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April 05, 2005

Engaged To Be Married: BRS & Free Flight Enterprises

Purchase Of Aviation Safety Company Expands BRS Product Line

Ballistic Recovery Systems says it's signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Free Flight Enterprises, an Aviation Safety systems company based in Lake Elsinore, CA.

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NASA Panel: Deorbit Hubble -- No More

Another Nail In The Coffin?

After a major review last week, NASA has decided the only action it will take when it comes to the Hubble Space Telescope is to move it into a position for deorbiting. At the very least, it seems another nail in the coffin of what experts call the most valuable piece of scientific hardware ever invented.

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FAA To Rialto: Don't Even THINK About It

Agency Promises To Fight Efforts To Close Airport

One newspaper report says it's a line in the sand: A warning from the FAA to the city of Rialto, CA, warning officials that any attempt to close the municipal airport will be met with strong resistance.

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Special Panel To Determine Missing Navy Pilot's Status

Will Review The Case Of Michael Scott Speicher

His aircraft was hit just minutes after the beginning of the first war in Iraq and, for the past 14 years, Captain Michael Scott Speicher's fate has been an agonizing mystery to family and friends. Now, the Navy will convene a special panel to perhaps change his status once again.

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USAF: Flight Control Deficiency Causes Raptor Damage

An accident investigation board determined that a flight control system deficiency caused an F/A-22 Raptor aircraft mishap Sept. 28 near Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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LABACE: Attendance Up 33 Percent

NBAA and the Associacao Brasileira de Aviacao Geral (ABAG) last week jointly hosted the 3rd Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE2005) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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One-Stop Refresher For Start Of Flying Season

AOPA Online Safety Center Is A Safety Hot Spot

The arrival of spring and, for much of the country, daylight-saving time means that the real start of the GA flying season can’t be far behind, so the AOPA Air Safety Foundation has turned the Safety Hot Spot in the Online Safety Center into a "rust-remover" for pilots who operate from nontowered airports.

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Future Fighter Aircraft Requirements In Emerging Economies

Report: It's A $7 Billion Market Outside NATO

The next ten years will see continued growth in purchases of new fighter aircraft. Outside North America and Western Europe, this will especially be the case in Asia where up to $7 billion may be spent on new fighter programs. In Eastern Europe and Latin America, several countries will be making important strategic decisions about the future of their air defence capability in the near future. It is therefore essential that the companies involved are aware of these opportunities in order to offer the best possible conditions to potential buyers.

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What Makes Epps So Hot?

Hint: It's In The Genes

In his career as a pilot, 71-year old Pat Epps has been an aerobatic pilot, rescued an ice-bound warbird and has created one of the friendliest, most profitable FBOs in the South. All the time, he's remembered the advice of his father, aviation pioneer Ben T. Epps, who began flying in 1907: "When you're flying, you've got to know where you're going — and you've got to keep your alternatives open. If I get blocked in one direction, I go another."

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Nationair Names Terry White As Branch Manager Of New Nashua NH Office

NationAir Insurance Agencies is pleased to announce that it has named Terry White as Branch Manager for their new Nashua, NH office.

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Garmin Continues Strong Support of AEA Educational Foundation

Avionics Firm Makes Unprecedented Donation

Garmin, a company that considers itself a strong supporter of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Educational Foundation, has pledged $30,000 worth of panel mounted and portable avionics equipment to be auctioned off at the AEA's 48th Annual Convention and Trade Show next month in Dallas, TX.

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Upgraded: Sarault, Chapman, Butcher And Helms

All Four Promoted At Houston-Based American Jet International

Roger Woolsey has been juggling -- sort of. The chief executive officer of American Jet International (AJI), a Houston-based jet air transportation company, recently announced a series of employee promotions.

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FAA AMT Drawing Winners Announced

From the FAA...

Following are the winners of the 2005 Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards drawing held March 8 at the Aviation Industry Week conference in Las Vegas, NV.

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Raytheon Awarded $200 Million Contract for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Miss

Keep 'Em Coming

Raytheon Company has received a $200 million contract from the US Air Force for continued production of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air missile (AMRAAM). The contract, originally announced by the Department of Defense on Dec. 22, 2004, includes 434 AMRAAMs.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.05.05)

"It's harder to resolve the differences if you don't know the people." Source: NBAA chief Ed Bolen, speaking in an exclusive ANN interview from Sao Paolo, Brazil, where his organization hosted the 2005 LABACE conference. One focus of the event was what Bolen called "homogenizing" air traffic regulations in both North and South America to allow for greater commerce.

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West Virginia TFR: 04.05.05

NOTAM:  5/2600  Issued:  04/04/2005 19:10  Effective:  04/05/2005 13:45 - 04/05/2005 17:05  State:  VA  Facility:  ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  PARKERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA, APRIL 5 2005 LOCAL. 

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Mississippi TFR: 04.08.05

NOTAM:  5/2585  Issued:  04/04/2005 14:50  Effective:  04/08/2005 21:30 - 04/08/2005 23:00  State:  MS  Facility:  ZME - MEMPHIS (ARTCC),TN.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  COLUMBUS AFB MS. 

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