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April 30, 2004

Alaska TFR: Mount Vienaminof Volcano -- TFN

NOTAM:  4/3728  Issued:  04/29/2004 02:23  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MOUNT VENIAMINOF VOLCANO. 

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Now Hold On Thar! Insurance Company Stiffs Widow

Says Army Helo Pilot's Policy Not Effective Until Two Days After Death

The Tennessee widow of a special forces helicopter pilot killed in Afghanistan says his insurance company now refuses to pay up. Now, she's suing the Military Benefit Association Inc. and the Government Personnel Mutual Life Insurance Co. in a Nashville federal court.

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Airlines Blanche At Prospect Of Higher Security Costs

White House Wants Them To Pony Up $400 Million More

Airlines and their passengers already pay upwards of $2 billion a year for enhanced security in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Now, the government is using a little-known budget procedure to demand another $400 million from the industry -- a straw that ATA CEO Jim May says just won't fly.

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Anti-Missile Debate Grows

Some In Congress Want To Move Faster

Get on with it, already. That seems to be the message from Florida Congressman John Mica's House Aviation Subcommittee to the FAA about developing anti-missile systems for civilian aircraft.

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NASA Turns To Noah In Sound Suppression Test

Will Release 350,000 Gallons Follows Valve Job

For the fourth time in Space Shuttle Program history, 350,000 gallons of water will be released on a Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) at Launch Pad 39A during a water sound suppression test. The test will take place at 8 a.m. May 7.

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Bending Ears Over Sports Pilot

EAA Briefs Office Of Management And Budget

The Experimental Aircraft Association continued the final push to make the new sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations a reality on Wednesday, April 28, as Earl Lawrence, EAA's Vice President of Government and Industry Programs, briefed top officials of the federal Office of Management and Budget in Washington (DC).

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Klyde Morris 04.30.04

Klyde Turns His Attention To Airbus... God Help Them!

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Thanking Those Who Keep Us Flying

PAMA Announces 2004 Award Winners

Each year the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) recognizes individuals, chapters, and organizations that significantly improve the association and the aviation maintenance industry.  Winners will be honored at PAMA’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 18, at 11:30 AM at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Army Wants FAA To Retask Doppler Sites

Brass Wants Them To Search For Aerosol Attacks

The Army believes we already have the elements of a biochemical weapons detection system up and running in the US -- the FAA's Doppler radar network.

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Yeager Blasts NASA Safety

Says He Was "Sickened" By Columbia Tragedy

Retired USAF Brigadier General Chuck Yeager is not known as a man to mince words. "It just kind of makes you sick when you look at people not paying attention to what is going on outside the aircraft," he told the 41st Space Congress at Port Canaveral (FL).

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Enterprise Helps New Pilots Earn Quals

Gladiators And Grehawks Ready For Action

Six weeks after returning to homeport following a successful deployment, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is at sea and back in action to support carrier qualifications (CQ) for two squadrons of student pilots.

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Supporting The Marines At Fallujah

Carrier Air Wing 7 Continues Air Support of Combat in Iraq

Aircraft from the USS George Washington (GW) (CVN 73) aircraft exerted pressure on anti-Iraqi forces in the Iraqi city of Fallujah April 28, with repeated bombardments from Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 136 and VFA-131, and Fighter Squadrons (VF) 11 and VF-143.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.30.04)

"Maybe they ought to stick to unmanned space exploration because they sure as hell aren't very good at flying safely." Source: Chuck Yeager (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.), speaking recently to the 41st Space Congress about NASA's shining success with the Mars rovers and its tragic failures leading to the Challenger and Columbia disasters. Yeager, who served on the board investigating the Challenger disaster 18 years ago, says he was "sickened" by the lessons NASA didn't learn in the years before the Columbia disintegration.

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Makin' Guacamole

Two Survive Ultralight Accident In California Avocado Grove

John Denney and Marilyn Jensen are lucky to be alive, thanks to John's skills at piloting his ultralight. The 79-year old pilot and his 68-year old passenger sustained minor injuries when they were forced to set down in an avocado grove near Camarillo (CA) Tuesday.

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Alaska TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/3728  Issued:  04/29/2004 02:23  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MOUNT VENIAMINOF VOLCANO. 

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Wisconsin TFR: 04/30/04

NOTAM:  4/3756  Issued:  04/29/2004 17:36  Effective:  04/30/2004 18:50 - 04/30/2004 19:40  State:  WI  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WRIGHTSTOWN, WISCONSIN, APRIL 30, 2004 LOCAL. 

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Florida TFR: 04/30/04

NOTAM:  4/3759  Issued:  04/29/2004 18:27  Effective:  04/30/2004 23:30 - 05/01/2004 16:10  State:  FL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, APRIL 30-MAY 1, 2004 LOCAL. 

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Florida TFR: 04/29/04-05/02/04

NOTAM:  4/3717  Issued:  04/28/2004 18:51  Effective:  04/29/2004 15:00 - 05/02/2004 22:00  State:  FL  Facility:  ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  FORT LAUDERDALE, FL.    FDC 4/3717 ZMA FL.. FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. DUE TO AERIAL DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE U.S. NAVY BLUE ANGELS AND OTHER MILITARY DEMONSTRATION TEAMS. EFFECTIVE 0404291500 UTC UNTIL 0404292100 UTC; 0404301330 UTC UNTIL 0405010030 UTC; 0405011430 UTC UNTIL 0405020200 UTC; AND 0405021430 UTC UNTIL 0405022200 UTC. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 91.145, MANAGEMENT OF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS IN THE VICINITY OF AERIAL DEMONSTRATIONS AND MAJOR SPORTING EVE

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Wisconsin TFR: 04/30/04

NOTAM:  4/3757  Issued:  04/29/2004 18:00  Effective:  04/30/2004 15:40 - 04/30/2004 18:40  State:  WI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, APRIL 30, 2004 LOCAL. 

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-09-01 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-09-01 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) that is applicable to certain Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, C4 605R Variant F, and F4-600R (collectively called A300-600) series airplanes; and Model A310 series airplanes. This action requires a one-time inspection for damage of the integrated drive generator electrical harness and pyramid arm, and repair if necessary. This action is necessary to prevent electrical arcing within the engine pylon, which could result in loss of the relevant alternating current (AC) bus bar, reduced structural integrity of the engine pylon, and consequent loss of control of the airp

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Aero-News Alert: Rotorcraft Legend BJ Schramm Lost In Helicycle Crash

Sport Aviation Loses An Amazing Presence

ANN has the sad job of noting the passing of a true legend in the rotorcraft community, not to mention one of the finest men we've ever known. Helicycle designer BJ Schramm was confirmed lost, by the Gem County Sheriff's office, in the crash of Helicycle N3275Q in Horse Shoe Bend, Idaho.

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