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February 16, 2005

Citation Down In Colorado

At Least Seven Reported Lost In Pueblo Accident

At least seven of the eight people on board a Cessna Citation 560 are reported dead after the aircraft went down on approach to Pueblo Airport in Colorado.

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Boeing Comes Up Swinging: ULTRA Long Range 777 Intro'd

Boeing Unveils 777-200LR Worldliner -- Longest Range Commercial Jetliner 

There ain't no Airbus envy in Washington state... Boeing has just unveiled the first 777-200LR Worldliner -- the world's longest range commercial airplane -- at a celebration attended by more than 5,000 employees, airline representatives, suppliers, and government and community leaders.

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Senate Confirms Chertoff As New DHS Secretary

AOPA Still Waiting To Learn His Position On General Aviation

The United States Senate today unanimously confirmed the nomination of Judge Michael Chertoff to be Secretary of Homeland Security, a position with tremendous influence over how general aviation pilots can operate.

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NBAA Welcomes Chertoff Confirmation

Hopes To Soon Bend His Ear On Biz Av Issues

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Tuesday welcomed confirmation by the US Senate of Michael Chertoff as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Eclipse Aviation Advances Certification Test Fleet

Second And Third FAA Conforming Flight Test Aircraft Will Fly This Quarter

Eclipse Aviation Corporation today announced that its next two FAA conforming Eclipse 500 very light jets, N502EA and N504EA, have completed wing-mate and are standing on their own gear as they approach entry into flight test later this quarter. These two aircraft will join N503EA, which has been in flight testing since December 31, to complete the Eclipse 500 FAA certification flight test fleet. A fourth aircraft, N505EA, which will be used in Eclipse's beta test program, will be on its own gear by the end of this month.

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Missile Shield Fails Again

Analysts Say Timing Couldn't Be Worse

For the third time in a row, the Bush administration's missile shield failed a critical operations test. While the Los Angeles Times reports the target vehicle launched without a hitch, the kill vehicle apparently failed to leave the pad during Sunday's test.

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DoD Refers Boeing Contracts to IG Investigators

Druyan's Legacy Could Cost Boeing Billions

Eight contracts totaling more than $3 billion have been referred for further investigation as part of the scandal surrounding Darleen Druyun.

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Hang With Howard -- And Oscar

Evergreen Air Museum Has An Oscar Night Party!

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien What are you doing Oscar Night (which, for the cinematically disinclined among us, is February 27th)? If you're at a loss for plans, consider Evergreen Aviation Museum's offer of "An Evening with Howard and Oscar." The museum promises it will be "an evening to remember," and given the planning that has gone into this special event at a special place, they're going to deliver on that promise.

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Behind The Scenes: The First Sport Pilot Examiner Seminar

Brian Carpenter Goes To School

By Jon Thornburgh The FAA Sport Pilot initiative became effective on September 1, 2004. Throughout 2005 many provisions of the Sport Pilot rule will be implemented, such as developing the criteria for aircraft factories to manufacture sport aircraft, and the publication of the "Practical Test Standards" that sport pilot applicants must meet in order to pass their flight tests.

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Afghan National Army Assists in Plane Crash Aftermath

Recovery Efforts Continue

The crash of a Kam Air Boeing 737 passenger jet on Feb. 4 was believed to be Afghanistan's worst air disaster.

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FAA To Eliminate Redundant Instrument Approaches

Proposes To Cancel Selected NDB Procedures

The FAA wants to reduce the number of redundant ground-based navigational aid (NAVAID) approaches to many runways. That so the agency can shift its resources to developing more satellite-based GPS-WAAS approaches, which deliver better all-weather access, vertical guidance, and lower minimums than conventional nonprecision approaches. Specifically, the FAA is proposing canceling ancient nondirectional radio beacon (NDB) approaches to runway ends already served by another ground-based navaid and an area navigation (RNAV) procedure.

