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April 14, 2005

Shuttle Fueling Test Successful

First Time In More Than Two Years

Discovery passed another critical milestone Thursday, as the space shuttle's external fuel tank was filled to launch levels in preparation for its return to flight. The test began at 0814 EDT on Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, FL.

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Second Eclipse 500 Enters Flight Testing

That Makes Eclipse The First VLJ Manufacturer With Two FAA Conforming Aircraft in Flight Testing

The Eclipse 500 program took a major step forward Thursday with the successful first flight of its second certification flight test aircraft. Company executives said they hope to have the very light jet (VLJ) completely through the FAA certification process early next year.

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Confirmed: NASA Administrator Michael Griffin

Vote Was Unanimous

Dr. Michael Griffin, chosen by President Bush to lead America's space agency, was confirmed Thursday by a unanimous vote of the Senate.

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Parade of Light Sport Aircraft Continues

Many international aircraft manufactures are quickly adapting to the new FAA categories for light sport aircraft. An impressive contender is the Kappa KP-5, ready-to-fly, two place airplane.

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Avidyne Announces Radar Display For Flightmax Entegra EX5000 MFD

Avidyne has added airborne weather radar display capability to the FlightMax Entegra EX5000, when interfaced with the RDR 2000 digital radar system. 

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EASA Certified: DA-40 FP

FAA Certification Expected Next Month

The fixed pitch version of the Diamond Star has received certification from the European Aircraft Safety Agency (EASA). FAA certification for the DA40-FP is expected mid-May.

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The New VWS: How's It Look?

AOPA Evaluates NORAD's Visual Warning System In Live Flight Demo

After expressing safety concerns and pressing for an opportunity to preview a new laser warning system intended to alert pilots who stray into the Washington Metropolitan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) or too close to the flight-restricted zone inside it, AOPA staff members Wednesday had a chance to see the system in action during an in-flight demonstration.

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Prop Strike!

While admiring a series of vintage Fairchild trainers (see "Fair Fairchilds") with PT-19 owner LCDR Joe Miller, USN (ret)., Richard Evans, a friend of Joe's, came up to us with a hair-raising prop strike story.

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Excel Jet Signs Agreement with Williams for FJ33-4A

Excel Jet, Ltd,. and Williams International announced they have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the Michigan-based engine maker to supply powerplants for the Sport-Jet single-engine very light jet aircraft.

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Meet Champion Performers At SnF

Champion Provides The Spark

Visitors to Sun 'n Fun will have the opportunity to greet some of their favorite performers at the Champion Aerospace Booth. Kirby Chamblis, Patty Wagstaff, Michael Goulian and the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team will all be making appearances over the next several days at booth B-020

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FAA: Culturally Adverse To Change?

GAO Report Says That's A Hindrance To Progress

The people who work at the FAA are so resistant to change that they've actually hindered progress in trying to modernize the agency. So says a new report from the General Accountability Office.

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Vern Raburn Logs Some VLJ Airtime

Eclipse CEO Logs Time in Eclipse N503EA

We wish we could tell you exactly how Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn described his first flight in the airplane he has fought so hard to bring to market, the Eclipse 500. Suffice it to say that he thought it was (in part) "way cool..."

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Rebirth of 2 Place Market In The Works: Symphony SA-160

ANN is doing its best to follow the developments of a renewed Symphony Aircraft Industry's rather rapid series of achievements.

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Lancair 'Fly Columbia Tour' Set To Roll

Showroom on Wheels Begins National Tour

The Columbia aircraft experience is coming to an airport near you via the Company’s new “Fly Columbia Tour” kicking off May 6-8 at the Central Texas Air Show in Temple, Texas.

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Aero-Businessman Goes To Jail

Flamboyant Aero-Equipment Maker Gets "Hard Time" For IRS Scam

Al Thompson wanted to succeed in aviation in the worst way... and apparently did just that.

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Power Flow Intro's 'Short Stack' Exhausts For Skyhawks and Cardinals

The "Exhaust Wizard" Keeps With The Magic

Power Flow Systems, manufacturers of a tuned exhaust system that is now available for a wide range of single engine aircraft, has introduced a new "short stack" exhaust pipe that can be retrofitted.

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The Work Continues: Two More Vietnam MIA Servicemen Id'd

The DoD POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) has announced that the remains of two U.S. Army officers, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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Veterans: Lancair Wants YOU!

Returning Vets May Find New Home At The Lancair Company

The Lancair Company has announced that it is actively soliciting veterans returning from active duty in Iraq to help fill some of the approximately 100 positions it’s currently adding as part of a major expansion program.

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Cessna Adopts Seatbelt Airbag System For S/E Line

Cessna Aircraft will be equipping all of its new single engine piston aircraft with AmSafe Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIR) seatbelt airbags.

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World Fighter Market Impacted By F/A-22 Program Cuts

US Cuts Could Be Felt Worldwide, Says Study

Proposed cutbacks in the US Air Force's prized F/A-22 fighter program could have a major impact on both the scope and composition of the world market for fighter/attack/jet trainer aircraft over the next 10 years, according to a new Forecast International market analysis.

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Duggy The DC-3 Debuts

Ever Seen An Airplane Smile?

A bright yellow DC-3 is on display at Sun 'n Fun this week from the National Aviation Hall of Fame's SkyReach program. "Duggy" is the name of the brightly painted airplane with the happy smile that has made its national debut here in Lakeland.

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Blackhawk King Air XP Now Offers McCauley 4-Bladed Prop

McCauley is offering Blackhawk King Air XP operators another option to improve the performance of their aircraft. The FAA granted Blackhawk Modifications a STC for installation of a McCauley C762 four-bladed propeller for the Blackhawk King Air XP.

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Story Of Glacier Girl Is Retold

From Forced Landing To Award Winning Restoration

Expedition Leader Bob Cardin and Pilot Steve Hinton spoke today at Sun 'n Fun, sharing the history of the restored P-38 "Glacier Girl."

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ACI-NA Launches Airport Bond Initiative

ACI-NA and the Project Finance Institute (PFI) of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) signed an agreement to improve and defend the tax treatment of airport bonds.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.14.05)

"...people looking at Mr. Thompson now need to know you do go to jail. They need to know Mr. Thompson is not their hero. He is going to jail." Source: US District Judge William B. Shubb, while sentencing tax-cheat and former aviation busness person, Al Thompson, to six years in Federal prison.

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