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July 29, 2005

The Winner! Bell Takes Army Contract For ARH

Bell Helicopter has won a $2.2 billion contract by the United States Army to build its next generation Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, or ARH. The ARH will replace the Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter also produced by Bell.

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Klyde Morris 07.29.05

Klyde Does Oshkosh -- And NASA... Day Five!

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New Fighters Facing The Axe?

LA Times Suggests Budget Woes Threaten F-22, -35

The high price tags of new Air Force fighters and the continuing evolution of the war on terrorists have combined to threaten the costly jets with the chopping block.

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Boeing, EVA Air Celebrate Delivery of Airline's First 777-300ER

Boeing and EVA Air is celebrating delivery of the airline's first Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane.

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EAA: Sport Pilot Update And Open Forum

Sport Starts Up

By John Ballantyne, ANN Correspondent "It has been an exciting, exciting, year," began Ron Wagner, EAA Manager of Field Relations, to the 60 or so folks gathered under the permanent forum building in the north area of AirVenture 2005.

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Glacier Girl: Shining At AirVenture

Lucky thirteen. Bob Cardin, Project Manager and Head of Restoration for Glacier Girl and his crew were the 13th expedition to try rescuing The Lost Squadron from under 250 feet of Greenland ice.

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NASA Announces Aeronautical Centennial Challenge

At AirVenture!

NASA and the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation announced Thursday the launch of the first aeronautical competition in the Centennial Challenges program. The Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) Challenge will award annual prizes totaling $250,000.

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ANN At Oshkosh '05: Plane Of The Day

Radial Rocket Kitplane Offers Style, Performance

by Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. 'Hognose' O'Brien Maybe you don't remember The Rocketeer, a movie that was steeped in Art Deco, comic-book futuristic imagery, and set in a sort of imaginary version of the 1930s. The airplane that the movie was missing is here at Oshkosh, and it even has the right name: Radial Rocket.

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Sportsman 2+2 Down, Pilot Lost

Aircraft Crashes At Wautoma, WI, During Video Shoot

A Glasair Aviation Sportsman 2+2, N105TW,  crashed in Wautoma, Wisconsin shortly before 9:40 AM Wednesday, during a video shoot for the Outdoor Channel's Wings to Adventure series.

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GA Manufacturers See Strength And Continued Recovery In First Half '05

GAMA has announced that billings for general aviation airplanes rose in the first half of 2005—up 31.6 percent compared to the same period last year while shipments were up 38.1 percent.

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Jets For Dummies: The Eclipse 500 Makes Jet Flying Look (and Feel) Easy (Part 5)

ANN Flies The Eclipse 500... and The Eclipse Lives (Part 5 of 7)

From the left seat, forward viz seems fairly good with only a little leaning necessary to pick up objects close to the nose. Lateral viz is fairly good to the left since you're right up against the window and only slightly limited by the junction of the cabin and the window.

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Mooney CEO Gretchen Jahn

Mooney And Mentoring

By Aleta Vinas ANN Correspondent When Gretchen Jahn became CEO of Mooney Airplane Company in Kerrville, (TX) nine months ago, the company had about 140 employees. In the months since Jahn took the reins, Mooney has added a second shift, increased employee count 93% and sold out of airplanes for 2005.

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Utah Valley State College To Operate First Delivered DA42-TDIs

Diamond and Utah Valley State College have announced that UVSC will receive the first two DA42-TDI's delivered in North America.

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Certified: Garmin G1000 in Tiger AG-5B

Tiger Aircraft LLC displayed its newest enhancement, an FAA-certified Garmin G1000 Advanced Integrated Avionics System, in its AG-5B Tiger airplane at Oshkosh 2005.

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Teach Old Planes New Tricks?

Envy of your hangar neighbor with his new glass cockpit equipped cockpit? No money (or desire) for a new plane? There's at least one more player in the market now who is thinking just about you...

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Investigation Of April 6 CH-47 Crash Completed

An investigation of the April 6 CH-47D helicopter crash near Ghazni that killed 18 is complete and the results have been provided to family members of the deceased.

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EAA Fly Market Offers Consumers An Eclectic Mix

Adventures In Retailing

By Rob Finfrock "Oh sure, there's SpaceShipOne, flybys by everything from F-16s to Ford Tri-Motors, and thousands of other aircraft to see and photograph - but what I really need is a durable, versatile waterless cookware set. "

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Enstrom 480B Guardian LE Helo Returns from Demo Tour & ALEA

Enstrom Helicopter Corp.’s newly configured 480B Guardian returned from the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) show in Reno, Nevada, and then went on static display at the EAA show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin through 31 July.

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Mooney: Happy Out As CFO, Hodkin In

ANN has learned that J. Nelson Happy has resigned from the board of Mooney Aircraft. A public statement explains that, "At a meeting of the Board of Directors of Mooney Aerospace Group, Ltd. (the 'Company'), held on July 24, 2005, J. Nelson Happy resigned as the Chief Financial Officer, President, Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company."

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KSC Director Issues Statement On Shuttle Landing

Statement By Kennedy Space Center Director James W. Kennedy

"The announcement that the Space Shuttle program will not launch another Shuttle until we understand this External Tank foam shedding problem is absolutely the right thing to do..."

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.29.05)

"We simply will not fly again until we fix this problem and NASA leadership determines it is safe to fly. Whenever we fly again, whether in September or a future launch window, the KSC work force stands ready to support that mission with whatever is needed to ensure it's done the right way."

Source: From a statement by Kennedy Space Center Director James W. Kennedy, in regards to questions about the future landing of STS-114.

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