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January 06, 2005

GAMA Board Elects Leadership For 2005

The Board of Directors of GAMA has elected James E. Schuster as its Chairman for 2005. Mr. Schuster is Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Aircraft Company, located in Wichita, KS. He previously served as GAMA's Vice Chairman and Chairman of GAMA's Security Issues Committee.

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Industry-Developed Training Courses For Light Sport Repairman

If We Fly 'Em, Someone Has To Fix 'Em

By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne The FAA Light Sport Aviation Branch is continuing to "switch on" the elements of Light Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot at a remarkable pace. Latest information from the Light Sport Branch is that they have begun to review for acceptance industry-developed training courses for light sport repairman.

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Florida Aviation Trades Association Announces Formation Of PAC

One Of The Most Progressive State Av-Org's Soldiers On

John Hunt, president of the Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA), has announced the formation of a Political Action Committee. Membership to the committee is open to not just FATA members but all those who have an interest and stake in the future of aviation in Florida.

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What It Takes To Become A Light Sport Repairman

Classes And Length

By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne These courses relate to maintenance of light sport aircraft as detailed below: Inspection Ratings After completing a 16-hour training course acceptable to the FAA on inspecting the particular class of experimental light-sport aircraft, a light sport repairman with an inspection rating may perform the annual condition inspection on a light-sport aircraft that he/she owns; that has been issued an experimental certificate for operating a light-sport aircraft; and is in the same class of light-sport-aircraft for which he/she has completed the light sport aircraft training specified by FAA.

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FBI Questions Inventor About Lasers

John Acres' Jasper "Most Powerful Class III Laser Money Can Buy"

As the government continues to press its case against a New Jersey man who's reportedly admitted he shone a powerful handheld laser on at least two aircraft over the past few weeks, what's happening with the company that sold it to him?

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ISS Crew Still Breathing After Oxygen Generator Failure

Controllers Use Reserve Tank To Replenish O2 Supply

The bad news is that the oxygen generation system on board the International Space Station is malfunctioning -- again. The good news is that there's enough O2 in reserve to keep the crew breathing for several months, if necessary.

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NTSB: Pilot Of DA40 Apparently Busted Minimums

Meantime, Small Graphics Company Journeys Onward, Despite Loss Of Leaders

Workers at a small graphics company in Pelzer, SC, say they'll muddle through, after the loss of both their bosses in the first fatal accident involving a Diamond DA40.

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Gulfstream's Flight Test Team Tops 2,000 Flight Hours For Year

Flight Test Aircraft 'Work' 40 Hours a Week, 50 Weeks a Year

Gulfstream Aerospace completed 2,090 flight-test hours during 2004 in support of its product development efforts. By the end of last year, Gulfstream's Flight Test organization nearly doubled the number of flight hours its test aircraft flew just two years earlier, and nearly quadrupled the number of test hours flown in 2001.

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India Uses Israeli UAVs To Search For Tsunami Victims

'Round-The-Clock Capability When Time Is Of The Essence

As the relief effort for tsunami victims in South Asia continues to ramp up, the search for survivors in the 11 countries hardest hit is winding down. But at its height, that effort was reportedly aided in great measure by some of military aviation's newest technology.

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Ohio Man Arrested After Disrupting Continental Flight

Locked Himself Screaming And Kicking Into The Bathroom, Say Investigators

What in the world got into Caleb Parker? Authorities say the 28-year old man from Cuyahoga Falls, OH, freaked out Saturday on a flight from Houston to Salt Lake City -- beating on the cockpit door just before landing and then locking himself in the lavatory.

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Seventh Fleet First To Provide Support To Indonesia's Stricken Aceh Province

Flying In Manpower And Supplies

The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) began providing logistical support Jan. 1 to disaster victims in the Indonesian province of Aceh for the first time since earthquakes and tsunamis ravaged Southern Asia Dec. 26.

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DOT Secretary Mineta: Aviation at El Toro 'Off The Table'

Environmental Documentation Suspended At Former USMC Field

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta Wednesday released a letter reiterating his position that aviation use at the former MCAS/El Toro is not an option.

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EAA Working To Repeal Ohio's Registration Fee

Increase In Aircraft Tax Deemed "Grossly Unfair"

EAA is working with several of its Ohio Members in an attempt to repeal what has been termed a grossly unfair increase in the aircraft registration tax that went into effect in 2004. The 2003 Ohio Legislature established a flat $100 license tax for all aircraft. That represented a 1600 percent increase for two-place aircraft, which had been $6.

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Arianespace Has A Very Busy Year Ahead

Begins 2005 With Five Payloads To Launch

The New Year promises to be a busy one for Arianespace, and the company started 2005 with a burst of activity that will set the stage for things to come during the next 12 months.

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Aussie Goes for Rocket-Powered World Land Speed Record

SpaceDev Expected to Provide Rocket Motors

Rosco McGlashan, the "Fastest Aussie on Earth" will attempt to become the fastest man in the world by exceeding 900 mph in his new rocket powered Aussie Invader race car. McGlashan announced that he is engaged in ongoing design discussions for the world's fastest car with rocket motor developer SpaceDev of Poway, CA, and with car designer John "Ackers" Ackroyd of the Isle of Wight.

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L-3 Communications Acquires BAI Aerosystems

Supplier of Tactical UAVs to US Military

L-3 Communications says it completed the acquisition of BAI Aerosystems, Inc. on December 21st. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Some Travel Agents Point PAX Away From US Airways

Cite Holiday Sick-Out As Reason

Sick-outs by US Airways baggage handlers which separated thousands of passengers from their luggage and threw much of the commercial flight system into disarray over the Christmas weekend have prompted some travel agents to stop booking the airline, a move which could hasten US Airways' demise.

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Michigan TFR: 01.07.05

NOTAM: 5/0055 Issued: 01/04/2005 20:00 Effective: 01/07/2005 16:15 - 01/07/2005 19:45 State: MI Facility: ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH. Type: VIP Description: DETROIT, MICHIGAN, JANUARY 7 2005 LOCAL.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.06.04)

"With limited aircrews, a skeleton maintenance squad, a few spare parts and almost no support functions, the work carried out by this team is amazing. Every Airman here understands that to be doing anything else right now just wouldn’t seem right." Source: Lt. Col. David Mobley, from the 17th Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan and the deployed mission commander in Bangkok, on the remarkable job USAF crews have done to bring relief to Thai tsunami victims. So far, the Air Force has delivered more than 100 tons of supplies to the ravaged island of Phuket.

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AD: Empresa

AD NUMBER:2004-25-12 MANUFACTURER:Empresa (CORRECTION) SUBJECT:Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-12 SUMMARY:The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all EMBRAER Model EMB-135 and 145 series airplanes.

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