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May 03, 2004

Congressmen Want Study Into Regional Flights

GAO To Look At FAA's Oversight

Congressmen James Oberstar, (D-MN) and Peter DeFazio, (D-OR) want a closer look at regional airline safety, in the wake of the January, 2003 crash of an Air Midwest Beechcraft 1900 just after it departed the runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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Astronaut Hall Of Fame Inducts Challenger's Scobee

Sullivan, Gregory, Covey, Thagard Also Named

The ranks of those honored in the Astronaut Hall Of Fame swelled by five over the weekend, as Dick Scobee, Frederick Gregory, Kathryn Sullivan, Norm Thagard and Richard Covey were inducted.

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Rotax Announces Aggressive R-503 Trade-In Program

Exchange Program/Upgrade for ROTAX 503UL Engines

ANN has learned that an aggressive trade-in and upgrade program is being instituted for qualified owners of Rotax 503 engines. A Limited Time Program is being offered by all Authorized Kodiak Service Centers For ROTAX Aircraft Engines. Between now and December 20, 2004, Owners of ROTAX 503 aircraft engines can exchange their engines (regardless of age!) for a new ROTAX 503 engine which includes the carburetion and fuel pump as well as the exhaust.

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Delta Exorcises Ghosts In The Machines

Atlanta-Bound Delta Flights Delayed Up To Six Hours

We here at Aero-News Net are firm believers in the theory of "percussive maintenance." In other words, we believe that any computer glitch can be resolved with the use of a ball-peen hammer. Maybe that's what Delta Airlines needed over the weekend, as a computer problem caused flights to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International to be delayed by more than six hours.

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Fourth Hawker Horizon Joins Certification Program

Raytheon Aircraft’s fourth Hawker Horizon entered the certification test program yesterday with its first flight.

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Burt Rutan To Present Seminar At Oshkosh

"Fun At Mojave" At Theater In The Woods

Aircraft design pioneer Burt Rutan will present a very special evening program at Theater in the Woods entitled "Fun at Mojave," on Thursday, July 29, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004. The presentation will most likely include the latest information regarding two major projects - White Knight/SpaceShipOne and GlobalFlyer - in progress at Rutan's aircraft design company, Scaled Composites, located at Mojave Airport (CA).

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Klyde Morris 05.03.04

Klyde Looks UP At The A380....

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AOPA's Boyer Warns Minneapolis Commission

Message: Don't Cave In To NWA Pressure On GA Flight

Testifying before a Minneapolis hearing room packed with AOPA members and local pilots, AOPA President Phil Boyer Thursday told Twin Cities airport commissioners "not to undo a system that is a model of efficient capacity relief just because the largest tenant -- Northwest Airlines -- at Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) finds itself in economic difficulty... again."

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You're About To Feel A Little Pressure

Bush Road Trip Will Cause Pilots Logistical Nightmare

President Bush is planning a two-day campaign bus trip from Kalamazoo (MI) to Cincinnati (OH) on Monday and Tuesday, a trip that will severely complicate flight planning for pilots in the area. And there are reports that the Bush campaign is planning several more of these trips all across the country over the next couple of weeks.

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NTSB Report: Cirrus Pilot Was 'Showing Off'

Pilot Was Hot-Dogging Just Before Take-Off?

From the NTSB: On April 19, 2004, at 1400 Eastern Daylight Time, a Cirrus SR20, N8157J, registered to Attic Aircraft Leasing LLC and operated by Aero Atlantic Flight Center, as a 14 CFR Part 91 business flight, collided with trees and ground after departing Greenwood Airport Greenwood, South Carolina. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed and a post crash fire ensued. The private pilot and three passengers received fatal injuries. The flight originated from the Greenwood Airport on April 19, 2004, at 1400.

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Caption Contest Results

You People Are CRAAAZY!

Well, the results are in on our latest caption contest. As usual, ANN readers were chock full of catty captions.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.03.04)

"I want to thank you all for honoring Dick Scobee. So many times he's been remembered for how he died. Thank you for remembering how he lived." Source: June Scobee-Rodgers, widow of Challenger astronaut Dick Scobee, as her late husband was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday. Also inducted Saturday were Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space; Frederick Gregory, the first African-American to serve as a spaceship commander; Norman Thagard, the first American to live aboard the Mir station; and Richard Covey, commander of the first post-Challenger mission into space.

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Michigan TFR: 5/4/04

NOTAM:  4/3808  Issued:  04/30/2004 20:47  Effective:  05/04/2004 00:10 - 05/04/2004 12:35  State:  MI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  KALAMAZOO TO DETROIT, MICHIGAN, MAY 3-4, 2004 LOCAL

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Fund Fight: AOPA's Boyer Jousts With Minnesota's Governor Pawlenty

AOPA: Boyer Warns Minnesota Governor Against Excessive Airport Fee Increases

AOPA President Phil Boyer gave a "heads up" warning to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty that the growing controversy over funding of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) reliever airports could pose serious political problems in the future.

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Ohio TFR: 5/4/04

NOTAM:  4/3810  Issued:  04/30/2004 21:15  Effective:  05/04/2004 14:45 - 05/04/2004 17:50  State:  OH  Facility:  ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  DAYTON, LEBANON AND CINCINNATI, OHIO, MAY 4, 2004 LOCAL

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Michigan TFR: 5/4/04

NOTAM:  4/3807  Issued:  04/30/2004 20:26  Effective:  05/04/2004 00:10 - 05/04/2004 12:35  State:  MI  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  VIP  Description:  KALAMAZOO TO DETROIT, MICHIGAN, MAY 3-4, 2004 LOCAL

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Boeing Delivers the Last 757-300 to Continental Airlines

More Than 1000 757s In Service

Boeing last week delivered its last new 757-300 passenger airplane to Continental Airlines Chairman and CEO Gordon Bethune and about 100 Continental employees and guests.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Astronautics Offers AF Cadets Unique Opportunity

Not every college lets students build and launch monster rockets and earn undergraduate credit at the same time. Odds are they are more likely to be placed on a list at the Homeland Security Department unless they are attending the US Air Force Academy.

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The Whole World In The Palm Of Your Hand

Widget UK Unveils GPS Bundles for Palmone Tungsten E "GPS In A Box"

Widget UK has come up with two powerful new "GPS In A Box" solutions for the PalmOne organizer platform. Each of these affordably priced bundles includes a PalmOne Tungsten E organizer, a Bluetooth GPS Receiver and powerful ViaMichelin MapSonic software. One bundle ships with the MapSonic software on CD-ROM media, the second with the maps pre-installed to a secure digital memory card. Both bundles come in attractive retail packaging and will be in demand by Windows and Macintosh owners alike.

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