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October 12, 2004

NBAA '04: Aerion Unveils Supersonic BizJet

Plans To Place Aircraft in Service by 2011

Details are emerging about the first of TWO SSBJ projects that wewre to be discussed at the 2004 NBAA Convention. Aerion Corporation, an advanced engineering group formed to reintroduce commercial supersonic flight, has taken the wraps off a new business jet design that could enter service in less than six years.

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NBAA 04: Cessna Says, 'It's Good to Be Us...'

Two New Jets For Cessna!

An ebullient press conference at the onset of NBAA 2004 shows that Cessna thinks the worst of the recent downturn is pretty much over and that times are looking much better for the GA manufacturer.  Hinting for weeks that major news was in the offing, Cessna's Roger Whyte and Jack Pelton disappointed no one. Cessna announced two new versions of its Citation CJ1 and CJ2 series bizjets, equipped with new engines, avionics and an expanded list of standard equipment... assets which were once optional on the previous CJ generation.

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EAA Extends Offer Of Aid To YAF

Warbird Enthusiasts Unite In Wake Of Tragic Fire

EAA officials have offered the organization's assistance to the Yankee Air Museum near Ypsilanti (MI) after a fast-moving fire destroyed the museum and most of its collection on Saturday evening.

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NBAA '04: More Range For Gulfstream G450

Long-Range Business Jet Flies 250 Nautical Miles Farther at Higher Speed

Following more than 1,850 hours of flight-testing its G450 business jet, Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has determined the large-cabin, long-range aircraft performs better at a cruise speed of Mach 0.85 than had been originally anticipated.

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Thank You, Mr. Tax Man

NBAA Cheers Extension Of Bonus Depreciation

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) applauds Senate passage of a tax relief bill extending bonus depreciation. In a rare holiday session, today the Senate passed a compromise version of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (HR 4520), by a vote of 69 to 17, clearing the way for the bill to be signed into law by President Bush.

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NBAA '04: L-3 Avionics Systems GH-3100 Now Standard Aboard New Piaggio Cockpit

Piaggio Aero Industrie has selected the L-3 Avionics Systems' Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS) Model GH-3100 as standard equipment for the redesigned cockpit of the P180.

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NBAA '04: Gulfstream Offers In-Flight Ultra High-Speed Internet

FAA STC Brings Internet Service to In-Flight Passengers Onboard Large-Cabin Gulfstream Business Jet

Gulfstream says that they are the first classic business-jet manufacturer to offer ultra-high speed Internet connection capability during flight. The FAA recently issued a STC for the first installation of Gulfstream’s Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) system on a GIV business-jet aircraft.

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Gone West: NASA's Max Faget

Designer Of Mercury Capsule

The man who designed the Mercury capsule, as well as the Apollo service- and command-module, Maxime Faget, has gone west.

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Smokey Bear Balloon Considered Total Loss

Parents Watched As Cool-Headed Pilot Got Young Passengers To Safety

By ANN Contributor Glen Moyer "You think you are strong till you know your kids are in jeopardy." Those words came from Mike Whitacre Sunday, after the balloon his ten-year old son, Aaron, was riding in collided with a broadcast tower during a mass ascension to mark the end of the 33rd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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NBAA '04: BBJs Growing In Popularity

Boeing To Get Five New Orders

Boeing Business Jets Monday said it had five new commitments for orders, sustaining the momentum for a program that's now sold out through 2005.

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NBAA '04: Comant, Heads Up Technologies Sign Antenna Pact

Comant Industries and Heads Up Technologies have announced that Comant has been selected to supply XM-approved antennas for both XM Satellite Radio and XM WX Satellite Weather service for aircraft.

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NBAA '04: Raytheon Aircraft Selects AirCell Satcom For Flagship Turboprops

Systems Now Standard on King Air 350, Factory-option on B200

The Beechcraft King Air 350 will now feature the AirCell ST 3100 Satellite Telecommunications System as standard equipment and the system will be a factory option on the King Air B200.

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NBAA '04: RVSM In Spades

ARINC, AeroMech Get RVSM STC For Citation III, Beechjet 400

The FAA has awarded ARINC Direct a supplemental type certificate (STC) for RVSM instrument modifications on the Cessna 650 (Citation III). ARINC and its partner, AeroMech, say they've come up with a convenient "one-stop" RVSM package for Cessna 650 operators. 

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FAA: Put Down The Shovels And Step Away From The Landfill

Agency Orders Work Halted On Landfill Near Williamson County Airport

Developers of a Southern Illinois landfill will have to stop work immediately, after the FAA said they hadn't filed the proper paperwork.

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NBAA '04: Commerce Secretary Donald Evans Headed For Vegas

Taking Part In NBAA Convention

The NBAA Convention in Las Vegas (NV) is getting an official visit from the nation's top businessman. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans will take part in the proceedings Wednesday, becoming the first cabinet member to grace the annual gathering since 1989. Evans says he'll meet with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and business aviation leaders to talk about growing the business aviation industry, access to foreign markets and trade promotion. After his meeting, he'll tour the trade show floor.

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Another Candidate Graces Eclipse

John Kerry Tours Facility On The Campaign Trail

Presidential candidate John Kerry made a campaign stop at the New Mexico headquarters of very light jet (VLJ) manufacturer Eclipse Aviation.

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South Korea Gets First Look At Dreamliner

Boeing Takes 7E7 Show On The Road

South Koreans are getting their first look at Boeing's latest creation -- the 7E7 Dreamliner.

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Authorities Investigate Ohio Mid-Air

Private Aircraft Collided While Performing Touch-And-Go's

FAA and NTSB investigators are looking into Sunday's mid-air collision between two aircraft practicing take-offs and landings at Cincinnati West Airport.

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NBAA '04: Welcome Back!

Pratt & Whitney Canada Re-Introduces the JT15D-4 Into Production

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) will re-introduce the JT15D-4 engine model into production in the third quarter of 2005. All current production Service Bulletins will be incorporated to bring the new production model to the latest modification standard.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.12.04)

"The Concorde may have been relegated to museums, but the world has not slowed down. Indeed the reverse is true... The world's major businesses and governments have a clear need for faster travel."

Source: Aerion Vice Chairman Brian Barents, discussing their postulated Supersonic BizJet.

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Flight 93 Pilot Honored

Black Marble Tablet Memorializes United's Jason Dahl

It was a private affair, with friends and family in attendance. About 150 of them gathered in a suburban Denver (CO) subdivision, not far from where United Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl lived. Far away from the crash site in Pennsylvania where he died, far away from that terrible day in 2001, the people who knew Dahl best erected a monument in his memory.

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It Wouldn't Be A Convention Without The Golf Tournament!

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 8th Annual Chairman's Charity Classic Golf Tournament yesterday raised $55,000 for Angel Flight West. Located in Santa Monica, CA, this not-for-profit organization serves the western U.S. by providing free, non-emergency air transportation in response to medical and other compelling human needs. A total of 325 golfers played three courses at Paiute Golf Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

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