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September 23, 2004

News Of Their Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Two Thought Dead In Montana Mishap Walk Out Of The Woods

When Flathead County (MT) Sheriff Jim Dupont saw the crash scene, he figured no one could have gotten out alive. A Cessna 206 had gone down in rough weather not far from the town of Kalispell. On board were the pilot and four Forest Service workers. Dupont called a news conference and said all five aboard had been killed.

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Missouri TFR: 09/23/04

NOTAM:  4/0043  Issued:  09/22/2004 20:20  Effective:  09/23/2004 19:40 - 09/23/2004 23:20  State:  MO  Facility:  ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO.  Type:  VIP  Description:  ST JOSEPH, MISSOURI, SEPTEMBER 23 2004 LOCAL. 

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Louisiana TFR: 09/24/04

NOTAM:  4/0044  Issued:  09/22/2004 20:20  Effective:  09/24/2004 00:05 - 09/24/2004 15:30  State:  LA  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA, SEPTEMBER 23-24 2004 LOCAL. 

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Oklahoma TFR: 09/24/04 - 09/25/04

NOTAM:  4/0094  Issued:  09/23/2004 18:20  Effective:  09/24/2004 21:35 - 09/25/2004 00:45  State:  OK  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  TULSA, OKLAHOMA, SEPTEMBER 24 2004 LOCAL. 

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/0087  Issued:  09/23/2004 17:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CA  Facility:  ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  GREENFIELD CA. 

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Wisconsin TFR: 09/24/04

NOTAM:  4/0068  Issued:  09/23/2004 16:00  Effective:  09/24/2004 20:25 - 09/24/2004 23:10  State:  WI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  RACINE AND MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, SEPTEMBER 24 2004 LOCAL. 

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California TFR: 09/30/04 - 10/04/04

NOTAM:  4/0088  Issued:  09/23/2004 17:50  Effective:  09/30/2004 18:00 - 10/04/2004 00:30  State:  CA  Facility:  ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  SALINAS CA 

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Missouri TFR: 09/24/04

NOTAM:  4/0090  Issued:  09/23/2004 18:20  Effective:  09/24/2004 16:20 - 09/24/2004 21:00  State:  MO  Facility:  ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WARRENTON, MISSOURI, SEPTEMBER 24 2004 LOCAL. 

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Alabama TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/0069  Issued:  09/23/2004 16:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  GULF SHORE AL. 

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Wisconsin TFR: 09/24/04

NOTAM:  4/0066  Issued:  09/23/2004 15:30  Effective:  09/24/2004 16:35 - 09/24/2004 20:25  State:  WI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  JANESVILLE AND RACINE, WISCONSIN, SEPTEMBER 24 2004 LOCAL. 

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That's A Little Too Close

Airman Forced To Land After Close Encounter With Presidential TFR

The pilot of a small aircraft was forced to land Wednesday, after his aircraft got just a little too close to President Bush, who was on a campaign swing through King Of Prussia and the western part of the Keystone State.

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Five Dead In Forest Service Accident

Single Engine Aircraft Down Near Glacier National Park

Recovery teams hoped Wednesday to retrieve the bodies of five people -- four of them employees of the US Forest Service -- from the site where their single engine aircraft went down in the Glacier National Park two days earlier.

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Damage At Naval Aviation Museum

Aircraft Caught Outside By Ivan Fared The Worst

Warbird enthusiasts have been staying up late, eyes glued to their favorite news channel, hoping to get a glimpse of the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola (FL). Smack in the middle of Hurricane Ivan's sights last week, the museum's collection of rare and mystical warbirds was, in large part, on the flight line when the storm roared through, destroying or damaging 90-percent of the buildings at NAS Pensacola.

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Treasures Of A Tragedy Long Ago

Wreckage Found In Grand Canyon Could Be From 1956 Midair

It was June 30, 1956 when a TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided in the skies over the Grand Canyon. All of the 128 people on board the two aircraft were killed. It was a tragedy of international proportions and it even helped spur the creation of the FAA.

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Another Long Goodbye

Army's 12th Aviation Battalion Bids Farewell To Last Huey

By Jennifer Brennan Fort Belvoir's 12th Aviation Battalion said farewell last week as the unit's last UH-1 Huey helicopter flew out of sight at Davis Army Airfield (VA).

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Set Your VCRs, Campers...

EAA's Going On The Air! Discovery Wings Channel premieres Oshkosh 2004: The Next 100 Years, its fifth EAA AirVenture special, on Thursday, 2000 Eastern. Produced with EAA Television, the hour-long special features highlights of the 52nd annual event held July 27-August 2 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Included are features about Mike Melville, pilot of SpaceShipOne and the first private astronaut; Bruce Bohannon's attempt to break the 1946 altitude record for a piston-driven airplane; the arrival of the Very Light Jet pioneered by Eclipse Aviation; and stunning performances by some of the world's top aerobatics teams, and more. (The program repeats Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.)

