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October 19, 2004

Control Vision Announces Pocket MFD -- Next Generation Handheld GPS

Plans a Complete System Give-Away Contest at AOPA Expo

Control Vision, makers of award-winning Anywhere Map, Anywhere Wx, and Pocket Plates has just raised the bar on handheld GPS systems with a suite of advanced capabilities. The Kansas company announced Anywhere Map Version 1.6; a next-generation moving map application with new features such as advanced VNAV, improved weather integration, an all-new Emergency Landing Mode, improved graphics, and user-definable views. The system takes advantage of the new Hewlett Packard iPAQ 4700 series PDA with a larger, higher resolution color screen, higher performance, and slim form factor.

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Doubting Thomases Ducking For Cover: BRS Saves Five More

3 European Chute Deployments Confirmed, Save Total Soars to 176

Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. has now been credited for saving the lives of 176 people from around the world. 3 pilots and 2 passengers, involved in 3 separate deployments in Europe were confirmed Monday, and announced by BRS.

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Bankruptcy Judge: US Airways 'Ticking Time Bomb'

Workers Protest Judge's Order For 21 Percent Pay Cuts Through February

"This is a ticking fiscal time bomb." Those words came from Alexandria (VA) Federal Judge Stephen Mitchell Friday, as he approved US Airways' request for a break on what it pays its workers. Labor negotiations aside, US Airways workers suddenly make 21-percent less than they did a week ago.

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United Says It Needs Even More Cuts

Blames Rising Fuel Costs And Weak Income

Still struggling against a tide of red ink, bankrupt United Airlines Friday told a Chicago federal judge that it needs to make significant additional cost cuts if it is to survive.

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Remembering Gordo

Mercury Seven Survivors Say Goodbye To One Of Their Own

At the height of the space race, as the US and USSR competed for all sorts of world records, Gordon Cooper had fishing on his mind.

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What Goes Up Must Come Down

It's Where And How Fast That Are The Variables

by ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien NASA's stalled manned space program now has a new rival in efficiency: unmanned probes that were assembled wrong by Lockheed Martin (Genesis), boosters where measurements were programmed in English instead of metric units by Lockheed Martin (Mars Climate Orbiter), or got slam-dunked a yard (which is a little less than a meter) by careless goons at -- take a guess -- Lockheed Martin (NOAA Prime-2).

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But It Was An Impressive Belly-Landing

African Instructor Learns The Hard Way: Keep Your Head In The Cockpit

By Gary Wiblin, Editor, Aviation Safety Forum It was a beautiful, sunny, Sunday morning as I lifted off runway 26 in Port Elizabeth, stowed the wheels and turned out right for Seretse Khama. I was flying a magnificent example of a Bonanza 36 and everything was purring along just as it should. I was on my way to fetch the owner in Maun, Botswana. I had dropped he and his family off there a week previously and it was now time for them to head for home.

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Aussies Arrive At Nellis In Force

They're Here Taking Part In Operation Red Flag

Hundreds of personnel, four F-111 strike aircraft and six F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force's Air Combat Group will deploy over the next few days to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, United States of America, to take part in the United States Air Force advanced air combat training exercise called Red Flag.

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Deep Impact Arrives In Florida To Prepare For Launch

Set To Go Comet-Hunting December 30th

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for a launch on December 30th. The spacecraft was shipped from Ball Aerospace & Technologies in Boulder (CO), to the Astrotech Space Operations facility located near the Kennedy Space Center.

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Remembering Those Lost

NTSB Dedicates Training Academy To Accident Victims

The National Transportation Safety Board Monday officially dedicated its training academy in Ashburn (VA) to the victims of transportation accidents and their families. NTSB Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners drew attention to the inscription on the front of the Academy that reads, "From tragedy we draw knowledge to improve the safety of all." The Chairman stated, "Out of tragedy, good must come. The NTSB Academy enhances the Safety Board's ability to promote its safety recommendations so that they will be implemented, and to sharpen the expertise of accident investigators throughout the world -- all with the goal of saving lives."

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NASA To Host Educator Workshop At Marshall

Firming Up The Connection Between Exploration And Education

Thirty educators who applied in 2003-2004 to join NASA's Astronaut Corps will visit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville (AL) Oct. 22-24, to participate in a workshop celebrating the unique connection between space exploration and the American classroom.

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XWAVE Delivers Airborne Training System To Canadian Forces

Allows Aircrews To Simulate Complex Threat Environments

XWAVE an Aliant subsidiary, Monday announced it has delivered its Tactical Airborne Crew Electronic Warfare Trainer (TACET) to the Canadian Air Force. TACET is a software solution that enables realistic training of Forces personnel in a safe, cost-effective environment.

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PAMA And Jet Professionals Announce Staffing Solutions

Joint Venture Serves Both Corporate Members and Aviators

The Professional Aircraft Maintenance Association (PAMA), the voice of the aviation maintenance community, and Jet Professionals, a premier aviation staffing company and a division of Jet Aviation, announced at NBAA a joint venture designed to deliver professional staffing solutions to PAMA members - both corporate and individual.

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Upgraded: Northrop Grumman's Frank Flores

Becomes VP/Air Combat Systems Engineering, Logistics And Technology

Northrop Grumman has appointed Frank Flores as its vice president, Engineering, Logistics and Technology for its Air Combat Systems business area.

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Aero-News Net Quote Of The Day (10.19.04)

"This has been a remarkable year for Cessna. The CJ3 marks the third Citation to receive the FAA's signature of approval in 2004. From the development of the concept through FAA test flights, the Citation CJ3 has repeatedly surpassed or equaled performance specifications we originally announced. The results of the CJ3 flight tests have impressed everyone at Cessna, and we know this airplane will amaze customers. Everyone at Cessna who helped turn this airplane into reality should be enormously proud of this great aircraft." Source: Cessna's President and CEO Jack J. Pelton, announcing that the FAA has granted certification to the CJ3.

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AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2004-21-03 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-21-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Gulfstream Model G-1159, G-1159A, G-1159B, and G-IV series airplanes.

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FAA Grants Type Certification For New Citation CJ3

Third Citation To Receive FAA Approval This Year

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Textron's Cessna Aircraft Company full type certification for the Model 525B Citation CJ3. The newly certified Citation completed 150 hours of function and reliability testing on Saturday, October 9, 2004.

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