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April 20, 2005

CAF P-39Q Involved In Incident At Fredericksburg, TX

One of the jewels in CAF's amazing collection of aeronautical treasures has had a landing accident after a weather diversion.

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Will Moussaoui Cop A Plea?

9/11 Suspect Reportedly Ready To Confess

The suspect says he'll do it. The judge says she'll accept it. The only question now seems to be, will Zacarious Moussaoui go through with his plan to plead guilty. If he does, it will mean the only man in America to be indicted for the 9/11 terrorist attacks cops a plea as early as Friday.

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Israel Blasted For Fuel Contamination

Aircraft Temporarily Grounded, But Some Flew With Bad Fuel

The biggest controversy in Israel right now has nothing to do with the Palestinians or disbanding Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip. The biggest controversy is about fuel -- aviation fuel.

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Shuttle Launch Return To Flight Postponed

Discovery's Delayed Until At Least May 22nd

NASA Wednesday delayed the space shuttles' return to flight for at least a week, saying the space agency needs more time to go over safety changes made in the two years since the Columbia accident.

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Mica: Bring Back Private Airport Screeners

House Aviation Chief Says They'll Do Better Than The TSA

Airports are no more secure today than they were before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So said Congressman John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee.

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US Airways, America West Talking Merger

Could This Be The Start Of Something Big?

The would-be bride and groom aren't saying much about it, but from all indications, financially beleaguered US Airways and America West are on the verge of marriage. Such a deal would be the vanguard in what experts believe is a coming wave of consolidations in the airline industry.

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TSA Employees Under Investigation In Fraud Probe

When Contractors Become Decorators

The TSA is once again under intense scrutiny after a DHS Inspector General's report pointed to yet more incidents of waste, possible fraud and mismanagement. This time, the report indicates a rash of "unusual" payments to vendors and a remarkably cozy relationship between an unnamed employee and an unnamed tool company. The TSA, in concurring with the IG's findings, said the abuses came at the hands of "lower level employees."

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EU Says Deal Possible In Subsidy Dispute

Deal Would Avoid World's Biggest Trade Lawsuit

Even with threats and Congressional resolutions a-flying, tempers flaring and lawyers warming up in the bullpen, there are still faint rays of optimism peeking through the dispute between the US and the European Union over subsidies paid to Airbus and Boeing.

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Finding: RAF Pilot Should Have Seen It Coming

Pilot Error Cited In Near Miss Between Tornado And Puma

The UK Airport Proximity Board says an RAF F3 Tornado pilot should have seen a helicopter carrying oil rig workers about 120 miles off the coast of Scotland. No one was hurt as the aircraft passed within 50-feet of each other.

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They Did It: Wichita Approves More AirTran Payments

Decision Flies In The Face Of FAA Warning

In spite of a written warning from the FAA that it could lose millions of dollars in grants, Wichita city council members Tuesday night approved another $2.5 million in subsidies. Wichita has already paid $7 million to AirTran to keep the airline flying to and from Atlanta every day -- a move city leaders say reduces air fares.

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F-16 Down: South Carolina

Pilots Ejected Safely

An F-16 from Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC, went down Monday evening in the Ashley River. The two crewmembers on board the fighter were rescued in a marsh just before 1700 local.

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Someplace It Ain't Yet -- The Evolving Sun-n-Fun Fly-in

At the end of every show, we try to do a little bit of a wrap-up and see how things went overall. This year at Sun-n-Fun, we sent our most experienced guys to their respective ends of the field to assess the show. We talked to exhibitors, attendees, happy campers, and a couple of just plain campers. Here's Part Two of what they told us, and what we saw with our own eyes.

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IATA: Global Aviation Will Suffer Again

Predicts Airlines Will Lose $5.5 Billion In '05

IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani issued a grim forecast as he opened the 54th annual conference of the Pacific Asia Travel Association Monday, predicting the global airline slump would continue -- costing operators approximately $5.5 billion in 2005 alone.

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ISS Refuge: It Would Be Crowded

Chiao Says Saving Shuttle Crew Would Mean Cramped Spaces

Since the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia two years ago, NASA (and a lot of the people who watch over the space agency) has been all about contingency planning -- making shuttle flights safer. So it's no wonder that some, including astronauts themselves, are thinking, "What if...?"

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Skycap Busted In Fort Lauderdale Airport Sting

Police: She Was Arrested After Picking Up Unattended Computer

At first glance, the thought that a skycap carried someone's luggage to the car doesn't seem very newsworthy. But consider: police at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport say it was someone else's luggage -- a laptop computer in this case -- that skycap Yhovania Bryan carried to her own car.

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Global ePoint Gets STC For Cameras On All 737 Aircraft

Cockpit Door Surveillance For 48-Percent Of Boeing Fleet

Global ePoint a innovative developer and manufacturer of homeland security solutions for aviation and law enforcement as well as financial, retail and industrial applications, Tuesday said its AirWorks Division has received a new FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for its Cockpit Door Surveillance System (CDSS), which now spans the entire family of Boeing 737 aircraft (737-200 through 737-900) with two configurations.

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FLIR Systems To Supply Army UAV Sensors

Awarded $13 Million Contract

FLIR Systems says it has received a contract from the US Army Research Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM), Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), valued at approximately $13 million for the development of an advanced stabilized electro-optical infrared system for use on lightweight Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The award represents a phase two award resulting from a down-select among three phase one awardees.

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Four Inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame

They Join Almost 200 Other Canadian Aviation Pioneers

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame will induct an astronaut, an aircraft developer, an innovative navigator and a naval aviator at a formal ceremony in Edmonton, Alberta, June 4th.

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Falcon 50-4 Nacelle-Nozzle Integration Test Successful

Premier Aircraft, Honeywell Call For 2005 Certification

The recently-announced performance upgrade from Premier Aircraft for the Dassault Falcon 50, called the Falcon 50-4, has passed its first engineering milestone: the integration test of the existing nacelle and new engine nozzle at Honeywell’s engine facilities in Phoenix, AZ.

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SPACEHAB Rolls Out Hardware Bound For Space Station

Work on Second Return-to-Flight Mission Also On Target

SPACEHAB says its STS-114 module is a "GO" for launch on the May 2005 STS-114 space shuttle mission with the rollout of the Company's External Stowage Platform 2 (or ESP2). This cargo carrier marks a first in the use of large-scale commercial hardware by NASA as it is deployed from the shuttle's cargo bay to its permanent residence on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Lycoming Announces Formation of New Advanced Technology Center

Separate R&D Arm In Southern Pennsylvania

Lycoming Engines has formed a new advanced technology center (ATC) located in Williamsport, PA.  Lycoming created the center as a separate unit of its specialized research and development operations. The company hopes it will leverage its capabilities in program management and other technologies to increase efficiencies in future aviation power plants. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.20.05)

"The traffickers tried to take off again to escape, but they were shot down for violating air safety regulations that say a landing craft has priority over one taking off." Source: A spokeswoman for the Brazilian Federal Police, commenting on the shoot-down of a twin-engine GA aircraft near the border with Uruguay on Sunday. The 65-year old pilot, a suspected drug smuggler, was killed. His 50-year old passenger was wounded -- and arrested.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-08-10 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-08-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, and -800 series airplanes. This AD requires doing a general visual inspection for sealant at the interface of the upper spar fittings, strut side skins, and the fittings of the thrust reverser strut fairing on the engine struts; and applying an injection seal or silicone sponge rubber with fillet seal if necessary.

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AD NUMBER: 2005-08-11 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-08-11 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B series airplanes, that requires replacement of certain hydraulic hoses with new hydraulic hoses.

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