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    PC Aviator Releases MegaCITY Dallas/Fort Worth For Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004--6/2005

Fly The DFW Metroplex In Detail As Real As Real Life Itself

SOUTH CAROLINA, 16 MAY 2005. Flight Sim Add-On Software publisher, PC Aviator, today released the third title in its MegaCITY USA 2005 product line – MegaCITY Dallas/ Forth Worth.MEGACITY_50%

Created from 1 foot per pixel aerial photos, MegaCITY Dallas/Fort Worth recreates 4,000 square miles of this modern, busy, and expansive metroplex and surrounding areas for realistic VFR (and IFR) flying in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. Flight Sim pilots will be able to soar the skies above and explore the entire DFW area in true-to-life detail – right down to rooftop detail.

Featuring over 100 airports in the immediate area, including the busy DFW International (the world’s 6th busiest), this title gives flight sim pilots plenty of flying over a scenery world that’s as real as real life itself in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

MegaCITY Dallas/Fort Worth is available on CD-ROM and is priced at $24.95.

More information is available at the MegaScenery website at www.megascenery.com.

MegaCITY Dallas/Fort Worth is created and developed by Australian company Aerosoft Australia Pty Ltd and published worldwide by PC Aviator Inc.

About PC Aviator

PC Aviator Inc is based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is the US subsidiary of the Australian based The PC Aviator Pty Ltd. The company is in its 14th year of providing flight simulator products and services to flight simulator enthusiasts worldwide. The company publishes Computer Pilot Magazine the world’s only monthly flight simulator magazine (www.computerpilot.com), operates PC Aviator Direct, it’s mail order division and also publishes flight simulator software titles such as MegaScenery. The company’s website is at www.pcaviator.com.

About Aerosoft Australia

Aerosoft Australia is Australian based and develops and manufactures a number of flight simulator related products – both software and hardware. The company is noted for its Scenery USA photorealistic scenery for the Fly! flight simulator created using its powerful proprietary scenery development techniques and which it has also used to develop MegaScenery. Also of great interest to flight simulator pilots is its 747 Mode Control Panel (747MCP) hardware for flight simulations. The company’s website is at www.aerosoft.com.au.

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Biography of Astronaut Story Musgrave Nominated for EMME--5/2005

Author Anne Lenehan’s book Story: The Way of Water, about the life of astronaut Story Musgrave, has been nominated for the EUGENE M. EMME ASTRONAUTICAL LITERATURE AWARD.

According to the American Astronautical Society: "The Emme Award was established to provide recognition to the truly outstanding book published each year serving public understanding about the positive impact of astronautics upon society.” 

The recipient of the award, selected by a panel of reviewers from the AAS History Committee, is announced at the AAS Annual Meeting in October.

Previous winners include Arthur C.Clarke for his 2010: Space Odyssey Two and Robert Zimmerman for his Leaving Earth: Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel.

See review of Story: The Way of Water by Colin Burgess here.--Ed.

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Hubble Telescope Is Fifteen Years Old--May 2005

The Hubble Space Telescope let humanity escape the boundaries of space and time to gaze upon the glories of the universe. After 15 years and over 700,000 observations, Hubble continues to astound all who wonder at the cosmos. (From Hubble’s Hompage. See more in Space and Astronuatics.)

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Discovery Return to Flight Moves to July Window--5/2005

NASA announced on April 29, 2005, that the Space Shuttle's Return to Flight would move to the July launch window to allow for further safety analysis and perhaps the addition of a heater to the external tank to address icing issues. The decision was made April 28, after a series of reviews showed that further work was needed to address debris issues and some items that were discovered during work on Discovery at the launch pad.

"We're going to return to flight, not rush to flight," said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. "We're going to do it right."

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Washington DC Pilot Visual Warning System--5/2005

FAA announces new pilot warning system to prevent incursions in to the prohibited area surrounding the White Hous and other protected government facilities.

The Visual Warning System (VWS), anticipated operational date May 21, 2005, is designed to warn pilots who are violating the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over Washington D.C.

VWS is a ground-based system that uses safety-tested low-level beams of alternating green and red lights to alert pilots that they are flying without approval in designated airspace. These visually conspicuous lights, distinct from other light signals currently used by FAA Air Traffic Control, are designed to provide a clear warning to pilots who enter the ADIZ without authorization and cannot be contacted on radio by Air Traffic Control. The lights are so designed that illumination levels are eye-safe and non-hazardous at all ranges.

