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July 17, 2005

Keep Calling, But No One Will Answer...Yet

FAA Trumps FCC On In-Flight Cell Phone Use

The FAA says it will continue to uphold the ban on in-flight cell phone usage for commercial passengers, even if the FCC decides to lift its own ban.

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Search For Airliner, Lost in 1950, Finds... Shipwrecks

Northwest Flight 2501 Will Keep Its Secrets For Now

By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien The sea does not give up her dead casually; and neither do the freshwater inland seas, the Great Lakes that define much of the north central US and southern Canada. So when Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates (MSRA) decided to take on the case of Northwest Flight 2501, a Douglas DC-4 lost in 1950 with 55 passengers, two pilots, and a stewardess over vast Lake Michigan, they knew it was going to be hard. They didn't know how hard -- or that they'd wind up solving other, even older mysteries, while chasing Flight 2501.

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Presidential Helo Is Now 'VH-71A'

Providing POTUS With Mobile Command And Control Capability

Marking a major step in the aggressive transition from concept to fielded capability, the next generation presidential helicopter has shed its generic "VXX" placeholder and received its mission design series designator of "VH-71A."

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NBAA Welcomes New Landing-Fee Structure For Santa Monica

Plan Replaces Former SMO Fees Ruled 'Unjustly Discriminatory' By FAA

The NBAA gave its thumbs up this week to FAA approval of a new landing-fee structure for Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The new landing-fee plan - approved by Santa Monica City officials on June 21 and scheduled to become effective August 1 - replaces a previous program that was rejected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last January on the grounds that it unjustly discriminated against certain types of aircraft.

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Moving On: NBAA's David Almy

Search Is On For Replacement The NBAA says David W. Almy, senior vice president, marketing and communications, has informed the Association that he is resigning his post to pursue a new challenge. He will remain associated with NBAA for a period of time to assist in the transition.

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Aircraft Components Inks Big Deal With Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America

Will Become Exclusive Overhaul Agency

Aircraft Components Company, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Aircraft Product Support Division, of Addison, Texas, have struck a deal whereby ACC will provide component overhaul services on certain Japanese manufactured aircraft products. The agreement follows the recent merger of ACC and Turbine Aircraft Components.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: 'Flying Thoughts' Book

For Sale: Book - "Flying Thoughts - An Aviator's Flight Through Life"

Signed by Author Richard Ward. E-mail for details and preview. New, will sell for $18.95

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.17.05)

"Let me be clear: Regardless of the FCC proceeding, the FAA's rules will remain." Source: Nicholas Sabatini, FAA associate administrator for aviation safety, testifying before the House aviation subcommittee Thursday about cell phone usage aboard commercial passenger aircraft. The FCC says it may rescind its rules governing such use. But until the communications technology industry can come up with devices that don't interfere with avionics, Sabatini said the ban will remain in place.

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