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March 03, 2005

New Jersey TFR: 3.04.05

NOTAM:  5/1627  Issued:  03/03/2005 18:20  Effective:  03/04/2005 14:50 - 03/04/2005 18:15  State:  NJ  Facility:  ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY, MARCH 4 2005 LOCAL.  

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Fossett Safely Home

He Did it!

REAL TIME UPDATE 1448 EST Despite fuel management problems that threatened an early end to his world record attempt, pilot/adventurer Steve Fossett has landed his Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer at its base in Salina, Kansas. That makes Fossett the first person ever to circumnavigate the world solo, without refueling.

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Delta Pilot Accused Of Trying To Fly Drunk

Warm Beer, Hot Wasser?

A Delta Airlines pilot was still in custody Thursday, four days after being detained by German authorities who suspected he was trying to fly drunk.

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Ding Dong! Progress Calling!

Supply Ship Docks With ISS

An unpiloted Russian cargo ship linked up to the International Space Station today to deliver more than 2 tons of food, fuel, oxygen, water, supplies and spare parts.

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Flight Delays, Cancellations Increase in January

On Time Flights Down 3.5 Percent From January 2004

The nation’s largest airlines experienced a higher rate of flight delays and cancellations in January 2005 than in either the previous month or in January of last year, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report, released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

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By The Numbers: On-Time And Cancellation Data

Based on Data Filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics by the 19 Reporting Carriers In January, 2005

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Fossett Breaks One Record, Still Plodding Along

Already Longest Flight Without Landing

REAL TIME UPDATE -- 0950 EST Worries over whether he has the fuel to go the distance, Steve Fossett nonetheless continued on his journey toward a world record Thursday morning, piloting his Global Flyer toward its base in Salina, KS, and breaking at least one record on the way.

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Indiana TFR: 03.04.05

NOTAM:  5/1610  Issued:  03/02/2005 20:20  Effective:  03/04/2005 18:35 - 03/04/2005 23:30  State:  IN  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, MARCH 4 2005 LOCAL. 

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Plane Spotters Embarrass Spooks

Millions In CIA Secrecy Blown By Geeks Who Obsess Over Tail Numbers

It seems to have started in Britain, the rather peculiar pastime of standing in the rain at the end of the runway, watching planes land and take off and collecting photographs and lists of their tail numbers, in the same way avid bird-watchers keep logs and details of the variety of avian life they've seen.

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I See You: NASA's Global Flyer Video Experiment

Providing State-Of-The-Art Video Communications For Fossett's Flight

The Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer project team has joined forces with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to test state-of-the-art live video communications equipment during the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer record attempt.

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Pearce Re-Introduces Long-Term Hangar Lease Bill

Could Mean Peace Of Mind After Hefty Investment

Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM), introduced legislation Tuesday that would guarantee long-term leases for individuals and businesses wishing to build hangar facilities at an airport. The bill would require a minimum lease of 75 years for those seeking to build a hangar at an airport.

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Amazing Mars Rover Pix: Opportunity Locates Heat Shield

Remains of Shield Found... In Pieces

The accompanying images from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity show the remains of the rover's heat shield, broken into two key pieces, the main piece on the left side and a broken-off flank piece near the middle of the image.

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Air Safety Solos First PROFESSIONAL Student In CIRRUS

A New Generation in Flight Training Has Begun

Air Safety Flight Academy today announced that Air Safety student Nathan Kimborowicz of Hingham, MA completed his first solo flight in a Cirrus SR20-G2. With only 19 hours of flight time, Nathan Kimborowicz becomes one of the first primary flight students ever to solo the Cirrus.

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New Mexico Withdraws Offer for Jet Assembly Plant

State Official Says Bombardier Just Wouldn't Commit

New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans announced today that New Mexico has officially withdrawn its bid to become the site for an aircraft assembly plant for a new series of passenger jets planned by Bombardier, a Canadian company based in Montreal.

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Skytruck Chief Gets A Rating

And Flies An M-28 From The Factory To Florida

Skytruck Company, LLC. distributor for the now FAA-certified M28 Skytruck, has taken delivery of its brand new demonstration aircraft. Company President Lance Maclean flew the aircraft back from the factory in late January.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: EC 120

For Sale: Eurocopter EC 120

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.03.05)

"This is a huge setback. I have not that high a level of confidence at this point." Source: Steve Fossett commenting on the mysterious disappearance of 2,600 pounds of fuel from the tanks of the Global Flyer. Faced with a sudden crisis in fuel management, Fossett must now decide whether to land in Hawaii or, if the winds are favorable, try making the US mainland. ANN will continue to cover the story in real time.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-02 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-01 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757 series airplanes.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-03 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Avro 146-RJ series airplanes.

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AD: Aerospatiale

AD NUMBER: 2005-05-04 MANUFACTURER: Aerospatiale SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-05-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Aerospatiale Model ATR 42-200, -300, and -320 series airplanes.

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Aero-News Alert: Fossett Passes Hawaii, Will Continue Flight

RealTime Update 2355 EST: A critical decision was made as Steve Fossett approached Hawaii with strong concerns about winds and fuel foremost in his mind. With the possibility that he's short as much as 2600 pounds of fuel, that has either leaked or been mislaid by instrumentation, Fossett has gambled that he has the range to fly to the US mainland some 2600 miles further out and proceeed to fly on (position shown below).

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NATA: CVR Retrofit Proposal Causes Concern

This week’s proposal from the FAA to mandate fleet-wide replacement of cockpit voice recorders (CVR) was met with concern from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).

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