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September 15, 2005

AOPA: Future FAA Funding Questions Continue

In recent months, there's been no question that the FAA is seeking changes to the way it's funded. All this is counting down to October 2007, when Congress will — hopefully before the current system expires — make the final decision on whether aviation taxes and the trust fund continue or there is a switch to an alternative means of collecting money for the FAA.

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AOPA To FAA: You've Got The MU-2 Problem ALL Wrong

FAA Addressing MU-2 "Problem" The Wrong Way, Says AOPA

The MU-2B turboprop does not need yet another certification review. The FAA, reacting to congressional pressure, is "rushing to fix a problem that has not even been quantified," according to AOPA.

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FAA ON Service Difficulty NPRM: 'Never Mind'

The FAA is proposing to withdraw a final rule published on September 15, 2000 that would have amended the reporting requirements for certificate holders concerning failures, malfunctions, and defects of aircraft, aircraft engines, systems, and components.

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AMFA: Northwest Management 'Desperate'

AMFA National Director O.V. Delle-Femine has said Northwest Airlines is increasingly desperate and has escalated its behind-the-scenes campaign to persuade AMFA members to return to work.

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AirTran Adds Winglets To Cheat Fuel Costs

AirTran Airways First 737-700 with Blended Winglets Takes Off

AirTran Airways' first Boeing 737-700 aircraft with Blended Winglets was placed into service on September 13, 2005, on flight 502 from Miami to Atlanta.

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Miss Champion Comes Home

Rare Pitcairn Gyro Makes Its Last (?) Flight

The historic Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogyro "Miss Champion" is in its new home -- the Pitcairn hangar at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Steve Pitcairn had meant to have the historic aircraft at Oshkosh for Airventure, but family matters prevented it.

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NTSB Files Probable Cause Report On Blimp Bounce

The NTSB has filed a probable cuase report in the accident of a Goodyear Blimp last June 16th, resulting in the non-injury destruction of the aircraft.

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UK Helo v. Horse Incidents Result In Low-Flying Campaign

Helicopter Low Flying Training Review Puts Safety First

A death attributed to a horse spooked by a low-flying helo has produced new directives from the UK's Ministry of Defense.

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Prist And Hammonds Combine Forces

PRIST Aerospace has entered into an alliance with Hammonds Fuel Additives. Hammonds' additive injector systems and microbicide Biobor JF are now recommended for use with PRIST anti-icing fuel additive.

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DC VIP TFR: 09.16.05-09.18.05

NOTAM: 5/8358 Issued: 09/14/2005 21:00 Effective: 09/16/2005 20:00 - 09/18/2005 16:30 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: HAGERSTOWN/THURMONT, MARYLAND, SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2005 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULAT

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NWA's Official Statement On Bankruptcy Filing

Northwest Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization To Facilitate Restructuring

The following statement was issued by NWA in the wake of its Wednesday filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief with a Federal Court...

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In Their Own Words: Delta Talks About Filing For Bankruptcy

Delta Air Lines Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization To Address Financial Challenges

After filing bankruptcy, Delta Airlines claims that they will "continue to operate full flight schedule, honor tickets and reservations, maintain skymiles program, and provide pay and benefits to employees.'

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Eclipse 500 Completes FAA Certification Static Testing

Eclipse Aviation tells ANN that they have successfully completed Eclipse 500 airframe static testing. The achievement of this major FAA milestone continues the Eclipse 500's aggressive advancement towards certification in March 2006. The FAA has also cleared the Eclipse 500 to an initial 10,000 hour lifetime, which is significantly higher than typically approved by the FAA.

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P-8A Blazes the Acquisition Trail with Live-Fire Testing

A team of engineers from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Naval Air Warfare Center China Lake and The Boeing Company are currently working together on the P-8A Multimission Maritime Aircraft program to execute the approved Live-Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E) Strategy.

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FlightSafety Tapped For for Citation Mustang Training

Cessna Aircraft has slected FlightSafety International has been selected to provide initial type training for the company's Citation Mustang new generation entry-level jet.

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CPS To Host 2-Stroke Rotax Repair Seminar

Two-Stroke Seminar January 19 - 21, 2006

California Power Systems, Inc. will be hosting a Rotax Repair Station Qualifier Seminar on January 19-21, 2006 at their San Leandro, California facility.

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Brunei Shell Petroleum Purchases Three S-92s

Sikorsky Aircraft tells ANN that Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) has contracted to buy three S-92 helicopters for offshore oil service.

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Raytheon Wins Marine Corps CH-53E FLIRS Contract

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $38.8 million contract by the U.S. Navy to provide AN/AAQ-29A Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) imaging systems for installation on U.S. Marine Corps Super Stallion CH-53E helicopters.

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Bombardier Selects FACTS Training for 2005 Safety Standdown

For the sixth consecutive year, FACTS Training and AirCare have been selected by Bombardier Aerospace Learjet to provide emergency procedures and in-flight medical training at the 2005 Safety Standdown.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.15.05)

"Delta understands that any cost savings that it is able to achieve while in Chapter 11 must fit within the strategic context of a sensible business plan that remakes the airline into a profitable company." Source: Delta Airlines, in public statements released after their bankruptcy filing, Wednesday. 

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LA VIP TFR 09.15.05-09.16.05

NOTAM: 5/8366 Issued: 09/14/2005 22:00 Effective: 09/15/2005 22:15 - 09/16/2005 02:55 State: LA Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2005 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS AIRCR

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Texas TFR: 09.20.5-09.25.05

NOTAM Number : FDC 5/8260 Location : Fort Worth Alliance Airport,, Ft Worth, Texas near RANGER VORTAC (FUZ) Beginning Date : September 20, 2005 at 17:50 UTC Ending Date : September 25, 2005 at 23:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM : the Alliance International Air Show '05, 8260 Type : Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s) : N/A FAA Contact (Pilots) : Alliance (AFW) Automated Flight Service Station, 817-491-6100

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MS VIP TFR: 09.15.05

NOTAM: 5/8365 Issued: 09/14/2005 21:50 Effective: 09/15/2005 19:20 - 09/15/2005 22:25 State: MS Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: GULFPORT AND PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI, SEPTEMBER 15, 2005 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REG

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