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July 29, 2004

Into Each Life...

A Little Rain Dampens AirVenture

Showers sent Oshkosh fans scurrying Thursday -- but only for part of the day. The rain ended in the early afternoon and, by the time the air show started, the sun was even peeking through. Friday's forecast calls for afternoon thunderstorms.

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FAA's Blakey: Boom Times Coming

Delivers Upbeat Message At Oshkosh

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey delivered a positive message at AirVenture today, saying the advent of the Sport Pilot rule will spark a renaissance in aviation.

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Aero-Views: FAA Sport Pilot Simplified

Got It All Down, Yet?

By ANN Correspondent John Ballentyne The official FAA seminar explaining Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft is playing to a packed house at Oshkosh this week. And the FAA was well prepared. Moderating the program was FAA Sport Pilot Manager, Sue Gardner. Her onstage team included FAA's Scott Sedgwick, who talked about Light Sport Aircraft airworthiness; Bill O'Brien, charged with explaining Light Sport Aircraft maintenance and repair; and Marty Weaver, Sport Pilot Branch Manager.

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BRS STC's Chute for 1964+ C182's

Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. announced Wednesday at AirVenture 2004 that it has received certification from the FAA on a parachute system for the Cessna 182 aircraft, model years 1964 to the present. In addition, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) also recently approved the BRS system for the Cessna 172, further expanding the system's global reach in the aviation community.

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Cirrus Increases Production to 12 Aircraft Per Week

Creates 88 New Jobs

In 1998, Cirrus Design Corporation certified the SR20. The sleek, all-composite airframe was then, and remains, the only FAA-certified aircraft to offer a parachute as standard equipment. In 1999, the first full year of production, 11 aircraft were produced.

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Another 9/11 In The Making?

Turkey Warns Of Hijack-Suicide Attacks

Turkey could be the next target for a series of 9/11 style terrorist attacks, according to published reports from Ankara. Government officials concede they've met to beef up airport security in the face of this new threat.

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Top Ten Things Heard On The Field At Oshkosh 2004

Thanks to ANN's good friend Richard Herbst, we have a little fun for you about the world of Oshkosh. We hope it gave you as many giggles as it did us...

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Eclipse Announces Optional Equipment List

Eclipse has announced their optional equipment offerings for the Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ) that enable customers to equip their aircraft to their specific operational needs. These options complement the Eclipse 500's extensive standard features, and, like the Eclipse jet, are offered at prices unmatched in general aviation.

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Can Israeli Aircraft Stand On Their Own?

IAI Blamed For Faulty Landing Gear On El Al, IAF Jets

An Israeli Aircraft Industries division is reportedly under investigation for installing faulty landing gear components in El Al commercial aircraft, as well as the Israel Air Force's F-15s and F-16s. The faulty parts could cause the planes' landing gear to collapse, according to published reports.

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Bonanza, Baron To Come with G1000

Integrated Flight System Now Standard Equipment

By ANN Correspondent Kevin O'Brien Another OEM customer Tuesday announced the Garmin G1000 integrated flight system will now be standard equipment on Bonanzas and Barons starting next year. In a press conference attended by both reporters and members of the American Bonanza Society, Beechcraft committed totally to the Garmin glass panel.

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ANN Welcomes Oshkosh 2004 Supporting Sponsors New Piper, Velocity Aircraft

New Piper: AirVenture Display Area 72-75, 79-82 When Mr. Piper introduced the Piper Cub in 1937, he had a dream. He felt that everyone should fly. And he believed that Piper could provide everyone with that freedom. Learn More About New Piper by clicking here or by visiting www.newpiper.com Velocity Aircraft: AirVenture Display Area 412, 418 They're truly one of the most respected names in sport aviation.... Velocity Aircraft. One of the first to get beyond the limits of two-place high-performance S

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Smile, You're On Cockpit Camera!

NTSB And Pilots Exchange Words Over Cockpit Video Surveillance

How would you like to go to work knowing that, while on the job, your every move was being recorded and possibly subject to intense after-the-fact scrutiny? Union airline pilots don't like the idea at all. Still, the NTSB is pushing the FAA to mandate camera monitoring systems in the cockpit.

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XM Satellite Weather Upgrades Announced For Current Flightmax EX500s

Avidyne has announced that XM WX Satellite Weather service will be available to operators of FlightMax EX500 Multifunction Display (MFD) systems. In addition, Avidyne announced an attractive limited-time upgrade program for EX500 owners to add XM WX.

