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March 29, 2004

Search Teams Find Downed MiG-17

Sad news from the high desert of New Mexico -- George Cambron's body has been found in the wreckage of his MiG-17. The 50-year old Cambron was on a flight from Roswell to Deer Valley Airport, north of Phoenix (AZ) Thursday when he radioed that he was having fuel transfer problems, according to New Mexico State Police.

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This Is Homeland Security?

"Heaven forbid, this should be an emergency. We have to come up with some better ways of... getting assistance to us with things like this." Those words were uttered in frustration January 15th by David Urban, who was an air traffic controller at Philadelphia International Airport when authorities say a drunken pilot blew through controlled airspace on a meandering, sometimes harrowing joyride.

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AEA 2004 Promises Big News This Week

ANN Is Already On Scene and Ready To Report Some BIG News

ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, is already in Las Vegas, having set up ANN's new tradeshow display and checking into the latest rumors on the eve of the 2004 rendition of the 2004 AEA Convention and tradeshow. ANN will be support AEA's mission and the interests of aviators the world over with DAILY coverage, special editorial and (ta-da!), special AEA-specific Klyde Morris cartoons for each day of the event, so we can have a little more fun, to boot. As the official daily news service for the Aircraft Electronics Association confab, ANN has learned that there will be MAJOR announcements at AEA this year... particularly in terms of GA avionics. We have to keep our mouths shut until late Tuesday when the New Prod

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Stating The Obvious

If 43 US airports aren't upgraded and expanded by 2020, the FAA says they won't be able to deal with the expected increase in air traffic. "If you think we have problems with delay today, wait till you get to 2013," said Catherine Lang, FAA deputy associate administrator for airports. "Wait till 2020 and you've got 42 choices for headaches."

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Navy Sues Warbird Enthusiast

The Navy wants it back -- a 60-year old Brewster F3A-1 Corsair salvaged by warbird enthusiast Lex Cralley. So the government is suing the Princeton (MN) aircraft mechanic, demanding he return the wreckage he salvaged in 1990.

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Klyde Does AEA 2004 (Day One): Klyde Morris-032904

AEA 2004: Klyde Does His Thing Every Day For The AEA Annual TradeShow!

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BAE Systems Introduces Day/Night, All-Weather Capability

BAE Systems has introduced a day/night, all-weather capability designed to enable pilots to navigate and land in degraded visual environments. The capability combines radar, infrared sensors, and low-light-level TV to enable pilot visibility in dust-outs, smoke, fog, haze, rain, snow, and complete darkness.

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Congress, AOPA Still Pressuring FAA On Charity/Sightseeing Rule

The FAA continues to draw fire from Capitol Hill, from AOPA, and from pilots over its proposed charity/sightseeing rule, which the general aviation advocacy organization says would drive hundreds of Part 91 sightseeing operators out of business and make thousands of pilots ineligible to help charities raise funds by offering flights for donations.

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TFR: Tampa

NOTAM:  4/2537  Issued:  03/26/2004 19:26  Effective:  04/01/2004 17:00 - 04/04/2004 21:00  State:  FL  Facility:  ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  MACDILL AFB, FL. FDC 4/2537 ZMA FL.. FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MACDILL AFB, FL. DUE TO AERIAL DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE U.S. NAVY BLUE ANGELS. EFFECTIVE: 0404011700 UTC UNTIL 0404012130 UTC (APRIL 1, 1200-1630 LOCAL); 0404022000 UTC UNTIL 0404022200 UTC (APRIL 2, 1500-1700 LOCAL); 0404032000 UTC UNTIL 0404032200 UTC (APRIL 3, 1500-1700 LOCAL); AND 0404041900 UTC UNTIL 0404042100 UT

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Remembering Steve Wittman

The EAA AirVenture Museum is celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of the late Steve Wittman (right), one of Oshkosh’s and Wisconsin’s most famous aviators, with special activities April 3-5.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.29.04)

