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August 21, 2005

French Firefighting Plane Down

Two Dead In Latest Crash

France's fire season has claimed the lives of two more pilots, as that country continues to suffer a rash of losses among its aerial firefighting forces similar to those in the United States over the past several years.

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Soar Into History in Elmira

It's International Vintage Sailplane Meet Year

The International Vintage Sailplane Meet is getting underway in Elmira, New York. (Can't place Elmira? It's near Horseheads. Did that help?) Out-of-the-way Elmira is not only located in some of the most beautiful scenery in America, it's also where Schweizer Aircraft once built thousands of gliders...

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Northwest Mechanics Strike, Day One

Reduced Flight Schedule Implemented

As the sun set on the first day of the mechanics strike at Northwest Airlines, the beleaguered carrier reassured its customers that all efforts were being made so their travel plans would be unaffected by what the company is calling a "union slowdown" - in spite of quietly reducing its scheduled service by approximately 17 percent.

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Airbus 380 VMU Tests

Why Test Pilots Get The Big Euros

These pictures, copyright Airbus France, show one of the more hairy-looking performance flight tests carried out on the new King of Airliners, the Airbus 380.

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Delta Low On Cash

Concessions Waiting In The Wings?

Delta Airlines warned pilots Friday that their cash levels have dropped below a level that could lead to more concessions from the pilots. Delta pilots ratified a concession package last November to save the company up to $1 billion a year.

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Thunderbirds Knock It Off In Chicago

Missile Rail Departs Formation

The US Air Force Thunderbirds cut their performance short at the Chicago Air and Water Show on Saturday after what appeared to be the left wingtip missile rail of a jet went AWOL at show center. The aircraft reportedly made at least one additional pass before returning to the Gary/Chicago Airport.

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Upgraded: Michael T. Suffredini

New ISS Program Manager

William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations, has named Michael T. Suffredini as manager, International Space Station (ISS) Program. Suffredini has served as deputy International Space Station program manager since August 2004.

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PA-32 'Loses Altitude' At Vail Pass

Two Injured

Two men were injured Friday when their Piper PA-32 crashed near the top of Vail Pass. The aircraft touched down on the westbound lanes of I-70 and continued off road and through a few small trees.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.21.05)

"As airplanes break through the normal flight day, these airplanes need to get fixed. And if these guys can't fix them they get set off to the side. We're confident that over a period of time it begins to snowball, and they're going to have a real problem maintaining their schedule." Source: Steve MacFarlane, assistant national director for the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, maintained that Saturday's cancellations and reduced flight schedules may not be the worst issues facing Northwest while its strike continues.

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Idaho TFR: 08.22.05 - 08.24.05

NOTAM:  5/7239 Issued:  08/19/2005 18:40 Effective:  08/22/2005 20:00 - 08/24/2005 17:20 State:  ID Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type:  VIP Description:  DONNELLY, IDAHO, AUGUST 22-24, 2005 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS AIRCRAFT FLI

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Utah TFR: 08.22.05

NOTAM:  5/7240 Issued:  08/19/2005 19:00 Effective:  08/22/2005 16:15 - 08/22/2005 19:00 State:  UT Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type:  VIP Description:  SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, AUGUST 22, 2005. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS AIRCRAFT FLIGHT

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Arizona TFR: 08.21.05

NOTAM:  5/7255 Issued:  08/19/2005 22:40 Effective:  08/21/2005 05:00 - 08/21/2005 07:00 State:  AZ Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type:  HAZARDS Description:  YUMA AZ.

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Oregon TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7258 Issued:  08/19/2005 23:50 Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice State:  OR Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type:  HAZARDS Description:  13 SE POWERS OR.

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