Only aircraft that are unauthorized or unidentified and unresponsive would be visually warned.

This visual warning is designed to prompt immediate action by the pilot to contact Air Traffic Control and exit the ADIZ.

The FAA has issued a prominent Special Advisory Notice describing the lights and prescribing action. Click on the following URL for a Visual Warning System Video, Fact Sheet, and Questions and Answers. http://aea.faa.gov/aea200/safety/laser.htm

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China Erects Flying Tigers Memorial--4/2005

China Honors U.S. Pilots Who Fought Japan

BEIJING—In an effort to honor U.S. pilots who fought Japan during WWII, China has erected a memorial to the Flying Tigers, the legendary group of U.S. fighter pilots who defended China against Japan even before the U.S. entered the war.

Designer Yu Chuan sculpted the wall in Kunming, capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan, home airfield for the Tigers in China, the official Xinhua News Agency said, adding that the memorial was intended to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in September this year.

The Flying Tigers, also known as the AVG, or American Volunteer Group, were a band of mostly ex-U.S. military men. The group included some maintenance and administrative types as well as pilots. They all joined an air force organized for China by Claire Lee Chennault, a retired U.S. Army colonel. What was secret at the time was that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had engineered the effort, well before Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war against Japan.

The memorial measures 13 feet tall by 490 feet wide and features a sculpture of Chennault intermingled with scenes of the Tigers' victories. Other images depict the cooperation and camaraderie that existed between Chennault’s men and the local Chinese.

Although the Flying Tigers had fewer than 100 pilots and only 55 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk planes, a type already obsolete compared with the much more maneuverable A6M “Zero,” the main Japanese fighter they had to face, they managed to score some important victories.  Their actions are credited with slowing the advance of the Japanese expeditionary forces in China. The Tigers kept flying until U.S. forces arrived in China in May 1942 and absorbed the unit.

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The Sky Rider' Simon Bennett-Odlum to Attempt World-Record Parasail Ride--4/2005
 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., April 5, 2005 - Not every seventy-year-old man would enjoy being tethered to a parachute and pulled behind a speeding boat from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. But then, Simon Bennett-Odlum, known as The Sky Rider (http://www.theskyrider.us), has spent his life in pursuit of adventure. Next on his to-do list: Set a world record for the longest parasail ride in distance, duration and speed.

The Sky Rider's flight is planned for late July 2005. Because there currently is no official record of this type, Bennett-Odlum predicts his ride will receive a great deal of exposure on its own. "Add to that the twist that I am 70 years old, and the media and public interest will go through the roof. This is an incredible opportunity for a sponsor," he stated. "The name and logo of the event's primary sponsor will be prominently displayed on the sail and boat. And the return on this investment won't end when the record is captured: I intend to operate the sail and boat for at least two years afterwards, offering vacationers the opportunity to 'ride the sky' in a rig that set a world record - with the sponsor's name and logo still intact."

If Bennett-Odlum sounds confident, it's because he is accustomed to challenge, adventure and success. As a young man, he turned down an Oxford education in favor of a stint in the Royal Air Force. Afterreturning to civilian life, Bennett-Odlum tried his hand at acting, debuting in "The Day They Robbed the Bank of England." He also appeared in the B-movie "Lady Ice," with Jennifer O'Neill and Donald Sutherland, and later in the cult classic "The Village of the Damned." Bennett-Odlum went on to spend time in the deserts of Libya, clearing unexploded mines and bombs left over from WWII; started an airline offering flights from Miami and Atlanta to London; and, in 1973, founded a car detailing business that is still thriving today.

A lifelong sailor, Bennett-Odlum's hobbies include sailing and auto racing.

Will The Sky Rider set a world record for the longest parasail ride? If Bennett-Odlum's daring and determination are any indication, it seems likely. But either way, don't expect this septuagenarian to slow down any time soon.

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NOW AVAILABLE: Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL LUNAR CONFERENCE 2003 (ILC2003) / INTERNATIONAL LUNAR International_LUNAR1SM   EXPLORATION WORKING GROUP 5 (ILEWG 5)---4/2005

16-22 November 2003 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort in Hawai'i Island, HI.

By the editors at Space Age Publishing Company. Published by Univelt as Volume 108 of the American Astronautical Society Science and Technology series.

Includes CD-ROM containing digital versions of entire book including introduction, foreword, Hawaii Moon Declaration, all 72 papers, plus full-color graphics.

