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July 25, 2004

Cessna Increases CitationShares Ownership

TAG Aviation USA, Inc. has sold one-half of its ownership interest in CitationShares Holding, L.L.C. to Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Inc.

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Ruby-Encrusted King Air Coming to AirVenture

The 400th Beechcraft King Air 350 – the aircraft specially configured to celebrate the King Air’s 40th anniversary – will debut at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004.

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On The Eve Of A New Oshkosh...

Tom Poberezny Is Pumped Up Over Airventure '04

It's started. The airplanes are arriving in ever greater numbers, the lines at the popular restaurants have begun, and the campground is showing serious signs of life. Unlike other years where one thing or another from our past was celebrated; this year seems like a fresh start.

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Aero-Views: Sport Pilot Flies (Part Three)

Thoughts for the Morning After, Part III

In Part I of this series, I talked about some of the gotchas and Catch-22's in the new Sport Pilot final rule. Part II of the series covered the Sport Pilot license and the Light Sport Aircraft category that it creates. This final installment covers the state of affairs for owners of gyros, and the medical certification surprise.

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Aero-Views: What About The Ultralight Pioneers?

Did the Sport Pilot rule forget its origins and true purpose in and for the ultralight community?

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ANN Intro's Oshkosh 2004 Special Coverage Major Sponsor: Diamond Aircraft!

It Sure Helps To Get Backing From Some of The Best in The Biz!

Most of ANN's crack crew of aero-journalists (or is that 'cracked' crew? Hmmm...) will be here about the time that you read this... ready willing and able to provide the best and most comprehensive coverage of Oshkosh of any aviation news service. We're pleased to announce that Diamond Aircraft is one of the MAJOR Sponsors that have made our coverage of Oshkosh 2004 possible, and if you're on your way to Wittman Field, you have to stop by and give them a gander... especially now that the DA42 IS HERE...

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Stone Confirmed At TSA, GAMA Applauds

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) applauded the Senate's confirmation of Admiral David M. Stone as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration.

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RyanAir Fires Toilet-Seated Workers

Two Ryanair employees were fired and one pilot resigned Friday after it was found that they used toilet seats in an aircraft's lavatories as jump seats because the flight was already full.

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Getting There Is Half The Fun

ANN's Best Tips For Getting To AirVenture 2004

If you are like the vast majority of people who go to Airventure, the biggest aviation gathering on the planet, you arrive by car. If you were planning on flying and haven't yet made arrangements to arrive at Oshkosh, here's a hint: you're either a driver or a pedestrian. A check of the Wisconsin DOT web site and the Federal Highway Administration web site will give you a heads up for road construction projects that you might want to avoid. The Wisconsin DOT site has a handy map of all construction projects for the year. Only a few of those listed are underway during Oshkosh week, so check the individual listings for when they are scheduled. If you are traveling through the Milwaukee area, make sure you go online to check the

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South Africa Hosts Paragliding Competition

Blue Sky Paragliding has issued an invitation to all South African and international paragliding pilots to attend the 2004 KZN Open Paragliding Champs.

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AMT Magazine Launches Online IA Renewal

AMT magazine will offer an online Virtual IA Renewal/AMT Awards Seminar beginning October 2004.

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US, China Sign Expanded Air Services Agreement

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Civil Aviation Administration of China Minister Yang Yuanyuan have signed a landmark air services agreement that will more than double the number of airlines that can fly between the United States and China and will permit a nearly five-fold increase in U.S.-China air services over the next six years.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (07.25.04)

"It’s especially appropriate to showcase the 400th King Air 350 and the 40th anniversary special edition at Oshkosh.  This show celebrates our fascination with flight, and the constantly refined King Air has participated in this great endeavor for 40 years.  That’s nearly half of the entire lifespan of manned flight.” Source: Randy Groom, president of Beechcraft, commenting on the announcement that the 40th Anniversary and 400th King Air 350 will make its debut at AirVenture.

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California TFR: UFN

NOTAM:  4/7373  Issued:  07/24/2004 00:13  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CA  Facility:  ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  SUSANVILLE, CA.

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Oregon TFR: 7/26/04-7/27/04

NOTAM:  4/7354  Issued:  07/23/2004 18:20  Effective:  07/26/2004 20:55 - 07/27/2004 02:45  State:  OR  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  VIP  Description:  PORTLAND, OREGON, JULY 26, 2004 LOCAL.

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