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March 21, 2005

Gone West: Dale Reed

Father Of Lifting Body Program Dies

Robert Dale Reed, long time NASA aeronautics researcher, passed away last Friday at age 75 due to complications from cancer. During his almost 52 year career at NASA Dryden, Reed worked on many programs. He is best known for his work on the Lifting Body and Remotely Piloted Research Vehicle (RPRV) programs.

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Passenger Dies After Being Subdued On American Airlines Flight

Large Man Held Down By Seven

Passengers enroute from Los Angeles to New York Friday were shocked when William Lee stood up and "loudly demanded another beer." The situation soon turned violent.

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Historic First For Light Sport Aviation

First Powered Parachute License Issued.

Baron Taylor of Robesonia, PA earned the very first Sport Pilot certificate with powered parachute privileges Monday after completing his sport pilot evaluation at Sebring, FL. Larry Littlefield of Boynton Beach, FL conducted the evaluation.

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Red Sox Partner Chartered Jet To CIA

Terror Suspects Urged To Play Ball

A minority partner of the Boston Red Sox confirmed Sunday that his private jet has been chartered to the CIA on numerous occasions.

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USAF Loves Their Predators... Wants More

Predator Fleet To Expand

Air Force officials plan to expand the current Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle fleet to as many as 15 squadrons.

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Klyde Morris 03.21.05

Klyde Has Some More Fun With His Favorite Aviation "Expert"

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Sport Pilot Update 03.21.05

The FAA's Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft Program office tells ANN that they have added spread sheet and word documents on the http://afs600.faa.gov web site under Light Sport Aircraft Documents indicating the status of the Consensus Standards.

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I Blew The ILS: It Must Be YOUR Fault (Part One)

I tend to look with a suspicion at charges that controllers are responsible for crashes. Certainly, there are times that it happens, and they stick in your mind for their sheer rarity.

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More Good Airport News From FL

City Announces Financing Plan for Airport Terminal Building

Tireless AOPA Airport Support Network honcho, Jack W. Tunstill (pictured below), from Albert Whitted Airport (SPG), Florida has some good news to share. Jack tells ANN that Mayor Rick Baker held a news conference to announce the new terminal building will be built as soon as feasible at Albert Whitted Airport.

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Rare, Historical Piston Aircraft Goes On The Block

Courtesy Aircraft has been contracted as exclusive sales agent for a large fleet of rare, historical, piston aircraft.

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AOPA Launches Aging Pilot Survey

Some aviation insurance underwriters are surcharging older pilots. Is that fair? Is it justified by the accident experience? "AOPA is launching our Aging Pilot study, a three-pronged effort to answer those questions and more," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.

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Police Plane Called Wasteful In NZ

Coppers Defend Plane Rental For Traffic Control

Good-government types in New Zealand are up in arms about the use of an airplane by police for traffic control, forcing the cops to defend the practice in the New Zealand Herald.

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Pan Am Int'l Flight Academy's CPD Division 2005 Seminar Schedule

The folks at PanAm Int'l Flight Academy note that, "For many, a career in aviation sounds exciting, intriguing and mysterious. While it is all of those things and more, the decision to pursue a career in the industry is also expensive and time-consuming."

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Cessna Names New Authorized Citation Service Center

Cessna Aircraft Company has named West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colorado, as a new Authorized Citation Service Center.

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ISS: It's A Good Week For Spacewalks

ISS Status Report #14, Mission Control Center, Houston

The crew aboard the International Space Station turned its attention to spacewalks this week with repair and preparatory work in two airlocks.

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AeroGraphics Design Coming East For Fly-In

Will Give Away Custom Graphics Package

After an eight year absence, AeroGraphics Design (AGD) will return to Lakeland for the Fly-In, April 12 to 18, 2005.

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NASA: New Software Allows UAVs To Team Up For Virtual Fire Experiment

The old saying, "birds of a feather, flock together," can now be applied to a couple of small uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs) flown in a NASA research experiment using principles derived from studies of fish and bird motions to simultaneously guide them around obstacles.

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Gulfstream EVS Now In Service On 150 Gulfstreams

Demand for Enhanced Vision System Remains Strong

Gulfstream Aerospace tells ANN that they have now retrofit 101 Gulfstream business aircraft with the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS). By the end of last year, 43 large-cabin, ultra-long-range G550 aircraft have been delivered with EVS.

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Alteon Forms CasaAero Training Centre with Royal Air Maroc

Alteon Training has announced its participation in a new training company, CasaAero Training, located in Casablanca, Morocco. The newly formed joint venture with Royal Air Maroc will operate out of the airline's existing training center.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.21.05)

"Currently, there is no hard, scientific data to justify the way some insurance companies are treating older pilots... We're going to find the truth." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, announcing a survey to investigate the reality of safety concerns for older pilots.

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TFR: TX 3/28/05

NOTAM:  5/2089  Issued:  03/18/2005 22:40  Effective:  03/28/2005 15:25 - 03/28/2005 17:30  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WACO, TEXAS, MARCH 28 2005 LOCAL. 

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-06-06 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2005-06-05 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all McDonnell Douglas Model DC-8 airplanes.

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