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June 02, 2004

Mooney Completes Stock Sale

Says Deal Strengthens Airplane Manufacturer

In a move apparently triggered by pressure from creditors, Mooney Aerospace Group announced Tuesday that it has sold all of the stock of Mooney Airplane Company to Allen Holding Finance Ltd., a private investment company. As part of the transaction in consideration for the stock, Allen agreed to assume all of the debt owed by MASG to its secured debenture holders, an amount in excess of $21 million, and invest $4 million in new capital for Mooney Airplane Company by July 27, 2004.

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Cirrus Receives European Certification

SR20 Becomes First Aircraft Certified for Import by EASA

Cirrus Design Corporation Tuesday announced that it received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its popular SR20 model.

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Ryanair: Turbulence Ahead

Good Profits This Year, Trouble On The Horizon

What's this? A low-cost carrier predicting storm clouds ahead? Ireland's Ryanair says, while 2003 was a very good year, 2005 will see a drop in the airline's growth rate. Between March 2003 and March 2004, Ryanair grew at a jaw-dropping rate of 47-percent. But during the next 12 months, CEO Michael O'Leary predicts growth will fall to just 25-percent.

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FAA Settles Two Civil Penalty Cases

Boeing, AAL To Pay Stiff Fines

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reached agreement with American Airlines and Boeing Commercial Airplane Group on settlement of civil penalties totaling more than $3.3 million. Both settlements involve alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations.

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Almost Showtime

Final Preparations Under Way For 14th Annual AOPA Fly-In

The 14th annual AOPA Fly-In and Open House is only a few days away, and holiday weekend or not, final preparations are moving ahead.

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Lancair Down in Michigan

Three Dead

The investigation continued Tuesday into the Memorial Day crash of a Lancair IV-P near Vermontville Township (MI). All three people on board, including a noted Canadian biochemist, were killed.

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Two Dead In Arizona Stearman Crash

Spotted By Another Aircraft Near Falcon Field

Two people were killed Monday when their 1942 Stearman went down about seven miles north of Mesa's Falcon Field. As of ANN's deadline on Tuesday, authorities in Arizona had not yet identified the victims. Local news reports, however, identified the victims as a Mesa man and his stepfather.

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Deputy Dies Responding To Fatal Crash

Two Killed, Along With Deputy In California Mishap

Anguish heaped on tragedy Monday when a Tuolomne County deputy was killed in a car crash while responding to reports of a plane down near Columbia (CA).

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First Land, THEN Swim

Two Okay After Emergency Water Landing

Nicholas Crlucci and James Slobodnik went flying Monday morning -- a little sightseeing trip along southwest Florida's beautiful gulf coast. They didn't, however, expect to go swimming.

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Controlling The (Sometimes) Unfriendly Skies

Civilian Controllers Head For Iraq

If you ever wondered just how strange a place Iraq was before the American-led coalition took over, consider this: The windows on one entire side of the control tower at Baghdad's international airport were painted black, preventing controllers from seeing Saddam Hussein's palace (and, oh-by-the-way, any aircraft approaching from that direction).

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Iran Develops 'Stealth Missile' Technology

Designed To Evade Radar

Iran says it's developed a "stealth missile," able to defeat electronic detection.

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Opportunity Wakes From Long Nap With No Ill Effects

Deep Sleep Mode Allows Mars Rover To Recharge

When the Mars rover Opportunity's instrument heater wouldn't turn itself off when it wasn't needed, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab was faced with a tough decision: risk some of the temperature-sensitive equipment used to conduct soil tests or put the whole rover to sleep during the Martian night in order to save power. Otherwise, the heater, which was running both day and night, would drain the solar-fed power cells and render the rover almost useless.

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Boeing, Airbus Look To China For 7E7 Customers

China Eastern Mulls Contract

In a country expected to be the world's second-biggest commercial aviation market within 20 years, both Boeing and Airbus are working hard to make inroads. Initially, neither airplane manufacturer appears to have the upper hand.

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ATEC Puts One on FAA's 51% List

The following kits have been added to the kit listing since April 7, 2004: 1)  The American Aero, Inc. Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits in accordance with FAA Order 8130.2E, Chapter 4, Section 7, and have determined that they meet the "major portion" requirements  of 14 CFR part 21, subpart H, section 21.191(g).

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British Doctors Call For Passenger Health Care Standards

Right Now, There Are No Rules On Medical Care, Emergency Kits

A British medical association says the emergency in-flight medical care available to passengers varies between airlines and is now calling for international standards to even things out.

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What To Get Dad For Father's Day

Be A Pilot Has A Great Idea...

Let us carefully venture into the land of the general media, a place fraught with dangers and misunderstandings when it comes to aviation. Let us extend the hand of friendship to reporters across the land in hopes that they will have a better grasp of all things aeronautical. Let us offer them a free flight lesson.

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NAS Pensacola Helicopter Support Unit Helps Save Downed Pilot

Rescue Pilot: "We Did Everything Right"

It's great when a plan comes together. Personnel from the Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) Helicopter Support Unit (HSU) aboard the station's Rescue 400 UH-3H Sea King rendered assistance May 21 to a downed Air Force F-15C Eagle pilot.

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NASA Researchers Develop 'Lab On A Chip'

Goal: Help Protect Future Space Explorers And Detect Life Forms On Mars

With a microscope and computer monitor, researchers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville (AL) watch fluorescent bacteria flow through tiny, fluid highways on a dime-sized lab on a chip.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.02.04)

"Opportunity successfully executed our second deep sleep of the mission. We survived the night just fine with that and it saved the energy that we expected to. More importantly our Mini-TES instrument, which we put in danger by the deep sleep operation, did survive the night and we hope it will survive more of these. But we're getting dangerously close to the cold temperatures that it isn't able to survive through." Source: Mars Rover Flight Director Chris Lewicki in JPL's recorded update, after Opportunity apparently cheated death again last week. The rover's heat circuit, activated at night to preserve temperature-sensitive equipment, failed to turn itself off during the Martian days, severely draining the rover's solar-fed batteries. The solution: put Opportuni

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