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April 18, 2005

ISS May Soon Be Fully Crewed Again

Return Of The Shuttle Could Mean Return Of Three-Member Crew

Since the Columbia shuttle tragedy more than two years ago, the US and Russia have pared the crew of the International Space Station down from its normal three to a housekeeping staff of only two. But with the shuttles' vaunted Return to Flight scheduled for next month, the ISS will again be staffed by three crew members, according to Russian space officials.

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Parade of Light Sport Aircraft Continues: Interplane

Interplane S-1 Cobra (Formerly the SkyBoy)

By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne "I think the marketplace is primed and ready for sport pilot," said Ben Morris, Head of Interplane Sales in the United States. "Interplane has looked toward sport pilot with lots of anticipation and this year's Sun 'n Fun is a perfect place to display our newly-certificated plane. We are ready for sell light sport aircraft right now."

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We Have A Winner!

His Plane Will Look Sharp!

GlaStar builder Herman Leong will be leaving Sun 'n Fun with a smile on his face. He won a custom graphics package for his airplane from AeroGraphics Design. The package is worth up to $1,800 in value, and can be either in applique or a paint mask format.

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In The Trenches Of The Airliner Wars

Success Is All In The Timing

Korean Air orders ten Boeing 787s with an option on ten more. In just days, Northwest Airlines is expected to order more than a billion dollars' worth of the next generation aircraft. Boeing appears to be regaining ground lost to Airbus in one of the world's most remarkable financial flip-flops ever -- and it looks like it's all in the timing.

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Found: Wreckage Of US WWII Aircraft

Type As Yet Unknown

The wreckage of a US military aircraft from World War II has been unearthed in a river in northern Brazil, about 300 miles from an outpost established by the Army Air Corps during the war.

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Evergreen's 747 Firefighter Not Ready For Prime Time

FAA Certification Delayed -- Firefighters Worried

As fire season approaches, firefighters in the Western US are increasingly worried about their lack of aerial tankers. Now, one massive firefighting tanker has been put on hold. The Supertanker isn't certified yet.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.18.05)

"We're going to find the truth about how aging affects pilot safety, And when we do, we'll report it - regardless of the outcome. This affects all of us. And we're all getting older." Source: Phil Boyer discussing the an AOPA study about aging and older pilots.

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Iridium Providing Satellite Links On Mesaba Turboprops

TAMDAR Units To Observe Weather.

Iridium Satellite announced last week that it will provide satellite data links for an atmospheric data collection and reporting system that will be installed on regional airline aircraft.

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Doctor Dave's Sport Pilot Encyclopedia

Doctor Dave's Sport Pilot Encyclopedia

There are FAA test-study books, and then there's the "Doctor Dave" series from FAAeztest.

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Parastars Convention Returns To Polk City

Fantasy Of Flight Hosts Event

Paramotor pilots from all over the world will gather this week at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, FL for the annual Parastar's convention.

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AOPA Works To Help Older Pilots Get Insurance

AIG Aviation And Others Offer Better Terms

The AOPA Insurance Agency announced last week that AIG Aviation is making it easier for older pilots to get new insurance or to renew existing policies.

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Klyde Morris 04.18.05

Klyde Starts In On The New NASA Administrator...

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Parade of Light Sport Aircraft Continues: Fantasy Air USA

Allegro 2000

ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne The Allegro 2000 is a conventional three-axis airplane with a T-tail powered by either a Rotax 912 or 912S. It is a two-place, tricycle gear airplane with a Kevlar-composite fuselageand an all-metal high wing with fuel tanks.

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Better Replica Guns For Better WW1 Replicas

Pennsylvania Entrepreneur Closes The Realism Gap

by Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien You see a lot of strange things at your larger-than-average fly-ins, but a guy walking along with a Spandau 08/15 machine gun slung over his shoulder was an eye-opener.

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Cirrus Design Steps Up As Major Sponsor of ANN's SnF-Lakeland 2005 Coverage!

ANN Welcomes SnF-Lakeland 2005 Major Sponsor, Cirrus Design! Visit the CIRRUS booth located at the SnF-Lakeland Display Booths MD32C-33B

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Less Is Best

Skycycle

By ANN Correspondent John Ballantyne The first Skycycle was born in 1992 at Lookout Mountain Flight Park, Tennessee. Since then approximately between 150 and 175 people have bought one.

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Mark Your Calendars For SMXgig

Popular Santa Maria, CA, Event's 17th Year

What's SMXgig? Well, it's the snarky name for a fly-in that's been taking place for 16 years -- this is the 17th annual -- at Santa Maria, CA (SMX, get it?).

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ANN Welcomes SnF-Lakeland 2005 Major Sponsor New Piper Aircraft

New Piper Aircraft: SnF-Lakeland Display Booth MD-18C

When Mr. Piper introduced the Piper Cub in 1937, he had a dream. He felt that everyone should fly. And he believed that Piper could provide everyone with that freedom.

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ANN's Special SnF-Lakeland Coverage Brought To You By... Unison!

ANN Introduces a Major Sponsor For Our Unparalleled Coverage of SnF-Lakeland 2005... Unison!

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Not All That Flies Is An Airplane

Colorful Flying Things at Sun 'n Fun

ANN Contributor John Ballantyne Truth be known, aviators are toy collectors. Flying toys are on the top of the list, so vendors at major airshows such as Sun 'n Fun bring on the toys with a silent contest for the most unusual and most colorful.

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AOPA Has A Commanding Presence At SnF

Sweet Plane!

AOPA had a tent and plenty of staff working to pay attention to their visitors. The 2005 Sweepstakes Commander 112A was on display for the crowds to admire.

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