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October 11, 2004

Total Loss

Yankee Air Museum Hangar Destroyed, Some Warbirds Saved

The good news is that the Yankee Air Museum's B-17G, B-25D and C-47 -- its most prized possessions -- were saved from a fire that raced through the organizations hanger near Ypsilanti (MI). The bad news: the hangar and the aircraft that were in it, were totally destroyed.

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A Message From Willow Run

Determined To Rebuild

From the Yankee Air Museum: The Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport suffered a disastrous fire last night that destroyed the historic hangar that housed the museum. The museum staff was able to move the historic B-17, C-47 and B-25 aircraft out of the building, thus saving the heart of the collection.

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'All You Can Do Is Grit Your Teeth And Hold On'

Fiesta Balloon Collides With Broadcast Tower

At some point just before he hit, 69-year old Bill Chapel knew there was no way to avoid the 700-foot broadcast tower.

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GA Pilot Intercepted Over Bush No-Fly Zone

"I Figured These Guys Were Pretty Serious"

Larry Kuehn was flying along, minding his own business Saturday when all of a sudden, his sky was full of F-16s. The Pentagon says Kuehn, a 50-year aviation veteran, was intercepted by the warplanes for flying too close to the no-fly zone over Chanhassen (MN) during a visit by President Bush.

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Klyde Morris 10.11.04

Oh Heck, Klyde... Administrator Blakey Will Never Talk To Us Again After This

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Aussie Pilot Flies Blind

Raising Money For Vision-Impaired Kids

Gerald Gossens is flying across Queensland, Australia in an ultralight. It's a money-raising trip designed to drum up money for the Royal Blind Foundation. Gossens is deputy CEO of the foundation. He's also blind.

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Adam Rolls First Production Aircraft Off The Line

Plans To Deliver Two This Year, 40 Next Year

Adam Aircraft says it's produced the first customer aircraft from the company's assembly facility at Centennial Airport in Englewood (CO).

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More TSA No-Fly List Errors

20,000 On List -- 10-Percent Say They Shouldn't Be There

About 30 times every day, airlines across America stop and question people whose names are similar to those on the TSA's Do Not Fly List. But, according to an internal TSA memo, none of them was actually a terror suspect.

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Europeans Promise To Hold US To 1992 Treaty

"They Haven't Provided Grounds For Terminating The Agreement"

You can't do that. So says the European Union in response to the Bush administration's plans to pull out of a 1992 agreement on government subsidies to companies like Boeing and Airbus. The US announced its withdrawal from the accord last week, fueling the growing dispute between the world's two biggest trading partners.

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EU Lets Japan Off The Hook

Says It Won't Press Issue Of Japanese Subsidies To Boeing

The European Union says it won't pursue allegations that Japan illegally subsidized development of Boeing's up-and-coming 7E7 Dreamliner.

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ICAO Ready For A Crackdown

Will Start Publishing Info On Safety Slackards

The ICAO says it's just unacceptable for countries to continue putting millions of air passengers at risk by neglecting or ignoring altogether safety standards. So the UN agency is going to start talking about which countries are guilty of what violations.

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Boeing Tanker Deal: Dead

767 Line Now Under Increased Pressure

When Congress pulled the plug on the Air Force's buy/lease tanker deal with Boeing, it did more than deal the aerospace giant a $23.5 billion blow to the wallet. It also put the entire future of the 767 line in question. But, while analysts see problems ahead for the line in the short-term, the long-term outlook still seems very positive.

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Raytheon Workers Fall Victim To Outsourcing

Pink Slips On The Way To About 300 In Wire Harness Division

Here they come... the layoffs predicted when Raytheon moved its wire harness division from Wichita (KS) to Mexico. The Wichita Eagle reports about 75 workers will get pink slips next month.

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AOPA Expo Offers 75 Hours Of Seminars

Including Newest Offering: "Weather Wise"

When the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s AOPA Expo 2004 gets underway October 21-23 in Long Beach, California, visitors will be able to take part in more than 75 hours of informative, fun, eye-opening seminars.

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It's Great To See Ya, But Can You Take The Bus?

High-Traffic Events Like NBAA Convention Straining Las Vegas Airspace

On the eve of their annual convention in Las Vegas (NV), we got this from the NBAA: We are pleased that this year’s NBAA convention is drawing record numbers of attendees. However, the event (in conjunction with other high draw Las Vegas events) is straining local air traffic and FBOs to their operational limits. As a result, aircraft overnight parking during the annual NBAA convention in Las Vegas is reported to be at capacity for McCarran, North Las Vegas and Henderson airports. In addition, it has been reported to NBAA that "drop and go" reservations are no longer being accepted at either FBO at LAS.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.11.04)

"All you can do is grit you teeth and hold on to your passengers and prepare them for the impact." Source: Bill Chapel, a 63-year old balloon pilot who was blown by errant winds into a 700-foot tall broadcast tower during the final day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival Sunday. Chapel and his two passengers, ages 10 and 14, were unhurt and were able to climb down the tower.

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OU Wins Again

Beats Texas On Field And On Tarmac

You know, it's mighty hard work trying to figure out how to work a plug for your son's college into an aviation journal. Here's my attempt.

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Minnesota TFR: 10/12/04

NOTAM:  4/0875  Issued:  10/11/2004 01:00  Effective:  10/12/2004 20:05 - 10/12/2004 20:55  State:  MN  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA, OCTOBER 12 2004 LOCAL. 

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Wisconsin TFR: 10/12/04

NOTAM:  4/0874  Issued:  10/11/2004 00:40  Effective:  10/12/2004 15:55 - 10/12/2004 16:45  State:  WI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, OCTOBER 12 2004. 

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