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February 21, 2005

FAA Emergency AD: Cessna

Look For Wing Spar Cracks On Cessna 402C and 414A Models

The FAA late Sunday night issued an emergency airworthiness directive for Cessna 402C and 414A aircraft without the spar strap modification. The problem: possible cracks in the spar itself.

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Report: Jet Documents Back Story Of US Government 'Abductions'

Newsweek Finds Jet's Manifest Conforms to Account of Abduction in Afghanistan

Newsweek has obtained previously unpublished flight plans indicating the CIA has been operating a Boeing 737 as part of a top-secret global charter servicing clandestine interrogation facilities used in the war on terror. And the 737's flight information, detailed to the day, seem to confirm the claims of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, who says he was abducted by American operatives and in early 2004 flown to Afghanistan.

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FAA Issues Challenger Icing Directive

Challenger 600 Operators Told To Check For Ice

If you fly a Bombardier Challenger 600 series aircraft, the FAA wants you to be more careful inspecting for ice and frost on the wings. That's the gist of a new NOTAM from Washington, after two high-profile mishaps since November.

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The Aviator's Untold Story

Who Was David Grant And Why Wasn't He Portrayed In "The Aviator"?

As Leonardo DiCaprio and company bask in the glow of their success with "The Aviator," a film about a young, obsessive Howard Hughes, you won't find Jim Grant anywhere near the theater.

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From X To $ - The Teams Cash In. Or Not.

Former X-Prize Teams Now Pursue Commercial Potential

From the frozen wheatfields of Canada to the Mojave desert to the vibrant metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, the X-Prize Teams answer the $10 Million question -- what do you do now that the prize is over? The answers run the gamut: wither away and die, keep researching "because it is there," make a move to commercial space such as space tourism, or enter the X-Prize cup.

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AERA: Space Tourism By 2006

Revitalized X-Prize Contender Sets New Goal

Last week AERA, a new company, created a stir among space watchers when it promised that it would launch space tourists by 2006. Why, how can a new, unproven company get started that quickly while Mojave Aerospace Ventures, the victorious X-Prize team of Allen and Rutan, is still reported to be in early stages of building SpaceShipTwo -- the enlarged, redesigned space tourism ship that we previously reported?

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Sears Sentenced, Will Boeing Bounce?

Aerospace Firm Rolls Out Its New Aerial Tanker This Week

Boeing this week rolls out its KC-767 at the Wichita plant -- the first new aerial refueling tanker design the company has built in some 50 years. This model goes to the Italian Air Force. But in the midst of an ongoing scandal investigation by the Pentagon, it's still up in the air whether the Boeing tanker will fly for the US Air Force.

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Klyde Morris 02.21.05

Klyde Spills A Little Blood For The Cause

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Transition Complete: Wilson Air Center - Charlotte Open For Business

Even More Improvements On The Horizon

Wilson Air Center is pleased to announce that the Charlotte, NC location is now open for business and fully operational. Wilson Air Center was chosen by the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to manage the existing facility on the field (CLT). The official opening date under the Wilson Air Center name was February 1, 2005.

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Marines' New KC-130J Passes Second Op-Eval

Includes Latest ECM

The Marines' new KC-130J, the next generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft, has successfully passed its' second operational evaluation. The new aircraft is part of the Marine Corps transformational efforts to increase speed, persistence, precision, and reach to project capabilities over longer distances. This aircrafts' second Op eval concentrated on the on-board electronic countermeasures equipment.

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AOPA Reviews More Than 6,600 Proposed State Laws

Looking Out For Pilots On A State-By-State Basis

If you think wading through the FARs is tough, imagine how mind numbing it must be to read more than 6,600 proposed bills in 50 state legislatures. But that's exactly what your AOPA regional affairs staff has been doing since the first of this year to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises for general aviation lurking within the fine print.

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AOPA Regional Reps On The Lookout For Bad Laws

Who Watches Those Who Rule?

AOPA's "front line" in defending members' interests in the states is the association's 13 regional representatives.

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Get Ready! Women in Aviation Conference Coming Up Soon!

Ladies, Plan Your Flights to Dallas

By ANN Correspondent Rose Dorcey If you are a woman involved aviation, you'll want to be in Dallas (TX) for the 16th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference March 10-12, 2005.

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Navy Field On Hold In NC

Judge Orders Navy To Stop Work On Outlying Field

The US Navy tasted a rare defeat on Friday, not at the hands of a hostile sea power but at the hands of US District Court Judge Terrence Boyle in Eastern North Carolina. The Navy and Marines have been engaged in a bitter conflict with residents of Washington and Beaufort Counties over airspace issues and a proposed Outlying Landing Field (OLF) that the services want to build for carrier-landing practice.

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BizJet Completes First Non-OEM Installation

Now You Can Fax While You Fly

BizJet International was noted as the first non-OEM to install a Communications Group (ICG) Iridium Satellite Fax System in the United States.

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Days Of Thunder At Daytona

F-15s Bring True Meaning Of The Need For Speed

Race week in Daytona is always pretty wild. For some students this year, it's already time for Spring Break. Then, of course, there are tens of thousands of NASCAR fans roaming around town, waiting for a race and looking for some adventure in the meantime.

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Upgraded: Mike Cox

Becomes Bell Helicopter's VP For Communications

Mike Cox has been appointed Vice President of Communications for Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company. Cox replaces Carl Harris who retired recently after 38 years with the company. In making the announcement, Bell CEO Michael Redenbaugh said, "Mike's three decades as a public relations professional with both government and industry brings an enormous capability to Bell at a critical time in our path to become a world premiere company."

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Sheppard Airmen Check Out Raptor Simulator

Learning All About The "F-15 On Steroids"

It has been called an F-15 Eagle on steroids because of its advanced technologies. The F/A-22 Raptor, the Air Force's newest aircraft, has gained recognition as the first stealth supersonic fighter in the world.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day: (02.21.05)

"Howard wasn't that crazy. He wanted my dad next to him in the Spruce Goose because if something went wrong, he wanted to be talking to the guy who designed the hydraulic system, not the weatherman." Source: Jim Grant, of Encino, CA, whose father, David, was actually flying right seat for Howard Hughes during the one and only flight of the Spruce Goose. For reasons pertaining to "film continuity," however, Martin Scorsese, director of "The Aviator," replaced David Grant with a fictional weatherman. Jim told the LA Daily News he won't be rooting for "The Aviator" at next week's Academy Awards.

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 5/1398 Location: ATIGUN PASS , Alaska Beginning Date: Effective Immediately Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: DUE TO AVALANCHE CONTROL Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots):  No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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