Monthly nr 9

October 2005

Reports News

Content of October 2005

This section sponsored by TRAVEL INSURANCE CENTER


Featured Report of the Month:
Embry-Riddle to Present Florida SkyFest 2005
at Daytona Beach International Airport - October 29 and 30

Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 30, 2005 -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University continues its tradition of world-class airshows this fall with Florida SkyFest 2005 at Daytona Beach International Airport. The Oct. 29 and 30 event will feature the country’s best civilian and military airshow talent.

Performers include:

  • Patty Wagstaff, the nation’s best-known female pilot and a three-time national aerobatic champion. Patty flies one of the most thrilling, low-level aerobatic routines in the world today. Flying before millions of airshow spectators each year, Patty’s breathtaking performances give spectators a front-row seat view of the precision and complexity of modern aerobatics.
  • Mike Goulian, thrilling airshow fans since 1987 with the best high-performance power aerobatics the world has to offer. Since his first show at age 17, Mike has gained a reputation for performing one of the most precise, high-energy, unlimited aerobatic performances in the world. Molding the incredible skill and dedication required to win two national aerobatic titles and three berths on the U.S. Aerobatic Team, Mike flies his show plane with an intensity few pilots in the world can match.
  • Mike Mancuso and Matt Chapman, two of the world’s top aerobatic pilots, now a team. Mike has been touring the country dazzling crowds in the Klein Tools Extra 300L. Mike will perform a solo act, twisting his eccentric airplane into gut-wrenching action. This show will keep you on the edge of your seat. Matt is incredibly skilled at aerobatic flying. As a member of the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic team, he has won medals twice at the World Aerobatic Championships. Matt is one of six elite pilots in the Championship Air Show Pilots Association. Together, they have formed a premier aerobatic formation team. It’s a thrilling show with precision maneuvers. Mike will literally roll his Klein Extra 300L around Matt’s airplane, a Lycoming CAP 580 powerhouse. Even more spectacular is their mirror pass, in which the two planes are canopy-to-canopy, with one aircraft flying upside down directly over the other. In their head-on pass, the two pilots fly in opposite directions, right toward each other, in a daring, near-miss maneuver. Their performance will have you on the edge of your seat.
  • Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes, back again with their sensational wing-walking act in their fabulous Showcat Biplane. Teresa climbs all over the wings of the huge open-cockpit biplane, even performing a headstand, while Gene performs breathtaking aerobatics.

  • The Shockwave Jet Truck, an awesome, fire-breathing, semi-truck with three jet engines that shoot flames. Shockwave will race down the runway at more than 376 mph!

  • Eric Beard, an Embry-Riddle graduate and a seasoned professional with hundreds of performances to his credit. Come see Eric slice through the sky in Russian Thunder, one of only seven Yak 54s flying in the world.

  • Lee Lauderback, also returning home to his alma mater, Embry-Riddle. Lee will fly his rare P-51 Mustang, one of the legendary planes that helped win World War II. Don’t miss the Heritage Flight, a unique military formation flight demonstrating the best of the new and the best of the past, including Lee’s Mustang.

  • The Misty Blues, the world’s only all-woman team of skydivers. This nine-member team will maneuver earthward carrying one of the largest American flags in the world. The Misty Blues have performed around the world for over 17 years and have attained 35 world records and 40,000 jumps. They average an amazing 3,000 jumps per team member.

  • Nikolay Timofeev, world aerobatic champion, flying a Russian-made Sukhoi aircraft. One of the most brilliant pilots in modern aviation, Nikolay captures the attention and admiration of spectators and airshow professionals all over the world. His flight is an unmatched three-dimensional aerobatic experience.

  • Heritage Flight with Pyrotechnics, featuring a U.S. Air Force A10 Thunderbolt and Mustang. It’s the deadliest of America’s current fighters together with the legendary WWII fighter, plus simulated gunfire.

  • U.S. military aircraft fly-bys will include the F-117, B1, B2, vintage Thunderbird T33, and A10 Thunderbolt.


A large selection of aircraft also will be on display at Florida SkyFest. Most of these aircraft will be staffed with Embry-Riddle alumni who have flown them to the show. Embry-Riddle will present Florida SkyFest at Daytona Beach International Airport, where the expansive grounds can accommodate large aircraft displays, sponsors, local organization exhibits, and vendor spaces, including a children’s area with games and activities, creative displays from local merchants, souvenirs, flight simulators, and food and beverage offerings.

Embry-Riddle has committed to presenting Florida SkyFest every two years,
with future dates already scheduled for Oct. 27 and 28, 2007, and Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2009

For additional information, contact Joni Hunt at (386) 226-4913
[email protected], or go to


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates more than 30,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Extended Campus at more than 130 centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, and through distance learning.

Pictures provided by Florida Skyfest

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Richard I. Ward: Flying Thoughts - An Aviator's Flight Through Life

As we climb the inclined path of age, our “mind’s eye” vision becomes extremely sharp and more focused.
I find this to be a very useful and entertaining phenomenon.
By: Author

RANDOM MEMORIES - What awesome power The Almighty provides to each of us as individuals. We are able to collect, systematically assemble, then view in our minds eye, wonderful thoughts, using the random collection of 16 billion cells our brains possess. More amazing is that we have the ability to organize, and then record them in writing for others to see. One of the tricks to making this work though, is to step back, relax and give ones mind a chance to recall. Thankfully, I am at a point in my life that permits this luxury of time. This was not always the case. I’m not complaining, but if the road to success were measured in the amount of hours in a day one puts toward their effort to accomplish their goals, my contribution would most certainly win an award. Did luck enter into my formulas for success along the way? It sure did! The harder I worked, the luckier I got!

I have been on this planet seventy-seven years. Sixty-one of them being embraced with the sheer joy of piloting a vast number of airplane makes and models for over 10,000 flying hours, all the while hop scotching through the eminent challenge of nature’s elements surrounding man and flying machine. Not going unnoticed in any way is the continued companionship of my best friend and lover of fifty-five years - Donna Wilson Ward. This beautiful and classy individual issued to me the highest license that one can ever receive. That is, the license to live my life to the fullest. Few men can make a claim such as this. It has provided me with more joyous moments and life fulfillment than any one aviator deserves.

If you are an airman, I am certain that you have experienced meeting an old pilot who may not have held the controls of an aircraft for many years. Didn’t you sense an immediate acceptance of that person as a friend, without further exploration? A bond was instantaneously established, as the conversation turned to flying matters. Does this bond come from the love of hearing the roar of an engine on takeoff, the feel of the wind over ones face in an open cockpit flying machine, the sensation of speed, or the weather? The common bond …is it any of these things I have mentioned?

