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July 20, 2005

Peering Into Emily

NASA'S Tropical Cloud Systems And Processes Mission In Costa Rica

NASA's ER-2  achieved a first July 17 when it flew a series of data-gathering missions above turbulent Hurricane Emily -- the most powerful storm the weather plane and its pilot, NASA pilot David Wright, have ever tackled.

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Thirty-Six Years Ago Today

Apollo XI Anniversary Passes With Little Comment

Aero-Views by Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien Three dozen years ago a spindly spacecraft, built by the best and the brightest of the world's engineers and supported by a who's who of defense contractors, touched down on the surface of the Moon after a four-day flight from Florida in the United States. Two men were on board, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. A third, Michael Collins, orbited the moon in another small capsule to wait for them to return.

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Sean Tucker Webchat Postponed

Taking Your Questions

ANN REAL TIME UPDATE 1645 A weather delay has forced the postponement of the Sean Tucker Webchat scheduled for Wednesday. The chat will now take place Thursday the 21st, at 1900 CDT.

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ESA To NASA: Take My Cupola, Please

ESA Transfers Ownership Of European-Built ISS Observation Module To NASA

Ownership of the European-built cupola observation module for the International Space Station (ISS) was officially transferred to NASA earlier this month. The transfer of ownership, which took place at the Kennedy Space Center July 7th, marks the conclusion of ESA’s obligations for the Cupola’s development as part of a bilateral barter agreement between ESA and NASA.

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Looking Deep Into The T-6 Wing

Wing Inspections Proceeding on the T-6/SNJ Fleet

The North American T-6/SNJ fleet is complying with Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2005-12-51, which requires that paint be removed and a fluorescent dye penetrant be used to look for defects in the aircraft's wing attach angles. The FAA has also approved an alternative means of compliance (AMOC) allowing eddy current inspection for defects. Each of these methods has its good and bad points.

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Teach Sport? EAA And NAFI Want To Hear From You

Organizations Want Help In Developing Online Sport Pilot Flight Instructor Database

Demand for sport pilot flight instruction is building and EAA/NAFI need help in getting potential students together with willing instructors. "The number one question right now on the EAA Sport Pilot Hotline is where can I get instruction?" said Charlie Becker, director of EAA Aviation Services. EAA and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) are responding by establishing a database of instructors willing to teach sport pilot students.

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Volunteers: The Very Heart Of Oshkosh

Volunteers are the heart of Oshkosh. Without the 4,500 or so selfless people who give their time to this air show, there wouldn't even BE an air show. Volunteers comprise about 95 percent of the air show staff.

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NASA Continues Searching For Clues In Tank Problem

Crew Takes Day Off In Florida

NASA continues to target next Tuesday as the earliest possible date to launch the Space Shuttle Discovery on the Return to Flight mission (STS-114). The determination was made during Monday's meeting of the Mission Management Team (MMT) at Kennedy.

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Victims' Families Sue Over Corporate Air Mishap

Three Families Go To Court In Texas

A trio of families has gone to court in Dallas, TX, suing American Airlines, its parent company, AMR Corp., and affiliate Corporate Airlines in the aftermath of an October 2004 mishap in which 13 people died.

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WTO Opens Probe Into Boeing-Airbus Subsidy Dispute

This One Could Take Years

Not at all happy at the prospect, World Trade Organization officials Wednesday began the daunting task of sifting through a dispute between the US and EU over subsidies to aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus.

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Boeing, Air Europa Sign Contract for 18 Next-Gen 737s

Follow-Up To Paris Air Show Pact

Boeing and Spanish airline Air Europa have finalized an agreement for the acquisition of 18 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s. Air Europa first announced its intention to order the airplanes, plus purchase rights for an additional 16, last month at the Paris Air Show.

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Another Oshkosh Sneak Peek: MX2 Aerobat To Be Unveiled

MXR Technologies has announced that its MX2 achieved a first place finish at the first ever aerobatic hover off competition at the 2005 51st Sebring Aerobatic Competition. The firm also revealed that it is the first ever aerobatic company to sign a full factory competition pilot.

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NWA Mechanics Vote To Strike

More than 92-Percent Would Rather Fight Than Settle

Northwest Airlines mechanics Tuesday authorized their union leaders to declare a strike rather than accept the airline's request for additional concessions.

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Help Wanted: San Diego Aerospace Museum

Nationwide Search For Innovative And Visionary Leader Begins

Help Wanted: Aviation insider needed to lead one of the counry's most innovative aviation museums. Must be experienced, dynamic and a visionary. Must have big feet -- candidate will be filling the shoes of retiring President and CEO Ken Curtis.

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AirVenture Appointments -- And Disappointments

Some Surprises In The Air This Year In Oshkosh

by ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien AirVenture is almost upon us! And as usual, Aero-News will be there in great force. Going over some advance press information, I saw a few disappointments, in that some exciting aircraft aren't coming after all. That's a bummer. But on the up side, there are a bunch of awesome things to see here in the beautiful Wisconsin summer.

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NASA Awards Crew Exploration Vehicle Contracts

That's One Small Step For Lockheed...

NASA has authorized two eight-month contracts, each worth approximately $28 million, one to Lockheed Martin Corp. and the other to the team of Northrop Grumman Corp. and The Boeing Co. to support a July 2006 review of the engineering systems for the agency's new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).

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Meet You On The Taxiway

Denver Bound Flights Tangle

Passengers attempting to head to the mountains from Indianapolis Monday suffered an unexpected delay, after two Denver bound flights suffered minor damage in a taxiway tangle. There were no injuries.

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Sandia Aerospace Debuts Air Data Computer

Just In Time For OSH

Sandia Aerospace is debuting its new SAC 7-35 Air Data Computer at AirVenture 2005.

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Update On NYC Helicopter Crashes

So Far, No Mechanical Problems Found In Either Case

The NTSB Tuesday issued an update on its investigations into two mishaps involving helicopters based in New York. In both cases, the aircraft ended up in the East River shortly after take-off.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.20.05)

"The fraud and falsification allegedly committed by these individuals is extremely serious and adversely affects the public interest in air safety." Source: Nicholas Sabatini, the FAA's associate administrator for aviation safety, discussing the pilots indicted in Operation Safe Pilot.

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Montana TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/6062  Issued:  07/19/2005 03:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  MT  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  SE OF BILLING MT. 

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New Mexico TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/6057  Issued:  07/19/2005 02:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NM  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  21 SE RUIDOSO NM. 

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Georgia TFR: 07.22.05

NOTAM:  5/6078  Issued:  07/19/2005 17:10  Effective:  07/22/2005 14:15 - 07/22/2005 18:45  State:  GA  Facility:  ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA.  Type:  VIP  Description:  ATLANTA, GEORGIA, JULY 22 2005 LOCAL. 

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New Mexico TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/6064  Issued:  07/19/2005 04:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NM  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  25 EAST OF GALLUP NM. 

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/6058  Issued:  07/19/2005 02:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  23 MILES S PRESCOTT AZ. 

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/6059  Issued:  07/19/2005 02:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  8 W PORTAL AZ. 

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/6084  Issued:  07/19/2005 18:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  NEAR DAMMERON UTAH. 

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/6085  Issued:  07/19/2005 18:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  4 MILES NORTH OF SUPERIOR AZ

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/6061  Issued:  07/19/2005 03:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  15 SOUTHEAST BAGDAD AZ. 

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