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April 07, 2005

VHXX Helicopter Contract Blows Up In Senate

Lawmakers Catfight Over District Jobs, Price Seems To Have Quadrupled

Lockheed Martin, legendary for cost overruns*, may have set a new record, and the bill isn't even out of the Senate yet. According to multiple news reports, the $1.7 billion VHXX helicopter contract is now a $6.1 billion project. The bill authorizing the procurement of the new presidential helicopter is stalled by the parliamentary tactics of Senator Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, who is upset that home-state Sikorsky did not receive the contract. This prompted a counterattack by New York senators, who are hoping to claim credit for assembly jobs that will be created at Bell, a Lockheed Martin partner in the contract, in depressed upstate Oswego.

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NBAA Applauds Proposal To Reopen Reagan To GA

Reagan National Airport Has Been Closed To GA Traffic Since 9/11

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Thursday hailed the introduction of House legislation to grant renewed access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for general aviation aircraft operators.

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Weapons Buyer Praises F/A-22

Says Aircraft Almost Surely Headed For Full-Rate Production

The man in charge of buying weapons for the Pentagon really likes Lockheed Martin's F/A-22 Raptor. He thinks the aircraft is virtually assured of achieving full-rate production.

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MATS Connie Begins Trans-Pacific Delivery Flight

A Sad Day at Avra Valley

Story And Photos By ANN Contributor Ralph Pettersen The MATS Connie departed Marana Northwest Regional Airport (AVQ) for the last time on Friday April 1, 2005 bound for a new home in Korea. With Captain Frank Lang at the controls, she lifted off runway 30 at 1007 MST and, after one last flyby, headed northwest to Oakland, CA for the first stop on her journey to an aerospace museum on Jeju Island.

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House Considers Lifting GA Ban At Reagan National

Bill Would Require DHS To Formulate A Plan For GA and BizAv

Legislation introduced on Capitol Hill Wednesday would reopen Washington's Reagan National Airport to general aviation and business aviation traffic for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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NTSB: SR-20 Was 45 Pounds Overweight

2004 Fatal Mishap Claimed Four

A Cirrus SR-20 that crashed shortly after take-off from Greenwood, SC a year ago was slightly overweight, according to a new NTSB report. Witnesses said the plane, with four men on board, barely made it out of ground effect before it heeled sharply and apparently stalled. All four men on board were killed when the aircraft impacted the ground in a subdivision near the airport.

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Texas TFR: 04.11.05

NOTAM:  5/2695  Issued:  04/07/2005 20:40  Effective:  04/11/2005 19:25 - 04/11/2005 20:35  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WACO, TEXAS, APRIL 11 2005 LOCAL. 

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Florida TFR: 04.09.05 - 04.10.05

NOTAM:  5/2692  Issued:  04/07/2005 20:10  Effective:  04/09/2005 06:00 - 04/10/2005 13:00  State:  FL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  EGLIN AFB FL. 

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Texas TFR: 04.08.05 - 04.12.05

NOTAM:  5/2678  Issued:  04/07/2005 16:00  Effective:  04/08/2005 22:30 - 04/12/2005 15:40  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  CRAWFORD, TEXAS APRIL 8-12 2005. 

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Texas TFR: 04.12.05

NOTAM:  5/2681  Issued:  04/07/2005 16:30  Effective:  04/12/2005 14:30 - 04/12/2005 20:15  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  FORT HOOD, TEXAS APRIL 12 2005 LOCAL. 

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Texas 04.10.05

NOTAM:  5/2696  Issued:  04/07/2005 20:40  Effective:  04/10/2005 17:45 - 04/10/2005 18:55  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WACO, TEXAS APRIL 10 2005 LOCAL. 

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FAA Rules In Favor Of Skydiver At Odds With Mississippi Airport

Gold Coast Skydivers Said Jackson County Airport Authority Was Discriminating

Mike Igo says he was wronged. He was evicted from Trent Lott International Airport in Mississippi because the airport authority said he violated his lease. But the FAA has agreed with Igo, telling Igo and the authority to work up an agreement everyone can live with.

