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April 13, 2005

Close Call For New Zealand's Prime Minister

Door Of Her Piper Aztec Blew Open In Rough Air

"Are you going to live or die?" New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said that thought raced through her mind as she was shaken and bruised Wednesday when the door of her chartered aircraft blew open and the aircraft began a sudden, steep dive.

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TSA Wants To Yank 400 Screener Jobs At Hartsfield

Travel Advocates, Georgia Lawmakers Are Howling!

The TSA has a lot of problems on its hands, but one of the most pressing is how to cut 2,000 jobs in order to meet a Congressionally-mandated cap of 45,000. The embattled agency, whose director has resigned effective in June and whose scope of service is being drastically cut back by the Bush administration wants to hand out 400 of those pink slips to screeners at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Cessna To Install AmSafe Airbags In GA Planes

Standard Equipment All Skyhawks, Skylanes, Stationairs

Cessna says it will now begin equipping all new single engine piston aircraft with AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR) seatbelt airbags. To date, AmSafe seatbelt airbags have been installed on over 100 Cessna single engine piston aircraft.

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Search For Missing Indonesian Plane Suspended

Will Continue Thursday

Bad weather and dense mountain foliage forced rescue and recovery teams to suspend their search Wednesday after a deHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter went down in the central highlands of West Papau, Indonesia. Officials, however, promised to resume their efforts Thursday morning.

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BRS Delivers First Parachute On First Light Sport Special

Flightstar Delivers The First Certified Light Sport CT with ASTM Standard Ballistic Parachute

BRS is celebrating the arrival of the first Light Sport Special aircraft at Lakeland, Florida along with Flightstar President Tom Peghiny.

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Int'l Young Eagles Day Takes Flight On June 11th

Thousands of young people will take to the sky on Saturday, June 11, as EAA volunteers continue an outstanding aviation tradition - International Young Eagles Day.

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How's The Air Up There? New Study Says... Dangerous

Expert: Most People Don't Know Enough To Be Properly Concerned

Fear about the safety of the air in airplane cabins heightens whenever the possibility of a new or emerging infection, such as SARS or avian (bird) flu, appears in the headlines. Each new report of an avian flu outbreak raises questions about whether airplane cabin air can transmit the virus, which some scientists predict could be the source of the next major global influenza epidemic.

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Fueling The Fire: France Weighs A350 Subsidies

Approval Could Trigger WTO Suit

French officials say they've received Airbus's application for an estimated $1.6 billion in refundable grants to develop its competitor to the Boeing 787 -- the A350. That could very well trigger lawyers who are waiting in the wings at the Word Trade Organization, ready to file the biggest trade suit that entity has ever seen.

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WWII Missing in Action AAF Aviator ID'd

A Fallen (But NEVER Forgotten!) Flyer Returns

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Tuesday that the remains of an Army Air Forces crewman have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with military honors.

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A Reprieve For Hubble?

President's Nominee To Lead NASA Wants Another Look At Rescue Mission

If NASA Administrator-designee Michael Griffin has his way, the beleagured Hubble Space Telescope may not be dead... yet.

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Capstone Goes International

Anchorage Firm Becomes First To Export Capstone Technology

ADS-B Technologies says it's become the first to export Capstone technology out of the US. Company President Skip Nelson said his firm has signed a contract with the Civil Aviation Flight University of China to sell US-developed Capstone products and services in Asia.

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Flying Heritage Collection To Make Appearance at Arlington 2005

The Flying Heritage Collection, featuring rare World War I and World War II planes acquired by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and restored to flying condition, will display a portion of its aircraft at the Arlington 2005 EAA Fly-In on July 6-10.

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'Set And Forget' Climate Control Certified For Columbia 350 And 400

The Lancair Company is announcing certification of general aviation’s first intelligent system for Columbia 350 and 400 certified aircraft. The climate control system allows Columbia operators to set their desired cabin temperature using a digital display on the instrument panel.

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Cessna Claims SE Piston A/C Orders 'Surpass Expectations'

Cessna Aircraft Company says that their single engine piston aircraft order book is bulging. Over the past three weeks, Cessna has received over 450 single engine aircraft orders.

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Give Me A PA32... But Hold The Ice, Please!

Piper Introduces Emergency Icing Protection On PA-32s

New Piper Aircraft, Inc. will offer its new Piper Inadvertent Icing Protection System (PIIPS) as optional equipment on it's unpressurized six-seat single-engine models.

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BRS And Symphony Aircraft Industries Team Up

Ballistic Recovery Systems has announced that it has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Symphony Aircraft Industries (SAI). The Joint agreement allows Symphony to become the first certificated high-wing design to offer the parachute factory installed. 

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Avidyne Announces FlightCenter™ Aviation Datalink Services

Avidyne has launched its FlightCenter™ suite of datalink-enabled services. FlightCenter delivers aviation services both on the ground via the internet, and in the air through Avidyne’s MultiLink™-enabled FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck, and FlightMax EX500 and EX5000 multi-function displays (MFD).

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Vandenberg Launches Micro-Satellite

Airmen of the 1st Air and Space Test Squadron launched XSS-11, a self-maneuvering, micro-satellite, into polar orbit, April 11.

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Baron 55s & Cessna 310s Have New McCauley Blackmac STC Option

The FAA has granted an STC to McCauley Propeller Systems for installation of a new three bladed propeller for the Beechcraft Baron 95-55, 95-A55, 95-B55, 95-B55A, and 95-B55B. A new three-bladed STC has also been awarded for the Cessna E310J, 310J and 310L.

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Renamed: Beechcraft Bonanzas and Barons

Raytheon Aircraft Company Renames Legendary Beechcraft Bonanza And Beechcraft Baron

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.13.05)

"The reality is that pilots have to be prepared for the unexpected... When weather forecasts are off the mark, and pilots inadvertently find themselves in icing conditions, the build up of airframe ice can be quick and dangerous." Source: New Piper's Molly Martin Pearce, Director of Dealer Relations & Sales, commenting on the reason why Piper introduced their new PIIPS (Piper Inadvertent Icing Protection System) system. 

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-21 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-21 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model 747-200F and -200C series airplanes, that currently requires repetitive detailed inspections or a one-time open-hole high frequency eddy current inspection to detect cracking of certain areas of the upper deck floor beams, and corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-24 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-24 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes. This AD requires inspecting the thrust reversers for damage of the insulation blankets, the inner wall, and the compression and drag link fittings; and repair if necessary.

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AD: Avions Marcell Dassault

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-23 MANUFACTURER: Avions Marcell Dassault SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-23 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Dassault Model Falcon 10 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-25 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-25 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A300 B2 and B4 series airplanes; Model A300 B4-600, A300 B4-600R, A300 C4-605R Variant F, and A300 F4-600R (collectively called A300-600) series airplanes; and Model A310 series airplanes.

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