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September 28, 2005

V-22 Gets Approval For Full-Rate Production

Entirely New Category of Aircraft Coming to Aviation Industry

After once being labeled "all but dead" before a massive program overhaul, approval has just been granted by the US Defense Department for Full Rate Production (FRP) of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

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First Female Fighter Squadron Commander Takes A-10 Unit Into Combat

"I Am Humbled To Be The First"

The first female fighter squadron commander recently took her A-10 unit from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, into combat.

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US Airways Emerges From Another Bankruptcy

Arm In Arm With America West

Now that a federal bankruptcy judge in Virginia has cleared US Airways to exit Chapter 11, what's the hardest part about the merger with America West? For America West, anyway, it's the name change.

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Calls On FAA To Listen Directly To Pilots Regarding ADIZ

The FAA needs to hear directly from those who will be most affected by a proposal to make the two-and-a-half year old "temporary" flight restriction around Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC permanent, according to the AOPA.

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Phil Boyer's Letter To FAA Administrator Blakey

The Complete Text

On behalf of the 404,000 members, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) requests that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conduct one or more public meetings on its Notice of Public Rulemaking ("NPRM") entitled "Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area" in Docket No. AA-2004-17005. The NPRM proposes to make permanent all of the flight restrictions that currently exist in the Washington, DC, area, including the requirements relating to the Washington Area Air Defense Identification Zone ("ADIZ").

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California TFR: 09.28.05 - 10.02.05

NOTAM Number :  FDC 5/8847   Location : Salinas, California near SALINAS VORTAC (SNS) Beginning Date : September 28, 2005 at 17:00 UTC Ending Date : October 02, 2005 at 23:59 UTC Reason for NOTAM : High performance aerial demonstration by the USAF Thunderbirds Type : Airshow

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Maryland TFR: 09.30.05 - 10.02.05

NOTAM:  5/8857  Issued:  09/28/2005 14:50  Effective:  09/30/2005 18:00 - 10/02/2005 16:00  State:  MD  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HAGERSTOWN/THURMONT, MARYLAND SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2 2005. 

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Louisiana TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/8873  Issued:  09/28/2005 20:50  Effective:  09/28/2005 23:00 - Undetermined  State:  LA  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  LOUISIANA COASTLINE. 

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Tennessee TFR: 09.29.05 - 10.02.05

NOTAM Number :  FDC 5/8854   Location : Millington, Tennessee near MEMPHIS VORTAC (MEM) Beginning Date : September 29, 2005 at 16:30 UTC Ending Date : October 02, 2005 at 22:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM : Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Canadian Snowbirds, and other high performance aircraft. Type : Airshow

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Avoiding Things That Go Bump In The Flight

AOPA Offers New Mini-Course On Flying In Vicinity Of Thunderstorms

When you're flying deep within the clouds, it can be hard to tell the benign from the threatening until it's too late. Air traffic control can help -- but only if you understand their capabilities and limitations. The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's newly updated Thunderstorms: A Case Study minicourse can give you the information you need to fly safely when thunderstorms are in the forecast.

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Was It Wrong To Rescue?

FAA Says Daring Effort To Extend Gear Broke No Rules

It was a little kinky, sure. But the FAA has concluded its investigation into the Waldo-Pepper style rescue of a beleaguered Cessna 172RG at New Smyrna Beach, FL, deciding no FARs were violated.

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New Predator UAV Enters Operational Testing

One Pilot, Several Drones

The latest upgrade to the MQ-1 Predator, known as the Multi-Aircraft Control, or MAC system, entered operational testing with the first two-ship and four-ship Predator sorties being flown over a four-day period.

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BAE Systems Donates More Than $2 Million to Hurricane Relief

Company Matched Employee Donations

In an effort to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina, BAE Systems has matched the $1,167,669 in donations from employees across the company for a total contribution of $2,335,338 to the American Red Cross.

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Former NASA Pilot Ed Schneider Inducted Into Aerospace Walk Of Honor

Joins Three Others In Ceremony At Lancaster, California

The City of Lancaster, CA, inducted former NASA research pilot Edward T. Schneider into its Aerospace Walk of Honor Sept. 24. The Walk of Honor consists of a series of sidewalk monuments displaying on brass plaques a brief summary of the careers of military and civilian pilots who contributed to the evolution of aviation at nearby Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

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Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In and Air Show Coming Up This Weekend

New Light Sport and Hundreds More Aircraft Will Be There

At least eight Light Sport aircraft manufacturers will be new at the Ninth Annual  Virginia Regional EAA Fly-In scheduled for October 1-2 at the Dinwiddie County Airport (PTB). Twelve other aircraft manufacturers will also be there. If the weather cooperates the Regional Fly-In should break our 630 plane record for the weekend.

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Chinese University Signs On With Mechtronix

Civil Aviation Flight University Of China To Buy Flight Simulation Equipment During 2005 Mission Quebec To China

Mechtronix Systems says it has signed a contract for the order of three Ascent Cessna 172 Skyhawk Flight Training Devices to the Civil Aviation Flight University of China. The C172 FTDs will be used for entry-level pilot training and installed at the CAFUC Simulation Training Center in the People's Republic of China.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.28.05)

"FAA has made progress in implementing information security for its air traffic control systems by establishing an agencywide information security program and addressing many of its previously identified security weaknesses; however, it still has significant weaknesses that threaten the integrity, confidentiality and availability of its systems -— including weaknesses in controls that are designed to prevent, limit and detect access to those systems." Source: A new report from the Government Accountability Office -- the investigative branch of Congress -- which says the FAA simply hasn't done enough to protect its systems from hackers. The FAA says the report doesn't reflect the true state of security in the nation's control towers and ATC centers.

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