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January 02, 2005

SR22 Ferry Flight Turns Into Near-Ditch

New aircraft starts losing fuel hours into flight, lands in Ireland, fuel runs out in seconds

A ferry pilot taking a new Cirrus SR22 across the Atlantic from Goose Bay, Newfoundland, Canada to Ireland on Friday got into some serious trouble when he noticed, far beyond the point where he could turn back, that he was losing fuel.

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New Jersey Man Questioned About Lasers

Suspect may have pointed laser at Cessna, Port Authority police helicopter

It appears that law enforcement authorities are beginning to take serious action against people suspected of shining lasers at aircraft flying at night.

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Imprisoned Pennsylvania Pilot Pens Appeal

Drunk-flying case back before the judge; other legal and legislative actions continue

You know how a guy can think, after a few drinks, that a really dumb idea is actually a smart idea? John Salamone sure does.

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ANN Names The Most Notable Planes of The Year: Certificated Aircraft

We made some changes this year in the manner in which we name the most notable aircraft of the year. Normally announced at Oshkosh, we decided to fold these announcements into our Year-End Wrap-Up in order to take advantage of the rest of the year's events and input, as well as to make such an announcement truly representative of the full year.

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Aero-News Alert: Pilot's Uniform Stolen From Parked Car

US Airways pilot reports uniform, airport ID and passport stolen from car

James Allen, a US Airways airline pilot, reported that his pilot uniform was stolen while his car was parked at a Harper's Restaurant on Woodlawn Road in Charlotte (NC).

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2004 Aero-NewsMakers and Heartbreakers (Part Uno)

While the aviation/aerospace world seems to be all about technology and gadgetry; it's the people (or groups of them) that populate this business, that allow that technology to move around... or come to a grinding halt.

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Aero Event Of 2004: Scaled’s X-Prize Success

Scaled’s victory in the Ansari X-Prize competition and why it was the biggest event of the year

We knew it was coming. We didn't know we'd be a part of it. In 2003 pictures of a new Burt Rutan design had leaked out. It was reminiscent of the high-altitude Proteus, with its unusual but pressure-friendly round portholes, sleek fuselage, and twin booms. Burt was up to something, but what?

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2004 Aero-NewsMakers and Heartbreakers (Part Dos)

While the aviation/aerospace world seems to be all about technology and gadgetry; it's the people (or groups of them) that populate this business, that allow that technology to move around... or come to a grinding halt.

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2005 Year Ahead: The WAAS Revolution

WAAS is to GPS what the assembly line was to cars -- they both turned a good product into a fantastic one

If 2004 was the year of the glass panel, 2005 is shaping up to become the year of a little-known acronym: WAAS. Does it rhyme with "gas" or with "boss?"

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Thielert Centurion-Equipped DA-40 To Cross Atlantic

Engine has clocked 50,000 in the fleet, new service centers to be established

Thielert Aicraft engines has announced plans for a record flight in 2005 -- the Centurion 1.7, installed on a Diamond DA-40, will attempt to become the first diesel engine to power an aircraft on the famous Charles Lindbergh route, in half the time.

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2004 Year In Review: Ten Aviation Bummers

Rather than looking for the ten worst accidents/incidents, the Hognose digs up the ten worst events or issues of 2004.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.02.05)

"He must have judged it right down to the last turn of the propeller." Source: Michael Mulford of the Royal Air Force rescue service, commenting on the close call suffered by a Cirrus SR-22 ferry pilot who, while flying from Canada to Ireland, noticed his aircraft had a fuel leak, and just barely touched down at Shannon International Airport in Ireland, just as his engine shut down from fuel starvation.

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