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August 20, 2004

The Kings Take A Little Trip...

John and Martha King Take Off On An Around-The-World GA Exploration

"Flying ourselves around the world is a wonderful way to explore the future of general aviation in Russia and throughout the world," said John King as he and his co-captain, Martha, took off in N10F, their Falcon 10, on a 13-day flight around the world.

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GA Pilots Get The Boot At CRQ

Say They're Being Punted For Bigger, More Expensive Jet Customers

Pilots at McClellan-Palomar Airport have filed an FAA complaint against the field, saying they're being unjustly evicted so the airport can bring in better-paying tenants.

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Florida's Aviation Corridor Cleans Up After Hurricane Charley

Mother Nature's Fury Continues To Astound Survivors

The Corridor of Classic Aviation in Central Florida was hit hard by Hurricane Charley on Friday August 13, 2004. Airplanes from history, as well as new general aviation aircraft, were destroyed in record numbers from the west coast to the east coast of Florida.

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John Thorp Was Ready for Sport Pilots in 1944

T-211 Sky Skooter

The advent of FAA's Light Sport Aircraft has some looking back in time for light, simple to fly aircraft of olden days.  A time-proven, FAA certificated design comes from a well-known aviation designer, John Thorp. Thorp designed a two-seat, all-metal, low wing aircraft in 1944 named the T-211 "Sky Skooter."

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World's Smallest Flying Micro Robot Unveiled In Tokyo

Bigger Is Better? Not!

Seiko Epson has come up with what it calls the FR, or Micro Flying Robot, the world's smallest flying prototype microrobot. Epson developed the FR to demonstrate the micromechatronics technology that it has cultivated in-house over the years and to explore the possibilities for microrobots and the development of component technology applications. The company will display its latest offering at the 2003 International Robot Exhibition, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight on November 19 - 22, 2004.

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Victims Identified In Tulsa Mishap

Couple Was Minding Young Granddaughter During Parents' Vacation

Richard and Debbie Dunham loved to travel in their Cessna 210 and they wanted their 15-month old granddaughter, Abby, to love it as well. Instead, all three were lost when the aircraft went down shortly after departing Tulsa's Riverside-Jones Airport (OK) Tuesday.

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Gadget Patrol: AvTimer Plus

AvTimer Plus is a little box that works as a timer that sounds in your headset, and it also incorporates a digital voice recorder and a cell phone interface.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD 2004-16-15: Eurocopter France Model AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B, EC155B1, SA-365N and N1, and SA-366G1 Helicopters

SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) helicopters. This action requires inspecting the main gearbox (MGB) baseplate for a crack and replacing the MGB if a crack is found in the MGB base plate.

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