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## Avidyne First To Certify XM Satellite Weather Interface For The Piston-Single Through Very-Light-Jet Market

Avidyne has announced they have received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval for the XM WX Satellite Weather and Heads Up Technologies XM receiver interface for their FlightMax� Entegra display systems. TSO approval for the XM weather interface was awarded to Avidyne on September 22.

## No Charge For The Extra Range

Cessna celebrated the delivery of the first two Citation Sovereigns yesterday. The aircraft were delivered to customers in Mexico City, Mexico and Green Bay (WI).

Adam Aircraft says it's received a Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the FAA on its A500 Centerline Twin. As of September 30, 2004, Adam Aircraft says it has successfully demonstrated to the FAA that the A500 is conformed, has passed structural, system, and company flight testing for Type Inspection Authorization. FAA test pilots are now authorized to evaluate the aircraft for their flight test review for final Type Certification.

## Riddle CAPT Cadet Gets Typed!

We at Aero-News have been following the progress of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Commercial Airline Pilot Training program (CAPT) program for a while. Everyone at the program from director Paul Woessner (a one-time lighter-than-air record setter, now trying to teach an old university new tricks), through the instructors, to the students has impressed us. Now we can tell you that CAPT Cadet Charles "Chuck" Allen has successfully completed his MD90 Type Rating by passing a comprehensive checkride with an FAA examiner.

## X Prize: Behind The Fence

On the big screen TV that shows the image of SpaceShipOne as seen from the long-range cameras at Edwards AFB, the steady arrowhead with its straight white vapor trail suddenly turns into a rapidly rolling corkscrew. Most of the spectators simply accept the image as normal, but a few in the crowd, those acquainted with high speed- high altitude flight realize that something is very wrong. There is the sudden awareness that the carnival atmosphere on the ground at Mojave could now turn into something far more serious.

## BA A319 Diverted, Escorted After "Hoax"

For the third time in a week, a commercial passenger aircraft in Europe has diverted from its intended destination after becoming the subject of specific -- and apparently credible -- threats. In none of the three cases has any weapon or bomb been found.

## The Columbia 350 And 400 Demand A Continuous Training Regimen

Chesapeake Aviation Training, of Baltimore, Maryland, now provides Lancair factory instruction for the Columbia 350 and Columbia 400.

## Old Technology May Be Perfect Surveillance Solution

By ANN Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien The DC skies, bereft of anything but airline and military traffic since September, 2001, yesterday saw a new silhouette, or perhaps it would be better to say the return of an old silhouette: the blimp.

## Man Ticketed For Landing Helo In His Own Back Yard

John Kjekstad just didn't want to deal with the traffic on the Merritt Parkway. Unlike a lot of us who dread the commute home from work each day, Kjekstad was in a position to do something about it.

## Copilot Kristian Markus Andresen Hailed As Hero... Again

Norwegian officials and citizens alike are heaping praise on Kristian Markus Andresen, a Kato Air pilot who, twice in ten months went to extraordinary lengths to save his plane and his passengers. This, after Andresen, who was the copilot on a Kato Air Dornier 228 carrying eleven passengers Wednesday when a man stormed into the cockpit and started hacking at the flight crew with an axe.

## Navy Welcomes New Ordnance To The Fleet

The US Navy Wednesday welcomed Raytheon Company's Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile into its arsenal at a fleet introduction ceremony in the Pentagon. The Block IV officially achieved initial operating capability (IOC) on May 27, 2004, with the loading of the first missile onboard USS Stethem (DDG-63), a guided missile destroyer.

## Ed And Company To Be On Display At NBAA/Vegas

SSAC says it will have a news update on the SJ30-2 aircraft and will give away 100 FREE poster photos of the twinjet in flight, signed by the legendary Ed Swearingen. The posters will be given to the first attendees in line after the update at the NBAA Las Vegas Convention Center, Oct 12, 2004 at 10:30 am opening day Tuesday.

## Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.01.04)

"It wasn't a spin it was a vertical roll. And it was a perfectly vertical roll, so there was little discomfort; I thought it was kind of cool." Source: SpaceShipOne test pilot Mike Melvill, dismissing media excitement\over the unexpected roll of the spacecraft as it approached the border of space. FMI: www.scaled.com

AD NUMBER: 2004-20-06 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-20-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330 and A340series airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual to provide procedures forthe flightcrew to follow in the event of the loss of all liquid crystal display (LCD) units on airplanes equipped with the EIS2 standard of electronic instrument system.

AD NUMBER: 2004-19-04 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls- Royce plc (RR) RB211-22B,B211-524, and RB211-535 series turbofan engines. This AD requires revising the Time Limits Manual for RR RB211-22B, RB211-524, and RB211-535 series turbofan engines.

AD NUMBER: 2004-20-02 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-20-02 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model 707and 720 series airplanes, that requires an inspection of the main landing gear (MLG) lock support fitting and the wing fillet flap support link for damage, and corrective action, if necessary.

AD NUMBER: 2004-20-05 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-20-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual to provide procedures for the flightcrew to follow in the event of the loss of all liquid crystal display (LCD)units on airplanes equipped with a certain EIS2 standard of electronic instrument system.

## Monday Is The Day

1701 PDT, 09.30.04: ANN, the official news pool service representing the X Prize organization, has just learned that SpaceShipOne has been released for launch this Monday, in the final qualifying flight needed to win the \$10 Million dollar Ansari X Prize. X Prize Boss Peter Diamandis talked to ANN's Jim Campbell, within minutes of an official discussion with Burt Rutan, confirming that Rutan voiced a "95% confidence" in the schedule for the breathlessly anticipated second launch attempt.