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February 01, 2005

Study: Shuttle Controllers Should Rely Less On Modeling

Two Years After Columbia, Some Blunt Language From RTF Task Force

Don't rely too much on computer models that haven't yet been tested. That warning came Monday from NASA's Return To Flight Task Force on the eve of the second anniversary of the Columbia shuttle tragedy.

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An Amazing Year: Robinson’s 2004 Sales Soar Past 2003

63% Increase Over Last Year!

Sales at Robinson Helicopter Company, once again, exceeded expectations. In 2004, Robinson produced 690 new helicopters, a 63% increase over the 422 helicopters produced in 2003. RHC shipped 234 R22s and 456 R44s, an all time high for the company, and has manufactured over 3,780 R22s and 2,100 R44s to date.

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UK Confirms 10 Aboard Downed C130

Insurgents Claim To Have Shot It Down

The British government Monday confirmed ten people -- nine airmen and a soldier -- were killed when a C130 Hercules went down northwest of Baghdad on Sunday. The question now is, what brought that Hercules down?

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Blue Angel Has His Wings Back

Pilot Reinstated After Losing Plane In Gulf

Being a rookie in any organization is tough by nature. But imagine being one of the US Navy's rookie Blue Angels. Imagine having dropped your F/A-18 into the Gulf of Mexico. Imagine having been suspended from flight pending investigation.

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Avemco to Cover Twin-Engine Renter-Pilots

Insurance Company Banks On Thought That They'll Eventually Become Airplane Owners

Avemco Insurance Company, the only direct writer of general aviation insurance in the US, has expanded its successful Renter (non-owned) insurance program to include pilots who rent multi-engine airplanes.

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UNM Hospital Helicopter Down; Pilot Safe

Life Flight Crash Investigation Delayed By Snow

Scott Neal, the pilot of a Lifeguard helicopter operated under the auspices of the University of New Mexico Hospitals, survived a crash in northern New Mexico Saturday night, shaken up but not seriously hurt.

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Lockheed Martin's Crew Exploration Vehicle Team Gathers Steam

Lockheed Martin, EADS, United Space Alliance, Honeywell, Orbital, Hamilton Sundstrand Combine Efforts

Lockheed Martin announced Monday an all-star team of industry innovators have joined Lockheed Martin in the competition to design and build NASA's new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). Lockheed Martin is one of several companies chosen by NASA last September to provide concepts for the development of a Crew Exploration Vehicle, as well as overall architecture concepts for human exploration of the moon.

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Bleg Beg Pays Off: Skymasters Owners/Pilots To Gather In Key West

4th Annual SOAPA Meeting

The Skymaster Owners and Pilots Association 2005 meeting and fly-in is scheduled for Key West between May 18 and 21. A great mix of subjects, speakers and activities -- well beyond what's been done in prior years -- is planned, covering exciting issues such as travel destinations, maintenance, upgrades, and STCs.

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Kitty Hawk F/A- 18F Aircraft Mishap

Two Pilots Recovered

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 was involved in an accident on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) approximately 100 miles southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 29 at approximately 1830, Japan Standard Time.

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Mixed Labor Signals At UAL

Mechanics Threaten To Strike, Pilots Approve Wage Cut Deal

Workers at bankrupt United Airlines Monday sent mixed signals as the carrier continued its struggle for solvency. While pilots approved a wage cut deal, union mechanics turned down the airline's new contract offer, threatening to strike if the airline's will was imposed upon them by the federal court.

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National Park Evacuated After Mystery Airdrop

Pilot Lands In Big Trouble After Dropping Flour On Friends

An Arizona man with access to an airplane and the ability to fly it is in a whole lot of trouble this week, after he decided to play a joke on some friends who were in a paintball gun competition in the Tonto National Forest, according to authorities. Because of that prank, the forest was evacuated in the midst of what rangers thought might have been a chemical or biological attack.

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Qatar Airways Lights Up Skies Over South Africa

World's Largest Moving Billboard Unveiled

Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has taken South Africa by storm by unveiling the world's largest-ever moving billboard to officially announce its arrival in the country.

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Caravan Down In Helsinki

Pilot Flown To Hospital On Medical Helo

By ANN Contributor Matthew French, Turku, Finland A Cessna Caravan went down on landing at the Helsinki Vanta Airport area Monday evening, injuring the pilot, according to authorities. The airport's emergency response team reported only the pilot, who was the only person on board at the time, was injured.

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Hawaii Mourns Loss Of Marines

27 Honored As Base Opens Gates For Grieving Families, Friends

"I just want to tell the families I love these guys. They're a part of me." That's how USMC Lance Corporal Buck Gates described his effort to memorialize the men killed aboard at USMC CH-53 that went down in Iraq over the weekend. In all, 27 of the 28 people aboard the Sea Stallion were from his base in Hawaii. Forty-four years after the island state itself was struck by a Japanese sneak attack, families and friends of those who died aboard the Sea Stallion paid their respects to those killed in the weekend downing of the Marine helicopter.

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Air Traffic Alliance, Boeing: Flight Trials Show Tailored Arrivals Boost Efficie

They Also Cut Noise And Emissions

Recent flight trials have shown that an innovative Air Traffic Management concept called Tailored Arrivals can improve efficiency and reduce noise and emissions when aircraft land. The Air Traffic Alliance (a grouping of European Aeronautic Defence and Space, Airbus and Ales), Boeing, the Australian air carrier Qantas Airways and Australian Air Navigation Service provider, Airservices Australia jointly conducted the flight trials last year at airports in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

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Just Married: Jet Center & ACM Aviation

Girding Their Loins For New Competition At San Jose

Preparing for the advent of yet another FBO at Mineta San Jose Airport in California, Jet Center and ACM Aviation have announced they will combine forces, creating an FBO with two locations at the airport.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.01.05)

"I just want to tell the families I love these guys. They're a part of me." Source: Marine Lance Corporal Buck Gates, describing his effort to memorialize the men killed aboard a USMC CH-53 that went down in Iraq over the weekend. In all, 27 of the 28 people aboard the Sea Stallion were from his base in Hawaii. Forty-four years after the island state itself was struck by a Japanese sneak attack, families and friends of those who died aboard the Sea Stallion paid their respects to those killed in the weekend downing of the Marine helicopter.

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Upgrades: Executive Jet Management Announces Promotions at White Plains Airport

Marietta French Becomes VP, GM

Executive Jet Management (EJM), a company that provides aircraft management and charter services worldwide, announced key promotions at its new facility at White Plains Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY, used exclusively by NetJets owners and guests.

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Pennsylvania TFR: Until Further Notice

Issued: 01/31/2005 14:40 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: PA Facility: ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH. Type: HAZARDS Description: NEW KENNSINGTON PA.

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Washington, DC TFR: 02.02.05

NOTAM: 5/0850 Issued: 01/29/2005 04:20 Effective: 02/03/2005 00:00 - 02/03/2005 04:00 State: DC Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: SECURITY Description: WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 2, 2005 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, SECTIONS 91.141 AND 99.7 SPECIAL SEC

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AD: Gippsland Aeronautics

AD NUMBER: 2005-02-11 MANUFACTURER: Gippsland Aeronautics SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-02-11 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gippsland Aeronautics Pty. Ltd. Model GA8 airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-02-10 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-02-10 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 757 series airplanes, that requires repetitive detailed inspections of the support brackets and associated fasteners for the hydraulic lines located in the nacelle struts, and related investigative and corrective actions as necessary.

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