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August 13, 2004

Propwash Attacked By Terrorist Belgian Cat

Remember the story we ran the other day about a the cat that got loose inside a Belgian airliner and attacked the pilot who tried to retrieve it? As it turns out, that cat has family in the United States, and where else would they live than in the house of the tech that operates our mail servers...

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Hurricane Chasers Gear Up For Charley

Mother Nature is poised to unleash hurricane-force winds and torrential downpours on MacDill AFB in the wee hours of Aug. 13 from Hurricane Charley. While most people at MacDill have battened down the hatches and headed away from danger, the pilots and meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grabbed their gear to head directly into the storm.

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SecNav: Osprey 'Sound'...

...But Costly

Navy Secretary Gordon England got a ride aboard a V-22 Osprey Wednesday, proclaiming the tilt-rotor aircraft sound -- and beating up the manufacturer on the price.

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Was The Boeing 757 A Terror Victim?

Wichita Plant Manager: Yes.

As Boeing workers in Wichita gathered to say goodbye to the 757, they couldn't help but wonder: Was the aircraft they've been shipping to customers since 1982 a victim of terrorists? Wichita Plant Manager Jeff Turner has no doubt.

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Klyde Morris 08.13.04

Klyde Has A Few Things To Say About A Recent "Cat-astrophe"

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GAMA Praises Security Vigilance Of GA Operator

It's nice to know the GA biz is keeping an eye out for the bad guys... even when the bad guys come from NBC News. GAMA has joined in the justifiable praise over the vigilance of a small general aviation aircraft operator who promptly identified and reported two suspicious individuals attempting to rent a general aviation aircraft. After arresting, interviewing and searching the individuals, law enforcement personnel determined they were actually NBC reporters attempting to generate a news story.

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CH-53 Down In Iraq

Two Marines Lost

Two Marines were killed and three others were injured the night of Aug. 11 when a CH-53 helicopter (file photo of type, below) flying in support of security and stabilization operations in Iraq's Anbar province crashed, according to the Multinational Force in Iraq.

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NTSB Updates Recent GA Accidents In Texas

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating three separate general aviation accidents that occurred on August 3-4, 2004 in Texas.

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One Marine Lost, 14 Injured In Afghan Helo Accident

UH-60 Black Hawk Down In Khowst Province

One US Marine is dead, 14 others hurt after a UH-60 Black Hawk (file photo of type, below) went down in eastern Afghanistan. In a statement from the military, officials said the injured service members were taken to Forward Operating Base Salerno for treatment. Four had injuries serious enough to require further evacuation to the hospital at Bagram Air Field.

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CAE: It's Getting Better All The Time

Business Improvement A Sign Of Economic Health In Civil Aviation

The good news: CAE profits were up in the first quarter. The bad news: CAE has to cut 10-percent of its expenditures to remain competitive.

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Monarch Pass Victims Tentatively Identified

Both Died In Fiery Crash At High Elevation

One day after calling for dental records in an effort to identify two men killed in a mountain crash Monday, officials in Colorado have determined both victims were from Pittsburgh (PA).

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Adam Mulls Plant Move

Executives Chewing On Utah's Offer

It's nice to be wanted. As its A700 moves closer to certification, Adam Aircraft is looking for a new home. Although Utah is considered a prime candidate, the Deseret News reports CEO Rick Adam is also looking at Texas, Kentucky and other states as possible new homes.

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FAA Declares No-Fly Zone Over Wisconsin PGA Event

In The Interest Of National Security...

Not only will a lot of flying golf nuts have to endure airport crowds and special procedures to get to the PGA Championships in Sheboygan (WI), but now they have to contend with a small matter of national security.

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AOPA: 80-Octane AvGas 'Headed for Extinction'

AOPA Offers Resources For Affected Aircraft Owners

AOPA members have recently called the AOPA Pilot Information Center (800/USA-AOPA) to investigate rumors that 80-octane aviation fuel is out of production. They're true. AOPA has confirmed that Kern Oil, the last known refiner of 80-octane avgas, has stopped making all aviation gasoline.

