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June 01, 2005

USAF ID's Casualties in Iraqi AF Turboprop Crash

DoD has confirmed the deaths of four airmen who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The airmen died May 30 in the crash of an Iraqi air force aircraft during a training mission in eastern Diyala province.

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Homecoming For A Hero Flyer

Vietnam War Missing In Action Serviceman ID'd

The DPMO has announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial. He is Air Force 1st Lt. Lee A. "Larry" Adams of Willits, Calif.

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Standardized: StingSport Meets LSA Certification

The StingSport aircraft received its certification as a special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) on 24 May 2005.

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Fallout From FedEx Crash Creates NTSB Recommendation for Fire/Rescue

Following the December 18, 2003 crash of a Federal Express MD-10 at Memphis International Airport, the NTSB has established a set of recommendations as a result of the fire and rescue issues that resulted.

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DOT IG Slams ATC Modernization Efforts

Report Cites High Costs, Implementation Delays

The FAA has apparently given up -- for the time being -- attempts to modernize the air traffic control system and is instead focused on simply trying to maintain what it has now. That's the gist of a report from the DOT Inspector General, issued Tuesday.

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FAA Wants Info On T-6s

Deadline For Submissions: June 4th

The FAA has turned to members of associations like EAA Warbirds of America and type clubs to gather information relating to T-6 aircraft in the wake of a fatal accident caused by an apparent wing failure in Florida on May 9.

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Icy Jupiter Moon Throws a Curve Ball at Formation Theories

Say, Where Did THAT Come From?

Scientists studying data from NASA's Galileo spacecraft have found that Jupiter's moon Amalthea is a pile of icy rubble less dense than water. Scientists expected moons closer to the planet to be rocky and not icy. The finding shakes up long-held theories of how moons form around giant planets.

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Marines Return to Tora Bora for Operation Celtics

When the U.S. Marine Corps' 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, ventured into the Tora Bora mountains recently to hunt down enemy fighters, they instead found Afghans eager for a brighter future.

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ESA Turns 30

Swiss Steps Up

The European Space Agency (ESA) –- which turned 30 on Tuesday -- has gone from launching satellites into outer space to searching for life on Mars.

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Sweepstakes Commander 112a To Be Showcased At AOPA’S 15th Annual Fly-In

America's Biggest One-Day Fly-In

The AOPA hosts its 15th Annual Fly-In and Open House Saturday, inviting both  members and the general public to attend what has become the nation’s largest one-day fly-in event. The AOPA Commander Countdown Sweepstakes grand prize, a Commander 112A, will be among hundreds of aircraft on display.

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NAFI Announces May Master CFIs

The Best Of The Best

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all designated Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation organization.

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CharterX Announces Trip Board

New Online Service Connecting Air Charter Buyers and Sellers

CharterX has come up with an electronic version of a trip board, a new online service designed to connect buyers and sellers to efficiently fulfill trip requests. Charter operators can view the Trip Board listings and submit quotes to buyers who have posted trip requests. Unlike trip auction systems, the Trip Board will enable charter buyers to choose the best provider for a trip based on a variety of factors. The Trip Board will help buyers efficiently gather the widest possible array of options for any given trip to enable them to make the best fulfillment decision.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.01.05)

"[T]he crucial question is how FAA can address both capacity and affordability at the same time." Source: Assistant Inspector General for Aviation and Special Program Audits, David Dobbs, wrote to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. The letter, quoted by Reuters, accompanied a DOT Inspector General's report pointing out cost overruns and delays up to 12 years on some of 16 FAA projects aimed at improving the safety and capacity of the nation's air traffic system.

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