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March 02, 2005

Engaged To Be Married: US Bank & Multi Service

US Bank Expands Fleet Service With Corporate Aviation Fuel Card

US Bank, a subsidiary of US Bancorp, says it has agreed to purchase the aviation business of Multi Service, a Kansas-based provider of aviation and trucking credit card services. Approximately 100 Multi Service staff members will become employees of US Bank as part of the acquisition. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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V-22 Cleared to Begin Operational Evaluation

V-22 Cleared to Begin Operational Evaluation

The Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) testing program for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has now been approved. On February 24, Tom Laux, the Program Executive Officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault, and Special Mission Programs, certified that the V-22 Osprey aircraft is ready for operational testing and evaluation. 

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Rear Admiral Stevenson Relieves Carrier Air Wing One Commander

Admiral Lost Confidence In Captain

The Navy announced Tuesday that Rear Admiral James W. Stevenson Jr., commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, relieved Captain Mark E. Mills of his command of Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1). Stevenson said the reason was "loss of confidence in the ability to command."

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Mineta On Christmas Travel Disruptions

Blames Ice Storm For Comair Woes

The DOT's Inspector General has released its report on the massive air travel disruptions that plagued both Comair and US Airways over the Christmas holidays. Here's reaction from Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta to the IG report, issued Wednesday afternoon.

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Freeze! Comair Pilots Okay Moratorium On Pay Hikes

Clears The Way For Purchase Of New Aircraft

Comair pilots have decided to take one in the wallet, a two-year wage freeze that will free up company cash for the purchase of 35 new aircraft and allow Comair to take a bigger role in the affairs of parent company Delta Airlines.

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Cessna Marks Milestone For Citation CJ1+ and CJ2+

New Aircraft Start Down Production Line

Cessna says it is has started production line flow of its new Citation CJ2+ and will soon begin production line flow of its new Citation CJ1+.

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Fossett's Got A Fuel Problem

May Force Early Landing

REAL TIME UPDATE-- 1245 EST "This is a huge setback. I have not that high a level of confidence at this point." Those words of gloom came from the cockpit of the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer Wednesday, as the Burt Rutan-built aircraft apparently developed a fuel system problem -- one that has forced the pilot to consider abandoning his attempt at a world record.

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AOPA To NTSB: Reconsider Additional Pilot Reporting Requirements

No Sir, They Don't Like It

AOPA is objecting to a proposed change in NTSB regulations that the association says would place an unnecessary reporting burden on general aviation pilots.

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Continental's Union Deal Could Be Good For Boeing

Airline Can Now Approve Purchase Of 787s

If Continental and its labor unions approve wage and benefit concessions now in the works, it could end up being very good news for Boeing.

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Suddenly It's 1917

Fokker D.VIIs Take Shape In Germany

On the other side of the uncovered, spindly metal fuselages, a craftsman hunches over a table. He is assembling wing ribs in a jig, periodically referring to a drawing. The drawing bears the signature of a junior engineer and was checked by: A. Fokker.

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Caption Contest: Fingers Were Flying Last Week!

And You Wrote Some Funny Stuff, Too!

As promised, here's the second part of our caption contest extravaganza. First, here's the picture that had everyone typing like mad.

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Aero-Views: BURMA-SHAVE and Flying Safe

Or, What Hognose Learned Along The Road Of Life

By Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien When I was a kid, one of the pleasures of riding with my grandfather was that he drove like hell. Another was his running commentary on the Way Things Used To Be, and one of those things he would mention was Burma Shave signs.

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FlightStats: New Product From Transatlantic Partnership

Conducive Technology And Lennoc Bv Partner On Flight Information Applications

Conducive Technology, developers of FlightStats, a flight status and history technology for the US transportation and logistics industries and Lennoc BV, the leading provider of real-time flight status and history information in Europe, announced the signing of a partnership agreement to collaboratively develop and promote FlightStats throughout Europe and North America.

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AirVenture - You've Got To Be There

2005 Looks Like A Year To Remember

AirVenture, or as us medium-old-timers call it, "Oshkosh," as if the place was the name, is going to be a blast this year. Of course, Aero-News will be there with our mobile news room (do drop in!) and our usual characters (not to mention the unusual characters).

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Embraer Delivers 900th ERJ-145

One Of Few Jets Allowed Into London City Airport

Embraer delivered its 900th jet of the ERJ 145 family to European customer Luxair today. The handover ceremony of the carrier's second ERJ 135 jet took place at the headquarters of Embraer in Sao Jose dos Campos, state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Run For The Poker

North Jersey Ninety-Nines Getting Ready For Fundraiser

The North Jersey Chapter of the Ninety-Nines’ annual Poker Run gets off the ground at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 (weather date May 15.)

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BAE Systems Receives FAA Parts Manufacturing Approval

Can Now Produce More than 440 Types Of Aftermarket Parts

BAE Systems' commercial aircraft electronics production and service facility in Irving, TX, has received Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) from the Federal Aviation Administration. The PMA designation authorizes the facility to produce and sell more than 440 types of line-replaceable aftermarket products directly to airline customers and aircraft parts distributors.

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Avitat Boca Raton Opens New FBO With A Bang, Whistles, Drums, And Dancing

Grand Opening Party Kept The Crowd Rocking With Brazilian Explosion

There's a new FBO in Boca Raton, FL, and it's ready for business. Avitat literally rolled out the red carpet to welcome more than 500 guests to its grand opening party last week.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.02.05)

"This is my sole source of navigation. This is very serious." Source: Pilot/adventurer Steve Fossett, quoted by the Salina Journal, which has tracked Fossett's record attempt since his Global Flyer team arrived in Salina, KS, last month. Fossett is currently underway, trying to become the first person ever to circumnavigate the globe solo and unrefueled.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2005-04-16 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Models PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-04-11 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Airbus Model A300 B2 and B4, A300-600, and A310 series airplanes.

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AD: Dassault

AD NUMBER: 2005-04-15 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Model Falcon 2000EX and 900EX series airplanes.

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MD TFR: 03/02/05

NOTAM: 5/1567 Issued: 02/28/2005 22:20 Effective: 03/02/2005 14:40 - 03/02/2005 17:35 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: ARNOLD, MARYLAND, MARCH 2 2005 LOCAL.

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