Papers are divided into sections on lunar activities and programs of the International Space Agencies; science of, from and on the Moon (astronomy and astrophysics, geology and geophysics, and life sciences and habitation); Pacific space access; advanced space access technologies; lunar commerce, enterprise and technology; space, lunar policy and property rights; global education and culture in the space age; China presentations; and special presentations on topics such as lunar tourism.

To Purchase Visit Univelt Incorporated at: http://www.univelt.com/home.mv or Contact Robert H. Jacobs at: robertjacobs@compuserve.com

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PC Aviator Announces MegaCITY Dallas/Fort Worth For Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004--4/2005

Fly The DFW Metroplex In Detail That's As Real As Real Life Itself

SOUTH CAROLINA, 31 MARCH 2005. Flight Sim Add-On Software publisher, PC Aviator, today announced the third title in its MegaCITY USA 2005 product line – MegaCITY Dallas/ Forth Worth.

Created from 1 foot per pixel aerial photos, MegaCITY Dallas/Fort Worth recreates 4,000 square miles of this modern, busy, and expansive metroplex and surrounding areas for realistic VFR flying in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. Flight Sim pilots will be able to soar the skies above and explore the entire DFW area in true-to-life detail – right down to rooftop detail.

Featuring over 60 airports including the busy DFW International (one of the nation’s top 5 busiest airports) this title gives flight sim pilots plenty of flying over a scenery world that’s as real as real life itself.

MegaCITY Dallas/Fort Worth will commence shipping in mid June 2005 on CD-ROM and will be priced at $24.95.

More information, including the recently released screenshots, and an opportunity to preorder direct, is available for viewing at the MegaScenery website at www.megascenery.com.

MegaCITY Dallas/Fort Worth is created and developed by Australian company Aerosoft Australia Pty Ltd and published worldwide by PC Aviator Inc.

About PC Aviator

PC Aviator Inc is based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is the US subsidiary of the Australian based The PC Aviator Pty Ltd. The company is in its 14th year of providing flight simulator products and services to flight simulator enthusiasts worldwide. The company publishes Computer Pilot Magazine the world’s only monthly flight simulator magazine (www.computerpilot.com), operates PC Aviator Direct, it’s mail order division and also publishes flight simulator software titles such as MegaScenery. The company’s website is at www.pcaviator.com.

About Aerosoft Australia

Aerosoft Australia is Australian based and develops and manufactures a number of flight simulator related products – both software and hardware. The company is noted for its Scenery USA photorealistic scenery for the Fly! flight simulator created using its powerful proprietary scenery development techniques and which it has also used to develop MegaScenery. Also of great interest to flight simulator pilots is its 747 Mode Control Panel (747MCP) hardware for flight simulations. The company’s website is at www.aerosoft.com.au.

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Sea of Ice Found on Mars?-3/2005

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft has taken pictures that suggest ice floated on a sea near the Martian equator just a few million years ago. Rest of the story...

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Book Your Outer-Space Vacations Now --3/2005

Inventors, entrepreneurs and architects of the nascent industry of space tourism appeared before a House panel considering regulations for the new industry and admitted the inevitability of accidents as the new technology progresses along the learning curve. Rest of the story...

 

PC Aviator Releases Two New MegaScenery Titles MegaScenery Pacific Northwest & MegaCITY San Francisco

SOUTH CAROLINA, 15 February 2005. Flight Simulator add-on software publisher, PC Aviator, today announced that has officially released its two latest MegaScenery software titles, MegaScenery Pacific Northwest and MegaCITY San Francisco.

MegaScenery Pacific Northwest is probably the most ambitious Flight Simulator scenery title ever released. It enables Microsoft Flight Simulator pilots to soar the skies above a "real" Pacific Northwest on their simulator. The title features 4 scenery type in the one product with satellite derived day scenery, proprietary created authentic night scenery and winter scenery plus the city of Seattle created from 1 foot per pixel aerial photographs. The area coverage is 30,000 square miles but with the multiple scenery types it gives Flight Simulator pilots over 90,000 unique square miles scenery.

MegaCITY San Francisco is the first in the new MegaCITY product line where select US cities are recreated from 1 and 2 foot per pixel aerial photographs. While they are resampled to 5 meters per pixel (the maximum Flight Simulator allows) the detail that is captured is truly remarkable. The San Francisco title covers the entire San Francisco Bay area and also enhances the MegaScenery Northern California title.

