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October 17, 2005

ANN's Jim Campbell Interviews New Piper President, CEO James Bass

A new man at the top... what changes does that mean for New Piper Aircraft?


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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2005-21-03 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-21-03 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) model helicopters that requires, before the first flight of each day,checking the tail rotor blade (blade) root doublers (doublers) for an edge void or de-bond on both sides of each blade, and if an edge void or de-bond is found, replacing the unairworthy blade withan airworthy blade.

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AD NUMBER: 2005-21-02 MANUFACTURER: MDHI SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-21-02 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the MD Helicopters, Inc.(MDHI) Model 369A, H, HE, HM, HS, D, and E helicopters with a certain part numbered main rotor blade (blade) and modified with a Helicopter Technology Company, LLC (HTC),Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) No. SR09172RC, SR09074RC, or SR09184RC.

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FIKI Certified: Sikorsky S-92

FAA Grants Sikorsky S-92 Full Icing Certification

The FAA has certified Sikorsky Aircraft's S-92 helicopter, equipped with a new Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS), for flight in known icing conditions.

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bmi Urges Immediate End to 'Illegal' Heathrow-USA Pact

Says EU-US Meetings Offer Historic Opportunity For Change

Heathrow's second biggest airline, bmi, has urged EU and US negotiating teams to "seize the historic opportunity" offered by Monday's talks on open skies across the Atlantic. The airline says negotiators have a real opportunity to bring to an immediate end the "illegal agreement" that limits the number of airlines that can provide competitive services from Heathrow to the US.

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NWA Mechanics To Vote On Latest Offer

But If Approved, Only About 500 Of The 4,400 Laid-Off Workers Would Return To Work

Striking Northwest Airline Mechanics will reportedly have a chance to vote on he latest contract offer from management -- even though, under its terms, only about 500 of the 4,400 union members would actually go back to work.

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US Airstrike Aimed At Iraqi Insurgents

Military: One Strike Hit Crew Planting Roadside Bomb

American warplanes and helicopters bombed and strafed two Iraqi villages over the weekend, killing approximately 70 people identified as insurgents, according to the military. Witnesses said 39 of those killed in the attacks were civilians.

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Ninth Virginia Regional EAA Fly-in Deemed A Success,

Event Draws Eight LSA Manufacturers

Clear and sunny weather throughout the Mid-Atlantic after two years of hurricanes drew about 3,000 visitors to see what was new, and old, in aviation at the Virginia Regional EAA Fly-in. Eight Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) manufacturers displayed new planes along with twelve other aircraft distributors and manufacturers. A 1929 Fleet was the oldest airplane to attend. Nearly 500 aircraft flew in during the weekend from states up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Ultralights arrived from as far south as Georgia and as far north as mid-New York state.

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Pakistani Helicopter Goes Down During Relief Mission

Accident Claims Six Returning From Bringing Supplies To Earthquake Victims

A Pakistani Mi-17 helicopter went down Saturday night as it was returning from ferrying supplies to survivors of the devastating earthquake last week. The six people onboard, listed as four army officers and two civilians, were confirmed dead.

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EAA Mourns Loss Of Three In Young Eagles Accident

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the statement released by the Experimental Aircraft Association in the wake of Saturday's accident that claimed the lives of two Young Eagles, and the pilot who had volunteered to give them their first airplane ride, in Everett, WA.

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Chinese Astronauts Return Safely To Earth

Successful End To Nation's Second Manned Spaceflight

The reentry module of Shenzhou VI carrying two Chinese taikonauts landed successfully early Monday morning in the grasslands of Northern China, successfully wrapping up a five-day, 70-plus-orbit trip into space.

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Diamond Announces New Incentive Program For DA-40s

Two Years Of Free Fuel And Maintenance!

Diamond Aircraft has unveiled a program that will cover fuel and maintenance costs for up to two years on any new or demostrator Diamond DA-40 single engine airplane purchased from now until the end of 2005, the company announced Saturday.

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Mesa Airlines Says 'Aloha' To Launching Hawaiian Service

Company Also Seeks New Pilots For Expanded Routes

Mesa Air Group, Inc. announced Wednesday it had met with officials from Hawaii's Department of Transportation to provide them a proposal to provide air service in that state.

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Airline Pilot Hiring - September 2005 Hiring Summary

According to AIR, Inc., airlines hired 969 pilots in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 8,319. The National carriers continued strong in September hiring 317 pilots, followed by the Majors with 217, and the Non-Jet Operators finished in third, hiring 118 new pilots for the month.

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Would You Buy The World's Fastest P-51 On eBay?

'Dago Red' Could Be Yours For Only $950K... Make That $950,050... No, $950,100...

by ANN Associate Editor Rob Finfrock The crew at Aero-News was both shocked, humored, and somewhat awed to find a true piece of air racing history for sale this week... on eBay. We're also now searching for any spare change we can find, calling our rich uncles to ask "just how they're doing", and hitting the boss up for rather substantial raises (E-I-C Note: Ah, no.)

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts: Flying Into Oshkosh

Tales Of Dealing With 'The Busiest Control Tower In The World'

This week, we're featuring one of our first-ever Aero-Casts -- where we sent our Oshkosh "rookie" Rob Finfrock up to the North 40 to interview pilots who had literally just cut the mixture on their engines, after flying into Wittman Field the Sunday before AirVenture 2005 officially got underway.

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The President's New Ride

Lockheed US-101 / VH-71 Tests At Mojave

The next generation of Marine One, the helicopter that carries the President, is the US-101, which has recently received the official designation VH-71.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Lancair IV

For Sale: Lancair IV-P

Priced for immediate sale below cost to build. 55-TTSN engine/prop/airframe, dual GNS-430, STec-55X, Sandel EHSI, factory built, professionally test flown, maintained, operated. See website: AZ/480-924-9750 Exterior Quality: 9, Interior Quality: 9 New, will sell for $399,000.00

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.17.05)

"After several days of flying in space, the astronauts may look wan and sallow, so medical staff will put makeup on them to make them look ruddy." Source: From the Beijing News newspaper, describing possible efforts on the part of the Chinese space officials to make taikonauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng appear healthier following their return from orbiting the earth for five days aboard Shenzhou VI.  

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