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January 15, 2005

Wow! Huygens Probe Lands Safely On Titan!

Friday morning, after its seven-year journey through the Solar System on board the Cassini spacecraft, ESA’s Huygens probe successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and safely landed on its surface.

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Drunk, Armed... And In An Airline Cockpit?

An armed AirTran Airways captain and federal flight deck officer was arrested in the cockpit of his aircraft on Thursday at Las Vegas' McCarran International airport after a screener said the pilot smelled of alcohol as he passed a checkpoint.

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Drunk British EasyJet Pilot Arrested

Hot on the heels of the story of the drunk and armed AirTran pilot/federal flight deck officer getting arrested in the cockpit after a TSA screener smelled alcohol, another pilot was arrested last week in the Germany for failing a breathalizer test.

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EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2005 Web Site Unveiled

EAA has updated its AirVenture web site so that it is less cluttered, better organized and easier to navigate.

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Salamone Loses Bid For Airplane Money

Judge rules drunk, jailed pilot not entitled to proceeds from the sale of his aircraft.

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Sukhoi Exports Forty Aircraft In 2004

The Sukhoi aircraft company has announced that it met its sales goals in 2004, after exporting some forty military aircraft to countries such as Algeria, Belarus and China.

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FAA Publishes EIS On Dulles Expansion

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that addresses proposals for two new runways and related improvements at Washington Dulles International Airport is available for public review on the internet and at various locations throughout the Washington (DC) metropolitan area.

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Pilatus Owners To Meet in Missouri

The 9th Annual POPA (Pilatus Owners and Pilots Association) Convention will be held April 20–22 in Kansas City (MO).

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Aero News Quote of the Day (01.15.05)

"Descending through Titan was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and today’s achievement proves that our partnership with ESA was an excellent one.” Source: Alphonso Diaz, NASA Associate Administrator of Science, commenting on the successful landing of the Huygens probe on the surface of Titan, one of Saturn's moons.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/0361  Issued:  01/14/2005 23:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  PARK CITY UT.

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CASA AD: Lycoming

AD Number: AD/LYC/110 Manufacturer: Textron Lycoming Subject: Lycoming Piston Engines, Crane/Lear Romec Rotary Fuel Pump Relief Summary: This Airworthiness Directive (AD) is based on FAA AD 2003-14-03 and supersedes CASA AD/FSM/25 Amendment 4. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent rotary fuel pump leaks, which could result in an engine failure, engine fire, and damage to or loss of aircraft.

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