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November 11, 2004

Second NTSB Update On The Pinnacle Airlines Crash

Aircraft Apparently Entered Stall At 41,000 Feet

The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday released the following update on its investigation of the October 14, 2004 crash of Pinnacle Airlines flight 3701 in a residential area in Jefferson City (MO). The two crewmembers, who were the only occupants on board, were killed, and impact forces and a postcrash fire destroyed the airplane. There were no injuries on the ground. The on-scene portion of the investigation finished on October 20, 2004. 

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FAA Dealing With Aging Infrastructure, Retiring Staff

And The Budget's Getting Tighter And Tighter

Rising costs. Declining revenue. Antiquated equipment. Outsourcing. Maintenance problems. No, we're not talking about a financially troubled airline. We're talking about the FAA.

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Aviation Hiring Double Last Year's

And That's Only Through October!

Airline pilot hiring has more than doubled from 2003 - from 3,978 in 2003 to 8,209 in 2004, and we still have two months remaining in this year. Hiring for the month of October last year was 452 compared to 687 this year. The National carriers have had the highest hiring volume for the past three months, leading with 339 pilots in October, followed by the Non-Jet operators with 113, and the Majors finished third with 94.

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Experience, Fresh Eyes Ensure Bagram Air Base Security

"No One Flies Solo"

Air Force Airman Michael Roomsburg stopped the Humvee as Staff Sgt. Chad Marten called to notify the security forces command post that the Delta-5 external security response team was set to patrol the outer perimeter road.

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Pilot, Flight Attendant Reported Fired For Drinking

Trans State Says They Broke Bottle-To-Throttle Rules

Members of a Trans States Airlines crew are being investigated by the FAA, suspected of boarding a flight while legally drunk late last month.

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Airlines Agree To Clean Up Drinking Water

If Bad Water Is Found, Notices Are Posted Or Plane Is Grounded

The EPA and 12 airlines have agreed to improve the quality of water aboard passenger aircraft, after the discovery of a bacteria common in feces had infected the water in 12-percent of the fleet.

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The Mother Of The Mother Of All Bombs

New Ordnance Is 9,000 Pounds Heavier Than MOAB

Remember that bomb the Air Force developed last year, just as the US was preparing to invade Iraq? Weighing 21,000 pounds, it was so big and so heavy that it had to be lashed to a pallet and dropped from the back-end of a cargo plane. It was the be-all end-all in air-dropped munitions. It was officially dubbed Massive Ordnance Air Blast -- MOAB -- but it was quickly dubbed the Mother of All Bombs.

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AOPA Donates $20,000 To ERAU Career Pathways Scholarship Fund

Offers Turbine Flight Time To Selected Students

AOPA President Phil Boyer on Tuesday presented Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a check for $20,000 for the AOPA Career Pathways Scholarship fund. Each year, AOPA contributes a percentage of the AOPA membership dues of every Embry-Riddle alumni to an AOPA scholarship for students in ERAU's Aeronautical Science program. Some 4,800 Embry-Riddle graduates are AOPA members.

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Understanding The Very Beginning

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Helps Astronomers Better Understand How Stars Form

Two discoveries -- the detection of an oddly dim object inside what was thought to be an empty cloud, and the discovery of icy planetary building blocks in a system believed to resemble our own solar system in its infancy -- were presented this week at the first Spitzer science conference in Pasadena (CA). Since Spitzer science observations began less than one year ago, the infrared capabilities of the space observatory have unveiled hundreds of space objects too dim, cool or distant to be seen with other telescopes.

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GKN Is Out As Boeing Buyer

Canada's Onex Appears To Be The Front-Runner

British manufacturer GKN appears to be out. Now, Boeing is courting Canadian financial giant Onex as a potential buyer of its commercial facilities in Kansas and Oklahoma and, by all accounts, that company has money to burn.

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Cassini Radar Sees Bright Flow-Like Feature on Titan

The Mysteries Of Titan's Surface Deepen

A strikingly bright feature that is consistent with an active geology has been seen in one of Cassini's first radar images of Saturn's moon Titan. There are many possibilities for what it is but one of the leading candidates is that it may be a 'cryovolcanic' flow or 'ice volcano'.

