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December 03, 2004

Arlington, Washington NASCAR Track Black Flagged

Money Ultimately Killed The Deal

The deal is off for a NASCAR racetrack just south of Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO) in the state of Washington.

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Future Eclipse 500 Owners Gather In ABQ (Part Four)

Investors in Raburn's 'Technological Transformation' Find Much To Celebrate

As the morning worked its way towards lunchtime, Eclipse selected several of their senior staffers to provide presentations on certain critical aspects of the Eclipse airframe and the future Eclipse support network.

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FAA Certifies Garmin TAWS for the GNS 530 and GPS 500

Both Models Will Graphically Display Surrounding Terrain

Garmin Thursday announced it's received FAA certification to add TSO C151b Class-B Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) functionality to the GNS 530 and GPS 500. This certification enables the Garmin 500 series of panel-mount avionics to provide the pilot with graphical and audible alerts of potential terrain and obstacle conflicts along the flight path.

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Will Van's Break 4000 This Year?

Leading Kit-maker Approaches a Milestone: 4000 Completed and Flown

By Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien, Aero-News Senior Correspondent In the past we've written about the steady pace of completions of the world's most popular kit aircraft, Van's Aircraft's RV-series. Well over 400 machines were completed in 2003, and the pace of completions in 2004 makes one wonder if Van's will post the completion of the 4,000th RV-series homebuilt before year end? Or will it come a few weeks into 2005?

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Beijing PanAm Starts Commercial Flight Training

Aircraft: All Glass DA40 Diamond Stars

Diamond has received Chinese certification for its DA20 two seater and DA40 four seater. The DA20-C1 received its CAAC certification in July 2004 and the DA40 in November 2004. Diamond has purchase agreements for fleet sales of both aircraft models with several Chinese customers. The first DA40 DiamondStars will arrive in Beijing early December, for integration into Beijing PanAm International Aviation Academy's Commercial Pilot Training Program.

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Balls Eight Gets A New Home

NASA's Workhorse B-52B Will Be Displayed At Edwards AFB

Balls Eight, the venerable B-52B that's served as an aerial launch platform for all sorts of experimental aircraft and rockets, has a new home.

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Klyde Morris 12.03.04

T'is The Season... For Klyde To Take Aim At FAA Security

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Bombardier In Trouble?

Profits Down, Layoffs Coming

It's not so much that Bombardier sales slumped in the third quarter -- they fell off a cliff. With 93-percent lower sales, higher costs and a bleak outlook for its aviation division, Expect as many as 2,000 aviation layoffs in the near future and perhaps more in the company's rail business.

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What Happened To That Seat After You Missed The Flight?

PAX Sue Airlines Over Resold Seats

When you give up your nonrefundable airline seat, does it remain empty? No way, according to industry experts quoted by the Boston Herald. In what the paper says is one of the industry's "dirty little secrets," and it's now the subject of a lawsuit filed by 16 frequent fliers.

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Global Flyer's New Home Base: Salina

Long Runway, Central Location Makes Kansas Ideal For Round-The-World Attempt

The airfield is almost tailor-made -- a two-mile long strip in the middle of the US. A high-tech college nearby and a population anxious to help.

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Flight Delays Increase in October 2004

On-Time Percentage Slips Almost Three Points

The nation's largest airlines experienced a higher rate of flight delays in October 2004 than in both September 2004 and October 2003, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Cessna Delivers First Citation CJ3

Third Citation To Enter Service This Year

Cessna Aircraft Company delivered its first Citation CJ3 Wednesday. This marks the third new Citation model to enter service in 2004. Earlier this year Cessna certified and delivered the first Citation XLS and Citation Sovereign.

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Blimps May Soon Augment Battle Communications

Fast-Moving Blimp Can Follow Convoys

Blimps are back. Geneva Aerospace says, if the military will install its unmanned autonomous flight control technologies to blimps, the military soon will have more cost-effective communications capabilities in combat areas.

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What's On TV? Ask Singapore Airlines

First in the World to Bring Live International TV To The Skies

Singapore Airlines and Connexion by Boeing Thursday announced the signing of a definitive service agreement for the installation of high-speed, in-flight Internet service on the carrier's long-haul fleet.

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North Charleston, SC Selected for 7E7 Fuselage Assembly

City Will Host Company Formed By Vought And Alenia North America

Two leading international aerostructures manufacturers that will supply Boeing with integrated fuselage structures for its 7E7 Dreamliner will locate in North Charleston, launching South Carolina into the global aeronautics industry.

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Osprey Completes Final Shipboard Developmental Testing

Operations, Maintenance Evaluated

The V-22 Integrated Test Team conducted Shipboard Suitability Phase IVc for ten days beginning on November 12. This was the fourth and final underway period for the ITT since the program's return to flight in May of 2002. Phase IVc's successful completion was an important step on the path toward the Osprey's operational evaluation early next year.

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Curtiss-Wright Controls Wins $7.2 Million Defense Contract

Signs with Boeing To Supply F/A-18E/F Components

Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. has been awarded a new defense contract by The Boeing Company to supply components for the F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft. Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

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Update: New Blue Angel Pilot Punches Out

Aircraft Lost, Investigation Underway

A US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron Blue Angel safely ejected from his F/A-18 Hornet near Perdido Key off the coast of Pensacola, FL at approximately 1445 local time, Wednesday.

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Military Rotorcraft Production on the Rise

Report Predicts $84 Billion Market Between Now And 2013

Thursday, ANN reported that the outlook for civilian rotor flight -- the pilots, the manufacturers and the mechanics -- is doing rather well. This, in site of the ongoing slump that has plagued aviation since 9/11. Now, in a new study titled "The World Market for Military Rotorcraft," Forecast International predicts that 5,448 military rotorcraft, with an estimated value of $84 billion, will be produced in the 2004-2013 period. This total includes both new-build rotorcraft as well as major modifications such as the Boeing AH-64D and the Sikorsky UH-60M. A total of 1,668 major modifications are forecast, with an estimated value of $14.3 billion.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.03.04)

"We anticipate the growing Chinese aviation market to potentially become a very significant portion of our future business." Source: Christian Dries, CEO of Diamond Aircraft, with news that Diamond has received Chinese certification for its DA20 two seater and DA40 four seater. The DA20-C1 received its CAAC certification in July 2004 and the DA40 in November 2004. Diamond has purchase agreements for fleet sales of both aircraft models with several Chinese customers. The first DA40 DiamondStars will arrive in Beijing early December, for integration into Beijing PanAm International Aviation Academy's Commercial Pilot Training Program.

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