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August 03, 2004

Why Bruce Bohannon Didn't Break 50

And What's Next?

A teardown Sunday morning revealed why Bruce Bohannon fell short of his planned US absolute piston altitude record -- and the entire, disappointed crew breathed a sigh of relief. It was a broken, formed bracket, that prevented the wastegate from closing fully and the engine from developing full power in the rarefied air near Bohannon's 50,000 foot objective.

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Perfect Symmetry: Part Two, Interior and Performance

Cory Bird achieved his goal of building an aircraft accurate to 1/1000 of an inch last year. He flew "Symmetry" to the AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh (WI) where it has become one of the highlights of the show.

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Sean Tucker: Into the Next Century

By ANN Contributor Aleta Vinas Sean D. Tucker is one of 25 living legends of flight according to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. If you've seen any of Tucker's performances, you'll agree. Billed as "Industrial Strength Aerobatics", Tucker's been pushing the envelope for over 20,000 hours. That's more than two years of 24/7 flying, if you choose to do it all at once.

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Five Dead In Missouri Mishap

Victims Still Being Identified

Five people, including a small child, died Monday when their Piper PA-32 went down in southwestern Missouri.

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Fear Of The Written Word At O'Hare

Perhaps He Should Have Taken A Language Tape Course Instead

It looked to passengers for all the world like a suicide note in the making. A 60-year old Japanese man aboard United 1184 from Chicago O'Hare to Columbus (OH) was seen scribbling the words "suicide bomb" on a piece of paper just before take-off.

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USAF ACC Officials Release F-15E Accident Report

A bird strike caused an F-15E Strike Eagle's engine to fail, forcing the crew to eject during a training mission May 6 near Callaway, Va., according to Air Force investigators. The pilot and weapons system officer ejected safely and were not injured.

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Messenger Bottled Up By Weather

Mercury Probe Launch Rescheduled For Tuesday

(Watch this space, as they say. ANN will provide updated information on the launch of Messenger throughout the day on Tuesday --ed.) The launch of NASA’s Messenger spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket was postponed Monday morning due to lightning potential from residual clouds associated with Tropical Storm Alex.  The launch has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 3 at 2:15:56 a.m. EDT at the opening of a 12-second launch window. The weather forecast calls for a 30% chance of not meeting the launch weather criteria.

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Pension Wars Could Force Federal Bailout

United's Could Be First

Aviation and economic experts are fast becoming worried that the federal savings and loan bailout of the 1980s could soon be overshadowed by another, even bigger financial scandal. America's pension plans are in trouble and it could cost We the People billions to bail them out. Chief among them are the pension plans run by major airlines.

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Grounded -- Press Any Button To Continue

Computer Glitch Grounds American And US Airways

It's the sound airline dispatchers dread. BZZZZZZT. When that sound is followed by a blank or locked-up computer screen, you can bet it's going to be awhile before dispatchers get any rest.

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Before Mercury, There Was This Fairchild

NASA's Very First Aircraft

By ANN Correspondent Kevin O'Brien Many aviation buffs know that NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, started as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). I bet you knew that. But did you know what NACA's first plane was? Or that it is still flying today? Read on, space cadets, and you'll learn what I just did. The really cool thing is that Greg Herrick, the man that had the plane restored, didn't learn about it's NACA history until his restoration was done!

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Flying The Swinging Lawn Chair

All The Way From Wash to Osh

A lot of us come to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh (WI) in long, silver tubes with United, US Airways or some other such commercial logo on the tail. Others come in four-wheeled, ground-bound vehicles across interstates. The luckiest ones fly their own little airplanes. But only a very few get to arrive in swinging lawn chairs suspended by butterfly-like wings in that "Great Ocean of Air."

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.03.04)

"It appears to be unintentional user error." Source: Jeff Baum, spokesman for computer company EDS, which noticed a couple of big glitches in the flight operations systems of both American and US Airways on Sunday. The computers were taken offline for about two hours, forcing flights for both airlines to stay at gates nationwide.

