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September 21, 2005

NASA's JSC Braces For Rita

Now A Category Five Storm Headed For Texas Coast

As Hurricane Rita, the season's fifth major tropical storm, grew stronger and continued pushing west across the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday, NASA was doing what it could to make the Johnson Space Center ready for rough weather.

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Mexican Cop Chopper Comes A Cropper

VIP Helicopter Overdue, Senior Official Missing

A Mexican government VIP helicopter is missing in mountainous country west of Mexico City, and a search is underway. Aboard the aircraft is Mexico's Public Safety Secretary, Ramon Martin Huerta, who is in charge of the famous "Policia Federale Preventiva" or "Federales," Mexico's national police, as well as the country's sprawling prison system.

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Navy S-3B Down At NAS JAX

Two On Board Lost

Two crewmembers were killed Wednesday when their US Navy S-3 Viking crashed on the base at NAS Jacksonville.

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Twisted Nosegear Forces Emergency Landing At LAX

JetBlue A320 Circles to Burn Fuel, Find Answers

ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 2117 EDT -- Everyone on board appears safe after a JetBlue Airbus A320 made an emergency landing televised around the world Wednesday night -- a landing prompted when its nosegear became cocked at a 90-degree angle to the aircraft. Everyone on board appeared to be safe after the skillfull touchdown.

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Four Years Later, Boeing And Airbus Expect Record Commercial Aircraft Orders

Now If Boeing Could Just Get Its Mechanics Back To Work

Four years after the bottom almost completely fell out of the commercial airplane market, both Boeing and Airbus are poised to write a record number of sales contracts this year -- assuming that Boeing can get its striking mechanics back on the job and Airbus can somehow get its corporate hands on the money it says it needs to develop its 787 rival, the A350.

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Colorado TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/8583  Issued:  09/21/2005 00:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CO  Facility:  ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  STORM MOUNTAIN. CO 

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Study: New Challenges Confront The Airline Industry

Fare Wars, Oil Prices Cause Major Concern For Carriers, Subcontractors

Faced with structural growth in air traffic, increased competition, price pressure, and the rise in oil prices, the airline industry is facing new challenges that are hurting carriers and subcontractors, according to a study by global trade credit insurer Euler Hermes. However, the effects are widely varied between aircraft manufacturers and the airlines themselves.

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Boeing Projects $213 Billion Market for New Airplanes in China

Next 20 Years Should Be Watershed For Manufacturers

Boeing Tuesday detailed its 2005 Current Market Outlook (CMO) for the People's Republic of China, forecasting a requirement in China for just over 2,600 new airplanes worth $213 billion over the next 20 years. Over the forecast period, China is and will remain the largest market outside the United States for new commercial airplanes, the Chicago-based manufacturer said.

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US To UK On Airbus Aid: Don't Even Think About It Old Chap

"It Would Be A Step In The Wrong Direction"

US government officials Tuesday warned their closest allies -- the British -- that loaning Airbus $680 million to launch the A350 could raise transatlantic tensions in the midst of a huge World Trade Organization dispute over government help for aircraft manufacturers.

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Raytheon Aircraft Company Certifies Heavy-Weight Beechcraft King Air 350

Has Heavy-Weight Gear, Airframe Mods

Raytheon Aircraft Company says it's received commuter category certification of a heavy-weight Beechcraft King Air 350. This new aircraft has been modified to incorporate heavy-weight landing gear, as well as several other airframe modifications, permitting it to operate at a maximum gross takeoff weight of 16,500 pounds, an increase of 1,500 pounds over a standard Beechcraft King Air 350.

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Army Awards Bell/Boeing Contract For A Bigger Tilt-Rotor

What's That Tell You About Pentagon Confidence In The Technology?

It would look a lot like the V-22 -- only there would be so much more of it. Just days before the Pentagon is expected to approve full production of the Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, the US Army has awarded the Bell/Boeing tiltrotor team a $3.45 million contract to develop a bigger, more powerful version of the hybrid vehicle. It will have four wings and four engines, be able to carry a 40,000 pound vehicle 250 miles in temperatures of 95F and has to be developed within 18-months.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Good!

