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February 20, 2005

NASA To Light Space Shuttle Candle May 15

It's official: the Space Shuttle Discovery is returning to space on May 15 with a seven person crew.

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GAO Investigating O'Keefe's Finances At NASA

The Government Accountability Office is looking into former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe's tenure at the agency, and whether or not he incurred in a wasteful misuse of government aircraft and travel budgets.

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PC-12 Fleet Exceeds 1 Million Hour Milestone

The worldwide Pilatus PC-12 fleet passed a significant milestone when it logged its one-millionth flight hour in operation.

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Mechanic Saves Navy Money, Potentially Saves Lives

Cris Sonnichsen, a sheet metal mechanic assigned to the H-53 program, has been named February’s Naval Air Depot Cherry Point, N.C., Safety Professional of the Month.

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New Tupolev Airliner Makes Certification Flight

The Tupolev design bureau has completed a certification flight for the newest airliner to emerge from the famed design company, the Tu-204-300.

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Aero-Views: 45 Years Hence, What Have We Learned?

Forty five years ago, a C-46 crashed and killed over a dozen Cal Poly football players. The scene repeats itself over and over through the years. Must it be so?

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EU Debates Aviation Fuel Tax

The financial ministries of the European Union are debating a new fuel tax which might apply to airline tickets, but more likely would apply to aviation fuel, especially jet fuel, and be transparently absorbed into ticket prices.

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Cosmic Explosion May Be Brightest In History

Scientists have detected a flash of light from across the Galaxy so powerful that it bounced off the Moon and lit up the Earth's upper atmosphere.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.20.05)

"The challenge right now is closure of an awful lot of paper. The vehicle can't launch until all the paperwork is done. I know that sounds a little bit trivial, but documentation of each and every thing we do is very important." Source: NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Operations, Bill Readdy, commenting to reporters on what's left to do before Discovery launches into space on May 15, the first time the Space Shuttle will fly after the Columbia disaster in 2003.

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CASA AD: Eurocopter

AD Number: AD/ECUREUIL/109 Subject: Eurocopter AS 350 (Ecureuil) Series Helicopters Sliding Door Rear Fitting Pin Summary:  The manufacturer received a report of failure and a report of cracking of the sliding door rear roller support pin.

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CASA AD: Eurocopter

AD Number: AD/AS 355/85 Subject: Eurocopter AS 355 (Twin Ecureuil) Series Helicopters Sliding Door Rear Fitting Pin Summary:  The manufacturer received a report of failure and a report of cracking of the sliding door rear roller support pin.

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