MegaScenery Pacific Northwest is available in two flavors - the Lite version that just provides the scenery and installation guide and the "Full Kit" version that also provides 2 full color VFR navigation charts and 220 instrument approach charts - all with the purpose of enabling Flight Simulator pilots to navigate the scenery from ground -to-map just like any VFR pilot. The Lite version is $29.95 and Full Kit version $39.95. This title ships on DVD media.

MegaCITY San Francisco ships on CD-ROM and is priced at $24.95.

Both titles are available and shipping. Customers can order direct from the MegaScenery website at www.megascenery.com or from most specialist online Flight Simulator dealers.

The official MegaScenery wesbite is at http://www.megascenery.com.

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ENVIRONMENTAL TECTONICS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF THE ATFS-400 II AUTHENTIC TACTICAL FLIGHT SIMULATOR --March 2005

Southampton, PA-January 31, 2005-Environmental Tectonics Corporation (Amex:ETC) ("ETC" or the "Company") today announced release of production of the next generation ATFS-400 Authentic Tactical Flight Simulator, the ATFS-400II.

Production of the ATFS-400 II follows successful completion of comprehensive Factory Acceptance Testing over a 2 year period involving customer experts. The first G-FET II / ATFS-400 is now being installed at the customer's site and will begin training pilots this year.

Due to significant interest both in the USA and internationally, ETC is initiating production of the ATFS-400 II. This initiative positions ETC as the world's premier High Performance Human Centrifuge and full fidelity tactical flight simulator manufacturer. Strategic benefits include having a flight platform to: continually advance the ATFS technology, offer potential  customers shorter delivery times, allow potential customers to see the latest technology before they make a purchase decision, and offer the customer a fully factory tested High Performance Human Centrifuge at time of contract award. This initiative also supports ETC's ongoing marketing efforts to promote Authentic Tactical Flight Simulation to the US DoD and militaries worldwide.

The ATFS-400 II builds on previous ATFS technology to provide fighter pilots with an even higher fidelity and more realistic ground based training experience. Benefits from the ATFS-400 are substantial. When training in the ATFS-400, tactical pilots and aircrew can acquire hands-on tactics engagement experience at 1/28th of the cost, 2 times as efficiently per tactical training hour, and with 7 times greater access to training than they can in airborne training. Moving training into the ATFS-400 preserves service life in the high-value operational aircraft and aircraft engines and reduces training fuel consumption. These advantages make the ATFS-400 II the solution for future fighter pilot training.

The ATFS technology was put to the ultimate test during ETC's Orange Flag event in January 2004. During this event more than 70 highly experienced fighter pilots from 10 different countries flew the G-FET II / ATFS-400. The response was overwhelming positive. As one experienced pilot said, "The technology works. Now it is time to put it to work."

William F. Mitchell, ETC's President and CEO, stated "The ATFS-400 technology is key to maintaining combat readiness and resources in the future. ETC continues our aggressive campaign to present the ATFS-400 technology at the highest levels both domestically and internationally. We are generating growing support for the notion that the expanded use of high fidelity simulation is an important element to transform the way we sustain defense readiness. The ATFS-400 is a developed technology that is ready to  be put to use today to improve readiness, reduce costs, and save lives."

ETC designs, develops, installs and maintains aircrew training systems, public entertainment systems, process simulation systems (sterilization and environmental), clinical hyperbaric systems, environmental testing and simulation systems, and related products for domestic and international customers.

This press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any other future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may", "will", "should', "could", "would", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "continue", or the negative of such terms or similar expressions. Factors that might cause or contribute to such a discrepancy include, but are not limited to, contract cancellations, failure to obtain new contracts, political unrest in customer countries, unfavorable results in litigation, general economic conditions, and those issues identified from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and other public documents, including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 27, 2004.

Contact: Duane D. Deaner, CFO Tel: 215-355-9100 (ext. 1203) Fax: 215-357-4000 ETC - Internet Home Page: http://www.etcusa.com

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aoss_suspensionSMBetter than Bungees for your Cub...AOSS Update...February 2005

AOSS, LLC announces availablity of their revolutionary suspension system for the Piper Cub. (See archives for original announcement.) For more information visit AOSS Web site or call 1-(907) 688-3715 or for orders 1-877-688-3715.

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Second_Eden_Cover_VSM1 In SECOND EDEN an ex-fighter pilot and cynical defense analyst becomes embroiled in a government cover-up of an indisputable UFO incident and its relationship to an enigmatic book brought back from Mars. But when the book’s meaning is revealed, human history will have to be re-written and popular religious beliefs re-examined. Read SAMPLE.

