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September 21, 2004

Michigan TFR: 09/21/04

NOTAM:  4/9969  Issued:  09/20/2004 19:50  Effective:  09/21/2004 15:30 - 09/21/2004 19:35  State:  MI  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  VIP  Description:  LANSING, MICHIGAN, SEPTEMBER 21 2004. 

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Virginia TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/9988  Issued:  09/21/2004 14:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  VA  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  QUANTICO MCAF (NYG) 

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The Ballad Of Rare Bear And Dago Red

Or, How One Wrong Turn Can Cost You A Race

At first glance, it looked like Dago Red had won. When the checker flag dropped on the Unlimited Gold race at Reno Sunday, Skip Holm's P-51 was first across the finish line.

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Reno Race Results

And The Winners Are...

T6, Gold - 6 Laps Alfred Goss, Warlock, 238.079 mph Mary Dilda, Two of Hearts, 237.047 mph Nick Macy, Six Cat, 233.269 mph Gene McNeely, Undecided, 223.408 mph James Good, Wyoming Wildcatter, 218.267 mph Thomas Dwelle, Kitchen Pass, 217.789 mph

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Reno Racing... Red Bull Style

It All Comes Down To Two Pilots

The battle for the first world title in aerobatic air racing came down to the final two pilots Sunday at Stead Field in Reno (NV). Finding enough extra speed, American pilot Mike Mangold (Victorville, CA) eclipsed pre-race favorite, Kirby Chambliss (Flying Crown Ranch AZ), to win the first Red Bull Air Race World Series Championship.

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X-37 Drops To Be Conducted By Rutan's Scaled Composites

Control Of Test Project Transferred To DARPA

NASA has handed over its X-37 demonstrator program to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in a project that will apparently involve Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites.

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Final Flight: C-141

Last Active Duty Starlifters Retired

The last two Lockheed C-141 Starlifters on active military duty in the US arrived at Davis-Monthan AFB (AZ), their last journey before retirement.

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EPA: Don't Drink The Water

Environmental Agency Says 13 Percent Of Airline Drinking Water Is Unfit

The EPA says results from initial testing of drinking water onboard 158 randomly selected passenger airplanes shows that most of the aircraft tested (87.4%) met EPA drinking water quality standards. However, 12.6 percent of domestic and international passenger aircraft tested at US airports carried water that did not meet EPA standards.

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Mirage Down In Venezuela

Pilot Ejected

A Venezuelan Air Force Mirage went down and exploded after impact, Friday, just a few moments after the pilot detected an engine flameout while the aircraft maneuvering at low altitude. The pilot, Capt. Jesus Maria Bevilaqua, 35, ejected and was injured in the accident.

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RIP: Lt. Col. Jack Bolt

Double-Ace Was One Of The Original Black Sheep

Jack Bolt first made his mark on the aviation world as one of Pappy Boyington's Black Sheep, downing six Japanese Zeros in the Solomon Islands in 1943 and 1944. Then he knocked down six North Korean MiGs during the Korean conflict, making him an ace in two wars.

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If Your Aircraft Is Missing A Part...

...Nancy Morgan May Have Found It

Nancy Morgan was minding her own business Saturday, doing the things Nancy Morgan typically does on any Saturday, when at about 1400 local, the Hartselle (AL) woman heard something go "thump" outside.

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More Than 50,000 Attend Point Mugu Air Show

Acts Include Golden Knights, Tumbling Bear

The NAS Point Mugu airshow was held on Saturday and Sunday. It was estimated that over 50,000 spectators attended during each day of the event. There was an impressive mixture of civilian and military aircraft on display as well as aerobatics, parachute jumps and aerial demonstrations including wing-walking. The U. S. Army was represented by the "Golden Knights" parachute team, the U. S. Navy had aerial demonstrations by an F/A-18 Hornet and E-2C Hawkeye while the U. S. Air Force put an F-15 Eagle through its paces and the California Air National Guard flew their C-130 Hercules for an approving crowd.

