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March 07, 2005

Another Airbus Rudder Problem?

Several Air Transat Planes Grounded After A310 Almost Lost Vertical Stabilizer

Ten Air Transat aircraft were grounded Sunday after the rudder on an Airbus A310 "nearly fell off," according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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British Say Herc Not Downed By Sabotage

Discounts Published Reports Saying Bomb Was Planted On Board

British military authorities are denying a report in the Sun tabloid that a bomb planted on board a C-130 transport aircraft caused it to crash near Baghdad January 30th.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: PL2005-05-53 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2005-05-53 SUMMARY: The FAA has been notified that inadequate or incorrect flight controls rigging may exist on recently produced Cessna Models 172R, 172S, 182T, and T182T airplanes.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: PL2005-05-53R1 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2005-05-53 R1 SUMMARY: The FAA has been notified that inadequate or incorrect flight controls rigging may exist on recently produced Cessna Models 172R, 172S, 182T, and T182T airplanes.

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OUT! Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher Resigns

Board Appoints James Bell Interim President and CEO; Lew Platt to Expand Role

Taking the aerospace world by surpise, Boeing has announced that its Board of Directors asked for and received the resignation of President and CEO Harry Stonecipher on Sunday, March 6.

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A One Day Dash For The AirVenture Cup

Entries Now Being Accepted

EAA's annual air race for homebuilts, the EAA AirVenture Cup, is now accepting entries for its eighth running. The one-day speed dash begins at Ohio's Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (MGY) on July 24.

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FAA Releases Final List Of NDB Approaches Targeted For Shutdown

If You Object, Speak Up By April 4th

The FAA has finalized the list of NDB approaches it is considering canceling. Now it's up to pilots to let the agency know if any of these approaches are still needed.

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Quebec's Bombardier Workers Roll The Dice

Union Workers Vote "Yes" On Concessions Aimed At Landing C-Series Jobs

Workers at Bombardier's Montreal facilities are willing to bet their paychecks to land construction of the company's new C-series regional jet. They approved a new concessionary contract over the weekend by an overwhelming margin -- more than 90-percent voting "yes."

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BAE Systems Moving In

Would Become Sixth-Largest DOD Contractor

Europe's biggest defense contractor is making a move to become established in the US. BAE Systems is buying United Defense Industries for $3.97 billion.

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Search For German Bomber Goes Underground

British Historians To Scour Victoria Station For Luftwaffe Dornier

It was one of the most famous aerial duels of World War II. RAF pilot Ray Holmes, desperately fighting the Battle of Britain, so he fought with the only weapon he had left -- his own Hurricane. He rammed the bomber, bringing it down over London on September 15th, 1940.

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Sport Pilot Program: End of February, 2005

More Than A Hundred Tests So Far

FAA reports that the new FAA Form 8710-11, for Airman Certification and/or Rating Application - Sport Pilot, is now available from FAA. It may be obtained from ASF-610 (Link below) and is a PDF file. Examiner and instructors are expected to use this form whenever performing sport pilot certification.

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California Community College May Drop A&P Class

Cites Falling Enrollment In 60-Year Old Program

Saying there's not much demand for airplane mechanics, Southern California's Glendale Community College says it may drop its 60-year old A&P vocational program. A decision is expected as early as Monday.

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Boeing Bids Again

Company Reinstated To EELV Program After 20-Month Suspension

Boeing is back.

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'Pimp My Plane?' MTV Producers Eye Aviation

Oh, Yikes.

Perhaps you've seen it -- a program on MTV called, "Pimp My Ride." In it, a crew of automotive make-over experts from West Coast Customs take an ugly old jalopy and turn it into a dream ride.

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Klyde Morris 03.07.05

Klyde Gets Back To Picking On The Airlines

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Wichita Approves Aviation Training Center

KTTI To Become A Reality

Hoping to head off a shortage of A&Ps at the pass, Wichita city officials last week okayed the creation of an aviation training center at Jabara Airport.

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Evergreen Aviation Museum Plans Big Expansion

Centerpiece Of $6.9 Million Effort Will Be New IMAX Theater

These are the halcyon days at Evergreen Aviation Museum. With attendance booming in the wake of Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," the museum has just announced plans for a $6.9 million expansion that will be centered on a huge-screen IMAX theater.

