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March 16, 2005

GAO: JSF Program 'Unexecutable'

Cost Increases $10 Billion In One Year

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, as it stands right now, is "unexecutable." That word comes from the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, which says development costs alone shot up $10 billion over the past year -- $4.9 billion of that spent correcting a weight problem.

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Once Again, ISS Down One Gyro

New Circuit Breaker... Breaks

Remember that gyroscope circuit breaker astronauts installed during an EVA last year? It was supposed to replace a circuit breaker that had failed, leaving the International Space Station with only one gyro to stabilize it and keep it oriented in such a way that the solar panels were directed toward the sun. Well, the replacement circuit breaker apparently needs to be replaced.

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Mexican Authorities Find Drug Plane Factory

Facility Converted GA Aircraft Into Drug Freighters

Mexican officials are taking apart what they say was an aviation workshop used to convert general aviation aircraft into drug-haulers.

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Verdict In Air India Trial: Not Guilty

Victims' Families Wept Openly In Court

A Canadian judge on Wednesday cleared two Sikhs from India on charges of murder and conspiracy in the bombing that destroyed an Air India flight off the Irish coast. The verdict ended a trial that had lasted 19 months.

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Near-Miss In The Pattern Over Manchester, UK

Controllers File Report With Civil Aviation Authorities

Air traffic controllers in Manchester, England, have filed a report with civil aviation authorities after the pilot of a helicopter apparently ignored warnings from the tower Tuesday night and strayed right into the path of a landing Embraer 145.

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Let The Outsourcing Wars Begin

Battle Over Flight Service Contract Up For Re-Evaluation

The FAA's decision to outsource its Flight Standards Service entered the re-evaluation phase Wednesday, as some 2,000 specialists whose jobs are on the line accuse the agency of oversight and procedural errors.

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Russian Plane Down -- More Deaths Reported

Report: AN-24 Was On Approach In Northern Russia

REAL TIME UPDATE 0835 EST -- There's now surprising word from inside Russia's Arctic Circle -- as many as 23 people apparently survived the crash of an AN-24 on approach to the airport in Nenets.

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Piper's Game Plan: Neither Rain, Hail, Sleet Nor Hurricane....

Few aero-businesses were as close to the front lines as New Piper Aircraft... a stone's throw from the Atlantic ocean and pretty much ground zero for some of the worst hurricane action we saw in 2004. They got clobbered... not once, but several times.

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G1000 Diamond Star Receives Transport Canada Approval

DA40-180 With Glass Cockpit Ready To Fly The Great White North

Diamond Aircraft's DA40-180 Diamond Star equipped with the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit has received Transport Canada approval.

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Government Takes Over Air Jamaica

Workers Fired, Half The Fleet Grounded

Air Jamaica, an airline known for good times and good service to the Caribbean is now being run by the government in Kingston, with a smaller staff and only half its planes in the air.

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L-3 Communications And Tenix Deliver Last Sea Sentinel Aircraft

Tenix Defence Aerospace and L-3 Communications Integrated Systems have delivered the last AP-3C aircraft in the production phase of the Sea Sentinel upgrade program, on time and within budget.

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National Training Aircraft Symposium Coming To ERAU Next Week

Embry-Riddle Event Brings Educators, Aviation Suppliers Together

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will convene a National Training Aircraft Symposium March 21-24 in the College of Aviation on its Daytona Beach campus.

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EAA Sport Pilot Tour Sets The Stage For Fun Flying

Trying To Light The Fire Of Passion Over Light-Sport Aviation

The EAA says it's taking the first steps in an attempt to ignite interest in light-sport aviation. So the sport aviation organization is launching its first Sport Pilot Tour, which brings to EAA members and the public the information and tools needed to seize and enjoy this recreational-aviation opportunity.

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Navy's Advanced Hawkeye Designated E-2D

Becomes Operational In 2011

The Naval Air Systems Command today announced that the Advanced Hawkeye, the Navy’s next carrier-based tactical battle management, airborne early warning and command and control aircraft, will officially be designated the E-2D.

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Food Fight! Cops Greet AAL Flight In JAX

Did Cabin Crew Contribute To Passenger's Angst?

Miami-Dade police were on hand Monday when American Airlines Flight 1842 landed, there to greet a passenger who'd apparently gotten into an altercation with the cabin crew over... food.

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Avionica Releases ARINC-717 / ARINC-429 MiniQAR

New Technology In The Quest For Cockpit Documentation

Avionica is out with its miniQAR, an ARINC-717 variant with dual ARINC-429 ports. The miniQAR can now access data from multiple aircraft data buses, enabling operators to access additional data not available on the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) bus.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.16.05)

"I'm no more concerned that a small aircraft would be used any more than a car, a small pleasure boat or any other form of transportation." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer in an interview with NBC News, one of two network interviews he gave concerning the recently-leaked FBI/DHS report on aviation security. In spite of Boyer's statement, alphabet groups throughout aviation were angered at the tone of the reports, which played up the threat GA poses to homeland security.

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Upgraded: Zenair's John Dagonia

Expands US Sales Force

Zenair Ltd has appointed John Dagonia of Eastman, Georgia, as Head of U.S. Marketing and Sales for its four-seat recreational aircraft, the Zodiac CH 640. 

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Florida TFR: 03.17.05

NOTAM: 5/1904 Issued: 03/15/2005 16:20 Effective: 03/17/2005 16:00 - 03/17/2005 20:30 State: FL Facility: ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: PUNTA GORDA FL.

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Arizona TFR: 03.17.05

NOTAM: 5/1793 Issued: 03/10/2005 16:30 Effective: 03/17/2005 19:30 - 03/17/2005 22:30 State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: LUKE AFB AZ.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-18 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-18 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-17 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes modified in accordance with STC ST00127BO.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-18 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-18 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes. This AD requires repetitive detailed, low frequency eddy current, and high frequency eddy current inspections of the webs of the aft pressure bulkhead at body station 1016 for cracks, and corrective action if necessary.

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AD: Dornier

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-11 MANUFACTURER: AvCraft Aerospace GmbH SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dornier Model 328-300 series airplanes.

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AD: Honeywell

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-15 MANUFACTURER: Honeywell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Honeywell International Inc. (formerly Allied Signal Inc. and Garrett Turbine Engine Co.) TFE731-2 and -3 series turbofan engines with certain part number (P/N) low-pressure turbine (LPT) stage 1 disks installed.  

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-16 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A300 B4-622R and A300 F4-622R airplanes. This AD requires doing a one-time inspection to determine if lower guide fittings for the forward doors are installed in the correct positions, and corrective action if necessary.

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