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July 01, 2004

Me 262 Back In The Air

First Flight After Year and A Half Rebuild

The much vaunted Me 262 project has taken to the air once again. Sounds unheard-of for many decades (except for the few test flights last year) are again being heard, but this time in the NW USA as the first of several replica Me 262s has been completed. This bird, named "White 1" has been rebuilt following a landing accident on its second flight, on January 17th, 2003.

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Chelton Aviation's Digital Autopilot Sets A New Standard

Help For Single-Pilot Flight

Chelton Aviation has taken autopilot technology to new heights with features that simplify operation, lower costs and provide more accurate tracking. The feature-laden AP-3C TSO autopilot consists of three components, utilizes attitude based automatic pitch trim as a standard feature and leads the industry in holding altitude in turbulent conditions.

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ISS Crew Tries Again

Both Astronauts Going Out The Hatch

The two-man crew aboard the International Space Station was set Wednesday to try it again -- a spacewalk to repair a gyro-critical circuit breaker. Both American Michael Fincke and his Russian counterpart, Gennady Padalka were to participate in the walk, leaving the station itself unmanned for approximately six hours.

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Rotax Upgrades Engine Trade-in Program

Following up on an innovative trade-in program for Rotax two-stroke engine program, a new and far more aggressive version of that effort has just been announced. Engines traded in under this program will not be rebuilt, reused, or put back into service. Their serial numbers will be taken out of service as aircraft engines. Rotax hopes that the result will deplete the sport aviation market of old, tired, and worn-out "rebuilt" or "overhauled" engines. 

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With This Ring...

Cassini Probe To Make Critical Burn For Orbit Around Saturn

Seven years after its launch from Cape Canaveral, the Cassini-Huygens probe is set to thread the needle -- fire its rocket for 96 minutes in hopes of sliding into orbit between two of Saturn's rings.

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Bomb Explodes Aboard Turkish Airliner

Three Ground Workers Hurt

Just hours before President Bush was to leave Ataturk, Turkey Tuesday, a small package exploded on board a Turkish Airlines aircraft, injuring three members of the cleaning crew.

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The Touchy Situation At Indira Gandhi International

Airports All Over India Tighten Security

Commandos rushed into place Wednesday at India's Indira Gandhi International Airport, after at least two hijacking threats against flights from New Delhi to Hyderabad.

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Bomb Threat Forces European Flight Back To Munich

Turkish Suspect Arrested

A Freebird Airlines A320 was forced to return to Munich shortly after take-off Tuesday night when a Turkish man waiving a cell phone said he had a bomb and threatened to destroy the aircraft.

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Mi-8 Crash Kills 24

Moscow Sends Team To Investigate

Executives at Russia's UTair have not ruled out the possibility that one of their Mi-8 (file photo of type, below) helicopters was hit by a missile before it crashed in Sierra Leone Tuesday.

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Pass Drunk Flying Bill

Bill On Its Way To State Senate

One Pennsylvania lawmaker said she was flabbergasted after a pilot thought to have been drunk flew a meandering path right into oncoming traffic at Philadelphia International -- dismayed that there are no laws in the Keystone State that prohibit flying while intoxicated.

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Lancair Team To Compete At US Air Race Nationals

Entry Deadlines Approaching

Rob Logan and Mike Mahar of Cleveland (OH) will race Tweety Bird in the upcoming US Air Race national competition. Named for its brilliant yellow color, the Lancair Legacy 2000's speed will be equalized making the race a test of pilot skills. Rob and Mike will join in the celebration of the 75th anniversary of cross country air racing.

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Things That Go Bump On The Ramp

When Jets Collide

Two aircraft collided as they were preparing for take-off at Manchester Airport (NH) Wednesday. There were no injuries, but both planes took a beating.

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Washington TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6124 Issued: 06/30/2004 08:05 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: OMAK, WA.

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Washington TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6140 Issued: 06/30/2004 16:13 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: ROSS DAM, WA. FREEZE OUT FIRE.

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Alaska TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6116 Issued: 06/29/2004 21:52 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: VENETIE, ALASKA.

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Boeing Sends Eighth Next-Gen 737 To Aeromexico

Part Of Carrier's Fleet Modernization Program

Boeing Tuesday delivered Aeromexico's eighth Next-Generation 737 as part of the airline's continuing fleet-modernization program.

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Utah Town Says No To Helipad

Orem Residents Just Didn't Want The Noise

Members of the Orem (UT) City Council argued into the wee hours Wednesday before finally deciding to deny a ritzy rehab clinic's request for a helipad.

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FAA Selects CSC to Design Upgraded Traffic Flow Management System

Will Update System That Evolved Over Decades

The FAA Wednesday awarded Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) of El Segundo (CA), a $13.5 million contract to begin upgrading the automated system the agency uses to ensure the most efficient flow of the nation’s air traffic.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.01.04)

"A quick reaction team surrounded the apron area and personnel started full frisking of passengers." Source: Yogendra Nath Sharma who runs security at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, after a caller said two aircraft would be hijacked on Tuesday. The caller said he wanted to collect a reward offered for information on terrorism. There were no hijackings and the phone number given by the caller turned out to be a fake. But the incident highlighted an ongoing airport security alert in India, where intelligence reports indicate Islamic fundamentalists might try to hijack a commercial aircraft and fly it to the Persian Gulf.

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New Online Tool For Quoting And Booking Charters

CharterX Goes Live

Charter Guide has created a separate joint venture entity, known as CharterX Corp. CharterX licenses technology to the most significant air charter operators and brokers for their online quoting and reservations and operates the principle online industry marketplace.

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Boeing Sells Off Commercial Electronics Unit

Sold to BAE Systems North America

The Boeing Company Wednesday said it is selling to BAE Systems North America its Commercial Electronics unit based in Irving (TX). The Commercial Electronics business will become part of BAE Systems' Platform Solutions Sector, which provides a broad range of capabilities and products for commercial and military aircraft.

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