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March 31, 2005

Mooney GX Freedom Tour Coming To Ft Lauderdale

The folks at Mooney have been flying the new Ovation2 GX and Bravo GX on one of the most extensive tours in recent general aviation history. The tour runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Premier Aircraft Sales, located at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, 544 NW 23rd Avenue, Hangar 15.

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Massachusetts Dems Battle Over NTSB Appointee

Kerry, Kennedy At Odds Over Appointment Of Katherine Higgins

Face it. In the world of politics, appointments to the National Transportation Safety Board are generally not hot news. But that changed this week, when Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) nominated Katherine Higgins to serve on the board. The nomination drew immediate and heavy fire from Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and 32 other members of Congress, including the entire Massachusetts delegation to the House of Representatives.

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Dutch Politicians Blast JSF

Demand US Authorities Investigate Delays, Rising Costs

Watching the cost of an F-35 continue to climb, wondering when the Joint Strike Fighter will be delivered, the Dutch Labor Party now wants the American government to investigate why the Netherlands will have to wait so long and get fewer aircraft for their euros.

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FAA Introduces Online 'Human Factor' Training

10-Step Lesson On Sensory, Mental, Physical Limitations In The Cockpit

How well do you work with the systems that are vital to a successful flight? That's the point of a new FAA website aimed at helping pilots learn more about their own limitations.

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Klyde Morris 03.31.05

Klyde Looks At The Bottom Line

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Beefing Up Security At California Airports

AOPA Supports State Measure To Fund Security Improvements At GA Airports

AOPA is aggressively supporting a California bill that could help some general aviation airports improve their safety and security. Senate Bill 335 would dedicate $15 million annually through 2009 for security, safety, and capacity improvements at publicly owned general aviation airports. The money would come from the state's general fund and be derived from the current sales tax on general aviation jet fuel. The state's Division of Aeronautics already has identified a need for $120 million in airport improvements.

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Kodiak Logs 100 Flight Hours

Five Months Into Flight Testing, Company Says Aircraft Performs Well

Flight testing on Quest Aircraft's Kodiak continues, as the aircraft approaches 100 hours in as many flights. The aircraft started its official flight testing last week that will lead to FAA certification.

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A Solar Plane In Oil Country?

UAE "Likely" To Fund Sun-Powered Aircraft Experiment

Maybe Steve Fossett had it slightly wrong -- maybe there IS another aviation record worth breaking. And maybe Bertrand Piccard will break it.

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AEA: More On Part 145 Repair Stations

Group Cites Big Difference Between What Was Proposed And What Is To Be

The AEA doesn't like what it sees when it looks at the FAA's proposed final rule governing Part 145 repair station training programs. The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) has submitted comments on behalf of its membership to the FAA on the agency's proposed repair station training program.

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Upgraded: Jean-Michel Comtois

Named CMC Electronics' Vice President In Charge Of Military Aviation

CMC Electronics Inc. has appointed Jean-Michel Comtois as vice president of the company's military aviation business unit.  In leading CMC's military aviation business, Comtois oversees operations in Chicago, Illinois; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and the United Kingdom.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.31.05)

"We've been asking the FAA for years to do this. Aircraft that meet the quiet technology standards should get something back." Source: Steve Bassett, head of the US Tour Association, in an interview with the Associated Press. He was reacting to new FAA rules that would provide incentives to aerial tour operators who fly over the Grand Canyon if they employ quieter engine technology.

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Confirmed: Powrachute To Be Sold

Staff Layoffs Confirmed As Well

Confirming rumors reaching ANN over the last few days, Powrachute founder Bill Amyx has told ANN that he is preparing to sell the company.

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