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October 20, 2004

Eight Lost In Corporate Airlines Accident

Survivors Rushed To Local Hospitals

At least eight people were killed in the Tuesday night crash of a twin-engine turboprop commuter near Kirksville (MO).

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Wanted: Sport Pilot Examiners

FAA Now Taking Applications

The FAA has published application forms for those who wish to become Sport Pilot Examiners. Examiners are those individuals who are designated by FAA to administer Sport Pilot practical (oral and flight) tests and other associated privileges.

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Lockheed Asks USAF To Cancel Boeing Contracts

Another Day, Another Scandal

If Lockheed had its way, the Air Force would cancel more than $6 billion worth of Boeing contracts. But Lockheed probably won't have its way.

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XCOR Completes DARPA Contract

Cryogenic Liquid Oxygen Pump a Success

XCOR Aerospace has completed another significant milestone in its Pump-Fed Rocket Program by successfully pumping liquid oxygen through a cryogenic liquid oxygen pump developed by XCOR. The cryogenic liquid oxygen pump is driven by a motor unit that has been operating to requirements for over a year. Previously, the pump had been pumping liquid nitrogen. Both motor and pump are piston machines, rather than the more traditional turbo-centrifugal hardware.

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Was Altitude A Factor?

NTSB Member Says CRJ2 Was Flying At 41,000 Feet

What was Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701 doing at 41,000 feet, just before its engines apparently quit and it plunged to Earth, killing the two crewmembers on board?

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Combination Of Factors Caused Emergency Landing

Final Report Blames Pilot Error, Fuel Leak For Air Transat Incident

It was a remarkable feat. After his engines quit on a flight from Toronto to Lisbon, Captain Robert Piche (below, right) glided for 19 minutes, bringing his Airbus A-330 into Lajes Field (Azores) for a perfect dead stick landing. He blew out some tires, but none of his 306 passengers and crew was hurt.

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AOPA Wants FAA Flight Plan Improved For General Aviation

To hear the AOPA tell it, some amendments are in order for the FAA's "Flight Plan" -- the agency's strategic priorities through 2008. AOPA executives say they want a few more waypoints added for general aviation.

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A TV Cries For Help

Flat-Screen Toshiba Broadcasts On Guard

Planes in trouble broadcast on Guard. Boats missing at sea broadcast on Guard. Warplanes intercepting wayward pilots over temporary no-fly zones broadcast on guard. Chris van Rossman's flat screen TV broadcasts on Guard.

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Successful DreamLaunch Tour Begins Fall Schedule

Jamail Larkins Is On The Go

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Careers in Aviation Inc. are revisiting aviation's early days by sponsoring the National DreamLaunch Tour -- a barnstorming tour "with a difference."

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Better Eyes For B-2

Raytheon's B-2 AESA Radar Successfully Completes Major T/R Module Milestone

Raytheon's AN/APQ-181 radar for the B-2 "Spirit" stealth bomber, now being upgraded to include a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna, has successfully completed a production readiness review (PRR) for the transmit/receive (T/R) module at the heart of the array.

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FAA Buys Bombardier Global 5000

First Government Operator To Select New Super-Large Jet

Bombardier Aerospace says the FAA has awarded a firm fixed price contract for a new Bombardier Global 5000 business jet.

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Lufthansa Technik, Yankee Pacific Reorganize Tulsa Completion Center Operations

They're Working On A New Design And Engineering Company

Yankee Pacific, LLC, of Rye (NH), and Lufthansa Technik, AG of Hamburg, Germany, partners in a Tulsa (OK) completion engineering center for BBJ and other large business jets, have finished the reorganization of their working agreement.

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Cessna Turns To Astronics For Lighting Upgrades On Single Engine Aircraft

Potential Revenue: $1 Million A Year

Astronics Corporation a company that designs and builds high performance lighting and electronics systems for the global aerospace and defense industry, Tuesday said its subsidiary, Luminescent Systems, Inc. (LSI), has been chosen by Cessna to supply external and cockpit lighting for the upgrade of its single engine aircraft. Astronics estimates the program could generate in the range of $.7 to $1.0 million in annual revenue with production beginning in late 2004.

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Astronomers Discover Planet Building is Big Mess

Takes A Long Time To Cook One Up

Planets are built over a long period of massive collisions between rocky bodies as big as mountain ranges, astronomers announced last week.

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Upgraded: Executive Jet Management's Jason Tarkowski

Becomes Regional Vice President of Charter Sales

Executive Jet Management has named Jason Tarkowski vice president of charter sales for the Midwest and South-central region.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.20.04)

"These sorts of alerts are not uncommon, but usually happen in airports when someone has accidentally activated a transponder. Most of these are false alarms, but we check them out anyway. By morning, we had narrowed the signal to an apartment, and later to a point on the wall of the apartment where the TV was located." Source: Benton County (OR) emergency manager Mike Bamberger, after discovering a flat-screen television that was broadcasting on 121.5 MHz -- the emergency frequency commonly known as "Guard." The TV belongs to a college student who's been told in no uncertain terms to turn it off.

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Iowa TFR: 10/20/04

NOTAM: 4/1262 Issued: 10/19/2004 15:20 Effective: 10/20/2004 14:00 - 10/20/2004 16:30 State: IA Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: VIP Description: MASON CITY, IOWA, OCTOBER 20 2004 LOCAL.

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Minnesota TFR: 10/21/04 - 10/22/04

NOTAM: 4/1270 Issued: 10/19/2004 17:40 Effective: 10/21/2004 22:40 - 10/22/2004 16:30 State: MN Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: VIP Description: MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, OCTOBER 21-22 2004 LOCAL.

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Ohio TFR: 10/22/04

NOTAM: 4/1274 Issued: 10/19/2004 19:30 Effective: 10/22/2004 17:00 - 10/22/2004 20:20 State: OH Facility: ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH. Type: VIP Description: CANTON, OHIO, OCTOBER 22 2004 LOCAL.

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Minnesota TFR: 10/20/04

NOTAM: 4/1275 Issued: 10/19/2004 19:30 Effective: 10/20/2004 15:30 - 10/20/2004 16:45 State: MN Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: HAZARDS Description: ELY MN.

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Michigan TFR: 10/20/04

NOTAM: 4/1265 Issued: 10/19/2004 16:10 Effective: 10/20/2004 16:50 - 10/20/2004 20:40 State: MI Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: VIP Description: TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, OCTOBER 20 2004.

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Michigan TFR: 10/20/04

NOTAM: 4/1266 Issued: 10/19/2004 16:10 Effective: 10/20/2004 14:05 - 10/20/2004 16:45 State: MI Facility: ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH. Type: VIP Description: FLINT, MICHIGAN, OCTOBER 20 2004.

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Wisconsin TFR: 10/21/04

NOTAM: 4/1268 Issued: 10/19/2004 17:40 Effective: 10/21/2004 20:30 - 10/21/2004 22:35 State: WI Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: VIP Description: GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN, OCTOBER 21 2004.

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Pennsylvania TFR: 10/21/04

NOTAM: 4/1273 Issued: 10/19/2004 19:10 Effective: 10/21/2004 15:55 - 10/21/2004 17:00 State: PA Facility: ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY. Type: VIP Description: CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, OCTOBER 21 2004 LOCAL.

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