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May 21, 2005

Shuttle Fueling Test Provides Data

Should Be Go For Launch On Schedule

NASA's Kennedy Space Center launch team conducted a fueling test Friday that produced good data for the engineers. Shuttle managers are confident that any issues can be worked out in time for the scheduled July launch.

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FAA Approves $11 Billion LAX Plan

Controversy Continues

FAA officials approved an $11 billion modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport Friday, stirring up a hornet's nest of criticism from plan opponents.

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ADIZ Incursion Pilots Explain What Happened

Statement Released

Hayden ''Jim'' Sheaffer and Troy D. Martin released a statement Friday evening explaining their side of the story about their May 11th incursion into restricted airspace near Washington, DC.

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Airbus Gets A New Honcho

Report Says Gustav Humbert Will Likely Lead Boeing Rival

All bets are on Gustav Humbert to become the next head of Airbus -- a move that appears to seal a rift between France and Germany over who will take over for Noel Forgeard.

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Going As An Airline Pilot For Halloween? Not In Illinois

Governor Will Sign Bill Outlawing Impersonation Of Flight Crew Member

If you're a flight crew member headed for Midway or O'Hare, be sure to take along your ID. Pretty soon, if you're caught wearing your uniform in a restricted area within the airport, you could wind up charged with a felony.

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Vietnam War Missing in Action Serviceman Identified

Major Harry Schuler Is Home Again

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a US serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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Boeing Delta II Launches NOAA Advanced Earth-Observing Satellite

Finally...

The Delta II rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 2W at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA at 0322 PDT carrying the NOAA-N Earth-observing satellite. Following a nominal 65-minute flight, the rocket deployed the spacecraft to a circular orbit with a Sun-synchronous inclination.

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Hawaiian Air Out From Under Bankruptcy Protection

Judge Says Yes

Hawaiian Airlines, in its second bankruptcy since March, 2003, said it has won court approval to exit Chapter 11 June 1st.

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Wisconsin Artist Earns 'Best Of Show' In EAA Sport Aviation Art Contest

"South American Glory" by Thomas J. Kalina Takes First Place

Thomas J. Kalina of Racine, Wisconsin, won the Best of Show award and the top prize of $1,000 in the 2005 EAA Sport Aviation Art Contest. His entry, "South American Glory," depicts a Douglas DC-7B taking off in the early evening light.

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New Central Texas Airport Moves A Step Closer To Reality

AOPA Vice President Goes To Lone Star State To Make It Happen

A bill that would free up funding and create a badly needed airport in central Texas is working its way through the Texas Legislature.

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Aussie Army Takes Tigers

New Helicopters Equipped With HELLFIRE II Missiles

The Australian Army has taken delivery of its first two Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARHs), equipped with Lockheed Martin's HELLFIRE II missiles and M299 "smart" launchers. The helicopters, manufactured by Eurocopter in France, were delivered by its subsidiary Australian Aerospace.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.21.05)

"Since December, we improved width, range, seat costs, economics. We changed the aircraft three or four times in the past 90 days. We achieved an eight-ton weight reduction through the use of new technologies. This is an all-new aircraft." Source: Airbus sales chief John Leahy Wednesday, speaking to the aviation press in Toulouse, France. Leahy touted what he called the "all new" A350, no longer a derivative of another Airbus model. The A350 is the subject of a brewing trade war between the US and the EU over government subsidies to both Airbus and its chief competitor, Boeing.

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