Security TFR Update
Issued: 01/09/2004 11:30
Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice
Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.
Description: DESERET CHEMICAL DEPOT, UT.
It's not a bad day at all when you can save a life. Friday,
Ballistic Recovery Systems got word that its life-saving emergency
parachute system had done just that.
It was the company's 159th saving of a life through the use of one
its ballistically-deployed emergency parachutes. The fortunate
pilot was Mike Daeges of Prineville (OR).
The possibility that terrorists will attack the US has now
diminished to the point where the Department of Homeland Security
has lowered the terror threat assessment level a notch -- down from
Orange to Yellow.
Ironically, the move came on the very day when two commercial
passenger aircraft were targeted by bomb threats.
Hey, Houston. Guess what? There may be water in them thar hills.
Just as NASA's scientists recover from this week's exciting Mars
landing, some new information is causing a renewed buzz within the
space agency. It seems NASA's Spirit spacecraft has detected
carbonate particles, which may indicate water once flowed on the
barren, red planet some time ago. The instrument that made the
discovery is an infrared camera designed to sense the composition
of material from afar by measuring heat emissions.
"Trojan Phlyers" Grounded By Hicks Crash
An out-of-control Piper Apache went down at Hicks Field,
Friday... with two historic casualties... though all the HUMANS
survived. You'll have the official FAA details of the crash of the
Piper Apache at Hicks Airport in Fort Worth on Friday afternoon,
shortly, but the aircraft-realted cost of the accident will be
The Trojan Phlyers T-28 demonstration team lost two of their three
aircraft over the course of a few seconds, when an engine-out
Apache took them out on the way to a pretty hefty impact (which the
occupants, surprisingly, survived). One Trojan lost the vertical
stabilizer, the other lost the entire tail, from just aft of the
“Initial damage estimates show one aircraft with moderate
The White House is running up the flagpole not only a manned
trip to Mars in the next ten years, but the establishment of a
permanent colony on the moon. One thing that could very well shoot
big holes in the bright banner of space exploration as set forth by
the president: Money.
Jeez, what does it take to get through airport security these
days? First, they want you to take off your shoes. Then they want
you to take off your belt. But when Kent Hoffman showed up at the
security checkpoint leading to Louis Armstrong International
Airport's passenger concourses Tuesday wearing nothing but a smile,
he might have gone just a little too far.
The 34-year old man from Springfield (MO) was naked as a jaybird
when he arrived at the Concourse C checkpoint, just before 5:00 am
Mesaba has published the following statment in anticipation of
possible labor issues that could be taking place as you read
"We are continuing our negotiations with our pilots' union and
remain committed to the goals of reaching agreement on a new
contract and continuing operations. In order to focus our full
attention on negotiations and our operations, we will have no
further comment on the status of discussions or related
"As a precaution, we have advised Northwest Airlines that we have
pre-cancelled a small number of flights scheduled to operate this
evening. Passengers holding tickets on Mesaba flights (Northwest
Airlink flight numbers 2700-3699) scheduled to depart after 4 p.m.
CST (5 p.m. EST) should call Northwest Airlines at 1-800-225-2525
to check th
"We are still concerned about continued threats, but the threat
conditions that we've been following have diminished."
Source: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge,
announcing the nation's terror threat assessment level has been
downgraded from "Orange" to "Yellow." His announcement came on the
same day that two commercial passenger aircraft were affected by