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May 02, 2004

V-22 Passes 2,000 Hour Milestone

On April 22, during a flight by one of VMX-22's Block A (newest model) MV-22s, the V-22 fleet surpassed the 2,000-flight hour milestone since the program's return to flight in May of 2002.

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LifeLine Pilots Receives National Honor

LifeLine Pilots was honored recently to accept the Public Benefit Flying Team Award from the National Aeronautic Association and The Air Care Alliance for volunteer-provided "Lifeguard" flight services following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Air France, ILFC Take Delivery of First 777-300ER

Air France and International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) celebrated the delivery today of the first Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane, the newest member of the market-leading 777 commercial airplane family.

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AMD Alarus Gets Airbags

Aircraft Manufacturing & Development (AMD) of Eastman Georgia becomes the first certified General Aviation manufacturer to install the AMSAFE Aviation Inflatable Restraint (AAIRR) in a GA aircraft.

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All Nippon Airways 767 Captain Caught in Double Nap Attack

Japanese Transport Ministry inspector pax not amused

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has admitted that one of their captains dozed off twice while on a domestic flight. The airline issued an apology on Friday after the pilot was caught napping with 184 passengers aboard. The pilot has since been suspended and is scheduled to undergo medical tests.

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ISS Station Crew 8 Returns Successfully

Completing more than six months in space, the International Space Station Expedition 8 crew, Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, returned to Earth today, bringing with them European Space Agency Astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands.

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Rotorcraft Pioneer C.W. (Wes) Moore Passes Away

C.W. "Wes" Moore, 84, died Thursday, March 18, 2004. Born on Sept. 22, 1919, in Buffalo, N.Y.  He had worked at Bell Aircraft from 1938 to 1943, and obtained his private and commercial pilot certificates in 1939.

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Rocky Mountain Fly-In Moves to New Home

Past success and future growth opportunities have led the board of the Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-In (RMRFI) to relocate their popular celebration of aviation to Front Range Airport in 2004.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (05.02.04)

"The two thousand hour milestone not only demonstrates incredible teamwork by the ITT and VMX-22, it also provides an opportunity to reflect on what those flight hours have accomplished toward changing perceptions toward the revolutionary capabilities of the V-22." Source: Col. Craig Olson, USAF, V-22 Joint Program Manager, commenting on the achievement of surpassing the 2,000 flight hour milestone by one of VMX-22's aircraft.

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Michigan TFR: 5/3/04

NOTAM:  4/3805  Issued:  04/30/2004 20:06  Effective:  05/03/2004 16:25 - 05/03/2004 19:50  State:  IN  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  SOUTH BEND, INDIANA TO BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN TO KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, MAY 3, 2004

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