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October 03, 2005

Cessna CJ2+ Gets Its Ticket

FAA Type Certified

Cessna Aircraft Company today reported that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted type certification to Cessna's Model 525A Citation CJ2+ The airplane, first announced in November 2004 at the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention, was certified in just over 80 flights and 190 flight hours.

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Western Michigan's Cirrus Order Even Bigger Than First Thought

Could Involve 165 Aircraft Over Ten Years

Western Michigan University's huge (we can't remember one bigger in recent memory) order for Cirrus aircraft now appears even bigger than first news indicated.

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Diamandis Launches Rocket Racing League

'Premier Competition of 21st Century' Unveiled

Entertainment and sports took a step into the future today with the launch of the Rocket Racing League™ (RRL). Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE, which inaugurated the age of personal spaceflight, introduced the RRL as an aerospace entertainment organization that combines the competition of racing with the excitement of rocketry.

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NASA Finds New Fix For Shuttle Tank Problem

New Foam Application Method Could Return Shuttle To Flight By Mid-2006

By completely removing a foam ramp from the exterior of the space shuttle's external fuel tank, NASA hopes to eliminate the foam insulation breakage problem that caused tense moments during Discovery's return-to-flight in July.

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FAA Questions Northwest Replacement Worker Training, Practices

Faulty Repairs Among Issues Cited By Inspectors

Throughout the continuing saga of the 44-day-old AMFA walkout against Northwest Airlines, the carrier has claimed to have continued their operations "business as usual," with fully trained and licensed replacement personnel filling in for the striking workers. However, newly released FAA reports cast doubt on those assertions.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Lifts Off

34th Annual Event Features Opening Of Anderson/Abruzzo Ballooning Museum

Clear skies, light winds and the unveiling of a new 60,000 square-foot museum greeted attendees of the opening ceremonies of the 34th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta this weekend.

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Air Force Engineers Help Put BPT Back In Business

Airfield Damaged By Rita Powered Up And Running

Two airmen with the 147th Civil Engineer Flight wing aiding relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, along with a civilian contractor, took some time last week to help get Southeast Texas Regional Airport near Port Arthur, TX, up and running again.

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Gone West: Robert B. Robinson Jr.

Set World Absolute Speed Record In 1961

Aero-News has learned Lt. Col. Robert B. Robinson Jr., a retired Marine Corp pilot who in 1961 flew faster than anyone ever had before, passed away last week after a bout with cancer. He was 81.

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Klyde Morris 10.03.05

Klyde Can't Resist A Chance to Play Havoc With His Old Friend, Boss Daley

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Aerocomp Announces Major Step in Comp Air 12 Assembly, New Engine For Jet

New Fowler Flap Kit Also Available

Things are moving right along at Merritt Island, FL-based Aerocomp Inc. Aside from continued flight testing and a new engine for their owner-built single-engine Comp Air Jet (CA-J,) the company has also mated the fuselage of their new Comp Air 12 turboprop to its low-mounted wing assembly.

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Marta Bohn-Meyer Memorial Fund Established

Will Fund Science Scholarships For Young Women

The Experimental Aircraft Association announced a memorial fund has been established in the memory of Marta Bohn-Meyer, former Chief Engineer for NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and US Unlimited Aerobatic Team manager. The memorial fund will provide scholarships and educational programs for young women interested in science.

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Predator B UAV Now On The Prowl Along US-Mexico Border

'Birds Eye View' Will Help Agents Find Intrusions

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents patrolling the Arizona-Mexico border now have a new tool available to help them respond to illegal intrusions, as the first Predator B Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was deployed for operation last week at Sierra Vista Municipal/Libby Army Airfield in Ft. Huachuca, AZ.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.03.05)

"These records provide examples that are even worse than we imagined." Source: John Glynn, maintenance standards coordinator for the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, commenting on newly released FAA reports citing lax training and faulty repair practices on the part of replacement workers at Northwest Airlines. The workers were brought on after 4,200 members of AMFA went on strike against the carrier August 20.

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New Mexico TFR: 10.09.05

NOTAM: 5/8963 Issued: 09/30/2005 18:40 Effective: 10/09/2005 18:00 - Undetermined State: NM Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL SUNPORT AIRPORT, ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO.

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Puerto Rico TFR: 10.05.05-10.06.05

NOTAM: 5/8967 Issued: 09/30/2005 20:00 Effective: 10/05/2005 12:00 - 10/06/2005 20:00 State: PR Facility: ZSU - SAN JUAN (ARTCC),PR. Type: HAZARDS Description: VIEQUES ISLAND,PUERTO RICO

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