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October 22, 2004

AOPA Expo '04: Cirrus Introduces GTS Special Edition

Cirrus Design Corporation introduced a special edition at the 65th annual AOPA Expo. The GTS (unofficially an acronym for Generation Two - Special) is available in either a 200 or 310 horsepower model of the popular SR product line. Both the SR20-GTS and SR22-GTS are loaded with every factory-installed option plus some additional accents only available on this premium edition.

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AOPA Expo '04: Garmin Certifies GNS 480 for WAAS Precision Approaches

Boyer says, "Let the Transition Begin"

In a joint press conference AOPA President Phil Boyer joined Garmin representatives as they introduced the Garmin Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)-compatible GNS 480. Earlier this month, Garmin won the first-ever certification for an LPV-capable avionics system, clearing the way for WAAS to live up to its potential.

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AOPA Expo '04: Mooney Appoints New CEO -- Gretchen Jahn

Avid Pilot Takes Reins At Texas General Aviation Firm

Here's a bit of a surprise... there's been a change in leadership at Mooney Aircraft. Gretchen L. Jahn, founder and former Chief Executive Officer of two different manufacturing and software companies, has been named CEO of the Mooney Airplane Company.

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Analysis: Market Remains Strong for Turboprops

Especially Regional Commuters

The market for turboprop engines is expected to remain strong over the 2004-2013 forecast period, although analysts at Forecast International believe that turbofan engines will rise in popularity at the expense of select segments of the turboprop market, particularly that of regional aircraft in the 50-75-passenger range.

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Big Changes On Heels Of AAL Loss In Q3

American Loses $214 In Third Quarter, Promises Layoffs

Even a tourniquet may not be enough to stop the bleeding at American Airlines. This week, the company posted a $214 million loss for the third quarter of 2004. Things are looking a little dim in Fort Worth these days.

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AOPA Expo '04: Mooney Announces Ovation For Under $300K

Financing from Mooney Capital will provide $1,499 monthly payments

Mooney Airplane Company has unveiled a special price of $299,000 and extremely affordable financing on the standard Mooney Ovation. David J. Copeland, vice president of sales & marketing announced the 2005 base Ovation price during the opening day of the AOPA Convention.

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AOPA Expo '04: Hot Stuff! Unison Launches New Autolite XL Fine Wire Plugs

Unison Industries announced at the annual AOPA Expo, the launch of its new Autolite XL Fine Wire Aviation Spark Plugs. The new Autolite XL Fine Wire Aviation Spark Plugs extend Unison's general aviation (GA) spark plug offerings beyond its massive electrode Autolite Aviation Spark Plugs.

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HH-60 Down In Afghanistan

One Lost, Two Hurt

An Air Force HH-60 helicopter crewmember was killed and two others were injured when their aircraft crashed during a medical evacuation mission about 2300 local Oct. 20 east of Shindand, Afghanistan.

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A Big Step For NASA

Integrated Simulation Milestone In Return To Flight

Training for the Space Shuttle's return to flight entered a new phase this month as the astronauts and Mission Control began full-scale rehearsals that will continue until days before launch.

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AOPA Expo '04: FAA Approves Simcom's Citation Single Pilot Training Program

Training Underway At SimCom's Orlando Center

SimCom's Orlando training center recently received FAA approval for a five-day Citation single pilot training program, which utilizes a Level C simulator and advanced training materials to provide professional initial and recurrent programs.

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Issy Boim: Guard Duty Is Part Of The Job

Some Security Operations Need To Be Tightening Up

Despite constant terrorism and security threats throughout the world, many aircraft operators are reverting to pre-September 2001 security practices when it comes to their aircraft and the VIP's they are flying.

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Gone West: Walter Koladza

He Personified Aviation In Great Barrington Since 1945

By ANN Contributor William J "Bill" Schulz Walking into the office at Great Barrington, MA, airport (GBR) on this spring day in 1988 is a daunting experience for me: I feel I am entering the temple of some secret society, a place where I just don’t belong.

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Bell, Cessna Took In Some Big NBAA Orders

And Showed Off Some New Technology

Textron says its Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter divisions did some pretty darn good business at last week's NBAA convention in Las Vegas.

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AOPA Expo '04: Just Married! JP Instruments, Vision Microsystems

It's Been A Long Time Coming

Two leaders in aviation electronics have decided to consummate their long courtship by merging. JP Instruments and Vision Microsystems became a single company on October 1st.

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AOPA Expo '04: Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.22.04)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "We brought meaning to the words 'burn rubber'" Source: SpaceShipOne Pilot Mike Melvill, at the 2004 AOPA Expo, describing SS1's hybrid engine's fuel supply... liquid nitrous oxide and rubber.

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AOPA Expo '04: Just in Time? Liberty Aircraft Gets A New Backer

Middle East Financial Firm Antes Up

Liberty Aerospace says Kuwait Finance House in Bahrain has agreed to buy up 75% of the stock in Liberty's parent company. Liberty says its management and staff will remain unchanged.

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Pennsylvania TFR: 10/22/04

NOTAM: 4/1357 Issued: 10/21/2004 14:40 Effective: 10/22/2004 13:30 - 10/22/2004 16:25 State: PA Facility: ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY. Type: VIP Description: WILKES BARRE PENNSYLVANIA, OCTOBER 22 2004 LOCAL.

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