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April 27, 2005

AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2005-09-03 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-09-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Raytheon Model Hawker 800XP airplanes. This AD requires inspecting to detect damage of certain wiring in the flight compartment, performing corrective actions if necessary, modifying certain wiring connections, and revising the airplane flight manual.

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Blair Force One Hit By Lightning

He's Okay

British Prime Minister Tony Blair's campaign plane, dubbed "Blair Force One," was struck by lightning Wednesday. No one was hurt and the plane was not damaged. It landed safely at London's Heathrow Airport without further incident.

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Aero-Views: Aviation Foiled By Forbes

Article On Business Aviation Draws Intense Fire From NBAA

This just in from the NBAA... An article in the upcoming edition of Forbes Magazine ("Flight of Fear," May 9), overlooked the strong safety standards, stringent levels of federal oversight, and outstanding operational history for charter aviation companies and their pilots. The fact is, the continuing emphasis on safety is the very reason that thousands of charter operators fly millions of hours each year without incident.

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Eclipse 500 To Fly At Oshkosh

Vern Raburn Brings VLJ To Airventure 2005

Eclipse Aviation will feature the world's first public flight appearances of the Eclipse 500, a new private jet that builders hope will revolutionize air travel when it enters the marketplace next year.

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Unidentified Plane Forces White House Evacuation

President Rushed To Shelter, Veep Hustled To "Secure Location"

REAL TIME UPDATE 1327 EDT -- President Bush was whisked from his Oval Office to the bomb shelter under the White House, while Vice President Dick Cheney was taken to an undisclosed secure location Wednesday, after air traffic controllers reported an unidentified plane violated the Washington ADIZ. Officials later said it had been a false alarm.

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Virginia TFR: 04.29.05

NOTAM:  5/3310  Issued:  04/27/2005 19:10  Effective:  04/29/2005 13:30 - 04/29/2005 15:10  State:  VA  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  VIP  Description:  FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, APRIL 29 2005 LOCAL. 

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Arizona TFR: 04.28.05

NOTAM:  5/3296  Issued:  04/27/2005 13:50  Effective:  04/28/2005 11:00 - 04/28/2005 15:00  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  5 MILES NE OF FLAGSTAFF AZ. 

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Florida TFR: 04.29.05 - 05.01.05

NOTAM:  5/3316  Issued:  04/27/2005 20:20  Effective:  04/29/2005 13:25 - 05/01/2005 20:40  State:  FL  Facility:  ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  FT LAUDERDALE FL. 

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Ohio TFR: 05.02.05 - 06.03.05

NOTAM:  5/3314  Issued:  04/27/2005 19:50  Effective:  05/02/2005 11:00 - 06/03/2005 21:30  State:  OH  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  RAVENNA OH. 

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First Words Of A380 Chief Test Pilot Jacques Rosay

Chief Test Pilot Jacques Rosay spoke of the flight test crew’s delight with the way the A380 was performing in a radio call from the cockpit around an hour into the flight.

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Flight Test Crew Pays Tribute To The A380

Happy Flight Test Crew Has A Lot To Say

Moments after emerging from the cockpit of the A380 after its successful first flight, chief test pilot Jacques Rosay said flying the world’s biggest passenger jet had been “like handling a bicycle.”

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Search For Missing Bible Student Called Off

No Sign Of Jonathan Leber

US and Canadian Coast Guard teams have stopped their intensive search near Cudahy, WI, for a 20-year old bible college student whose rented Piper PA-28 apparently went down in Lake Michigan Monday night.

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Local Governments Eye Wichita's Subsidy Battle With FAA

Cities, Airports Coast-To-Coast Eyeing The Concept Of Paying An Airline To Fly Into Town

All across America, local governments and airports alike are keeping close tabs on Wichita's battle with the FAA over the city's multimillion dollar subsidies to AirTran. In the meantime, the clock is ticking on a 30-day deadline under which the FAA has ordered Wichita to "remedy" the situation.

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Call For Help -- But No Plane Found

ELT Signal Sparks Fruitless Search In Washington State

At least four pilots flying from the Puget Sound area heard it -- an emergency beacon signal at about 1300 local Tuesday.  The ELT signal sparked a widespread search near Haystack Mountain in western Washington. But at dusk Tuesday, the search was called off.

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AB-212 Down In Italy

Five Lost; Rescuers Having Trouble Getting To Crash Site

An Agusta-Bell AB-212 is reported down in Italy. All five people on board are reported lost.

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A380 Returns To Earth

First Flight Test Underway For World's Largest Commercial Aircraft

REAL TIME UPDATE 0641 EDT -- The world's largest commercial passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, is undergoing flight tests in Toulouse, France, at this hour. The double-decker aircraft took off without incident in what some are calling Europe's most eagerly-anticipated flight test since the Concorde.

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Chart Wars

AOPA Works To Keep DOD International Aeronautical Charts Available To GA Pilots

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), under the Department of Defense, wants to end public dissemination of certain DOD publications like international and Caribbean en route and instrument approach charts, along with the supplement of Caribbean airport information. AOPA is working to keep these publications available to general aviation pilots and recently met with NGA officials as a part of this effort.

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Executive Aircraft Wraps Up Certification Project For Aerolite Max Bucher AG

Have A Seat!

Executive Aircraft Completions, LLC (EAC), a certification and interior design engineering firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has completed a certification project for Aerolite Max Bucher AG, of Ennetb�rgen, Switzerland.  EAC was responsible for the overall effort for acquiring an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) validation for the MD-11 aircraft modifications, concurrently.

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Dallas Airmotive Selected As Engine Maintenance Provider On C21A Program

Will Provide Engine Depot Maintenance

Dallas Airmotive, as a subcontractor to DynCorp Technical Services, LLCComputer Science Corporation, Applied Technology Division (CSC) of Fort Worth, Texas, has been selected to provide depot engine maintenance for the US Air Force fleet of 76 C21A aircraft. The contract covers a six-year period. The C21A is a military variant of the Learjet 35A and is powered by Honeywell TFE731 engines.

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Arnoni Aviation Expands

Opens New Landing Gear And Accessory Shops Near Bush Intercontinental

Arnoni Aviation says it has expanded its Landing Gear and Accessory shops by moving them to a 25,000 square foot facility adjacent to the George Bush International Airport in Houston. 

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Australia's CASA Warns, 'Watch Out For Power Lines'

ANN has received a note from CASA (The Civil Aviation Safety Authority) sent a note that bears reading by pilots all over the world. Pilots flying at low levels have been given a fresh warning to watch out for powerlines.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.27.05)

"I guess the best description is grim." Source: Standard & Poors' Philip Baggaley, when asked by the New York Times how he would describe the airlines' struggle to stay ahead of rising fuel prices.

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