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September 27, 2004

Texas TFR: 09/27/04 - 09/29/04

NOTAM:  4/0241  Issued:  09/27/2004 17:50  Effective:  09/27/2004 23:45 - 09/29/2004 18:00  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  CRAWFORD, TEXAS, SEPTEMBER 27-29 2004. 

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Ford Tri-Motor Replica Crashes in Fullerton

A Ford Tri-Motor/Bushmaster replica built in 1986 crashed Saturday onto Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton (CA) immediately after a "troubled takeoff," in front of hundreds of onlookers gathered at the Fullerton Municipal Airport in Orange County.

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Russia Converting Ballistic Missiles Into Cash Cows

Remember all those hundreds, perhaps thousands of missiles that the former Soviet Union built to keep up with the US during the Cold War and the "Detente" years?

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Daley Turns To Scare Tactics For Airport Expansion

Chicago has begun a mailing program to identify Bensenville (IL) homeowners who might want to sell their homes and land to the city before the FAA makes a decision on whether or not to allow expansion of O'Hare International Airport.

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Bombardier Feeling The Heat

Bombardier is feeling the heat these days -- not from the weather, but from the competition.

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ATF Called In To Investigate Hangar Fire

As investigators continue to search for clues as to what caused a 50,000 square foot hangar to burn down in Galveston (TX), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been brought into the effort.

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Klyde Morris 09.27.04

Klyde Makes A Run For the X Prize!

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Judge Suspends Ecuador Civil Aviation Directorate Chief

Judge Galo Romero of the Civil Court system in Ecuador has issued an order suspending Civil Aviation General Directorate chief Cmdr. Rafael Davila from his duties.

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Alitalia, Labor Unions Reach Agreement

The European Community Transport Commisioner, Loyola de Palacio, has confirmed that Alitalia has reached an agreement with its labor unions that will allow it to begin restructuring itself under a viability plan.

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Colombian Air Force Building Its First Homegrown Aircraft

The School of Military Aviation of the Colombian Air Force (EMAVI-FAC) is building its very first airplane, a modified version of Jim Bede's BD-5 high performance homebuilt aircraft.

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Baggage Handlers Strike At Gatwick

A 24-hour baggage handlers strike at London's Gatwick Airport appears to have come and gone with no impact whatsoever to the flight schedule, according to airport authorities.

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Four Missionaries Perish In Florida Crash

Four members of the Pace Assembly of God Church in Florida were killed Thursday when the Cessna 182 aircraft that was carrying them crashed in Milton (FL).

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Canadian Armed Forces Donate Cargo Flight To Haiti

The Canadian military has agreed to provide a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft to deliver aid from Montreal to the victims of Hurricane Jeanne in Haiti.

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NTSB Chastises FAA For Not Acting On Lap Children

Why are airline passengers allowed to continue to hold infants or toddlers below age 2 on their laps, unrestrained? The NTSB is mad at the FAA about this, and rightly so.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (09.27.04)

"He is the only one who can fire me." Source: Ecuador's Civil Aviation General Directorate chief Cmdr. Rafael Davila, referring to his boss, the President of Ecuador, and reacting to an order from a judge suspending him from his position for refusing to issue airworthiness certificates to a firm operating Hueys put together with parts from decommissioned US aircraft. The aircraft and the company also failed to pass an inspection, with more than 20 squawks and violations of regulations and laws allegedly found by DGAC inspectors. Davila intends to remain in his job until the President says otherwise.

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Ecuador AF Holds Maneuvers On Colombian Border

The Air Forces of the country of Ecuador are holding exercises on the country's border with Colombia.

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Vietnam To Spend $5B On Airports, Terminals

The government of Vietnam has announced a plan to modernize and/or develop 52 airports and air travel terminals in the country, at a cost of some $5 billion.

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Wichita State And Raytheon In Collaboration Program

The National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University and Raytheon Aircraft Company are collaborating in an innovative technology arrangement that will greatly expand the Institute's aerospace research and development capabilities.

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Monterey Airport Gets Kudos From FAA

The FAA inspected the Monterey Peninsula Airport on Friday and gave them an "A."

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SpaceDev Begins Work On Dream Chaser

SpaceDev has begun designing a reuseable, piloted, sub-orbital space ship that could be scaled up to safely and economically transport passengers to and from low earth orbit.

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Hawaii TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/0180  Issued:  09/26/2004 05:50  Effective:  09/26/2004 16:21 - 09/27/2004 04:22  State:  HI  Facility:  ZHN - HONOLULU (ARTCC),HI.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  LIHUE KAUAI HI.

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