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October 06, 2004

American Eurocopter Wins $75 Million DHS Contract

American Eurocopter has been awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to supply more than 55 aircraft to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

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Missing Florida Family Found At Crash Site

On September 25, Kevin Bomback packed his family in a Cessna 336 and took off from Atmore Municipal Airport (AL) in an attempt to flee Hurricane Ivan. They were never seen again, until now.

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7 UP To Give Away Ride Into Space

Following the second successful ANSARI X PRIZE space flight by the American Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team, 7 UP, the official beverage of the ANSARI X PRIZE Competition announced plans to offer consumers the first free ticket into space.

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NASA Chief Engineer Announces Retirement

NASA's Chief Engineer Theron Bradley, Jr., today announced his plan to retire, effective Nov. 1, 2004.

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Ferry Pilot Rescued 750 Miles South of Oahu

An Australian pilot ferrying one of two C182's from Hilo (HI) to Pago Pago in American Samoa ditched into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday.

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Controllers Take Issue With FAA Report

Air traffic controllers are criticizing an FAA report pointing out a spike in errors involving aircraft separation issues in airspace over the Chicago area.

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Independence Air Mechanics Want To Strike

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association has requested a release from the National Mediation Board's Mediation Services, seriously increasing the possibility of a strike.

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Kenya Aviation Industry To Hold Conference

Kenya is holding an international aviation concerence in Nariobi starting October 7.

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NASA Hubble Team Honored With IAA Award

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) team has been selected by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) to receive the 2004 Laurels for Team Achievement award.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (10.06.04)

"The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself." Source: Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman and Founder of the X Prize Foundation, commenting on the announcement that 7 UP will be giving away a free ticket for a space ride.

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Steering Problems Preventing Spirit From Moving

Engineers on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover team are investigating possible causes and remedies for a problem affecting the steering on Spirit.

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Oooops!

One of our news spies in Australia sent us this set of pictures of an event that we're sure the people involved wish had never happened.

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Glastar Gets Amphib Floats

It started out as a taildragger, was converted to a trike and now the versatile Sportsman 2+2 has been adapted to amphibious floats.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Robinson R-22 Beta II

For Sale: Robinson Heli R22 (all)

2003 Beta II; 1400TT, KY197A w/9 ch mem; KT76C w/remote mode-C encoder; Garmin 250XL GPS w/ 2nd com; NAT AA12 controller; heater/defroster; vert. compass: NDH, metallic paint, extras Exterior Quality: 9, Interior Quality: 9 Used, will sell for $117,000.00 (or best offer)

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Pennsylvania TFR: 10/6/04

NOTAM:  4/0635  Issued:  10/04/2004 19:30  Effective:  10/06/2004 13:00 - 10/06/2004 16:15  State:  PA  Facility:  ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WILKES BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA, OCTOBER 6 2004 LOCAL.

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Florida TFR: 10/6/04-10/7/04

NOTAM:  4/0678  Issued:  10/05/2004 19:40  Effective:  10/06/2004 22:05 - 10/06/2004 22:55  State:  FL  Facility:  ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  MIAMI, FLORIDA, OCTOBER 6-7 2004 LOCAL.

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Ohio TFR: 10/5/04-10/6/04

NOTAM:  4/0636  Issued:  10/04/2004 19:40  Effective:  10/05/2004 18:20 - 10/06/2004 13:55  State:  OH  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  VIP  Description:  FOR CLEVELAND, OHIO OCTOBER 5-6 2004 LOCAL.

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Florida TFR: 10/6/04

NOTAM:  4/0659  Issued:  10/05/2004 16:30  Effective:  10/06/2004 15:10 - 10/06/2004 19:00  State:  FL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA OCTOBER 6 2004 LOCAL.

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Missouri TFR: 10/7/04-10/9/04

NOTAM:  4/0680  Issued:  10/05/2004 20:10  Effective:  10/07/2004 22:35 - 10/09/2004 15:25  State:  MO  Facility:  ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO.  Type:  VIP  Description:  ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, OCTOBER 7-9 2004 LOCAL.

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Michigan TFR: 10/6/04

NOTAM:  4/0655  Issued:  10/05/2004 15:00  Effective:  10/06/2004 16:30 - 10/06/2004 21:20  State:  MI  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  VIP  Description:  DETROIT METROPOLITAN AREA, MICHIGAN, OCTOBER 6 2004 LOCAL.

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Florida TFR: 10/6/04

NOTAM:  4/0654  Issued:  10/05/2004 14:30  Effective:  10/06/2004 19:15 - 10/06/2004 21:50  State:  FL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, OCTOBER 6 2004 LOCAL.

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Wisconsin TFR: 10/7/04

NOTAM:  4/0653  Issued:  10/05/2004 14:10  Effective:  10/07/2004 19:20 - 10/07/2004 22:15  State:  WI  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WAUSAU, WISCONSIN, OCTOBER 7 2004 LOCAL.

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2004-20-07 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-20-07 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) model helicopters that requires certain inspections of the main rotor yoke (yoke) for a crack, fretting, or buffer deterioration.

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