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December 16, 2004

Future Vision for Air Transportation Unveiled In Washington

"The Capacity To Allow Travelers To Choose How, Where, And When They Travel"

A plan to help the Nation meet the demands of a future aviation system that someday could include air taxis, micro-jets and commercial space vehicles, was unveiled today by Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and officials from NASA and others, who called it "a blueprint that will lead to the transformation of America’s air transportation network."

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Boeing To Rename 7E7?

Report: It'll Be Retitled "787"

There is something to be said for tradition. Every new commercial jet that Boeing has rolled out -- all the way back to the 707 -- has had one thing in common: Its designation begins and ends with a seven and there's a number in the middle.

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Lancair: There's More To 'Fast' Than Speed When It Comes To The Columbia 400

There's Range, Too

The fact that the Lancair Columbia 400 is the fastest certified piston powered aircraft in production today is common knowledge, but high performance is about more than just posting a big number like the Columbia 400’s 235 knot maximum cruise. The folks at Lancair understand that performance means different things to different people.

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Report: FAA Pay Experiment Results In Inequities

Some Pay Frozen, Some Resentment In The Ranks

Imagine working next to someone who does the very same job and is evaluated at the very same level -- but makes $3,000 more a year than you do.

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AFA Protests Near White House

Demanding Washington Stop Airlines From Assaulting Their Pensions

Thousands of union flight attendants, other union members and labor supporters rallied in Lafayette Park near the White House and at airports across the country Wednesday, hoping to focus attention on the "need for government action to stop management's assault on workers' pensions, health care and jobs in the airline industry."

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Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd. Emerging From Bankruptcy

Plan of Reorganization Approved by Bankruptcy Court, Mooney Airplane Company Stock to Be Reacquired

Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd.'s Plan of Reorganization was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware Wednesday. A court order has been submitted to the judge for signature. As of December 15, 2004 the company will have a new trading symbol, MNYG.OB.

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PC-12 Makes Remarkable Street Landing In Indiana

"22-Romeo Golf, Turn Right On Hwy 933, Hold Short At The Red Light"

When 25-year old Craig Miers of Windham, NH, got up Tuesday morning, he probably had no intention of becoming a hero by the end of the day. But that's just what happened when his Pilatus PC-12 Eagle was forced down over Roseland, IN. Miers landed the aircraft in the middle of lunchtime traffic.

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Missile Defense Test Is A Bust

Interceptor Failed To Launch

The first full-blown test of the missile shield in almost two years fizzled on the pad Wednesday when the interceptor rocket shut itself down just prior to launch. That could spell setback for plans to deploy an early version of the missile defense by the end of the year.

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NTSB Safety Recommendations: Rolls-Royce Model 250 Engine

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration: Conduct a review of the emergency procedure training for pilots of helicopters equipped with the Rolls-Royce Model 250 series IV engine to evaluate pilots propensity to take inappropriate action in response to an in-flight failure of the full authority digital electronic control (FADEC) system and require any necessary changes to emergency procedures and training to better prepare pilots to cope with in-flight FADEC failures.

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NTSB Safety Recommendations: Cessna 208

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration expeditiously do the following: Require all pilots and operators of Cessna 208 series airplanes equipped for flight into known icing conditions to undergo seasonal training for ground deicing and flight into icing conditions on an annual basis.

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Canada Sends Subsidies To Bombardier

Mounties To The Rescue!

Canadians will not sit idly by and watch Bombardier die. That's the word from Ottawa, where lawmakers are making ready a bail-out package for the transportation giant worth at least CAN $300 million. "You cannot just look at a company that's in a crisis point and say, 'Well, we're going to let it die, and live with the ripple eff

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GAMA Hails Joint Plan For Next Generation Air Transportation System

GAMA has given a solid thumbs-up to the just-released integrated plan for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) as an essential milestone needed to avoid gridlock in the nation’s air transportation system.

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FCC Okays In-Flight Broadband

Could Be On Board By 2006

Defrag the laptop and whip out your wireless network card. It's time to go flying.

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VFA-204 Helps Prepare VF-213 for Final Tomcat Deployment

F-14 Swan Song

The last planned work-ups for a deployment of F-14D Tomcats began at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans Nov. 30, when Fighter Squadron (VF) 213 arrived at the base to begin their Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program (SFARP) training with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 204.

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Nine Pass NBAA's CAM Exam

They're Now Certified Aviation Managers

The NBAA says nine individuals have successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination, administered October 11 in Las Vegas, NV. Through the certification process, NBAA and the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) say they're trying to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments.

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EAA Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

More Than $250,000 Available In 2005 Aviation Scholarships

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is opening the door for aviation's next generation by offering its 2005 scholarship awards, valued at more than $250,000. Applications for these scholarships, grants and internship programs are now being accepted through March 30, 2005.

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2005 Wings Of Freedom Florida Tour Locations Announced

B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell To Tour Florida As First Part of Nationwide Tour

The schedule is posted for The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour -- one of the top WWII heavy bomber barnstorming tour programs in the country. The 2005 season will be starting with a 21-city tour of Florida featuring two of the most famous bomber aircraft of World War II, the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress and North American B-25J Mitchell.

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Just Married: Aircraft Components Company & Turbine Aircraft Components

Effective Immediately, New Company Will Be Headquartered At ACC

Aircraft Components Company, Inc. (ACC), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Turbine Aircraft Components, Inc. (TAC), of Addison, Texas, announced the merger of the two companies effective immediately. The merged companies will operate under the name of Aircraft Components Company and will be headquartered in Tulsa. Until a General Manager is appointed, the new company will be jointly managed by Mary Pat Barnes, formerly President of ACC, and Tom Berscheidt, formerly President of TAC.

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AIA Backs New Air Traffic Control System

Vows to Work for Its Success

The Aerospace Industries Association strongly supports the Next Generation Air Transportation System Integrated Plan released today and will work with government and industry members to see it to fruition, AIA President and CEO John W. Douglass said.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.16.04)

"It won’t be long before the nation’s airspace will be filled with more aircraft of all kinds, like air taxi services, new commercial jetliners, on-demand micro jets, and commercial space vehicles. This plan sets the course as we begin our journey into the second century of aviation." Source: Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, introducing the DOT's Future Vision for Air Transportation in Washington Wednesday.

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