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June 15, 2005

FAA Settles With Pilot Of Cessna 150 Panic Flight

Hayden L. Schaeffer Can Reapply For Ticket In Ten Months

In a round of "Let's Make A Deal" between the FAA and wayward general aviation pilot Hayden "Jim" Schaeffer, the pilot-in-command of a Cessna 150 that came within three miles of the White House -- and a hair's breadth of being shot out of the sky -- will eventually be allowed to fly again.

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Harrier Down: Yuma, AZ

No Immediate Reports Of Casualties

ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 1946 EDT -- A US Marine AV8B Harrier went down in a residential neighborhood of Yuma, AZ, Wednesday. The pilot was able to safely eject and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, according to the Marine Corps.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-15 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-00series airplanes.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-13 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2005-05-52 (70 FR13362, March 21, 2005), which applies to all Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 402C and 414A airplanes.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-12 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 79-10-15, which applies to all Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 401, 401A, 401B, 402, 402A, 402B, 411, and 411A airplanes. AD 79-10-15 currently requires repetitive inspections of the right and left wing spar lower cap areas for fatigue cracks and requires wing spar cap repair or replacement as necessary.

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AD: Grob-Werke

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-09 MANUFACTURER: Grob-Werke SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-09 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all GROB-WERKE (GROB) Model G120A airplanes.

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AD: Turbomeca

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-08 MANUFACTURER: Turbomeca SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca S.A. Arrius 2 B1, 2 B1A, 2B1A-1, and 2 B2 turboshaft engines.

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AD: Teledyne Continental Motors (Formerly Bendix)

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-06 MANUFACTURER: Magnetos SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) (formerly Bendix) S-20, S-1200, D-2000, and D-3000 series magnetos equipped with impulse coupling assemblies.

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AD: Sikorsky

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-03 MANUFACTURER: Sikorsky SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-03 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters.

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Gear Up! BA609 Program Moves Forward

World's First Civil Tiltrotor Achieves Significant Flight Test Envelope Expansion

The Bell/Agusta 609 completed its first flight with the landing gear up and the proprotor nacelles at 60 degrees in flight testing at the Bell Helicopter Xworx in Arlington, Texas.

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USUA Updates 'Carrier Petition'

USUA tells ANN that it has been receiving many calls & emails concerning the status of the Carrier Petition.

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Gone West: Gordon Baxter

One of the finest writers to EVER wax aero-poetic, Gordon Baxter, of "Bax Seat" fame has passed away. Bax was 81, when he passed away Saturday, at the Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital.

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Gulfstream G150 Completes All Company Test Flights In Less Than 30 Flight Hours

Gulfstream and IAI have completed all company flight tests on the new wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150 business jet. With this accomplished, Gulfstream and IAI now progress to the certification flight testing phase in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Administration of Israel.

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NASA Buying Microgravity Flights from Zero-G

NASA researchers will conduct experiments later this year on two near-weightless flights operated by the Zero Gravity (Zero-G) Corporation of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Sportys Skyhawk To Be Awarded September 14th

...And We Probably Won't Win Then, Either

Feeling lucky? Your life may change on Wednesday, September 14, 2005. That's the day one lucky Sporty's customer will be chosen as winner of Sporty's 2005 Sweepstakes.

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Report: Misaligned Rollers Caused B-1B Accident

Misaligned rollers on the crew entry ladder assembly created an abort condition that was the primary cause of a B-1B Lancer mishap during a mission qualification and currency training mission Nov. 23 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD...

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Western Aircraft Appoints Pilatus PC-12 Technical Representative

Western Aircraft has named Carl Coffelt as their Pilatus PC-12 Technical Representative, effective June 1, 2005. As Western Aircraft’s PC-12 Technical Representative, Coffelt will be responsible for providing the most accurate and complete PC-12 technical expertise to Western’s customers.

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Paris Air Show 2005: Marriage Announcement

Bell Helicopter Weds US Helicopter, Inc.

In a move to continue the expansion of its helicopter service and support capabilities, Bell Helicopter this week announced that it has acquired the maintenance and overhaul assets of Ozark, Alabama-based US Helicopter, Inc., a privately-held company providing depot-level maintenance and upgrade installations for a variety of Bell products for the government market. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Mooney CEO To Compete In Air Race Classic

Gretchen Jahn Will, Of Course, Fly A Mooney

The Air Race Classic, the world's only all-women transcontinental air race, draws pilots from a variety of professions. The 2005 race is no exception as it includes a marine helicopter pilot and a flight surgeon with the Navy. But there is only one CEO of an airplane corporation at the starting line this year -– Mooney Airplane Company's Gretchen Jahn.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Aerostar 601P/700

For Sale: Aerostar 600, 601, 602, P

1980 Aerostar 601P/700 conversion. Photos and details at: www.nrairport.com/aerostar.htm Exterior Quality: 9, Interior Quality: 9 Used, will sell for $340,000.00

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.15.05)

"We keep pushing the limits of what we can detect, and we're getting closer and closer to finding Earths." Source: Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, upon the discovery of an Earth-like planet just 15 light-years away. But with a surface temperature of more than 400F, it's not anyplace we'd like to spend our summer vacation.

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New Jersey TFR: 06.16.05

NOTAM: 5/4756 Issued: 06/14/2005 19:50 Effective: 06/16/2005 18:00 - 06/16/2005 20:00 State: NJ Facility: ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY. Type: HAZARDS Description: EDISON TOWNSHIP NEW JERSEY.

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AD: Dassault Aviation

AD NUMBER: 2005-11-14 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-11-14 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Dassault Model Mystere-Falcon 50 and 900 series airplanes, and Model Falcon 2000 and 900EX series airplanes.

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