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December 12, 2004

NASA Installs Main Engines On Discovery

The three Main Engines that will help launch Space Shuttle Discovery on its Return to Flight mission were installed in the Shuttle this week at the Orbiter Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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ICAS '04: Firecat Is A Total Performance Package

Rich Perkins is the kind of pilot whose name comes up when conversations turn to "the pilot's pilot."

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ICAS '04: John Cudahy Pleased With Convention

ANN covered this year's ICAS 2004 convention in Las Vegas, and just before it was all over and into the history books, we spent a few minutes with ICAS president John Cudahy to get his comments and thoughts on not only the convention, but what he thinks 2005 will bring to the industry.

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Signature Flight Support Opens JAX FBO, Acquires Irish FBO

Signature Flight Support has opened a new FBO at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and acquired FBO Shannon, at Shannon International Airport in Ireland.

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Another Venezuelan SkyTruck In Fatal Crash

Yet another Venezuelan PZL M-28 SkyTruck, property of the Venezuelan Air Force, has crashed, this time talking the lives of 16 people, including six female civilians and two Army generals.

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ICAS '04: Proof Positive Spicy Food And Jet-A Do Not Mix

We've all seen the jet powered vehicles out there on the air show circuit. However, every once in while, someone with mechanical ability gets a truly bizarre idea of what to do with a jet engine.

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NATA Pleased With TSA Screening Legislation

NATA comments on the recently passed legislation that directs responsibility for screening lists to the TSA. The association has also issued recommendations for maintenance checklist for private aircraft operators.

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Intelsat Americas-7 Investigation Continues

Intelsat announced on Friday that 22 transponders on the Intelsat-Americas-7 satellite have been tested, are performing normally and are available to be put back into service. Also, the launch of IA-8 has been delayed until the IA-7 analysis is completed.

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Aero News Quote of the Day (12.12.04)

"NATA is pleased that the Congress has clarified that it is the responsibility of the TSA, not the individual carriers, to screen the names of potential customers against terrorist watch lists. We are also glad to see that the government recognizes the right of an air charter operator to deny service to anyone whose name appears on any of the government watch lists." Source: NATA President James K. Coyne, commenting on the passage of legislation in the Senate and House which places the responsibility for passenger screening lists squarely in the hands of the TSA.

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SO Close... First Eclipse 500 Certification Flight Test Aircraft Rolls Out

First Flight "Imminent"

Eclipse Aviation Corporation announced that its first certification flight test aircraft, the Eclipse 500 with tail number N503EA, rolled out today (Saturday). The aircraft features two Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW610F turbofan engines and is scheduled for its first flight by December 31, 2004.

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