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December 31, 2004

Aero-News Alert: Eclipse Flies Into New Year

Is This The Best Way To Welcome A New Year... Or What?

ANN has just finished the first debrief with Eclipse Aviation offcials following an 89 minute first flight for the Pratt & Whitney 610F powered Eclipse 500. The first production model of a new generation of light jet aircraft, the Eclipse 500, flew to 16,800 feet and as fast as 200 knots during a "super" first lfight that actually proceeded so well as to allow for the expansion of a number of flight test objectives.

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China Puts Aircraft Deliveries On Hold

147 New Commercial Aircraft In 2005 Is Enough, Say Officials

The bad news is that China has slapped a moratorium on the delivery of aircraft not already in the pipeline. The good news is that an order for 60 Boeing 7E7s appears to be unaffected by the move.

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2004 Year In Review: Top Ten Aviation Milestones

Letterman's Got Nothing On OUR Top Ten List!

Every year, ANN takes a look back at the year that is about to become history, and chooses what we think are the 10 most important aviation milestones of the year.

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Who's Aiming The Lasers?

Feds Worried That Laser-Pointing Incidents Could Be Work Of Terrorists

"Is this kids with pranks, or something that is more of a challenge to the system?" That question, posed by the Dr. Linda Connell, director of the Aviation Safety Reporting System at NASA's Ames Research Center, is top on the minds of commercial and corporate pilots around the country. At least six times in the past couple of days, someone has pointed powerful lasers at the cockpits of passing aircraft.

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2004 Year In Review: The Weird and the Wonderful

Ten Of The "Different" Happenings We Found In 2004

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas Here's a list of the most unusual stories we spotted in aviation this year

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2004 Year In Review: Alphabet Groups Review 2004

How Was The Year For Your Organization?

By ANN Correspondent Aleta Vinas An aviation organization's work is never done. ANN asked about what was accomplished (or not) during 2004 plus a look ahead at what's up in 2005.

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2004 Year In Review: FAA Scores in 2004

Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft Comes To Life (Sort Of)

By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne Well, here it is again. Another year's end. Those who were turning blue from holding their breath for FAA to release sport pilot and light sport aircraft are now breathing: shallowly, maybe, but breathing.

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2004 Year In Review: How Sport Pilot Unfolded

A Month-By-Month Chronicle

By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne January As we entered 2004, the focus was on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB sport pilot/light sport aircraft began a second review period (actually start counting as of December 23, 2003). If the proposal got blessed by OMB, the FAA could issue sport pilot as a final rule.

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2004 Year In Review: The TSA

The One Organization Aviators Love To Hate

The TSA says passenger screening was effective in 2004 by keeping 6,501,193 prohibited items from going on board aircrafts [sic].

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2004 Year In Review: Top Ten Quotes of the Day

They Said It, We Quoted It

By ANN Correspondent Rose Dorcey Aviation in all its forms saw many changes, achievements, and let's admit it, frustrations throughout the year. While we glimpsed the fascinating future of aviation and space travel in the beginning of our second century of flight, we saw many challenges and disappointments as well. Airlines are struggling, Mother Nature turned on Florida residents, and our friends at the TSA provided trials to travelers.

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2004 Year In Review: Engine Technology Advances In 2004

Something New... Finally

By ANN Contributor Christopher J. Armstrong New engines are finally becoming available for experimental and certified aircraft that use modern materials and production techniques for greater strength with lighter weight. Most feature digital engine management systems for fuel injection and ignition timing providing better performance and economy. Several of the new engines are compression ignition diesels, which allow the use of the much less expensive diesel or jet A fuels.

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2004 Year In Review: Gone West

A Look Back At Those We Lost In 2004

With the passing of another year, we have seen some members of our aviation community also pass. The aviation brotherhood/sisterhood is small enough that we all feel the loss of one of our membership when it happens. Whether we knew them personally, or just watched or read about their aviation deeds, we feel the emptiness left by their passing. To those they left behind, our heartfelt wishes are with you.

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2004 Year In Review: The State Of Aero-Security

Did aviation security improve in the past year, or are we still an accident waiting to happen?

Since 9/11, the subject of aviation security has morphed from a source of employment for recent immigrants, to one of the top national and international priorities of most countries, developed or not.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.31.04)

"The TSA says passenger screening was effective in 2004 by keeping 6,501,193 prohibited items from going on board aircrafts." [sic] Source: TSA news release touting the agency's effectiveness in screening passengers during 2004. The agency's effectiveness at grammar, however, was apparently not an issue in Washington.

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NV TFR: 01/01/05

NOTAM: 4/3882 Issued: 12/30/2004 19:00 Effective: 01/01/2005 04:00 - 01/01/2005 11:00 State: NV Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: SECURITY Description: LAS VEGAS NV.

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NYC TFR: 01/01/05

NOTAM: 4/3884 Issued: 12/30/2004 20:50 Effective: 01/01/2005 01:00 - 01/01/2005 07:00 State: NY Facility: ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY. Type: SECURITY Description: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, DECEMBER 31, 2004 THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2005 LOCAL.

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TX TFR: 01/02/05

NOTAM: 4/3879 Issued: 12/30/2004 17:20 Effective: 01/02/2005 14:30 - 01/02/2005 16:30 State: TX Facility: ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: WACO, TEXAS, JANUARY 2 2005 LOCAL.

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AD: Empresa

AD NUMBER: 2004-26-12 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-26-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all EMBRAER Model ERJ 170 series airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to include certain operational instructions and prohibit dispatch of any flight with the integrated electronic standby system (IESS) inoperative, even though it is allowed by the current version of the Master Minimum Equipment List; and performing a test to determine proper operation of the network interface card (NIC) communications and repairing if necessary.

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