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Sun May 23 2004
AOPA Online - Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association home page
...Notice: Between 1900 and 2230 EDT on 22 May 2004, AOPA Headquarters suffered a serious electrical failure resulting in loss of web and telephone services. We regret any inconvenience to our users and are working diligently to prevent any further interruption....
AOPA Air Safety Foundation:
Committed to general aviation safety
May 21 — Since the beginning, AOPA has been dedicated to improving general aviation safety. In 1950, the association created the AOPA Air Safety Foundation with the exclusive mission of providing safety research and education. These activities are funded by contributions from safety-minded pilots and organizations.
Thursday evening, the Air Safety Foundation's advisory board paid special honor to Art Keefe, who in the past 10 years has significantly increased ASF's funding and endowments, giving the foundation the resources to expand its activities and develop innovative new safety programs, such as interactive online training programs. More on ASF and Keefe
In photo: AOPA President Phil Boyer and Art Keefe. AOPA going strong at 65 Issues may have changed, but mission remains the same
May 21 — AOPA this week marks 65 years of protecting general aviation (GA). The association plans to celebrate by continuing its mission of education, information, and advocacy: petitioning Congress on behalf of pilots; pressing the FAA to protect and preserve the nation's airports; fighting states' efforts to balance their budgets on the backs of aircraft owners; and educating local leaders on the value of general aviation to their communities.
"From the outset, AOPA was intended to be a forceful advocate for general aviation," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "With the backing of our more than 400,000 members, we are an effective voice on Capitol Hill and in the halls of the FAA and the Transportation Security Administration. We've been able to head off costly regulations and to make sure that general aviation continues to have access to the national airspace. More on AOPA's first 65 years
Eleven hours of learning at AOPA Fly-In and Open House
May 20 — If a good pilot is always learning, then the 14th annual AOPA Fly-In and Open House will be your chance to be a very good pilot. AOPA and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation will offer 11 hours of aviation seminars during the June 5 event at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md.
The AOPA Fly-In, held each year at the association's home airport (Frederick Municipal Airport — FDK), has grown to be the largest one-day event of its kind in the nation. More on Fly-In seminars...
AOPA's Airport Watch
Part of the plan long before
May 17 — The TSA says that, "The vigilance of airport users is one of the most prevalent methods of enhancing security at GA airports. Typically, the user population is familiar with those individuals who have a valid purpose for being on the airport property." Indeed. That's exactly why AOPA launched AOPA's Airport Watch program in March 2003, long before today's guidelines were issued.
[ Read the Airport Watch brochure and view the Airport Watch video ] More on AOPA's Airport Watch TSA's new GA airport security guidelines — real test is how they're applied AOPA's Airport Watch
May 17 — The Transportation Security Administration reaffirmed today that it does not consider general aviation aircraft and airports to be a threat, in and of themselves. In its long-awaited guidelines for enhancing security at general aviation airports , the agency said GA airport managers have already undertaken voluntary security measures both before and since the September 11 terrorist attacks. The guidelines, which contain many of AOPA's suggestions , are intended to offer a consistent set of best practices that offer a level of security appropriate to each airport's situation.
"AOPA worked long and hard to make sure TSA made the guidelines relevant to general aviation — that they didn't apply airline airport security to GA," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Now that the federal guidelines are out, it's crucial that decisions by state and local authorities reflect the guidelines and are appropriate to each GA airport's individual situation."
Air Force Link
...KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq -- Security forces Airmen on a night patrol are silhouetted by an oil refinery fire May 18.
This Week in Photos...
Tyndall aircraft crashes
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) An F-15 Eagle crashed into the Gulf of Mexico at about noon May 21.
The plane, assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing here, was on a training mission.
Rocket launch successful
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) A Taurus XL rocket launches from here May 20 carrying a remote sensing satellite.
Airmen, Iraqis dig up ancient site
KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) An ages-old mystery is being unearthed here thanks to some amateur archeologists serving with the 506th Air Expeditionary Group.
Medics treat more than 620 in Cambodia
KEP, Cambodia (AFPN) U.S. military medics have treated more than 620 patients and have scheduled 100 surgeries in a small hospital complex in Cambodia since May 17.
Water world
SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) Tech. Sgt. Robert Glasco fills a base water truck at a forward-deployed location.
Last Randolph T-38A simulator shut down
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) After 26 years of training thousands of pilots, the last full-motion T-38A Talon simulators here was retired.
Providing power
SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) Senior Airman Crystal Plummer installs a power supply to a computer at a forward-deployed location....
Welcome to AIN Online: May 2004
...Williams-powered Learjet Program Progressing Slowly
Southeast Regional Fractional Program Launched
Trade Groups Lead Support for Contract Tower Program
FAA Recommends Compliance with Learjet SB
Accidents: MU-2B; Twin Commander 840; King Air 200
Table of Contents
...Plenty of Preparation for Jamail Larkins' Letterman Appearance...
May 21, 2004 - The past several days were pretty remarkable for 20-year-old Jamail Larkins, student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and national spokesman for the EAA Young Eagles program. On Tuesday, he flew from ERAU in Daytona Beach to Readington New Jersey ’s Solberg-Hunterdon Airport (N51), to prepare for a national television appearance of CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman...
EAA Air Academy Sessions Closing Fast...
May 20, 2004 - Response for this year's EAA Air Resident Summer Youth Camps has been outstanding! Aviation enthusiasts and their families know that there's no better place to experience aviation than in Oshkosh, Wisconsin-home of EAA. The EAA Air Academy's Resident Summer Youth Camp is an accredited program geared for aviation-minded boys and girls age 10-18. Professional educators, Certified Flight Instructors, and students from the nation's leading aviation colleges conduct an array of hands-on aviation and leadership activities ... ...
'Doctor' Paul Poberezny Honored by UW-Oshkosh...
May 20, 2004 - Donning traditional cap and gown, EAA Founder and Chairman Paul H. Poberezny received an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh during the school's spring commencement ceremonies last weekend. The honor, made in recognition of Paul's contributions to aviation, Wisconsin, and the Oshkosh area, is the third received by the EAA founder. (Others include from Milwaukee School of Engineering (1989) and St. Louis University (1991) ... ...
EAA to Mark D-Day’s 60th Anniversary...
May 19, 2004 - On June 6, the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe at Normandy, France. The EAA AirVenture Museum will mark this historic occasion with a special series of events the weekend of June 4-6 to remember perhaps the crucial turning point in the battle for freedom during World War II. Events and items include an authentic hangar dance and banquet; an L-Bird fly-in; a WWII paratrooper living history group encampment; a special display of a Higgins Boat landing craft and an Mk IX Supermarine Spitfire; and presentations and movie showings throughout the weekend ... read more )...
X PRIZE Explained at Evening Program During EAA AirVenture...
May 19, 2004 - Who knows what advances are in store for the next century of flight? It’s clear, though, that we are nearing a time when private citizens will be able to fly in space, thanks in part to the X PRIZE Foundation, sponsors of the Ansari X PRIZE competition. During a special evening presentation at Theater in the Woods on Saturday, July 31, X PRIZE Foundation Chairman and Founder Dr. Peter H. Diamandis will conduct a multimedia presentation and discussion on the $10 million private race to space. Joining him on stage will be Erik Lindbergh, vice president and trustee, and Gregg Maryniak, executive director. A Q&A period will follow if time permits  ......
Early Storms Fail to Dampen 40th SWRFI...
A good old-fashioned, grass-roots EAA Fly-In
May 19, 2004 - The fly-in that EAA homebuilding legend Tony Bingelis built, the Southwest Regional EAA Fly-In (SWRFI), more than lived up to its rich heritage last weekend at New Braunfels, Texas. More than 200 volunteers worked together to overcome severe, soaking storms at the start-up. Overall, 5,000 aviation enthusiasts came through the gates. Fly-in Chairman Stan Shannon commented, "Sure, it (attendance) could have been better if we hadn't had the storms. But it could have been a lot worse. The fly-in came off much better than we had feared in the early going. It was truly a great team effort. This is what we are about!" ...
IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents over 270 airlines comprising 98% of international scheduled air traffic.
IATA produces a comprehensive range of air transport statistical products .
Traffic and capacity figures are published each month
IATA sets annual priorities to meet our airline member's needs with special focus on safety, security, regulatory,operations and financial viability is ready to take off - about our new look
AIR RALLY...New Brunswick-Quebec-Ontario 

