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January 15, 2004

Space: Bush's Final Frontier

Ambitious Plan to Visit Moon And Mars Unveiled After weeks of speculation, President Bush officially unveiled his new and rather ambitious space initiative on Wednesday. Reminiscent of John F. Kennedy's famous space-launching speech, Bush outlined his administration's goals to send human beings back to the Moon and eventually set foot on Mars. The President called on Congress to increase funding for NASA by nearly a billion dollars annually over the next five years, while radically transforming the space agency's manned space flight goals from research-based low Earth program to a new aggressive plan for interplanetary travel. The nine-page executive policy directive was unveiled Wednesday afternoon by the president during an address at NASA headquarters in

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American Pilot Arrested For 'Gesturing' In Brazil

The souring relationship between Brazil and the USA has been strained over the past few days in the wake of new security initiatives instituted by the US Government. Brazil, not too happy over the fingerprinting and photographing of foreign visitors to US soil struck back... not out of fear for their safety, but for political reasons, requiring the same of all US visitors to their country. Mind you, Brazil has never (Thank God) had the equivalent of a 9/11 terrorist attack on their soil, but they appear more than willing to penalize US visitors for their government's decision in attempting (wisely or unwisely) to secure its borders. The latest indignity occurred Wednesday when a US pilot was arrested for making a rude gesture while being photographed by Brazilian securi

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GA Screwed (AGAIN!) By CBS Hatchet Job

Will CBS Finish the Damage Done to GA That Was Started by al Qaeda? When you want to do an internationally broadcast piece on general aviation security, who do you put on your interview list? Knowledgeable Experts... Right? The potential list is huge... folks from AOPA, GAMA, TSA, DHS, and so on... good experienced experts with solid credentials that will have plenty to say and the expertise to back it up with solid data and input. But... a real estate agent? The cornerstone quote from a very negative anti-GA news piece, aired on the not-maligned-enough CBS Evening News was a statement from a Virginal Real Estate Salesperson who helped CBS' Bob Orr to clobber the GA community as a serious national danger to domestic security.

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AOPA: CBS GA Airport Security Story One-Sided, Unfair

"Misleading, one-sided, unfair, and far beneath what we used to expect from CBS." That was the reaction of AOPA President Phil Boyer this evening after viewing the CBS Evening News "Eye on America" story on general aviation airport security. "Not only didn't they tell the full story, they even got basic facts wrong. Had CBS talked to us beforehand, they might have got some of it right." The story tried to portray GA airports as totally lacking in security — the kind of place where terrorists could sneak in unobserved. Yet the story profiled a residential airpark — the kind of close-knit community where any stranger would be observed and reported immediately. "CBS didn't show the typical GA airport, nor mention the security enhancements, like AOPA's Airport Watch,

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ANN Readers Protest CBS Anti-GA Story

We received a lot of mail (mostly copies of their letters to CBS, in protest) about CBS's attack on General Aviation--both the promos (which were even worse than the story)... the total neared 400 e-mails by 0800 and exceeded 1000 before we sat down to write this... Here are just a few samples... Sent To CBS News After watching your story on General Aviation security on tonight’s CBS Evening News, I have come to appreciate the true meaning of “story.” I was appalled at your careless journalism, offended at your sensationalism, and left wondering what motive or purpose airing this piece served...

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'The Space Speech...' Remarks by the President on US Space Policy

The following are the full text of the remarks made Wednesday by the President on US space policy... THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm honored to be with the men and women of NASA. I thank those of you who have come in person. I welcome those who are listening by video. This agency, and the dedicated professionals who serve it, have always reflected the finest values of our country -- daring, discipline, ingenuity, and unity in the pursuit of great goals. America is proud of our space program. The risk takers and visionaries of this agency have expanded human knowledge, have revolutionized our understanding of the universe, and produced technological advances that have benefited all of humanity. Inspired by all that has c

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Embry Riddle: From Zero-Time to MD-90 in 10 Months

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has earned FAA certification of an MD-90 EFD Level-D full-flight simulator that the university plans to use in its Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) Program. The device accurately replicates all of the operational ground and flight functions of the MD-90 EFD (enhanced flight deck) jet, which allows the FAA to consider flight time in this device to be equivalent to flight time logged in the actual aircraft. Level D is the highest fidelity rating given to flight simulators. After completing their flight training in the simulator, cadets in the CAPT Program will receive a captain's type rating for an MD-90 EFD jet airliner.

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GA TFR: Undetermined Date/Time, Check NOTAMs!

VIP TFRs All Over The Place NOTAM: 4/0358 Issued: 01/14/2004 19:50 Effective: Undetermined - Undetermined State: GA Facility: ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA. Type: VIP Description: ATLANTA, GEORGIA, JANUARY 15, 2004 LOCAL.

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NM TFR: 01/15

VIP TFRs All Over The Place NOTAM: 4/0355 Issued: 01/14/2004 19:30 Effective: 01/15/2004 21:45 - 01/15/2004 22:35 State: HX Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: VIP Description: PHOENIX, ARIZONA, JANUARY 15, 2004 LOCAL.

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LA TFR: 01/15

VIP TFRs All Over The Place NOTAM: 4/0359 Issued: 01/14/2004 20:04 Effective: 01/15/2004 14:55 - 01/15/2004 19:50 State: LA Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, JANUARY 15, 2004 LOCAL.