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Toll Rises In Afghanistan Chinook Mishap

16 Dead -- Most Of Them Americans

Mission accomplished and returning to base, a US Army CH-47 Chinook went down in heavy weather over southeastern Afghanistan Wednesday. The death toll in the mishap has now climbed to 16 -- most of them American soldiers.

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FAA Limits Traffic At Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood

Objective: Reduce Delays

The FAA has limited the number of flight operations at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and may expand the use of two lesser-traveled runways in hopes of reducing delays.

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Avionica Releases RSU II DFDR Downloader & Data Monitor

Avionica, Inc. tells ANN that they are now shipping their RSU II (Next Generation Ruggedized Service Unit).

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Discovery On The Pad

But Rollout Delayed Because Of... Yikes... External Tank Foam Problems

The space shuttle Discovery is standing tall on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, after a 10 hour 30 minute journey from the Vehicle Assembly Center that was delayed by the discovery of a crack in the insulation surrounding the space plane's external fuel tank.

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Pace of Eclipse 500 Jet Test Program Accelerates

Company Completes Certification Engine Inlet Icing Tests

Eclipse Aviation Corporation, manufacturer of the revolutionary Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ), today announced recent milestones furthering its progress towards aircraft certification in March 2006.

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USS Carl Vinson F/A-18s Strike Insurgents in Iraq

Strike fighter aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, flying from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Persian Gulf, attacked an enemy insurgent location east of Baghdad, Iraq, April 4.

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Mars Rover Missions Extended... Again

...And Going, And Going, And Going....

NASA has given the twin rovers exploring Mars a new lease on life, extending their operations another 18-months. Like the Energizer Bunny, Spirit and Opportunity keep going... and going... and going....

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Army Helo Pilot Faces Court Martial After Afghanistan Crash

CWO Charged With Violating Orders, Negligent Homicide

An Army chief warrant officer faces court martial after his UH-60 Blackhawk crashed in Afghanistan last year.

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Harris To Upgrade FAA WARP Facility

$57 Million Weather and Radar Processor Follow-on Contract

The FAA has awarded Harris Corporation a 54-month, $57 million follow-on contract for the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) program, bringing the overall value of the program for Harris to $188 million by 2009. The WARP Maintenance and Sustainment (WMSS) program will provide the FAA with complete hardware and software support throughout the life of the program.

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Secret Solar Spyplane Soars South 'Stralia

Woomera Launches A British UAV, Built By The Real "Q"

A trickle of news reports worldwide indicates that an odd British unmanned spyplane, the Zephyr 3, is flying in remote Woomera, South Australia. The project is shrouded by a cloak of secrecy, even though many significant features of the aircraft have been revealed. It is likely that the machine is destined for covert or clandestine undertakings, once testing is complete.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.07.05)

"I'm seeing my lawyer later this afternoon." Source: AC Hoffmann, a South African man who was thrown off a Nationwide Airlines flight in Cape Town, South Africa over Easter weekend. There he was, minding his own business, reading a pornographic magazine on board the aircraft, when a flight attendant asked him to stow the reading material. Airline executives say Hoffman pitched such a fit that he was deemed unsafe to fly and taken off the plane.

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GA TFR: 04.08.05

NOTAM: 5/2659 Issued: 04/06/2005 18:00 Effective: 04/08/2005 16:50 - 04/08/2005 21:30 State: GA Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: VIP Description: BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA APRIL 8 2005 LOCAL.

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AD: Hartzell

AD NUMBER: 83-08-01 R2 MANUFACTURER: Hartzell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 83-08-01 R2 SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD), that is applicable to Hartzell Propeller Inc. (formerly TRW Hartzell Propeller) models HC-B3TN-2, HC-B3TN-3, HC-B3TN-5,HC-B4TN-3, HC-B4TN-5, HC-B4MN-5, and HC-B5MP-3 turbo propellers.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-18 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-18 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the airplanes listed above. For certain airplanes, this AD requires inspecting to determine the airplane's cargo configuration, andreporting findings to the FAA. For airplanes modified in accordance with a certain STC or with a cargo configuration that deviates from the as-delivered configuration, this AD requires revisingcertain manuals and manual supplements to specify certain cargo limitations.

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