July 16 to July 24, 2004 
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Date:  Friday July 16th to Saturday July 24th
Highlights: (SE Canada. NORAD!, Maritime Provinces, Quebec, First Nation territories of Northern Quebec) Group flying in an organized Air Rally is an outstanding way to sharpen your skills in the cockpit. Complete a cross country marathon that you might never dream of doing on your own, and when it is over,  you will surely be a better pilot ! This Air Rally is unlike anything you can imagine! You will see Canada in a way no other tourist can! Because the Air Rally is organized in partnership with every city, region and community officials, you will experience and discover things you could never discover on your own. Each city and/or community is competing to make your stay one of the most exciting.

Total Distance:  1650 nautical miles
Take part in the most important Air Rally in North America

       Every day has its winner!

The International Air Rally is not a race! It is a Challenge. The winners will be awarded for their navigation skills and general knowledge (mechanic, survival, first aid). The most efficient and complete team will be rewarded! Not the fastest! Each team is composed of a minimum of two participants. There are no restrictions as to which kind of electronic navigation equipment can be used by the teams.

VFR registered teams will perform 6 legs. IFR registered teams will perform two additional legs. Each leg will bear the name of the daily destination or Hosting City. Competitions will be arranged in each Hosting City to bring out the particularities of the region and winners will receive "Hosting City" honors. After each leg, the total of accumulated points will designate the winner of this particular leg. The winning team will receive a 1,500$ CDN prize and the "Hosting City Award" delivered by a City or Community official during the evening reception prepared for us. A journey full of surprises and excitement will await.

From the beautiful coast of the Province of New Brunswick to the charming French culture of Gaspésie! A visit to our Innu friends (fishing anyone?) and down the St-Lawrence River to the Eastern Townships (Québec's Prime Minister home town!). Discover the mining land of North West Quebec in the Bay James region and believe it or not the source of the best water in the world in Amos, Abitibi before penetrating the secret world of the Canadian Military defence "NORAD" during a secret Mission in North Bay** .It is important to register early in order to get proper security tags to be able to access NORAD military underground facility. This visit is exclusively reserved to the 2004 Air Rally participants.

After a first class reception at the Angus Glen Golf Course in the lovely Town of Markham (Toronto vicinity) we will fly over the beautiful Thousand Island region before reaching the final destination in the Montreal Vicinity to celebrate our great accomplishment. Ambassador, Captain Robert Piché and  Canadian Hockey legend Guy Lafleur will deliver the trophies and some unexpected prizes !

2004 edition: more than a great flying experience! An unforgettable one!
Welcome receptions, tours and special activities are being organised by our hosting cities and communities. 7 countries will be represented during the Air Rally : United States, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom,  and of course Canada. Since 2001, this great flying experience has attracted many pilots from around the world. Magazines and TV shows have found in this adventure a good source for great TV documentaries and exciting articles.

Departing from the Canadian Owner and Pilot Association Convention, held in Fredericton, N.B.  you will take part in the activities organised during the most important Canadian aviation event. 

Come and experience the camaraderie among aviators from around the world (Europe, Canada, USA). Though you will have to test your flying abilities, do a little work in flight, participate in ground competitions you will no doubt enjoy the exciting challenges that awaits you.

Make a lot of friends and unforgettable moments , registration for this Air Rally closes on June 12th .........  

