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June 28, 2004

HAL Pilot To Bankruptcy Trustee: Get Off My Plane

Pilot Didn't Like The Way The Trustee Was Taking Care Of Business

Perhaps he was just mad as hell and didn't want to take it anymore. Whatever the reason, a Hawaiian Airlines pilot Thursday threw a trustee in the carrier's bankruptcy off his 767-300.

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A Great Start: DiamondFest 2004 (Part One)

New Type Association/Factory Alliance Off To Excellent Start

One of the most positive developments of the last few years has been the natural tendency of certain types of aircraft owners to congregate together to support their collective interests. Type clubs for all manner of aircraft have not only been created, but have come to flourish and take their place as an indispensable part of the aviation scene... providing a sense of community and an undeniably positive effect on the safety of all those who come together under a common banner.

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Rutan Repairs SpaceShipOne

Focus On Control System Problems

With the first manned commercial flight into space now safely under his belt, Burt Rutan and his Mojave (CA) company, Scaled Composites, are almost ready to set their sights on the Ansari X-Prize. It's a $10 million cash outlay that will cover about half of the cost of developing SpaceShipOne. The watchword in that last sentence is "almost."

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NTSB Wants Carbon Monoxide Checks

84 Killed By Poisonous Gas In Past 40 Years

The NTSB wants the FAA to find ways pilots can avoid breathing deadly carbon monoxide, saying 84 people have died as a direct result of gas leaks into the cockpit.

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Klyde Morris 06.28.04

Oh Sure, Klyde -- Pick A Fight With Some Hockey Players....

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Russian Warbird Down

Three Killed

It may have been the last of its kind -- a Russian warbird which went down near Moscow Saturday, killing three of the five people on board.

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Fincke's Oxygen Leak Pinned Down

Next ISS Spacewalk: June 29th

Specialists in Moscow Sunday continued to analyze the cause of an unexpectedly high rate of pressure loss in the primary oxygen bottle on Astronaut Mike Fincke’s Russian space suit, which terminated Thursday’s spacewalk after 14 minutes.

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What Makes Slides Go Wrong?

NTSB: Emergency Slides Fail About 30 Percent Of The Time

American Airlines Flight 1128, an MD-80, was pushing back from the gate when suddenly, black smoke filled the cabin. The captain declared an emergency and ordered everyone on board to evacuate. Flight attendants activated the aircraft's four slides. But the emergency slide in the aircraft's tail failed to deploy.

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EAA's Young BEagles?

May Be First Canine Passengers In EAA History

Tex had never flown before, but he didn't seem nervous at all as he climbed into the single-engine Cessna last week. Sure, the engine start-up startled him, but he took it all in stride. Throughout the flight, he was the perfect gentleman. Upon landing, he sat on the floor and put his head in his companions hands.

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New Mexico Governor To Fly High

Plans On Buying $4 Million Turboprop

How would you like $4 million to buy a new airplane? Yeah, same here. But that's the budget New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has to work with as his administration goes shopping to replace their 1966 Aero Commander (file photo of type, below).

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A Deadly Weekend For Rotorcraft

Four Killed, Three Missing In Separate Accidents

Three people were killed Sunday when their helicopter (type as yet unknown) crashed behind a house in Lamar County (GA). The dead men were identified by Lamar County Sheriff Larry Waller as pilot Wyatt Zane Rogers and passengers Kendall and Kelly Loudermilk, all from Spartanburg (SC).

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On With The Show!

EAA Announces Air Show Lineup for AirVenture 2004

The Experimental Aircraft Association will again welcome some of the world's finest air show performers for the 2004 EAA AirVenture fly-in, July 27-August 2, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh (WI).

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/5987  Issued:  06/27/2004 17:33  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  PAYSON, AZ. 

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Utah TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5975 Issued: 06/27/2004 04:12 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: UT Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: ST.GEORGE, UT.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5981 Issued: 06/27/2004 11:33 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: SAFFORD, AZ.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/5984  Issued:  06/27/2004 16:50  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  SHOWLOW, AZ. 

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Washington TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5958 Issued: 06/26/2004 20:13 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: CHELAN, WA.

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Soldier Killed On Take-Off From Baghdad International

Hit By Small Arms Fire

From Coalition Headquarters: A coalition C-130 Hercules transport aircraft (file photo of type, below) leaving Baghdad International Airport about 5 p.m. was hit by small-arms fire, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Multinational Force Iraq deputy operations director, said in a written statement issued by the coalition press office.

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FAA: Talk To Us Before You Close Buchanan Field

California County Officials Looking At Plowing Under Airport

Before Contra Costa County (CA) leaders decide to shut down Buchanan Field and turn it into a housing project, they'd better talk with the FAA.

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Mica Urges Swift Transfer Of Alien Background Checks For Flight Training

Take A Letter...

Representative John Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, sent a letter on June 22 to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge urging the quick and efficient transfer of responsibility for background checks for aliens seeking flight training in the US from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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Bell Inks International Development Deal

427i Agreement Signed By Bell, KAI, Mitsui

Bell Helicopter has reached separate agreements with Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd (KAI) and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Company Ltd. for a collaboration to develop, certify, produce and market the 427i light twin IFR helicopter for the world market.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.28.04)

"I told him, 'Actions speak louder than words. For now, I need to ask you to remove yourself from the flight,' which he did." Source: Capt. Craig Kobyashi, a 25-year cockpit veteran at Hawaiian Airlines, after a trustee in the company's bankruptcy, Josh Gotbaum, to get off his 767-300. Hawaiian Air pilots are nowhere near happy about the way Gotbaum has proposed to manage their pension fund. The airline owes the fund $4.5 million and is late with its payments. Among other things, Gotbaum has proposed gutting the fund altogether.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Glasair TD

For Sale: Glasair TD

200 mph IFR equipped, WX950, GX55, Nav122 1600 hrs on new 160 Lyc, CS prop & airframe 58 gal. for 1400 mile range Exterior Quality: 6, Interior Quality: 6 Used, will sell for $39,999.00

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Two More Things To Check

Renegade's Hamilton Aerospace Subsidiary Announces Two More Maintenance Checks for Falcon Air Express

Renegade Venture says its wholly owned subsidiary, Hamilton Aerospace Technologies, has signed two "drop in" "B" scheduled maintenance checks with Falcon Air Express for one VIP and one high-density Boeing 727-200. The total value of these maintenance checks will be approximately $125,000. Both checks will be completed and booked over the next two weeks.

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