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June 25, 2004

Northwest Airlines: NO Picketing!

Airline Threatens To Discipline Safety, Security Demonstrators

Northwest Airlines says any employee who stages a demonstration over safety or security concerns will be punished. The punishment can range from disciplinary action to outright termination.

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Life After The NTSB: John Goglia Joins PAMA

Named SVP of Government and Technical Programs

John Goglia, the first and only Airframe and Powerplant mechanic to receive a presidential appointment to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has joined the leadership of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) as Senior Vice President of Government and Technical Progra Goglia, who retired from NTSB last week following nine years of service, will spearhead PAMA’s efforts to increase the public’s recognition and respect for the individual aviation maintenance technician.

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Engaged: American Utilicraft Corporation And Metalcraft Technologies

Companies Planning To Build FF-1080 Prototype Aircraft

Metalcraft Technologies, Inc. (MTI) and American Utilicraft Corporation have entered into formal discussions with the idea of signing a contract for the manufacture of the fuselage for the FF-1080 flight test and production aircraft.

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Tiny New Mexican Pueblo Hopes To Land Big Utilicraft Plant

Building On Eclipse Victory

San Juan Pueblo (NM) really wants to make airplanes. Specifically, the town wants to make American Utilicraft airplanes at a factory town officials hope the company will plant on their doorstep.

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Clouds On The Edge Of Space

What Causes Noctilucent Clouds?

Northern summer has arrived, and that means it's time to watch out for noctilucent clouds (NLCs). On some summer nights, just after sunset, NLCs snake across the sky glowing electric blue-white.

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Silver State Helicopters Launch Customer for Frasca’s TruFlite-H

Orders Ten Sims

Silver State Helicopters, headquartered in North Las Vegas will be the launch customer for Frasca International’s new single engine helicopter flight training device, the TruFlite-H. Silver State has placed an order for ten devices which will be used for flight training at various locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

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FAA Redesigning Airspace

Working With Canada, Mexico, On RVSM

Hoping to stay ahead of the workload once RVSM is enacted, the FAA is reportedly rolling out new technology and new techniques in an airspace that will look very different after January 20th.

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Going Steady: NBAA And NAHF

Organizations Agree On Future Collaboration

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Chairman and Interim President Donald E. Baldwin and National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Executive Director Mike Jackson yesterday met at NBAA Headquarters to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which states the intent of each organization to form new alliances and collaborate on activities.

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DOT Study: Airports Must Act Now to Meet Growing Demand

Mineta Outlines Plans to Add Capacity, Calls Communities to Action Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta Thursday released a new study predicting which airports and communities will need to expand their capacity by the year 2020. Speaking at a news conference in Atlanta, Mineta said airports in growing cities like Las Vegas, Tucson, Albuquerque, Birmingham and Palm Beach will need to expand their ability to handle more air passengers over the next 16 years. He also listed dozens of projects underway to meet that growing demand for air travel, and urged more communities to get involved now in the push to add capacity.

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AOPA To Security Officials: Stop Making GA The Scapegoat!

Boyer Blast Aimed At FAA

Stop blaming general aviation pilots for government security communication lapses. That was the angry message AOPA President Phil Boyer fired off to the FAA Monday following the Washington (DC) Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) notam issued late Friday.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5818 Issued: 06/24/2004 00:06 Effective: 06/23/2004 22:25 - 06/24/2004 02:30 State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: FLAGSTAFF, AZ.

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Indiana TFR: 06/25/04 - 06/27/04

NOTAM: 4/5799 Issued: 06/23/2004 19:01 Effective: 06/25/2004 18:00 - 06/27/2004 18:30 State: IN Facility: ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: EVANSVILLE, IN.

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California TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5839 Issued: 06/24/2004 03:45 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CA Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: OZENA (LOCKWOOD VALLEY) CA.

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ANPC Adds To Board of Directors

Former FAA Administrator, Highly Regarded Industry Experts Enlist

ANPC says it's recently supplemented its board of directors with several new members, bringing an "affluence of aerospace and defense experience to assist in the company's next phase of growth."

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Boeing Delta II Keeps GPS Constellation Healthy

Satellite Safely In Orbit

A Boeing Delta II rocket successfully deployed to space a replacement satellite for the US Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) Wednesday.

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Building Homebuilders' Headquarters

One More Sign That AirVenture Is Upon Us

Work nears completion at the new EAA Homebuilders Headquarters at EAA AirVenture. Located on Wittman Road, the new HQ is considerably larger than the previous building, including a spacious registration area and store stocked with the latest homebuilding reference books and videos. An outside shelter/porch faces the flight line and can be used rain or shine.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.25.04)

"Any suggestion that safety or security has been compromised at Northwest is both false and highly damaging to Northwest's business. AMFA or PFAA-represented employees who engage in such rule violations will be subject to discipline up to and including discharge." Source: Northwest Airlines letter to its mechanics and flight attendants, warning them not to stage any demonstrations that focus on security or safety. The AMFA and PFAA had both planned a picket at Minneapolis-St. Paul International on July 2nd, to warn flyers of the potential hazards associated with outsourcing aircraft maintenance -- both in the US and overseas.

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AD: SAAB

AD NUMBER: 2004-12-03 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-12-03 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B series airplanes, that requires inspection of the main landing gear's (MLG) separation bolt harness, corrective actions if necessary, and replacement of the MLG's separation bolt harness. For certain airplanes, this AD also requires modification of the MLG separation bolt's electrical harness. This action is necessary to prevent failure of the MLG to extend during use of the emergency backup system. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.This amendment adopts a new airworthiness direc

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-13-02 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-13-02 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 747-100, -200B, and -200F series airplanes. This action requires initial and repetitive inspections to find discrepancies in the upper and lower skins of the fuselage lap joints, and repair if necessary. This action is necessary to find and fix such discrepancies, which could result in sudden fracture and failure of a lap joint and rapid in-flight decompression of the airplane fuselage. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Bo

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2004-05-12R1 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-05-12 R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive inspections of the left and right engine throttle control gearboxes for wear, and corrective action if necessary. This AD limits the applicability of the existing AD, extends the compliance time for the initial inspection, and clarifies the reporting requirement. This AD is prompted by numerous failures of the engine throttle control gearbox, some of which resulted in an in-flight engine shutdown. We are issuing this AD to prevent e

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AD: Short

AD NUMBER: 2004-13-04 MANUFACTURER: Short SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-13-04 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Short Brothers Model SD3-SHERPA series airplanes, that requires a repetitive detailed inspection of the stub wing shear decks for corrosion and abnormal wear on and around the retaining pin in the main landing gear (MLG) forward pintle pin; and corrective action, if necessary. This AD also provides an optional terminating action. These actions are necessary to detect and correct corrosion and abnormal wear to the top and bottom shear decks, which could result in damage to the MLG and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane on landing. T

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