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January 16, 2005

Laser Display Industry Speaks Out on Airplane Safety

The recent wave of reports of US aircraft illuminated by lasers has highlighted the need for the public and safety officials to better understand laser technology, says the International Laser Display Association (ILDA).

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Boeing 717 Plant To Close: Repercussions Industry-Wide

750 Workers Chopped, Massive Balance Sheet Charges for Plant Closure and 767-Tanker Bribery Case

The Boeing 717, the last of a long line of commercial airplanes to be built in Southern California, has reached the end of the line. Boeing will take no more orders for the jet that is the last heir to the name of Donald Douglas, and the last 717 will probably come off the line in 2006.

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X Prize Foundation Elects New Board Members

The X PRIZE Foundation has announced the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees.

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Boeing 717 Plant To Close, Repercussions Industry-Wide

The Boeing 717, the last of a long line of commercial airplanes to be built in Southern California, has reached the end of the line.

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Swiss Government Grounds Pilatus PC-21 Program

The Federal Office For Civil Aviation, Switzerland's counterpart to the US' Federal Aviation Administration, has grounded the PC-21 military training aircraft program indefinitely after the crash of the second prototype aircraft.

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Gulfstream G500 Receives EASA, JAA Validation

Gulfstream Aerospace has received validation of its large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500 business jet from both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA).

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EMS Copter Safety Task Force Meets

Medical Evacuation is a risky sub-set of general aviation, as too many accident reports, including two this past week, painfully and tragically remind us.

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JCAPF Takes Delivery of Frasca Level C Sim

The Japanese Civil Aviation Promotion Foundation (JCAPF) has taken delivery of their Level "C" Beechcraft King Air B200 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) from Frasca International, Inc.

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RHIP: General Jumper Qualifies In F/A-22 Raptor

Why? Because He's The Boss!

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper ended two weeks of training Jan. 12, flying his qualification flight in the F/A-22 Raptor, the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft.

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Aero News Quote of the Day (01.16.05)

“There are no two-seat versions of this airplane, so the instructors couldn’t be kind to me because I’m the chief of staff." Source: US Air Force Chief of Staff General John P. Jumper, commenting on his recent qualification on the F/A-22 Raptor after two weeks of intense training.  

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Beech V35B Bonanza

For Sale: Beech Bonanza 35

1955 BEECH V-35B MARK III. Indistinguishable from a late model V-35B. Most all mods! 4200 TTAF, 100 SMOH, 60-SOH on Hartzell hydraulic prop (modified to eliminate repetitive AD). Collins IFR. 35th Anniversary paint scheme. 155 knot cruise. (216) 849-3636 Exterior Quality: 7, Interior Quality: 7 New, will sell for $65,000.00 (or best offer)

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SR22 Down At FXE, Pilot Lost

Possible Spacial Disorientation

A low-time IFR rated pilot, practicing approaches in a fairly new Cirrus SR22, has gone down just outside the Ft. Lauderdale Executive airport in Southern Florida. The aircraft, thought to be a PFD-equipped SR22, was occupied by the pilot/owner, who radioed that he was having some issues with instrumentation. The accident occured at 1220 local time, Saturday.

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