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February 03, 2005

SMA Diesel Powerplant Program 'Insolvent'

ANN has learned that the primary SMA operation (the "Societe de Motorisations Aeronautiques") has been declared insolvent and is in the process of undergoing a reorganization in the hopes that the project might eventually find some success.

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Klyde Morris 02.03.05

Klyde v. Fox News... Klyde, What Took You So Long To Take These Turkeys On?

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TSA Moves Ahead With CAPPS II

Testing Underway With New -- Commercial -- Databases

The TSA continues moving ahead with its plans for life after CAPPS II -- a federally-mandated, commercially driven database that knows who you are, what you buy and whether you make your payments on time, aimed at deciding whether you can fly commercial or ride the bus.

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Embry-Riddle Student Jamail Larkins Named FAA's Education Ambassador

He'll Promote Aviation Career Opportunities

Jamail Larkins, at 21 the nation's youngest aerobatic pilot and an aviation business student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, signed today an Ambassadorship Agreement with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Marion Blakey. The ceremony to formalize the contract was held at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Global Flyer Window Stretches To Feb. 11th

Fossett, Branson Looking For The Right Weather

You know the old saw by now -- "If you want to go far, go by car." Somewhere in a Salina, KS, hotel room, that's got to be running through the minds of people working on the Global Flyer 'round-the-world project.

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Boeing Close To Sale Of Wichita Plant

Stonecipher: Negotiations Should Be Completed Soon

Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher is still being pretty cagey about who he's talking to, but whoever it is, he says negotiations on the sale of the company's commercial aircraft operations in Wichita, KS, are close to wrapping up.

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Is China Illegally Converting Civilian Aircraft For Military Use?

Recent Photos Show 737 Conversion

The Bush administration is reportedly investigating whether China is converting Boeing civilian aircraft for military purposes -- a move that would be in direct violation of American export laws.

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CMC Electronics To Supply Satcom Antennas For Air China Cargo Aircraft

CMA-2102 System Has Two Buyers, Three Options

CMC Electronics says it's received confirmation from Air China that its high gain satellite communications (Satcom) antenna system known as the CMA-2102 has been selected for Air China Cargo's new B747-400 freighter aircraft (two firm, three options). This is the second set of orders that CMC Electronics has received from China's flag carrier, which leads the recently established China National Aviation Holding group that also includes China National Aviation Corporation and China Southwest Airlines. Initial orders covered six aircraft (three A340-300s and three B767-300s).

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Last Of The Atlas IIIs To Launch From Complex 36 Thursday

Will Carry Secret Payload For US Government

We've seen a lot of final flights over the past year. Take, for instance, the venerable F-14. How about the stalwart C-141? Well add this to your list: The last of the Atlas III rockets was scheduled to go up from Complex 36 early Thursday morning, carrying a secret military payload in a launch that will end a legacy.

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Seaplane Pilots’ Model Code of Conduct Released

So... Conduct Yourself Accordingly!

The Seaplane Pilots’ Association has come up with a model Code Of Conduct has been released as a free public service to the seaplane community.

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Northrop Grumman to Demonstrate Hawkeye 2000

Early Warning Aircraft On Display At Aero India 2005 Air Show

Northrop Grumman Corporation will be demonstrating the capabilities of its Hawkeye 2000 airborne early warning aircraft at the Aero India 2005 Air Show from Feb 9-13 in Bangalore, India.

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FSS Outsourcing: The NAATS Response

No, Sir, They Don't Like It

From NAATS... The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced this week the decision to contract out a portion of the Nation’s Air Traffic Control System in what is considered to be the largest, most complex outsourcing effort of public functions in US Government history.

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Parker Hannifin To Build Trent 1000 Fuel Systems

Integral Part Of Boeing's New 787

Parker Hannifin Corp. has been awarded the fuel system for the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine, planned for the Boeing 7E7 (make that 787) Dreamliner. The value of business for Parker exceeds $190 million. Parker has also been named to provide the hydraulic subsystem and other equipment for the aircraft.

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Gulfstream Offers High-Speed Internet Capability

Aimed At G200 Business Jet Community

Gulfstream Aerospace says it's now offering high-speed Internet and e-mail capability for its large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200 business jet.

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Aerosonic Awarded US Army Aviation and Missile Command Contract for Altimeters

How High? THIS High

Aerosonic Corporation, a provider of precision flight products for commercial, business and military aircraft, today announced that the US Army Aviation and Missile Command has awarded the company a contract for 350 altimeters to support UH60 Black Hawk and CH47 Chinook Helicopters. Deliveries are scheduled to begin later this year. This order initiates the second option period on a master contract valued at $19 million.

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Aero-News Network (02.03.05)

"These databases are only accurate enough for targeting of junk mail. That's what they are for." Source: Chris Hoofnagle of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, on the TSA's rollout of a CAPPS II replacement program, complete with commercially-driven databases. FMI: www.tsa.gov

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Florida TFR: 02.04.05 - 02.05.05

NOTAM: 5/0950 Issued: 02/02/2005 15:40 Effective: 02/04/2005 20:30 - 02/05/2005 00:00 State: FL Facility: ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL. Type: VIP Description: TAMPA, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 4 2005 LOCAL.

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Arkansas TFR: 02.04.05

NOTAM:  5/0978  Issued:  02/02/2005 23:20  Effective:  02/04/2005 16:50 - 02/04/2005 19:55  State:  AR  Facility:  ZME - MEMPHIS (ARTCC),TN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, FEBRUARY 4 2005 LOCAL. 

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-03-02 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-02 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes; and Model 757-200 and -200CB series airplanes, that requires inspection of the applicable body station frames for open body station frames and related investigative/corrective actions; and installation of lanyard hook brackets and lanyard assemblies under the air conditioning overhead ducts, as applicable.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-03-01 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-01 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model 747 series airplanes, that requires repetitive inspections of the nacelle strut-to-wing attachment structure, and repetitive overhaul of the diagonal brace and spring beam load paths, to maintain damage tolerance requirements and ensure long-term structural integrity; and follow-on and corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Pacific Aerospace

AD NUMBER: 2005-03-04 MANUFACTURER: Pacific Aerospace Corporation Ltd. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-04 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pacific Aerospace Corporation, Ltd. (Pacific Aerospace) Model 750XL airplanes.

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2005-01-18 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-18 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 93-25-07, which applies to Raytheon Aircraft Company (Raytheon) Beech 100, 200, and 300 series airplanes. AD 93-25-07 currently requires you to repetitively inspect the fuselage stringers for cracks and modify at certain times depending on the number of cracked stringers. This AD is the result of FAA's policy (since 1996) to not allow airplane operation when known cracks exist in primary structure.

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