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December 14, 2004

O'Keefe Turns In Resignation

NASA Administrator Quits To Pursue LSU Job

It's official: NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe resigned Monday, after applying for the chancellorship of Louisiana State University over the weekend.

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Europeans Quietly Purchasing US Aerospace Firms

If You Can't Beat 'Em... Buy 'Em

Quietly, without fanfare or much notice from the world's markets, European defense contractors have been buying up aerospace firms in the US. The LA Times reports those transactions have, in themselves, been small -- less than $100 million each. But when you put it all together, The 20 companies European firms have bought so far this year are worth almost $2 billion.

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Tanis President Laid To Rest

Gary Schmidt, Friend Lost In GA Accident

Monday was a day of mourning at Tanis Aircraft Services as the company's leader was laid to rest. Company President Gary Schmidt and a close friend were lost Thursday when their Piper Cherokee Six crashed short of the runway during an IFR approach to Glenwood Municipal Airport, MN. 

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No Reports Of Trouble Before Houston G-III Accident

CVR, Controller Tapes Indicate All Was Normal Until The End

There was no indication of trouble from the cockpit of a Gulfstream G-III before it went down in low IMC on approach to Houston Hobby, according to the NTSB. Radar tracks, along with analysis of the CVR and controller tapes, show the bizjet descended normally -- until controllers noticed that the aircraft was flying too low.

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Aero-Views: BE A PILOT On The Demise Of The Wings Channel

"We Did Our Part"

By Drew Steketee, President and CEO, BE A PILOT The BE A PILOT program was the largest aviation sponsor on the soon to be gone Discovery Wings Channel -- by far. There were few others. One I know bought only nine commercials -- not enough to do anything on TV.

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The Army Upgrades Chutes -- and Training Methods (Part I)

Hognose Flies The Sim -- Parachute Sim, That Is

by Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien Yep, there's a parachute simulator... a combination of American ingenuity, high-tech, and good sense that enhances training quality and -- something a guy whose last parachute jump led to three months in a cast can really get behind -- reduces training injuries.

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Bell Helicopter Readies For V-22 Full Rate Production

Adding New Jobs At Fort Worth And Amarillo

Bell Helicopter Chief Executive Officer Michael Redenbaugh announced Monday the company is moving its V-22 Program Office from Fort Worth to Amarillo, TX. "We're doing this now in anticipation of the eventual need to ramp up for full rate production on the V-22," he said.

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Tragedy Marks Lahore Kite Festival

Seven Killed, More Than 100 Hurt

The annual kite flying festival in Lahore, Pakistan, turned deadly over the weekend. Seven people lost their lives, more than 100 were hurt and power was repeated knocked out to hundreds of thousands of people.

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B-17 Liberty Belle Finally Takes Flight

Don Brooks' Tribute To WWII Aviators

The 13th B-17 still flying anywhere in the world finally took to the skies after a 14-year restoration in Kissimmee, FL, last week.

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Corsairs Over Connecticut

Warbird Returns To Their Roots For 60th Anniversary Of WWII Victory

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII, June 2005 will see nine Chance Vought F4U Corsairs return home to Connecticut for the Veterans Salute, a celebration honoring the men and woman who worked on the home front and served in the military during WWII.

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Monthly Pilot Hiring Report Looking Up

9,500 New Jobs Created So Far This Year

With December's hiring numbers still to be counted, it appears the airline pilot sector will have created approximately 9,500 new airline pilot jobs in 2004 - up 5,200 from what the airlines forecast in early January of this year (4,300 new jobs). This month the National sector led the pack once again by hiring 298 pilots, Non-jets took over the second position hiring 208 and Jet-operators finished third with 109. The total furlough numbers jumped slightly to 9,279 from 9,231 in November.

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CharterX Releases Industry XChange 5.0

Finding The Right Plane At The Right Price

CharterX has released the fifth generation of its online marketplace, the Industry XChange, where air charter buyers and sellers meet. Companies involved with air charter or unscheduled air taxi (Part 135) have unique requirements for the latest information on airplane availability, scheduling and pricing because of the varied and rapid client demands.

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Nominations Now Open For 2005 EAA Homebuilders Hall Of Fame

Must Be Postmarked By February 1st

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2005 class of inductees to the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame, which honors those who have made significant achievements in the amateur-built aircraft community.

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CMC Electronics Sells Cincinnati Electronics Business Unit

New Owner: L3 Communications Corporation

CMC Electronics Inc. says it has finalized the sale of its Cincinnati Electronics business unit (also known as CMC Electronics Cincinnati) to L-3 Communications Corporation, further to having received all the required U.S. regulatory approvals. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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AIR, Inc.'s Atlanta Sim Prep Center Expands

Left Seat Or Right

Aviation Information Resources, Inc. (AIR, Inc.) says it has a new cost-effective way for airline pilots to get the simulator preparation they need to be successful during their interviews.

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TSA Pledges Additional $21.9 Million For Chicago O’Hare Security

TSA’s Total Commitment At O’Hare Is Now $59.4 million

The TSA says it will provide an additional $21.9 million for security systems to handle growing passenger traffic at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

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Alteon Beefs Up Presence In South America

Expands Training Capability in Cooperation with Aerolineas Argentinas

Alteon Training, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, is broadening its support of the South American region by placing a 737-300/400/500 full-flight simulator and virtual procedures trainer at Aerolineas Argentinas' Buenos Aires facility.

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Mike Schrader Returns To Lancair

Becomes National Sales Manager

Lancair says Mike Schrader has rejoined the company as its national sales manager, responsible for the company's network of 12 domestic Sales and Service Centers.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.14.04)

"I didn't want him to go; there were some bad omens. But my husband was a very caring person, a humanitarian who couldn't say no. If anyone asked for help, he was there." Source: Nancy Justice in an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, talking about her husband's last trip to Florida. Robert Mark Justice, 51, accompanied his friend, Tanis Aircraft Services President Gary Schmidt, 65, to Fort Myers, FL, where together, they repaired their winter homes and others damaged by Hurricane Charley back in August. They died Thursday when Schmidt's Cherokee Six went down on approach to his home airport in Glenwood, MN.

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AD NUMBER: PL2004-25-51 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2004-25-51 SUMMARY: On December 7, 2004, the left wing of a Raytheon Beech Model A45 (T-34A), serial number G-13, separated from the airplane in flight. The airplane, operated by Texas Air Aces, crashed near Montgomery, Texas.

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