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September 02, 2004

Racetrack Threatens Arlington Airport


Authorities in Snohomish County say they think they have the "inside track" on a new NASCAR speedway that could be built near Marysville (WA). There's just one problem. It would be built right next to Arlington Airport, often cited by ANN as one of the best aviation facilities in the country.

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Errors Piled Up To Doom Colgan Cape Cod Flight

NTSB Cites Maintenance Oversights, Lack Of Pilot Checks

As is often the case in air tragedies, it was a cacophony of errors that led to the downing of a Colgan Air Beech 1900D off the coast of Cape Cod last year.  

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PAMA Board Votes to Lower Dues

Economic Factors, Membership Growth Key Deciding Factors

The Board of Directors of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) voted recently to lower individual membership dues to $49 annually. Growing PAMA’s membership is the top priority of PAMA’s Board and the cost of dues had become a disproportionately large deciding factor for prospective and renewing members in these difficult financial times.

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He Ain't Heavy...

C-32A Causes $1 Million Runway Damage During Presidential Visit To Las Cruces

Well, they were told not to land there. A C-32A accompanying Air Force One caused about $1 million damage to the runway at Las Cruces International Airport accompanying President Bush on a visit there last week, according to airport officials.

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USAF: Florida Bases Prepare For Hurricane Frances

As forecasters predict Hurricane Frances will reach land near Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., on Sept. 4, bases have begun preparing for the storm Sept. 1. At Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., the 482nd Fighter Wing commander ordered 16 F-16 Fighting Falcons to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.

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Space Coast Prepares For Frances

Kennedy Space Center Closing To Prepare For Hurricane Frances

Due to Hurricane Frances approaching the Florida coast, Kennedy Space Center Director Jim Kennedy has directed the Center to be closed for all personnel on Thursday and Friday.

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ANN Battens Down The Hatches On Both Florida Coasts

Here Comes Frances

Like the rest of Florida, ANN publisher Jim Campbell in Winter Haven and editor Pete Combs in Fort Myers are battening down the hatches in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Frances, an especially dangerous storm forecasted to hit Florida sometime on Friday.

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TSO'd: Rockwell Collins LAAS-capable GLU-925 MMR

Rockwell Collins has received the industry’s first Technical Standard Order approval for a Multi-mode Receiver (MMR) with Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS) functionality. The Collins GLU-925 MMR is the most advanced system to date, and is the first to include LAAS and GPS landing system (GLS) in addition to ILS and GNSS.

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Chesapeake Aviation Training Continues 2-Day AvWeather Seminars

Chesapeake Aviation Training, of Baltimore, Maryland, has announced the next locations for their highly-regarded two-day weather seminars for pilots. These two-day weather-based safety seminars entitled "Weather or Not" introduce pilots to many aspects of weather planning not taught in traditional aviation training.

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United's Latest Threat

Airline Says It May Cut Ten Percent Of Workforce

As bankrupt United Airlines struggles to emerge from Chapter 11 by the end of the year, a new report from the London Financial Times says the company plans to cut another 6,000 jobs -- about ten percent of its total workforce.

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Japanese Zero Joins Wright-Pat Museum Collection

The embodiment of Japanese air power and kamikaze suicide attacks during World War II, a restored Japanese Zero returned to the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Commercial workers recently completed a one-year restoration of the aircraft for the museum.

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There's Just No Talking

US Airways, Machinists Reach Impasse

Talks between US Airways and its Machinists broke down Tuesday, with the company saying union proposals to cut $100 million in costs just weren't enough.

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Frontier Pilots Agree To Pay By The Hour

Airline Says That Will Boost Productivity

Pilots at Denver-based Frontier Airlines have agreed to change the way they're paid, deciding to calculate their checks on an hourly basis, rather than receiving a flat salary without regard to the number of hours flown each month. The overwhelming decision by pilots could save the low-cost carrier millions of dollars a year.  

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AirTran FA's To Hit Picket Line

After Negotiations Break Down

If you happen by Atlanta's Harsfield-Jackson International Airport Thursday you might just see a group of uniformed flight attendants walking in circles. FAs for AirTran are on the march after talks with the low-cost carrier broke down last week.

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And They're Off!

California 300 Air Race: First Event of the 2004 National Air Races

Southern California provided ideal weather and the start location for the first event of the 2004 National Air Races. French Valley Airport, Murrieta (CA) was the start/finish for Tuesday's California 300 Air Race. The competition was so close that mere seconds separated the entire field.  

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Atlas II Carries Spy Satellite Into Orbit

Launch Had Been Delayed After Fuel Leak

An Atlas IIAS rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday night, successfully carrying a national security payload into orbit.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.02.04)

"Experimental planes will still be a huge part of that airport. ... The ISC said it will not operate the same weekend as the Arlington Fly-In (which draws 50,000 visitors each year)... also, even under FAA rules for restricting airspace during a NASCAR event, planes can still take off and land, they just can’t fly over the stadium." Source: Marysville Chief Administrative Officer Mary Swenson, speaking to the Snohomish Business Journal about the possibility of building a NASCAR track right next to the Arlington Municipal Airport (WA). Marysville city leaders support the idea. Arlington's elected officials, however, have taken more of a wait-and-see attitude toward the concept.

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Aero-News Picture Of The Day (09.02.04)

Frances Bears Down On Bahamas

NASA is keeping a close watch over Hurricane Frances as it churns toward the United States. International Space Station cameras are capturing spectacular images of the storm from above. On the Florida coast, NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is making preparations to protect the Space Shuttle fleet, spacecraft hardware, and facilities against damage.

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Nevada TFR: 09/12/04 - 09/19/04

NOTAM: 4/9220 Issued: 09/01/2004 00:00 Effective: 09/12/2004 13:00 - 09/19/2004 23:00 State: NV Facility: ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: RENO, NV. RENO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/9218 Issued: 09/01/2004 00:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: UT Facility: ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO. Type: HAZARDS Description: NEAR EAST CARBON, UT.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2001-14-08R1 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2001-14-08 R1 SUMMARY: The FAA is rescinding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10 series airplanes, Model MD-10 series airplanes, and Model MD-11 series airplanes. That AD requires repetitive inspections of the numbers 1 and 2 electric motors of the auxiliary hydraulic pump for electrical resistance, continuity, mechanical rotation, and associated wiring resistance/voltage; and corrective actions, if necessary.

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