 Call 1-888 554-3774 or 1-561 841-1551 for more details or
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A 16x20 Mahogany /Gold glass frame with gold certificate, patch, and glossy pic professionally matted and framed and shipped.
Your name on a plaque that will be displayed in the American Helicopter Museum The next one will be Oct 2005 @ Rotorfest.
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...Bomber crews wanted
The makers of the acclaimed series 'Spitfire Ace' are now making a major series for Channel 4 on the airmen of Bomber Command in World War II. ...
Autogyro reaches Saudi Arabia
Army officer Barry Jones has reached Saudi Arabia on his attempt to be the first to fly an autogyro around the world.  ...
Zero-Timing a pilot's heart
John Race survives a triple bypass operation, and regains his PPL....
National Weather Association
News on AVIA.RU
...Aeroflot seeks to to widen its route network primarily throughout Russia and CIS
[20 May 2004] And in the future it also plans to do so in the distant broad. But its plans concerning the distant broad essentially depend on the Russian Government and competitiveness of aircraft.
Aeroflot ready to join Skyteam
[20 May 2004] According to AFP, an official statement will be made in Moscow at a ceremony in the Kremlin which will also be attended by KLM directors board chairman Leo Van Viyk.
Skyguide takes responsibility for TU-154 crash over boden lake
[20 May 2004] The Swiss ATC company "Skyguide" takes full responsibility for the accident over the Boden lake and begs all families of those died pardon.
International Space Station is going to change its flight route
[20 May 2004] The ISS seeks to change its flight route on May 18,Utro news agency reported. ISS's orbit has been raised by 4 kilometers.
Cargo airplane had accident in the town of Urumchi, southwest China
[20 May 2004] An Il-76 cargo airplane crashed on Tuesday (may, 19) near the town of Urumchi , southwest China , belonged to Ukraine and was leased by an Azerbaijan-Chinese company.
Ukraine may resort to response sanctions because of restrictions imposed by Russia on Ukraines Aerosvit flights to Beijing
[19 May 2004] Ukraine may ban Russia's Aeroflot company transit flights over its territory when performing by the airline "Aerosvit- ukrainskiye avialinii" regular non-stop flights on a Kiev-Beijing route and regulations of bilateral Russian- Ukraine agreement on air communication and cooperation in air transportation.
Russia and Ukraine to stir up work over construction of AN-70 airplane
[19 May 2004] The given issue is being prepared for consideration by the intergovernmental Russian- Ukraine commission (a meeting of which will be held in July, this year).
Contracts of over 4 bln euro signed at air show ILA - 2004
[19 May 2004] Approximately1000 exhibitors from 43 countries including Russia participated in the exhibition which was widely represented by aircraft and weaponry, as well as products of dual use.
Airport Vnukovo will be linked to Moscow with high-speed transport system
[19 May 2004] In 2004 the first stage of a high-speed transportation system Moscow Railway Station Kievskaya- Vnukovo Airport will be commissioned.
Domodedovo International Airport ranked Nomber One in terms of passenger traffic growth among the worlds largest airports
[18 May 2004] In 2003, Domodedovo International Airport showed the most intensive passenger traffic growth among 110 world's largest airports: passenger transportation increased 40,3% compared to 2002 - Airports Council International reports on the initial 2003 results.
Unknown persons have mined Tu-154 airplane owned by Urals Airlines
[17 May 2004] The airplane was on a flight 265 Moscow - Ekaterinburg. After departure from the capital there was received a phone call saying that this aircraft is mined.
On may 18, 2004 "Airport exhibition 2004" will be opened in Moscow
[17 May 2004] The exhibition has been granted a status of an official event of the State Civil Aviation Service and backed by the Federal RF Air Transport Agency, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and Moscow Interregional Exchange.
......Commuter Xpress From Abacus...
Abacus Software has released a new title for FS2004 called Commuter Xpress. Today, most of the major airlines build their routes around a "hub and spoke system". Using this scheme, smaller commuter planes fly passengers from smaller towns to hub cities where they board larger planes for longer flights to distant cities. The major airlines have teamed up with commuter airlines so as to use most economical aircraft on any given route routes to maximize profits. The package contains aircraft such as ATR-72, CRJ-700, BAE-146 and more. More information at Abacus' website!
Fly To Brazil 2004...
Flightsim Brasil has released their update for FS2004 of this well-known package with 6 Brazilian airports. But #1 is more than just an upgrade, since it contains 3 totally renewed airports as well. For instance the passenger terminal at Camoina Grande was overhauled in real life, and now too in the FS2004 version. The upgrade is free for owners of the FS2002 version! Get it at simMarket !
UPS Interested In Airbus A380...
US package carrier United Parcel Service could opt to replace outstanding orders for Airbus A300-600 cargo planes with A380 superjumbo orders, French daily La Tribune reported on Friday. Without citing its sources, the paper said the acquisition of A380s was one of the options under study by UPS and Airbus as the US cargo group seeks to retool an order for 90 of the A300-600s. It has already received 35 of the aircraft.
An Airbus spokesman said it was company policy not to comment regarding ongoing discussions with customers. In early March, the Wall Street Journal reported that UPS was seeking to cancel orders for at least 20 of the A300-600 jets worth over USD$1.6 billion. ...
Italy Scrambles Fighters In Jumbo False Alarm...
Italian fighter jets scrambled to intercept a suspect plane over the Alps on Friday, but the aircraft turned out to be an Air China jumbo which was running late and no longer had clearance to enter national airspace. "Two F-16s of the Fifth Squadron at Cesena took off on the orders of air force command to check an aircraft which did not have clearance," an official at the air force press office said. "It turned out to be an authorization problem."
The Air China Boeing 747, flying from Shanghai to Milan, had been authorized to enter Italian airspace until midnight on Thursday and was intercepted nearly nine hours later in the skies above Bolzano, in northeastern Italy, he said. Once the confusion was resolved the jets returned to base and the Air China plane landed safely at Milan's Malpensa Airport.
Italian air force jets have intercepted suspect aircraft on roughly 70 occasions since the September 2001 attacks on the United States using hijacked passenger jets. ...
Shockwave announces Air Power for FS2004!...
Anonymous writes "Dallas, TX – May 19th, 2004 – Shockwave Productions, the developer responsible for the must have, amazingly beautiful WWII air-combat game, FirePower, announced today they are publishing their next title, Air Power: WW II Heavy Bombers and Jets.
Shockwave Productions is using their critically acclaimed skill to dominate the civil aviation sim world with Air Power: WW II Heavy Bombers and Jets for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004®. Air Power raises the bar once again by adding seven meticulously created aircraft, visuals, and missions to Microsoft’s latest and greatest flight simulator
More goodies on the way from Project Magenta...
In a recent update at the Project Magenta website, Enrico Schiratti has posted some details about some new standy instruments for both Boeing & Airbus aircraft. The Airbus software has additions to the lower ECAM to accomodate pmSystems, and refinement of the standby artificial horizon and graphics changes. The Boeing software has had analog trim and flap gauges added, as well as an improved analog artificial horizon, and an expanded page which allows multimonitor displays of Captain and First Officer PFD/ND and EICAS screens (still being developed). So if you are a user of the Project Magenta software, it's well worth a look to see what is on the horizon!!
Fsfreeware - Flight Simulation Files - Distribution System
FSfreeware Moved into New Server - Dear FSfreeware Supporters - Apologise for the incovenients of past 48 Hours - caused by Server Hardware fault. We have now moved the site into a Higher Specifications Server -  You should also notice the site is now operating at higher speed than ever before ! All Services are now fully restored - it all happen in record time - !!  -
...X-Plane 7.40 Release-Candidate-3 is here! Biggest update ever!
...Austin reports 730 RC-3 is out. He also thinks this will be the final and should be relabeling it Version 7.40 final at noon on Monday. Many great new features including semi translucent objects. If you haven't already, please order an update cd from us by clicking on the store banner above. $15 is a great price and includes shipping! We will get these in the mail within hours of the final. Thanks again for your support! ...
Air-Scene UK
...The future of RAF Coltishall...
Colt and the Cat - The future of RAF Coltishall...
6 Squadron - 90 years young...
Capability Blue - C-17 in action...
News - Tribute to Paul Bowen...
Aviation Safety the monthly journal of risk management and accident prevention.
...To Go? Or Not?
Thunderstorm flying is sometimes like finding your way out of a dark closet. Here are two perspectives on doing it safely.
Landings Gone Bad
When fishing for the pavement, pilots keep bending and breaking airplanes for the same reasons. Here’s what you can do about it.
An Engine Near Miss
If you don't have an engine monitor now, you'll want one after you read this
Hangar Fires
They’re hardly an everyday event but most happen due to owner negligence. Here’s how to firesafe your own hangar
Poor Man’s TAWS
Garmin’s new GPSMap 296 has much of the capability of certified terrain warning systems. Used wisely, it’s a safety enhancer.
The “Dirty Harry” Vector
Add a late descent clearance to a request to expedite and the result is something Harry Callahan warned us about
Plane Crash
...May 18, 2004      10:50...
Near Urumqi, China...
Azal Cargo...
Ilyushin 76TD...
4K-AZ27      cn: 053460827...
Taiyuan, China - Urumqi, China - Baku, Azerbaijan...
7 7       Ground: ...
Two minutes after taking off from Urumqi, the cargo plane lost altitude and crashed into a field....
...US & EU Close to Open Skies Agreement according to US Dept of Transportation
Do You Get Low Fares Regularly? Well, maybe you don't live where the airlines can gouge
Plane Wreckage Mystifies Investigators - One plane down but bits from two found in wreckage
Virgin Delays A380 Deliveries by a Year or More - Not sure if airports will be ready
Boeing Talking About Selling Plant Space in Wichita, Tulsa & McAlester, Okla 
NASA Says Robot Planes Could Share Normal Airspace by 2008...
May include firefighting, border patrol, domestic security and communications.  How about freight?
Swiss Air Traffic Control Agency Apologizes for Midair in 2002 that killed 71, including schoolchildren
Independence Airlines Announces Route Structure - This could be big on the US east coast
Several US Airlines Raise Prices for Fuel Costs - Continental, United, American & Delta all join in
Be Nice, Win a Ticket - delta's Song has 5000 tickets to give away if you're nice at the right time
High Tech IDs Necessary for Airport & Security Workers US lawmakers say
Boeing Tanker Deal Not "True Competition" according to National Defense University report...
But "The Tanker is Not Dead" according to Boeing CEO Stonecipher
Denver International Radar Fails - Stranding about 2 dozen flights.  No big deal, all is well
Two on Trial for 1985 Air India Bombing - 331 people were killed in history's worst airline bombing
Cheap Seats Sell! - And it looks like the the major airlines are beginning to understand
EU Will Give US Passenger Data after agreement is reached
In-flight WiFi is Here - Now Lufthansa has it
Amateur Rocket Makes it Into Space - It's the first time Over 100 km for a privately funded vehicle
Air Tran Orders Six Boeing 717s - Looks like they're planning for growth
Planes With Flapping Wings? - Could be, if research works.  ...
Controversy Rages Over Fire Bomber Safety as Fire Season Approaches...
NTSB waves the flag as operators call it a "very shoddy research paper".  This will get interesting
Virgin Atlantic to Delay A380 Deliveries up to a year because of airport & parts sourcing problems
Dulles ID'ed as East Coast Bottleneck Risk - FAA Says they're "well positioned" to prevent delays
Brazil's GOL Airline to Buy up to 43 Boeing Planes in $2.7B deal to buy up to 43 737-800 planes
US Government to Hire More Screeners to reduce delays.  Some airports may lose as balance is sought
Advanced 747A Being Considered by Boeing - If they use 7E7 technology it may make a good seller
Australia's Virgin Blue Profits up 47% - Look out, Qantas
Mitsubishi MU-2 Safety Questioned - "relatively small wings and powerful engines" make them a challenge...
It's a pretty hot plane, a high wing turboprop twin with high wing loading, a very early Japanese entry into the world of commercial aviation.  The basic design was approved almost FORTY YEARS AGO so it's been around quite awhile
Plane With 33 Aboard Crashes in Amazon Jungle - Used Aircraft and New Aircraft for Sale by Brokers and Dealers
...1978 Commander 114 for sale
1978 Commander 114... 1978 Lear 35A for sale
1978 Lear 35A...
1980 Piper Saratoga for sale
1980 Piper Saratoga... 1998 Cessna Citation X (750) for sale
1998 Cessna Citation X (750)...
1975 CESSNA BUSINESS LINER - 402 B, for sale
The state-of-the-art aircraft will be displayed at Geneva International Airport on May 25-27
Eclipse Aviation | Articles 2004
...Tracking the Eclipse Evolution...
Airbus - About - index
A new section has been incorporated in the Web site with safety information that includes briefing notes on flight operations as well as viewpoints from industry experts.                        By sharing such information, Airbus is contributing to the air transport industry’s common goal of improving overall safety. The new Web site section, called “Safety First,” features commentaries from a leading authority on human factors and from the Flight Safety Foundation President & CEO and, along with a library containing briefing notes on industry safety initiatives, standard operating procedures and human performance....Safety First
Cessna In the News
... ...CESCOM Enrollment At Customer Conference
ALPA Portal
...Aloha Airlines Pilots Rebuke Management’s Outsourcing of Jobs
May 20 -- The pilots of Aloha Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), today announced their filing of a legal challenge seeking reversal of management actions that violate job-protection terms of their contract.   ...
ALPA President Blasts FAA for Back-Tracking on Pilot Rest Rule
May 13 -- The head of the union that represents most of the nation’s airline pilots has condemned an FAA action to back-track on a previous interpretation that would have required airlines to maintain a "do not call" list for pilots who do not want to be wakened during required rest periods.
...Fernbank Science Center Hosts NASA
                         Astronaut Eric Boe

