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December 29, 2004

FAA Certified: Bell/Agusta AB139

The Bell/Agusta AB139 has been awarded FAA Certification. Ground and flight testing was completed at the Agusta facility in Cacina Costa, Italy and at the Honeywell facility in Phoenix, Arizona. High altitude trials were conducted in Colorado, while hot weather tests were conducted in Palm Springs, California and cold weather tests in Corunna, Sweden.

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First Sport Pilot Examiners Will Go To School

FAA Selects First Sport Pilot Examiners

According to Martin Weaver, FAA Manager - Light Sport Aviation Branch, FAA has selected the first eight candidates for Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE) Sport Pilot. These individuals have been invited by FAA to attend the Sport Pilot Examiner Initial Course, Class #1, to be held January 17 to 22 in Sebring , Florida.

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FAA To Extend Comment Period On North Carolina SUA Proposal

AOPA Gets Heavily Involved

The FAA is once again seeking formal comments on the proposed expanded military operations areas (MOAs) near Cherry Point over the Outer Banks in North Carolina. AOPA requested the 60-day extension for comments on the proposal to create the Core and Gunny (previously called Mattamuskeet) MOAs because the FAA did not properly notify airspace users the first time around.

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New Shuttle Tank To Debut Thursday

The External Tank that will help launch Space Shuttle Discovery on its Return to Flight mission is expected to roll out Thursday afternoon, Dec. 30, from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans to begin its journey to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., where it will be prepared for launch.

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NBAA Requests Industry Participation In CNS/ATM Survey

NBAA has invited corporate flight departments to participate in a Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Joint Committee Survey, conducted by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

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Savvy Aviator Maintenance Seminars Coming Up

Scheduled for January 29-30th in St. Augustine, FL

Our good friend, Mike Busch, (yeah, the guy  who started AvWeb... though we don't hold that against him... much -- grin) has been doing a highly regarded series of seminars for aircraft owners that we hear some very good things about. His aims are simple... take the "black-magic" and mystery out of aircraft ownership... especially when it comes to maintenance issues.

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CAPT and Focus Air Sign Hiring, Screening Agreement

An agreement signed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) program and Focus Air, a cargo carrier covering the Pacific Rim, clears the way for CAPT graduates to be hired as flight crewmembers by Focus Air.

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US Military Supports Tsunami Relief Efforts

C-130s and P-3s On The Way

U.S. Pacific Command is sending a forward command element (FCE) to Utapao, Thailand, to establish the command, control and communication structure for Joint Task Force 536 (JTF 536).

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T'is The Season... To Gripe About (The Lack Of) Holiday Bonuses

Horizon Air Mechanic Auctions Off "Christmas Bonus" On EBay

Sometimes employers miss the mark. And sometimes employees have interesting ways in which they call that lack to the attention of the world around them. One truly inventive protest against corporate insensitivity has allegedly shown up on EBay where an alleged Horizon Air mechanic auctioned off his holiday bonus... a coffee mug.

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Cassini Makes Clean Getaway

Latest Mission Status Report

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully performed a getaway maneuver on Monday, Dec. 27, to keep it from following the European Space Agency's Huygens probe into the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.

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Air Europa Orders Three More Boeing Next-Gen 737-800s

Spanish carrier Air Europa has signed a firm contract for three new Boeing 737-800 airplanes. The airplanes are part of Air Europa's ongoing short- and medium-haul fleet renewal and expansion. The order is valued at $195 million at list prices. Deliveries will begin in January 2006.

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FlightSimmers Take Note: MegaScenery Pacific Northwest Goes Gold

Next MegaScenery Product Steps Up The Scenery Graphics Realism A Few More Notches

The next volume of the MegaScenery scenery series for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 – MegaScenery Pacific Northwest - has gone gold and will be rolling off the production presses in a few short weeks.

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Merry Christmas... You're 'Crew Chief For A Day'

Happy Holidays from Uncle Sam...

Staff Sgt. Franklin Newbery (left) got to teach Col. Derrick Hoxie III how to take oil and fluid samples from an A-10 Thunderbolt II on Christmas Day. The colonel was participating in the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron's Crew Chief for a Day program. The program offers deployed Airmen of all Air Force specialties a chance to experience what it is like to work on fighter jets.

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Skywest FO Has Close Call With Lightning

Talk about a close call... how'd you like to have been sitting in the FO's seat when that lightning bolt hit? DESCRIPTION SKYWEST SKW6095, AN EMBRAER 120 ACFT, REPORTED A LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE OUTER PANE OF THE WINDSCREEN ON THE FIRST OFFICER'S WINDOW, 10 MILES WEST OF FELLOWS, CA

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AvFab Receives STC For King Air 300/350 Commuter Seats

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) has announced that it has recently received STC approval for the manufacture of King Air 300 and 350 Commuter Seats. AvFab already holds the Commuter Seat STC for the King Air 90, 100 and 200 series aircraft.

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Jazeera Airways Chooses Airbus A320

Jazeera Airways, the new, privately owned airline of Kuwait, has placed a firm order with Airbus for four A320s and taken options on four more, becoming a new customer. It plans to begin services in February 2005 with two leased Airbus A320s, serving key business and leisure destinations throughout the Middle East.

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AK TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 4/3840 Issued: 12/29/2004 02:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: UNALASKA ALASKA.

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