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July 16, 2004

NemesisNXT Undergoing Flight Tests

The long awaited successor to the race-winning nemesis is well into the beginnings of its flight test program. The first flight was accomplished on July 10 at the tender hour of 0700 at MHV. Jon Sharp's first reports says that, "It flies wonderful... better than the original Nemesis! And I loved how that one flew!"

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Honda Takes Big Step In Pursuit of US Engine Presence

Honda Establishes Aviation Engine Business Subsidiary in the US

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., has announced that it has established a new US subsidiary, Honda Aero, Inc., to focus on the aviation engine business in the US -- the world's largest aviation market.

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Another Airline CEO Makes Sudden Exit

Jim Parker Out At SWA

With his company's profits down 54-percent in the second quarter, Southwest Airlines CEO Jim Parker abruptly called it quits, Thursday. He cited personal reasons for his sudden departure.

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PATCO To File For Injunction

Fired Controllers Want First Dibs At ATC Jobs

On Monday,air traffic controllers from all three major New York airports, the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) -- the nation's second-busiest -- and New York Air Route Traffic Control Center -- the nation's fourth-busiest - - will meet with reporters to talk about both the serious controller shortages facing their facilities and the potential travel and safety concerns associated with having too few eyes handling planes.

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Ridge Cites Privacy, Effectiveness Concerns

When Tom Ridge was asked Wednesday if the government's controversial air passenger screening system, CAPPS II, was dead, he made a gesture as if he were pounding a stake through its heart. "Yes," the Homeland Security Secretary replied, effectively sealing the fate of the program.

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Aura Spacecraft Finally Flies

Mission: To Better Understand the Air We Breathe

Aura, a mission dedicated to the health of Earth's atmosphere, successfully launched today at 0301:59 Pacific Time from the Western Range of Vandenberg Air Force Base (CA) aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. Spacecraft separation occurred at 4:06 a.m. Pacific Time, inserting Aura into a 705-kilometer (438-mile) orbit.

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Cassini Exposes Saturn's Two-Face Moon

From JPL... The moon with the split personality, Iapetus, presents a perplexing appearance in the latest images snapped by the Cassini spacecraft.

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Patty Wagstaff to Fly At Farnborough

Will Pilot Raytheon Aircraft T-6

Fresh from her induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton (OH), world-renowned aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff will perform at the Farnborough International Air Show in Raytheon Aircraft’s T-6 primary trainer.

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The Day Commercial Aviation Changed Forever

Boeing Marks 50th Anniversary of Dash-80

Fifty years ago Thursday, Boeing pilots Tex Johnston and Richard L. Loesch helped propel commercial aviation into the jet age by completing the first flight of the Boeing 367-80, the precursor for all jet-powered commercial airplanes developed since.

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Air Methods' Gets An STC

Eurocopter BK117 Emergency Medical Interior Approved

Air Methods Corporation Thursday said it's received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) on an upgraded emergency medical interior for the Eurocopter BK117 helicopter.

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Boeing Offering Increased Range Capability for Longer-Range 777 Airplanes

More Efficient Engines And Reduced Drag

Boeing is offering airlines more range on its longer-range 777 passenger airplanes, and enhanced performance overall, thanks to engine efficiency improvements and design changes that reduce wind drag and the airplane's weight.

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SFO To Be A380-Ready

Says It Will Accommodate Super Jumbo

Officials at San Francisco International Airport promise they'll be ready to welcome the world's largest commercial jet when it debuts in 2006.

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NATA's Coyne To Host Town Hall Meetings

Best Way To Stay In Touch With The Membership

James K. Coyne, president of the National Air Transportation Association, will host three Town Hall meetings in the next several weeks.

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Skytruck Rolls On In South America

Venezuelan National Guard Takes Delivery Of Its 25TH PZL M28 Skytruck

Skytruck says it's sending another M28 to the Venezuelan National Guard.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.16.04)

"We're not lepers." Source: Ron Taylor, president of PATCO, who promises to file injunctions asking a court to prohibit the FAA from hiring any controllers until the agency has offered each of the 3,500 fired controllers a chance to come back.

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Life After American

Robert Crandall And Donald Burr Head New Air Taxi Company

American Airline's former president and CEO has joined a new air taxi service called POGO (formerly known as iFlyAirTaxi).

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Honeywell To Provide Flight-Control Electronics For 7E7

Third 7E7 Contract For Electronics Firm

Boeing is increasing the work for Honeywell Aerospace on the 7E7 Dreamliner, selecting that company's flight-control electronics for the all-new passenger airplane.

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