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November 12, 2004

USAF Officer Takes FO's Place During Medical Emergency

I'm From The Government And I'm Here To Help

Like most passengers on a commercial airlines flight, Lt. Col. Scott Neumann probably expected a long, uneventful flight from Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, to Los Angeles. Boy, was he wrong.

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What To Do About Pelton?

Ethics Expert: "There's Really Only One Alternative"

By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs Jack Pelton is in a pickle. Outed by CBS Wednesday night as having obtained both his bachelor of science degree and his masters in aeronautical engineering from a Wyoming-based diploma mill, the Cessna CEO must "acknowledge that he's deceived his company and his co-workers and admit that he may have unfairly moved up the ladder."

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NTSB Safety Recommendations

...In The Wake Of AAL 587

On November 12, 2001, about 0916:15 eastern standard time, American Airlines flight 587, an Airbus Industrie A300-605R,1 N14053, crashed into a residential area of Belle Harbor, New York, shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York. Flight 587 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight to Las Americas International Airport, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with 2 flight crewmembers, 7 flight attendants, and 251 passengers aboard the airplane. The airplane’s vertical stabilizer and rudder separated in flight and were found in Jamaica Bay, about 1 mile north of the main wreckage site.

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British Royalty Involved In Near Miss

British Fighter Came Within 3.3 Miles Of Royal Jet

A Eurofighter Typhoon on exercises over northern England Thursday came within 3.3 miles of an RAF BAE125 carrying Princess Anne, the only daughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth. No one was hurt in the incident, but the Princess's pilot took "avoiding action," according to local news reports.

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Orbital Recovery Raises Money For Space Tug

Production To Begin Early Next Year

Orbital Recovery Ltd. has completed its second round financing for the ConeXpress Orbital Life Extension Vehicle (CX OLEV), marking a major program milestone that allows production of the first "space tug" to begin in early 2005, followed by the initial operational mission approximately 36 months later.

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Klyde Morris 11.12.04

Klyde Keeps The Pressure Up On The LAX TSA

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Delta Pilots Okay Pay Cuts

Approval Saves $1 Billion A Year

After months of hard-nose, on-again off-again negotiations, Delta pilots Thursday approved a new contract, cutting 32.5 percent of their wages and benefits and hopefully avoiding the airline's threatened bankruptcy.

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New Mexico Backs Eclipse

Gives Upstart Company A Total Of $15 Million In Financial Aid

Eclipse Aviation's ship has come in. Two New Mexico state agencies have agreed to loan the jet maker $5 million in loans. That brings the total amount of state aid for Eclipse to $15 million.

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Gets New Runway Safety System

Engineered Materials Arresting System Should Be Completed This Month

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will soon be a much more friendly place to land aircraft in trouble.

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NATA Likes New Cargo Security Rule

Establishes "All Cargo" Program

NATA Thursday praised the TSA for its efforts with the recent release of proposed rulemaking to enhance security for air cargo operations.

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Techsphere Opens Airship Production Plant

New Georgia Facility Will Produce Low, Medium and High Altitude Airships

Techsphere Systems International (TSI), a Georgia-based manufacturer of low-, mid- and high-altitude spherical airships, has announced the opening of a new production facility in Columbus, GA.

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Philadelphia International Airport Receives $22 Million In FAA Grants

Federal Grants To Fund Airfield Projects

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has utilized $18.3 million in federal grant money to fund several recent airfield construction contracts totaling $25 million and is the recipient of $3.4 million in new airfield construction design grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Flight Of The Phoenix

Marines Garner Top Prize In Aircraft Maintenance Competition

Combat Service Support Battalion 10, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, recently was announced as the 2004 Phoenix Award winner during the 2004 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Houston.

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Improved Soyuz 2-1A Launcher Makes Its First Flight

Bigger Payload, More Flexibility

This week's successful maiden flight of an improved Soyuz vehicle marked an important milestone in the program to bring this Russian workhorse vehicle into Arianespace's commercial launcher family.

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Spaceshipone Astronaut Mike Melvill To Speak At Oshkosh

Will Help Celebrate At EAA's Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet

Mike Melvill, who made history this year by becoming the first civilian to fly a spacecraft into sub-orbital space, will be the featured guest at this year's Wright Brothers Memorial banquet at EAA on Friday, Dec. 17. The dinner, which commemorates the anniversary of man's first successful powered flight, will be held at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

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Let The Games Begin!

Critical Mass Completes "USAF: Air Dominance" Military Action Flight Simulator

Game Developer Critical Mass Interactive (CMI) has recently completed work on "USAF: Air Dominance," a government-funded promotional game intended to raise awareness and perpetuate the high-tech image of the Air Force. CMI, which has been a part of major releases like the 2003 "Favorite Video Game" Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner "SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman" for PlayStation and GameCube, completed the project in three short months and is eagerly anticipating additional upgrades to the project.

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NSS, UNESCO Team Up To Bring Space Education To The Philippines

Meeting With Secretary Of Science And Technology Highlights Project Kickoff

The National Space Society and UNESCO announced the donation of six telescopes to school districts across the Philippines. The donations were given as part of three information and demonstration sessions on space education organized by UNESCO's Space Education Program, in collaboration with the Philippines Science Education Institute.

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Air Routing International Makes Changes To Flight Manager Program

Clients Can See "Each And Every Trip"

Air Routing International has unveiled several enhancements to its Flight Manager online program.

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EJM Beefs Up The Fleet

Adds Three New Aircraft To Charter Fleet

Executive Jet Management added three new aircraft to its charter fleet over the past two months. That means EJM now manages over 100 aircraft in over 60 locations throughout the country.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.12.04)

"[Jack Pelton] was hired under the assumption that his engineering degrees were accredited. Should we all buy our degrees? If so there is going to be alot of burning holes in the ground." Source: Anonymous poster on a Textron message board, one day after Jack Pelton, CEO of the company's Cessna division, was "outed" by CBS for obtaining his two degrees from a diploma mill. Pelton's biography states he obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in aeronautical engineering from Hamilton University in Evanston, WY. The CBS News program "60 Minutes" Wednesday night reported Hamilton U. is housed in an abandoned motel -- one of thousands of diploma mills offering fake degrees on the internet.

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