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January 18, 2004

REGCO Sues Toronto Over Aborted Airport Bridge

They've been threatening to do it for a long time. Now, Regional Airlines Holdings has filed a massive lawsuit against the city of Toronto (ON) over a 125-yard long bridge to the Toronto City Centre Airport. The bridge would allow the number of flights from the island airport to increase from five to 55. The $389 million (US) suit charges Toronto Mayor David Miller, who campaigned for office on a promise to stop the bridge project, "abused his powers of public office."

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Second Black Box Recovered In Flash Airlines Crash

French search teams, using undersea robots, have reportedly located the second black box from a Flash Airlines 737 that crashed into the Red Sea off Egypt's coast January 3rd. All 148 people on board died in the crash. The first box, the flight data recorder, has already been recovered. It was located 3000 feet below the surface. It was retrieved by a French-operated robot.

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Remembering Wesley Morgan Hardin

An Odessa (TX) pilot was remembered Friday as a dedicated aviator and family man, after his Beech Bonanza B-36 (file photo of type, right) crashed near the Parker County Airfield in Weatherford (TX) Thursday night. Wesley Morgan Hardin reportedly died when his Bonanza went down following a missed approach at Parker County. The weather was low, dark and rainy.

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Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System Gets FAA Validation

Two and one-half years after Gulfstream received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of its Enhanced Vision System (EVS), vision-enhancing technology has received a significant "vote of confidence" with a rule change recently issued by the FAA. The new FAR Part 91 rule change revises the regulations for landing under instrument flight rules (IFR), allowing FAA-certified enhanced flight vision systems (EFVS) to be used to determine "enhanced flight visibility." Pilots using EFVS can now descend and operate aircraft below decision height, decision altitude, or minimum descent altitude by utilizing the EFVS image to detect the required visual cues and to determine flight visibility. The regulation acknowledges that certain enhanced vision systems are adequate for the

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Explore Flight Through 2004 EAA Air Academy Youth Camps

Young people ages 10-18 can explore the fascinating world of flight as the nation’s longest-running aviation camp, the EAA Air Academy, presents its 2004 schedule of programs during summer 2004. The individual camps range from three to nine days in length and take place at the EAA Aviation Center and the beautiful Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The EAA Air Academy offers four programs; EAA Young Eagles Camp I for 10 and 11-year-olds; EAA Young Eagles Camp II for ages 12-13; EAA Basic Air Academy for ages 14-15; and Advanced Air Academy for ages 16-18.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.18.04)

"I was quite shocked at the personal nature of the allegations. It's absurd, it's outrageous, it's nonsense, it's unbelievable, it's ridiculous. Does anybody have a thesaurus? There must be some other words to describe it. It's ludicrous. To claim $500 million for an airline that only exists on paper is just patently absurd." Source: Toronto (ON) Mayor David Miller, commenting on a lawsuit filed against the city, the Canadian federal government and the Toronto Port Authority over a decision not to continue construction of a bridge between Toronto and Toronto Island. The Toronto Centre City Airport is on that island. In a $389 million (US) lawsuit, Regional Airlines Holdings (REGCO) accuses Miller of abusing his powers in office by threatening city council members

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Rocket Stand Gets Facelift

The rocket test stand used more than 30 years ago for Apollo Moon-mission F-1 rocket engine production testing has been modernized and is ready for use. Test Stand 2-A is the only Department of Defense stand capable of performing full-scale rocket thrust chamber development testing in the 750,000-pounds-of-thrust class. Its primary use is for the development testing of advanced rocket engine turbomachinery and combustion components, but it can be used for numerous high pressure and flow-rate propulsion systems.

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NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Draws Highest Attendance Ever

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 15th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference was the Association's best attended Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference ever, with more than 1,450 Attendees and a record 238 Exhibitors, according to the organization. The conference was held January 12 to 14 in Savannah (GA), in conjunction with four Schedulers Professional Development Program (SPDP) Courses on January 10 and 11. A total of 85 individuals participated in the SPDP Courses, which focused on issues such as basic scheduling, international travel, aircraft capacity utilization and strategic planning.

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