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April 24, 2004

Gentlemen... You Have A Space Race

XCOR Aerospace Receives Launch License

Friday, at the Space Access conference in Phoenix, Arizona, XCOR Aerospace announced it has received a Reusable Launch Vehicle mission license from the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST). The license, which is the first for a reusable launch vehicle (RLV) that is launched and recovered from the ground, will be used to test RLV technologies prior to suborbital passenger travel.

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Diamond's DA40-180-FP: It's ALL In The Details (Part 2)

The Kinder, Simpler, MORE Affordable Diamond Four Seater (Part Two)

As noted in Part One of this series, Diamond Aircraft was kind enough to throw caution to the wind and send their only prototype DA40-180-FP to Winter Haven, FL, to let me beat it up a little bit and see if the concept of a kinder/simpler DA40 had promise. Diamond's Mike Skoczen was either in the dog house back home, or had lost a bet, and so was selected to suffer the indignities of having to fly with me. Skoczen briefed me well on the plane prior to our flight and a walk-around inspection revealed some interesting details.

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Firefighting Fallout Festers Further

NTSB Recommends Rigorous Maintenance Programs For Firefighting Aircraft

The NTSB has issued recommendation letters to the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Interior and to the FAA regarding maintenance programs for aircraft used in fire fighting operations. The recommendations are part of a package that includes probable causes for three air tanker accidents caused by in-flight wing separations resulting from fatigue fractures.

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Staggerwing Foundation to Open Bonanza-Baron Museum

The Staggerwing Museum Foundation is expanding its range of Beechcraft product displays with the groundbreaking of a new Bonanza-Baron Museum. The planned 86,400-square-foot facility will be built in stages, with a 9,000-square-foot hangar completed in 2004 as the first phase. The museum will be located on a 2 �-acre site adjacent to the Olive Ann Beech Chapel and the existing Staggerwing Museum. It will operate as a division of the Staggerwing Museum Foundation.

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East Boston Man Sentenced for Providing False Information

Lied To Get Credentialed at Logan Airport

An East Boston man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for making false statements to obtain employment at Logan International Airport.

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Maryland TFR: 4/24/04-4/25/04

NOTAM:  4/3538  Issued:  04/22/2004 19:18  Effective:  04/24/2004 00:30 - 04/25/2004 19:00  State:  MD  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HAGERSTOWN/THURMONT, MARYLAND APRIL 23-25, 2004. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.24.04)

"This license means we only have to seek approval for significant changes that materially affect the safety of the uninvolved public... Our goal is for RLV developers to conduct test flights with the flexibility and ease of development normally associated with experimental aircraft. The terms of this license represent significant progress towards this goal. It is helpful that RLV companies can obtain their launch licenses during vehicle design, prior to committing capital to build a vehicle." Source: XCOR CEO Jeff Greason, on the occasion of their having received an FAA launch license for futher aerospace flight testing.

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