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January 18, 2005

Flying To The Inauguration

New ATC Management Scheme In Effect

From the NBAA... The 2005 Presidential Inauguration on Thursday is expected to bring a significant increase in air traffic operations through the airports serving the Washington DC metropolitan area, particularly Washington-Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington (BWI). The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Air Traffic Control Traffic Management System has developed plans to address arrival delays during the days leading up to the Inauguration, to address parking capacities at impacted airports, and to facilitate departures on the day following the Inauguration.

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Resigned: Comair Chief Randy Rademacher

Gone In Wake Of Christmas Computer Glitch

Rocked by a massive dispatch computer failure on Christmas Eve, Comair chief Randy Rademacher resigned Monday, in order to "pursue other opportunities," according to a memo issued to Comair's 6,000 workers.

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Garmin Unveils Ready-to-Fly PDA

Ready To Navigate... Right Out Of The Box

Garmin Monday introduced the iQue 3600a, the first Palm Powered aviation device that is ready to navigate right out of the box. The iQue 3600a package includes an innovative yoke-mounted cradle as well as built-in basemap, terrain, obstacle and Jeppesen databases — all of which turn this full-featured PDA into a premium aviation navigator without any complicated set-up procedures. In addition, the device features all of the automotive turn-by-turn capabilities and personal information management (PIM) applications of Garmin's popular iQue product line, making it a highly versatile device for aviation enthusiasts.

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Dallas, Fort Worth Mayors Plead With SWA To Accept DFW Gates

City Leaders Urge Airline To Accept DFW Offer Of Free Rent, $22 Million In Incentives

The mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth Monday expressed dismay that Southwest Airlines declined to extend its codeshare agreement with ATA Airlines to passengers at DFW International Airport.

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December Airline Hiring: Better Than Expected

Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

Last year was a better than expected year for pilots entering the airline market or those moving up to larger airlines. Hiring numbers almost doubled last year, up from 4,743 in 2003 to 9,382 in 2004. As they have for the past seven years, the National sector hired the most pilots, 3,948, up 48% from 1,990 in 2003. The majors made a strong showing by adding 1,139 pilots to their flight decks, up 45.5% from 518. Non-jets definitely doubled their figures, increasing their hiring trend 47.4%. The Jet Operator division held their weight, hiring almost 51% more pilots than last year.

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Aero-Views: TSA Yanks Terrorist Off Plane -- The One That Was Deporting Him

If This Organization Was A Person, Courts Would Have Appointed A Guardian By Now

by Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien If you've ever had an alcoholic in the family, you know about "rock bottom." Just when you think that the last boneheaded incident must surely indicate that the problem child has struck rock bottom, the alky does something even dumber, proving that rock bottom is deeper than you ever imagined.

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NASA Making Progress In Refurbishing Shuttles

The Latest On NASA's Return To Flight Effort

The Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL. The order the Space Shuttles are listed in this report does not necessarily reflect the chronological order of future missions.

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The Taxman Cometh...

And NATA'S Popular Tax Seminar Is Back For Second Year

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is once again offering a special tax seminar specifically geared towards Part 135 air charter operators. The Tax Seminar for Air Charter Operators is designed to provide answers to some of the most common tax-related issues faced by the charter industry.

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SHHHH... That's The Sound Of The 'Silent Aircraft Initiative'

Goal: Dramatically Reduce Aircraft Noise

Listen: Do you hear that sound? No? That's the point. The Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) is launching a unique project to design a 'silent' aircraft.

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Boyer Blasts Illinois Airport Manager For Praising Meigs Destruction

Lansing Airport Manager Responds

Did you think you'd ever hear someone in GA singing the praises of Meigs-killer Mayor Richard Daley? Believe it.

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Aviation Development Group Snaps Up Former Bombardier/Lear Facility At DIA

"An Investment Opportunity We Found Attractive"

Aviation Development Group, LLC has announced that they will be acquiring the former Bombardier/Learjet facility at Denver International Airport, the nation's second largest airport and the fifth largest in the world.

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Call For Nominations: 2005 European Business Aviation Awards

Time To Single Out The Best Of The Best Created to honor individuals who have made a significant identifiable contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, the European Business Aviation Award is presented each year to one or more individuals on the occasion of EBACE, the only European exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on business aviation. This year nominations are due to EBACE's European or USA Offices by March 15, 2005.

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Sporty’s Continues Support For AEA’S Scholarship Program

Lends Hand With $2,000 Donation

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Educational Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to students seeking a career in aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance. Sporty's, a long-time supporter of the Educational Foundation, is now furthering its commitment to AEA's scholarship program with a donation of one Sporty's Complete Private Pilot Training Course on Interactive DVD for every AEA Aviation Scholarship winner.

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Avionics Technician Of The Year: Andy Scanlon

Columbia Air Services Worker Lauded By FAA

Columbia Air Services, says that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in Portland, ME, has named Andy Scanlon of Columbia's Bar Harbor location the 2004 Avionics Technician of the Year. The Portland FSDO, which oversees aviation safety in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, cited the range of Scanlon's work with aircraft electronics including certifications, benchwork and installations, and his experience with highly complex and sophisticated military systems.

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Diamond Aircraft Appoints Distributor For Southern Caribbean

We're Lobbying For A Personal Tour...

Diamond Aircraft has appointed Bohlke International Airways Inc (BIA), as a Diamond Regional Distribution Center for the southern Caribbean. BIA will represent Diamond's single-engine DA20-C1 and DA40 Diamond Star models, and the twin engine DA42 Twin Star from their base located at the Henry Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

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Northrop Grumman Delivers Better Real-Time Reconnaissance

Information Critical To Soldiers In Urban Battle Zones

Soldiers in urban battle zones could receive more timely and complete information about enemy forces from low-flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with technologies being developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation under a US Department of Defense contract.

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Executive Jet Management Realigns Outside Charter Sales Team

New Names, New Faces

Executive Jet Management (EJM), a provider of aircraft management and charter services worldwide, announced a realignment of its growing outside national charter sales team to support the company's continued growth.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (01.18.05)

"We all know the media can twist someone's words. [But] You never say something like that, not after what we've all been through. Even if uttered in jest, that quote was way out of line." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer after receiving a fax from an airport manager in Lansing, IL. The manager was quoted in a Chicago paper as saying he was glad Mayor Richard Daley destroyed Meigs Field. He later told Boyer that his remark was meant sarcastically.

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