Perhaps so – but more probably is derived from an intimate secret shared by all airmen, yet discussed by few. We have witnessed writers and orators attempt to explain the experience of flight to the earthling. Our elation is something we wish to verbally share, but alas, always fail to do so. We speak of it in generalities and specifics and still fail to lead the earthling along to become as jubilant as we. How can this be? I submit to you, this is Religion we share. A working knowledge of God and His kingdom, viewed only by airman, shared only by airmen, and understood only by airmen.

Who can disbelieve when viewing while aloft, the Grand Canyon, the sand dunes of Lake Michigan’s shoreline, the rapid buildup of ice on an airfoil, the violence of storm centers, the patience of air traffic control centers, or approach lights looming into view on a 200 foot and ½ mile visibility instrument approach? To guide one’s aircraft on high brings us closer to God in many ways, and we aviators cherish this relationship.

Within this writing, I believe my younger aviator brothers and sisters will end the read feeling that they have shared enough of my “Flying Thoughts” to gather a sense of what aviation was like for me starting in the early 1940’s and working forward. Many older aviators will most certainly nod their heads and share their own “flying thoughts” in their hard earned solitude.

There is far more to an aviator’s life than winging through the air at speeds not normally experienced by earthlings. I hope to reveal some of these events in such a manner that they might be shared with you. I will thread the needle of life and permit you to see how my patchwork quilt of events brought me to where I am today. Hopefully you will find some of the philosophies that I developed useful.

You will note occasional references to a “higher power”. To me, that means God. Others may use a different term, but that’s OK. If this reference offends you, skip over those sections. It won’t offend me in any way. Lest my readers feel the forthcoming contents of this writing will be dripping with religious overtones – have no fear. I have no intention of imposing my spiritual beliefs on anyone. However, I would find it very difficult, if not impossible to describe the corners of my life that acknowledge and embrace a higher power.

As this book is being written, I must confess that I am doing so as a reflection upon a very fulfilled life. Hopefully it will prompt each reader to take a few moments from your busy day to survey your own experiences by prompting you to relive a few memories of your own. My jottings herein are random. They sway hither and yon, to be sure, but isn’t that the way we live our lives? Nothing ever seems to occur in the exact order in which things are planned, but I find that perfectly OK. Pictures formed in our maturing thoughts become more masterful by the day. A sampling of ones experiences, as they are recalled can be brought together in the corners of our minds providing a beautiful patchwork quilt in our minds eye. Exploring these thoughts can provide us with warmth and comfort during our waning years. I share with you the following notation that I penned many years ago, while viewing our earth from on high. I review the process with comfort more often, as my life moves forward in time!


God! Captain of our universe, as we soar with you at our side through this short flight on earth
Give us sufficient power to overcome the drag imposed upon us by problems we must face
Provide us with positive lift so that it will offset the gravity of life’s occasional severe turbulence
While we aim toward tomorrow’s horizon, please aid us by checking our direction so that we are not steering
a radical course. Finally, Oh Lord … when we start our descent down life’s glide path, let us touch down
only long enough to flight plan the next leg of our journey through time everlasting

By: Author

Reader comments

“The “Flying Thoughts” of Dick Ward is a wonderful mix of aviation lore and life’s lessons and the author’s knack for creative solutions to real life problems both business and personal. We can all benefit from Dick’s proclamation “I’ve been lucky – and the harder I work, the luckier I get.” I highly recommend “Flying Thoughts” to aviators and non-aviators alike.”
Steven E. Dyer, President - Univair Aircraft Corporation

“The book is wonderful! Dick and Donna Ward’s life story is interesting, fun and uplifting. This is a wonderful book about a man and his family who succeeded in so many ways. It will be appealing not only to the aviation enthusiast, but to those who love success stories and the interesting experiences associated with them.”
John L. Parish - Staggerwing Museum Foundation

“As I read Dick Ward’s book, it was like he was saying “Come fly with me;” and I did just that. “Flying Thoughts” is written in an interesting and authentic way that helps one to personally relate with his informative reflections. From the chapters on the “Formative Years” to “Final Landings”, one can be encouraged to see how God influences our lives. He shows us that we all have a positive destiny, too.”
Rev. John Booko

“Seldom do I start and finish a book in one sitting. “Flying Thoughts” is filled with great words of philosophy and intertwined with anecdotes and personal stories from an era of aviation that needs to be remembered. I treasure the Author’s concepts.”
Dick Wagner - Wagner Foundation, Ltd.

“Over the years, I have met some of the world's greatest musical entertainers. It is always a thrill for me to be around such individuals. They have that something "Special". That invisible, positive force, that makes you want to be around them, and absorb all that you can. Richard Ward is one of those "Special, Positive Forces". When you read "Flying Thoughts", you will see that Richard also has command of the English language and makes his story, a fun and informative read. Thank you for letting this man take “flight.”
Col. Rendal Wall - Heritage Guitar, Inc.

About the Author

Richard (Dick) Ward resides in Three Rivers, Michigan with his cherished wife of fifty-five years. Smitten by the aviation bug at a very young age, he purchased and restored his first airplane at the age of fifteen and in 1943 learned to fly seaplanes on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Aviation ratings include – Commercial, Instrument, Multi Engine, Flight Instructor – single and multi engine, Ford Trimotor FO5 Type Rating, Aircraft & Powerplant Mechanic and Aircraft & Powerplant Mechanic Instructor. His multifaceted aviation and diverse business experiences are well documented within the pages of his numerous published writings of the past.

His many articles have been presented in such publications as – The Rotarian, Industry Week, Business Insight, Business and Commercial Aviation, Aviation Mechanics Journal, Martin Mariner, Airport Services Management, Parents, Solidarity, Battery Man, American Home, Model Airplane News, Flying Models, Private Pilot, Grounds Maintenance, AOPA Pilot, Aero, Grit, and Journal of Small Business. For over twenty years he has written and published a quarterly newsletter for the “Twin Bonanza Association” – a successful aircraft type club that he continues to operate (see His first book, “Beechcraft Twin Bonanza – Craft of The Masters,” now in its second printing is a book that well documents the history of the historic Beechcraft Model 50 series and the Military L23/U8 aircraft used in Vietnam.


“WE INFLUENCE OTHER LIVES MORE THAN WE REALIZE. LET US CHERISH THIS HONOR. This fact was driven home to me a number of years ago in a real way, through the following event. I received a call from our U. S. Congressman’s office in 1987 asking for a favor. (Now that’s a switch.) They were requesting that I consider giving a ride in my 1942 Ryan ST open cockpit aircraft to a 92-year-old gentleman from Sturgis, Michigan. Clyde (Hoopy) Hoopingarner was a pilot in 1917 during World War I, and had never had his hands on the controls since that time. Of course, I told them, I would be honored to do so and to set up a time when we could meet at the Three Rivers Airport.

