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October 11, 2005

They're Baaaack...

ISS Crew, Space Tourist Return To Earth

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying the crew of ISS Expedition 11 landed safely in Kazahkstan early Tuesday, bringing to an end the third paid-for expedition by a spacefaring millionaire.

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Orbital Recovery Group Signs First Satellite Servicing Mission

Will Use CX-OLEVTM "Space Tug"

Orbital Recovery says it's agreed to a telecommunications satellite life extension mission that will use the company's innovative CX-OLEVTM "space tug" as an in-orbit service vehicle.

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Update: Stolen Jet Turns Up

Police, Feds Investigating Mystery

Media in Atlanta are reporting a strange story today -- over the weekend, a Cessna Citation VII stolen from St. Augustine, Florida, turned up at Briscoe Field in the Atlanta-area town of Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia.

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AOPA Says Thousands Respond To Call For ADIZ Opposition

AOPA National Pilot Alert: All Members Urged To Oppose DC ADIZ

AOPA is urging all of its more than 406,000 members to take just 15 minutes to help protect your freedom to fly — to prevent a future air defense identification zone (ADIZ) from restricting airspace in your area.

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NATA Submits Comments On FAA's Funding Proposal

Repudiates User Fees For General Aviation

NATA submitted comments Monday to the FAA Office of Aviation Policy and Plans (APO) regarding the agency's proposed changes for funding the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Early last month, the FAA issued a list of questions for industry groups to consider regarding any change in the funding of the trust fund. The FAA is scheduled to release its proposal for changes to the funding stream in the spring of 2006. The taxes that currently fund the trust expire on September 30, 2007.

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Rocket Racing -- Erik Gets Humbled

Some Days You Eat The Bear, Some Days The Bear Eats You

By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien if you know Erik Lindbergh, you know that you don't often see him sitting still. To see Erik plunked down at a computer screen, with a serious look on his face, in place of the Gonna-Fly-The-Rocket grin he usually wears these days, is a most remarkable sight.

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FAA Cracks Down On Airport Drag Racing

Threatens Little-Used Field With Loss Of Funding, Certification

It's a quiet little airport with long stretches of straight, level pavement. Perfect for planes -- and drag racers. But the FAA says California's Inyokern Airport is for planes only and if the drag racing continues, the airport may lose both its funding and its certification.

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Rough Air Ahead? Flush It Out With A Laser

Flight Safety Technology Says Its New System Can Help Avoid Wake Turbulence

by Aero-News Senior Editor Pete Combs It happened to me on a short hop from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. I had just ferried an aircraft broker (who will, for obvious reasons, remain nameless) in my Grumman AA5-B to an airport in OKC so he could pick up a twin Cessna. On the way back, he thought it would be real funny to buzz my little single-engine aircraft with his much heavier C402. The wake turbulence almost killed me and my passenger.

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Success! Japan's New Supersonic Prototype Works

Aircraft Landed "Normally"

Three years after a Japanese supersonic transport prototype crashed in flames in the Australian Outback, scientists successfully launched another SST forerunner -- and this time, it worked.

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Grounded: Helios 737

Echoes Of Athens Disaster Causes Fear Among British Passengers

On any other airline, it might have been considered merely a bad run of luck. But on a Helios Airways 737, it was eerily reminiscent of the Greek tragedy that left 121 people dead after their plane lost cabin pressure.

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Send Greetings To Your Fellow Flyers

Gift of Wings, and Gift of Wings.com, of Franklin, Wisconsin, has announced a line-up of over 48 Aviation Greeting cards -- just in time for the Holidays.

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Pakistan: Send Us Your Helicopters

Aircraft Desperately Needed In Quake Aftermath

The US military diverted eight helicopters from Afghanistan to Pakistan on Monday, helping in what will be an almost unimaginable relief effort in the wake of a huge earthquake that killed at least 20,000 people. Even so, Pakistan put out the call for more aircraft.

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Help On The Way For Pakistani Quake Victims

Department of Defense Statement on South Asian Earthquake Relief Efforts

The Department of Defense Monday announced that Navy Rear Admiral Michael Lefever has been designated to establish a Humanitarian Coordination Center in Islamabad, Pakistan. RDML Lefever will coordinate Defense Department support to the State Department, other US government agencies, and the Pakistan government in response to the earthquake that struck South Asia on Saturday.

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More BA Strikes Could Be On The Way

This Time, Over Plan To Overhaul Airline's Pensions

Stop us if this sounds like something from OUR side of the pond...

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San Diego Aerospace Museum Names Successor

New President and CEO onboard October 17

The San Diego Aerospace Museum's Board of Directors has named William R. Lennartz to succeed Ken Curtis as the Museum's President and CEO after an exhaustive but successful search. Lennartz, a resident of Rancho Santa Fe, was most recently the co-founder, President & CEO of California Linear Devices, Inc. (CDL), a manufacturer of linear motors worldwide.

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GAMA, NBAA, NATA Launch Joint Safety Program

The Point: Increasing Icing Awareness

As the cold weather operation season closes in, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have partnered to promote a safety awareness program designed to mitigate the risk of incidents related to ice contamination.

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USCG Auxiliary To The Rescue

Meet The Crew Of Tiger Two

In a time when many people are wanting to do more in their daily lives to serve their communities and their country, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is a way for them to do just that.

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Quest Kodiak Will Fly With Garmin 1000

Avionics Suite Offers Advanced Technology

Quest Aircraft announced Monday it will install the Garmin 1000 integrated avionics suite as standard equipment for its Kodiak aircraft. 

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Northrop Grumman Opens EA-18G Aircraft Electronic-Warfare Laboratory

New Technology Should Hit The Fleet In Four Years

Northrop Grumman Corporation has opened a new electronic-warfare systems-integration laboratory that it says will be used to support the development of the airborne electronic-attack system for the US Navy's EA-18G aircraft. The system is scheduled to begin entering the fleet in 2009.

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Louisiana Man Indicted For Shooting At Helicopter

Could Face 30 Years In Prison

A man accused of firing a weapon at a rescue helicopter as it hovered over New Orleans a day after Hurricane Katrina hit was indicted by a federal grand jury Monday. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $500,000.

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What Happened To Cryo Sat?

ESA's Director of Earth Observation Answers Questions

What happened and why -- two of the biggest questions facing the European Space Agency and Russian space officials after CryoSat, the ESA's orbiting Earth observatory, crashed into the sea over the weekend. Volker Liebig, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation, Monday answered questions on the loss of ESA’s CryoSat due to launch failure.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.11.05)

"We know that there is great strength in numbers. It's what has made us so successful in so many other initiatives. I want to thank the thousands of members who have already submitted their comments. And I strongly urge all the other AOPA members to take the time to do so as well. This is an important investment in protecting your personal right to fly. This is not a situation where any of us can sit back and say, 'I'll leave this to someone else to do.'" Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, after thousands of pilots and aviation supporters contact the FAA, demanding an end to the Washington ADIZ.

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