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October 21, 2005

Aero-News Alert: Sebring FL's US Sport Aviation Expo Postponed Due to Hurricane

As a result of the uncertainty of the storm's track, intensity and issues with the main provider of tents and associated equipment, the US Sport Aviation Expo has been postponed to January 11th, 2006.

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Aero-News Network Will Be Offering DAILY Coverage of AOPA Expo 2005

The Aero-News Network, the aviation world's DAILY news service, is going to be webcasting live from the floor of the 2005 AOPA Expo.

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Cessna Looking Good, But Textron Loses Money

Wichita-Plane Maker Says 2006 Looks Even Better

Battered by Hurricane Katrina and forced by economics to write down the cost of a fastener division, Textron lost money in the third quarter -- about $164 million. But the company's Cessna division is going strong, on the road to recovery after the industry slump that began with the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

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Watchdog Slams Air Force Space Policy

Says Monopolistic Merger Limits Competition, Costs Taxpayers

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) Thursday urged the Air Force against granting sole-source contracts for heavy satellite launches to United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Regulators are expected to rule on the merger shortly and the companies are now jointly negotiating for the third round of launches under the $32 billion Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, which will cover 23 missions lasting through 2011 and beyond. Despite the cost overruns, schedule delays, and scandals that have plagued EELV, there is no legal requirement for the Air Force to consider additional bidders that may emerge before 2011.

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NWA Sends Planes Back To Lease Companies

But Bankruptcy Judge Says Airline Has To Give Five Days' Notice

The New York federal judge overseeing Northwest Airlines' bankruptcy said this week the troubled carrier can indeed start returning its leased aircraft to their owners.

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Pilot Hurt By Runaway Plane

He Was Hand-Propping The Luscombe

It's a danger we all face anytime we try to hand-prop an aircraft -- but this time, the danger was very real for a Paradise, CA, pilot whose plane got away from him.

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Colorado TFR: 10.24.05 - 10.25.05

NOTAM:  5/9672  Issued:  10/21/2005 17:20  Effective:  10/24/2005 22:20 - 10/25/2005 01:55  State:  CO  Facility:  ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO.  Type:  VIP  Description:  DENVER, COLORADO, OCTOBER 24 2005 LOCAL. 

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Texas TFR: 10.22.05

NOTAM:  5/9638  Issued:  10/20/2005 19:50  Effective:  10/22/2005 00:50 - 10/22/2005 16:20  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  DALLAS, TEXAS, OCTOBER 21-22, 2005 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS AIRCRAFT...

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South Carolina TFR: 10.28.05 - 10.30.05

NOTAM Number :  FDC 5/9650   Issue Date : October 21, 2005 at 12:59 UTC Location : Camden, South Carolina near CHESTERFIELD VOR/DME (CTF) Beginning Date and Time : October 28, 2005 at 18:00 UTC Ending Date and Time : October 30, 2005 at 19:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM : Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy F/A-18 demonstration team Type : Airshow

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Tennessee TFR: 10.27.05 - 10.30.05

NOTAM:  5/9651  Issued:  10/21/2005 15:10  Effective:  10/27/2005 16:00 - 10/30/2005 21:00  State:  TN  Facility:  ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  CHATANOOGA TN. 

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Kitfox Bankruptcy Documents Reveal Massive Debts

A perusal of the first rounds of court documents filed in the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy of Skystar Aircraft reveals a company that was dealing with massive debt and some business practices that appear, at the least, problematic.

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Columbia Announces Base Price Reduction For The C-350

Wait A Second... A Price Reduction?

Here's a nice surprise. Columbia Aircraft (CAM) has JUST announced that it has reduced the base price of the Columbia 350 by just over $20,000 effective immediately.

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NATO Ponders Huge Airlift To Help Pakistani Quake Victims

Secretary General: "NATO Will Act Accordingly"

As UN officials tried to unravel the situation in quake-ravaged Pakistan they said was worse than the horror in Indonesia following the tsunami, NATO delegates were to meet Friday to decide how they will respond. They were reportedly going to consider urgent pleas for a massive airlift of food and equipment into the worst-hit areas of the Muslim country.

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US Pressures Israel Into Canceling Venezuelan Air Force Upgrades

Israel Was To Install New Systems In Venezuelan F-16s

It's a deal that would have made Israel a lot of money. But it would have also made Israel's number-one financial backer -- the US -- mighty mad. So in the end, officials in Jerusalem took a pass on a contract to upgrade Venezuela's fleet of F-16 fighters.