The day arrived and both the Sturgis and Three Rivers newspaper reporters were on hand to greet and interview him when he arrived. I had already briefed them on the fact that once in the air I would circle over his home in Sturgis and also pointed out that I would let him take the controls while doing so. We all wondered what the fellow would look like and assumed that he might arrive hobbling along with a cane or even worse, in a wheelchair. A car pulled up to the small terminal building and the single occupant promptly got out of the driver’s seat and strolled into the lobby. It was my passenger.

During the interview with the media persons, he displayed a number of items that he had saved through the years; his silk scarf, flight jacket and leather helmet with goggles. Inside his helmet there were the signatures of his flight school classmates.

We walked out to the Ryan and I positioned him in the front cockpit. After strapping him into his parachute, shoulder harness and seat belt, off we went. My Ryan has a small intercom system whereby I can speak to the person in the front cockpit but he/she can’t speak back. I like it that way. Heading southeast to Sturgis, I advised that I was turning the controls over to him and he should shake the stick when he took over. I made a few comments about keeping the wings level and the nose on the horizon and said little more. He handled the aircraft with a reasonable amount of control, so much so, that I allowed him to fly all the way to Sturgis. When he found his house, he circled it twice and I told him to head back to Three Rivers, which he immediately did. Before the landing I did a snap roll then completed the landing while allowing him to keep his hands on the stick and his feet on the rudder pedals. After parking the airplane we shook hands and bid each other farewell. That could be the end of the story except for the following.

A number of years later, Donna and I were in Florida, on the way to Costa Rica in our Beechcraft Twin Bonanza. We first had stopped in Titusville, Florida to visit with my old flying buddy, Bob Biggs, when a phone call came in asking for me. It was the Congressman’s assistant. She somehow tracked me down because of a special event that I should know about. She stated that our old WW I friend had just peacefully passed away. He was discovered in the morning, sitting in his favorite chair with a full-page newspaper article of his last flight with me in the Ryan clutched in his hands. There was a paragraph in the article that quoted him as saying “ It was beautiful!” the Sturgis native said after his half-hour flight over St. Joseph County. “Dick took me clear up there and God, it was beautiful!” There was another quote in the same article. ‘Hoopy’ stated – “A guy tried to sell me life insurance. I told him I’m not going to die.” I agree Hoopy. You never will.”

Te book can be ordered through the publisher Authorhouse, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or if a signed copy is desired, from the author at the address below. The total price for the signed copy which includes shipping in the USA is $18.95.

Richard I. Ward
Forward Horizons, LLC
19684 Lakeshore Drive
Three Rivers, MI 49093 USA
Phone/Fax 269.279.2540
Home 269.279.2535
Flight Operations 269.279.7616
Cell 269.251.2636
Web Page:

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Grand Sud Evasion: Let’s go for Tunisia from November 10 to 19, 2005

It is ten years now that Zinedine Sadaoui is the uncontested leader of travel organisation in some countries we rarely visit by Ultralight. Assisted by Gilles Finet for security organization, these two pioneers offer a great flight experience in Africa. Their long experience is your guaranty for a maximum pleasure with an excellent quality/price proportion. With Grand Sud Evasion, you are about to live an unforgettable experience in some exotic African countries, where desert is riming with passion…

Tunisia : the CHOTT Evasion
DOUZ - Ksar Guilane - DJERBA - TOZEUR - DOUZ

From 10 to 19 November 2005
Adventure & Pleasure

The Chott is a romantic ballade in the heart of Tunisia, harmoniously mixing air and sea, sand and luxurious hotels, and friendly welcome of local people. In these wonderful landscapes you will never feel alone, because of a serious organization and an infallible security.

This travel is organized so that low experience pilots may fly safely. It may be considered as some free time far from home, with just the pleasure of flying, and no stress. People coming with pilots may have fun too, visiting all interesting spots by the road.

You may choose between different organization options, from simple participation (you manage yourself your travel, refuelling, etc.), to full take over by the organization, with a lot of intermediate choices. Register now for this wonderful adventure!

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For further information please visit

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66 Rue Paul Claudel - 21000 Dijon - France
Tel./Fax: +33 3 80 43 46 93
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New Hypoxia Awareness Training at FACTS® training programs

FACTS® Training, an AirCare Solutions Group company, recently announced a significant expansion of the Decompression module in the FACTS® emergency procedures training programs for corporate crewmembers. Added to all training locations, the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device (ROBD) provides crewmembers with the opportunity to experience hypoxia in a controlled and monitored environment. Hypoxia awareness can be a life saving experience that 92% of all crews surveyed agreed needs to be included in all emergency training programs.

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Rather than physically exposing a subject to lower total pressure in a decompression chamber, crewmembers can experience the effects of hypoxia at FACTS Training programs using a system that changes the composition of the gas mixture inhaled. The FACTS ROBD™ is the only hypoxia awareness tool readily available to corporate pilots and flight attendants without the risks involved in using a decompression chamber. The ROBD, used in combination with the FACTS simulators, enhances the realism of decompression training.

“Having always been the leader in corporate aircrew emergency training, our goal is to always be the frontrunner in providing new and challenging training experiences for corporate pilots and flight attendants”, said Doug Mykol, CEO, of the AirCare Solutions Group. He went on to say, “Our trainers, our full-motion simulators, and our leading edge training devices all combine to provide a realism in training unavailable anywhere else. ...All to better prepare for emergencies.”

The FACTS® ROBD can simulate up to 30,000 foot altitudes in a safe environment to train and familiarize crewmembers with the dangerous and paralyzing effects of hypoxia. As the Hypoxia Awareness Training is administered, each crewmember is both monitored for heart rate and oxygen saturation levels, and tested for reduced visual capabilities and degraded motor and cognitive functions, any of which could lead to catastrophic consequences in flight.

Experience with the effects of hypoxia and how each individual responds differently, provides the crewmember with a benchmark of their own time of useful consciousness (TUC) available to respond to an emergency, appropriately.

The ROBD is now an integral part of all scheduled FACTS Emergency Procedures Training programs and the ROBD/Hypoxia Awareness Training can also be included in FACTS On-site programs, at the client’s facilities, globally.

For further information on incorporating Hypoxia Awareness and the FACTS® ROBD into your safety management program, call FACTS® at 360/754-9805.

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Since 1981, FACTS Training International has been the leading industry standard for Crewmember Emergency Procedures Training. FACTS is a unique, human factors based program designed to train pilots, flight engineers/mechanics, and corporate flight attendants in aircraft emergency evacuation and inflight safety procedures. All are practiced and simulated in the FACTS full-size, full motion cockpit and cabin emergency procedures simulator, the pool and the FACTS Underwater Egress Dunker.

FACTS designed and built the world's only mobile corporate, cockpit and cabin Aircrew Emergency Simulators. Training in the full-size simulators has capabilities unmatched in the industry and provides a realism not available anywhere else.