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It's Almost That Time Again

Copperstate Fly-In Scheduled For October 7-10

The Copperstate Air Show and EAA Fly-In has a 32-year legacy in Arizona. This year's event is being held in the rapidly expanding area between Maricopa and Casa Grande. Phoenix Regional Airport is about 7 miles southeast of Maricopa on the Maricopa/Casa Grande road and about 8 miles northwest of Casa Grande. The event features acres of free parking for automobiles and acres of green grass for aircraft parking and camping. The park-like atmosphere and many peripheral activities make this a wonderful family-oriented event. There are no grandstands. Blankets and lawn chairs are ideal accessories for an enjoyable afternoon of viewing the performances.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Good.

Rover Missions Renewed as Mars Emerges From Behind Sun

As NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers resumed reliable contact with Earth, after a period when Mars passed nearly behind the Sun, the space agency extended funding for an additional six months of rover operations, as long as they keep working.

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Sensitivity Turned A Little Too High?

Farsi Handwriting -- On In-Flight Magazine -- Forces Flight Cancellation

Okay, maybe we're a bit over-tweaked here. A Midwest Airlines flight from Milwaukee to San Francisco was canceled Sunday night after a passenger, casually flipping through an in-flight magazine found in the seatback pocket before him, spotted what looked like Arabic handwriting among the pages.

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Raytheon Completes JSOW Test and Evaluation Firings

Nine Out Of Ten Deemed Successful

Raytheon Company's unitary/penetration variant of Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW-C) has completed operational test (OT) firings with nine of 10 shots successful against a wide range of targets. JSOW-C was developed by a team that includes the US Navy, Raytheon, BAE Systems and Thales Missile Electronics.

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Working The Really Big Crowds

TSA Pushes New Security Technology at Airport Passenger Checkpoints

In a significant technology advancement, the TSA Wednesday announced the deployment at three additional major airports of a new Explosives Trace Detection Document Scanner that can "sniff" passenger documents such as boarding passes and drivers' licenses for traces of explosives. The airports are Los Angeles International (LAX), New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Chicago's O'Hare International (ORD).

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New Product: Rockwell Collins Airshow 4200

Latest In Moving Map And Display Technology

Something new Wednesday at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition in Seattle: Rockwell Collins introduced its new line of moving map and in-flight information products for commercial aircraft. The new Airshow 4200 is a distributed video-based product, and Airshow 4200i is an in-seat interactive product. Both products integrate with the leading IFE systems to provide content that is highly customizable and tailored to meet the needs of each airline customer.

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AIAA Honors Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn

Feted For Contributions to the Advancement of General Aviation

Eclipse Aviation's president and CEO, Vern Raburn, has received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Piper General Aviation Award for 2004. The award was presented to Raburn during at an AIAA conference in Chicago on Tuesday.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.23.04)

"Whenever there's anything that anybody asks a question about, no one wants to take any chances." Source: Midwest spokeswoman Carol Skornicka, defending her airline after someone on a flight from Milwaukee to San Francisco Sunday night noticed what looked like Arabic handwriting on a page inside the in-flight magazine. The passenger told the cabin crew, the cabin crew told the flight crew and the flight crew decided it would be better to be safe than sorry. The aircraft returned to the gate and the passengers were offloaded into hotels for the night. In the end, Skornicka said the writing was actually Farsi and was something like a prayer, "something of a contemplative nature."

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2004-19-08 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 800 series turbofan engines. This AD requires revising the Time Limits Manual for RR RB211Trent 800 series turbofan engines.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2004-19-04 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls- Royce plc (RR) RB211-22B,B211-524, and RB211-535 series turbofan engines. This AD requires revising the Time Limits Manual for RR RB211-22B, RB211-524, and RB211-535 series turbofan engines.

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AD: Robinson Helicopter

AD NUMBER: 2004-19-09 MANUFACTURER: Robinson Helicopter SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-09 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the Robinson Helicopter Company (Robinson) Model R22, R22 Alpha, R22 Beta, and R22 Mariner helicopters, that currently requires track-and-balancing certain main rotor blades (blades),replacing blades, and determining the age of each blade and revising the component history card or equivalent maintenance record.

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AD: Empresa

AD NUMBER: 2004-19-03 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-03 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain EMBRAER Model EMB-135 and EMB-145 series airplanes, that currently requires revising the airplane flight manual and eventual disconnection of the precooler differential pressure switches.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-19-05 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-05 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes, that currently requires replacing terminal strips and supports above the main cabin area and avionics compartment with new strips and supports, as applicable.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2004-19-07 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-07 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-102 airplanes, that requires modification of the electrical power circuit.

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