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February 28, 2005

Fossett On His Way... Next Stop, Kansas!

REAL TIME Update: 1957 EST. Steve Fossett lifted off on his SOLO, around the world adventure at 1845, Monday, February 28th... after a delay of several hours were required to wait for calmer winds.

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Fossett Says He's A Little Jittery

Admits He's Nervous About Attempting "Last Great Aviation Record"

Calling his mission to circle the solo, without landing or refueling, the "last great aviation record," pilot-adventurer Steve Fossett admits, he's a little nervous. Fossett is reportedly headed for the runway at Salina Airport, KS, ready to take off on a flight that, if successful, will last more than 70 hours and will again write his name in the history books.

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How Steve Fossett Stays In Touch

Blue Sky Network, Iridium, Install Next-Gen Sat Terminal Aboard Global Flyer

Blue Sky Network has installed a new-generation Iridium satellite terminal on Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, the revolutionary new lightweight jet aircraft in which Steve Fossett hopes to achieve the first-ever solo, non-stop flight around the world.

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Shoe Bomb's Suspected Accomplice Pleads Guilty

Becomes First UK Terror Convict Since 9/11

A British man accused of working with Richard Reid to blow up a Paris-to-Miami flight in 2001 pleaded guilty Monday.

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AAL Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Orlando

Crew Smelled Smoke

An American Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, FL, to Los Angeles, CA, was diverted to Orlando Sunday after crew members smelled smoke in the cockpit.

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Flying To Naples? Fuel Up First

Florida Airport Forced To Ration Fuel Because Of Shortage

It's the busiest time of the year for airports in Southwest Florida. Thousands of snowbirds go there to escape the wintery weather every year. So you can imagine the angst in Naples, when pilots discovered the airport would start rationing fuel.

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Santa Paula Airport Lives!

Flood-Ravaged Field Gets $6 Million To Fight Flood Damage

Photos By Rich Stowell Limited runway operations could get underway as early as Monday at flood-ravaged Santa Paula Airport in California, where the Santa Clara River, swollen beyond its banks by torrential rains, has eroded a huge portion of the strip.

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Mandatory Service Bulletin: Diamond

Addressing Exhaust System Issue

MANDATORY SERVICE BULLETIN NO. MSB4O-033

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What About SpaceShipTwo?

Commercial Astronaut Says Sim Complete, Design Underway

By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs As the world's first commercial astronaut prepares to take his space vessel and its mothership on an unprecedented cross-country flight to Oshkosh, WI, for AirVenture 2005, Mike Melvill and Scaled Composites are working hard to develop a second generation commercial space vehicle.

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Pages From The Past: Ilan Ramon's Diary Salvaged

Journal By Israel's First Astronaut Survived Fiery Columbia Fate

Deciding to even attempt it was hard enough for Israeli police document examiner Sharon Brown. IDF Colonel Ilan Ramon, one of the seven astronauts who died when the shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry February 1, 2003, had kept a diary of his first space flight. Not only did the pages survive Columbia's destruction, the 38 mile-long fall to Earth and two months' exposure to the Texas elements.

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AOPA: GA Accidents Lowest On Record

It's Never Been More Safe To Fly GA

General aviation has never been safer. Accident statistics for 2004 prove it. Last year saw the fewest GA accidents since record keeping began in 1938 and the lowest number of fatal accidents since 1945.

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Aero-Reviews: Garmin iQue 3600a, Part III

Once we took off. climbed to altitude and settled into the seldom-used Plaza Transition over SJU -- the winds were blowing from the north that day, which almost never happens -- I turned my attention to the GPS.

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Russia Begins Mars Mission Mock-Up

Goal: Simulate 500-Day Mission To Red Planet

Russia is preparing to put as many as six men -- perhaps an international team -- in a simulated space vehicle which will remain on Earth for 500 days to test technology in a simulation of a mission to Mars.

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US Army Helo Down In Korea

Two Airmen Lost

A US Army pilot was killed instantly and a second crewman later died after their AH-64 went down near Paju, South Korea, Saturday. The aircraft was on what the Army described as a training mission not far from the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone dividing South Korea from its neighbor to the north.

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Klyde Morris 02.28.05

Klyde and The Administrator Square Off Against Fox News

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Aero-Views: Heuristic Case for Cockpit Video Recorders

Sure, Pilots Hate 'Em, But Some Think They're Vital

by ANN Contributor Steven R. Lund Sure, the FAA wants better audio recording capabilities on cockpit voice recorders -- a move the agency says would bring the aviation industry more in line with current documentation technology. But what about video?

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FITSA Hosts Aviation Symposium and Contests

Erik Lindbergh Shows His Passion As Keynote Speaker For Event

By ANN Associate Editor Mike Sweezey It was all about aviation in Melbourne, FL, over the weekend, as the Florida Institute of Technology School of Aeronautics Alumni Network hosted their 20th Annual Aviation Symposium at FIT.

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Gone West: Uli Derickson

Heroine Of Hijacked TWA 847

We've just learned that Uli Derickson, considered a hero by many of the passengers aboard a TWA flight hijacked from Athens to Beirut and besieged for 17 days, died February 18th. A victim of cancer, Derickson was 60.

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AOPA Prepared To Stop Aircraft Noise Curfew Bill

Poised To Pounce On Aircraft Curfew Issue

The AOPA says its legislative affairs staff is ready for action should an aircraft curfew bill get any traction in Congress. New York City Rep. Joseph Crowley has reintroduced a bill in the House (H.R. 455) that would create a commission to make recommendations to Congress about setting curfews for non-military aircraft flying over "populated areas" during "normal sleeping hours."

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NTSB Takes Second Look At Ramp Worker's Death

Investigators Cite "New Information" In Case

The NTSB says it has new information that warrants another look into the death of a US Airways ramp worker killed at Norfolk International Airport more than two years ago.

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Women in Aviation Conference Countdown

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas No matter what area of aviation or aerospace you're in, the Women in Aviation Conference is the place to be March 10-12 in Dallas (TX).

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Conklin & De Decker Releases Updated Life Cycle Costing Software

Version 4.80 Still Based On MS Excel

Conklin & de Decker has just released the latest version of its Life Cycle Cost software. The Microsoft Excel based software accounts for the various aspects of owning and operating an aircraft – acquisition cost, operating costs, taxes, the final aircraft residual value and revenues if it is in commercial operations.

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Alaskan High Schoolers Help NASA Record, Share 'Earth Music'

Students Hunt For VLF Sites

In the tiny town of North Pole, Alaska, the sun currently creeps into view for just three or four hours a day. Temperatures typically crash in February to -30 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. And bears aren't uncommon in these parts -- mother grizzlies have on occasion sheltered their cubs in the woods near the local high school.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Cirrus SR20

For Sale: 2004 Cirrus SR20 (File Photo)

SR-20 2004 Cirrus SR-20 with PFD/MFD, dual 430s, SkyWatch, Stormscope, Emax, leather and 3-blade propeller. Exterior Quality: 10, Interior Quality: 10 Used, will sell for $275,000.00 (or best offer)

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.28.05)

"We already have a simulator set up. In the simulator, SpaceShipTwo already flies better than SpaceShipOne did." Source: The world's first commercial astronaut, Mike Melvill, during an EAA conference call last week, saying Burt Rutan and his company, Scaled Composites, are already hard at work developing the next-generation of suborbital space vehicle.

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