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January 11, 2005

UPS Orders 10 Airbus A380 Freighters

They'll Start Arriving In 2009

Moving to expand the capacity of its air network to accommodate strong international growth, UPS Monday announced a firm order for 10 A380 super-jumbo freighter aircraft made by Airbus.

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EU Wants Compromise In Subsidy War

Both Sides Are Talking

Airbus suddenly wants to know, why can't we all just get along?

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Remember That Cow Incursion?

Glitch In Aceh Tsunami Relief Airlift Put Right -- By Airlifted Experts

Last Wednesday we told you about the water buffalo (in some wire stories, a less-exotic "cow"-- hey, we went with the waterboo) that got onto a runway at Aceh in the tidal wave-flattened isle of Sumatra, Indonesia. As you might expect for any incident in which a two-ton animal tangles with a good-sized jet transport, everybody loses -- the critter (maybe the confusion on species came about because of the state it was left in by the jet's turbofans?), the jet, which suffered at least a main landing gear failure, but most of all the people of the battered region.

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Seahawk Down: Indonesia

Hard-Landing Helo Was On Relief Mission

An SH-60 Seahawk helicopter from the USS Abraham Lincoln experienced a hard landing at Banda Aceh airfield in Indonesia Monday morning.

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Great Lakes Int'l Aviation Conference Hosts Airport Managers and FBO Expo

The Great Lakes International Aviation Conference will host the premier Airport Managers and FBO Expo, Jan. 20 - 22, 2005, at The Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. A new Thursday, Friday, Saturday format at the 2005 GLIAC will see an important addition to this fifth annual aviation event-the Airport Managers and FBO Expo. The Expo will be the focus of the day on Thursday and will continue into Friday.

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Airline Pilot Hiring Expected To Increase In 2005

Worried About The Future, Flight Cadet? Analysts Say... Don't

Pilot recruitment on the part of the airlines was better last year than in 2003 -- but still not great. But take heart. At least some of the people who watch the people who hire people in this business say things are looking up.

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Who's Making The Big Money?

Ask A Cargo Pilot

You know the drill: your first flying job is a time-builder -- such as flying a traffic reporter around town every morning and every afternoon. Then you move up to the small freight company. Then a bigger freight company. Then you hire on at a regional airline. Then flying regionals for a bigger airline. Finally, you're in -- a full-blown, grown-up, big-iron airline pilot.

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New Year's Gyro Fly-In Rocks

Sunstate Rotor Club Recovering From the Hurricane Season

If you wanted to see a sad face, you could have visited Wauchula, Florida (KCHN), the home of the Sunstate Rotor Club, right after Hurricane Charley in August. The glum members of the club thought they'd have to cancel the club's flagship event, Bensen Days, which takes place in April. There was no thought at all that they might be able to run their next most popular event, the New Year's Weekend Fly-In.

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F-16 Apparently Bombs Wrong Target

Five Iraqis Killed, Pentagon "Deeply Regretful" 

In an age where wars are fought with pinpoint accuracy and lowering "collateral damage" is one of the main operational goals, it sometimes escapes us that mistakes can and do happen. Such was apparently the case in northern Iraq over the weekend, where an F-16 dropped a satellite-guided munition on the wrong house, killing five Iraqis inside.

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NAFI Rolls Out December's Master Instructors

They Have Their "Black Belts" In Aviation

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all designated Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation organization.

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EBASE Dates Set For The Next Four Years

NBAA And EBAA Snag Sites, Dates Through 2009

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) are pleased to announce that European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) dates have been confirmed for 2006 through 2009 at the Geneva Palexpo Conference Center. EBACE is the only European exhibition to focus exclusively on business aviation.

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Finnish Aviation Academy Gets JAA Approval For Frasca Sims

Two A36 Bonanza Sims, One King Air Sim

The Finnish Aviation Academy, Pori, Finland, has received FNPT II approval for their two Frasca A36 Bonanza devices and STD 2A and FNPT II MCC approval on their King Air device. The Bonanza devices include Computer Generated Instruments, CGI, and 220-degree visual systems. The King Air also includes Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), and Weather Radar.

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Boeing Picks Avtech For AWACS Flight Deck Systems

Will Provide FDCS For Block 40-45 Upgrade

Avtech Corporation announced today that it has been selected by Boeing to provide a Flight Deck Communications System (FDCS) for the E-3 AWACS Block 40-45 upgrade. The system will be comprised of an Audio Management Unit, Flight Deck Interface Unit and four Audio Control Panels. The system interfaces with an Audio Switching Unit (ASU) in the mission area of the aircraft facilitating flight deck-to-mission area communications.

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NATA Convention Set For March 8-10

Focus On Security, VLJs

The National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) 2005 Annual Meeting and Convention will take place March 8-10 in Las Vegas, NV, in conjunction with the Aviation Industry Week trade show.

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BlueSky's Land Height Map to Aid Flood Risk Assessment

Putting The Third Dimension In 3D

Aerial mapping company BlueSky Monday launched Point-Z, a national database of land and building height measurements that holds the height above sea level for any given point in Great Britain. Point-Z comprises a grid of billions of survey points collected every 5 meters or less using sophisticated remote sensing technology. Height accuracy varies from less than 1 meter to as little as 5 centimeters for selected areas such as high-risk flood plains and coastal zones.

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Pemco Aviation Group and TAECO Team Up

Cargo Conversion Partnership

Pemco Aviation Group, Taikoo Aircraft Engineering Company (TAECO), and Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO) signed an agreement in Jinan on January 7th establishing a cargo conversion partnership for China and the Asia Pacific region. Under the agreement, the companies will jointly market freighter conversions and perform conversions at TAECO / STAECO's facilities in China.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.11.05)

"We were setting all-time highs and all-time records a couple of years back, but then 9/11 happened and the industry started having problems. But recovery from all that has bottomed out and now we are back on the increase." Source: UAL Captain Kit Darby, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. Darby runs Aviation Information Resources and is a frequent contributor to ANN.

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Georgia TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/0224 Issued: 01/10/2005 17:30 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: GA Facility: ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA. Type: HAZARDS Description: NORCROSS GA.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/0214 Issued: 01/10/2005 15:40 Effective: 01/10/2005 18:30 - 01/10/2005 22:30 State: UT Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: HAZARDS Description: PROVO UT.

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Georgia TFR: Until Further Notice

Issued: 01/10/2005 20:20 Effective: 03/19/2005 22:00 - Undetermined State: AL Facility: ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA. Type: HAZARDS Description: ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, ANNISTON AL.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-01-12 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-12 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF, and -200CB series airplanes, that requires an inspection of certain ball screws of the trailing edge flap system to find their part numbers, and replacement of the ball screws with new, serviceable, or modified ball screws if necessary.

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