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May 25, 2005

Rumsfeld: NO Shootdown Order Given

There was absolutely no truth to the Washington Post article saying Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered Air Force fighter jets to shoot down a Cessna that intruded into restricted airspace...

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Firefighting Tankers Fly In Spite of Safety Concerns

Investigation Continues Into California Mishap

NTSB investigators Tuesday said they have not ruled out structural or mechanical faults in the crash of a firefighting Lockheed P-3 in California last month. Regardless, the US Forest Service has returned to service a portion of its aerial tanker fleet.

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GAMA Cheers The Return Of GA To Reagan National

Bunce Praises "Commitment To Get This Done"

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) praised Wednesday's announcement of the resumption of general aviation flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

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General Aviation Returns To Reagan National

But It's Severely Limited In Scope And Nature

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) formally announced today that an interim final rule will be published in the next several days authorizing resumption of limited, tightly screened general aviation flight operations at Washington's Reagan National Airport for the first time since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

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At Least 26 Lost In African Antonov Mishap

Victoria Air Charter Under Contract To Maniema Union

A chartered Antonov An-12 went down in Africa Wednesday, killing all 26 people onboard, according to civil aviation authorities.

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Stowaway Killed After Falling From Wheel Well

Authorities Point To Lax Airport Security

A young boy -- no more than ten-years old, according to news reports -- died Wednesday after he tried to stow away aboard a China Eastern Airlines Airbus A320 and fell out of a wheel well as the aircraft took off.

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Washinton Post Sez...'ADIZ Violators Were Seconds Away From Shoot-Down'

Rumsfeld Had Given Permission To Fire

Contrary to earlier reports, Heyden "Jim" Schaeffer and student pilot Troy Martin were just seconds away from being blown out of the sky, according to published reports. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had given fighter piltos intercepting their Cessna 150K in the Washington ADIZ permission to shoot.

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FAs Challenge US Airways Execs' Parachute

How Much Is Too Much?

US Airways' flight attendants are up in arms over a request from management for $55-million in golden parachutes aimed at easing the pains of merging with America West. They've filed a motion in bankruptcy court demanding the severance packages be denied.

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NWA To Lay Off 2,031 Mechanics

Demands 26-Percent Reduction In Pay For Those Who Stay

The nation's fourth-largest airline is, like many other carriers, still in financial hot water. For that reason, Northwest Airlines wants to cut about 50-percent of its mechanics and cut the pay of those left by 26-percent.

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'She Knows The Whole Deal' -- an Interview With Lancair's Kim Lorentzen (Part 1)

Customer Service Manager Discusses What Lancair Customers Are Building And How (Part One)

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NJ Lawmakers Examine Changes To Pilots' Drug And Alcohol Policy

Bill Would Bring State Law In Line With Federal Regulations

The New Jersey Legislature wants to avoid what happened in Pennsylvania last year. For that reason, lawmakers are working on a bill that would bring state laws regarding flying while intoxicated more in line with FAA regulations.

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Voyager Spacecraft Enters Solar System's Final Frontier

...Where No Man (Or Machine) Has Gone Before...

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered the solar system's final frontier. It is entering a vast, turbulent expanse where the Sun's influence ends and the solar wind crashes into the thin gas between stars.

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FlightSafety to Build 1st Falcon 2000EX EASy/Falcon 900EX EASy Convertible Sim

FlightSafety International has announced that it will design and manufacture the first Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy – Falcon 900EX EASy convertible flight simulator. This new simulator is scheduled to be operational early in the second quarter of 2006.

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Time To Launch: Boeing 777 Freighter

Air Canada, Air France Are Launch Partners

SEATTLE, May 24, 2005 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] today officially launched the Boeing 777 Freighter, the world's largest and most capable twin-engine freighter, following the completion of a launch order from Air France.

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Heinlein Centennial Convention Set for July 2007

Plans have been announced for a major convention to be held in Kansas City, Missouri to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of American author Robert A. Heinlein. Heinlein's birth on 7/7/1907 will be celebrated on the weekend of 7/6 - 7/8/2007.

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Flight Of The Eagle About To Take Off

EAA's Multi-National Effort To Recruit Young Pilots

On May 28, Jared Aicher will climb aboard a Cessna 172 and depart on a trip to 60 cities scattered across the 48 lower United States and the Caribbean. His mission: to give more than 400 kids airplane rides through the EAA Young Eagles program. Local EAA Chapters across the country will welcome Aicher and his "Eagle Flight" project as he travels the country offering free flights to youths aged 8-17 at each stop.

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Production-Model Mermaid Amphibian Makes First Flights

New And Improved

It's faster, slower, lighter -- and heavier -- than prototype.

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CharterAuction Buys Skyport's Private Jet Chartering Division

Customer Service Noted as Primary Selling Point

CharterAuction says it has purchased the business of JetEquity Travel, the private jet chartering division of Skyport Aviation.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.25.05)

"Flying while intoxicated doesn't happen often, but when it does, the results are usually tragic. In order to keep our citizens in the air and on the ground safe, we need to tighten the regulations involving aircraft pilots and crew members." Source: New Jersey State Sen. John Girgenti, D-Bergen, Passaic, a bill sponsor, telling the Press of Atlantic City about a new bill designed to bring state laws regarding flying while intoxicated more in line with federal regulations.

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