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January 19, 2005

Texas TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/0425 Issued: 01/19/2005 00:50 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: TX Facility: ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX. Type: HAZARDS Description: WICHITA FALLS.

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Minnesota TFR: 01.19.05

NOTAM: 5/0407 Issued: 01/18/2005 21:10 Effective: 01/19/2005 17:30 - 01/19/2005 18:45 State: CO Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: HAZARDS Description: ELY MN.

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Alabama TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/0402 Issued: 01/18/2005 17:20 Effective: 03/19/2005 22:00 - Undetermined State: AL Facility: ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA. Type: HAZARDS Description: ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, ANNISTON AL.

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Tango-Uniform? Commander Aircraft Spirals Into Chapter 7

The ongoing descent of a once-promising GA manufacturer continues as Bethany, OK's Commander Aircraft Company has proceeded from the protection of Chapter 11 bankruptcy (which would have allowed for reorganization) to a seemingly final Chapter 7 liquidation.

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T-37 v. Crop Duster MidAir

USAF Pilots Bail, Cropduster Killed

A USAF T-37 jet trainer from Sheppard AFB has been involved in a Tuesday midair collision with a crop dusting aircraft. The collision shortly before noon local time at an altitude estimated at 5000 feet. The collision occurred over rural southwestern Oklahoma.

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First Flight: Bombardier Global Express XRS

Meets All Expectations On Demanding Maiden Flight

Bombardier’s new-generation Global Express XRS business jet has successfully completed a rigorous 4-hour, 4-minute first flight, marking a significant milestone for the much-anticipated intercontinental aircraft. The flight occurred Jan. 16, according to the program schedule established at official launch in October 2003. The first Certificate of Airworthiness is expected shortly and customer deliveries of completed aircraft are on schedule to begin in the first quarter of 2006.

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ETCUSA Releases ProTrainer Flight Training Software

ETCUSA has released their latest flight training product, "ProTrainer(TM)." After years of development and extensive flight-testing, ETC's Interactive Division, located in Eugene, Oregon, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of their ProTrainer(TM) PCATD (Personal Computer Airplane Training Device) and ProTrainer(TM) Desktop products.

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AOPA Offers $25K Matching Donation for Tsunami Relief

AOPA Working With GA-Based International Aid Organization, Air Serv

The images and statistics from the Southeast Asian tsunami have been overwhelming. As the scope of this tragedy continues to grow, pilots are among the millions of Americans asking the same question: What can I do to assist the relief effort? The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has received an ever-increasing number of e-mails and phone calls from members asking for guidance on this subject; some even suggesting they volunteer to go to Southeast Asia to fly in the relief effort.

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Gulfstream Rolls Out New Gulfstream G150 Business Jet

Wide-Cabin, High-Speed G150 On Schedule for First Customer Delivery in 3Q/06

Gulfstream Aerospace has roiled out the first wide-cabin, high-speed G150 business jet aircraft. First announced in September 2002, the G150 remains on schedule for customer deliveries in the third quarter of 2006.

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Airgator Signs Corporate Partnership Agreement With CAP

The Civil Air Patrol has signed a corporate partnership agreement with AirGator, a New York - based aviation company. AirGator specializes in navigation and situational awareness products for aviation, marine and public safety communities.

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EAA Hosts Ultralight Flight Instructor Ground School

Scheduled For Oshkosh On March 12-13

Aviation enthusiasts working toward an ultralight instructor rating or sharpening their instruction skills have an opportunity to participate in two days of high-quality instruction sponsored by EAA.

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Privatair Inaugurates New Zurich - New York Route With BBJ2

Flying On Behalf Of Swiss International Air Lines

Last Sunday, January 16, 2005, PrivatAir launched its new business class only private airline service between Zurich and New York's Newark airport on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines. The route is operated on an ACMI basis 6 days per week (every day except Saturday) with a brand new 56 seat Boeing Business Jet 2.

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USAF Secretary Roche Retires

Airmen, along with servicemembers from more than 14 nations, bid farewell to the 20th Secretary of the Air Force Jan. 18th. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz presented Air Force Secretary Dr. James G. Roche the Department of Defense award for distinguished public service upon his retirement.

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Airbus Launches New Livery

In the midst of the all the hullabaloo associated with the official rollout of the Airbus A380, a new livery for the Airbus aircraft family was unveiled on 18 January 2005, with the first public presentation of the company's new flagship, the A380.

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FedEx Express To Be First to Take Delivery of Airbus A380 Freighter

FedEx Express has announced that it will be first to take delivery of the giant Airbus A380-800F in August 2008 and the first to deploy the plane in service for its global customers.

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TSA: Flight Students A Threat, But Arsonists To Drive Tanker Trucks

Yesterday, I suggested that the Transportation Security Administration had yet to hit rock bottom. A news story I read reassured me that, while the Agency hadn't hit that elusive target yet, it sure hadn't stopped trying. 

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German Federal Border Police Selects Ryan Int'l

Collision Avoidance and NVG Display To Be Installed On Eurocopter Fleet

Ryan International Corporation’s 9900BX Traffic Advisory Systems (TAS) and NVG Multi-Hazard Display’s (MHD) has been selected by the German Federal Border Police (BGS) as exclusive supplier of independent airborne surveillance radar for installation on the Eurocopter EC-135 and EC-155 helicopter fleet.

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Combat Weather Forecasters Fight ‘Fog Of War’

It rolls in when it wants to, covers everything in its path and makes visibility so poor you can barely see your hand in front of your face. It is what some in Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan, call “the fog of war.”

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day 01.19.05

“Remember, our government has ruled that any tsunami-specific donation made before January 31 of this year can be applied to your 2004 taxes. I know, personally, this gave me extra incentive to donate beyond my initial December gift as this tragedy further unfolds. Plus, AOPA will be matching all member donations up to $25,000.”

Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, talking about the recent tsunami disaster and what the GA world can do to help.

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TX TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/0413 Issued: 01/18/2005 23:10 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: TX Facility: ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX. Type: HAZARDS Description: WICHITA FALLS..

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AL TFR: 03.19.05-UFN

At Least They Gave Us Plenty Of Warning...

NOTAM: 5/0402 Issued: 01/18/2005 17:20 Effective: 03/19/2005 22:00 - Undetermined State: AL Facility: ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA. Type: HAZARDS Description: ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, ANNISTON AL.

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MN TFR: 01.19.05

NOTAM: 5/0407 Issued: 01/18/2005 21:10 Effective: 01/19/2005 17:30 - 01/19/2005 18:45 State: CO Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: HAZARDS Description: ELY MN.

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