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November 13, 2004

Southwest CEO Kelly Takes Aim At Wright Amendment

Southwest Airlines once again appears to be trying to set itself on a path to free itself of the restrictions of the Wright Amendment.

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Home Run! AIG To Underwrite Insurance For Eclipse 500

Eclipse Aviation has announced that AIG Aviation, Inc. has agreed to underwrite hull and liability insurance for the Eclipse 500 jet.

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Grand Slam! Eclipse Aviation Signs Training Deal With United Airlines

Eclipse Aviation Corporation has announced a strategic relationship with United Airlines to provide Eclipse pilots with the most comprehensive flight training available in general aviation.

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Two Chinese Boys Stow Away On A320, One Dies

On Thursday, two Chinese teenagers, age 13 and 14, who had recently escaped from a home for runaway children located in the Chinese province of Hunan, decided to stow away in the wheel well of a Sichuan Airlines A320 departing Kunming on its way to Chongqing.

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Builders Bookstore Publishes 24 Years Of The RV-ator

24 Years of the RV-ator is a 420 page book which is considered by Van's aircraft as an important addendum to the manual and construction plans.

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X-43A Mach 10 Flight On Schedule

The final flight of NASA's X-43A hypersonic research aircraft is still on schedule for Monday afternoon, November 15, weather permitting.

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Missile Defense Agency Fires Weapons Class Laser

The US Missile Defense Agency has successfully test-fired the megawatt-class laser built by Northrop Grumman Corporation for the Airborne Laser (ABL) system.

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AOPA Reminds FAA Of AIP Importance

AOPA has told the FAA that the agency must maintain its authority to enforce airport grant obligations in order to protect the nation’s general aviation airports.

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Aero News Quote of the Day (11.13.04)

“Federal airport development assistance through the Airport Improvement Program plays a significant and vital role in maintaining airport infrastructure that enables the United States to enjoy an efficient and envied national system of airports. The grant assurances associated with the AIP development program … have provided the FAA with a very efficient way of protecting our airport system and should continue to play the same important role in the future.” Source: AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn, commenting to the FAA on behalf of the organization on the subject of proposed changes to the FAA Airport Improvement Program.

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CASA Urgent AD: Fokker

CASA AD: AD/F50/88 Manufacturer: Fokker (F50) Subject: Power Plant - Feathering Pump Summary: This Directive is addition to those requirements detailed in AD/F50/85. That Directive requires replacement of a certain gasket.

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CASA Urgent AD: General Avia

CASA AD: AD/F22/1 Manufacturer: General Avia (F22 Series Aeroplanes) Subject: Engine to Firewall Attachment Summary: Several reports were received by ENAC of cracks in the engine mount to firewall attachment.

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