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Airline Stock: An Unlikely Investment

But A Lot Of Brokers Say Now's The Time

If you play the stock market, chances are you have a more-than-passing interest in aviation stocks. Chances are equally as good that you've watched with dismay the sell off in airline stocks -- some of which are down as much as 25-percent this year alone (it's only March).

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TSA Under Continuing Pressure To Reduce DC-Area Restrictions

AOPA Continues Efforts To Restore GA Access

Transportation Security Administration chief Adm. David Stone faced criticism Thursday over what some view as his agency's foot-dragging in reopening airports near Washington, DC, to general aviation traffic.

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Crumbling Pensions Could Impact Age Rule

Growing Movement To Raise Limit To 65

Could the current crisis in airline pensions be the straw that breaks the camel's back when it comes to the Age 60 Rule?

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Premier Air Center Receives STC For Falcon 20 Universal EFI-890R Flat Panel

Premier Air Center has received an STC to install the Universal Avionics EFI-890R Flat Panel for all models of Dassault Falcon 20 Aircraft. The new Falcon 20 STC is certified under FAA Part 25 for approach and landing.

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Milestone: 777-200LR Taxi Tests

Next Step: First Flight

Boeing's newest 777, capable of connecting virtually any two cities in the world, is scheduled to make its inaugural flight Tuesday from Paine Field in Everett, WA.

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You Picked 'Em: ANN Announces Caption Contest Winner

The Envelope Please...

A lot of you wrote in your captions, so we asked you to pick a winner. Well, you've done that and the winning entry comes from John Schmidt of St. Paul, MN.

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Return To Flight Milestone: External Tank Mates To Boosters

Another Step To May 15th Launch

NASA is marking a major step in assembling the Space Shuttle for its Return to Flight mission. Last week, workers successfully "mated," or attached, the redesigned External Tank and twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs). The fuel tank and booster rockets will help launch Space Shuttle Discovery on its mission to the International Space Station, currently targeted for May 15-June 3.

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Mars Rovers Break Driving Records, Examine Salty Soil

Three Days' Driving Goes Farther Than 70 Days In The Past

On three consecutive days, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity accomplished unprecedented feats of martian motion, covering more total ground in that period than either Opportunity or its twin, Spirit, did in their first 70 days on Mars.

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SportFlyingShop.Com Offers New Sport/Light Sport Placards

Also N-Number Stencils

With the passing of the new Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft rule, all light-sport aircraft are going to need N-numbers (3-inch high) as well as other placards, including 2-inch high 'EXPERIMENTAL' placards (in the case of Experimental-LSA's) or 2-inch high 'LIGHT-SPORT' placards (in the case of Special-LSA's).

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Exposes Dusty Galactic Hideouts

Hiding The Light Of 10 Trillion Suns

How do you hide something as big and bright as a galaxy? You smother it in cosmic dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope saw through such dust to uncover a hidden population of monstrously bright galaxies approximately 11 billion light-years away.

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Feds Push Airlines To Replace Aging Insulation

Now How Much Will You Pay? But Wait!

Beset with huge losses attributable to high costs and low fares, the airline industry now has something else to worry about: the aging insulation on some aircraft.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Bonanza F33A

For Sale: Beech Bonanza 33

1991 F33A, 1060TTA&E, Prop 25 SMOH. Dual Yoke, KingAir A/P, full Garman and King package and much more. Sam Ketchum, goingaround@att.net or 409-382-2818 Exterior Quality: 9, Interior Quality: 9 Used, will sell for $260,000.00

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.07.05)

"We're in the process of talking to an owner. We've never done an airplane, so we don't know the playground yet. It's a huge canvas to play with." Source: Tito Arteaga, president of marketing and public relations for West Coast Customs, in an interview with the Morning News about plans to create a show based on "Pimp My Ride." In the MTV program, automotive make-over specialists redo an unsuspecting driver's car, turning into an eye-popping showcase of technology and wild paint. The producers are now thinking about making a similar show involving airplanes.

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