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June 15, 2004

Boeing Gets The Nod

McDonnell-Douglas Subsidiary to Develop Navy's Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft

The Department of Defense announced Monday that McDonnell Douglas, a Boeing subsidiary, has been awarded a $3,889,979,744 cost-plus-award-fee contract to develop the US Navy’s Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA).

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Fast Work, Indeed

Piper Finds, Repairs 49 Aircraft Grounded By Bad Steel

New Piper Aircraft says it's completed a Herculean task in what has to be a record amount of time -- finding 49 airplanes built with faulty steel and replacing the bad parts. The aircraft, representing a large portion of the Piper line, were all grounded last month when the company disclosed it had built them with a load of "raw sheet steel from which critical parts are fabricated, [that] may not have been properly normalized prior to shipment to Piper. In this state, the steel may not possess the appropriate strength requirement." 

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Turbulence On Take-Off

Independence Air Slapped For Safety Violations

Ooops. Seems just days before Atlantic Coast's spin-off, Independence Air, was to climb into the skies from its hub in Washington (DC), the FAA slapped it with a $1.5 million fine for safety violations.

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Arizona Soaring School Suffers Second Fatal Accident Since December

FAA, NTSB Investigating For the second time in less than six months, tragedy has struck the Turf Soaring School in Peoria (AZ). This time, one person in a tow plane was killed.

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Florida Man Sues Six GA Companies In Modified PA-46 Crash

Says Malibu Crash Was Caused By Defects

Jeffrey Miller wants someone to pay. He's suing six companies, including New Piper, in hopes of getting it.

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Twenty Questions With LH Aviation

About The New LH-10 Ellipse

(Monday, we introduced you to a new homebuilt aircraft, the LH-10 Ellipse from LH Aviation. This two-place aircraft is a dream to look at and promises a top speed of 200 knots. We asked 20 questions of company co-founder Frederic Hubschwerlen. In this first of a two-part series, here are the first ten. -- ed.)

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Phoebe: A Moon That's Been Kicked Around Some

Cassini Images Show Evidence Of Violent Past

First images from the Cassini flyby of Saturn's moon, Phoebe, reveal it to be a scarred, cratered outpost with a very old surface and a mysterious past, and a great deal of variation in surface brightness across its surface.

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Sky King Sues Team

Former Co-Owner Says Flight Contract Illegally Terminated

You almost need a program to follow this one... Seems Sacramento (CA)-based charter carrier Sky King is suing the NBA Kings. The airline, owned by former basketball team co-owner Greg Lukenbill, wants $8.2 million because the Kings -- the basketball team, that is -- wrongfully terminated its agreement to use Sky King -- the airline, not the team -- to fly the players from game to game.

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Picking Sides At Peotone

Different Groups Battle For Control Of Reliever Airport

What do Will County (IL) and an organization led by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., have in common? They both want to run a single-runway reliever airport in Peotone (IL). One of them is going to lose.

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Octogenarian Dead In Ultralight Mishap

Crashed On Take-Off In Florida

A Florida man was killed Sunday when his ultralight trainer nose-dived into Runway 9/27 at Charlotte County Airport. Authorities said he died on impact.

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Twist And Shout!

Utah Professor Invents Wings That Change Shape To Reduce Drag

Is this timely or what? Just as soaring fuel costs threaten to harsh the recovery buzz within the airline industry, Utah State University has applied for a patent on an invention that may save the aviation hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs each year.

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Congratulations, Cessna!

Company's Propeller Field Services Receives FAA Award

Cessna Aircraft Company's Propeller Aircraft Field Services has received the Certificate of Excellence, Phase V, Diamond Award for having 100 percent employee participation in the Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT) awards program. In recognition of this outstanding achievement, Cessna's Propeller Aircraft Field Services received a plaque by Felix Lococo, the Wichita Flight Standards District Officer (FSDO) Manager, on behalf of FAA Administrator Marion Blakely.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.15.04)

"If we can reduce drag on an airplane by even as little as 1 percent, it would create a tremendous amount of savings in fuel for the airline industry and the US economy." Source: Utah State University Professor Warren F. Phillips, who, after 30 years in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at Utah State and plenty of experience as a hang glider pilot, invented a technology called Twisteron to minimize drag on airplanes as they fly. The idea is to bend the entire wing to achieve minimum drag, a move Phillips claims will save hundreds of millions of dollars a year in fuel costs industry-wide.

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FAA Renews EAA Chapter Drug-Testing Exemption

Will Allow Charitable Sightseeing Flights To Continue "As Is"

FAA Exemption 7111C, which allows EAA chapters to conduct charitable sightseeing flights without having to comply with the full FAR 135 and 121 drug-testing requirements, has been renewed by the FAA. The exemption permits EAA Chapters to conduct local sightseeing flights during daylight hours within 25 statute miles radius of the event airport.

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Bell Launches Eagle Eye Team

They'll Promote Tiltrotor UAV

Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC), AAI Corporation and Textron Systems Corporation have reached an agreement in principle to form the Core Team for TEAM EAGLE EYE to develop, produce and market the Eagle Eye Vertical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV) System.

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D-Day: The Israeli Connection

French Use Israeli UAV To Patrol The Skies Over Normandy

As leaders from throughout Europe and North America converged on Normandy, France, for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, an Israeli drone buzzed high in the sky, on the alert for terror attacks. Flown by the French Army, the Israeli Aircraft Industries Hunter drone was an integral part of the tightest security Europe has seen since the end of the war in 1945.

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AOPA Flight Training Site Gets A Makeover

Flight Training Web Site New And Improved

There's a new sister to AOPA's website. The GA advocate has completely redesigned its Flight Training Web site to make it more user friendly, easier to navigate, and more logical and relevant to both the student pilot and the certificated flight instructor (CFI). And for current pilots, there is no better place on the Internet to send someone you know who is interested in learning to fly or who has started their flight training.

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Another Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

Elite Flight Solutions Optimum Aviation Unit Continues Expansion

Elite Flight Solutions says it has implemented its expansion plan to acquire new aircraft, establish additional hub facilities in the United States and manage its operations more cost effectively.

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