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Heavy-Breathing: A First Look At Lancair’s Columbia 400 (Part Three)

233 Kts, FL230, 26 Minutes From Brake Release... Wow! Part Three

The real estate along the ledge that borders the bottom side of the length of the panel is used well. Starting at the left hand side, a series of rocker switches (starting with Master/mags and so forth) extends nearly all the way to the center stack… where a VERY nicely designed trim indicator gives you position data for each trim configuration… just the thing to have when having to quickly reconfigure a bird in expectation of changing conditions...

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Eclipse Aviation Debuts Eclipse 500 Interiors

Eclipse Aviation Unveils Aircraft Interiors And Furnishing Options

Attempting to set the style and comfort standard for the new generation of very light jets (VLJ), Eclipse Aviation announced interior designs and optional furnishings for the Eclipse 500 that reflect the company's unmatched ability to deliver personal aircraft to suit owners' needs from practical to luxury, all at a breakthrough price.

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Garmin GNS 480 to Deliver First WAAS Precision Approaches

Garmin has introduced the GNS 480 at Oshkosh, this year. This marks the company’s latest addition to its popular line of integrated panel-mount avionics. The GNS 480 will be positioned between the GNS 430 and GNS 530.

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Cirrus Sales Exceed Expectations

350 New Aircraft Sold Prior to Oshkosh

Cirrus is bragging... again -- and for good reason. For the past year, Cirrus Design Corporation has experienced record sales. In fact, the company has logged a full 12 month cycle of sales exceeding 40 new aircraft sales per month - some months exceeded 60 and 70 new aircraft sales. This week, Cirrus announced the sale of their 350th new aircraft for the calendar year 2004.

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It's Official: All Nippon To Buy $6 Billion Worth Of 7E7s

Dreamliners Will Replace Airline's 767s

Boeing 7E7 launch partner All Nippon Airlines has firmed up its order for 50 7E7s, spelling out the variations it plans to buy and the aircraft they'll replace.

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Been Busy Lately?

Air Traffic Up 20 Percent Worldwide

The predicted light of the end of the tunnel continues to burn brightly for the airline industry around the world. The IATA reports passenger traffic is up 20-percent worldwide so far this year.

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Aero-News Plane Of The Day: Angel

ANN Plane Of The Day

The Angel is an eight place twin-engine STOL aircraft, capable of a minimum take-off roll of 658 feet and a cruise speed of 175 knots.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.29.04)

"Theoretically, we ought find everything. I cannot say how it happened that we missed this. Of course we should find all of the faults but are we capable of it? That’s an interesting question. I have only been in this job for six weeks. If the administration goes where I would like it to go, we will soon be able to uncover these shortcomings." Source: Israel's Civil Aviation Administrator Udi Zohar, talking about the discovery of the non-standard parts installed in both El Al and Israeli Air Force aircraft. Published reports say those parts could lead to landing gear collapse. Those same reports have also brought to light weaknesses in Israel's CAA.

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Wyoming TFR: 7/29/04-7/30/04

NOTAM:  4/7532  Issued:  07/28/2004 12:41  Effective:  07/29/2004 19:50 - 07/30/2004 16:55  State:  WY  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  VIP  Description:  JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, JULY 28-30, 2004.

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Texas TFR: 7/28/04-7/29/04

NOTAM:  4/7563  Issued:  07/28/2004 16:55  Effective:  07/28/2004 16:52 - 07/29/2004 19:30  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  CRAWFORD, TEXAS, JULY 28-29, 2004.

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Texas TFR: 7/29/04

NOTAM:  4/7561  Issued:  07/28/2004 16:48  Effective:  07/29/2004 19:00 - 07/29/2004 20:05  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WACO, TEXAS, JULY 29, 2004. LOCAL.

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Indiana TFR: 7/30/04

NOTAM:  4/7300  Issued:  07/22/2004 15:47  Effective:  07/30/2004 17:00 - 07/30/2004 20:30  State:  IN  Facility:  ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  MT. COMFORT AIRPORT, INDIANAPOLIS, IN.

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North Dakota TFR: UFN

NOTAM:  4/7545  Issued:  07/28/2004 13:34  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  ND  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MEDORA, ND

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