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December 11, 2004

Aero-News Alert: FAA Issues T-34 Emergency AD

AD appears to ground T-34 fleet pending action, follows second Texas Air Aces fatal crash

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an Emergency AD applicable to all T-34 aircraft, all models. This action follows the second accident involving a Texas Air Aces T-34 in which the instructor pilot and passenger perished after eyewitnesses reported separation of one of the aircraft's wings, with a subsequent loss of control of the aircraft. The first Texas Air Aces accident took place on November 19, 2003, and Read More

Law Passed: FAA To Regulate Space Tourism

If you're one of the thousands of people that have plunked down sizeable deposits to take that flight into space, your departure date just got a bit closer.

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NASA Astronaut John Young Retires

Space pioneer John W. Young, a man who flew twice to the moon, walked on its surface and commanded the first Space Shuttle mission, is retiring.

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Airbus To Develop A350

The EADS group and BAE on Friday gave Airbus the green light to develop the A350, the company's answer to Boeing's 7E7.

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HAI Announces Winner of L.D. Bell Award

Mr. Elling Halvorson, Chairman, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Inc., Grand Canyon, Arizona, is the recipient of Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) 2004 Lawrence D. Bell Award.

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FAA To Test 70 Sport Pilot Examiner Candidates

Seventy Sport Pilot Examiner (SPE) and Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner (SPIE) candidates were recently notified that they have been selected by the Light-Sport Standardization Selection Board to take the Examiner test, thus moving past the first hurdle in the Sport Pilot process.

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NASA Creates Online Icing Training Course

A Pilot's Guide to In-Flight Icing is a free, on-line course primarily intended for the general aviation pilot who flies aircraft certified for flight in icing.

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VR-52 Fantasy Flight Grants Holiday Wishes

Christmas came early for more than 70 Make-a-Wish children and their families when they boarded two of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 52’s aircraft on the base’s flight line for their Fantasy Flight to the North Pole December 4.

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Aero-Views: GA Community Buried Discovery Wings

We are the only ones responsible for the channel's demise!

By now the news has resonated all through the aviation community -- Discovery Wings is gone, and will be replaced by The Military Channel.

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Aero News Quote of the Day (12.11.04)

“Meeting Santa was my favorite part of the day. The plane [ride] was fun, too. I liked hearing the pilots radio the North Pole before we landed there.” Source: Grace Foster, a child who "flew" to the North Pole on one of VR-52's C-9B's out of NAS Willow Grove, describing her adventure. This is the 12th year that VR-52 has been giving children rides to the North Pole in a partnership with the Make-A-Wish foundation.

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/3357  Issued:  12/10/2004 01:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  UNALASKA ALASKA.

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Aero-News Alert: Snowbird Mid-Air!

One Pilot Lost, The Other Ejected

The bad news seems to be coming fast and furious, of late. Two members of Canada's famed Snowbird Flight Demonstration Team were involved in a mid air collision Friday.

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