FACTS is internationally recognized for thorough, intensive, research-based training programs. FACTS trains over 800 crewmembers, and executive frequent flyers per year. FACTS Training is available at Training Centers around the country or at private hangars worldwide.

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From the Logbook "The FAA Aviation Safety programs"...
Do they really work? Read this and you decide!

During the research for this article, I had the great pleasure of going back in aviation history with pilots, instructors, and FAA personnel, past and present, living and dead. I learned a lot about these individuals and their dedication to an objective that had never been tried before. For someone as addicted to aviation as I am, it was a great pleasure to be involved in this tale of living history.

Jim Trusty

As you read this story you will realize the devotion of those involved and learn that sometimes things just have to be done, without compensation or supervision or a true plan of action, and somehow they work out. Thank goodness this particular endeavor did! The benefits are enormous and they involve the saving of lives. I thank each and every person involved. What they accomplished way back when probably saved aviation as a profession and showed the world that education mixed with a dash or two of enforcement works wonders. This is even more valid today.

While working on a presentation for an upcoming FAA Safety Seminar, I wandered off in thoughts of who, what, when, where, why and how as they all applied to the safety programs offered to the aviation enthusiasts of our nation. Who came up with the idea for the Federal Government to join forces with the general public and actually make something work for both sides? Most agree that it was a lot of ex-military pilots and leftover instructors from WWII and Korea who became new hires for the FAA and played a major role in getting it all started. The FAA hired these guys as peacetime approached and General Aviation was advancing by bounces and wents and they really got more than their money’s worth.

A lot of names came up when I began researching this article and by trying to use all of them, I would surely miss a few. Apologizing in advance, I’m afraid, would not get me off the hook because they really did something great with this and no one or two people deserve all the credit. At the beginning there were probably 50 different individuals involved, in almost every state. Many of them are now deceased. For my research, I made contact by conversing with those who knew them well when they were alive. Either by reading pertinent documents, by e-mail, telephone interviews, or personal meetings, the following individuals were all a great help. My thanks go out to: Al Milana, Pete Campbell, Jerry Schmeltz, Randy Robinson, Dean Chamberlain, Tom Liederbach, and Larry Williams. Without their help and many others, this article would not have been possible.

WHEN did they begin?
It appears the beginning was slow but sure and took place around 1964. The actual thought process began earlier, but it took a little coaxing to get the ball rolling. It was kinda sorta haphazard until a lot of work was done and the FAA started accepting it as a doable concept in 1968. Once the first program started showing positive results, and that was the Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics, the other programs followed rather quickly. They all remain until this day as very successful ventures. There were startups in different Regions from 1964 until 1971. When to start and what to offer was left up to the respective offices and to those in charge.

The first program was the Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics, which was followed by the Poker Run, the “WINGS” Program, the Pilot Proficiency Award Program, the FAA PACE Program, and several that are simply called Town Meetings, Safety Gatherings, and something we do in my area almost weekly, the FAA Safety Seminars. No matter the various names or designations, they are offered by the Federal Aviation Administration, helped by an active FAA Safety Program Manager, some FAA Aviation Safety Counselors, donations of time, energy and money from the aviation public, and well attended by flying enthusiasts from all walks of life. They are something we in this ever-shrinking aviation community look forward to, and as a Safety Counselor myself, we are constantly looking for ways to make them more attractive to the flying public and to expand and grow new attendees every time we meet. The numbers show we are succeeding. My hope and desire is that we can add some new and exciting programs to our busy schedule of events planned for this year just so we can keep everyone’s attention.

There are plans in the works to try and incorporate some of the youngster programs and see if that would work. I think the kids would enjoy the upgrade and information after we rework it slightly. If you have a chance, join us for a meeting. They are informative and enjoyable, and a lot of your friends will be there.
WHERE? After Pete Campbell was named by the FAA as the National Accident Prevention Program Coordinator, he gave all the Regional Managers free rein to implement Safety Programs as they saw fit and a bunch began at about the same time. Al Milana had one of the first in Lincoln, Nebraska. He remembered it well when I spoke to him a short time ago. The first program was an all day affair with two Managers speaking and showing a slide show of Takeoffs & Landings and Landing with/without Flaps. He also remembered that the first lapel pin was made like a safety pin with a carving of the Spirit of St. Louis in it. I have one of these, made by Jostens, and wear it proudly.

I personally attended several clinics put on by Pete Campbell and his crew and they were a true learning experience. Some of the alphabet groups are still doing these meetings with great attendance and success, and we hope they continue.

When this group of new hires came on board, they quickly recognized that the accident rate was out of hand and that the FAA way of expecting enforcement to take care of every problem was not working. As former Flight Instructors and pilots, they all agreed that the problem started at the training level and that what had to be done was to educate the Flight Instructors first and very soon thereafter the licensed pilots and then the flying public. By the mid 70’s, less than 10 years since this group started working, training accidents were down over 60%, and we have managed to maintain that downward spiral through today.

It has been almost forty years since this brainstorm about education working in conjunction with necessary enforcement would reduce aviation accidents and it is working better each year. Aviation still accounts for less than 2% of all the transportation fatalities each year, and last year was no different. We transported over 650,000,000 passengers and had 678 deaths (2003 was the safest year ever for the world’s airline passengers). That calculates to your chances of losing your life while on board an airplane as 1 in a million. No other industry in the world can match these numbers. By way of comparison, vehicle fatalities in the U.S. alone kill 820 people a week. As pilots and flight instructors we are all keenly aware that the root cause for most accidents is pilot error, and that the best and most complete cure for this is education. Actually, we don’t even mind that the FAA is always around for enforcement if all else fails. It really keeps us on our toes.

I look forward to newer and better offerings by all involved and would welcome the FAA back into the fold as presenters of this valuable information. I would like to see them go for the airlines first with some type of mandatory yearly attendance program and then impose it on General Aviation in the near future. Education has to be continuous for it to really work. How could anyone say no to being safer and smarter in this ever changing world of aviation. When you total
up the time spent staying licensed as a pilot, getting a medical exam, a flight review, instrument proficiency and then add an hour of instruction and an hour of flight, it figures out to less than a day, and it doesn’t all have to be done in the same 24 hour period.
It’s really not a big contribution of time to be current and fit to fly.