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Washington TFR: 08/05/04

NOTAM: 4/7793 Issued: 08/02/2004 17:37 Effective: 08/05/2004 17:45 - 08/05/2004 19:45 State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: SEATTLE, WA. TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS, SEATTLE, WA. SEAFAIR 2004

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7769 Issued: 08/02/2004 14:29 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: CAREFREE, AZ. SECRET FIRE.

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Arkansas TFR: 08/03/04

NOTAM: 4/7766 Issued: 08/02/2004 13:58 Effective: 08/03/2004 16:40 - 08/03/2004 17:30 State: AR Facility: ZME - MEMPHIS (ARTCC),TN. Type: VIP Description: FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS AUGUST 3, 2004 LOCAL.

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Wisconsin TFR: 08/04/2004 - 08/04/2004

NOTAM: 4/7787 Issued: 08/02/2004 16:59 Effective: 08/04/2004 00:50 - 08/04/2004 01:40 State: WI Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: VIP Description: LACROSSE, WISCONSIN, AUGUST 3-4, 2004 LOCAL.

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Colorado TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM FDC 4/7749 State: Colorado Affected Location: Meeker, Colorado near MEEKER VOR/DME (EKR) Beginning Date: August 01, 2004 at 0:00 UTC Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM: n/a Contact for Pilots: Denver (DEN) Flight service station, 720-873-2740

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South Dakota TFR: 08/03/04

NOTAM: 4/7772 Issued: 08/02/2004 14:40 Effective: 08/03/2004 22:20 - 08/03/2004 23:00 State: SD Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: VIP Description: SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA AUGUST 3, 2004 LOCAL. 

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Texas TFR: 08/03/04 - 08/04/04

NOTAM: 4/7804 Issued: 08/02/2004 20:43 Effective: 08/03/2004 21:20 - 08/04/2004 15:10 State: TX Facility: ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: CRAWFORD, TEXAS, AUGUST 3-4, 2004.

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7771 Issued: 08/02/2004 14:39 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: CAREFREE, AZ.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7754 Issued: 08/02/2004 02:32 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: UT Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: CEDAR CITY, UT.

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Idaho TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM FDC 4/7740 State: Idaho Affected Location: SALT LAKE CITY, North Boise, Idaho near DONNELLY VORTAC (DNJ) Beginning Date: August 01, 2004 at 0:00 UTC (July 31, 2004 at 18:00 Local) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM: n/a Contact for Pilots: Boise Flight Service (BOI) Flight service station, 208-334-9772

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Idaho TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7798 Issued: 08/02/2004 19:33 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: ID Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: HAZARDS Description: NW OF SALMON, IDAHO.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM FDC 4/7745 State: Utah Affected Location: PAYSON, Utah near PROVO VOR/DME (PVU) Beginning Date: August 01, 2004 at 0:00 UTC (July 31, 2004 at 18:00 Local) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM: N/A Contact for Pilots: CEDAR CITY (CDC) Flight service station, 435-586-1525

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Washington TFR: 08/06/04

NOTAM: 4/7792 Issued: 08/02/2004 17:32 Effective: 08/06/2004 17:00 - 08/06/2004 22:00 State:  Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: SEATTLE, WA.

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7783 Issued: 08/02/2004 16:20 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: CLE ELUM, WA.

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AD: Sikorsky

AD NUMBER: 2004-15-22 MANUFACTURER: Sikorsky SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-15-22 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) model helicopters that requires installing a Number 5 bearing chip detector in each engine, installing an on-board chip detector annunciation system, and revising the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) to add procedures for crew response to an on-board chip detect or annunciation.

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AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2004-15-21 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-15-21 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109K2 helicopters. This action requires dye-penetrant inspecting the tail rotor trunnion (trunnion) assembly for a crack at specified intervals, replacing any cracked trunnion with an airworthy trunnion, and reporting any failed trunnion.

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