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2005 Starts Strong For New Airline Hires

Numbers Up, Some Carriers Recalling

By Kit Darby, President & CEO, AIR, Inc. It looks like there is some good news on the horizon for a few of the legacy carriers that have been struggling since 9/11. Continental has announced that they will not only be recalling all 203 furloughed pilots in 2005, but there is a possibility they may hire 80 additional pilots before the year is out.

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Where IS That 727-100?

Coup Plane's Fate Still Undecided

Authorities in Zimbabwe say the Boeing 727-100 was carrying mercenaries bent on staging a coup in Equatorial Guinea. They stopped for fuel at Harare International Airport -- where they were discovered and taken into custody. But what about the plane?

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NASA's Twin Mars Rovers Continue Exploration

Still Going...

NASA's Spirit rover found a new class of water-affected rock, while its twin, Opportunity, finished inspecting its own heat shield and set a new Martian driving record. The rovers successfully completed their three-month primary missions in April 2004 and are working on extended exploration missions.

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NBAA Awards 2005 Schedulers & Dispatchers Scholarships

Designed To Promote Career Development

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee today announced six recipients of the 2005 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Training Scholarship. The training awards, given in conjunction with corporate sponsors Airline Ground Schools, CornerStone Strategies LLC, Flight Safety International and MedAire, Inc., are designed to promote the career development of current and aspiring schedulers and dispatchers.

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Pilot Connections To Hold Job Fair in Phoenix

Event To Raise Money For Future Aviators

Pilot Connections will conduct its next job fair in Phoenix on Feb. 19, 2005, at The Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel from 1200 to 1600 local time. Pilot Connections is a new joint venture to host job fairs and to promote aspiring pilots in their career goals through awarding scholarships. The organization has awarded more than $28,000 in aviation scholarships since 2002.

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AirCell To Offer Global Flight Tracking

Operators Can Soon Track Aircraft With AirCell Satcom Systems

AirCell says it's added an automated flight tracking capability to its suite of airborne telecommunication systems.

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General Atomics Expands Production Facilities

Increased Demand for Predators Fuels Growth in Facilities & Staffing

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft surveillance systems, today announced that it is expanding into a new production facility in the Sabre Springs area of San Diego in response to greatly increased demand for its Predator and Predator B unmanned aircraft systems.

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Is it Time To Buy A GPS?

Some Bargains Turn Up Online

by ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien I've gotten by just fine with my antediluvian Garmin GPS90, an old monochrome unit that works great even if it only has airports and VFR fixes on it. (I've tried to wheedle test units of newer vintage out of Garmin to see what I was missing, but they've blown me off -- so much for the power of the Fourth Estate). But I can't deny that newer, shinier and more capable units are giving me serious GPS envy and may be prying loose some of my flying dollars soon -- especially when a range of attractive price cuts and closeouts are in effect.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.16.05)

"Now that the full Senate has confirmed Judge Chertoff’s nomination, AOPA plans to ask for a meeting as soon as possible to make sure he understands the important role GA plays in American day-to-day life. Judge Chertoff has a reputation as a quick study, so even if he does not know much about GA, we hope that he’ll see why it’s so important to find common-sense ways to address national security concerns without causing undue burdens on GA pilots." Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer, reacting to Tuesday's Senate confirmation of Judge Michael Chertoff to become the second Secretary of Homeland Security.

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New Hampshire TFR: 02.16.05

NOTAM: 5/1314 Issued: 02/15/2005 21:20 Effective: 02/16/2005 15:55 - 02/16/2005 18:40 State: NH Facility: ZBW - BOSTON (ARTCC),MA. Type: VIP Description: PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, FEBRUARY 16 2005 LOCAL.

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CASA Urgent AD: Pilatus PC-12

AD Number: AD/PC-12/45 Subject: Windshield De-Ice System Wiring - Inspection/Replacement Applicability: Model PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes, Manufacturer Serial Numbers (MSN) 322 through MSN 400 inclusive.

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Found: Dr. Jack Nolen

He'd Been Missing For More Than A Month

Authorities near Holdenville, OK, have found what they think are the remains of an Eastern Oklahoma doctor and his aircraft more than a month after Dr. Jack Nolen went missing.

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