This article was written totally out of appreciation for a great bunch from the FAA who took on a task that offered them very little benefit. It is a program that over 4,000 FAA Aviation Safety Counselors work on daily for one project or another to make it possible for over 1,000,000 aviation enthusiasts to attend a Safety Program of their choice, free of charge, somewhere in America almost every week. I wanted you to know of this output of energy by everyone involved and to invite you to join us. We need your participation. Meeting places, sound equipment, door prizes, food and beverages, speakers and everything else we use must be donated. Contact your local Flight Standards District Office and tell them you would like to help. Ask them to do a program in your area, get on the mailing list so that you and your friends can attend, and then visit a meeting and watch us work. See if you agree with the majority of the flying community that education really works and the only thing we need is more of it. I personally am still amazed that you can attract a room full of professionals that have the skill to fly an airplane by simply offering some information and free food. Only one person out of every 400 in the United States can fly an airplane and that means 99.8% of our population cannot!

If after reading this article, you still have questions or reservations, check out or, contact the FAA (supposedly they have over 100 people in Safety Program managerial positions at the District, Regional and National levels), or feel free to get in touch with me and I’ll tell you what we have accomplished in my area since I started as an Accident Prevention Counselor over 16 years ago. As you can tell, I love to talk about this safety stuff.

Always Remember: Accidents Are Caused And Therefore Preventable!

Jim Trusty, ATP/CFI, was named the FAA/Aviation Industry National Flight Instructor of the Year for 1997, and the FAA Southern Region Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year for 1995 & 2005. He still works full-time as a Corporate Pilot/“Gold Seal” Flight & Ground Instructor/FAA Aviation Safety Counselor/National Aviation Magazine Writer. You have been reading his work since 1973 in publications worldwide. He welcomes your comments and e-mail works best ([email protected]).

Stay Informed, Join Us Today! ( It’s FREE!

Copyright Jim Trusty 2005

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December 4-17, 2005: A journey to Central America

Imagine your pilot logbook showing landings in Central America, such as Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico. The arrangements have already been made by Air Journey. We have 5 years experience in private flights to Central America. Departure availablr from Key West and Brownsville.

All you have to do is fly - we'll take care of the rest! From authorizations to customs, as well as sightseeing and accommodations; each stop provides unique adventure. Whether it's exploring Mayan Ruins in Tikal, a guided tour of an active volcano in Antigua, bird-watching on a private island in Panama capped by a cruise of the Panama Canal or relaxation for two nights in Costa Rica before flying to Honduras for river rafting.

Air Journey' s expertise in this part of the world will ensure a wonderful, pleasant and relaxing trip for all who join us. We have modified the program to include 3 nights in the Pearl Islands made famous by the "Survivors" TV show.But we will not be spending our nights on the beach, we will be at the beautiful Hacienda del Mar.

This six-country, 14 day Journey will take you to the heart of Central America and all the way down to the Panama Canal. It will be an incredible journey of either 3,200 nm from Key West or 3,880 nm from Brownsville, Texas.During the journey we will be in:

  • Flores (Guatemala)
  • Antigua (Guatemala)
  • Liberia (Costa Rica)
  • Pearls Islands (Panama)
  • Granada (Nicaragua)
  • La Ceiba (Honduras)
  • Cancun (Mexico) - technical stop only

The longest leg over water is only 375 nm from Key West to the Mexican Coast but we will be skirting the coast of Cuba for 2/3 of the way. The Journey is a visit to the past with Mayan and Colonial Heritage and is a unique cultural experience. Our flights will take us over the jungle and close to active volcanoes and over the Panama Canal.


Central America December 4th - 17th, 2005: Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, December 4th
Key West => Flores, Guatemala (645NM)
Meet at 9:00am at Key West FBO for a briefing. Take off at approx. 9:45am, fly along the coast of Cuba and Eastern Yucatan to Flores International Airport. For shorter range aircraft, there will be a fuel stop in Chetumal (515NM from Key West). Clear Customs in Flores and transfer to the beautiful Francis Ford Coppola lodge, La Lancha.
Hotel: La Lancha
Cocktail and Dinner included.

Day 2: Monday, December 5th
One of the oldest civilization shores of the Yucatan peninsula will be our home for the exploration of the Mayan ruins of Tikal which were discovered less than a century ago.
Hotel: La Lancha
Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 3: Tuesday, December 6th
Flores => Guatemala City => Antigua (145NM)
We will stop for lunch at the Guatemala City Aeroclub. Later discover the ancient capital of Antigua nestled at the foot of three beautifully shaped extinct volcanoes.
Hotel: Penza Verde
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 4: Wednesday, December 7th
Explore the beautiful town of Antigua for its history and culture. Take an optional helicopter tour and lunch to nearby serene and unspoiled Lake Attitlan.
Hotel: Penza Verde
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 5: Thursday, December 8th
Guatemala City => Liberia, Costa Rica (380NM)
We will follow the picturesque Pacific coast of San Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Hotel: Cala Luna
Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 6: Friday, December 9th
Walk on an isolated beach, pamper yourself in mud baths, massages or time by the pool.
Hotel: Cala Luna
Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 7: Saturday, December 10th
Liberia => Pearl Island (425NM)
Follow the beautiful Pacific coast of southern Costa Rica. Stop in David (Panama for Customs), continue east and hop a few miles south of the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal to discover San Jose in the Pearl Islands.
Hotel: Hacienda del Mar
Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 8: Sunday, December 11th
Pearl Island
Stay on the island for a bit of relaxation on the fine beach. Take a photo shoot of the colorful toucans or go deep sea fishing.
Hotel: Hacienda del Mar
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 9: Monday, December 12th
Excursion to the Panama Canal
Fly to Panama City, enjoy an excursion to the famous Miraflores series of locks, see liners and cargo delicately and precisely going through the locks, visit the Panama Visitor Center, see the treacherous Gaillard Cut, discover the old city of Panama. Return to San Jose for dinner
Hotel: Hacienda del Mar
Breakfast, Lunch, all day Excursion and Dinner included.

Day 10: Tuesday, December 13th
Pearl Island => Managua, Nicaragua (520NM)
Follow the spine of the Central America Cordillera. Fly over the “world’s most intense jungle” in Costa Rica (as described by National Geographic). Arrive in Nicaragua and transfer to the colonial city of Granada.
Hotel: Hotel Colonial
Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 11: Wednesday, December 14th
Granada and Surroundings
Superb day of sightseeing including a climb (in a specially equipped army vehicle) to the rim of Masaya to discover an unusual variety of plants, trees, mosses and geology. Approach an active volcano and stand on the edge of the earth’s furnace. Take a boat among the 356 Las Isletas (the Small Islands) on Lake Nicaragua. Finally, tour Granada before a well deserved dinner at a very beautiful site.
Hotel: Hotel Colonial
Breakfast, Lunch, Excursion and Dinner included.

