grade students last month at Montgomery Middle School in San Diego.

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FAA Regs Prevent Wider UAV Deployment Along Border

Key Part Of President's Immigration Plan May Be Compromised

When President Bush announced his broader immigration initiative plan last week, deployment of additional unmanned aerial vehicles along the US-Mexico border was a major part of it. Increased coverage at lower cost in manpower and equipment to the agency were cited as reasons... however, another government agency may keep those UAVs grounded for the future.

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Students Revive ND Pilot Ground Course

Go (Fly) Fighting Irish!

While the Fighting Irish's 9-2 record in football this season is nothing to sneeze at, Aero-News is more excited to learn three former students of the fabled Notre Dame University have helped bring back an elective course at the college that helps teach students how to fly.

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Australian Cattle Baron One Of Four Fatalities In Chieftain Accident

Pilot May Have Attempted To Go Around Thunderstorms

It appears the pilot of a Piper Chieftain carrying well-known Australian cattle baron Peter Menegazzo and his wife was attempting to fly around a violent thunderstorm when the aircraft went down Friday outside of Condobolin, New South Wales, killing the four people onboard.

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Northrop Grumman Taps Former Marshall Director To Lead CEV Team

Establishes New Space Exploration Organization

Representatives with Northrop Grumman told Aero-News last week the company has created an organization dedicated to developing and executing the company's growing list of space exploration opportunities with NASA. Art Stephenson, a former director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, has been appointed sector vice president of Space Exploration Systems to lead the new project.

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Land Swap Likely Solution For FAA, City

City Finds Part Of Wastewater Plant Lies On FDK Property

The resolution to an ongoing dispute between Frederick, MD officials and the Federal Aviation Administration over the location of a wastewater treatment plant may be as simple as a schoolyard lunch trade: can we swap?

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.04.05)

"That was sad. Those people didn’t have anywhere to live and no food to eat and stuff. Some of them were even our age. Some people couldn’t even find their parents. It makes me very sad." Source: Cruz Otero, a 7th-grade student at San Diego's Montgomery Middle School, following a presentation by three officers from NAS North Island. The officers shared with with the students some of their experiences providing humanitarian relief following both the Southeast Asia Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

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