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January 30, 2005

DOD Details VXX Work Split Locations

The Department of Defense has issued a statement detailing the amount of work that will be performed on the Lockheed-Martin VXX presidential helicopter replacement, by city, state and/or country.

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China Southern Airlines Buys Five Airbus A380s

China Southern Airlines Co. has signed a contract committing itself to the purchase of five Airbus A380's, a sale worth $1.4 billion at list price.

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NTSB Recommends Carriers Review Flight Check Failures

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued two recommendations related to the record-keeping and review of pilot flight check records, and access to these records by airlines and charter operators for the purpose of hiring decision-making.

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NAVAIR Wins Safety Awards

Naval Air Systems Command has been named winner of the CNO (Chief of Naval Operations) Readiness Through Safety Award and the Adm. James S. Russell Naval Aviation Flight Safety Award for 2004.

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Gulf Helicopters Selects S-92 For VVIP Mission

Gulf Helicopters of Doha, Qatar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum since 1998, has signed a contract to purchase an S-92 aircraft to serve VVIP missions.

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Marine Propeller Tech Retires To Adventure

A long time ago, when George F. Morgan was a young Marine crew chief, he borrowed a parachute from his pilot and hurled himself from the open tail of a flying R4Q2 “Boxcar.”

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JDAM In Action!

One of the truly transformational weapons in the Global War On Terrorism has been the Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM for short.

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Kidnapper Arrested On AA Flight, Victims Rescued

Florida woman threatens mother and daughter with death, takes them to airport, but police intervene and rescue them, arrest kidnapper.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.30.05)

"When a single aircraft's drops are released from the same aircraft at minimum release time, the second hits first and the first release drops almost directly in the hole [made by] the first impact. You can really dig a deep hole this way." Source: Military source who spoke to ANN on the condition we not reveal the source's name, enthusiastically describing the effects of a JDAM munitions hit on a target. 

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Washington (DC) TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/0847  Issued:  01/29/2005 02:40  Effective:  01/29/2005 05:01 - Undetermined  State:  DC  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  SECURITY  Description:  SPECIAL NOTICE. ADIZ EGRESS PROCEDURES FOR CERTAIN AIRPORTS WITHIN THE WASHINGTON, DC METROPOLITAN AREA AIR DEFENSE IDENTIFIC...

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