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April 15, 2005

A Chat With Phil

AOPA President Talks About The TSA, The FAA And The Coming Battle Over User Fees

By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs Phil Boyer looks at his watch and asks if we might talk as we walk. It's Friday -- AOPA Day -- at Sun-N-Fun in Lakeland, FL, and Boyer is a busy man.

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As Predicted: Eclipse 500 Touches Down at Lakeland

First FAA Conforming Very Light Jet Makes Cross Country Flight to Annual Aviation fly-In

As ANN predicted just days ago, Eclipse Aviation's first Eclipse 500 certification flight test aircraft, N503EA, flew more than 1,300 nm to attend this year's Fly-IN in Lakeland, FL.

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Young Eagle GlaStar Gets Makeover

An airplane that has provided more than 3,000 young people with flight experiences through the EAA Young Eagles program is ready to head back to the sky today because of the generosity of Glasair Aviation of Arlington, Wash.

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Jack Pelton Loves To Fly (Part One)

Cessna CEO Talks About His Aviation Roots (Part One of Two)

Jack Pelton, CEO of Cessna, is a happy guy. And he's surrounded by happy people who work with him to build a remarkable line of airplanes unparalleled in the industry.

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Guardsmen Charged With Smuggling Ecstasy on C-5

Two Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing have been charged with importing narcotics from Germany to the United States after being arrested April 12 on federal narcotics charges.

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Crew Change For The ISS

ISS Status Report #19, 8 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 14, 2005

The 11th crew of the International Space Station rocketed into space late Thursday, beginning a six-month mission.

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Mooney Posts Record 1Q Deliveries

Sales on Track to More Than Double 2004 Results In 2005

Mooney Airplane Company has announced that it has achieved record new orders and deliveries for the first quarter 2005.

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Update - How The Sky Cycle Drives

Innovative Fly-Drive Vehicle's Complex Power Transmission

The other day, we introduced the Super Sky Cycle in an article titled "A Motorcycle with Altitude" which is The Butterfly, LLC's trademark for their innovative fly-drive vehicle.

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EAA, Wisconsin Bureau Of Aeronautics Oppose Plant Location

Both Say Plant Could Attract Plane-Killing Flocks Of Birds

EAA and the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics are joining EAA members in western Wisconsin in opposing a proposed ethanol plant site because its storm/infiltration pond would attract large numbers of geese and ducks, endangering aircraft approaching and departing nearby Boyceville Municipal Airport. The airport is located about 45 miles east of St. Paul, MN.

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Aero-Views: NATA’S Coyne Rebuts 'Ridiculous' New York Times Column

"Billy Bob Bin Laden"?

There's humor, then there's satire, then there's what the New York Times published on Wednesday.

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FBO Manager Certified To Accept ExxonMobil Cards

FBO Manager has been re-certified to accept ExxonMobil cards. ExxonMobil customers first began processing on the FBO Manager system on August 1, 2000.

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Accomodating The A380

Aviation Experts to Meet in Frankfurt for Airbus A380 Superjumbo Conference

Managers from major European airports, airlines, equipment manufacturers and other aviation experts will be gathering in Frankfurt on April 28 to 29 to discuss the impact of the new Airbus A380 superjumbo on the global air transportation industry. Hosted by Fraport AG (FRA), the two-day "Welcoming the A380" conference will be held at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in Frankfurt-Niederrad. This is the first industry conference and exhibition dedicated solely to the Airbus A380.

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Blackhawk King Air XP Now Offers McCauley 4-Bladed Prop

McCauley is offering Blackhawk King Air XP operators another option to improve the performance of their aircraft. The FAA granted Blackhawk Modifications an STC for installation of a McCauley C762 four-bladed propeller for the Blackhawk King Air XP.

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Klyde Morris 04.15.05

Klyde Can't Figure The NASA Administator Gig Out...

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NASA's Judy Simonds Keeps Accounts As Shuttle Launch Nears

Judy Simonds doesn't look like a bona fide numbers guru. There's no green eyeshade on her head, no adding machine clattering away on her desk.

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AD: Empresa

AD NUMBER: 2005-08-02 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-08-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all EMBRAER Model EMB-135 and -145 series airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive inspections of the electrical connectors of the electric fuel pumps to detect discrepancies, and follow-on corrective actions.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2005-08-03 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-08-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Model 680 airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to add procedures to facilitate recovery of the cockpit display units in the event that the cockpit display units go blank, and to add flight crew briefings on the use of standby instruments in case the cockpit display units go blank and do not recover.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2005-08-04 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-08-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for GE CF6-45 and CF6-50 series turbofan engines.

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AD: BAe Systems

AD NUMBER: 2005-06-14 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain British Aerospace Model BAe 146 and Model Avro 146-RJ series airplanes. That AD currently requires a one-time measurement of the thickness of the outer links on the side stays of the main landing gear (MLG), and related investigative and corrective actions as necessary; and provides for replacement of a thin outer link with a new or serviceable part in lieu of certain related investigative inspections.

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