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November 03, 2004

AOPA: Citizenship Check Rule Creates Confusion

And Not Just For Aliens

As Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief David M. Stone learned first-hand last week at AOPA Expo 2004, the new citizenship check rule has stirred up a firestorm of frustration and confusion within the general aviation community. Record numbers of pilots and flight instructors are telling AOPA that they are upset that there was no advance warning or education on the rule that requires pilots to verify citizenship with instructors before they train for additional ratings or certificates.

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Anywhere Map Announces Grand Prize Winner

California Flight Instructor Wins Complete System

Control Vision Corp., makers of Anywhere Map, Anywhere Wx, Pocket Plates and other GA products announced the grand prize winner of its recent sweepstakes held at AOPA Expo in Long Beach, California.

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Northwest, Southwest Divvying Up ATA Routes

SWA Beefs Up Presence At Midway, NWA Increases Footprint at Indy

Hoping to step in where ATA has stumbled, two airlines -- one a legacy carrier and the other a pioneering low-cost carrier, are increasing their presence in the Midwest.

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Where The Beagle Went Wrong

Committee: Lack Of Funding Killed ESA Mars Probe

A British government report on the crash of the ESA's Mars Lander, Beagle II, says the project was so underfunded that it was little more than an "amateurish gentleman's agreement."

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NOAA Offers New Experimental Ionospheric Products

Aimed At Making GPS More Accurate

NOAA's Space Environment Center and National Geodetic Survey Tuesday released new experimental ionosphere products to help emergency managers and other users quickly assess the effects of solar storm on Global Positioning System applications.

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Aero-View: Kennedys and Context

Why Robert F. Kennedy's GA Comments Should Be Challenged

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien We at Aero-News stand accused of partisanship, or worse, because we ran a story on RFK, Jr.'s comments on the aviation "threat" to New York's Indian Point power plant. That was a NEWS STORY. It wasn't OPINION (THIS is, most definitely, opinion). It was a factual report of something said by a sufficiently prominent celebrity that you were going to hear about it somewhere; better that you hear about it from us, at least the aviation content.

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Within 100 Meters: UC Irvine Gets NASA/JPL Contract For Pinpoint Mars Landings

Professor Kenneth Mease Will Lead Team in Developing Advanced Guidance Algorithms

UC Irvine Monday announced that a researcher within The Henry Samueli School of Engineering has been awarded a contract with NASA, through the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop guidance algorithms aimed at pinpointing future Mars landers within 100 meters of the desired site.

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Four Lost In SoCal Accident

Wreckage Found After 12 Hour Search

The crash of a Cessna 182 carrying four people touched off a 12-hour search as recovery crews chased the downed aircraft's transponder signal through the hills of Southern California early Monday.

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Mooney: Pilot Proficiency Program Helps Owners Stay Ahead Of The Game

Mooney aircraft owners from around the country took part in pilot proficiency programs (PPP) in Burlington, Vt. in September and Palm Springs, Calif. in October, the final course for 2004.

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Women in Aviation: Teresa Stokes (Part One)

Wingwalker and Kidney Donor

By ANN Contributor Aleta Vinas The airshow circuit is not (yet) filled with an abundance of women. We all know Patty Wagstaff but who's that other pretty blonde and what's she doing on the outside of the airplane -- while it's flying? That lady is the most experienced and recognized wingwalker at airshows today -– Teresa Stokes.

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Air And Marine Operations Now Run By Border Protection

Move Aimed At More Efficient Operations And Support

The Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security (BTS), Asa Hutchinson Tuesday announced that the Office of Air and Marine Operations (AMO) has been transferred intact from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This planned move furthers the Department’s intent to integrate air and marine law enforcement personnel, missions and assets and is consistent with Congressional action in the FY 2005 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill.

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Change At The Top: Nahill Out At Flight Options

S. Michael Scheeringa to Serve as Acting CEO

Flight Options, a provider of fractional shares in jet aircraft, says chairman and CEO John P. Nahill is leaving the company to pursue other interests. S. Michael Scheeringa, currently chief operating officer, will retain his current responsibilities and has been appointed acting CEO while a permanent replacement for Nahill is sought. Scheeringa's appointment is effective immediately.

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Airbus Makes Inroads To Chinese Market

At Least A Dozen European Airliners Headed For China

Sichuan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A319 aircraft, becoming a new customer for the type. The A319 aircraft will seat up to 132 passengers in a very comfortable and flexible two-class layout and are equipped by V2500 engines from International Aero Engines to meet requirements of high-altitude operations.

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Shanghai Wants To Be A Regional Hub

Plans To Add Three Runways At Pudong

If the people who run Shanghai's Pudong Airport have their way, chances are you'll be stopping by for a visit the next time you fly to Asia.

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Board of Airport Commissioners Advances VNY Master Plan Process

Better Plan For Land Use?

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) Monday voted to send the Department of City Planning a new alternative for the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) Master Plan.

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Boeing's Connexion Gets Off The Ground In Asia

On Board ANA's First 777-300ER

Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) marked two milestones this week, as ANA received its first 777-300ER (Extended Range) and, with that airplane, became the first Asia-based carrier with "Connexion by Boeing," the aerospace manufacturer's high-speed mobile Internet service in its fleet. ANA will launch its newest service on November 15th of this year on the airplane's inaugural flight from Tokyo, Japan, to Shanghai, China.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.03.04)

"We are taking these concerns directly to the top of the TSA and making sure our friends in Congress weigh in at the agency. This rule must be changed." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer on the TSA's new Citizen Check Rule. AOPA says the rule has caused massive confusion for student pilots from both the US and abroad.

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