                    “NASA: The Dream Continues!”

Mark your calendar and plan to bring the whole family to hear Eric Boe,
Friday, June 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Fernbank Science Center, Jim
Cherry Planetarium. Eric will have the latest news from NASA as well as
his own personal story about becoming an astronaut. This is your
chance to have a conversation with a NASA astronaut.

Eric is not new to Fernbank and DeKalb County. He attended Evansdale
Elementary and Henderson High School. While at Evansdale, Eric was in
one of Fernbank’s first Aerospace Education classes. He then became a
Civil Air Patrol cadet where he advanced to their highest honor, the
Spaatz Award. Eric completed his BS degree in Astronautical
Engineering at the Air Force Academy and his MS in Electrical
Engineering at Georgia Tech.

An Air Force test pilot, Eric was selected by NASA in the astronaut
class of 2000. Eric has lived his lifelong dream of flight. At the age of
twelve, he knew that he wanted to be an astronaut. Now, when he talks
to young audiences, Eric encourages them to always do the best they
can in school and never take “no” for an answer when pursuing their
Eric will also be a featured guest at the Peachtree DeKalb Airport Good
Neighbor Day festivities on Saturday, June 5 from noon to 5:00 P.M.
    Friday June 4th, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, in the Jim Cherry
        Memorial Planetarium at Fernbank Science Center, 156
  Heaton Park Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. The event is free of
   charge and open to the public. Parking at the Science Center
                         is free of charge.
   DeKalb County School’s Fernbank Science Center 156 Heaton Park
       Drive N.E. Atlanta, Georgia  30307    678-874-7102   
Propeller Driven Airliner Restoration and Exhibition, Prop-Liners of America
...POA is in need of Donations to finish the restoration of our Convair 240
and to bring her home to Hartford, CT in 2004. Now is the time to consider
that Tax Deductable Donation to a worthy non-profit organization. In order
to maximize your itemized deductions for 2003, you may want to consider
making your charitable contributions by the end of the year. POA is in need
of $150,000 to finish the restoration and get the Convair back into the skies.
For larger Donations please contact William Bradshaw 860-684-4988

