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March 08, 2005

First Flight: Boeing 777-200LR

World's Longest-Range Airplane, Makes Its Flying Debut

The first Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, the world's longest range commercial airplane, Tuesday completed its first flight and began a test program that will lead to its first delivery in January 2006.

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Ohio TFR: 03.09.05

NOTAM:  5/1707  Issued:  03/07/2005 22:20  Effective:  03/09/2005 17:20 - 03/09/2005 21:05  State:  OH  Facility:  ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  COLUMBUS, OHIO, MARCH 9 2005 LOCAL. 

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Ohio TFR: 03.09.05 - 04.28.05

NOTAM:  5/1718  Issued:  03/08/2005 18:00  Effective:  03/09/2005 11:00 - 04/28/2005 21:30  State:  OH  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  RAVENNA OH. 

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California TFR: 03.08.05

NOTAM:  5/1733  Issued:  03/08/2005 19:20  Effective:  03/08/2005 18:30 - 03/08/2005 20:00  State:  CA  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MISSION BAY CA. 

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Report: US Denied Crippled Air Transat Flight Permission To Land

Controllers: We Didn't Know It Was In Trouble

US air traffic controllers denied permission for an Air Transat Airbus A310 to land in Florida after the plane literally lost its rudder on a flight from Cuba to Canada Saturday, according to Canadian news reports. The American controllers said they never knew the flight, with 270 people on board, was in trouble.

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Delta May Be Trying To Sell Off Its Regionals

Comair And ASA Could Go To SkyWest

Delta Airlines is reportedly in discussions with SkyWest about selling off its Comair and Atlantic Southeast Airlines regional subsidiaries.

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Aero-News At Aviation Industry Week

The Key Expo for Aero-Business, and We're There. Of Course!

Aviation Industry Week is the key showcase and networking opportunity for people that are in the business of general aviation in the USA. Aero-News's Jim Campbell couldn't make it, but we do have Kevin O'Brien at the Las Vegas show. As part owner of an FBO and Part 145 repair station he's well situated to see what the show brings to aviation businesses -- and as an all-round aviation buff and tech-head, he's well-placed to see and report what's "cool."

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Going Steady: Multi Service, PerfectStop

Financial Transactions On The Web

Officials with Multi Service Corporation says it's formed a strategic partnership with PerfectStop, a new Internet-based platform that directly links aircraft operators and FBOs.  This patent-pending system is produced by Houston-based PerfectStop Partners, L.P.

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Bombardier Introduces CRJ700 Long Range Model

Approximately 276 Mile Longer Legs Than CRJ700-ER

Bombardier Aerospace says it's rolled out a new Long Range (LR) model of the 70- to 78-seat Bombardier CRJ700 airliner.

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Urgent CASA AD: Beechcraft King Air 300

AD NUMBER: AD/BEECH 300/7 SUBJECT: Beechcraft 300 Series (Amendment One: Fuselage Stringers 5 Through 11 4/2005 DM)

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Urgent CASA AD: Dassault Falcon 10

AD NUMBER: AD/AMD 10/25 Wing Anti-Ice Hoses 4/2005TX APPLICABILITY: Dassault Falcon 10 REQUIREMENT: 1. AFM Limitations: Insert the following operational limitations into the Aircraft Flight Manual (this can be achieved by inserting a copy of this AD in the AFM Limitations Section, at the first page of the Section: "Flights in icing conditions are prohibited"

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Bizarre Air Incursion Over South Korea

Military: GA Aircraft From Japan Attempted To Overfly Disputed Islands

Four South Korean Air Force F-5s scrambled on Tuesday to chase a light aircraft away from the Dokdo Islets, coming within 30 miles of the intruder before it turned, according to South Korean military officials.

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Is This The 180th Fighter Wing's Swan Song?

Air Guard Officials Fighting Washington For The Wing's Survival

When terrorists hijacked four US airliners, crashing them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, one of the few military responses came from the Ohio Air National Guard's 180th Fighter Wing based at Toledo Blade Airport. Now, the Pentagon is threatening to shut down the 180th FW and local officials are doing everything they can to stop it.

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Who Is James Bell?

