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August 16, 2005

Lancair Factory Kit Demonstrator Down, Two Lost

The Lancair Kit Company fixed gear Legacy factory demonstrator, N359L (shown below), went down in Madras OR, Monday, with the loss of the two persons aboard. Confirmed on board were Kevin Roberts, 25, a Lancair Kit Company Sales Associate and Darren Sulka, 34.

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Gear-Up Greyhound

Navy Cargo Plane Makes Belly-Landing At Norfolk

The crew of a US Navy C-2 Greyhound knew it was going to be a bad day just as soon as they departed NAS Norfolk Monday. Carrying 25 people, the aircraft suffered a gear failure that became apparent immediately. It was up to the crew to save themselves and their passengers.

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NC Lawmakers Order UNC to Keep Horace Williams Open

At Least For Another Year

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill must continue to operate Horace Williams Airport for the public and the school's Area Health Education Center's (AHEC) Medical Air Operations for at least another year thanks to language AOPA supported in the state's House budget bill. The language survived House-Senate deliberations to make it into the final budget that was signed into law Saturday afternoon.

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In Praise Of Paratroopers

Presidential Proclamation

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

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Aero-News Alert: 17 Lost In Afghanistan Helo Mishap

All Victims Were Reportedly From Spain

ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 0645 EDT -- At least a dozen people, all Spanish soldiers, were discovered dead Tuesday after their helicopter crashed near the city of Herat in western Afghanistan.

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Aero-News Alert: Passenger Plane Down In Venezuela

152 Passengers On Board

ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 0750 EDT -- A passenger aircraft with at least 152 people on boad has crashed in Venezuela, according to local media reports.

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Helios Crash: 'Something's Amiss'

Aviation Experts Puzzled Over Events Leading To Greek Tragedy

Aviation experts in the US say they're puzzled over the crash of a Helios Airways 737-300 near Athens Sunday. Specifically, they're wondering how something less than a catastrophic depressurization incident could have incapacitated the flight crew, but apparently not everyone aboard the aircraft.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2005-17-01 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-17-01 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) (also identified as Fairchild Republic Company and Fairchild Heli Porter) Model PC-6 airplanes.

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AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2005-16-14 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-16-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Gulfstream Model G-IV and GV series airplanes, and certain GIV-X and GV- SP series airplanes.

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AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2005-16-13 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-16-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Aerospace LP Model Galaxy and Gulfstream 200 airplanes.

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Best of Show! The Very Best (And Worst) of Oshkosh 2005! (Part One)

The Very Best (And Worst) of Oshkosh 2005! (Part One)

For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows inherent in the general and sport aviation community. There are but a few places where that is more a propos than at a major event like the Oshkosh Fly-In.

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Another ME262 Airborne!

The second ME262 Project fighter jet flew Monday, August 15, 2005 in Everett, WA. The aircraft, known as Tango Tango, was flown without incident over Paine Field by test pilot Wolfgang Czaia.

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NBAA Works With FAA to Implement Major Changes to Florida Airspace

NBAA tells ANN that in recent years there has been substantial traffic volume from November through March to and from Florida with no accompanying changes in airspace, which has resulted in airspace complexity that led to delays and extended routings for operators.

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Evektor Cobra: New HP Single From the Czech Republic

By Nadav Eiron, ANN Correspondent A new high performance airplane from Europe made its first US appearance this year at AirVenture: The Evektor Cobra. The Cobra is a 4-5 seater, but unlike most recent designs in this category here in the US, it is all metal, and has a retractable gear.

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Holley Mountain VFD Certified

For Safety And Savings

Property owners at Holley Mountain Airpark took both safety and economic facts to heart recently as they laid claim to Official Arkansas Fire Academy Certification.

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NWA And Mechanics: Still Talking...

But Union Remains Concerned About Maintaining Schedule During Strike

Last-ditch negotiations between Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq:NWAC) and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) began today amid the carrier's stated concerns about maintaining its flight schedule during a strike that looms on August 20.

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Getting Bigger All The Time

Western Aircraft Plans Expansion

Western Aircraft says it's approved plans to expand its current FBO facilities in Boise, ID. The current 1,450 sq ft building will be replaced with a spacious 3,600 sq ft facility. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin during September of this year, with the completion expected in February of 2006.

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Upgraded: EJM's Terry Doehling

Executive Jet Management Names Him Regional Vice President, Aircraft Management Sales

Executive Jet Management (EJM), the leading provider of aircraft management and charter services worldwide, announced the addition of Terry Doehling to its aircraft management sales team.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.16.05)

"A strike is only five days away now. For the sake of the flying public and the company we helped build, we hope Northwest will finally take the negotiating process seriously and stop proposing terms the airline knows have zero chance of being approved by our members." Source: AMFA National Leader O.V. Delle-Femine on the prospect of a strike against Northwest Airlines. While Northwest promises no break in the schedule, Delle-Femine says that's probably impossible.

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