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May 18, 2004

TSA Releases New Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports

Agency Outlines Targeted Security Enhancements for Wide Range of GA Airports

Rear Adm. David M. Stone, Acting Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), announced Monday the release of the TSA's "Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports." The guidelines are intended to provide US general aviation (GA) airport owners, operators and users with a set of federally endorsed security enhancements and methods for implementation.

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TSA GA Security: Reaction

Some Like It, Some Say It Could Have Been Worse

How does the aviation industry react to the TSA's recommendations on GA airport security?

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California Airport Managers And Airport Users Join Forces

In an aviation historical first, California's airport managers and airport users have joined forces to preserve and promote California's 250 public airports. The airport managers, represented by the Association of California Airports, and the airport users represented by the California Pilots Association, have formed a joint political action committee.

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Firefighting Tankers Could Be Back

Interior Department: "Might Put The Air Tankers Back In Service"

The Interior Department's decision to ground 33 aging firefighting tankers may not be the last word after all. The department Monday said it would be willing to consider returning the tankers to the fireline if the FAA can certify their safety.

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Sometimes They Do Get It Right

AOPA Praises Texas Newspaper For Spelling Out GA Advantage

While some TV stations were beating up general aviation last week, other media were telling a pretty great story. Consider this: "Being an airline passenger means costly tickets, long lines, longer delays and a bag of nuts not including the ones seated ahead of, beside and behind you. Being a pilot means go-when-you-want, surprisingly affordable travel to your favorite outdoor destinations."

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One Dead, One Hurt After Washington State Mid-Air

Injured Pilot Says He Never Saw Other Plane

Two Cessnas collided over a rural part of Washington, south of Olympia Sunday night, killing one pilot and injuring the other.

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Military Mid-Air

F-16s Collide Over Indiana

Two F-16s collided in the air near Oaktown (IN) Monday. One pilot was killed, the other was hurt. He was hospitalized after parachuting to the ground.

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Boeing: It Could Happen

Company "Very Optimistic" About Future Of Tanker Deal

In spite of allegations that the deal was rigged, in spite of the fact two company executives were fired for breaching ethics in the process of completing the agreement, Boeing says it's now "very optimistic" about Boeing's 767 tanker deal.

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Meanwhile, Down On The Farm...

Enstrom Reintroduces Ag Spraying Kits

Enstrom Helicopter is reintroducing agricultural spraying kits for its piston models and four kits have already been sold. They are built by Isolair Incorporated, a manufacturer of helicopter systems based out of Troutdale (OR).

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Wireless Vehicle Security System Passes FAA/TSA Tests

Newark's Liberty International Was Test Site

I.D. Systems, Inc. says its Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system for vehicle security and fleet management, the Wireless Asset Net(TM), has passed a series of key tests conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Newark Liberty International Airport. In a parallel development, the company was awarded a $250,000 funding increase for its current program with the FAA and TSA.

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Maryland TFR: 05/25/2004 - 05/28/2004

NOTAM: 4/4279 Issued: 05/17/2004 12:16 Effective: 05/25/2004 14:45 - 05/28/2004 15:15 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: ANNAPOLIS MD.

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South Carolina TFR: 05/21/2004 - 05/22/2004

NOTAM: 4/4278 Issued: 05/17/2004 12:04 Effective: 05/21/2004 17:00 - 05/22/2004 19:45 State: SC Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, SC.

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Virginia TFR: 05/21/04 - 05/23/04

NOTAM: 4/4277 Issued: 05/17/2004 12:03 Effective: 05/21/2004 20:00 - 05/23/2004 22:00 State: VA Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, VA.

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Boeing: Survey Shows PAX Want Smaller Planes

That Sort Of Goes With The Boeing Philosophy

International air travelers overwhelmingly prefer being on 250-seat airplanes to 550-seat airplanes, whether flying non-stop or on connecting flights, a Harris Interactive study of more than 900 long-distance fliers found.

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NBAA Announces Winner Of Maintenance Scholarship

Special Tribute To 100 Years Of Powered Flight

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announces that Jorge Chipollini, a maintenance technician from Springdale (AR) has received the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference 100 Years of Powered Flight Scholarship.

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Brazil Buys Boeing In A Big Way

Brazil's GOL Orders Up To 43 Boeing 737-800s

Boeing and Brazil's GOL Linhas Aereaes SA, one of the world's most profitable airlines, Monday announced the airline has ordered 43 737-800 passenger airplanes worth up to US $2.7 billion at list prices.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2004-10-03 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-10-03 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes, that requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the upper and lower web of the engine support beam between fuselage station (FS) 625 and FS 640, and repair if necessary. This AD also provides an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. This action is necessary to prevent failure of the engine support beam, a principal structural element, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. This action is intended to address the i

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2004-10-04 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-10-04 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Bombardier Model CL-215-6B11 series airplanes, that currently requires inspections to detect cracking in the rear engine mount struts, and replacement of struts with new struts, if necessary; and the eventual replacement of all struts with new struts. This amendment requires adding repetitive detailed inspections to detect cracking in the rear engine mount struts and replacement of struts with new struts, if necessary. This amendment also expands the applicability of the existing AD and makes the replacement of all struts with new,

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