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Seabees Depart for Pensacola

Begin Disaster Recovery Operations

A team of Seabees departed Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport (MI) at 0100 local, September 17th, for Pensacola (FL). There, they were to establish a command center for disaster recovery operations.

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Upgraded: Flight Explorer

Includes Features Requested By Pilots

Flight Explorer is out now with version 5.0, which the company says has a number of new features.

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Changing Colors of

Hundreds Of Brilliantly Colored Parachutes, Canopies To Fill The Sky Over Fantasy Of Flight

Enjoy the changing colors of "fall" over central Florida as hundreds of multi-color parachutes and canopies decorate the autumn skies during the National Skydiving League Competition "SkyQuest." Over 200 skydivers will "fall" more than 2000 times creating a cacophony of color over Fantasy of Flight during the 4th Annual SkyQuest, Friday, November 19th through Sunday, November 21st, 2004. The three day competition offers the chance to see skydivers from all over the world compete in aerobatics, Kaleidoscope Dives, Accuracy Challenges, and the famous Fantasy Swoop.

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UAA Announces New Aviation Scholarship

Fund For Initial Flight Training

The University Aviation Association, in conjunction with the Greater Morgantown Community Trust and the Hart Field Coalition, Inc. (WV) has established the Dr. Paul W. De Vore Freedom of Flight Aviation Scholarship. Scholarships under the program will be awarded for initial flight training at airports with Federal Aviation Administration 141 approved flight schools.

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First Flight Donated To Charity

AeroMexico, Boeing Send Supplies To Mexican Clinics Aboard 737-700

Medical supplies for rural Mexico clinics and computers for disadvantaged children filled cargo holds and overhead storage bins on the first flight of Aeromexico's newest Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 airplane.

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Tinkering Works!

ISS Crew Restores Oxygen Generator

Almost two weeks of troubleshooting apparently paid off for the Expedition 9 crew Friday as they restored an onboard oxygen generating unit to operation.

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TSA'S David Stone And Journalist Fred Barnes To Speak At NBAA Convention

Meeting Next Month In Las Vegas

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) says Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the TSA, David M. Stone, and journalist Fred Barnes will be the featured keynote speakers for the opening session of the NBAA's 57th Annual Meeting & Convention. The event runs from October 12 to October 14 in Las Vegas (NV). NBAA President and CEO Edward M. Bolen also will speak during the Opening General Session as that event's host.

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NATCA On The Air

Buys Broadcast Ads To Spotlight Staff Shortage

With the Federal Aviation Administration and the Government Accountability Office predicting severe air traffic control staffing shortages of up to 50 percent over the next decade, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association has unveiled a new advertising campaign to it hopes will raise awareness of this serious problem throughout the country. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.21.04)

"I'm checking around to see if anyone knows of a pilot who's missing part of his airplane." Source: Blackstone Aviation owner Stoney Powell, after Hartselle (AL) said he wasn't sure just where an aircraft door came from. The door fell into Nancy Morgan's yard on Saturday. So far, no one's stepped up to claim it.

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NOTAM: 4/9933 Issued: 09/19/2004 16:10 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: LA Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: HAZARDS Description: PORT SULPHUR LA.  

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AD: Dassault-Falcon

AD NUMBER: 2004-19-02 MANUFACTURER: Dassault SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-02 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Dassault Model Fan Jet Falcon series airplanes and Model Mystere-Falcon 20 series airplanes, that requires inspecting and testing for fatigue cracking due to stress corrosion in the vertical posts of the window frames in the flight compartment.

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Aero-News Alert: Fourth Successful Cirrus BRS/CAPS Chute Deployment Saves Two

Four Deployments Equal Eight Saves

Details are still coming in as we write this, but a "bad weather" related CAPS deployment has apparently resulted in a successful save for Cirrus Pilot William Graham (65) and his passenger Barbara Graham (64).

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