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January 01, 2005

Qantas Airways Responds To Tsunami

Airline provides free transport to relief workers, cargo, donates $1 million to funds

Qantas Airlines has announced on Friday that in the wake of the earthquake and series of tsunamis that have devastated South East Asia, it has taken a number of actions to aid in the relief effort.

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2005 Year Ahead: How Will GA Fare In 2005?

AOPA Says... Not Bad!

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas AOPA President Phil Boyer spoke to ANN about what the coming year holds for general aviation.

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Happy New Year From ANN!

2004 is history... and what a year it was here at ANN Central

By ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell Wow... did this year REALLY happen? I can barely enumerate all the amazing things that were a part of our lives this year. This year we played with Spaceships, had a ringside seat to history (time and time again), played in Lunar gravity with Buzz Aldrin (the first time he had experienced that degree of weightlessness since returning from the moon, as shown below), took some of the most published photographs of the year, wrote more stories than we can count, worked with amazing people and darned if I didn't personally log more Zero Gravity time than some of the early astronauts. Holy smokes...

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2005 Year Ahead: What's Next For Sport Pilot?

A Look At The Near-Term Prospects For America's Newest Pilot Rating

By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne Here's what the FAA has planned for early 2005...

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2005 Year Ahead: Who and What to Watch in 2005

Who Will The Newsmakers Be And What News Will They Make?

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas Aside from the usual suspects, like the gang at Scaled Composites, who or what will ANN be keeping an eye on in the coming year?

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2005 Year Ahead: Back to the Future

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas In keeping with our look ahead into 2005, how about a review of the future? Most museums can show you history. Seattle's Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) opened its doors in spring 2004 to devoted fans and newly initiated interplanetary explorers, who will boldly go where no one has gone before (and we don't mean the commisary).

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Bullets, Clip Found In Airliner Overhead Compartment

Aircraft searched, cleared after pax finds clip after boarding

Officials at the Oakland International Airport confirmed that bullets loaded into a magazine clip for a firearm were found on one of their outgoing flights on Thursday.

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2005 Year Ahead: Alphabet Groups Look Ahead

What's In Store For 2005?

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas An aviation organization's work is never done. ANN asked about what was accomplished (or not) during 2004 plus a look ahead at what's up in 2005. Here's what they told us.

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ANN's Most Notable Planes of '04: SportPlanes

Compiled By ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell We made some changes this year in the manner in which we name the most notable aircraft of the year. Normally announced at Oshkosh, we decided to fold these announcements into our Year-End Wrap-Up in order to take advantage of the rest of the year's events and input as well as to make such an announcement truly representative of the full year.

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India Allows Private Airlines To Go International

Controversial move defines new rules, sets aside Gulf routes for three years

The government of India has cleared the way for private airlines to fly international routes to any locations except the Gulf.

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2004 Year In Review: Military Had An 'Interesting' Year

Especially Military Aviation

2004 was an interesting year from the standpoint of those interested in present, or historical, military aviation. We had an ongoing war, some aircraft to Hail and Farewell, and an anniversary of considerable interest.

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National Business Aviation Association Making Strides...

But There's Still Plenty Of Work Ahead

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas "In 2004, NBAA Members enjoyed passage of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (HR 4520), which includes a provision extending for 12 months the placed-in-service requirement for companies purchasing business aircraft to qualify for bonus depreciation. As a result, companies have a strong incentive to purchase new aircraft and invest in corporate flight departments." So says NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who gave ANN his organization's review of 2004 and the battle plan for the year ahead.

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2004 Year In Review: EAA Says It Was A Year Of Achievements

Supporting Sport Pilot Major Goal In 2005

By EAA President Tom Poberezny This month, as I wrote the president's "Position Report" column for the January 2005 issue of EAA's Sport Aviation, it occurred to me that just 12 months ago, many of us were thinking that we would be hard-pressed to imagine 2004 as being as significant as the flight centennial year of 2003.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.01.05)

"One of our top priorities will be to work with Congressional leaders to stop misguided attempts to impose an unfair cost burden on the business aviation community for federal air traffic services.  Imposing even higher costs on business aviation, as some are suggesting, will lead operators to use the system less, diminishing business aviations contribution to economic growth and investment." Source: NBAA President Ed Bolen on one of his organization's biggest challenges for 2005.

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ANN's Most Notable Planes of '04: Duds, No-Shows, and Disappointments

Compiled By ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell We made some changes this year in the manner in which we name the most notable aircraft of the year. Normally announced at Oshkosh, we decided to fold these announcements into our Year-End Wrap-Up in order to take advantage of the rest of the year's events and input as well as to make such an announcement truly representative of the full year.

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2005 Year Ahead: AirShow Aviation

Air shows will have plenty of competition for the public's attention and money

Back in November, ANN covered the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas (NV). At the end of the show, we interviewed the Council's president, John Cudahy, and asked him what he thought would be the biggest challenges to the air show community in 2005.

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Two For Two: Eclipse Flies Twice!

Eclipse Completes 2 Successful Flights of First Eclipse 500 Certification Flight Test Aircraft

At 10:16 a.m. (MST) Friday, 12/31/04, aircraft N503EA, powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW610F turbofan engines, took off from the Albuquerque International Sunport for its maiden flight, which lasted one hour and 29 minutes. After a thorough inspection by flight test engineers, N503EA was cleared and departed again at 3:59 p.m. for its second flight of the day.

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