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CPS To Host Rotax Repair Seminars

Two-Stroke And Four-Stroke Confabs Coming Up

California Power Systems will host a Rotax Repair Station Qualifier Seminar December 9-11 2004 at our San Leandro, California facility. The two and a half day course will be taught by Rotax factory trained Technician, Eric Tucker.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.13.04)

"Our vision was to bring the 757 here and incorporate into it some of the same concepts in our wonderfully successful 737. But on that fateful morning of Sept. 11, by 10 o'clock in the morning this airplane had no future." Source: Boeing's Wichita Plant Manager, Jeff Turner, speaking Wednesday at a ceremony marking completion of the last 757 fuselage. Turner said the 757 was a victim of terrorism -- that the attacks on New York and Washington killed the line just as surely as they killed more than 3,000 people on that terrible day.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Aviat/Pitts S1

For Sale: Aviat/Pitts S1 (Other)

1984 S1D 1000TT 300 smoh, no hard aerobatics, wood leading edges, tail strut, cabane strut. 2 belts, 180 hp. smoke system Exterior Quality: 8, Interior Quality: 7 Used, will sell for $25,000.00 

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Washington State TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/8353  Location: LEAVENWORTH, Washington near MALAGA (037) Beginning Date: August 11, 2004 at 18:47 UTC (August 11, 2004 at 11:47 PDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): SEATTLE (SEA) Flight service station, 206-658-6607 No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/8385  Location: Orville, California near CHICO VOR/DME (CIC) Beginning Date: August 12, 2004 at 12:03 UTC Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): Rancho Murieta (RIU) Flight service station, 916-354-0161 No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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California TFR: 8/12/04-8/13/04

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/8342  Location: LOS ANGELES, California Beginning Date: August 12, 2004 at 19:40 UTC (August 12, 2004 at 12:40 PDT) Ending Date: August 13, 2004 at 16:00 UTC (August 13, 2004 at 9:00 PDT) Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/8386  Location: Redding, California near REDDING VOR/DME (RDD) Beginning Date: August 12, 2004 at 12:04 UTC Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): Rancho Murieta (RIU) Flight service station, 510-273-6111 No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/8391  Location: Carefree, Arizona near PHOENIX VORTAC (PXR) Beginning Date: August 12, 2004 at 13:32 UTC Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): Prescott (PRC) Flight service station, 928-778-7810 No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described. 

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Iowa TFR: 8/14/04

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/8406  Location: SIOUX CITY, Iowa Beginning Date: August 14, 2004 at 17:00 UTC (August 14, 2004 at 12:00 CDT) Ending Date: August 14, 2004 at 20:00 UTC (August 14, 2004 at 15:00 CDT) Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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Nevada TFR: 8/14/04

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/8400  Location: Elko, Nevada Beginning Date: August 14, 2004 at 20:50 UTC (August 14, 2004 at 13:50 PDT) Ending Date: August 14, 2004 at 22:45 UTC (August 14, 2004 at 15:45 PDT) Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/8375  Location: Cedar City, Utah near ST GEORGE VOR/DME (OZN) Beginning Date: August 12, 2004 at 1:27 UTC Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): Cedar City (CDC) Flight service station, 435-586-1525 No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2004-15-02 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-15-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) models RB211 Trent 875-17, Trent 877-17, Trent 884-17, Trent 884B -17, Trent 892-17, Trent 892B-17, and Trent 895-17 turbofan engines with low pressure (LP) compressor fan blades part number (P/N) FW18548, installed.

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Aero-News Alert: Non-Aviation Media Trying To Discredit GA

American Association of Airport Executives issues alert, reports NBC trying to set up GA facilities and FBO's

Rebecca Morrison, Staff Vice President, Transportation Security Policy Department at the American Association of Airport Executives, has transmitted the following memo and requested widest possible distribution: The following is a description of an incident that occurred today (11 Aug) at the St. Louis Downtown Airport, a large GA facility.

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