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December 17, 2004

AOPA: Press Reports About GPS Shutdown Highly Exaggerated

President Bush Orders Improvements To GPS For Civilian Use

President Bush has signed a new policy that guarantees the availability and reliability of GPS for civilian use. And despite some exaggerated press reports, there is no imminent threat that GPS will be shut down.

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Destruction Of Meigs Cost Double Original Estimate

FAA Looks Closely At Use Of Airport Funds

The FAA may be able to do what the AOPA and pilots throughout Chicagoland haven't done yet -- make the Windy City pay for the destruction of Meigs Field.

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Klyde Morris 12.17.04

Phil Boyer... As The Spirit Of Meigs Field Present? Oh Klyde!!!

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United Issues Dire Warning

"Failure To Reorganize Would Be Devastating"

How close is United Airlines to falling into the Pit of Financial Despair? Real close, according to the airline itself. And if that happens, United says, its employees, the airline industry and the public at large will suffer.

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National Space Society: O'Keefe Deserves Sincere Thanks

Society Lauds Outgoing NASA Director

Sean O'Keefe arrived at NASA with a commitment to financial responsibility, but he leaves the agency with a broader legacy. He deserves sincere thanks for his compassionate stewardship of the agency through the Columbia accident and the return of the shuttle to flight. He deserves serious respect for his leadership in formulating, staffing and funding the Vision for Space Exploration. It is clear that NASA's recent budget victory would not have been possible without Mr. O'Keefe's advocacy; what should be equally recognized is that the transformation Mr. O'Keefe initiated upon his arrival was critical to building an environment in which the president could launch the new vision.

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Airbus Sees Strong Market For Commercial Aircraft Through 2023

Forecast: More Than 17,300 New Aircraft Will Be Needed By Then

More than 17,300 new passenger and freight aircraft with a value of US$1.9 trillion will be required by aircraft operators between 2004 and 2023, according to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast.

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RAM-Air STC Now Available For Grumman AA-5 Traveler And AA-5A Cheetah

Alt Air Without The Filter

Approach Aviation Development Thursday said it has received FAA STC SA00206BO for an Alternate Air system for all Grumman AA-5 Traveler and AA-5A Cheetahs.

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SpaceDev Chairman Weighs-In On Landmark Commercial Space Legislation

Yes, Sir. He Likes It.

SpaceDev founding chairman and CEO, Jim Benson, likes the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act passed by the Senate late last week. Now, he wants President Bush to sign it into law.

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PAMA Aviation Maintenance Olympics: Let The Games Begin!

Mechanics And Avionics Technicians Prepare To Compete

The Great Lakes International Aviation Conference, announced today that the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) will hold their regional Aviation Maintenance Olympics at the Great Lakes Aviation Conference. The conference will be held January 20th thru 22nd in Lansing, Michigan.Aviation mechanics and avionics technicians will showcase their skills and professionalism in both individual and team competitions.

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Help From Above

Marine Air Units Play Continuing Part In War On Insurgency

Aviation is continuing to play a part in mopping up insurgents in Fallujah, the commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said in Baghdad Wednesday.

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Tigers Roar In Australia

First Of 22 New Recon Helos Arrives At MoD

The Australian Army has taken delivery of the first of 22 state of the art Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters at a ceremony at Oakey in Queensland, Defence Minister Robert Hill announced Wednesday.

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MV-22 Conducts Landings On Marine Assault Ship

Another Step In Qualification Effort

For the first time, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) conducted landing operations with the MV-22 Osprey during the past week.

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NASA Selects Investigations for the Mars Science Laboratory

Missions Include Measuring Hydrogen -- Precursor Of Water

NASA has selected eight proposals to provide instrumentation and associated science investigations for the mobile Mars Science Laboratory rover, scheduled for launch in 2009. Proposals selected today were submitted to NASA in response to an announcement of opportunity released in April.

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Thales Cozies Up To Sukhoi

Civil Aircraft Agreement Opens New Dimension In Long-Standing Relationship

Thales says it's reinforced its position in the Russian aerospace market by signing a protocol with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company to provide the development and integration of Thales' full avionics suite on board the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) airplane. The protocol, signed in Moscow, outlines just how the two companies will interact in the construction of the RRJ and includes a contract of around 70 million euros for a first batch of equipment.

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DFW Hosts 3,000 Students At Aviation And Transport Career Expo

Aviation Prodigy Jamail Larkins Shares His Passion for Flying

In an effort to provide hands-on educational opportunities to area students, DFW International Airport joins forces with the Federal Aviation Administration and American Airlines to host the first-ever Aviation and Transportation Career Expo. This year's Expo is themed "Get Moving in the Right Direction--Non-Stop Success" and is the first large scale event created to allow first through twelfth grade students in North Texas to receive an introduction to potential careers in aviation and transportation.

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Embry-Riddle Space Physicist Wins Prestigious Early Career Award

Kudos From The National Science Foundation

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University space physicist James Wanliss has received the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for new faculty members, the Faculty Early Career Development award. The grant recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.17.04)

"The consequences of a failure to reorganize United would be devastating. With the difficult circumstances facing other carriers, most of United's employees would be unable to find other jobs in the airline industry, especially not at other legacy (major) carriers." Source: A UAL bankruptcy court filing as quoted in the Denver Post. United hopes to convince a bankruptcy judge to toss the company's contracts with its workers. If that happens, at least one union -- the AFA -- has threatened to strike.

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Raytheon Delivers First UH-60L-Based LRIP To Army

Company Hopes To Eventually Put 120 Airborne C&C Helos In The AIr

Raytheon Company has delivered the first low rate initial production (LRIP) Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S) to the US Army.

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Upgraded: NASA's Charles Chitwood

Named Marshall Center Deputy Director

Charles B. Chitwood has been name the new Deputy Director at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. Chitwood will succeed Rex Geveden who recently became NASA's Chief Engineer at its headquarters in Washington, DC.

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NBAA Makes Changes To The PDP Program

Association Also Seeks New PDP Providers

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announces that it has revised and expanded its Professional Development Program (PDP) objectives, bringing the total number of objectives to 30. The changes were made in order to align PDP more closely with the NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program, NBAA's formal certification program for current and aspiring flight department managers. The association now seeks new educational providers to develop courses that meet the new PDP objectives.

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