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He’s Baaack! F-22 Raptor Back in the Skies--February 2005

Raptor flights resumed in spite of a continuing probe into the December 20 accident at Nellis AFB in Nevada, in which the first non-prototype was lost when it went down shortly after takeoff.

According to an Air Force statement, “...enough information is  available for the Air Force officials to be highly confident in the design, testing and development of the F/A-22s”[to continue flying].

F-22_Raptor_preparing_takeoff

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Midwest Airlines Announces Frequent Flyer Pooch--February 2005

Midwest Airlines has announced an extraordinary, first-of-its-kind new program. Dubbed Premier Pet Program, it is the first  to offer frequent flying pets the opportunity to earn free travel.

That’s right, the pets get the free ride, not the accompanying human, who may or may not be enrolled in a frequent flyer program.

According to Midwest’s Web site: “Pets can fly free two different ways. For every three paid roundtrips (or six paid one-way trips) that they fly with their owners, they earn one free roundtrip. And owners who are Midwest Miles members can earn a free roundtrip for their pets by redeeming 15,000 Midwest Miles.”

And it doesn’t just apply to dogs and cats. Even snakes, birds, or other reptiles are okay, provided they are appropriately caged. No word on whether they’ll draw the line at un-defrocked skunks--those with their scent glands in tact.

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MUSTANG—THE FINAL ROUNDUP?--February 2005

In what may be the last chance to honor Mustang aces from WWII and Korea, a final gathering of all the flyable North American P-51 Mustang fighters and many of the pilots who flew—or still fly—them is being planned for June 8, 2006, in Reno, Nevada.

p51d$MEMd02The event, sponsored by Stallion 51 Corporation of Kissimmee, Florida, owner-operator of famed TF-51 “Crazy Horse,” and the Reno Air Racing Foundation in Nevada, could attract as many as 100 Mustangs.

Somewhat ominously called the Final Roundup, in recognition of the fact that even the youngest of the veteran combat pilots, those who flew the fabulous fighter in the Korean conflict, are now in their mid-seventies, the show hopes to draw as many as 51 aces and other distinguished P-51 combat pilots. Many other Mustang crew and aviation notables are slated to attend.

In 1999 a similar program, also sponsored by Stallion 51, drew 65 Mustangs and 12 wartime aces in Kissimmee.

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Space Shuttle back in Space by  May 2005?--February 2005

The Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. See details below.

Discovery (OV-103)

Mission: STS-114; 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Discoverysts114-s-001_PatchSM

Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)

Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3

Launch Date: Launch Planning Window May 12 - June 3, 2005

Read Flight Schedule Update.

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From Second Eden:  “Peter told Molly how he had taken a cold catapult shot off the USS NIMITZ on his last Mediterranean cruise. A night mission, his F-fourteen, along with Roy Corbett, had dribbled off the flight deck like a toy off a kitchen table and plunged over sixty feet to the water, then sank well beneath the surface before he managed to reach the ejection handle. Fortunately, the reliable, rocket powered Martin-Baker seat had carried them out of the water and high enough for their chutes to deploy.”

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COMMANDER AIRCRAFT TO BE LIQUIDATED--February 2005

Unable to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy after two years, Commander Aircraft Company will begin to dispose of its assets under Chapter 7 of the federal bankruptcy laws.

Everything will go, including FAA type certificates, furniture, and tooling at the factory in Bethany, Oklahoma.

According to reports, Wirt Walker, chairman of Commander's parent company Aviation General, has said potential buyers have already indicated an interest in purchasing the company's assets.

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A380 “That’s One Big Airplane!”--Feb. 2005

TOULOUSE, France — The A380, the largest passenger aircraft ever, made its debut amid pomp, pretense and a promise that the plane would change aviation.

And indeed it might. The new jet, which redefines the term huge, is expected to begin flying commercially in 2006. With a wing span of 261 ft. 10in., nearly a football field, a length of 239 ft. 6in. and a height of 79 ft. 1 in., the plane is not only huge but complicated: The wings alone contain nearly 32,000 parts and 23 miles of electronic wiring.

Compared to the venerable Boeing 747, its current competition, the A380 has 35% more seating capacity, starting at 555 and rising to 800 seats in some configurations. The A380 is also more fuel efficient and flies up to 10% farther without refueling.

But when it arrives, some airports may have a problem accommodating the big plane. So far, a dozen airports in the USA, and perhaps 50 others around the world, are spending millions to get ready for the European behemoth. Los Angeles International has already slated $53 million on new jetways, loading areas and airfield improvements.

