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July 14, 2004

OMF's Symphony Flies Again

Company Restructures, Makes Plans For Oshkosh

A lot of GA industry insiders were dismayed when OMF GmBH threw in the financial towel last year, laying off its workers and shutting down production of the fledgeling Symphony-160. Now, the company says it's back in both Germany and Canada, with plans to strut its stuff at AirVenture 2004 later this month.

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Peru Grounds Its Largest Airline

Amid Aviation Crisis, Aero Continente Can't Get Insurance

The Peruvian government Monday grounded the country's biggest commercial air carrier, after Aero Continente was blacklisted by the US government.

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More Cuts Coming At United

Pete McDonald: "We Need To Dig Deeper"

At least two United Airlines executives say, if their company is ever going to get out of bankruptcy, it's going to have to make deeper cuts.

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Four Dead In South Carolina Helo Accident

Medical Flight Down In Heavily Wooded Area

A medical helicopter that had just picked up a patient injured in a hit-and-run accident crashed Tuesday in Jalapa (SC). All four people on board -- including the female patient -- were killed.

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GAMA Unveils Web-Based Media Guide

Resource For GA Research

GAMA Tuesday unveiled its web-based Media Guide to General Aviation and Its Airplanes. The purpose of the Media Guide is to serve as an electronic resource for quick and easy research on general aviation facts and statistics including shipment and billing information.

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El Salvador Receives First R44 Police Helo

Robinson sold its first R44 Police Helicopter in El Salvador to the National Police of El Salvador last month. During a ceremony in San Salvador June 25, Helica, S.A. de C.V., Robinson’s authorized dealer in El Salvador, delivered the helicopter to the National Police.

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Sikorsky Lobbies To Build Marine One

Sends VH-92 On Tour

Sikorsky Aircraft Tuesday launched the VH-92 All-American Tour to showcase its award-winning aircraft and the US-based team of aerospace companies it has partnered with to produce the next presidential helicopter.

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NATCA: Spend The Money. Hire The Controllers

Controllers' Union Urges House Appropriators To Include $14 Million In Funding Bill For Hiring New Controllers

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today urged House lawmakers about to decide on Federal Aviation Administration funding for fiscal year 2005 to address the looming air traffic control staffing crisis and approve $14 million for the training and hiring of new controllers as a first step toward solving the problem.

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Where Floridians Go To Get Diamonds

Premier Aircraft Sales Appointed Diamond Regional Distribution Center

Diamond has appointed Premier Aircraft Sales of Fort Lauderdale (FL) as Diamond Regional Distribution Center for Florida effective immediately. Previously, Premier had been authorized to sell Diamond aircraft only in the Florida panhandle and Alabama.

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When Bird Meets Plane

But The Mail Did Go Through

It was a routine mail haul. Young Harry Griffing III had just taken off from Put-In-Bay (OH)in his company's Britten Norman BN2A Islander (file photo of type, below) Friday when the windscreen virtually exploded in his face.

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ANN Gets Ready For OSH

If You Have An Event To Publicize, Tell Us Now

For you, AirVenture 2004 in Oshkosh will be a chance to see the latest and greatest in general aviation, check out some very informative seminars and hear some of the brightest lights in aviation speak on topics ranging from SpaceShipOne to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. For us, it's going to be another kick-butt year of covering the single biggest event in GA.

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TSA's McHale To Step Down

Masterminded Screener Federalization

The TSA said Tuesday that Deputy Administrator Stephen McHale will step down from his post later this month after 23 years of federal service.

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That's One And Counting

Chautauqua Airlines Becomes First US Based Airline to be Registered with IOSA

Republic Airways said Tuesday that its primary subsidiary, Chautauqua Airlines, is the first airline in the United States and second regional airline in the world to be registered with IOSA.

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Boeing Takes On More 7E7 Partners

France's Thales, Labinal of Snecma Group Now On Team

Boeing is adding Thales and Labinal -- a Snecma group company -- to its 7E7 Dreamliner team. Thales will provide the all-new airplane's electrical power conversion system and Labinal will provide wiring.

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Aero-News Net Quote Of The Day (07.14.04)

"I always thought I could put it back together. It's just too good a product. But some days, I really wondered what I was doing." Source: Symphony Aircraft Industries President and CEO Paul Costanzo, announcing to reporters Tuesday that the Symphony 160, a sporty two-place, single-engine aircraft, will soon be in production. Costanzo said the new company, built on the ashes of OMF GmBH, will be at AirVenture 2004 this year, hoping to land more contracts.

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737-800s Headed For Austria

Austrian Airlines Expands Fleet with Additional Next-Generation 737-800 

Vienna-based Lauda Air currently operates four 737-800s, all equipped with performance-enhancing Blended Winglets.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Velocity Kit

For Sale: Velocity Aircraft Velocity

Std, FG kit with fast-build wings, fast-build fuselage and 100 hours construction time, all of which was completed at Velocity's Service Center. Main spar not bonded in aircraft - kit will fit in rental truck * Arlan Mock * Colorado * 719-495-1588  New, will sell for $39,000.00

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Wisconsin TFR: 07/14/04

NOTAM:  4/6825  Issued:  07/13/2004 21:13  Effective:  07/14/2004 19:05 - 07/15/2004 01:10  State:  WI  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  FON DU LAC TO APPLETON TO GREENBAY, WISCONSIN, JULY 14, 2004 LOCAL. 

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Wisconsin TFR: 07/14/04

NOTAM:  4/6821  Issued:  07/13/2004 20:24  Effective:  07/14/2004 14:20 - 07/14/2004 19:05  State:  WI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WAUKESHA AND FON DU LAC, WISCONSIN, JULY 14, 2004 LOCAL. 

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Alaska TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/6826  Issued:  07/13/2004 21:45  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  120 MILES NORTHEAST OF BIG DELTA, ALASKA. 

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Wisconsin TFR: 07/14/04

NOTAM:  4/6823  Issued:  07/13/2004 20:48  Effective:  07/14/2004 19:05 - 07/15/2004 01:10  State:  WI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  FON DU LAC TO APPLETON TO GREENBAY, WISCONSIN, JULY 14, 2004 LOCAL. 

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