Day 12: Thursday, December 15th
Managua => La Ceiba, Honduras (250NM)
Fly across the Central American peninsula to the Caribbean basin and La Ceiba where we will transfer to the eco-resort called The Lodge at Pico Bonito, nestled within the magnificent rainforest of the Pico Bonito National Park. Afternoon at leisure to explore the waterfalls, whirlpools, a tropical butterfly farm and the Serpentarium.
Hotel: The Lodge at Pico Bonito
Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 13: Friday, December 16th
La Ceiba
At leisure to enjoy the rainforest, rafting, trekking or relaxing. Get ready for a Gala Dinner with an evening of sharing stories and reflecting upon the extraordinary experiences only flyers can have.
Hotel: The Lodge at Pico Bonito
Breakfast and Gala Dinner included.

Day 14: Saturday, December 17th
La Ceiba => Key West (630NM)
After breakfast, return home with a stop in Cancun (to refuel), then continue on to Key West.
Breakfast included.

Landing Points and Runway Lengths:

  • Key West (KEYW) 6,500’
  • Chetumal (MMCM) 8,000'
  • Guatemala City (MGGT) 9,800’
  • Liberia, Costa Rica (MRLB) 9,000’
  • Isla de San Jose (compacted sod) no code 5,000'
  • Managua, Nicaragua (MNMG) 8,000’
  • Tikal, Guatemala (MGTK) 9,800’
  • Panama City (MPMG) 5,900’
  • La Ceiba (MHLC) 8,350'
  • Cancun, Mexico (MMUN) 11,000'

For further information, please contact:
Air Journey
E-mail: [email protected]

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African Conservation Project to be Assisted by Cessna Skylane

Wichita, Kan., Sept. 14, 2005 - On foot, J. Michael Fay crossed more than 2,000 miles to document stretches of African wilderness the world had never seen before. He helped establish 13 national parks in the Gabon region of Africa, preserving many species found nowhere else in the world. To begin his next research and conservation endeavors, Fay will take delivery of a new Cessna Skylane 182T 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, Kan.

"The aircraft will range over Central Africa and enable conservationist pilots to zero in on and identify individual species and human settlements," Fay said. "We can count roads and rivers accessible by people, electrical power infrastructure and irrigation systems. It will create access in some of the most remote - and most beautiful - areas on the planet."

The airplane is not only needed to research the terrain, it will help conservationists track roving animals. "All the wild dog and lion radio telemetry is done in a Cessna 182," Fay said. "Following animals over roadless and mountainous terrain can only be done in an airplane. An airplane for conservation projects in East and Central Africa, is what a boat is to a marine program."

The Wildlife Conservation Society chose the Cessna 182 because Cessnas can endure the stress of the African environment. "Cessnas are durable, comparatively easy to fly, and can land on short, unpaved runways," Fay said. "Beyond that, they are mechanically strong, and maintenance is simpler than on other makes. Bush airplanes are subject to damage from dust, rocks and animals. They are almost never hangared, so the heat is always an issue. Cessnas persevere, and are known as the workhorses of Africa. Many of the Cessnas used by conservationists have been in service for decades."

The high-set wing configuration also makes them ideal for aerial surveys. "Cessna employees appreciate knowing many airplanes they build help with important missions, like the conservation efforts Dr. Fay directs," said Phil Michel, vice president of marketing.

Based on unit sales, Cessna is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation aircraft. In 2004, Cessna delivered more than 900 aircraft and reported revenues of about $2.5 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 180,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of more than 4,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at Cessna Aircraft Company is a subsidiary of Textron Inc., a $10 billion, multi-industry company with 44,000 employees in 40 countries.

Biography of J. Michael Fay

J. Michael Fay, 48, is an ecologist at the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society of New York and a Conservation Fellow at the National Geographic Society. He has spent his life as a naturalist - he roamed the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Maine woods as a boy, traveled through wilderness in Alaska and Central America in college, and has spent the past 15 years in the central African forest.

Fay received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 from the University of Arizona. He then spent six years in the Peace Corps as a botanist in national parks in Tunisia, and then worked in the savannas of the Central African Republic. In 1984, he went to work at the Missouri Botanical Garden. A floristic study of a mountain range on Sudan's western border eventually led to a Ph.D. on the western lowland gorillas. It was at this time he first entered the forests of central Africa.

Fay's doctoral work was curtailed several times while he surveyed large forest blocks and worked to create the Dzanga-Sangha and Nouabale-Ndoki parks in the Central African Republic and Congo - parks he later managed. Fay's published works throughout the last 20 years have covered a wide range of field research subjects, from exotic orchids to lowland gorillas to forest elephants.

In 1996, Fay flew a small airplane low over the forests of Congo and Gabon and observed a vast, intact forest corridor that spanned the two countries, from the Oubangui River to the Atlantic Ocean. From October 1999 through December 2000 he walked the entire corridor - more than 2,000 miles - systematically surveying trees, wildlife and human impacts on uninhabited forest areas.

Photographer Nick Nichol's coverage of Fay's walk was published in National Geographic magazine, and soon inspired President Omar Bongo of Gabon to create 13 national parks in his country comprising some 11,000 square miles (26,000 square kilometers) of land.

Returning to Africa in 2004, Fay conducted his Africa MegaFlyover, assessing the impact of the human footprint on the continent through aerial surveys conducted from a Cessna he piloted.

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Jetblue Airways donates to Embraer's wanderly High School Graduates
100 students to gain support for university studies

São José dos Campos, September 13, 2005 – Embraer and JetBlue Airways announced the airline will donate US$ 10,000 into a trust fund for the benefit of graduates of Embraer’s Engenheiro Juarez Wanderley High School at each aircraft delivery of its initial order of 100 EMBRAER 190 jets.

Engenheiro Juarez Wanderley High School’s Class of 2004
Picture provided and copyrighted by EMBRAER

The fund will be used to pay stipends to approximately 100 students admitted to universities in Brazil after graduation from EJWHS. The talented, yet sometimes
economically disadvantaged youngsters of São José dos Campos, when admitted to public universities where tuition is not charged, are many times prevented from attending for lacking funds to pay for living expenses outside their hometown. The stipends will provide these living expenses.

Six months after finishing the university course, the students will begin repaying the monies received to create a permanent allowance fund for future students. It is estimated that JetBlue’s total donation after the 100th airplane is delivered will represent 30 percent of the total necessary to render this fund self-sufficient

About Engenheiro Juarez Wanderley High School
Inaugurated in February 2002, Engenheiro Juarez Wanderley High School is funded by the Embraer Education and Research Institute and provides free top quality secondary education to 600 students in three grades. Only pupils enrolled at the public school system for the four years immediately prior to enrollment at EJWHS qualify to take its admission test.

EJWHS students spend nine hours a day at the school, where they also get free meals, uniforms and books. Transportation to its state-of-the art facilities, located 15 kilometers from downtown São José dos Campos, is also included. In 2004, EJWHS graduated its first class of 198 students. With outstanding results, 82 percent passed public and private college and university entrance exams.

