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February 18, 2005

For Real: ASTM LSA Standards Blessed by FAA

Manufacture of S-LSA and E-LSA kits now one step closer to reality

The FAA has accepted the first industry-developed consensus standards for light-sport aircraft. This brings the reality of ready-to-fly special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) and experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) kits one step closer. 

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San Jose State University Shuts Down Precision Flight Team

Risk Management Decision May Still Be Overturned

By Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien and Senior Editor Pete Combs The precision flight team at California's San Jose State University has been abruptly grounded in what appears to be a conflict over new insurance rules at the institution. While team members continue to wrangle with the school administration, it appears the team may have to miss at least the year's first competition.

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FAA On Overnight Tower Closings: 'Breathe Easy'

Spokesman Says Nothing Definitive In The Works Right Now

There is no released list of airports where controls towers may be shut down overnight. That word comes directly from the FAA.

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Muskogee Pilot Apparently Had No Medical

Plane, Body Recovered After Lengthy Search

The pilot of a homebuilt aircraft that went down near Holdenville, OK, didn't have a medical certificate. So says the FAA in the case of Jack Nolen, a semi-retired physician from Muskogee.

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Klyde Morris 02.18.05

Klyde Plays "Do-It-(To)-Yourself...

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Fight For DCA Goes To Congress

Key Aviation Leaders Introduce Legislation To Reopen National To Charter Operations

A new bill introduced Thursday on Capitol Hill would require the DHS, in consultation with the Department of Transportation, to develop regulations within six months of the bill's passage that would allow charter and general aviation operations to resume at DCA. Such regulations may include the screening of all flights entering the airport, physical inspections of aircraft, advance clearance of passenger manifests by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and limiting the airports from which flights into DCA can originate.

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Baggage Busters Busted At Newark

Multi-Agency Investigation Continues To Roll Up Cocaine Ring

For the second time in a year, Federal agents have cracked a drug ring operating at Newark Liberty International, and they hint that more arrests are to come. The arrests are part of a wide-ranging probe that has taken over a year and involved scores of Federal and local law enforcement officers.

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While Global Flyer Languishes, Bills Mount Up

But Kansas Airport Says It's Worth It

The Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer project has so far cost a small Kansas airport about $38,000 so far. And executives at the Salina Airport Authority say it's money well-spent.

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LOPA 2005 Spring Fly-In

Lancairs Flock To The Desert

It promises to be an interesting weekend in Scottsdale, AZ, late next month, as the Lancair Owners and Pilots Association stages a fly-in at Scottsdale Airport.

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Airlines Offer OSH Discounts

It's Flyin' Time Again

Special air fare discounts are now available for EAA members and others who attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005. The 53rd annual edition of the world's greatest aviation celebration will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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NAVAIR Reservist has Re-Enlistment to Remember

THIS Is What We Call An Incentive!

Re-enlistments in the Navy Reserves are memorable occasions as a Sailor passes a milestone in his or her career and looks forward to the road ahead. But when Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuels Chief Thomas E. Wharton raised his right hand and repeated his service oath almost one year ago, little did he know that this important milestone would eventually be celebrated at more than 300 knots in the back seat of a F/A-18 Super Hornet jet.

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Cassini's Radar Spots Giant Crater on Titan

That's One Big Hole

A giant impact crater the size of Iowa was spotted on Saturn's moon Titan by NASA's Cassini radar instrument during Tuesday's Titan flyby.

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Aerocomp Developing New Carbon Composite Turbine

Comp Air 12 Will Be Bigger Than Comp Air Jet

On the heels of Aerocomp's Comp Air Jet flight test program, its newest high-tech aircraft -- the Comp Air 12 turbine -- is poised to enter yet another rigorous flight-test-program at the company's Merritt Island, FL, plant.

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Be A Pilot Continues Strong Performance For Industry

Logs 33,000 Pilot Prospects, 1,000th Story In Consumer Media

The Be A Pilot program registered nearly 33,000 prospective new pilots in 2004 for a $49 introductory flying lesson at one of 2,114 flight schools.

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Afghan Defense Minister Wants A-10s, Apaches

US Has No Comment On Rahim Wardak's Shopping List

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien Afghanistan once had a powerful air force with fighter planes, attack helicopters and transport machines. Indeed, I saw evidence of it everywhere I went in that country: hangars shredded by AC-130 fire, fighters left derelict, jet pilots working as privates in the Army. Between the civil war, the end of Russian aid (all military types were of Soviet origin), and the Coalition blitzkrieg of 2001, nothing was left but souvenirs.

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Northrop Grumman Shows USAF Moving Target Engagement Capability

The Seeker Works

Northrop Grumman says it recently performed successful high-speed captive flight tests of its multi-mode air-to-ground terminal guidance seeker during moving-target engagement exercises at Eglin Air Force Base.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled At Connellsvile, Airport

They're Building A New General Aviation Terminal

The Fayette County Airport Authority (FCAA) in Lemont Furnace, PA, says it will break ground on a new General Aviation Terminal at Connellsville Airport next month.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.18.05)

"Breathe easy." Source: FAA spokesman Greg Martin, when asked about the angst surrounding a list of airport control towers where operations might be curtailed between 0000 and 0500. Martin would not acknowledge a list of 48 airports contained in an internal FAA e-mail obtained by ANN, but said there is no imminent decision to close any control tower during overnight hours.

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AD NUMBER: 2005-04-04 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B series airplanes. This AD requires a one-time inspection to determine the part and serial numbers of certain engine vibration isolators (mounts) and the cure dates of certain molded assemblies incorporated in those engine mounts; and related corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-04-01 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing transport category airplanes.

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AD: Empresa

AD NUMBER: 2005-04-05 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-05 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain EMBRAER Model EMB-135 and -145 series airplanes. This AD requires repetitive detailed inspections of the oil in the air turbine starter (ATS) to determine the quantity of the oil and the amount of debris contamination in the oil.

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2005-04-09 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-09 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) model helicopters that currently requires certain checks and inspections of the tail rotor blades.

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