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December 09, 2004

Discovery Wings Channel Augers In

To Be Replaced by 'Military Channel'

Well known for its aeronautically oriented program and outstanding visuals, the Discovery Wings Channel is about to be taken out of service. In its place, "The Military Channel" will emerge, replacing a favorite of the aviation community with programming that will be singly dedicated to all things military... including military aviation.

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First Flight: Nanjing Light Aircraft AC500

What is reported to be the first flight of China's "AC500 Air Sedan" was conducted Tuesday. The five seat fixed wing, trike geared aircraft is expected to have a 620 mile range, a 180 mph cruise and cost a little over $430K.

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Flight Of The Phoenix Returns To The Silver Screen

December is going to be a good month for aviation movies. Due to the intense hoopla surrounding the Leonardo DeCaprio portrayal of Howard Hughes in "The Aviator," yet another "buzz-worthy" aero-picture is coming to theaters a few days early. 20th Century Fox has moved up the release of The Flight Of The Phoenix to Friday, December 17--five days earlier than originally planned. 

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Cessna's Grand Opening/Ground Breaking Ceremonies Scheduled

Grand Opening/Ground Breaking Scheduled For Wichita And Independence

Cessna Aircraft Company has announced that it will hold two major ceremonies this month in support of its expanding customer services. The first ceremony on December 9, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. will celebrate the grand opening of Cessna's Wichita Citation Service Center.

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SAM (Safe Aircraft Maintenance) Announces Seminars for Serious Aircraft Owners

Safe Aircraft Maintenance of Altamonte Springs, Florida introduces an aircraft owner preventive maintenance program that provides the fact’s and dispels the myths of owner performed preventive maintenance of their aircraft.

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Investigative Commission: 1980 Portugal Crash Was Sabotage

Lawmakers Say Prime Minister's Cessna Was Blown Out Of The Sky By A Bomb

The 1980 crash of a Cessna 421A in which Portugal's prime minister died was no accident.

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Boeing Rolls Out 500th 777

Thousands of Boeing employees celebrated the ceremonial rollout of the 500th Boeing 777 commercial airplane Friday, Dec. 3. The 777, the fastest-selling twin-aisle airplane ever, will reach 500 airplanes delivered faster than any other twin-aisle airplane in commercial history.

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PAMA Foundation Awards $15,000 in Scholarships

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Foundation (PAMF) is pleased to announce the following 2004 Chapter & Student Scholarship award winners...

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Why Did Michael Russell Lose His Life?

Helo Pilot's Family Says Faulty Equipment May Have Contributed To His Death

The NTSB reports Michael Russell, an "accomplished" Augusta A109C pilot, was killed on January 28, 2003, when his helicopter impacted terrain about 1.7 NM from Chicago's DuPage Airport. The pilot's failure to maintain control of the helicopter (file photo of type, above) while maneuvering, resulting in the excessive descent rate and impact with terrain. Factors to the accident included the dark night, low ceiling and reduced visibility at the time of the accident.

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ICAS '04: Herb Teaches Ditto To Blow Smoke Rings

New wingtip smoke system has unexpected vortex effect, T-28 now flies through its own rings

Herb Baker has been a pilot since 1960, when he earned his private ticket after the Navy would not accept him into the Cadet program due to his failing the eye exam.

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USAF Discloses F-16 Accident Investigation Findings

G-LOC, Spatial Disorientation... Or Both?

Air Force officials have announced investigation findings of a May 19 F-16 Fighting Falcon crash on the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona. The pilot, Singaporean air force 2nd Lt. Kwang Han Loo, was killed in the crash. He was assigned to the 425th Fighter Squadron, a foreign military training squadron, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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ICAS '04: MIG-17 May Become ACC Heritage Flight Participant

Randy Ball feels honored to be considered for program that displays USAF air power evolution

According to the USAF's Air Combat Command website, the Heritage Flight program was established in 1997 in support of the Air Force's 50th anniversary, and it features state of the art fighters flying in close formation with World War II and Korean War aircraft.

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ICAS '04: US Army Golden Knights 2005 Schedule

Award-winning parachute team announces next year's schedule for Black and Gold Teams

The US Army's Golden Knights has announced its schedule for 2005 for both its Gold and Black teams at the International Council of Air Shows 2004 convention in Las Vegas (NV).

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ICAS '04: USAF Thunderbirds 2005 Schedule

Air Force demonstration team announces 2005 air show schedule

The USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team has announced its schedule for 2005 at the International Council of Air Shows 2004 convention in Las Vegas (NV).

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Analysis: Russia Moving to Dominate Latin American Defense Market

Forecast1 Says Moscow Is Leveragine Helo Sales To Break Further Into The Market

Convinced that the highly competitive Latin American defense market is one area of the world in which it can be truly competitive, Russia is moving to dominate the market. Helicopter sales have proved to be the wedge, and Russia is working energetically to further increase its share, with particular emphasis on aircraft and weapons. Russia’s sales strength lies in its willingness to engage in barter deals to finance arms sales.

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ICAS '04: Canadian Snowbirds 2005 Schedule

Canadian Air Force flight demonstration team announces next year's schedule

The Canadian Snowbirds flight demonstration team has announced its schedule for 2005 at the International Council of Air Shows 2004 convention in Las Vegas (NV).

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ICAS '04: eBranded Solutions Partners With ICAS

Will offer SponsorshipPro+ relationship management software to air shows, performers

If you have ever organized an air show event and had to find sponsors, you know that saying it is hard work is an understatement.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Audio Panel

For Sale: Audio Panel.

p/n MI-592181 Very good condition. Will come with certification. Toronto Avionics. 705-749-1915  Used, will sell for $1,295.00

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.09.04)

"Our viewers have a deep interest in military topics and people." Source: David Karp, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Discovery's new Military Channel--which replaces the Discovery Wings Channel on January 10th, 2005. Karp, however, did not mention the interests of the non-military aviation community, whose programming will no longer be represented...

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VA TFR: 12.10.04

NOTAM: 4/3284 Issued: 12/08/2004 21:30 Effective: 12/10/2004 18:15 - 12/10/2004 20:05 State: VA Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: FORT BELVOIR, VIRGINIA, DECEMBER 10 2004 LOCAL.

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