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April 21, 2004

Siegel Sings Swan Song

US Airways CEO Quits, Perhaps Under Pressure

David Siegel, who resigned under fire from US Airways Monday, stands to reap millions for simply walking out the door. While the airline won't say just what his parachute package is worth, Siegel's contract says he can collect $4.5 million within five days of termination. There could be much more. That information comes from US Airway's own financial disclosure documents.

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Druyun Cooperates With Feds

Former Boeing Exec Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy Charges

"I deeply regret my actions and I want to apologize." Those words, spoken in broken voice, came from former USAF procurement officer and Boeing Vice President Darleen Druyun, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy in federal court.

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ANN To Go 'Real-Time'

News Posted As It Happens

For years now, aviation-types have checked Aero-News Net for information they can't get anywhere else: daily reports on what's happening on the ground, in the air and high in orbit above the Earth. Seven days a week, ANN publishes the very latest aviation and aerospace news. Now, the goal is to achieve real-time status.

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Einstein Probe Finally Defies Gravity

With Help From Delta II Rocket

After more than 40 years in the making and a day-long launch delay, NASA Tuesday launched its Gravity Probe B, designed to test the more arcane of Albert Einstein's relativity theories.

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Three Rescued After Hawaii Mishap

Pilot Makes Frantic Cell Phone Call For Help

Coast Guard sailors Monday recounted the dramatic nighttime rescue of three people injured when their Piper Warrior crash-landed on Hawaii's Big Island.

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Parachute Accident Survivor: Instructor Was Lax

"We Were Too Afraid To Get Tattoos, So We Went Skydiving"

A woman who survived her own near-fatal experience as her friend plummeted to her death in a skydiving accident told a Canadian board of inquiry Monday that their instructors should have put more emphasis on the dangers of the sport.

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NASA Just Says Nyet

Space Agency Turns Down Russian Request To Extend ISS Missions

Nyet. That's NASA's answer to the Russian space agency's question, "Can't we extend space station missions to a year?"

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Looking For Sam And Sally Sprocket

World War II Goodyear Workers Invited to Homecoming

A search is on for the surviving men and women who built 4,000 Corsair fighter planes at Goodyear Aircraft during World War II. They will be honored at a special Corsair Homecoming in Akron (OH) on June 18th featuring many of the dozen Corsairs still flying.

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Cardinal Crashes In Tampa Ship Channel

Two Dead

Two men died Tuesday morning when their Cessna 177 Cardinal plunged into a Tampa (FL) shipping channel. The aircraft, whose point of origin and destination weren't immediately known, was near Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Island when it went down in as much as 45 feet of water.

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What's In YOUR Lunchbox?

Study Examines What Pilots Eat

You've seen the t-shirts, right? "Will Fly For Food"? That's just what Elliot Wilson is doing. Only the food is free and includes the likes of lobster and crab legs. Wilson is an aviation student at the University of North Dakota. He and 14 of his fellow students are taking part in a study on how food affects pilots' ability to think and act in the cockpit.

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How I Survived A Mid-Air With A Chinese Fighter

USN Lt. Shane Osborne Out With New Book

The US Navy Memorial is hosting a book signing with Navy Lt. Shane Osborn on Tuesday, May 4. Osborn is a Navy EP-3 pilot who was forced to land his spy plane in Chinese territory to save his crew of 24.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.21.04)

"I deeply regret my actions and I want to apologize." Source: Former USAF procurement officer and (briefly) Boeing Vice President Darleen Druyun, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy in federal court. She admitted that she negotiated a secret employment deal with fired Boeing CFO Michael Sears while still overseeing the competition between Boeing and Airbus for a contract to replace the aging USAF tanker fleet. She'll be sentenced on August 6th and is cooperating with investigators.

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AEA Awards More Than $70,000 In Scholarships

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) has awarded 22 students with over $70,000 in scholarships for the 2004/2005 school year.

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Mississippi TFR: 4/23/04-4/24/04

NOTAM:  4/3390  Issued:  04/20/2004 12:10  Effective:  04/23/2004 19:00 - 04/24/2004 21:10  State:  MS  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  KEESLER AFB, MS. 

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Minnesota TFR: 4/20/04

NOTAM:  4/3419  Issued:  04/20/2004 18:08  Effective:  04/21/2004 16:30 - 04/21/2004 17:45  State:  MN  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ELY, MN. 

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Illinois TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/3444  Issued:  04/21/2004 12:08  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  IL  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  UTICA, IL.   

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Hawaii TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/3429  Issued:  04/20/2004 19:09  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  HI  Facility:  ZHN - HONOLULU (ARTCC),HI.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MILOLII HAWAII. 

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Chicago's Latest Aviation Situation

CTA VP Fired For Driving Drunk Hired As First Deputy Aviation Commissioner

A former Chicago Transit Authority vice president, who quit under pressure after being charged with driving a CTA car while drunk, was chosen Monday as the city's first deputy aviation commissioner. His salary: $137,160 a year.

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Pennslyvania TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/3378  Issued:  04/19/2004 20:16  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  PA  Facility:  ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  9 SW OF WILKES BARRE/SCRANTON, PA.

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South Carolina TFR: 4/23/04-4/25/04

NOTAM:  4/3414  Issued:  04/20/2004 15:45  Effective:  04/23/2004 16:45 - 04/25/2004 21:00  State:  SC  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  MCAS BEAUFORT, SC. 

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Beech B-24, Sierra

For Sale: Beech B-24, Sierra

Beech B24 Sierra, TT 3502 SMOH1540 SPOH 81 NDH Collins Microline,Collins w/3LMB, DME, TXP, HSI, Cent III w/ALT hold, Pilot III, TPAS Standby Vacuum, 6 leatherseats All comps >72 since Engine overhaul. Pixs/specs on req  Exterior Quality: 8, Interior Quality: 9 Used, will sell for $74,000.00 (or best offer)

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WSI Providing Weather Data for FAA's East Coast UAT/ADS-B Test

WSI To Provide Continuous Weather Data

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), through MITRE Corporation, has signed a deal with WSI to provide weather information for use in the FAA's East Coast Evaluation of the Automatic Dependant Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) system. The ADS-B system provides aircraft position reports and weather data to aircraft and ground stations equipped with a Universal Access Transceiver (UAT).

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