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March 24, 2005

Russians Blame Pilot Error For Arctic Mishap

He May Have Been Snow-Blinded

The pilot of a Regional Airlines Antonov AN-24 may have been blinded by the brilliant sun shining on the tundra, according to a Russian official -- and that may have led to last week's mishap near the oil port of Varandei.

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FAA, GA Awards Program Names 2005 National General Aviation Winners

The Envelope, Please...

In each of the past 42 years, the General Aviation Awards Program and the FAA have recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

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Sino Swearingen Launches Final SJ30-2 Flight Test Aircraft

SSAC Says It Is On Schedule For Certification In Second Half Of This Year

Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. (SSAC) said Thursday it recently made the first flight of the third and final FAA conformed flight test aircraft for FAA certification.

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Taxi Tests: Cessna Mustang

Engine Testing Also Underway

Cessna commenced engine testing and slow speed taxi evaluations on the Citation Mustang prototype on Tuesday, March 22, 2005. This is one of the remaining system tests to be completed before the first flight, which is scheduled for this summer. Cessna installed the Citation Mustang's engines and FADECs to the prototype airframe in February 2005.

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Fuel Prices: A Tale Of Two Airlines

Delta's Woes Worsen While Southwest Successfully Hedges

Perhaps it's a story about the benefits of planning ahead. Perhaps it's a story about keeping your eye on the ball. But this is the story of two airlines -- Delta and Southwest -- and how they're dealing with the seemingly endless increase in fuel prices.

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NATA Pleased With Part 145 Training Program Delay

New Effective Date: April 6, 2006

The FAA Monday will issue a notice in the Federal Register delaying, by 12 months, the effective date of the final rule requiring Part 145 repair stations to have an approved training program.  The new deadline is April 6, 2006. 

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Divers Scour Lake Victoria For IL-76 Crash Victims

Ukranian Cargo Plane Went Down Shortly After Take-Off

Divers were scouring Tanzania's Lake Victoria Thursday, looking for signs of the crew aboard a Ukranian Ilyushin IL-76 that went down in the water shortly after take-off the day before.

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Another Sign Of Recovery: Iraq's First Aircraft Leasing Company

Will Offer Arab And Western Aircraft For Lease To Iraqi Carriers

It is, perhaps, another sign of Iraq's slow and often painful recovery. The chairman of the board at the Basra Bank has formed his own aircraft leasing company.

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FAA Investigates Possible Fuel Dump Incident Over Tampa

One Woman Complains Of Breathing, Skin Problems

Vicki Morris, a 51-year old realtor who lives in Tampa, FL, was walking her dog Monday night when she said she heard the all-familiar sound of a jet flying low overhead as it was on approach to Tampa International. Just a moment later, Morris said she felt a heavy mist, smelling of kerosene, falling all around her. She said she couldn't breath, that her skin and scalp were burned. Now, the FAA is investigating whether an aircraft on approach to the airport might have dumped fuel over Morris's neighborhood.

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USAF Air Combat Command Releases Predator Crash Report

Crew error was the primary cause of an MQ-1L Predator remotely piloted aircraft crash during a training mission Sept. 22 at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nev., according to an Air Force report released by Air Combat Command officials late, March 23.

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At The Lecturn: NBC's Robert Hager

Retired Journalist Will Speak About Aviation At Smithsonian March 31st

With sparks of angst flying between general aviation and the general media, perhaps a little communication is in order. To that end, retired NBC Correspondent Robert Hagar will conduct a lecture at the Air & Space Museum's Lockheed IMAX Theater on the Mall in Washington March 31st.

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Navy E-2C Hawkeye Undergoes Major Loads Tests At NASA Dryden

Can Gross Weight Be Increased?

A US Navy E-2C Hawkeye, a carrier-based electronics aircraft that serves as the eyes and ears of carrier battle groups, recently underwent structural loads tests at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's Flight Loads Laboratory to determine if increasing the aircraft's gross weight will affect its performance.

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Elite Offers Garmin GNS 430/530 GPS Option

Glass Sims!

Elite Simulation Solutions announces the availability of a Garmin GNS 430/530 option for its line of aviation training devices (ATDs). The addition of the GNS 430/530 is part of Elite's continuing commitment to expand its GPS library and provide avionics choices that are representative of what is becoming commonly available in today's increasingly high-tech GA cockpits.

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Midcoast Aviation Takes Its Second Gold At PAMA Olympics

Bombardier Wins Silver, Southwest Airlines Gets Bronze

The Midcoast Aviation "Arch Rivals" won the PAMA Aviation Maintenance Olympics (PAMO) team competition at PAMA’s 34th Annual Symposium, held during Aviation Industry Week at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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PAMA Chili Cook-Off Raises Over $6,300 for Foundation

Eleven Sponsors Support Major Fundraiser

Companies participating in PAMA’s annual Chili Cook-off raised $6,381 for the Professional Aviation Maintenance Foundation (PAMF).

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Aviation Industry Week Numbers Are In

Thousands Of Aviation Professionals Gather At Industry Expo

Aviation Industry Week, the premier event for the business of aviation, has announced that over 5,000 aviation professionals attended this year's show. Industry personnel from around the world gathered in Las Vegas, March 8-10, to share ideas, receive the latest information and technical training, preview new products and services, and discuss new ways of conducting business.

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Northrop Grumman Delivers Final Joint STARS To USAF

17th E-8C Assigned To Georgia Air Guard

Northrop Grumman Corporation delivered the 17th and final production E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft to the US Air Force Wednesday.

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AOPA Lobbies For New Central Texas Airport

GA Airport Would Replace Austin's Robert Mueller Field

AOPA Regional Representative Shelly Lesikar and Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn (not shown) met with legislative aide Jason Nelson to support the bill creating a new GA airport in Central Texas. 

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ANN Quote Of The Day (03.24.05)

"I think it’s an absolute abuse of prosecutorial discretion to charge my client under the Patriot Act for non-purposeful conduct." Source: Gina Mendola-Longarzo, attorney for David Banach, quoted by reporters in Parsippany, NJ, where her client was charged with shining a laser at passing aircraft. If convicted, he faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Arizona TFR: 03.31.05

NOTAM:  5/2231  Issued:  03/23/2005 22:10  Effective:  03/31/2005 19:50 - 03/31/2005 20:50  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  DAVIS MONTHAN AFB AZ. 

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SHORT NOTICE Pennsylvania TFR: 03.24.05

NOTAM:  5/2230  Issued:  03/23/2005 22:10  Effective:  03/24/2005 17:30 - 03/24/2005 18:20  State:  PA  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  VIP  Description:  PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, MARCH 24 2005 LOCAL. 

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SHORT NOTICE Michigan TFR: 03.24.05

NOTAM:  5/2220  Issued:  03/23/2005 20:30  Effective:  03/24/2005 14:45 - 03/24/2005 15:45  State:  MI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN, MARCH 24 2005 LOCAL. 

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