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November 29, 2004

NBC Sports Exec, Dick Ebersol, Survives Challenger Accident

A Bombardier Challenger 601 (file photo below) was involved in a Sunday Morning takeoff accident that killed its pilots and injured at least three passengers known to be on board, including NBC Universal Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol.

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Reno ILS Hiccups -- Again

Flights Canceled, Thousands Stranded

Stop us if you've heard this before... For the second time in less than a month, the ILS at Reno-Tahoe International Airport failed just when it was needed the most, forcing the cancellation of 69 flights and stranding thousands of passengers on the busiest travel weekend of the year.

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Future Eclipse 500 Owners Gather In ABQ (Part One)

Investors in Raburn's 'Technological Transformation' Find Much To Celebrate

The last time that the Eclipse folks gathered together en masse, builders and buyers, the future did not look all that promising. The Williams powerplant mess was in full swing, there were dozens of technological and regulatory hurdles ahead of them, and the overall industry outlook--especially in bizjet terms... kinda, well, sucked. That was then... this is now.

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NTSB: Doomed GA Plane Told To Turn Just Before Accident

Controllers Turned Plane To Avoid Collision

From the NTSB's Preliminary Report on the crash of Piper Navajo N40731 near San Antonio International Airport on November 14th:

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Is There A Place Where Planes And Parks Can Get Along?

Friends Of Meigs Wants To Know

Chicago's Park District Authority says it wants to work with the city's residents to come up with the perfect way to use Northerly Island. You might remember Northerly Island -- it's where Meigs Field stood until Chicago Mayor Richard Daley ordered its undercover destruction.

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GA Programs Funded Without User Fees

AOPA Succeeds In Lobbying For GA Priorities In FAA Budget

Important general aviation programs will get the money they need from Congress as part of a $13.8 billion FAA budget passed last week on Capitol Hill.

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Michael Holman Is Alive

Missing Pilot Found In Alaska After Five Days

Michael Holman, missing for five days after his Maule MT-7 disappeared Monday, was said to be in good physical shape and was staying in a cabin on Dogfish Bay, AK.

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Cessna To Open Up The Big One At ICT

Wichita Service Center Bigger Than Airport Terminal

Pop quiz: What building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is bigger than the airport terminal itself? Answer: Cessna's huge new Citation Service Center.

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Two Lost In Helo Accident

Two men died Saturday in the crash of their Robinson R-22 -- after witnesses said the helicopter 'exploded' in mid-air.

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Boeing Unions Look At Changes In Advance Of Plant Sales

Look For Division Between Military And Commercial Units

The Boeing sign still adorns the huge plant on the east side of Tulsa International Airport's main runway, but it may not for much longer. And as that sign comes down, unions that represent workers inside the plant will have to make some changes as well.

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Wanted: Curtiss-Wright Memories

Celebrate Freedom Foundation Wants Memorabilia As It Renovates Hangar

A group dedicated to rebuilding the Curtiss-Wright hangar at Owens Field in Columbia, SC, says it needs more information. Specifically, the Celebrate Freedom Foundation wants a few memories.

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Runway Incursion, Near Miss Reported At Oslo

Norway's AAIB Is On The Case

Runway incursions apparently aren't confined to LAX. Two SAS aircraft on the ground at Norway's Gardermoen Airport narrowly averted collision in heavy snow last week, according to the Norwegian newspaper VG.

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Coast Guard Puts Something New Under The Hood Of Its HH-65s

Helos Being "Repowered"

The Coast Guard expects delivery of its first "repowered" HH-65C in January -- a much-anticipated event that pilots and crews say won't come a moment too soon.

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Glass Cockpit Skylane Joins UC Training Fleet

First College Trainer Of Its Kind

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Aviation Technology Program has added a brand-new Garmin G1000-equipped Cessna Skylane to its training fleet. UC is the first collegiate aviation program to make available this revolutionary glass-cockpit technology of the G1000.

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Successful Huygens Test: Last Before Separation

Cassini-Huygens In Orbit Around Saturn

ESA's Huygens probe, now orbiting Saturn on board the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft, is in good health and successfully passed its sixteenth 'In-Flight Checkout' Sunday.

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Citation CJ3 Simulator Gets FAA Level 'D' Certification

Third CJ-Series Sim Offered By FlightSafety

FlightSafety's Wichita Center has received Level "D" certification for its new Citation CJ3 full flight simulator. It is the third CJ-series simulator offered by FlightSafety for pilot training.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.29.04)

"If a boater in distress calls us, he doesn't have to worry about a helicopter falling out of the sky onto his boat." Source: Cmdr. Richard Schlatter, head of the Coast Guard Atlantic City Group air station in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, on the much-anticipated delivery of the service's first HH-65C Dolphins. The new variant includes a different powerplant, after a series of incidents led the Coast Guard to conclude the Lycoming LTS-101-750B-2s were fault-prone and didn't have enough "oomph."

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2004-24-04 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for RRC models 250-C30R/3, -C30R/3M, -C47B, and -C47M turboshaft engines.

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AD: Empresa

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-19 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-19 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain EMBRAER Model EMB-135 and -145 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-20 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-20 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Airbus Model A300 B4-601, A300 B4-603, A300 B4-620, A300 B4-605R, A300 B4-622R, and A300 F4-605R airplanes.

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AD NUMBER: 2004-24-03 MANUFACTURER: APU SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems Models T-62T-46C12 and T-62T-40C14 (APS 500R) APUs with fuel filter housing assembly, part number (P/N) 4951627, 4951960, or 4952039, installed.

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