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December 27, 2004

A Merry Christmas Indeed In Space

Progress Ship Docks With ISS, Bringing Food, Supplies

It was propelled by a rocket instead of reindeer, but the Progress cargo craft made things aboard the International Space Station look a lot more like Christmas.

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Comair, US Airways Problems Strand Thousands Of Holiday PAX...

...And Their Luggage

It was as if the wintry weather across the nation didn't do enough to foul flight schedules. A massive computer hiccup at Delta subsidiary Comair grounded all of the airlines 1,100 Christmas Day flights, leaving thousands of passengers spending the holiday stuck in terminals from Salt Lake to Atlanta. At the same time, a suspiciously mystery illness among flight attendants and baggage handlers grounded 29 US Airways flights and caused a lost-luggage nightmare.

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Expressjet Airlines Forms Pilot Recruiting Alliance With FlightSafety Academy

Airlines Are Energizing The Pilot Recruitment Process

ExpressJet Airlines has formed an alliance with the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. An agreement has been signed by the Vice President of Operations for ExpressJet that clearly defines the qualifications expected of its successful pilot applicants.

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'Slight' Risk Of Asteroid Collision In 2029

Something Wicked This Way Comes?

From NASA: It's never been a question of "if" so much as "when." Now, we may have an answer. That's the word from NASA on the possibility that a large asteroid could impact the Earth in a little more than four years. 2004 MN4 is now being tracked very carefully by many astronomers around the world, and we continue to update our risk analysis for this object.

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Record Snows Create Havoc At Small GA Fields

ANN's good friends Rich and Ginger Davidson (who are running that cool "Time Pieces" J-3 fractional program) have been dealing with record snows lately in Hanover, IN. While all that snow would seem to create a flight or take-off/landing hazard, it was hard to imagine that the immense snows had yet another hazard in store... collapsing heavily snowed-upon hangars under the weight of all that heavy white stuff.

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Klyde Morris 12.27.04

Klyde Keeps Giving Daley Some Christmas Spirit!

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Some TFRs Won't Become NSAs In 2005

TFRs Downgraded After AOPA Intervention

Pilots in Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, and Washington State's Puget Sound area got an early holiday present last week. Six temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas have become much less restrictive national security areas (NSAs). That nearly completes a process AOPA initiated earlier this year to reduce the number of restricted areas nationwide.

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CASA: Aircraft Accident Rate Falling

Australia’s light aircraft accident rate has continued to fall steadily by more than four per cent each year over the last ten years. At the same time the accident rate over the last decade for large regular public transport aircraft has averaged just 0.2 for every 100,000 hours of flying.

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Huygens Sails Toward Titan Rendezvous

Soon We'll See Just What Saturn's Moon Is Hiding

The European Space Agency's Huygens probe successfully detached from NASA's Cassini orbiter Saturday to begin a three-week journey to Saturn’s moon Titan. NASA's Deep Space Network tracking stations in Madrid, Spain and Goldstone, CA, received the signal at 1924 PST. All systems performed as expected and there were no problems reported with the Cassini spacecraft.

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Turkey Signs for Head-of-State Sikorsky S-92

The Turkish government has signed a contract for a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter to serve head-of-state missions. Turkey joins Turkmenistan in selecting the S-92 as its head-of-state helicopter. Turkmenistan is buying two aircraft.

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Shuttle Could Launch At Night Again

New Radars Might Make It Possible Sooner Rather Than Later

A troika of new, highly advanced radars on and around Cape Canaveral could mean fewer restrictions for future shuttle launches. In fact, they could mean shuttles will be able to launch at night, shortly after the shuttles' much-anticipated return to flight.

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WAAS Means Safer Approaches At ALL US Airports

An Electronic Glideslope To Your Airport, Today!

An ILS approach is the easiest and safest kind of approach. Even for a VFR pilot, following the ILS needles at night is a guarantee you won't hit anything unseen on your way down to the runway. However, only a little more than 700 airports in the United States have a traditional instrument landing system.

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Demand For Airport Communities On The Rise

Home Is Where The Hangar Is

What's your idea of a dream home? If you're a pilot, chances are it involves a runway near the house and a taxiway to the garage -- which, of course, doubles as a hangar.

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XCOR Congratulates President Bush

Finally! HR 5382 Becomes Law

XCOR Aerospace thanked and congratulated President Bush on signing HR 5382, "The Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004," into law recently. This important bipartisan legislation updates the Commercial Space Launch Act and puts commercial human space flight on a clear legal foundation.

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Cell Phone/Music Headset Adapter Available From Sporty's

Now getting clearances, speaking to Flight Service or telling a business associate or loved one, "I've landed" is made easier with the Cell Phone/Music Headset Adapter from Sporty's. With this device, you can use your cell phone or listen to music with any aviation headset, and if any transmissions come through, you won't miss them.

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FAA: Cocaine Plane Overshot Runway

Aerostar Was Attempting To Land At Wheeling-Ohio County Airport

A Smith Aerostar loaded with 520 pounds of cocaine apparently overshot the runway on landing at Wheeling-Ohio County Airport on the weekend before Christmas. That word came Wednesday from FAA spokesman James Peters. The man the FAA says piloted the smuggling aircraft, Eugene Nicholas Cobb of Los Angeles, CA.

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EAA, Warbird Chapters Provide EAA Aeroscholarship

First Scholarships Of Their Kind Granted To College-Bound Aviation Students 

EAA Warbird Chapter 17, along with EAA Chapters 268 and 690 are providing an EAA AeroScholars scholarship for a 16-year-old South Atlanta High School student to pursue aviation. Liz Porter, Warbird Chapter 17, coordinated the effort. The scholarship is the first EAA AeroScholars scholarship granted by EAA Chapters in Georgia and allows junior Derrick Poole to enroll in Fundamentals of Aviation Science, a web-based course for high school students that offers college credit.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Beech Baron 55

For Sale: Beech Baron 55 series

1976 BARON, 6250TT, 300SMOH L&R, FULL DE-ICE, GARMIN 430, 3 BLADE PROPS, NDH, MUST SELL Exterior Quality: 8, Interior Quality: 8 Used, will sell for $170,000.00 (or best offer)

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.27.04)

"Why not live with your toys? It's every pilot's dream to walk out of your house and go fly anyplace you want." Source: Helicopter pilot Joe Pike, a resident of Adelanto Airport in California's Victor Valley. Adelanto is one of about 600 residential airparks, where you can walk outside your door and straight to your aircraft. Hey, it beats walking.

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