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June 10, 2004

Washington TFR: 06/10/04

NOTAM: 4/5210 Issued: 06/09/2004 22:55 Effective: 06/10/2004 18:00 - 06/10/2004 22:00 State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: TWISP, WA.

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Rhode Island TFR: 06/18/04 - 06/20/04

NOTAM: 4/5250 Issued: 06/10/2004 12:45 Effective: 06/18/2004 18:45 - 06/20/2004 20:45 State: RI Facility: ZBW - BOSTON (ARTCC),MA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: QUONSET STATE AIRPORT, NORTH KINGSTON, RI.

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Colorado TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5212 Issued: 06/10/2004 04:24 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CO Facility: ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO. Type: HAZARDS Description: MEEKER, CO. 

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A Troubled Past

Beech 1900D Had History Of Maintenance Problems

A Colgan Air Beech 1900D that crashed into Nantucket Sound just minutes after take-off last year had a history of maintenance problems. That word from the NTSB and pilots familiar with the aircraft.

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APA Praises Winners Of Prestigious Airmanship Award

Crew Saved Seriously Damaged Aircraft Following Catastrophic Failure

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), collective bargaining agent for the 13,500 pilots of American Airlines, heralded the performance of Captain Catherine Mertz and First Officer Scott Palmer when their Fokker 100 experienced a catastrophic engine failure and other damage on takeoff on September 4, 2003.

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AOPA Expo Returns To Long Beach

GA'S Premier Convention And Trade Show Scheduled For October 21-23

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association returns to Long Beach (CA) for AOPA Expo 2004, October 21-23. Long a favorite with pilots for its convenience, Long Beach boasts attractions such as the Queen Mary, the Long Beach aquarium, museums, and fabulous ocean vistas.

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SCHMACK! Airline Passenger Slaps Air Marshal

Guess Where She Landed?

Lilia Belkova has been cooling her heels in jail for more than a week now, after she slapped an Air Marshal on a US Airways Flight from Miami to Philadelphia last Wednesday.

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But Honey, What Will We Do With The Kids?

KidVenture for Kids of All Ages

Many new and exciting activities are in store for kids of all ages at the sixth KidVenture at EAA AirVenture 2004. The big tent, located just behind the Eagle Hangar at EAA AirVenture Museum, has become a destination all its own within the convention, operating from 9 a.m.- 3:30 July 27-August 1 and until 2 p.m. on August 2.

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Say, Has Anybody Seen My Stinger?

Pentagon Can't Account For All Exported Shoulder-Fired Missiles

In an investigative report highly critical of the Pentagon, the General Accounting Office accuses military leaders of losing shoulder-fired Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, calling the worldwide effort to stop proliferation of such weapons "toothless."

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El Al's Missile Defense System On Hold

Technical Problems Delay Deployment Until At Least September

If all went smoothly, Israel's national airline, El Al, was supposed to test missile defense systems installed on its aircraft by the end of the month. All has not gone smoothly.

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Opportunity's Swan Song?

Latest Mission Could Be Rover's Last

NASA scientists eyeing a crater they call "the candy store" have sent the Mars rover Opportunity to the very edge -- literally. The rover's front wheels Wednesday rolled over the lip of a crater called Endurance, onto a 25-percent grade. It's the kind of slope that could trip up Opportunity and send it crashing to the bottom of the abyss. Even if it makes it safely down that steep incline, there are questions about whether Opportunity can make it back out again.

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NBAA Launches ABACE In Hong Kong This July

Exhibitor Registration Now Open

NBAA is staging an ABACE Forum on July 15 and 16 at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Center in the city's international aiport (HKG).

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Pop Quiz!

Free ASF Runway Safety Flash Cards Popular With CFIs, Pilots

The new FAA requirements for runway safety education on checkrides or proficiency flights have prompted pilots in record numbers to take advantage of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's free runway safety flash cards.

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Virgin Says US Spin-Off Will Be All-American

And Won't Be Built On The Back Of A Struggling Carrier

Virgin USA won't be built on the back of a broken US airline. In fact, Virgin's new American chief, former Delta President Fred Reid, says it will be built from the ground up and will be All-American.

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Aero-News Net Quote Of The Day (06.10.04)

"DOD has no requirement for keeping records on the number and destinations of these Stingers." Source: Still unreleased congressional report on shoulder-fired SAMs, built by the US and missing after export. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the document, issued by the General Accounting Office and in circulation now among top lawmakers on Capitol Hill, said the Pentagon hasn't been keeping track and criticizes multi-national efforts to control shoulder-fired missile technology as "toothless."

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FAA Joins AOPA's Efforts To Educate Washington-Area Pilots On Flight Restriction

A More "Hands On" Approach

Following AOPA's example, the FAA continues taking a more hands-on approach to make sure pilots in the Baltimore-Washington area understand the complex ADIZ airspace around the nation's capital and the many other flight restrictions impacting pilots nationwide.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-12-01 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-12-01 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A330-202, -203, -223, and -243 airplanes, and A330-300 series airplanes, that requires modification of the center box junction and upper sections of the center fuselage to reinforce the frame base junction, and related corrective action. This action is necessary to prevent fatigue cracking, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the fuselage. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-12-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-12-04 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A300 B2 and A300 B4 series airplanes, that requires modification of the 107VU electronics rack in the avionics compartment to ensure that fluid does not enter the rack. This action is necessary to prevent the loss of electrical power during flight, which could result in reduced controllability of the airplane. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2004-12-02 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-12-02 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Raytheon Model BAe.125 series 800A, 800A (C-29A), and 800B airplanes; and Model Hawker 800 airplanes, that requires a one-time inspection of certain wire bundles for discrepancies and related corrective action. This action is necessary to find and fix chafing and damage to the wire bundles, which could result in electrical arcing and heat damage in a potential fuel zone and possible fire or explosion in the fuel tank. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2004-12-05 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-12-05 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 series airplanes, that requires repetitive detailed inspections of the inside of each air conditioning sound-attenuating duct, and corrective actions as necessary. This action is necessary to prevent impairment of the operational skills and abilities of the flightcrew caused by the inhalation of agents released from oil or oil breakdown products, which could result in reduced controllability of the airplane. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.

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Aero-News Alert: Safire Closing Doors... 'Temporarily'

Situation Taking Bad Turn For The Worse

Just as we were finishing off the latest update on the sad story surrounding personal jet developer Safire Aircraft Company, word started filtering in that the situation had gone from bad to worse. Late word has reached ANN that the promised financing package has fallen through and that Safire is preparing to close its doors while it searches for a fiscal transfusion. Employees were notified Wednesday morning of the problems they faced, and that the current situation did not hold a specific promise of meeting their obligations to their staff.

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