U.S. Centennial of Flight Home Page
...Late Memphis Belle Pilot Robert Morgan's Story Focus Of Documentary
Special Normandy Invasion Exhibit Marks The 60th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Europe
Celebrate America's Golden Age Of Flight
Gliding Magazine | News
...Canada now has a specially adapted glider for the disabled. Barry Aviation of South Florida, who took over the manufacture of the Peregrine two-seater which was formerly known in Poland as the Krosno “KR-03a” Puchatek, has just delivered the first USA built glider with hand controls to Canada. It’s all part of a special programme, “Freedoms Wings”, developed by Charles Peterson for the handicapped. The glider will be based at the York Soaring Club[
New Competition in Rieti
May 22 2004
Pilots world-wide are invited to enjoy the outstanding and varied soaring conditions in the Italian Apennines with the introduction of a Club Class competition from July 18 to 25. Organised by the Internazionale del Mediterraneo under Italian rules for the Class, it will accept older Standard Class gliders and such flapped designs as the DG-200, LS-3 and ASW-20. The traditional Standard, 15 Metre, 18 Metre and Open Class competition will be held from August 2 to 12. Entries are now welcome. See the Italian Gliding Association (FIVV) website and for more details use this email.
Bishop Joins The Race
May 21 2004
The Bishop of Peterborough, the Right Reverend Ian Cundy, will be a guest pilot in the “Cathedrals of East Anglia Gliding Race” on June 22 organised by the Cambridge Gliding Club with the Faulks Flying Foundation. The race, which is part of the British Gliding Association’s National Gliding Week, aims to use the maximum number of the cathedral spires as turning points.
Derek On Instructing
May 21 2004
This month Derek puts the emphasis on spin recoveries and why spins develop. See Features.
The Latest Sailplane & Gliding
May 20 2004
Helen Evans, the Editor of Sailplane & Gliding (S&G), has sent us a list of the contents of the June-July issue, which is published in the UK at the end of May. It has something for everyone, from aerobatics to the European Aviation Safety Agency, early flights in the Rhönsperber to up-to-the-minute tips on contest flying from twice World Champion Andy Davis. To subscribe, click on to the S&G panel on the right hand side of this page.[
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...Subject: A USAF Pilot's Experience With John Kerry

I would like to add  my two cents about my John Kerry experience. During my career as an Air Force pilot,I spent two years flying a Small twin engine prop plane around the Pacific from my base in Okinawa,Japan.On one trip we had to  fly Senator Kerry, his congressional aide, and a Navy Captain (Vietnam, A-4 fighter pilot) who was also in
Kerry's party to various locations in Vietnam and  Cambodia as part of the MIA/POW talks. When I met him, he was wearing a shirt with a  picture of his Sailboat on it. I told him I had a 27'sailboat in Okinawa, he remarked    "Oh I never sail on anything less than 135 feet."  Thanks, Senator, "I feel even better about the meager salary I get paid for flying your mega-wealthy ass around the Pacific." When we first flew him into Phnom Penh, he  went to the back of the airplane and grabbed the  pizza that was put aside for the crew and passed it  around to his staff. He was never offered any pizza  because they were supposed to have lunch with the  Cambodian government when we landed. The pizza was  the crew's only meal for that day and he ate it.   Then when we picked him up in Cambodia, he was an hour late getting to the airport. Because fuel was an issue, we could not start the engines and therefore the air conditioning until he arrived.    Phnom Penh at that time was over 100 degrees with 95% humidity and we were basically sitting in a greenhouse behind the cockpit windows. When he finally did arrive, we were wringing out our clothes from the perspiration.  He walks out of the air conditioned car, into the airplane and asks us "Could you guys get the air conditioning running, I'm a little warm?" The other pilot had to physically restrain  me from going back there and picking a fight. Then we  took him into Noi Bai airfield in Hanoi. After we  picked him up the next day (he stayed the night in  Vietnam, we stayed in Bangkok) we taxied out, ran up  the engines for takeoff,and noticed that our prop  rpm was vibrating all over the place. We taxied off  to the side to look at it, but there was   a good  possibility that   there was an engine malfunction and  the engine may fail if we took off with it. Well, Mr. Senator sticks his head up in the  cockpit and says "This plane WILL take off, I have a  press conference in Bangkok in three hours!" (Maybe  this is an indication of how he will run the FAA).   American service members lives be damned, we had our Senatorial orders.    We ran the engines again, and did  not have the problem, so we took off and made it back.   During the flight, he told everyone how he had taken  a Cessna (a small General aviation plane) up with a  fighter pilot, and the fighter pilot remarked that Kerry was one of the best pilots he had  ever seen. I don't know about other pilots out there,  but it's hard to imagine a little, single-engine prop  plane pilot being able to show the "right stuff." After Kerry left the plane, the Navy Captain  came up to us, apologized and said basically that "he  knows Kerry is a jerk" and that we should be glad we  don't have to deal with him every day. Your choice folks. Elections in November. You want a mega-millionaire ego-maniac  it's-all-about-me crew-eating-pizza-ite like Kerry or  maybe a Green Party candidate like Ralph Nader?    Or, God forbid, maybe even re-elect George Bush, a nice God fearing Christian bent on protecting us from  terrorist attacks on US soil?    Hmmm, let's see? Continued freedom under President Bush or bombs in our backyard under Kerry (who will be sailing on his "minimum 135' yacht").
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...leader                                   Squadron Leader Carl 'Spike' Jepson Welcome to the web site that celebrates The Red Arrows’ 40th display season. It is my intention in this, my third season as Team Leader, to build on the success of last season’s display and to continue to strive to set the benchmark in formation aerobatic display flying. The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team has a rich history and it is with immense pride that we follow in the footsteps of a list of distinguished aviators who have so successfully represented the highest standards and traditions of the Royal Air Force. ...
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Planes of Fame Air Museum Warbird Show at Chino The Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino, California hosted a flying display of numerous warbirds over the weekend of May 15 - 16. It seemed bigger than ever with several new participants. There were several visiting warbirds from the collections of the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force and the Palm Springs Air Museum. At one point a formation of twenty-six airplanes flew overhead. Static Displays
Chino Warbird Show, May 16, 2004: Static Displays page 1 Page 1
Chino flightline Most of the airplanes that participated in the airshow were parked in two rows along the flightline.
General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, N86572 Page 2 is a walk along the airplanes parked in the row on the right.
Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, N1195N Page 3 is a walk along the airplanes parked in the row on the left. Flying Displays
Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 1 Page 1: Missing Man Formation and Silver Wings Stearman Biplane Wing Walking Act.
Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 2 Page 2: D-Day Invasion Aircraft Display with Mustangs, Spitfires, P-47 Thunderbolt, Hurricane, and Avenger.
Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 3 Page 3: Northrop N9M Flying Wing Performance by Ron Hackworth and Korean Air War F-86 Sabre and MiG-15 Tail Chase.
Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 4 Page 4: Navy Flight SBD Dauntless, FM-2 Wildcat, F4F Hellcat, F7F Tigercat, F8F Bearcat, A-1 Skyraider, F4U Corsair, and Sea Fury.
Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 5 Page 5: Pacific Air Battle FM-2 Wildcats, Zeros and P-38 Lightning and British Fighter Aerobatics Display.
Chino Warbird Show, Flying Displays: page 6 Page 6: Air Power Formation Flight - Massive Gaggle of Warbirds and United States Air Force F-16 Viper Tactical Demonstration.


ML407 (The Grace Spitfire), an historic Spitfire and the first aircraft to shoot down an enemy aircraft on D-Day, is to star at Duxford's D-Day Anniversary Air Show.

