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January 05, 2005

Cessna: Russ Retires, Pelton Survives/Prospers

After Jack Pelton was mentioned in a CBS' 60 Minutes piece a few weeks ago as having college degrees from a bogus diploma mill, the industry gossip suggested that his days at Cessna were numbered. Apparently not.

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Surprise! More Aero-Ignorance Shown On Fox TV

The "Rebel Billionaire" Is NOT Reality TV... It's Nonsense

For the few of you who actually suffered through one of the latest attempts at Reality TV, The Richard Branson "Rebel Billionaire" program has been an uncommon disappointment. To those of us in aviation, it's also a truly low moment.. in that a fascinating program that has already brought the wonders of Zero Gravity flight to hundreds of people, was unfairly and inaccurately portrayed for the sake of cheap ratings...

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New Jersey Man Charged In Laser Investigation

Reportedly Admitted Lighting Up Two Aircraft

A New Jersey man has admitted he flashed a laser on not one, but two aircraft near Teterboro Airport. Now, David Banach of Parsippany faces charges under the federal government's Patriot Act.

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Indonesia: Disaster Zone Or War Zone?

Helicopter Comes Under Bow-And-Arrow Attack, Landing 737 Hits Water Buffalo

Wanted: Cargo planes to carry relief supplies to tsunami victims in South Asia. That word comes from the UN, as the effort to provide food, water and medicine to millions of people in 11 countries kicked into high gear this week.

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Budget Ax To Fall At Lockheed, Northrop

DOD Wants To Chop $30 Billion Over Six Years

This could get ugly -- word of plans that the Pentagon wants to cut $30 billion out of the budgets of companies like Lockheed-Martin and Northrop-Grumman. Those two companies would reportedly bear the brunt of cuts to weapons systems across the board.

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2004: Another Safe Year For Commercial Airlines

Few Fatal Mishaps Over Past Three Years

The 13 people killed when a Corporate Airlines Jetstream 32 went down in Missouri last October. Those were the only commercial aircraft fatalities of 2004.

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NASA's Year In Review

We Did Ours... Here's Theirs

NASA started the year on an upbeat and positive note, when President George W. Bush announced the Vision for Space Exploration on January 14. His announcement at NASA Headquarters in Washington of a robust space exploration program to advance US scientific, security and economic interests became the keystone for NASA's transformation.

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AAC, XADS, Bede To Develop New BD-5 Engine

New Company, INFLight, Will Offer Kits Later This Month

American Aviation Company (AAC), Bede Corporation (BD) and Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS) have joined forces to offer new life to the BD-5 Aircraft first offered by Jim Bede in the 1970s’and made popular by the movie "Octopussy."

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Blue Angels to Commence Winter Training

Just As The Swallows Return To Capistrano...

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, deployed Sunday to Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, CA, to prepare for the upcoming show season.

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On the Road to Recovery

L-1 Recovery And "Recovering"

Story and Photos by Kathryn (KT) Budde-Jones Kermit Week's L-1 Stinson is on the road to recovery at his unique aviation attraction in Polk City, FL. This particular L-1E survived the war, survived the perilous years as a camera ship in California for Tallmantz Aviation culminating in its use in the Hollywood hit movie, "Waldo Pepper", towed banners over trendy Miami Beach only to meet Hurricane Andrew head on in 1992.

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General Atomics And Team Warrior Are Finalists In Army ERMP UAV Competition

Team Warrior to Participate in Systems Capabilities Demonstration in Early 2005

UAV manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, along with its “Team Warrior” partners AAI Corporation and SPARTA, Inc., Tuesday announced that it has been selected as one of two finalists for the US Army’s Extended Range Multi-Purpose (ERMP) UAV Program.

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Pilatus Owners And Pilots Association Convention To Be Held In Kansas City

Ninth Annual Event Will Run April 20th - 22nd At OJC

The Ninth Annual POPA (Pilatus Owners and Pilots Association) Convention will be held April 20th – 22nd, 2005 at Kansas City, MO. Host FBO will be KCAC at Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC). Special convention rates have been negotiated at The Fairmont in Kansas City.

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MiG-21 Down In India

Pilot Safe

An Indian MiG-21 went down in Rajasthan Tuesday. The pilot was able to eject and is said to be in good condition.

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PAMA Offers New Professional Development Workshop

Maintenance Resource Management

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association has announced a new addition to its popular series of Professional Development Workshops, which are offered each year at PAMA’s Annual Maintenance Symposium.

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Just Married: Ideal-Aerosmith & Carco Electronics

Ideal Aerosmith, Inc. Acquires Carco Electronics

Ideal Aerosmith, a company that designs and manufactures test solutions for the aerospace, automotive and petroleum industries, says it's acquired Carco Electronics of Menlo Park, CA and Pittsburgh, PA, in a deal worth an undisclosed amount of money.

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Southeast SATSLab Kicks Off CASI Kickoff

In Conjunction With The Opening Of The Flight Operations Test Center

On February 7, aircraft from a number airports around Florida will participate in a Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS)/Community Air Service Initiative (CASI) demonstration. The aircraft will fly to Tallahassee, where pilots will see first hand the SATS technologies and learn about the economic development opportunities associated with SATS airports.

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RIP: Othello Phillip Dickert

Boeing Modeler Passed Last Month At 95

It's one of the more arcane aspects of aircraft design -- and yet terribly vital. It's the design and construction of perfectly scaled, perfectly detailed wind tunnel models and for years, one of the best in the business was Othello P. Dickert. ANN has learned that Dickert passed away last month after suffering complications from circulation problems in his legs. He was 95.

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Upgraded: Peter Schouwenaars

Will Lead Technical Service Department At iviation

Peter Schouwenaars has been appointed to direct the development and operation of the Technical Services Department at iviation. As Director of Technical Services for the Memphis-based aviation company, Schouwenaars will oversee development of aircraft maintenance programs, asset management, maintenance facilities and personnel.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.05.04)

"I hope all modes of transportation could replicate aviation's safety record." Source: NTSB chief Ellen Engleman Conners speaking to reporters after the release of a report that says 2004 was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER:2004-26-09 MANUFACTURER:Rolls Royce SUBJECT:Airworthiness Directive 2004-26-09 SUMMARY:The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) 250-Band 250-C series turboprop and turboshaft engines with certain part numbers (P/Ns) of compressor adaptor couplings manufactured by Alcor Engine Company (Alcor), EXTEX Ltd.(EXTEX), RRC, and Superior Air Parts (SAP) installed.

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