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July 12, 2005

NASA Awards Former Astronaut

Still Serving

Former NASA astronaut Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.) received a commemorative moon rock as part of NASA's Ambassador of Exploration program at 1400 EDT Tuesday.

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SJ30-2 Twinjet Completes Water Ingestion Testing

Certification Due the Second Half of This Year

Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation (SSAC) announced Monday that it has successfully completed water ingestion high speed testing of the new SJ30-2 twinjet aircraft.

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SPEEA Approves Onex Contract

Opposition Quiets In Face Of Tough Management Stand

Angry over their forced separation from Boeing and the subsequent offer from their plants' new owners, SPEEA workers nonetheless voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract with Onex-owned Mid-Western Aircraft.

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NTSB Preliminary Report On Walton Accident

Board Reveals What It Has Learned So Far

This June 27th, in the early afternoon, war hero, philanthropist, and avid aviator John Walton was pronounced dead at the scene of a light experimental plane crash near his main home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Cherokee Pilots Returning To Grand Glaize Airport

Come Hungry

The Cherokee Pilots Association has scheduled its Third Annual Fly-In for the weekend of August 5th at Grand Glaize Airport. Chuck Suma, President and CEO of The New Piper Aircraft Company will be speaking at the event.

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Look Out Below! Hawker 400XP Flies Steep Approach to London City Airport

A Hawker 400XP recently performed the inaugural landing at London City Airport as part of Raytheon Aircraft Company's (RAC) development program to certify the aircraft for flight into London City's infamous  Airport. 

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Shuttle Security... Eased?

NASA Opens Roads For Wednesday's Launch Closed Since 2001

NASA's long-held plan for return to flight probably won't be delayed by Hurricane Dennis, but certainly won't be put off track by terrorists, agency officials indicated Friday.

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USAF ACC Flying Hours Restored

Air Combat Command officials restored an estimated $201 million to its flying hour program July 1 after receiving additional funds from Air Force headquarters.

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Europeans To Cooperate In Air Deportations

Round-Robin Charters Will Collect Illegal Immigrants In Six Nations

Over the last year, incidents like the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by unassimilated immigrants who came for the welfare, and stayed to commit crime, have caused the nations of the European Union to reassess their open -- and flagrantly abused -- immigration policies.

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NBAA Is 'On It': Fights Two Onerous Congressional Proposals for BizAv Operators

What NBAA Is Doing, and How Members Can Help

As Congress returns from its July 4 recess, lawmakers will renew consideration of a highway spending bill that mostly addresses roadway improvements, but also contains two burdensome proposals for the business aviation community.

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Piccard Plans Circumnavigation In Solar Plane

Faster Than A Balloon

Bertrand Piccard is planning to fly around the world in a solar powered airplane. The Swiss adventurer announced that he plans to build "Solar Impulse" with help from the European Space Agency.

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NATA Announces New Air Charter Safety Initiative

Given the rash of high-profile air charter accidents recently, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has taken proactive steps to assist air charter operators improve safety.

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When You Look Closely At A Shuttle Crew...

NASA Had Some Fun With The STS-114 Official Photo

It's hard to see in the Aero-News 400-pixel limit, but the official photo of the STS-114 Crew is loaded with symbology... and maybe a few Easter Eggs that reward the hunt.

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Eglin AFB Spared As Hurricane Dennis Flexes Muscle

Hurricane Dennis approached the Emerald Coast and the base July 8, an area still trying to get back to a sense of normalcy 10 months after Hurricane Ivan ripped through the area of Eglin AFB.

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Caption Contest Finalists

Loving It Up While You're Going Down

Well, we admit it. We were overwhelmed by the response to our last caption contest. We've been too busy giggling to compile the results.

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Centennial Aircraft Restoring Classic Spartans

Restored Spartan Wins 2005 Grand Champion Antique.

Centennial Aircraft Services, Inc. is doing premier work restoring rare Spartan aircraft at the located on the W. K. Kellogg Regional Airfield in Battle Creek. The company even received the highest honor for antique aircraft restoration, 2005 Grand Champion.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Cessna 182 RG

For Sale: Cessna 182 RG 1978 RG-II 3100TT, 1325 SMOH, 130 STOH (All new Titan Cyl), Dual Nav/Coms, ADF, StandbyVac, Intercom, A/P; Solid, reliable cross country IFR transportation. Jan 2005 "Aircraft Engineering" Annual. All logbooks complete. Great opportunity. Exterior Quality: 7, Interior Quality: 8 Used, will sell for $91,000.00

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.12.05)

"Our goal is to grow into an event that does bring in tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of people." Source: Peter Diamandis, chairman and founder of the X Prize Foundation, discussing the first every X Prize Cup is scheduled to make its October debut in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The event, scheduled to take place October 6th to 9th will showcase spacecraft prototypes, rocket planes, and numerous demonstrations and launches.

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New Mexico TFR: 07.12.05

NOTAM:  5/5762  Issued:  07/11/2005 16:40  Effective:  07/12/2005 14:00 - 07/12/2005 16:00  State:  NM  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  LAGUNA NM. 

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New Mexico TFR: 07.13.05

NOTAM:  5/5763  Issued:  07/11/2005 16:50  Effective:  07/13/2005 14:00 - 07/13/2005 16:00  State:  NM  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  LAGUNA NM. 

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Louisiana TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5784  Issued:  07/11/2005 22:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  LA  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MISSISSIPPI CANYON BLOCK 778. 

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Michigan TFR: 07.11.05 - 07.13.05

NOTAM:  5/5771  Issued:  07/11/2005 19:00  Effective:  07/11/2005 23:00 - 07/13/2005 05:00  State:  MI  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  SECURITY  Description:  DETROIT MI. THE FOLLOWING FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS 

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5745  Issued:  07/11/2005 02:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CA  Facility:  ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MARKLEEVILLE CA. 

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