ML407, with Johnnie Houlton DFC of 485 (New Zealand) Squadron at the controls, was accredited with shooting down a Junkers 88 over the Normandy beach head south of Omaha beach on D-Day and is the only genuine D-Day Spitfire still flying.  During the course of the Second World War, ML407 flew 176 sorties amassing 200 combat flying hours.  Says Duxford's Marketing and Public Relations Manager Tracey Woods "It is fitting that this Spitfire, a genuine D-Day aircraft, should be joining the veterans and visitors to the show on such a momentous occasion.  The sight and sound of a Spitfire is, for many people, an emotive experience and we are delighted that ML407 will be displaying at the show prior to departing for the south coast to display there."
The aircraft, and her owner and pilot Carolyn Grace, was also recently seen in the highly-acclaimed Channel 4 programme Spitfire Ace which put four young volunteer pilots through typical wartime training for a Spitfire pilot.  Two selected pilots would fly the Spitfire - one was John Sweet but just one, Dave Mallon, went on to do a 9-hour advanced operational training course.  Carolyn, Dave Mallon, John Sweet and Martin Davidson with James Taylor, the two authors of the best-selling book which accompanied the series, will also be at the ML407 stand at the show to meet members of the public and sign autographs.  

This exhilarating show on Sunday 6 June will be the focal point in the UK for those wishing to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day and will feature aircraft of the type that flew in 1944 including the British Spitfire and American P-51 Mustang and B-17 Flying Fortress - as well as their modern counterparts.  There will also be a military vehicle cavalcade, a short but poignant service of commemoration and tank running and riding.  The show will also close in a highly unusual way in a moving tribute to the many veterans present.

The air show is the culmination of a week-long series of events planned by the Imperial War Museum Duxford to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day.  During the week before the show, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with various re-enactment groups representing both the RAF and the 101st Airborne Division (of Band of Brothers fame), meet real veterans from the Normandy landings, listen to a variety of talks on the invasion by experts in the field and see how women did their hair and make up in 1944.  There will also be family activities with a D-Day theme and a stunning ENSA-style music show.

Normal Museum admission rates apply for the D-Day week and gates open at 10.00am. For the D-Day Anniversary Air Show gates open at 8.00am, the display begins at 2.00pm. Tickets - Adults £18, Senior Citizens £13, Children £7, Concessions £7. Discounted and Gold Pass tickets are available in advance - for more information about air show tickets or the flying programme call the Air Show Hotline on 01223 499301 or visit

18 May 2004

Sam Kemp (Miss)
Public Relations Assistant
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Cambridge CB2 4QR
Direct line:  01223 499375
Fax: 01223 834037

