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June 30, 2004

It's Over: Carnahans Throw In Legal Towel

Parker-Hannifin 'Shakedown' Over

As previously detailed in ANN, Parker-Hannifin has been fighting a bizarre legal battle in which they have been held responsible (in part) for the deaths of 3 people who's plane crashed... even though no product of Parker-Hannifin's has actually been found to have failed.

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Cessna Delivers World's First G1000 Equipped Skylanes

GA is now benefitting from the next round of high-tech panels as new aircraft equipped with Garmin's G1000 are added to the US fleet. Tuesday, Cessna celebrated the first deliveries of four Skylanes equipped with the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics system. During the ceremony in Independence, Kansas, Cessna's single engine team members cheered as Cessna's President and CEO Jack Pelton proudly presented the new Skylane owners their keys.

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How Does It Work? Cessna Unveils New G1000 Orientation Program

Cessna Aircraft Company has begun providing customers with its exclusive Garmin G1000 factory-authorized orientation program.  The program meets the FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS), and is designed to assist customers in their transition from traditional aircraft panel gauges to the new all-glass, jet-like cockpit.

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Missing Hornet Pilot Declared Lost

One More Sad Reason Proving That 'Freedom' Is Never 'Free'

An F/A-18A Hornet pilot involved in a mishap June 26 aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) has been listed as deceased. Marine Capt. Franklin R. Hooks II, 32, of Dade City, Fla., was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 115, Marine Aircraft Group 31, which was conducting flight operations off Truman in the eastern Atlantic Ocean approximately 60 miles south of the Azores. Search and recovery efforts for Hooks were unsuccessful.

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SpaceShipOne Record-Setting Mission Summary

Scaled Has Released the Mission Summary For Mike Melvill's Trip Into Space

They thrilled the world... and set a standard for perseverance and courage that few can ever hope to match -- but the aviation and aerospace world is still amazed at last week's flight into space... a flight that cost less than most NASA Paper studies. Here's Scaled's Mission Summary for Mike's Big Adventure.

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UN Mi-8 Helo Down, 24 Killed

Peacekeeping Remains A Dangerous Business

The world continues to be a hazardous place in which to fly... as evidenced by the tragic loss of a United Nations Mi-8 helicopter (file photo, below) over Sierra Leone. All 24 people... peacekeepers, civilians, aid workers and crew were reported lost. The aircraft was crewed by Russian pilots and no immediate cause was announced by UN officials. 

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Pay Up! NATA Releases Annual Compensation Study

NATA has published its annual survey of general aviation service employee compensation. The survey includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line-service personnel and maintenance technicians. Employees' compensation is broken down by geographic region of the country, by the company's gross sales, by size of the town or city in which the company is located and by the number of employees in the company.

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Murphy Moose Kit Building Times Significantly Reduced

Despite current trends for aircraft manufacturers to establish assembly factories overseas, Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing has proceeded with establishing its own assembly operation not just within North America, but inside their own factory! This shift in business philosophy was prompted by an unprecedented demand for the Fast Built Moose Kit and the ever increasing cost of doing business overseas due to political instability.

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Feet Wet! Army Pilots Practice Landing on Navy Ships in Gulf of Alaska

A group of UH-60 Blackhawk pilots from the Army’s 4th Battalion, 123rd Aviation Regiment flew aboard four Navy ships in the Gulf of Alaska June 4-5 to practice their shipboard landing skills. After coming aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), battalion commander Army Lt. Col. Randy Rotte said landing on ships is “high adventure” for the Army helicopters pilots.

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Toy Supreme! Courtesy Aircraft Offering PC-9

Here's an interesting bit of aircraft inventory... Courtesy Aircraft has ONE (and only one) PC-9 turboprop fopr sale. This is the first time that a civilian pilot might have the opportunity to own and operate the aircraft that evolved into the trainer selected from the "JPATS" competition to be the new trainer currently utilized today in the US Air Force and US Navy. Over 250 PC-9 aircraft are currently in service in Air Forces in 15 countries world wide.

