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August 04, 2004

Oshkosh 2004: A Good, If Slightly Less Populated Show

Oshkosh Wraps, Numbers Down A Little

Compared to previous years, when much of the AirVenture's focus was on the past, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 was focused on looking forward, launching the next century of flight.

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Now That's A YOUNG Eagle!

Baby Wants To Fly

We caught up with this tyke on the other side of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh over the weekend. We're not sure about the fashion, but the intent is obvious -- this little girl seems as excited as we are about flying.

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NAATS Briefers Fighting To Save Their Jobs

FSS Controllers Fear They'll Be Outsourced

NAATS, one of the oldest federal workers unions around, is in serious trouble -- it's members could soon find themselves replaced by contractors and looking for work. America's Flight Service Stations could soon be under new management.

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Aero-Views: The Ambiguous Amphibians

Bright Minds Have Repositional Limits

Sport Pilots may fly Light Sport Aircraft, says FAA. And Light Sport Aircraft are limited, in part, to "repositional landing gear." What in the world does this new phrase "repositional landing gear" mean?

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Lancair Legacy Down In Wisconsin

Pilot Dies On Way Home From Oshkosh

A 28-year old Kentucky man returning home from AirVenture 2004 in Oshkosh (WI) was killed Sunday when his Lancair Legacy crashed into a car dealership in Madison.

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A Different World at Oshkosh

One Of Air And Water

Although the annual festivities at Oshkosh have come to end, the Vette Seaplane Base, named for owners John and Susy Vette III, are still worth mentioning in terms of next year's plans. Endless taxi-ways, unmarked runways and gorgeous lakefront sunsets reward the floatplane pilot who opts to land at this seaplane base. The experience is even more worthwhile when you consider the camping and camaraderie many will enjoy during their stay with campfires, karaoke, the annual fish-fry and so much more. Let's face it, a Grand Caravan, a Helio, even a Cessna 182 looks just plain cooler with floats!

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Six Lost In Texas Mishap

Aerostar Plunges Into Golf Course Mansion

Six people are dead after their Aerostar 601 crashed into a golf course mansion near Austin (TX) Tuesday. The home was virtually destroyed, but none of the three people inside at the time of the crash was hurt. Authorities said the victims aboard the Aerostar included four adults and two children, although their identities weren't immediately known.

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Messenger On The Way

Mercury Probe Launches After One Delay

The first mission to explore the Planet Mercury in more than three decades began today with the successful launch of NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space, ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging) spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II Heavy launch vehicle.

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Victims Identified In Missouri Accident

Five Lost When PA-32 Ran Off Runway

Authorities in southwestern Missouri have identified the five people killed Sunday when their Piper PA-32 skidded off the runway during an aborted take-off.

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Oh, Deer

Kansas Wildlife Officials Hit Deer With Agency Plane

"It was definitely an interesting landing." That very well could be Kansas' understatement of the year, as uttered by the one man who knows more on this particular subject than just about any other living Jayhawk.

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SATS Demo Set For June 2005

NASA To Show Off Small Aircraft Transport System

NASA/Langley's Dr. Victor Lebacqz, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics plans to put it all on the line about 10 months from now. He's scheduled a flight demonstration of SATS technology June 5, 2005. The three day event will be held in Danville (VA) at the Danville Regional Airport.

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AirVenture 2004: A Retrospective

Hognose Lists Accomplishments And Regrets In The Wake Of World's Biggest Air Show

You get so you don't notice it after a lot of shows, but several first-time Airventure attendees, including an internet friend I met for the first time face-to-face, were struck by how tidy things were -- on the last day, when most venues for a week-long celebration would look like the aftermath of the Battle of the Somme.

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Space Tourism Is Fine For The Rich, But What About The Rest Of Us Poor Slobs?

X-Prize Executives Promise Space Tourism Will Be Cheaper -- Some Day

If you want to go to space right now, your only avenue would be to contact the Russians, pony up $20 million and hope you pass an abbreviated astronaut training course.

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Trying To Unsnarl O'Hare

DOT, FAA, Airlines Gather In Chicago

The Department of Transportation and the FAA will hold a meeting Wednesday with domestic airlines to request further reductions in scheduled flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.04.04)

"We're taking the first massive leap. We're bringing it down by orders of magnitude for suborbital flight. As we learn over the next ten or 20 years, it'll bring the price down even further." Source: Peter Diamandis, X-Prize Foundation Chairman, speaking at AirVenture 2004 in Oshkosh over the weekend. While the cost of space tourism might soon drop from the $20 million now charged by the Russian space agency, Diamandis predicts probably fall to around$30,000. It's cheaper, but still not within reach of the common man. He is, however, optimistic. Diamandis says, as space flight becomes more common and more commercially feasible, prices will fall even further.

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Child Restraint Devices Remain NTSB Priority

Casualties During Air Emergencies Seen as Preventable

The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday voted to keep on its Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements a recommendation to require appropriate restraint of infants and small children at times when the use of seatbelts is required aboard aircraft.

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Ohio TFR: 08/05/04

NOTAM:  4/7859  Issued:  08/03/2004 20:35  Effective:  08/05/2004 15:25 - 08/05/2004 19:20  State:  OH  Facility:  ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  COLUMBUS, OHIO, AUGUST 5, 2004. 

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Minnesota TFR: 08/04/04

NOTAM:  4/7847  Issued:  08/03/2004 19:09  Effective:  08/04/2004 15:30 - 08/04/2004 16:45  State:  MN  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ELY, MINNESOTA. 

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Colorado TFR: 08/04/2004 - 08/05/2004

NOTAM:  4/7858  Issued:  08/03/2004 20:28  Effective:  08/04/2004 21:50 - 08/05/2004 00:40  State:  CO  Facility:  ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO.  Type:  VIP  Description:  DENVER, COLORADO, AUGUST 4, 2004. 

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Illinois, Iowa TFR: 08/04/04

NOTAM: 4/7835 Issued: 08/03/2004 16:44 Effective: 08/04/2004 14:40 - 08/04/2004 17:45 State: IL Facility: ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL. Type: VIP Description: MOLINE, ILLINOIS, AND DAVENPORT, IOWA, AUGUST 4, 2004.

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Oregon TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7834 Issued: 08/03/2004 16:20 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: OR Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: THE DALLES, OR.

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Idaho TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7837 Issued: 08/03/2004 16:59 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: ID Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: HAZARDS Description: NW OF SALMON, IDAHO.

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Minnesota TFR: 08/04/04

NOTAM:  4/7862  Issued:  08/03/2004 20:50  Effective:  08/04/2004 18:20 - 08/05/2004 00:40  State:  MN  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  MANKATO, MINNESOTA, AUGUST 4, 2004. 

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Wyoming TFR: 08/04/04 - 08/06/04

NOTAM:  4/7860  Issued:  08/03/2004 20:39  Effective:  08/05/2004 01:40 - 08/06/2004 15:00  State:  WY  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  VIP  Description:  JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, AUGUST 4-6, 2004. 

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Montana TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/7864  Issued:  08/03/2004 21:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  MT  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MISSOULA, MT. 

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/7848  Issued:  08/03/2004 19:22  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  WA  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ARLINGTON, WA. 

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7813 Issued: 08/03/2004 02:47 Effective: 08/03/2004 07:00 - Until Further Notice State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: LEAVENWORTH, WA.

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Missouri TFR: 08/04/04

NOTAM: 4/7832 Issued: 08/03/2004 15:58 Effective: 08/04/2004 16:45 - 08/04/2004 20:55 State: MO Facility: ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO. Type: VIP Description: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI AUGUST 4, 2004.

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