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June 06, 2005

It's Up To The Jury Now

Testimony Ends In Trial Of Two AmWest Pilots Accused Of Trying To Fly Drunk

In the end, attorneys for former America West pilot Thomas Cloyd and his copilot, Christopher Hughes, called just one witness: the operator of a tug that pulled them from the gate before their Airbus A319 was stopped and boarded by law officers.

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Mother Nature Deals A Blow To DuPage County Airport

Hangar Downed In Heavy Winds

She huffed and she puffed and she blew the hangar down. So much for Mother Nature's latest foray into Chicagoland.

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Opportunity Roams Again

Free At Last, Free At Last

Engineers and mission managers for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission cheered when images from the Martian surface confirmed Opportunity had successfully escaped from a sand trap. 

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Bolen to Testify at Senate Hearing on GA Security on Thursday

Keep your eyes out for Ed Bolen on C-Span this week. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a hearing this Thursday, June 9, focusing on general aviation security in Washington, DC airspace...

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Silent Raiders

The First Allied Invaders Came From The Sky -- In Gliders

Aero-News D-Day Anniversary Special Report By Kevin R.C. 'Hognose' O'Brien (This is the first of a three-part series on the Allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe that began on June 6, 1944. Parts Two and Three will run Tuesday and Wednesday --ed.) Everyone knows D-Day was the 6th of June, 1944. But by the time the landing craft hit shore at 6:30 in the morning, some Allied soldiers had already been in action for six hours. The very first of them came to the left flank of the invasion -- their job was to seize and hold two bridges over the Orne River and the parallel Caen Canal, and hold them until the commandos who were landed on the beach linked up with them. This is the st

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Honeywell’s 13-Inch UAV Completes Successful ‘Untethered’ Free Flight

That's Right... 13-Inches

Honeywell Monday announced its 13-inch autonomous surveillance aircraft successfully completed its first untethered free flight at the MANTIC test facility near Laguna, NM.

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Boyer's Warning To FAA, NASA

AOPA President: It's All About The People, Not The Tools

AOPA President Phil Boyer Monday reminded aviation leaders that the greatest technology in the world will fail unless the people who use it understand and accept it in the first place.

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Florida TFR: 06.12.05 - 06.13.05

NOTAM:  5/4469  Issued:  06/06/2005 16:30  Effective:  06/12/2005 04:00 - 06/13/2005 03:59  State:  FL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  CRESTVIEW FL. 

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New York TFR: 06.08.05 - 06.12.05

NOTAM Number:  FDC 5/4471  Location: Rochester, New York near ROCHESTER VORTAC (ROC) Beginning Date: June 08, 2005 at 18:45 UTC Ending Date: June 12, 2005 at 22:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Due to aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other military aircraft.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/4445  Issued:  06/05/2005 23:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  CEDAR CITY UT. 

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/4453  Issued:  06/06/2005 12:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ST GEORGE UT. 

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TC'd, Or Not TC'd...

Adam Aircraft Is Bragging About The A500's Severely Restrictive TC... Why?

I know we've mentioned this before, but we're a little concerned at the precedent set by companies that claim to be certificated when the paperwork involved is virtually worthless to the task at hand.

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COPA M3 Concludes

Bigger Than Ever

The third annual Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association "Minnesota Migration" ended today as more than 135 Cirrus airplanes departed for home. The event is an opportunity for customers to reconnect, learn skills, network and see what's new.

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AOPA 2005 Fly-In... FDK Looks SO Good In The Sunshine!

ANN Chronicles the Sights At The AOPA Fly-In

Ya gotta pity poor Phil Boyer... for the last several years, the Annual AOPA Fly-In has not only been rained out but a few of them boasted more snorkel sales than E-6Bs.

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Klyde Morris 06.06.05

Klyde Just Wants Someone, Anyone, To Blow Something Up...

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Getting Warmer? Blame Aviation!

Report Published

Friends of the Earth (FOE) published new research from the UK Tyndall Centre for Climate Change that claims that carbon dioxide reduction targets for the EU and UK will be impossible to meet if aviation grows at current rates. FOE wants the UK Government to immediately increase passenger fees, remove fuel tax exemptions and to pursue emissions charges with the EU.

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Judge Rules In Favor Of Alaska Airlines

Ramp Workers Still Laid Off

US District Judge Ricardo Martinez did not reinstate 472 union ramp workers who were laid off from Alaska Airlines in Seattle. After arguments from both sides, he ultimately said that he did not have jurisdiction over the dispute but that the airline was within its rights to replace the workers with subcontractors.

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DHS Announces Leadership Changes

TSA To Testify This Week

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced leadership changes Friday, including the departure of Dave Stone. TSA officials will be busy this week as they testify in front of various house and senate committees, including a session about GA security.

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Opportunity Escaped!

Patience Is A Virtue

After almost five weeks of stress, testing, speculation and experimentation, the Mars rover Opportunity has finally worked its way out of the dune it has been stuck in. JPL Engineers cheered when images showed that the rover's wheels were free.

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Jury to LIT: Pay The Lady

Widow Wins Lawsuit

A federal jury ordered the Little Rock National Airport (Adams Field) to pay more than $2.1 million to Susan Buschmann, the widow of Captain Richard Buschmann. He died after his American Airlines jet went off the end of the runway on June 1st, 1999.

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Mars Mission Go For Launch In 2007

Phoenix To Rise Again

NASA Announced Thursday that plans to send a new lander to Mars have been approved. The Phoenix lander is a stationary craft with a long arm designed to look for water, ice and possible indicators of life. The Phoenix mission should launch in August 2007, sending the scout to the icy ground of the far northern martian plains.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.06.05)

"Decision makers in both the UK and the EU must face up to the fact that tackling climate change means tackling the demand for aviation."

Source: Friends of the Earth aviation campaigner Richard Dyer, who wants the UK and EU to increase the costs of aviation to slow growth, and reduce the contribution of greenhouse gases to the environment.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/4445  Issued:  06/05/2005 23:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  CEDAR CITY UT.

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