...     Although no one has contributed to our scanner replacement fund, the need is greater than our capacity to do without it, and I have cut back elsewhere to purchase a new Epson 3170. It seems to be a terrific scanner so far, and we're updating our Magazine Index files this week. The new scanner has negative and slide copying capability, and will facilitate great inprovement to our gallery.
   If you've not seen earnest director's latest photos from a photo flight with Mike Keenum's beautiful F-86F a few years ago, visit 
   Did you know Ralph Mays who served with the Illinois Air National Guard in 1945? click  
May 22 -- Several recently acquired av mags indexed
May 24 - 1922-- The routine launch of ship-based catapult-launched aircraft began
        with the launch of a Vought VE-7 from the USS Maryland. Aboard the Vought
        were pilot Lieut. Andrew C. McFall & passenger Lieutenant D.D. Ramsey.
May 25 - 1927 -- The first outside loop was flown by James H. Doolittle.
May 26 - 1904 -- The Wright Flyer II flew for the first time. This airplane
        completed 105 flights.
May 27 - 1952 -- The DeHavilland Comet I airliner made its service debut with its first
            scheduled revenue flight.
May 28 - 1959 -- Monkeys Able and Baker were recovered alive after a successful
        suborbital flight in the nosecone of a Jupiter C rocket launched from Cape Canaveral.
May 29 - 1941 -- Richard Bong enlisted in the USAAC as a flying cadet.
May 30 -  1942 -- Boeing's B-17F flew for the first time.
May 31 - 1949 -- The first experimental ejection from a jet aircraft in the USA took place
        when  Vince Mazza exited the rear cockpit of a TF-80C over San Pablo Bay, CA.
        The TF-80C was later redesignated  T-33. ...
AeroKnow News Page
...  THE NEXT MEETING of Plastic Wings Model Airplane Club is Tuesday, June 8, starting at 7:00 P.M.  For location, email ...
On January 15, 2004 AeroKnow welcomed Springfield Air Rendezvous manager Kim Curry and her father Harold R. Holesinger (General USAF, retired) for a visit.As I have during most of the 21 year history of this outstanding air show, I will be writing the text and assisting with research and production for the air show's prospectus, brochure and souvenir program....
ESA Portal
...Beagle 2 lander leaving the Mars Express Orbiter... Beagle 2: lessons learned and the way forward
20 May 2004    ESA PR 27-2004. The Commission of Inquiry on Beagle 2, jointly set up in February between ESA and the British National Space Centre (BNSC), has recently concluded its investigations....
Antonio Fabrizi meets the press... Launchers’ Director meets the press
20 May 2004    At a press briefing last week in Berlin, the Director of ESA’s Launchers’ Programme, Antonio Fabrizi, gave a brief update on launcher activities. The occasion was the Berlin Air and Space Show, better known as ILA 2004 ....
Earth and Soyuz TMA-4 from ISS... 'It is awkward being in weightlessness'
18 May 2004    After Wubbo Ockels (1985), ESA astronaut André Kuipers is now the second Dutchman to know what it is like to live and work in space. At the end of April he spent nine days on the International Space Station, where he worked on an extensive scientific and educational programme.
Press Release
...Customer Service Program At MIA Celebrates 1st Anniversary...
PATCO News Page
...The Honorable Ted Stevens, Chairman
Senate Appropriations Committee, SH-522
U.S Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Chairman Stevens:
As Congress begins work on the Department of Transportation fiscal year 2005 appropriations bill that includes FAA Federal Contract Tower Program, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization urges you to also initiate a total investigation of the FAA as to why this agency has refused to rehire the PATCO Air Traffic Controllers since the ban was lifted by President Clinton on August 12, 1993.
To date, and based on FAA current data, only 846 PATCO Controllers have been re-hired by the FAA, instead, this agency has been hiring younger, inexperienced controllers. I consider the agencies policies and practices of refusing to hire PATCO controllers "discriminatory and illegal" under the Age Discrimination Employment Act. I have hundreds of sworn affidavits substantiating the facts that fully qualified former PATCO controllers who have reapplied for positions within the FAA are continually refused employment. In addition, under deposition, an FAA Career Division official, admitted that PATCO controllers were considered "Best Qualified" but also admitted to "hiring quotas" in respect to employment opportunities available that applied solely to former PATCO controllers.
Since appropriations is the key word of this committee, then the FAA’s ongoing misappropriations of taxpayers monies should also be reviewed. It appears that the FAA is asking for an additional $7 million "to be used exclusively for the " continuation of the contract tower cost-sharing program." Either this program has some serious cost over runs or someone is doing damage control to keep this program afloat at any cost. I seriously doubt that any of these additional funds, as requested by the agency, will go towards increasing the underpaid salaries of the contract tower controllers, provide them with better benefits, more staffing or anything that might pertain to their working conditions, so who is making the bucks on this request?
I am confident that, as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, you will scrutinize and demand accountability for all funding requests of this seriously fragmented agency.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your service and if I may be of any assistance to you or your committee, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ron Taylor, President
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization
cc: Senate Appropriations Committee Members...
Aerosphere Air and Space Magazine, a world of aviation and spaceflight
...Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Mankind´s Greatest Adventure: Man´s First Step on the Moon, July 20, 2004, with Norman Rockwell´s limited edition print. While they last. Only $95? Call 1-877-290-3572 to order or ...
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Spirit and Opportunity Compete for Best in Show!
Apollo 11 Flight Plan  "The flight plan for Apollo 11 was a minute-by-minute time line of activities for the mission crew--Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin--and Mission Control in Houston. The flight was launched July 16, 1969. Touchdown on the moon took place, as scheduled, on July 20, 102 hours, 47 minutes, and 11 seconds after launch from Cape Kennedy. The astronauts spent 21 hours and 36 minutes on the moon, and returned to Earth on July 24...". More With Schematic...
Yes, that´s G. H. W. Bush above--and in the cockpit! History´s youngest naval aviator, then age 19, has his big ...
Memphis Belle Pilot Dies
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PC Aviator´s MegaScenery USA Volume 3: Northern California/San Francisco Goes Gold
Wonder who won that GNC Contest for a ride in a MiG-29? ...
Super-secret Air Force base, Area 51, reputed home to this country's stash of extraterrestrial hardware, is invaded by a UFO! Twice! Check out this humorous piece about one airman's misadventure!...
Dramatic takeoff of Planes of Fame's P-38 "Porky" at the 2004 Chino Airshow. Photo courtesy of Q.
P-51s on the ramp at the 2004 Chino Airshow. Photo courtesy of Q.
Flypast of Planes of Fame's SBD at the 2004 Chino Airshow. Photo courtesy of Q.
AVweb: May 20, 2004
TSA Releases GA Security Guide
After many months of meetings, the Transportation Security Administration has released a set of general aviation airport " security enhancements ." This document had the potential of being extremely onerous for GA and all who dwell therein … but almost surprisingly, it isn’t. "This is not one-size-fits-all," General Aviation Manufacturers Association VP of Government Affairs Brian Riley tells AVweb . "No one set of rules would fit all 5,000 public-use airports, nothing would be broad enough. [The] TSA is allowing airport operators to determine what would be best at their particular facility." What the "Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports" does is give airport managers information about what other airports similar in size and proximity to population centers are doing, and how they can do it, too.
...Are We There Yet?...
How exactly do you know what your local GA airport should be doing? Obviously, those busy paved aerodromes near larger cities and potential targets are expected to do more than grass strips surrounded by pastures and farmland. The 48-page document includes a type of scoring system to determine what sort of security your facility should have and offers a number of suggestions. The suggestions range from keeping an eye on aircraft renters to establishing an on-airport "community watch" program. An amazingly reasonable sentence warns airports that "Expending resources on an unnecessary security enhancement (e.g. complete perimeter fencing, and access controls) instead of a more facility specific, reasonable, and more effective method (e.g. tiedown chains with locks) may actually be detrimental to an airport’s overall security posture."
...Meanwhile, GA's Threat Level Diminishes
Based on what we're seeing on the local evening news during this May ratings sweep, general aviation aircraft and airports are an increasing danger to life, liberty and the pursuit of terrorists. Thankfully, compelling promos and artfully edited sound bites haven't convinced the TSA that a total GA lockdown is needed. Look at page 10 in the just-released TSA security guidelines and you will see this: "[The] TSA has not taken a position that GA airports and aircraft are a threat, in and of themselves."
General Aviation Legal Defense Fund Fights Back
GA pilots and airplane owners may have gotten a break from the TSA, but there is still danger afoot, warns Steve Cunningham of the General Aviation Legal Defense Fund (GALDF). The GALDF was formed in response to the Massachusetts group Stop the Noise, which has been busy suing pilots who have the audacity to fly over their homes. "I have never seen this in America, never," Cunningham tells AVweb . "We [the GALDF] want to go on the offensive ... we intend to try these people [Stop the Noise] in the court of public opinion." The fund hopes to raise $100,000 to help pay legal expenses for those pilots entangled in the Stop the Noise lawsuit, and spread the word that airplane liberties are just the first rights that may be lost if the lawsuit succeeds. The landowner-filed court action claims that legal GA flights over homes, towns and property are a "nuisance." Landowners are also demanding to be compensated for their alleged inability to use their property.
...Your Help Is Needed, Too
Cunningham and crew have set up a Web site and are encouraging that donations be made, because any pilot could be targeted next, and he or she will need your help. Though the case could be tossed out of the courtroom in Massachusetts, this type of thing will probably not end there. Cunningham tells AVweb that people from Wisconsin, California and other states have come to meet with the Stop the Noise group. He is urging even those who have never flown in a small airplane or considered flying lessons to take notice. "ATVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, they're all at risk if this lawsuit sets a precedent," he says.
