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October 21, 2004

Is Yuba City Near Area 51?

California Company Completes Work On Flying Saucer Mock-Up

As far as we know, Yuba City (CA) is nowhere near Roswell (NM). But both can lay claim to reports of flying saucers in the vicinity. The only difference is, the Yuba City flying saucer is most assuredly real.

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AOPA Expo 2004 Opens Today

Members Gather In Long Beach

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's Expo 2004 returns to Long Beach, (CA) for three days, beginning Thursday.

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Eight Lost In Commuter Accident

Survivor: "It Came Apart Before It Hit The Ground"

Five people were still missing Wednesday afternoon after a Corporate Airlines Jetstream 32 went down near Kirksville (MO) Tuesday evening. Of the 15 people on board the aircraft, at least two survived. Authorities on the scene have so far confirmed eight fatalities.

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TSB Initial Update On Jefferson City Mishap

Crew Called In A Double Flameout

The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday released the following update on its investigation of the October 14, 2004 crash of Pinnacle Airlines flight 3701 in a residential area in Jefferson City, Missouri, about three miles south of the Jefferson City, Missouri, airport. The crash resulted in the deaths of the two crewmen. The airplane was destroyed by the impact forces and a post crash fire. There were no passengers onboard, nor were there any injuries on the ground. 

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Restricted: CAF CH-149

Cracks Found On Tail Roter Half Hubs

As a precautionary measure, the Air Force has limited its fleet of 15 CH-149 Cormorant helicopters to search and rescue (SAR) operations and test flights only until more details are known about cracks that were found on the tail rotor half hubs of Cormorant CH-149908. The decision was made Saturday night.

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Diabetic Pilot Lost Despite Massive Rescue Effort

Dozens Tried To Help Him Land

It was a massive rescue effort that involved dozens of people from St. George in Australia's Queensland Territory. In the end, however, the were unable to save a 49-year old diabetic pilot who had taken off from Bundaberg Tuesday, heading west.

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John Moody's Condition Worse Than First Thought

Ankle Injuries Could Be Severe

By ANN Contributor Larry Garner In the wake of Sunday's powered glider accident, John Moody's injuries are much worse that first thought, according to family and friends. He underwent surgery Sunday night to remove his tailbone (un-repairable) and first attempt at repairing his ankles.

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While We Have Your Attention...

EAA President Underscores Importance Of General Aviation To President Bush

The Republican Party's rental of two EAA exhibition hangars for a political rally Friday provided the association a rare opportunity to have a direct communication with the President of the United States.

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No Sale... Yet

Boeing/Wichita Employees Told No Decisions Made

So far, the decision on whether Boeing will sell its commercial plant in Wichita (KS) is... no decision at all.

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Robinson R22 Tangles With Tall Grass

Helicopter loses fight, pilot and passenger injured, rotor boom separated from aircraft

The pilot and passenger of a Robinson R22 helicopter (file photo) were injured when the aircraft's tail rotor tangled in the tall grass in Vega Baja (PR), next to the facilities of a propane gas company.

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Canada's National Research Council Begins Biz-Jet Engine Tests

New Icing Tunnel Used To Test 1,000 - 25,000 Lb Thrust Engines

Business-jet engine manufacturers requiring a facility to carry out engine certification tests are taking notice of the facilities available at the National Research Council of Canada's Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC). Recent upgrades to the NRC propulsion facilities enable it to test new engine classes, particularly business jet engines, and deliver high-quality, real-time data right to a client's home base. NRC's northern site in Ottawa, Canada, moreover, provides an abundance of cold air, resulting in exceptionally cost-effective engine icing certification programs.

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It's The Thrill That'll Getcha When You Get Your Picture....

...In Forbes Magazine (With Apologies To Dr. Hook)

Sonex says it was featured in the October 18th Forbes Magazine. The Life Section Article titled "Skyward!" contains 7 pictures of customer-completed Sonex Aircraft and quotes from Sonex General Manager Jeremy Monnett on the positive financial impact of the new Sport Pilot and Light, Sport Aircraft (LSA) Rules.

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Northrop Grumman Gets USAF IS Contract

Goal: Increase Readiness Of Existing Weapons Systems

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the US Air Force to provide advanced information technology upgrades to increase the readiness and sustainability of existing weapon systems.

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Flight Of The (Czech) Gripen

First Export Model

Monday October 18 saw the take-off of the first Gripen fighter ordered for export. The aircraft, which will be delivered to the Czech Republic, was marked with Czech colors.

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Happy Birthday, Ma'am

The Ninety-Nines Is 75 Years Old

This Fall, an icon of aviation history, the world's oldest organization exclusively for women pilots, will celebrate its diamond anniversary.

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Lajes More Than Speck In Television History

Air Force Base In Azores Had The First TV Station In Portugal

Fifty years ago, the tiny island of Terceira -- more specifically Lajes Field -- made television history. It was an event that brought the people of Portugal and the United States closer, helped define an Air Force specialty and would become one of the first quality-of-life necessities for Airmen deployed worldwide.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.21.04)

"We see car accidents with worse injuries coming in here every week. This is truly a miracle." Source: Dr. Charles Zeman, director of trauma services at Northeast Regional Hospital in Kirksville (MO), remarking on the relatively good condition of two survivors found wandering amid the wreckage of a Corporate Air Jetstream 32 that went down Tuesday night. Both crew members were lost, as were eight passengers. Five people were still unaccounted for as of Wednesday night.

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Ohio TFR: 10/21/04

NOTAM: 4/1317 Issued: 10/20/2004 16:10 Effective: 10/21/2004 16:05 - 10/21/2004 19:50 State: OH Facility: ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH. Type: VIP Description: TOLEDO, OHIO, OCTOBER 21 2004 LOCAL.

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Pennsylvania TFR: 10/21/04

NOTAM: 4/1320 Issued: 10/20/2004 17:20 Effective: 10/21/2004 20:20 - 10/21/2004 22:55 State: PA Facility: ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY. Type: VIP Description: HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA, OCTOBER 21 2004 LOCAL.

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Missouri TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/1348  Issued:  10/20/2004 22:50  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  MO  Facility:  ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  KIRKSVILLE MO 

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Ohio TFR: 10/22/04

NOTAM: 4/1274 Issued: 10/19/2004 19:30 Effective: 10/22/2004 17:00 - 10/22/2004 20:20 State: OH Facility: ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH. Type: VIP Description: CANTON, OHIO, OCTOBER 22 2004 LOCAL.

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Pennsylvania TFR: 10/21/04

NOTAM: 4/1332 Issued: 10/20/2004 19:30 Effective: 10/21/2004 16:10 - 10/21/2004 17:15 State: PA Facility: ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY. Type: VIP Description: CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, OCTOBER 21 2004 LOCAL.

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