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Famous french aerobatics quintes set for Dubai 2005
Patrouille de France in Dubai air show date

The Patrouille de France (PAF), one of the world's most famous aerobatics teams, will make its third Dubai air show appearance this November, where it will perform highly challenging formations, in the daily flying display.The French Wings will embark on a demanding demonstration of aircraft capabilities during Dubai 2005, the ninth international aerospace exhibition, to be held at Dubai Airport Expo from November 20 - 24.

Picture copyrighted by Lieutenant MANEN

With a minimum of 1,500 flight hours each, the eight Alphajet pilots are famous for their diverse display portfolio using eight, four or two aircraft combinations, marked by perfect synchronisation giving illusions of head-on collisions.

"To achieve these very perilous figures, the team members need to trust each other entirely and have blind faith in their leader," said Major Emmanuel Paillou, Leader, PAF. "This trust is obtained thanks to a long and intense training period during which the manoeuvres and crossovers are rehearsed over and over again."

The tricolour two-seater, twin Snecma engine Alphajet aircraft used by PAF for the last 24 years, has a take off weight between five and seven tonnes. It's able to demonstrate all types of spins at a top speed of Mach 0.85 at high altitude and 550 knots at sea level. Its fuel tank gives it a capacity of three hours.

"It's fantastic to welcome back to Dubai this spectacular aerobatics team which will certainly become a focal point for Dubai 2005," said Mansoor Taher, General Manager, Air Traffic Services, Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai. "We are currently in negotiations with another key European aerobatics team, and hope to be able to make an announcement soon."

PAF is part of a long tradition that has established the Dubai air show as a truly spectacular event which demonstrates technological edge, according to Clive Richardson, CEO, Aerospace Division, Fairs & Exhibition, (F&E), the organiser of the Dubai air show. "Aerobatics seamlessly combine man and machine in a uniquely engaging way and we are fortunate to see the French Wings in Dubai once again," he said.

Currently around 700 exhibitors from 43 countries have confirmed participation in Dubai 2005, the world's fastest-growing aerospace exhibition.

Dubai 2005 is organised by F&E in conjunction with the Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai and in collaboration with the UAE Armed Force.

F&E in conjunction with Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered international luxury VIP aircraft charter company, is also organising the inaugural Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference - the first of its kind to run in conjunction with a Dubai air show, to be held at the Le Meridien Dubai on November 19th.

For further information, please contact:
George Kotsolios, MCS Action, P O Box 20970, Dubai.
Tel:+971 4 3902960; Fax: +971 4 3908161; Email: [email protected]

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Heli-Asia 2005 - “Role Development in the next Decade”
11-12 October 2005, The Shangri-la Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Shephard's Heli-Asia Conference and Exhibition returns to Bangkok, Thailand, in 2005 for the 6th Heli-Asia, the dedicated civil and military helicopter event in the Asia Pacific Region.

Message from His Excellency Thaksin Shinawatra Prime Minister of Thailand

I am pleased to welcome once again the Shephard Conferences and Exhibitions sixth annual Heli-Asia event to Thailand. This year's conference builds on the success of last year's event.

The Heli-Asia 2005 Conference is timely in that it underlines the importance of the role that civil and military helicopters play throughout the region. Indeed, we witnessed the valuable contribution they made in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami that so greatly affected our country and those of our neighbours throughout the Indian Ocean at the end of last year.

I hope that all those involved - from speakers and exhibitors to national and international delegates - will use their time wisely in order to help improve the development, organisation and capability of these special aircraft.

I wish you all a very successful conference.

The event will be officially opened and General Thammarak Isarangura, Minister of Defence, Thailand has been invited to conduct the opening ceremony.

Heli-Asia 2005 Conference will focus on “Role Development in the next Decade” for Civil and Military Helicopters. The two day conference features a wide range of high level speaker presentations from senior industry, government and military chiefs from around the world. Full conference programme and booking details available online at

Heli-Asia 2005 will once again feature a substantial Exhibition with over forty leading companies already exhibiting including major helicopter manufacturers AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Sikorsky and Boeing along with leading helicopter equipment suppliers including Goodrich, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and Turbomeca. An essential opportunity to meet and develop relations with the world's leading suppliers from the helicopter and aviation markets.

For further information, please contact:
Sam Cader - The Shephard Group
Tel: +44 1628 606 979
Email: [email protected]

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An Experience of a Lifetime at Edwards Air Force Base

September 22, 2005 - My name is Rebecca Hicks, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Summer High School Apprentice Research Program, nicknamed SHARP, provided me with an excellent opportunity during the summer of 2005. After an application and an interview, I was selected as one of 10 students to participate in SHARP at Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base. Though I was nervous about how I would do, by the end of the summer I knew being a part of the SHARP program was a worthwhile experience that I will never forget.

2005 SHARP participants pose for a group photo. Left to Right: Bridgett Bushrod (NASA coordinator), Rebecca Hicks (author), Alan Tepe, Benjamin Coleman-Levy, Leighna Baxter, Allen Wong, Felicia Kaltz, Elliot Mork, Laura Bookman, Alexandra Guzman, Ronalynn Ramos, Ron Ray (NASA coordinator), Roberto Garza (SHARP program coordinator) - Picture provided and copyrighted by EAA

I was assigned to the range engineering branch, which is generally responsible for flight test setup and support. One glimpse of the mission control center, down the hall from my work area, will only hint at the complexity of each and every mission. I worked amongst the Test and Information Engineers who maintain the Western Aeronautical Test Range (WATR) Integrated Next Generation System (WINGS) and create the computer displays to relay the data coming down from a plane in flight to the operators in the control room. During my internship, I learned about some of the many components of the vast WINGS system and about the process of testing new components to be added to the system.

Before the SHARP program, I was interested in becoming a computer programmer; after being exposed to computer code and testing procedures during my summer at NASA, I am now certain that I will pursue a career in computer science.

The SHARP program gave me a chance to work in an adult work environment. Since the apprenticeship at NASA was my first job, I have experience to cite when applying for future positions. While I learned about the WINGS system, I also learned about the differing personalities of those in my work area and how they all come together to make a working team.

My mentor, Kathleen Howell, and the others in my work area were all very inviting and ready to answer any questions I had; this gave me a good impression of the working life I may enter after college.

My view of the experience was greatly enhanced by the chance to compare it with the views of the other SHARP students from day to day and the chance to develop nine new friendships. The trips arranged by the SHARP program and the coordinators allowed the 10 of us visit to places we may not have otherwise been able to access, such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the Air Force Research Laboratory on Edwards Air Force Base, the Borax Mine in Boron, and the University of California at Los Angeles. Each of these trips was full of information from the tours and full of fun from the company of the coordinators and the other SHARP students.

