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July 04, 2005

Jeanine McIntosh: First Black Woman With Coast Guard Wings


Another barrier was broken on June 25th, as Conrol McIntosh pinned Coast Guard Wings onto his daughter's uniform. Lt. j.g. Jeanine McIntosh, 26 has made history and become the first black female US Coast Guard Aviator.

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Phil Boyer's Fourth Of July Message

Thinking Freedom -- On The Ground And In The Sky

(We read with great interest AOPA President Phil Boyer's Fourth of July remarks and thought you'd want to do so as well. -- ed.) As we wind up a long weekend and celebrate our country's independence, I'd like to ask each of you to take a minute to think about our freedoms and what it takes to keep them alive.

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Bullseye! Comet Collider On Target

Deep Impact Kicks Off Fourth Of July With Deep Space Fireworks

After 172 days and 431 million kilometers (268 million miles) of deep space stalking, Deep Impact successfully reached out and touched comet Tempel 1. The collision between the coffee table-sized impactor and city-sized comet occurred at 0152 EDT.

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BRS Loses $3.4M Verdict

In a lawsuit filed by Charles F. Parsons and Aerospace Marketing, Inc., a Florida jury found that Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc., committed a breach of a contract related to the GARD-150 product and failed to perform its obligations under a contract related to the GARD-172 and awarded the plaintiffs approximately $3.4 million in damages.

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Memos From DiamondFest 2005 (Part Two)

Extensive travels and a breakneck schedule have kept us from filing some more updates from our recent excursion to London, Ontario, for the second annual rendition of DiamondFest.

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Vimy Goes The Distance


Steve Fossett and Mark Rebholz successfully flew the Vickers Vimy for just over 18 hours across the Atlantic to land on an Irish golf course. The flight departed from Newfoundland at 1919 hrs Saturday and arrived in Ireland at 1704 hrs Sunday.

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Klyde Morris 07.04.05

Klyde Has His Work Cut Out For Him This Weekend...

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July Fourth Collision Expected

Deep Impact

The washing-machine-sized, copper-fortified impactor is expected to make a good impression on the comet Tempel 1 at 0152 EDT July 4th. It was successfully released from the flyby spacecraft at 0207 EDT on Sunday.

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Camp David Airspace Violated

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate

A pilot of a Cessna violated restricted airspace around Camp David Saturday, and the pilot was questioned and released. The aircraft was intercepted about eight miles from the presidential retreat by two F-16 fighters around 2245 Saturday.

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Spectrum Aircraft Corporation Introduces VLT

High Performance Very Light Twin

Spectrum Aircraft Corporation of Florida just introduced the A-36 "Vulcan", a brand new two-seat, twin-engine sport plane. Commissioned by Spectrum, the new Vulcan was designed and engineered by Aeroprakt Ltd.

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Liquid Hydrogen Powered UAV Takes Flight

World's First

AeroVironment announced last week the successful completion of flight tests for the world's first liquid hydrogen powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

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New LSA Being Considered For US Production

Vista, Varlet, Valor

Spectrum Aircraft Corporation is working with Aeroprakt in developing LSA (Light-Sport Aircraft) versions of the A-20 and A-22 for FAA certification, and production in the United States.

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Hillsboro Aviation Becomes Only Independent Bell Rep

Need A Helicopter?

Hillsboro Aviation was awarded Bell Helicopter's Western US sales territory recently, making Hillsboro the only independent Bell Helicopter representative in the US. The territory covers 16 states and is part of a major expansion effort by Bell to better serve its growing number of customers based in this region.

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Drunk Professor Restrained On Korean Air


After consuming six drinks in the first hour of a Korean Air flight from Jakarta to Incheon, a university professor reportedly caused a disturbance and even tried to rush the cockpit. Police identified the 46-year-old man by his last name of Chung.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.04.05)

"This litigation is not over and we plan to pursue another stage in our defense whether it be through appeal, a new trial, or motions to the court to remit the damages. The first course of action for BRS is to ask the Judge to overturn the verdict."

Source: BRS's Larry Williams, commenting on a lawsuit filed by Charles F. Parsons and Aerospace Marketing, Inc.

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5411  Issued:  07/04/2005 00:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  WA  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  WINTHROP WA. 

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