European Carriers To Test In-Flight Cell Phones

Some passengers are all for it. Others sardonically figure it's just what they need -- a fat passenger next to them, a caterwauling child behind them, and someone in front shouting into a cell phone. In Europe, at least, air travel is about to get a lot noisier.

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Major Troyanov's Bad Flying Day

Russian Pilot Crashes, Is Briefly Jailed in Lithuania

By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. O'Brien Think you've ever had a bad flying day? Put yourself in Valery Troyanov's flying boots. He started September 15th briefing-in for a routine training flight in one of the world's most advanced fighter planes. But the exhilarating takeoff was the last thing that went really right for him that day (well, his ejection seat didn't malfunction -- that's good news, I suppose). At the end of the day, he was in a foreign jail.

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Rockwell Collins Unveils 'Hi-Focus' Maps For Airshow 4200

See Where You're Going From All The Way In The Back Of The Plane

Airlines looking to offer their passengers detailed views of their flight path can now look to new high resolution maps on Rockwell Collins' Airshow 4200 moving map and information system.

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Sikorsky Delivers Another Black Hawk Recap -- On Budget, Ahead Of Schedule

Company Teams Up With Army To Reach Delivery Milestone

Sikorsky Aircraft says it's delivered the 26th Black Hawk Recap aircraft to the Army -- two weeks ahead of schedule on August 26, 2005. The Recap or A-to-A program, is recapitalization of the UH-60A model aircraft to a like-new A model condition.

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USAFA Cadets Jump Into Their Work

Wings Of Blue Demo Team Set For Several Major Skydiving Events

Most college students are still sleeping at 5 a.m. Some might be getting up to cram for an exam. At the same time, some students at the nearby US Air Force Academy are preparing for an adrenaline rush only a few people can ever dream about.

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Thales Navigation Provides Assistance in Aftermath of Katrina

Finding Those Who Need Help Most

Thales Navigation, its professional products and Magellan(R) consumer business, provided hundreds of GPS units to search and rescue teams, government agencies, and local authorities in the Gulf Coast region. In addition, Thales donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross.

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Rita Becomes A Hurricane

AOPA: Gulf Coast Pilots Should Make Plans To Protect Their Aircraft

Rita Tuesday became the ninth hurricane of the season, as it began to lash southern Florida and the Florida Keys and moved steadily west into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Raytheon Delivers Specially Modified Beechcraft 1900D

For Use As Executive Shuttle

Raytheon Airline Aviation Services (RAAS) has delivered the latest in a steadily growing fleet of executive and corporate shuttle Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

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The Big Shuffle

Military Moves Air Fleet Around In Face Of Hurricanes

Just weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast region, Hurricane Ophelia threatened communities along the East Coast, forcing military bases to act fast.

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Upgraded: CMC's Cathy Bain and Francois Dorval

Bain Appointed Vice-President, Marketing and Sales; Dorvan To Lead Quality Assurance

CMC Electronics Inc. has named Cathy Bain vice-president, marketing and sales and has appointed Francois Dorval to the newly-created position of vice-president, quality assurance and continuous Improvement. Together, they'll lead the company's efforts to build better products... and sell them.

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Mars Orbiter's Long Life Helps Track Changes on Red Planet

Planetary Evolution From High Orbit

New gullies that did not exist three years ago have appeared on a Martian sand dune.That's just one of the surprising discoveries that have resulted from the extended life of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, which this month began its ninth year in orbit around Mars. Boulders tumbling down a Martian slope left tracks that weren't there two years ago. New impact craters formed since the 1970s suggest changes to age-estimating models. And for three Mars summers in a row, deposits of frozen carbon dioxide near Mars' south pole have shrunk from the previous year's size, suggesting a climate change in progress.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.21.05)

"It would be a step in the wrong direction. Negotiations will become much harder if the UK, or any other EU member state, commits subsidies to the A350." Source: Neena Moorjani, a spokeswoman for the US Trade Representative in Washington. She was quoted by Bloomberg News as the UK seemed likely to approve a $680 million loan to Airbus to develop the A350. The issue of aircraft subsidies for both Airbus and Boeing is the subject of a huge WTO lawsuit that could take decades to decide.

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