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February 11, 2005

AOPA's Take: TSA Rule For 'DC-3'

Advocacy Group Says Airports' Struggle Continues

As ANN reported Thursday, transient operations will soon be allowed at the "DC-3" airports, albeit on a very restricted basis. While much industry attention has been devoted to reopening Reagan National Airport to general aviation (primarily large business jets), AOPA has focused on the GA airports inside the Washington flight restricted zone (FRZ), repeatedly asking the TSA, FAA, and Congress to allow transient operations at the "DC-3" airports - College Park Airport (CGS), Potomac Airfield (VKX), and Washington Executive/Hyde Field (W32). Now, a small victory.

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Civil Air Patrol Cadet Found Dead In Florida

Was On Outing With Pennsylvania Wing 

A Civil Air Patrol cadet from the Pennsylvania Wing was found dead Thursday in Osceola County, FL. The cadet has been identified as Rebecca Marseglia, 16, of Levittown, PA. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

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SpaceShipOne Team Wins 2004 Collier Trophy

Private Space Mission Honored As One Of History's Greatest Aviation Advances

Burt Rutan and the SpaceShipOne team, creators of the first-ever privately financed, manned spacecraft, was named winner of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy Monday by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The Collier trophy, awarded since 1911, honors the greatest advances in aviation history.

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Citation Mustang Mock-Up Goes On Tour

Road Show Stretches From Wichita To Geneva

Cessna is launching a worldwide Citation Mustang mock-up tour on February 14, 2005. The 10-city tour will commence in Chicago, Illinois, on February 14, 2005, and will conclude on May 20, 2005, at the EBACE convention in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Global Flyer: Delayed Again

No Launch Before February 19th

Steve Fossett will have to wait a little longer.

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White One Flies Again

First Successful Wheels-Up Flight In Washington State

The WWII ME262 German Fighter Jet “White One” completed the 8th test flight in Everett, WA this week.  Reports from the scene say it was an especially exciting test flight, as it marked the first successful "wheels up" flight of the White 1 airplane since January, 2003 (below). 

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Congress Mulls Measure To Improve Air Service To Small Communities

Service Would Benefit On-Demand Charter Ops

Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) has introduced legislation to improve air transportation to small communities by allowing on-demand air charter operators to conduct limited scheduled service between two destinations.  H.R. 488, "Serving Economies through Aviation and Technology in the 21st Century Act (SEAT 21)," would permit on-demand Part 135 operators to conduct public charter flights, provided the service consists of fewer than five round trips per week.  The purpose of the legislation is to provide supplemental air service to small communities who often lack sufficient scheduled air service.

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Cassini Witnesses Saturn's Blues

Remarkable Photos Show Calm At Planet's Pole

Colorful new images from the Cassini spacecraft show that Saturn’s northern hemisphere has a case of the blues.

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USAF Orders Three Boeing C-40C Aircraft

They'll Go To The 932nd Airlift Wing At Scott

The US Air Force has announced orders for three Boeing C-40C aircraft to provide worldwide transportation support for government officials. The C-40Cs are based on the Boeing Business Jet and will replace retiring C-9A aircraft, supplying the Air Force with reliable, updated and cost-effective airlift support.

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Klyde Morris 02.11.05

Little Ant, BIG Plane... This Ain't Gonna Be Pretty For Long!

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Thanks To The Eye In The Sky

Predators Protect Troops

The loud roars of Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons at Logistics Support Area Anaconda, in Balad, Iraq are familiar reminders of close-air support, but unmanned Predators silently swarm the skies protecting troops by different means.

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Frasca: TruFlite FTD Sales Continue Strong

Newest Customers Include Delta State University and CTC Aviation

Delta State University and CTC Aviation are the latest customers for Frasca International’s reconfigurable flight training device, the TruFlite. The TruFlite was introduced last year with over 30 units delivered to date. The TruFlite can be converted between multi and single engine aircraft in minutes and utilizes computer generated instrumentation (CGI) developed by Frasca.

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Rethinking The Hunter

Northrop-Grumman Hunter II Features Heavy Fuel Engine As Part Of Baseline Design

Northrop Grumman has started ground and flight demonstrations of the new Hunter II medium altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it has proposed as the US Army's next generation UAV system.

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Available Positions Include Associate Editor, Volunteer Event Correspondents

As a journalist and a pilot, I have to tell you there is no better marriage of vocation and avocation than working as an aviation reporter and editor. Seriously. The late musician Harry Chapin once told me his biggest fear was that someday, someone would walk up to him and say, "Harry, the jig is up. It's time to get a real job."

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Dallas Airmotive Now Overhauling Honeywell 36 Series APUs

Covers All 36-6, 36-100, 36-150 APUs

Dallas Airmotive's Carpenter Freeway production facility in Dallas, TX, has added overhaul level authorization to its existing Honeywell 36 series Authorized Service Center agreement. The new authorization covers all Honeywell 36-6, 36-100 and 36-150 APUs used in business and general aviation applications.

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CMC Electronics SureSight Certified By Transport Canada

System To Provide Better Weather Imaging

CMC Electronics Inc. announces that its SureSight I-series Enhanced Vision System infrared (EVS-IR) sensor was certified by Transport Canada in late December 2004. The CMC EVS sensor received the Transport Canada Appliance Type Certificate AP-55.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.11.05)

"This action is significant because it marks the first time since 9/11 that transient general aviation operators will have access to these airports. While reducing the size of the ADIZ to just the FRZ is AOPA's primary goal, permitting transient operations in the FRZ is a step in the right direction." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, after the TSA announced it would allow transient aircraft to operate at the so-called "Maryland Three" -- airports just outside Washington that were effectively shut down in the institution of a post-9/11 ADIZ.

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2005-01-04 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede (AD) 98-15-13, which applies to certain Raytheon Aircraft Company 90, 100, 200, and 300 series airplanes. This AD adds the Raytheon Beech 99 series to the applicability listed in AD 98-15-13. The compliance actions remain the same for those aircraft originally affected by AD 98-15-13.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2005-03-06 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd.& Co KG (RRD) (formerly Rolls-Royce plc) Model Tay 611-8, 620-15, 650-15, and 651-54 turbofan engines, with low pressure (LP) fuel tube, part number (P/N) JR33021A, installed.

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2005-03-07 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-07 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 407 helicopters that requires creating a component history card or equivalent record for each crosstube assembly, converting accumulated run-on landings to an accumulated Retirement Index Number (RIN) count, and establishing a maximum accumulated RIN for certain crosstube assemblies.

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TSA Opens “Maryland Three” Airports to Transient Aircraft Operators

Agency Assumes Responsibility For Ground Security

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Thursday announced it will assume responsibility for ground security requirements and procedures at three general aviation (GA) airports located within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Flight Restricted Zone.  Under TSA’s interim final rule, transient operations will now be allowed to resume at the three airports.  The three are College Park Airport, Potomac Airfield, and Washington Executive/Hyde Field – commonly referred to as the “Maryland Three” airports.

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