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November 16, 2004

Aero-News Alert: New Kolb Aircraft Owner Lost in Mk III Xtra Crash

Passenger Survives, But Is Severely Injured

ANN has just learned that New Kolb Aircraft CEO, Norm Labhart (48), has been lost in a Monday afternoon crash of one of his factory's aircraft. Piloting a Kolb Mk III Xtra (file photo, below) at 1240 local time, Labhart impacted the side of a hill at the Chesnut Knolls Aviation Airpark, near the Pulaski Country line, in Southern Kentucky, killing him and injuring a passenger.

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Boeing's Former CFO Pleads Guilty In Tanker Scam

Michael Sears' Testimony Could Widen DOD Probes

Boeing's former chief financial officer, Mike Spears, pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he deceived the government when he offered a job to Air Force negotiator Darleen Druyun as she oversaw contract talks aimed at replacing the military's aging tanker fleet.

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X-43A Flies Again -- Not

Mission Aiming At Mach 10 Scrubbed

NASA's experimental scramjet, the X-43A, was supposed have made an attempt at Mach 10 flight Monday. The X-43A research mission intended to reach Mach 10 today was postponed, and may be rescheduled for the same time Tuesday.

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New Canadian Forces Snowbirds Team Members

After nearly two weeks of intensive tryouts, two Canadian Forces pilots have officially become the newest members of 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Canadian Forces’ Snowbirds. Capt. David Boudreau from Dalhousie, N.B., and Capt. Mike French from Langley, B.C., will now begin a rigorous six-month training program.

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Aussie Pilot Deemed Hero For Taking Control

Brought Home British Lynx After PIC Was Wounded

An Australian military exchange pilot serving with a British flight squadron in Iraq is being hailed as a hero for taking control of a helicopter after the pilot was wounded by ground fire.

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Texas GA Accident Kills Five

Aircraft Clipped Apartment Building

It was a dark and stormy night in San Antonio Sunday -- one that turned deadly for five people aboard a Piper PA-31 Navajo trying to land in the foul weather. All on board were lost when the aircraft clipped a senior citizens' apartment building, leaving one wing embedded in a wall.

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Boeing Releases 777 In Cargo Configuration

World's Biggest Twin-Engine Freighter Due Out In 2008

Boeing is expanding its 777 commercial airplane family and to offer a cargo model that the company says will be the world's largest and most capable twin-engine freighter.

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What's This? An Airport Actively Looking For More Traffic?

Albany International Courts Corporate, GA Aviation

Now, here's something you don't see every day. An airport that's actually on the hunt for more business -- especially corporate and GA business.

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United FAs Consider Strike

They're Just Waiting On A Judge's Contract Ruling

United Airlines flight attendants, angry at the company's call for another round of concessions, are on the warpath. Their union has called for a strike -- if a judge rules United can invalidate the current contract.

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America West Tries 'Variable Speed Scheduling'

The Answer Is Blowing In The Wind

The high cost of fuel has financially fragile airlines looking for any way possible to save money. One idea in use at America West: Throttle back.

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Flight Student Wins Free Plane Ride, 'Tree Landing'

Makes You Wonder What Second Prize Was

A teenager from Longmont (CO) got a lot more than he bargained for when he entered an essay contest in hopes of winning flight lessons. He got the flight alright -- including an unforeseen landing.

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Confusion Reigns Over TSA Flight Training Rule

Pilots Tell AOPA They Didn't Know It Applies To Them

One thing is clear: The Transportation Security Administration's new alien flight training/citizenship validation rule is confusing to most pilots, students, flight instructors, and flight schools.

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TSA Flight Training Rule: Does It Apply To You?

Answer: Probably So

The TSA flight training rule is much broader than many pilots think. Chances are, you will have to comply with it now or sometime in the future.

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Bohannon Sets Two More Records

...But Can't Reach The Ultimate Goal

Bruce Bohannon set two more records in the Exxon Flyin' Tiger on Saturday, November 13, but the one he really wanted once again eluded him.

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Model Airplanes Denied Access To NY Park

LaGrange Town Manager: "We Cannot Accommodate You"

All the members of the Dutchess R/C club wanted was a place from which to operate. They thought they'd found it at Overlook Park in the New York town of LaGrange.

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Indiana University Plans For New Plane May Be Grounded

College President Reviewing Proposal

Enrollment is down, tuitions are up, the state of Indiana is in the midst of a budget crunch and staffers only got a two-percent raise this year. So what in the world makes Indiana State University administrators think they should buy an airplane? That's the question among critics and some students at the university as administrators continue looking into a possible purchase.

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Rockwell Collins Demonstrates VDL Mode 3

"Voice Reception Very Clear"

The first commercial passenger aircraft to use the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Communications (NEXCOM) VHF Data Link (VDL) Mode 3 digital voice communications was certified October 17, 2004, opening the way for more efficient voice and data communications between air traffic controllers and pilots. The aircraft is equipped with Rockwell Collins VHF radio and communications management unit.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.16.04)

"It is a small financial component to the airport finances. However, we look at general aviation as an opportunity -- the opportunity to bring in additional jobs. They are proponents and promoters of aviation, and that is within our mission statement." Source: Albany International Airport CEO John O'Donnell in an interview with the local Times-Union, as ALB tries to expand its offerings to both corporate and GA pilots. O'Donnell told the newspaper it's not necessarily about the money -- it's also about jobs.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-07 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-07 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 737 series airplanes, that currently requires modification of certain fuselage support structure for the number 2 galley.

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AD: Empresa

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-09 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-09 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain EMBRAER Model EMB-135 and -145 series airplanes, that currently requires determining whether a defective auxiliary power unit (APU) exhaust silencer is installed on the airplane; and corrective actions if necessary. For certain airplanes, this amendment requires modification of the APU exhaust silencer, and reidentification of the part number for the APU exhaust silencer once the modification is accomplished.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-08 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-08 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to Airbus Model A300 B4-600R and A300 F4-600R series airplanes, that currently requires a onetime detailed inspection for damage of the center tank fuel pumps and fuel pump canisters, and replacement of damaged fuel pumps and fuel pump canisters with new or serviceable parts.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-10 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-700 and-800 series airplanes. This AD requires doing an initial inspection for pitting and cracks of the lower skin panel at the lap joint; trimming the inner skin; installing exterior doublers; replacing the fuselage skin assembly; doing repetitive supplemental inspections; and repairing if necessary; as applicable.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-05 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-05 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas airplanes, that requires reversing the ground stud installation of the main battery, and installing a new name plate on the cover of the battery.

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