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Klyde Morris 10.21.05

Klyde Senses The Addition Of A New A380...

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Australian Pair Face Security Charges

Two Men Accused Of Carrying Airport IDs When They Shouldn't Have

Two former contractors for the Australian flag carrier, Qantas, have been charged with illegally carrying Aviation Security Identification Cards at Sydney Airport Tuesday. Qantas found out and immediately reported the incident to Australian Federal Police.

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European Insurers Want To Pull Out Of Commercial Aviation Coverage

Airlines Wouldn't Be Covered If Hit By Certain Types Of Terrorism

European insurance carriers are threatening to leave European air carriers in the lurch if they're attacked -- or used in attacks -- by terrorists who employ biological, chemical or nuclear weapons. If insurers follow through with that threat, civil aviation in Europe would be wide open to financial loss in the case of a "dirty bomb" attack.

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EADS Subsidiaries To Provide Parts For Boeing 787

It IS A Small World

Through the wonders of the global market, two companies with a common parent -- the European Aerospace Defence & Space Co., which also owns 80 percent of Airbus SAS -- have been contracted to provide parts for Airbus archrival Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner.

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Blue Angels Visit San Diego-Area Kids

More than 50 children and their parents visited members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels team at Miramar, Calif., Oct. 14.

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Gone West: Graham Lee

'He Was The Bob Vila Of The Homebuilt World'

Aero-News was saddened to learn from one of our readers that Graham Lee -- noted designer of, among others, the Nieuport 11 WWI-replica homebuilt biplane -- died unexpectedly earlier this month after a brief bout with cancer. He was 82.

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V-22 Bowing Out Of CSAR-X Competition

The Bell-Boeing V-22 team tells ANN that is has made the decision to not submit a proposal for the US Air Force's  CSAR-X (Combat Search and Rescue) competition, as announced on October 5th.

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ISS Looks Into Eye Of Record-Setting Hurricane

And Heading Right For ANN HQ... Wish Us Luck!

Television cameras aboard the international space station are showing dramatic views of record-setting Hurricane Wilma. The video captured from 222 miles above the storm is airing on the NASA TV Video File segment.

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EAA Airventure 2005 Now Available On Video And DVD

You Attended The Fly-In, Now See The Movie

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005 one of the best gatherings in the event's history, is now chronicled by the organization on video and DVD. This one certainly deserves consideration as a fixture on the ol' media shelf.

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Alteon 737-800 Sim Certified In Mexico

DGAC Grants Level "D" Certification

Boeing's Alteon Training, working with Centro De Capacitacion Alas De America (ALAS), has received Mexican Direccion General De Aeronautical Civil (DGAC) Level "D" certification on its 737-800 full-flight simulator at the ALAS training center in Mexico City. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.21.05)

"You must rest assured that NATO fully realizes the gravity of the situation and … NATO will act accordingly." Source: NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, regarding the organization's possible responses to the October 8 earthquake in Pakistan that, according to NATO, resulted in damage exceeding the aftermath of last year's tsunami in Indonesia.  

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Missouri VIP TFR: 10.21.05

NOTAM: 5/9616 Issued: 10/20/2005 16:20 Effective: 10/21/2005 19:25 - 10/21/2005 23:40 State: MO Facility: ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO. Type: VIP Description: ST.LOUIS, MISSOURI

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Texas VIP TFR: 10.22.05

NOTAM: 5/9638 Issued: 10/20/2005 19:50 Effective: 10/22/2005 00:50 - 10/22/2005 01:40 State: TX Facility: ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: DALLAS, TEXAS

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Maryland VIP TFR: 10.22.05 - 10.23.05

NOTAM: 5/9603 Issued: 10/20/2005 14:10 Effective: 10/22/2005 01:30 - 10/23/2005 21:00 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: HAGERSTOWN/THURMONT, MARYLAND

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Pennsylvania VIP TFR: 10.21.05

NOTAM: 5/9611 Issued: 10/20/2005 14:40 Effective: 10/21/2005 14:30 - 10/21/2005 17:55 State: PA Facility: ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY. Type: VIP Description: SHAVERTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

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Utah VIP TFR: 10.22.05 - 10.26.05

NOTAM: 5/9615 Issued: 10/20/2005 15:50 Effective: 10/22/2005 18:10 - 10/26/2005 16:05 State: WY Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: VIP Description: JACKSON, WYOMING

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