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January 21, 2005

FAA Extends Comment Period For Draft AC 145-RSTP

Thank AEA And NATA

Citing the Aircraft Electronics Association’s (AEA) January 3rd letter requesting an extended period for review and comment on their draft Repair Station training program, the FAA has complied. AEA, along with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), had requested a 60-day extension by the FAA to review and comment on the draft AC 145-RSTM.

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Paging Dr. Nolen, Where Are You?

Retired Oklahoma Physician And His Kit Fox Missing For Days

Where is Dr. Jack Nolen? He's been missing now for a week, after his Kitfox disappeared from radar on a flight from Paris, TX, to Shawnee, OK last Friday. The aircraft disappeared from radar near Gerty, OK and the 72-year old doctor hasn't been seen since.

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Heavy Losses Cripple Delta, American

AMR Defers Delivery Of 54 Boeing Aircraft

The financial situations at both American and Delta just aren't getting any better. At Delta, a fourth quarter loss of $2.2 billion made 2004 the airline's worst-ever. At American, continued losses have forced the carrier to forego 54 of 56 aircraft ordered from Boeing. The trickle-down economics of aviation have, for these airlines, become torrents of red ink. And yet, through it all, low-cost carrier Southwest continues to profit.

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Klyde Morris 01.21.05

The Little Ant Takes Aim At The Big Plane

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BRS Parachutes Saved a Record 18 Lives in 2004

The Aviation Industry Is Taking Notice

Ballistic Recovery Systems set a company record in 2004 for the number of lives saved by using a BRS emergency recovery system with 18. That impressive number alone doesn't speak to the dramatic impact this aviation safety company is making around the world.

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Bacteria Still Plagues Airline Drinking Water

New Tests Show 17 Percent Of Planes Still Contaminated

Far from improving, it appears the drinking water on board commercial passenger aircraft is actually getting worse. Now, the EPA is warning passengers with "compromised" immune systems: Don't drink the water.

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On Thin Ice: Frozen-Lake Emergency Landing Goes Wrong

What Was A Champ Is Now Water Pollution

Lee Hilbert, of Algonquin, IL, was on his way to Lake Lawn Lodge in Delavan, WI when his engine quit just a mile from his destination airfield. Given the cold weather these days, it seemed like frozen Delavan Lake was the perfect place to set down.

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NTSB Examines Similarities In Air Ambulance Mishaps

Both Impacted Ridges On Final

NTSB investigators looking into the crash of an air ambulance on approach to the airport in Rawlings, WY, last week say they're struck by the similarities between that accident and another air ambulance mishap in Colorado in 2003. "We are looking for common threads," said investigator David Bowling. He told the Denver Post there could be an issue of pilot preparation.

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Busted At Airport: Michael Moore's Bodyguard

And You'll Never Guess Why

Authorities at JFK Airport in New York say a sometimes-bodyguard for controversial filmmaker Michael Moore was arrested Wednesday night. The charge? Carrying an unlicensed handgun.

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Big Changes At Bombardier

Corporate Office Staff Reduction And Organizational Changes

Bombardier announced Friday a reorganization of its corporate office and the decentralization of certain functional responsibilities to Bombardier Aerospace and Bombardier Transportation. The reorganization follows the previously announced creation of the Office of the President that regroups strategic and executive management responsibilities around the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and the Presidents of the Corporation’s two main operating groups. A total of 60 corporate office positions will be eliminated.

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BHR, 15th MEU Moves More Than 102 Tons of Aid Ashore in Sumatra

Flying Missions All Over The Island

In support of Operation Unified Assistance, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered 102 tons of badly needed humanitarian aid to tsunami victims on the Indonesian island of Sumatra Jan. 14.

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AOPA Trying To Keep Aging Aircraft Safe, Affordable

Handling Of T-34s Could Set Precedent

When the FAA holds a public meeting next month to discuss getting T-34s back in the air, the future of aging aircraft will be an important underlying theme. That's one reason AOPA will be on hand to help work for solutions that will keep older aircraft flying safely and affordably.

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Space: Mars Rover Finds Meteorite

Opportunity Scores Again; Scientists Very Pleased

If you go exploring the neighborhood, you never know what you'll find. Especially if you're NASA's incredible, overachieving Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. This week Opportunity, cruising the Meridiani Plain, poked around looking at,and photographing, one of the heat shields that it jettisoned on descent to the planet. Then it moved on to a basketball-sized rock that rover program scientists had been calling "Heat Shield Rock" for its proximity to the discarded shield. The conclusion: the rock was a meteorite, fallen from space, and made mostly of an alloy of iron and nickel.

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Eurocopter Continues To Dominate Civil Helicopter Marketplace

Although Forecast1 Says Market Will Be Flat For Next Decade

Although civil helicopter deliveries began rising in 2003 and registered further gains in 2004, this market will remain relatively flat during the next 10 years, according to Forecast International's "World Commercial Rotorcraft Market." Current shipments are receiving a major boost from the piston-powered Robinson Helicopter models, the two-seat R22 and the four-place R44. It should be noted, though, that annual output, which totaled just under 1,250 shipments in 2004, will fall off gradually through 2011 before rising to about 1,000 deliveries in 2013.

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Raytheon Systems limited launches a unique solution for ADS-B

Technology Breakthrough Boosts Performance Of UK System

A recent breakthrough in ADS-B technology by Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) is now being run through its paces by various air traffic authorities around the world. ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast) is the next generation of secondary surveillance techniques and complements Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR).

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Milestone: AH-1Z/UH-1Y Pass 2,500 Flight Hours

It's Time To Start Preparing For "Graduation"

The H-1 Upgrades program here achieved yet another major testing milestone recently with the achievement of 2,500 mishap-free flight-test hours for the upgraded UH-1Y and AH-1Z.

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Historic Aircraft Arriving at San Diego Aerospace Museum

FB-5 Due On Tuesday

The San Diego Aerospace Museum today announced it would be adding a rare Boeing FB-5 fighter to its displays. Museum Vice President for Operations John Bolthouse stated that the aircraft, owned by  George Rice of Monroe, Utah, will be on loan to the Museum for one year, with its status beyond that to be determined at a future date.

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CMC Electronics' GPS Receiver Selected By BAE Systems

Will Be Integrated In Precision Landing System Receiver For Boeing C-17 Avionics Upgrade

The CMC Electronics' latest-generation, high-performance aviation Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, known as the CMA-4124, has been selected by BAE Systems North America - Communications, Navigation, Information and Reconnaissance Division (BAE-CNI) - for integration into its Precision Landing System Receiver (PLSR). In turn, the PLSR has been selected by Boeing for the C-17 Globemaster III Avionics Upgrade Program.

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APIC Now With XM Weather

XM Weather Integrated Into The Approach APIC Glass Cockpit

Approach Systems just released the latest in satellite information technology.  In conjunction with WxWorx, XM weather information is now available on APIC with realtime weather on the moving map.

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Solar Array Demonstrates Commercial Potential At NASA Dryden

The Most Advanced Photo-Voltaic Cells Available On Earth?

A state-of-the-art solar array is providing a unique opportunity to demonstrate the latest in high-efficiency solar cells available for terrestrial use at a demonstration site at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.21.05)

"Though we still are not out of the woods," management is making changes "to transform Delta into the right airline for the new era." Source: Delta Airlines' CEO Gerald Grinstein, in a message to employees after the company posted a $2.2 billion loss in the fourth quarter. For all of 2004, Delta lost $5.2 billion. Grinstein, however, seemed to end his message on an upbeat note, saying that Delta has "passed through the eye of the needle" in 2004.

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