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NetJets To Add 20 Hawker 800XPs, 20 Hawker 400XPs

Someone Is Getting A Heck Of A Commission Check...

NetJets Inc. is bolstering its worldwide operations by signing a contract with Raytheon Aircraft Company for 20 Hawker 800XP mid-size business jets and 20 Hawker 400XP light business jets.

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Farewell to Vandy-1 and VX-9 Det. Point Mugu

Note: While normally not a newsworthy event, VX-9... formerly VX-4, was pivotal to the success of many of today's naval aircraft including the F-18 and the F-14 with the Pheonix launch system. Furthermore, many of the most famously painted aircraft belonged to VX-4....

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AZ TFR: TFN-Firefighting

NOTAM: 4/6058 Issued: 06/29/2004 03:32 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: GLOBE, AZ.

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MI TFR: 07/02-04 Airshow

NOTAM: 4/6099 Issued: 06/29/2004 19:04 Effective: 07/02/2004 16:00 - 07/04/2004 21:15 State: MI Facility: ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: MUSKEGON COUNTY AIRPORT, MUSKEGON, MI.

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MI TFR: 07/01-04 Airshow

NOTAM: 4/6100 Issued: 06/29/2004 19:20 Effective: 07/01/2004 14:30 - 07/04/2004 20:00 State: MI Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: CHERRY CAPITAL AIRPORT, TRAVERSE CITY, MI.

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MI TFR: 07/02-04 Airshow

NOTAM: 4/6076 Issued: 06/29/2004 13:44 Effective: 07/02/2004 17:00 - 07/04/2004 21:30 State: MI Facility: ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: W.K. KELLOGG AIRPORT, BATTLE CREEK, MI.

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MN TFR: 06/30 Blasting Activity

NOTAM: 4/6097 Issued: 06/29/2004 18:06 Effective: 06/30/2004 15:30 - 06/30/2004 16:45 State: MN Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: HAZARDS Description: ELY, MN.

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NYC TFR: 06/29-30 VIP

NOTAM: 4/6068 Issued: 06/29/2004 12:48 Effective: 06/29/2004 15:05 - 06/30/2004 02:50 State: NY Facility: ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY. Type: VIP Description: NEW YORK, NEW YORK. JUNE 29, 2004.

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IL TFR: 07/02-05 Airshow

NOTAM: 4/6102 Issued: 06/29/2004 19:25 Effective: 07/02/2004 18:45 - 07/05/2004 00:30 State: IL Facility: ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: ST. LOUIS DOWNTOWN PARKS AIRPORT (CPS), CAHOKIA, IL.

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MO TFR: 07/01-04 Airshow

NOTAM: 4/6092 Issued: 06/29/2004 16:54 Effective: 07/01/2004 17:45 - 07/04/2004 22:00 State: MO Facility: ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: CHARLES B. WHEELER AIRPORT AND BERKLEY PARK, KANSAS CITY, MO.

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TX TFR: 06/29-30 Chlorine Gas Plume

NOTAM: 4/6088 Issued: 06/29/2004 15:46 Effective: Immediately - 06/30/2004 14:00 State: TX Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: HAZARDS Description: SAN ANTONIO, TX.

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Seawind SUV?

Last spring, Seawind, Inc. & Advanced Aero Corp., announced the latest option for their soon to be certified, 200 mph, Seawind 3000 – a Camper Cover for the open canopy.

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Twin Beech 18 Society Publishes 'Beech 18: A Civil & Military History'

The Twin Beech Society, a special interest group of the Staggerwing Museum Foundation, Inc. of Tullahoma, Tennessee, announces the availability of a new large format book on the historic Beechcraft Model 18 airplane, Beech 18: A Civil & Military History by Robert K. Parmerter, an expert on civil and military Beech 18 history.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.30.04)

"We believe justice was served." Source: Aviation litigator Gary Robb, commenting on the end of further litigation against Parker-Hannifin Corp., on behalf of his clients, the Carnahan family. 

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