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August 05, 2004

GAMA: Swanda to Take Over For Bolen For Now

GAMA has announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Ed Bolen, will be leaving the association to assume the top post at the NBAA effective September 7. Ron Swanda, GAMA's Senior Vice President of Operations, will manage the association's day-to-day affairs until the Board of Directors names a new President and CEO.

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Aero-News Alert: NBAA Names Edward M. Bolen President And CEO

Veteran Aviation Association Leader Will Strengthen Voice for Business Aviation

Wow -- Talk about breaking news... The Board of Directors of the NBAA has just announced the selection of experienced aviation association executive Edward M. Bolen as president and CEO of NBAA, an organization representing more than 7,600 companies that operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to their businesses or are involved with business aviation.

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The Official Word: Canadian X Prize Team Announces Launch Date

Intends To Launch Its Rocket On October 2nd, 2004

The Canadian da Vinci Project Team has notified the ANSARI X PRIZE of its intention to launch its rocket on October 2nd, 2004, marking its official entry in the international, commercially-funded space race competition.

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Aero-News Alert: Burt's Got Competition

Yes... It's Officially A Space RACE

Details are a bit sketchy at the moment, but ANN has learned that Burt Rutan is going to get some real competition for their X Prize attempt this September/October. Who's challenging Burt? The Canadian daVinci project, that's who.  The Canadian da Vinci Project Team, based in Toronto, Canada, made the announcement during a public roll-out of its completed Wild Fire spacecraft, Thursday, Aug 5th, 2004, at its Downsview Airport hanger in Toronto.

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Newlywed Joy Turns To Shock And Sorrow

Husband, Stepson Lost In North Texas

Sunday morning, Jennifer Noel thought she had it all -- a new husband who married her in a beautiful chapel, a wedding reception in a hangar and a stepson she loved very much. Sunday evening, her joy turned to ashes as her husband of just six weeks, Billy, and his 15-year old son, Alex, were killed flying home from Oshkosh. The Denton Record reports Billy and Alex were less than ten minutes from landing at Grayson County Airport.

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Feds To Airlines At O'Hare: Lighten Up Or Else!

FAA, Airport And Airline Executives Meet In Chicago

If you've ever flown through Chicago's O'Hare Airport -- either as a pilot or passenger -- then you probably know what the "penalty box" is. If not, it's one of several areas on the airport ramp where arriving aircraft have to sit and wait when no gates are available. About ten minutes in a penalty box, with the terminal so tantalizingly close, and you'll realize that an old woman with a walker can beat you to the gate.

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Brazil To Start Shooting Down Suspected Drug Planes

Get Tough Policy Begins In 90 Days

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva may not be the Bush administration's best friend in South America, but the two leaders do agree on one thing: Shooting down suspected drug planes is the right thing to do.

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Warbirds: Not Just For Boys

Ladies In The Air

"This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used." --Eleanor Roosevelt, 1942

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California Man Pleads Innocent To Weapons Charges

Accused Of Trying To Board Plane With Gun, Knife, Needles

No, sir. He didn't do it. At least, that's 65-year old Ali Reza Khatami's story and he's apparently sticking to it, after he was charged with trying to carry a number of weapons onto a United Airlines flight from John Wayne Airport (CA) to Reagan National Airport (DC) on June 24th.

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Steve Wittman's Legacy Lives On

But His Hangar Didn't Fare So Well

Steve Wittman's historic hangar, built in 1927, was demolished last spring after it was determined to be dilapidated beyond repair. Sonex Limited principles John and Jeremy Monett led an effort to save the hanger last fall, but its weakened structure made restoration too costly to attempt.

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Shuttle Main Engine Prepares To Travel

Engine Being Readied For Shipment To Stennis Space Center

In the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Processing Facility, Boeing-Rocketdyne crane operator Joe Ferrante lifts SSME 2058, the first SSME fully assembled at KSC, with the assistance of other technicians on his team.

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Russia To US: Pay Up

Moscow Now Charging To Deliver Crew, Supplies To ISS

It's come down to this: an ultimatum from Moscow.

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The President's Gotta Fly...

Northrop Grumman Hosts Sikorsky VH-92 Presidential Helicopter

In a flight demonstration event for employees and guests, Northrop Grumman Corporation hosted Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s VH-92 Presidential Helicopter demonstrator Monday at Palwaukee Municipal Airport in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

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A Little Something From Cessna...

Runway Awareness And Advisory System Service Bulletin Now Available

Cessna Aircraft Company has developed Service Bulletins for the new Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS). Cessna's worldwide Citation Service Center network will install the RAAS system and complete the certification on any Citation Bravo (model 550), Citation Encore (model 560), Citation Excel (model 560XL), or Citation X (model 750).

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Still Going... And Going, And Going...

More Data From Mars Rover Spirit's First Month Now Online

Millions of people have viewed pictures from NASA's Spirit on the Mars rovers home page and other Internet sites. Beginning today, a more complete set of science data from Spirit's first 30 martian days is posted on a site primarily for scientists and technical researchers, but also available to anyone who's interested.

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FAA Rule Changes Could Save Airlines Millions

Delay In Key Safety Rule Implemetation Could Mean $200 Million In Savings -- For Now

So you say your airline is just climbing out of the financial cellar? Are you still worried about the high cost of fuel and crude oil prices that have hit record levels over the past two days? Security costs got you down? Well, the FAA is here to help, bunkie.

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Charlotte-Douglas Board Votes For Wilson

Company Would Run GA Fueling And Maintenance Ops

If the Charlotte-Douglas Airport Advisory Committee has its way, things are going to change on the GA side of the field. Tuesday, committee members recommended to the city council that Wilson Air Center of Memphis (TN) be awarded the contract for maintenance and fueling.

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Caution: Slippery When Iced

NATA Safety 1st And Leading Edge Present De-Icing/Anti-Icing Seminars Next Month

NATA says you asked for an in-depth training seminar on De/Anti-icing. Next month, it'll be here.

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Visitors To O'Hare: Big Brother Is Watching

And, No, It's Not Richard Daley

There's a new wrinkle for foreign travelers who pass through Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Now, they must submit to digital fingerprinting and photographs.

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Space Imaging, IATA Form Partnership to Sell Aviation Imagery

Something New To Buy

Space Imaging has reached an exclusive agreement for its aviation geospatial products to be sold by the Montreal-based International Air Transport Association.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.05.04)

"If the Americans want to fly Soyuz in 2005, they will have to compensate us the costs." Source: Russian space agency head Anatoly Perminov, quoted in the ITAR-Tass news agency, saying his country can no longer afford to foot the entire bill for missions to the International Space Station. Perminov wants the US to start paying for the missions next year.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Wilga

For Sale: Wilga

Wilga-689 Hours TTSNEW A/F & Engine. Always hangared. New radio, transponder w/ mode C, PTT 4 place intercom, w/ spares and Champion plugs w/ new harness. 53,000 w/ new inspection. • Steve Culp, LA • 318-222-0850 • Exterior Quality: 5, Interior Quality: 6 Used, will sell for $53,000.00

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Colorado TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7869 Issued: 08/03/2004 23:34 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CO Facility: ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO. Type: HAZARDS Description: CAHONE, CO.

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7904 Issued: 08/04/2004 18:03 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: NEWHALEM, WA.

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