Adam Aircraft Talks Texas - NOTAMS
...Motor City Madness II
Last year, the Motor City Madness Fly-In was a tremendous success and this year we expect it to be just as good if not better! The fly-in features the D21 TRACON, which includes the following controlled airfields: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (KDTW), Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), Detroit City Airport (KDET), Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (KARB), Willow Run Airport (KYIP), and Windsor International Airport (CYQG). Don't miss out on this event, sign up now.
This year, there will be a PMDG 737 (or 747) awarded! Each time a pilot lands or departs (limit of 4), he/she will recieve a raffle number, and the prize will be raffled off at the end of the event.
Cleveland ARTCC
FIR Maiquetia Improved Website
Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004 22:44 EDT
In its 5th anniversary the Maiquetia FIR is pleased to announce to all VATSIM’s pilots and controllers its new and improved website. The website has been totally reprogrammed in order to provide a more dynamic, versatile and fast service to our users.
In addition, all the pilots are invited to fly in our airspace every Tuesday and Thursday from 0100 Z to 0400 Z. Come and enjoy some of the best ATC in South America. To go, just click on .
Houston ARTCC Opens New Website
Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2004 22:16 EDT
On behalf of Houston ARTCC, we would like to announce the creation of our new website! This new resource will enable both controllers and pilots a comprehensive look into the operational flow of Houston, and provide detailed information such as airport listings, operating procedures, letters of agreement, and much more.
Visit Houston ARTCC.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004
...Debbie Gary to Perform at EAA AirVenture Air Shows...
May 20, 2004 - The performance begins with a knife-edged slide to show center, then a hard pull to vertical and a roll, back to the crowd, and a jack-knife dive. Aerobatic performer Debbie Gary is off and flying, and visitors will get to see her exciting performance in her SIAI Marchetti SF-260 during several EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air shows this year. The Marchetti is a slim, muscular Italian aircraft designed by Stelio Frati in the 1960s as a pre-jet trainer for military pilots. "Air shows are big, outdoor parties where we bring our planes to dance," Gary says. We swing them around overhead, in pirouettes and dips. We loop and roll, snap and glide, straight up and straight down…billowing smoke like whitecaps…we flirt with the crowd. They've come to dance with us ... ...
EAA AirVenture 2004 Presenter Rutan Sets Records In Civilian Space Flight Pursuit...
May 19, 2004 - Burt Rutan, the aviation designer and innovator whose appearances at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are among the most popular activities during the event, will make his 2004 Oshkosh presentations after setting several civilian space flight records in his continuing efforts to capture the $10 million ANSARI X-PRIZE.
The Experimental Aircraft Association's 52nd annual fly-in gathering, which last year had an estimated attendance of 770,000, will be held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 27-August 2.  Rutan's appearances this year will coincide with the event's 2004 theme, "Launching the Second Century of Flight"  ......
X PRIZE Explained at Evening Program During EAA AirVenture...
May 19, 2004 - Who knows what advances are in store for the next century of flight? It’s clear, though, that we are nearing a time when private citizens will be able to fly in space, thanks in part to the X PRIZE Foundation, sponsors of the Ansari X PRIZE competition. During a special evening presentation at Theater in the Woods on Saturday, July 31, X PRIZE Foundation Chairman and Founder Dr. Peter H. Diamandis will conduct a multimedia presentation and discussion on the $10 million private race to space. Joining him on stage will be Erik Lindbergh, vice president and trustee, and Gregg Maryniak, executive director.
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Boeing 737 News Reports
...21 May 2004 - Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft makes its first flight
The new surveillance plane being built for the Australian Air Force, the Wedgetail, has made its first flight.
The Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft has made its first flight from Boeing Field in Seattle in the United States.
Based on Boeing's 737, the Wedgetail is to be the eyes and ears of the Australian Defence Force, using phased array radar to conduct air and maritime surveillance.
Defence Minister Robert Hill says the $3.4 billion project is on budget and ahead of time.
The Government last week announced that it will buy an extra two of the planes to create a fleet of six aircraft.
The first two Wedgetails are to be delivered in 2006, to be based at Williamtown in New South Wales.
14 May 2004 - Boeing Makes History with 1,500th Next-Generation 737 Delivery
Boeing made history today with its Next-Generation 737 family reaching 1,500 airplanes delivered sooner than any other commercial airplane model.
The milestone delivery -- a 737-800 to Indianapolis-based ATA Airlines, Inc. -- occurred six years after Southwest Airlines received the first Next-Generation 737. The Next-Generation 737 family bested by four years the previous record holder, Boeing's family of Classic 737-300s, -400s and -500s.
"This is a testament to the Next-Generation 737's efficiency and reliability; the confidence and trust the world's airlines have in it; and the efforts of our employees who design, build and support the 737 every day," said Carolyn Corvi, Boeing 737/757 programs vice president and general manager.
Vice President, Marketing, Randy Baseler, added, "We know better than any other airplane company what airlines and passengers want. That's why the 737 is history's best-selling passenger airplane and why the 7E7 will set a whole new standard for passenger comfort and airplane efficiency."
The Boeing 727 and Airbus A320 models are the only others to have delivered at least 1,500 airplanes. The A320 family, the 737 competitor, reached that mark in 13 years while the 727 did so in 16 years.
Reliability, low operating and maintenance costs, and advanced technologies such as Head-Up and Vertical Situation displays not available on competing models, are hallmarks of the Next-Generation 737 family.
Overall, Boeing has received orders for more than 5,390 737s. That's more than Airbus has for all its models. At any given time, more than 1,200 737s are flying, and a 737 takes off or lands somewhere in the world every 5.3 seconds.
The Next-Generation 737 family includes the 737-600, -700, -800 and -900 airplanes. The 737-100 through 737-500 airplanes are no longer produced.
Wings around the World
AC-119 Gunships What's New
...Here are the latest changes and/or additions to the AC-119 Gunship Association's web site. This is done to keep you from having to wade through the entire site to see   Bill Petrie, CMSgt, USAF, Ret.
Added John L. Plaster's new book the Secret Commandos to the website. SOG historian John L. Plaster, a former member of the elite commando unit in Vietnam, tells the astonishing story of the SOG warriors who penetrated enemy lines in operations directed at the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Added Larry Fletcher's new book the Shadow Spirit to the website. A blend of fact and fiction, this is a story of flying Stingers and B-52s in Vietnam. Get yourself a copy and have Fletch autograph it at the reunion. Have a good read.
... catAll crew please be at Duxford portacabin at 0930. Start engines 1000....
Note: this flight may operate either Sunday evening or Monday morning. 6-seat hire car has been arranged for pickup at Southend Airport Sunday evening, crew will drive back from Southend to Duxford on Sunday evening (unless flight delayed to Monday am)....
10 July 2004 - 11 July 2004 ...
 Duxford (Flying Legends) -- 10 July 2004 - 00:00 ...
 Duxford (Flying Legends) -- 11 July 2004 - 23:59 ...
 Confirmed event, displays slots awaited.
Aviation Conspiracy Newsletter
Online Tracking Important Activist Tool!!         As Bill Sees It: (Editorial): Megadata's Flight Tracking Shows FAA's Corrupt Routing  Practices!!!
Royal Institute of Navigation : HOME
...Freighter crashed on take-off...
Freighter crashed on take-off On 18 May an Ilyushin 76TD 4-engined freighter crashed on climb-out from Urumqi, China. The aircraft was destroyed and all 7 crew killed.
The aircraft was en route from ...
Air is safest way to travel...
Air is safest way to travel In a transport trends report published by the UK DfT on 20 May, air travel has remained the safest way to travel. In summary:
UK flight punctuality improves...
UK flight punctuality improves Scheduled and charter airline punctuality improved in the 4th quarter of 2003 compared with the same period in 2002, according to figures released today by the CAA. These figures also ...
Weather brought down aircraft...
Weather brought down aircraft On 10 May at 1400 local time, a Cessna 172M single-engined aircraft was substantially damaged on impact with terrain following an 'encounter with inclement weather' whilst in VMC cruise ...
Safety of utmost importance urges Eurocontrol
Flying Scholarships for the Disabled - Latest News
...Paul Bowen
Letter from Alan Smith, Chairman of the RIAT FSD Board of Trustees
I am very sad to announce that Paul Bowen died on Tuesday 18 May after a short illness.
Paul was Director of the Royal International Air Tattoo and founder (with Tim Prince) of our charity "Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for the Disabled". He continued as a Trustee until his untimely death.  The heartfelt sympathy of all our scholars and Paul's fellow Trustees goes out to Janet, Paul's wife and to Guy his son. Janet and Guy have very generously requested that donations, as a tribute to Paul, should go to our charity in the desire to award a flying scholarship in Paul's name. 
Paul Bowen's wisdom, drive and kindness will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Alan F. Smith
Chairman of the Trustees
Donation cheques should be made out please to "RIAT Flying Scholarships for the Disabled" with a covering note that they are in memory of Paul Bowen and mailed to:
A Slade and Son
Ridgeway House
35 Dyer Street
Gloucestershire GL7 2PP
Tel: 01285 656336
20/05/2004 - Event listing
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Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2004 ... 6 Oct 2004 - 10 Oct 2004 ... The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies ... Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Annex Hall ...
The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies will be organizing the 11th Japan International Aerospace Exhibition (Japan Aerospace 2004) at " Pacifico Yokohama" located in the beautiful bay area, from October 6 to 10, 2004.
Japan Aerospace 2004 will bring together all the aviation, aerospace and related industries at one single trade fair with various gatherings in addition to helicopter demonstration flights. We wish to invite all those involved in the aerospace industries, including business, trade and international suppliers from all over the world.
We look forward to your participation at Japan Aerospace 2004, the biggest and unified aerospace exhibition in Japan.
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