I received an income for my eight weeks at NASA to stow away in my savings account for college expenses, but most of the time, it felt as if I was being paid to learn and enjoy myself. The NASA SHARP program has given me a significant addition to my memory as well as my resume, and the experience will likely come in handy in the future in more ways than one. I will take a small amount of knowledge and an excellent impression of the office work environment with me into my future, which has definitely been brightened by my involvement in the NASA SHARP program.

Rebecca is a senior at Desert High School located on Edwards Air Force Base.

The SHARP apprenticeship is an eight-week, research-based mentoring program designed for students who excel in engineering, geography, mathematics, science and technology. Some 370 exceptional high school students participated in summer 2005 apprenticeship research program at NASA centers and host universities across the nation. These students were selected from a nationwide pool of more than 2,909 applicants. Some of NASA's top professionals mentored the students, who earned a salary for their services.

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Frost & Sullivan award ONAIR
In-flight communications company wins industry recognition

Geneva - International consultancy Frost & Sullivan has awarded in-flight passenger communications provider, OnAir, with its 2005 Award for Airline & Passenger Focused Strategy. Frost & Sullivan cited an affordable and consistent consumer experience and an ability to minimise airline investment and operating costs as the most significant factors in winning the award.

Specifically, the award recognises OnAir’s adoption of a consumer and customer focused strategy that, according to the market analysis leader, is evident in the company’s choice of target markets – short and long haul flights on both Boeing and Airbus aircraft, – the focus is on pricing, service and the product portfolio, which includes voice and data services.

Dr. Binny Prabhakar, Frost & Sullivan Global Program Manager, Commercial Aerospace, was particularly impressed with OnAir’s business model and said, “We believe that the OnAir value proposition will make airlines more amenable to providing voice and data communications services for passengers across their entire fleets.”

Deployment of OnAir’s GSM- and GPRS-based mobile data and voice services is expected to commence in the second half of 2006 in the European short-haul market. The company has three Letters Of Intent from airlines, putting OnAir at the forefront of this emerging marketplace.

Dr. Prabhakar added, “Pricing of these services will be critical to uptake and penetration rates. We believe that OnAir’s business strategy provides for the right service at the right stage of market growth and importantly, is setting industry standards for realistic end-user pricing.”

OnAir, a joint venture with SITA INC and Airbus, will provide passengers with a full suite of data and voice communications services allowing them to carry on using their personal electronic devices (PEDs) during flights.

George Cooper, CEO of OnAir, said, “We are delighted with this award. From the outset, our priorities have been to deliver a service that meets the expectations of the travelling public and to deliver a rapid Return On Investment for our customers, the airlines. It is very gratifying to have these acknowledged by industry experts.”

Other OnAir services are already available on many international airlines including Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, EVA Air, Iberia, KLM, Malaysia Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Atlantic.

About OnAir
OnAir was launched in February 2005 and is a joint venture with Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, and SITA INC (Information Networking Computing), the world's leading provider of air transport focused applications, communications and IT infrastructure. The company has also integrated the Tenzing operation, the Seattle-based software company which pioneered in-flight e-mail.

The goal of the partnership is to bring the personal communications world of the traveller to the aircraft cabin. The OnAir service portfolio addresses passenger voice and data communications needs on both long- and short-haul flights on commercial Airbus and Boeing aircraft, while focusing on passengers’ needs, offering choice, and ensuring an economically viable business model for airlines. For more information, visit

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting major has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community, by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics.
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Iberia Airlines Today Unveils its Eighth Uniform Collection,
Designed by Adolfo Domínguez


* The designer from Spain's Galicia region takes up the baton
from Alfredo Caral, Elio Berhanyer, Pertegaz, and Pedro Rodríguez

* The ensembles, with optional trousers for women, are made for use
in different climates and activities

* Cabin crews will begin wearing the new uniforms on October 1st,
and ground staff in November

Madrid, September 14th, 2005 - Today Iberia Airlines is unveiling its new uniforms, designed by Adolfo Domínguez, at its La Muñoza hangars, near the Madrid Barajas airport. Iberia and Adolfo Domínguez thus launch a new stage, in which the renowned designer from Spain's north-western region of Galicia, picks up the baton from Afredo Caral, who has designed the Iberia's wardrobe since 1989, and from his illustrious predecessors such as Elio Bernhanyer, Manuel Pertegaz, and Pedro Rodríguez, who all helped build Iberia's modern international brand image, and to make the airline a showcase of the best in Spanish fashion design.

The new uniforms, which will be worn by the 10,000 employees who make up Iberia's cabin crews and airport ground staff, can be admired at first hand by the some 30 million people who fly with Iberia every year, and by all users of the 100 airports in the more than 40 countries in which the Spanish airline operates.

The wardrobe designed for Iberia by Adolfo Domínguez is made to be suitable for different tasks and weather conditions. Elegance and functionality are the hallmarks of the new garments, in keeping with the company's expectations of its staff. The uniform conveys a sense of professionalism and security, and, for the first time ever, optional trousers for women are included.

Cabin crews will first don the new uniforms In October, to be followed by ground staff in November.

To make the first batch of the new clothing, 450,000 metres of fabric was used, along with 15,000 kg of thread. Some 181,000 accessories -shoes, handbags, belts, etc.- were also made. Midnight blue is the dominant colour, with backstitching in red for flight crews and in mustard for ground personnel -the two are Iberia's corporate colours. Red will continue to dominate the uniforms of Iberia's corps of airport trouble shooters known as chaquetas rojas or "redjackets".

Colours are used to denote supervisory staff in each department. For female staff, the colour of the blouse is the indicator of rank, while for males it is the tie. Female ground supervisors will were mustard-coloured blouses, and flight pursers will wear red. Solid blue ties will be worn by male ground supervisors, and flight pursers will wear multicoloured neckties. Supervisors of the red-jacket corps will be distinguished by black shirts.

When serving aboard flights, female cabin attendants will wear tunics over their uniforms, and male attendants will wear jackets. Like the rest of their garb, these items will be midnight blue in colour.

The designs are unmistakably the work of Adolfo Domínguez, and are based on soberly elegant suits with jackets. They are made to look good on different body type, and to be suitable for a wide variety of tasks and weather conditions.

To mark the launch of the new wardrobe, Iberia has published a lavishly illustrated book entitled Iberia and its designers: Fifty Years of Fashion.

Today Iberia is Spain's leading airline and also market leader on routes between Europe and Latin America. With sales of more than 4.8 billion euros in 2004, a net profit of 220 million euros, it is one of Europe's most profitable airlines. It is also outstanding for social solidarity and policies to train and provide employment to the handicapped, which earned Iberia recognition as one of the three companies best perceived for social policies, and the first in programmes undertaken in cooperation with employees, according to a 2003 study by the Enterprise and Society Foundation. Along with its franchise partner Iberia Regional, Iberia operates some 1,000 flights each day to about a hundred destinations. The airline carried 30.5 million passengers in 2004.

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