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FL TFR: 01/15

Beware Controlled Burn NOTAM: 4/0363 Issued: 01/14/2004 22:34 Effective: 01/15/2004 14:00 - 01/15/2004 23:00 State: FL Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: HAZARDS Description: SUMATRA, FL.

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NV TFR: 01/15

VIP TFRs All Over The Place NOTAM: 4/0356 Issued: 01/14/2004 19:33 Effective: 01/15/2004 19:10 - 01/15/2004 20:00 State: NV Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: VIP Description: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, JANUARY 15, 2004 LOCAL.

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WSI Pilotbrief Online Earns FAA QICP

WSI Corporation's WSI Pilotbrief Online has received certification and fully complies with the FAA's Qualified Internet Communications Provider (QICP) program. WSI is one of only three organizations to have met the requirements for FAA QICP certification. The FAA certifies that WSI meets or exceeds its standards for Internet delivery of weather and NOTAM information in the areas of accuracy, reliability and security as set out in advisory circular AC 00-62, Internet Communications of Aviation Weather and NOTAMs. "FAA QICP certification validates the trust that WSI's numerous airline and charter operator customers place in WSI, and our ability to reliably provide their pilots' quality briefings with WSI Plitobrief Online," said Arlo Gambell, WSI Director of Aviation Services.

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AIA Pleased With Bush Space Initiative

The following is a statement from AIA President and CEO John W. Douglass on the administration's proposed initiative for manned space flight The aerospace industry welcomes today's proposal from the White House to begin a new phase in America's manned space flight program. By putting together a road map for the post-shuttle era, the administration has served notice to the world that the United States is ready to blaze new trails in the exploration of space, and very importantly, that it plans to remain the global leader in space for the 21st century. Keeping manned space flight as the centerpiece of our space program is in agreement with recommendations made last year by the Commission for the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry. AIA is pleased that the ad

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Conklin & de Decker Releases MxManager 6.0

Conklin & de Decker has released the latest version of its maintenance management software, MxManager. Version 6.0 incorporates a number of changes and improvements for its users including the expanded capabilities of alternate part numbers in the inventory portion of the software.  The new feature will allow the inventory person to link as many parts as desired when dealing with parts that are superceded, identified with a vendor designation, or common for any other reason.  Once connected users can view the primary part and any other linked parts on one screen and quickly determine quantity on hand or on order.  MxManager 6.0 implements several new features, including sales order. Sales order shows a summary of previously issued orders and allows an item

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Luckiest Guy in USAF? Tyndall Trains First Raptor Pilot

You just know that this guy has a very lucky rabbit's foot. Maj. Michael Hoepfner said he has the greatest job in the world. As the first local fighter pilot to complete his F/A-22 Raptor checkout flight at Tyndall AFB, few would argue. "I feel so lucky that I got to be the first to qualify," he said of his recent feat. The assistant director of operations for the 43rd Fighter Squadron is one of only three fighter pilots here currently qualified to fly the F/A-22, and he is the first pilot to qualify in a Tyndall-stationed Raptor. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Harrigian, 43rd FS commander, and Maj. Steven Luczynski, a 43rd FS flight commander, both completed their training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. "Training Major Hoepfner provided a tremendous sense of pride for everyone in t

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.15.04)

"GA aircraft are a lousy terrorist weapon. Maybe that's why no one has yet used a small aircraft for a terrorist attack anywhere in the world." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, debunking the errant nonsense broadcast by CBS in an anti-GA story that asserted that GA Airports were a terrorist target of opportunity.  

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AEA 2004 Convention Shaping Up Well

Exhibitors are anxious to demonstrate their products and services at the upcoming Aircraft Electronics Association's 47th Annual International Convention and Trade Show, with over 90 percent of the booth space already reserved and over 125 exhibitors expected. Hundreds of manufacturers of avionics, instruments, airframe and test equipment along with shop owners, managers and technicians will be coming to the 2004 convention, which is scheduled for March 29 through April 1 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. The 47th Annual Convention and Trade Show, the show "where business gets done," is dedicated to providing those in the avionics industry with the chance to participate, network and extract valuable information to boost their business. There will be hundreds of ideas

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Beech B-24, Sierra

For Sale: Beech B-24, Sierra S/N MC-460 TT 3500 TSMOH 1560 TSPOH 70 NDH, 6 seats, leather Nav/Com Collins 251/351 DME, Transponder, HSI,Autopilot Century IIIb w/ALT hold, GS coupling, 4 pl. Intx, UBG-16 ADF, GPS Pilot III, TPAS, Alt Vac, Skytech starter, Paint '92, Int '98   Exterior Quality: 9, Interior Quality: 9 Used, will sell for $74,500.00

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Boeing 737-800 Simulator CASA Level "D" Certified at Alteon/Brisbane

Alteon Training has received CASA Level "D" certification on its Boeing 737-800 full-flight simulator at its Brisbane Training Centre in Queensland, Australia. This is the company's first full-flight simulator "Down-Under" in Australia. The Brisbane Training Centre is one of several facilities strategically located near customers throughout the ever-growing Asia-Pacific region. It is the company's fourth in the Asia-Pacific region, joining the existing Alteon training centres in Kunming, P.R.C.; Seoul, Korea; and its affiliate centre in Singapore. In addition, Alteon operates numerous training centres in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Alteon has a total of thirteen Boeing 737-700/-800 full flight simulators in its worldwide simulator fleet. A second such simulator is being

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