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December 02, 2004

Lancair Columbia 400 Cleared To FL 250

Ceiling Lifted With New FAA Certification

The world’s fastest certified, piston-powered aircraft can now fully extend its wings with new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for operation to 25,000 feet.

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Investigations Continue Into Four Aviation Accidents

Grand Aire CEO Lost In Hansa 320 Accident

FAA and NTSB investigators were in St. Louis, MO, Wednesday, sifting through the wreckage of a Hansa 320 that went down shortly after departure from Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The aircraft went down as winds gusted up to 23 miles an hour and light snow was falling. Visibility was reported at nine miles.

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So Long, Southeast

Florida-Based Airline Forever Grounded

Southeast Airlines, a budget carrier based in Largo, FL, has ceased operations, according to company executives. The reason? High fuel prices.

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Sweden To Receive Europe's First Fleet Of G1000 Equipped 172s

Deliveries Scheduled For March

BF Scandinavian Aviation Academy located in Vasteras, Sweden, will add six new 172R Skyhawks equipped with Garmin G1000 to their fleet of 27 Cessna aircraft beginning in March 2005. The new 172R Skyhawks will display the flight schools' distinct orange and blue on white paint scheme. This marks Cessna's first European fleet order for 172s equipped with the G1000 glass cockpits.

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Helicopter Manufacturers Immune To Slump?

They're Pumping Out Product And Competing For Contracts

So you've been laid off from your flight crew gig at the airline? You're a commercial flight student looking at less-than-optimal job prospects with any of the major carriers? Well, consider this: Rotorcraft. Sure, you might make less money than at a legacy or low-cost carrier. But then, chances are, you will have a job.

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McCain: Stop Rushing, Already!

AZ Senator Says Take Your Time On Tanker Study

Don't be in such a hurry. That's the message from Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who's worried that the Pentagon is trying to move too fast to find a replacement for the aging KC-135 tanker -- a search that sparked one of the biggest defense procurement scandals in American history.

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Three Unions Contemplating US Airways Strike

Airline Wants Bankruptcy Judge To Throw Out Labor Contracts

The chips are beginning to stack up against US Airways and its attempt to annul contracts with some of its major unions. Three of those unions have either voted or are voting to strike the bankrupt carrier.

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Boeing, Lockheed Team Up On Rocket Deal?

Fat Chance.

The Air Force wants arch rivals Boeing and Lockheed to play in the same sandbox and play nicely. The USAF has asked the two aerospace giants to cooperate on launching classified payloads, according to a report from Reuters. In your dreams, say sources within the launch industry.

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Balls Eight Bows Out

NASA's B-52B Quietly Retired

Klyde, the only ant in aviation, doesn't fly just anything. For instance, he flew on SpaceShipOne when it garnered the X-Prize. And he was on board the venerable B-52B known as "Balls Eight" when it made its last flight for NASA.

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Commercial Passenger Flight Returns To Palmdale

Service To/From PMD Begins December 29th

Delivering on their pledges to encourage a regional approach to airline service in Southern California, Mayors Jim Hahn of Los Angeles and Jim Ledford of Palmdale announced that Palmdale Regional Airport (PMD) will reopen for scheduled airline service December 29th.

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DFW Feels The Pain Of Delta's Departure

Airport To Lose $800 Million A Year

Calling the commercial aviation industry "at a perilous juncture," an economic impact report prepared by renowned economist Dr. Bernard Weinstein from the University of North Texas estimates that North Texas and DFW International Airport will lose $782 million annually when Delta Air Lines completes its announced reduction in flights at DFW in early 2005.

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TSA Wants Bids On Screening Equipment Maintenance

After Reviewing Options, TSA Will Post RFPs

The TSA Wednesday announced that it will hold an open, competitive bidding process for its Integrated Logistics Support contract. This contract, which will be awarded in February 2005, will provide the maintenance for most of the screening equipment including metal detectors, X-ray machines, and Explosives Trace Detectors (ETDs) at the nation’s 450 commercial airports.

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Raytheon Awarded $48 Million JSOW-A Contract Modification

216 New Weapons And Then Some

The US Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $48 million modification to a previously awarded contract for Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW-A).

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Lockheed's Latest GPS Bird Up And Running

Turnover OF GPS IIR-13 Successful

Lockheed Martin's GPS satellite, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, November 6th, has been declared fully operational for military and civilian navigation users around the globe.

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Upgraded: John Chapman

Named Space Shuttle Propulsion Chief Engineer At NASA's Marshall Center

John S. Chapman has been named Space Shuttle Propulsion Chief Engineer with the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.02.04)

"Bittersweet's the word. It's been [the carrier for] a lot of different projects in the years I've been here. Very satisfying to be able to support them, but to realize that there aren't anymore is sad." Source: Former astronaut Gordon Fullerton, who piloted NASA's venerable B-52B, Balls Eight, on its last operational flight last month. The aircraft that carried the X-15 and the X-24B aloft fulfilled its last mission by launching the hypersonic X-43A on a flight that broke Mach 10. Balls Eight will make one last flight -- to a museum. Which one has not yet been announced.

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2004-24-08 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-08 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) model helicopters. This action requires an initial inspection and, at specified intervals, certain repetitive checks and inspections of the tail rotor blade (blade) for a deformation, a crack, and a bent or deformed tail rotor weight (weight).

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2004-24-09 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain RRC 250-B and 250-C series turboshaft and turboprop engines.

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Aero-News Alert: Blue Angel Down!

Pilot Punches Out, Has A Tale To Tell!

ANN has confirmed that a Blue Angels F/A-18 twin engine jet fighter has gone down, during routine training, in the Gulf of Mexico. The aircraft went down in the Gulf, near Perdido Key, at approximately 1445 local time.

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