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December 13, 2004

Paul Tellier Out At Bombardier

CEO's Departure Heralds Shake-Up Of Transportation Giant

Paul Tellier (right) is out as president and CEO and a new troika will run Bombardier, according to Canadian news reports. The stunning announcement came Monday, triggering a sell-off of Bombardier stock, which reached a new one-year low within the first 45 minutes of the opening bell on the TSX.

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Inhofe To Blakey: Meigs Destruction Was 'Abomination'

Oklahoma Senator Finds Chicago's Explanation "Alarming"

If the City of Chicago thought lawmakers and the aviation community would quietly accept its claims that Meigs Field was an "abandoned" airport that had to be bulldozed, it's in for a surprise.

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Report: O'Keefe Will Leave NASA

Administrator Being Aggressively Recruited By LSU

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will leave the space agency in the coming week, perhaps to be replaced by the one-time director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, according to an authoritative South Florida newspaper.

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Global Eagle Gyro Circumnavigation Over

Dodged Muggers and Terrorists, Overcame Bureaucrats, Set Record -- Beaten by Monsoon

By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien We just got the word that the Global Eagle world flight came to an end -- in October. At Aero-News we were pummeled this way and that by the events of 2004, and we didn't get the press release. We don't think there was a press release, actually, as the demoralized Global Eagle team trickled back to their day jobs. So it was news to us, and no one had mentioned it at the rotary web site (where I hang out sometimes), so we reckon it's probably news to you, too.

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Glasair Customers Now Assemble/Fly Sportsman In Three Months

Just Shake The Box And Out Comes....

Glasair Aviation has revolutionized the concept of homebuilt aircraft with the advent of their Customer Assembly Center (CAC) Program, which makes it possible for a pilot to taxi the aircraft of his dreams onto an active runway in less than 3 months.

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Klyde Morris 12.13.04

Klyde Brings More Christmas Spirit(s) To Daley!

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Vigilant... Or Paranoid?? Sightseeing PPC Suspected Of Spying

Florida Deputies Check Out Ultralight

From the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office in Punta Gorda, FL: Some of the area media reported on an incident report from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office concerning a multi-colored parachute-style ultra-light aircraft flying several times over the Punta Gorda water plant and dam area. The Chief Operator at the plant made the report to deputies Monday morning saying there was an orange-red-blue and yellow ultra-light flying over the facility. A witness said the pilot was taking photographs of the facility.

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ANN 12/06 Preliminary Caption Contest Results

You Folks Are REAL Funny!

We got some amazingly funny captions for our latest contest -- tagging a wood creation from Erik Lindbergh, who's made quite a splash in the art world.

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Pennsylvania Drunk Flying Bill Won't Fly After All

Governor Vetoes Because Of Rider

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has vetoed a measure that would have specifically outlawed Flying Under The Influence (FWI) -- a move that stunned the state legislature.

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EADS Okays Airbus A350

Mission: Compete With 7E7

EADS and BAE Systems have given their joint effort, Airbus, the okay to go ahead with production of the A350 -- a A330 derivative designed specifically to compete with Boeing's new 7E7 Dreamliner. This time, the battle for supremacy in the commercial passenger market is head-to-head.

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Europe Moves Ahead On Galileo Sat-Nav System

Operations To Begin In 2008

No longer a competitor to the US GPS system, but a partner, the EU's Galileo GPS constellation is a step closer to reality, now that European transport ministers have given their okay on the project.

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US Government Broadens Terrorist Lists Checks

Airport Workers Now Subject To Scrutiny

If you work at an airport, expect to have your name checked against a combined list of terror suspects, just like the passengers. That's part of the new intelligence bill passed by Congress last week. That process could begin in as little as six months.

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EAA Canadian Council Briefs Transport Canada On SP/LSA

Initial Feedback: Supportive

Representatives of EAA's Canadian Council are among those meeting this week with Transport Canada officials in Ottawa, Ontario, to discuss integrating sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations with Canadian aircraft regulations. Those present for the two-day meeting (December 7-8) included Council Chairman G. Denis Browne along with members Jack Dueck, Herb Cunningham, and Frank Hofmann.

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II MEF Marines Try Out Osprey

V-22 Osprey To Replace Sea Knight

"It's amazing!" were the first words spoken by Lance Cpl. Junior M. Bazile, a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner for II Marine Expeditionary Force, after he took his initial flight in the V-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Aircraft.

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FLIR Flies For Feds

Wins Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract From Washington

FLIR Systems says it has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the US Government for an advanced version of its 9 inch stabilized electro-optical surveillance system. The contract has a maximum value of $75 million for the delivery of up to 200 systems over a five year period.

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The Rise And Fall Of Bernard Kerik

President's Pick To Succeed Tom Ridge Is Out For "Personal Reasons"

In a startling turn of events, Bernard Kerik, President Bush's nominee to replace Department of Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge, has withdrawn his name from consideration. According to the Washington Post, Kerik sent a two-sentence e-mail to the White House around 2200 local on Friday night, indicating that he was taking the action for "personal reasons."

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USCG Calls Off Search For Freighter Crew

Lost In Helo Accident During Heavy Weather

It's over -- the search for six people missing since Thursday when a US Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk went down in the Bering Sea near the Alaskan coast.

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Kimmel Grandson Intends To Restore His Grandfather's Honor

H.E. Kimmel Was CINCPAC When Pearl Harbor Was Bombed

Thomas Kimmel is a grandson to one of the most famous scapegoats in American history. His grandfather, Adm. H.E. Kimmel (below), commanded the Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor when Japanese dive bombers and torpedo planes attacked Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The admiral, who was blamed for not properly defending the island, was demoted and relieved of command 10 days after the attack. He died in 1968, never having had his honor or rank restored by the U.S. government. His grandson is trying to fix that.

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Maintenance Checklist Recommended by NATA Committee

Things To Think About When Choosing Aircraft Service Provider

NATA has a new customer service initiative produced by its Aircraft Maintenance & System Technology Committee. The new initiative provides a list of questions that aircraft owners and operators should ask when considering conducting business with an aircraft service facility.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.13.04)

"The destruction of Meigs Field was a complete abomination. Further insulting was the use of $2.8 million of funds from O'Hare and Midway -- two airports already strained with capacity issues and heavily supported with federal funding -- in order to destroy a valuable general aviation airport." Source: Sen Jim Inhofe (R-OK) in a letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey on Chicago's legal attempt to justify the destruction of Meigs Field -- with FAA funds designated for airport construction and improvement.

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