Airbus, a consortium of European aerospace companies, declared the A380 introduction a triumph of European innovation and cooperation.

"What we see here today is Europe cannot be stopped," said Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the prime minister of Spain.

But in truth, about half the aircraft parts, if measured in dollars, are built by American companies. General Electric/Pratt & Whitney Engine Alliance, a team assembled to take advantage of what could be a multi-billion dollar opportunity, is building about half the engines. Goodrich is building the landing gear. Cockpit avionics and an environmental surveillance system, which integrates weather radar, traffic alert and collision avoidance and a ground-proximity warning system, is provided by Honeywell. In all, Airbus will be using suppliers in 44 U.S. states. They will buy more than $5.5 billion of aircraft parts from US suppliers each year.

Airbus has built four test aircraft. The first plane has almost completed its ground tests. Nearly a 1,000 hours of test flights lies ahead of it, beginning in March.

Although Airbus has orders for almost 150 A380s, no U.S. passenger airline so far has placed an order; however, FedEx and UPS have ordered cargo versions of the A380.

"The A380 is critical for us," Eryl Smith, director of planning and development at Heathrow, is quoted as saying USA Today. "It will change the face of Heathrow and the face of long-haul travel."

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ENVIRONMENTAL TECTONICS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF ProTrainer  FLIGHT TRAINING SOFTWARE--Feb. 2005

Southampton, PA- January 18, 2005- Environmental Tectonics Corporation (AMEX: ETC) ("ETC" or the "Company") announced today the release of their latest flight training product "ProTrainer". After years of development and extensive flight-testing, ETC's Interactive ivision, located in Eugene, Oregon, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of their ProTrainer( PCATD (Personal Computer Airplane Training Device) and ProTrainer( Desktop products. Both products are aimed at providing flight schools and pilots the next generation in personal and PCATD instrument training.

ProTrainer( PCATD is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) when installed in FAA Approved CAT I, II, III and IV PCATD hardware platforms.

ProTrainer( PCATD and ProTrainer( Desktop include a variety of popular training aircraft, from the fixed-prop, single engine Skyhawk through the multi-engine Seminole and Baron light-twins. You can fly all of these great aircraft on your choice of certified hardware or on the desktop setup of your choice. ProTrainer's( aircraft modeling and display system is an open and data driven system utilizing industry standard XML. This allows the end user to edit much of the aircraft's flight characteristics or even add new aircraft directly to ProTrainer (ProTrainer  PCATD and ProTrainer Desktop) contain many advanced training features never before seen in flight training software at this price point. ProTrainer's( integrated training suite includes approach visualization with 3D playback, customizable flight profile generation using the Task Builder, advanced flight data recording, spatial disorientation illusions, and a built in instructor's control interface.

Scott Huette, Development Director, ETC Interactive, said: "ProTrainer(PCATD and ProTrainer( Desktop provides pilots a level of realism never before achieved. The visual quality of our instruments and the accuracy of our aero models are the best currently on the market. The visual display provides an impressive photo-realistic terrain database with accurate modeling of major cities and terrain features. The list of features includes selectable and timed meteorological conditions; selectable and timed malfunctions; various map and out-the-window views; approach lighting and taxiways and an extensive US obstacle database. It contains all FAA listed airports and Navaids for Canada, the United States and Mexico. Other ICAO Regions are planned for future releases."

Glenn King, ETC's Aircrew Training Systems Application Manager, said: "ProTrainer( software is developed to provide ETC a "core technology" package that will be utilized in many of our flight training devices and simulators. The ability to provide a common training software, usable by a pilot at home and at their flight school, offers a seamless transition of training."

ETC also designs, develops, installs and maintains aircrew training systems, process simulation systems (sterilization and environmental), clinical hyperbaric systems, environmental testing and simulation systems, public entertainment systems and related products for domestic and international customers.

This press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the company that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. In some cases you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may", "will", "should", "could", "would", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "continue", or the negative of such terms or similar expressions. Factors that might cause or contribute to such a discrepancy include, but are not limited to, contract cancellations, failure to obtain new contracts, political unrest in customer countries, unfavorable results of litigation, general economic conditions, and those issues identified from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filing and other public documents, including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2004.

Contact: Duane D. Deaner, CFO, ph: 215-355-9100x1203. e-mail:ddeaner@etcusa.com ETC Internet Home Page: http://www.etcusa.com

 

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