Boeing's Interim President And CEO Is An Aerospace Veteran

James Bell was named president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace company, on an interim basis in March 2005. While in this role, he will also continue to serve as chief financial officer for Boeing, according to the company web site.

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Aero-Analysis: Harry Stonecipher Walks The Plank

Another Casualty In The Ongoing Boeing Morality Play

by ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien A bad run of publicity for Boeing executives has just gotten worse with Chief Executive Harry Stonecipher being asked for, and delivering, his resignation due to "a personal relationship between Stonecipher and a female executive of the company." James A. Bell, CFO, has stepped in as interim CEO. The board has stated that Bell, a three-decade Boeing veteran, is not a candidate for a permanent CEO, and a search has begun.

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At The Intersection Of Pilot Fatigue And Pilot Error

What's Classified As Error Could Be Avoidable Fatigue

By ANN Contributor Steven R. Lund Assigning "Pilot Error" as the sole cause or even a contributing factor to the cause of an airliner accident is, to say the least, counterproductive. This is tantamount to declaring that Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein contributed to the cause because they formulated classic laws of gravity!

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Simplifares Not So Simple When You Factor Fuel Prices

Rising Costs Put A Wrench In Delta's Restructuring Plan

The fuel costs that have hindered a return to profitability for the airline industry will only go higher. So say industry analysts who believe the price of crude oil could hit $60/barrel. And that could put a big crimp in Delta Airlines' reorganization plans.

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McDonald's Air & Sea Show to Unveil F-22 Raptor

Now In Its 11th Year, One Of The World's Largest Spectator Events

One of the world's largest spectator events, the McDonald's Air & Sea Show is set to celebrate its 11th anniversary April 30 ­ May 1 in South Florida. Free to the public, this two-day extravaganza features top military and civilian air, sea and entertainment performances along four miles of beach. According to military and city estimates, the show draws millions of people each year.

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Out Of Chaos Comes Profit For World Airways

Now The Largest Civilian Provider Of Military Air Transportation

Ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq may be taxing on America's military, but they're a positive boon for World Airways, which has become the Pentagon's single-largest provider of troop transportation.

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Women in Aviation On Their Way to Dallas

Annual Conference Touts Importance of Strategic Alliances

By ANN Correspondent Rose Dorcey The skies will be filled with women involved in aviation as they converge in Dallas for the 16th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference March 10-12.

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TeleType Announces Victor Airway Support

Reduced Effort On Complex Flights

TeleType is expanding its TeleType GPS WorldNavigator aviation product for both VFR and IFR navigation. Victor Airways support is a powerful innovation that greatly reduces the effort required to enter complex flight routes. The Pocket PC based system allows a pilot to enter a route giving the entry fix on a Victor Airway and the exit fix for that airway.

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Just Married: Rockwell Collins, Teldix

Deal Valued At $94 Million

Rockwell Collins says it's entered into a definitive agreement with Northrop Grumman to acquire Teldix GmbH, a provider of military aviation electronics products and services, based in Heidelberg, Germany. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals in Germany, and is expected to close by the end of March 2005.

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Avionica Completes Its Big Move

Now Located On 30,000 Square Foot Campus

Avionica says it's moved into a completely new 30,000 square foot facility, situated on a two-acre campus at 9941 West Jessamine Street, Miami, FL.

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Going Steady: Executive Aircraft Completions, Midcoast Aviation

Global 5000 Interior To Benefit From Unique 3D Solid-Modeling Software Developed By Tulsa Firm

Executive Aircraft Completions, an interior design engineering firm in Tulsa, OK, says it will support Midcoast Aviation's interior completions efforts for the Bombardier Global 5000 long range business jet. The contract also licenses Midcoast to use EAC's new PERMIT proprietary 3D solid-modeling engineering software.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.08.05)

"We're in it together, and ought to be able to succeed together." Source: Ousted Boeing President and CEO Harry Stonecipher, upon taking over for Phil Condit. Like Condit, Stonecipher, who resigned under fire from the company's board of directors over the weekend, was at the center of a scandal. Unlike Condit, who was mired in the tanker and EELV scandals, Stonecipher's downfall was an illicit affair with a female executive.

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