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Northrop Grumman's X-47B Undergoes Wind Tunnel Testing

Tests On UCAV Deemed Success

Northrop Grumman Corporation has used a series of low-speed wind tunnel tests to successfully validate the aerodynamic design of the X-47B unmanned combat aerial vehicle it is developing for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) Concept Demonstration Program.

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Aerospace Giants Team Up For Space Exploration

Northrop Grumman, Boeing Plan New Crew Exploration Vehicle  

Northrop Grumman and Boeing have signed a memorandum of agreement that outlines the structure of a team that will compete for NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and other elements of Project Constellation, a planned architecture of human and robotic space systems that will allow astronauts to travel to and explore the moon, Mars and beyond. The two companies expect to finalize the teaming agreement in the near future.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.11.04)

"I am my brother's and my sister's keeper." Source: Fourth standing order for USAF personnel guarding the Bagram Airbase, north of Kabul in Afghanistan. Prone to frequent attacks by insurgents, the base is home to several different types of aircraft -- including A-10s. Says one NCO on the base: "Nobody flies solo."

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Nevada TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/2289  Issued:  11/10/2004 02:50  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NV  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/2286  Issued:  11/10/2004 00:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CA  Facility:  ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  WALNUT CREEK CA. 

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Texas TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/2323  Issued:  11/10/2004 19:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  TX  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  23 SW FT. STOCKTON TX. 

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Nevada TFR: 11/12/04 - 11/14/04

NOTAM:  4/2315  Issued:  11/10/2004 17:10  Effective:  11/12/2004 17:00 - 11/14/2004 23:59  State:  NV  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE NV. FOR THE AVIATION NATION AIRSHOW. 

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-26 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-26 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A330, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes. This AD requires repetitive inspections for evidence of corrosion and sheared attachment bolts of the sensor struts at flap track 4 on the left and right sides of the airplane; related investigative and corrective actions as necessary; and a terminating action for the repetitive inspections, by requiring the eventual replacement of all sensor struts with new, improved sensor struts that are less sensitive to corrosion.

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AD: Boeing

MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-24 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model 707 and 720 series airplanes, that currently requires inspections of the upper and lower chords of the wing front and rear spars, repair if necessary, and application of corrosion inhibitor to the inspected areas.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-01 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-01 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) Model PC-7 airplanes with any Lear Romec RR53710B type or Lear Romec RR53710K fuel booster pump (Pilatus part number 968.84.11.401; 968.84.11.403; or 968.84.11.404) installed.

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-28 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-28 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Raytheon Aircraft Company (Raytheon) Model B100 airplanes. This AD requires you to drill holes in the hot lip tube "B" nuts, tighten the "B" nuts to specified torque ranges, and secure the "B" nuts with safety wire.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-27 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-27 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes, that requires a general visual inspection for sealant at the interface between the diagonal brace fitting and the aft bulkhead and at the four bolts common to the interface.

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-02 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-02 SUMMARY: The FAA supersedes Airworthiness Directive (AD) 87-22-01 R1, which applies to certain Raytheon Aircraft Company (Raytheon) 65, 90, 99, 100, 200, and 1900 series airplanes, and Models 70 and 300 airplanes. AD 87-22-01 R1 currently requires you to repetitively inspect the nose landing gear (NLG) fork for cracks.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-25 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-25 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 767-200, -300, and -300F series airplanes, that requires a one-time inspection for discrepancies of all wire bundles, including certain power feeder cables, of the electrical system in the forward cargo compartment ceiling at certain stations; and corrective actions if necessary.

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CBS 60 Minutes Broadcast Implies Cessna CEO Has Bogus Degrees

In a Wednesday night broadcast of CBS widely-viewed investigative program, 60 Minutes, about a story on "Diplomas For Sale," Cessna CEO Jack Pelton was alleged to have earned questionable degrees issued by Hamilton University, of Evanston, WY.

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