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October 15, 2005

O'Hare Accord To Remain In Effect Through Spring

Flight Restrictions Were To Be Lifted At Month's End

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That seemed to be the logic behind an order to continue caps on the number of flight operations at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The order, unveiled Thursday, means the restrictions will remain in place until at least next Spring.

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Aero-Views: Who Wasn't At The X-Prize Cup

Absence Of Aerospace Primes Indicates Ill-Placed Arrogance

By Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien New Space was there, mostly. Old Space wasn't, mostly. That's the conclusion after toting up the attendance sheet for the Countdown to the X-Prize Cup.

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Japanese Local Governments Shush Yokota Air Base

Several Cities And Towns File Noise Grievance

Tokyo's government, along with those of five other cities and towns, filed a letter of grievance with the Air Force's Yokota Air Base, saying there's just too much noise. The group wants US officials to take preventative action after a recent spike in noise complaints from Japanese citizens.

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Update: VFA-106 Pilot Rescued Following Ejection

An F/A-18C Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 crashed about 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14, 60 miles west of Key West, Fla., while on a routine training mission. The pilot ejected and was recovered by a Coast Guard search and rescue (SAR) boat...

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Fifth Group of Endangered Whooping Cranes Departs on U/L-Guided Flight to FL

Twenty whooping cranes began their ultralight-led flight from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin Friday – the fifth generation of birds taking part in a landmark reintroduction effort sponsored by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.

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Frasca Brings Mentor to AOPA, NBAA

Showing Off A NextGen Cockpit Sim

Frasca International will display its new "Mentor" flight training device during AOPA Expo (November 3-5, Tampa, FL in booth 1402 and at NBAA, November 9-11 in Orlando in booth 3066). The Mentor on display in the Frasca booths will feature Garmin G1000.

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Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In Marks First Year At New Location

New Facility, Large Hall And Air Conditioning

The 2005 Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-In occurred for the first time ever at Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Arizona, in its 33rd annual event October 6-9. Organizers and attendees settled into the new facility, which features a large, air-conditioned exhibit hall, large, clean camping area, a new shower facility, and is ideally situated midway between Phoenix and Tucson just a few miles west of Interstate 10.

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JSOW Block II's First Captive Flight a Success

Raytheon Test At Edwards AFB

Raytheon Company's Joint Standoff Weapon Block II (JSOW Block II), a new variant offering significantly lower unit cost and an additional payload option, successfully flew its first captive test flight Oct. 11 at Edwards Air Force Base on a US Air Force F-16 aircraft.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.15.05)

But hey, somebody's got to be the go-to guy for shimmy dampers. Source: Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin O'Brien, in an Aero-Views column on who didn't show up at the X-Prize Cup event in New Mexico last week -- namely, the established aerospace companies like Boeing, Lockheed-Martin and Northrop-Grumman.

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