"Heaven forbid, this should be an emergency. We have to come up with some better ways of... getting assistance to us with things like this." Source: David Urban, an air traffic controller at Philadelphia International Airport, speaking on January 15th to colleagues in New York, after authorities say a drunken pilot blew through controlled airspace on a meandering, sometimes harrowing joyride. Despite the creation of a cabinet-level Homeland Security Department, despite the ongoing vigilance at airports around the country, the pilot was able to meander about Philadelphia's controlled airspace for almost four hours before finally deciding to land. In the process, a half-dozen flights were diverted from his path and authorities say he almost collided with police heli

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Ron Madler Awarded Boeing A.D. Welliver Faculty Fellowship

Embry-Riddle Professor To Join Boeing Satellite Systems

Ronald Madler, associate professor and chair of aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has been selected for the Boeing Company's A.D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellowship for 2004. Madler, who teaches at the university's Prescott, Ariz., campus, is one of only nine university professors nationwide who were honored with the prestigious award by Boeing. Madler will complete his six-week fellowship at Boeing Satellite Systems in Southern California.

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How Does A Pilot Buy A Car?

Pilots are picky. Whether it's about servicing their aircraft, choosing a particular route or checking the weather, pilots and aviation enthusiasts in general want to get right to the meat of the matter and don't suffer fools gladly. The last thing we seem to want is a hassle. That's why 767 pilot Mike Pearce has teamed up with Consumer Guide and Planet Auto to form Crew Car.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Cherokee 140

For Sale: Cherokee 140

1971 Cherokee 140D ~4350TTAFE ~1838SMOH Avion Research Instrument panel, Narco Mk 12D digital Nav/Com, AT150 w/modeC, Stereo ICS, Engine has good compression - no oil leaks, runs very strong. Many STC's. $27,000. Call (301) 872-4372. Please leave message. Exterior Quality: 8, Interior Quality: 7 Used, will sell for $27,000.00

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AD: Lancair

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-09 MANUFACTURER: Lancair Company SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Lancair Company (Lancair) Models LC40-550FG and LC42-550FG airplanes. This AD requires you to repetitively inspect the fuel pressure transducer for evidence of chafing and measure the cross section diameter (as necessary). The AD also requires you to install a compliance kit at a time dependent the outcomes of the inspections and measurement. Installation of the kit is terminating action for the repetitive inspection requirements. This AD is the result of several reports of the fuel pressure transducer wearing

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-12 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-12 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model747-400F series airplanes, that requires repetitive detailed and general visual inspections of the external fuselage skin for cracks; various inspections of the affected area where cracks are found to determine the extent of the damage; and repair of cracks. This action is necessary to detect and correct fatigue cracks in the fuselage skin and frame shear tie assemblies, which could propagate and result in possible in-flight decompression of the airplane. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe conditio

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-13 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-13 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus model A319 and A320 series airplanes, that currently requires repetitive inspections to detect cracking and delamination of the containers in which the off-wing emergency evacuation slides are stored, and corrective actions if necessary. That AD also requires eventual modifications of the slides, which terminates the requirement for repetitive inspections. This action removes the currently required repetitive inspections, and requires an additional modification of the off-wing emer

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-15 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-15 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model Avro 146-RJ and Model BAe 146 series airplanes, that requires a test to determine the torque setting for the collar cap screw of the differential box for the nose landing gear, and follow-on actions. This action is necessary to prevent uncommanded inputs to the nose wheel steering, which could result in reduced controllability of the airplane during takeoff and landing. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-11 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-11 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A330-301, -321, -322, -341, and -342 series airplanes; and certain Model A340 series airplanes,that requires inspecting for and repairing cracking of the wire harness slots in the inner rear spars the wings between ribs 4 and 5, and cold-expanding crack-free wire harness slots and bolt holes. This action is necessary to prevent cracking of the wire harness slot, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the wing. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe

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AD: SAAB

AD NUMBER: 2004-06-14 MANUFACTURER: Saab SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-06-14 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain SAAB 2000 series airplanes, that requires measuring the torque of the adjustable pin in the rear attachment of the intermediate strut for both engines, and retorquing the adjustable pins to the correct torque value. This action is necessary to prevent long-term damage to the engine mounting structure (EMS), and loss of redundancy on the EMS, which could result in possible separation of an engine from the airplane, reduced controllability of the airplane, and injury to persons or property on the ground. This action is intended to addr

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