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October 18, 2005

Puerto Rico TFR: 10.19.05 - 10.20.05

NOTAM: 5/9572 Issued: 10/18/2005 19:00 Effective: 10/19/2005 12:00 - 10/20/2005 20:00 State: PR Facility: ZSU - SAN JUAN (ARTCC),PR. Type: HAZARDS Description: VIEQUES ISLAND, PUERTO RICO

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/9541 Issued: 10/18/2005 03:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: UT Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: HAZARDS Description: SNOW BASIN UT.

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Second A380 Into The Air

Another Test Bed Plies The Skies Over Europe

Airbus's second A380 super-jumbo jet took off without a problem Tuesday morning, laden with test equipment and powered by four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

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Quest Aircraft Dedicates New Production Facility

Expansion Will House the KODIAK Production Line

Quest Aircraft has dedicated a new 57,000 square foot production facility that increases the company's facility to 84,000 square feet. The new expansion will be the home of the KODIAK production line.

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NBAA Welcomes First GA Flight At Reagan National Airport Since 2001

NBAA has hailed the arrival of the first general aviation flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) since September 2001.

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Skystar Bankruptcy Reported

A Skystar/Kitfox insider has reported that Skystar Aircraft filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy late last week.

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Ronald Reagan Washington Airport Opens to Restricted GA Operations

TSA Brags About Limited, Restricted GA Return

TSA has finally reopened Ronald Reagan Washington Airport (DCA) to certain pre-cleared General Aviation (GA) operations, including corporate and charter aircraft.

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Aero-Cast Special Report: New Piper CEO James K. Bass Speaks To ANN

The September 13 announcement sent shivers through the collective spine of the GA community: the unexpected news of the removal of Chuck Suma, New Piper Aircraft's popular and highly visible President and CEO, in favor of relative unknown James K. Bass...

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Now That's Over, What's Next For China's Space Program?

A Spacewalk And... Women!

With a second orbital success under its belt, now what? China says it's getting ready for a 2007 spacewalk and the entry of women into its field of "taikonaut" candidates.

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The Rest Of The Story: Air Sahara Didn't Pay, So Plane Wasn't Moved

Boeing 737 Remained At End Of Runway For Four Days

The Air Sahara Boeing 737 that blocked traffic on the main runway at Mumbai, India's international airport could have been moved sooner -- but airport officials had no guarantee from the airline that it would pay for freeing the aircraft from the soft dirt in which it was stuck.

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FAA Releases Record of Decision for Dulles Airport Runway Expansion

Approves Two New Runways And Related Improvements

The FAA has issued its Record of Decision (ROD) on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s (MWAA) proposal to build two new runways and related improvements at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), saying that plan is the best alternative to improve safety, increase capacity and reduce delays with the least environmental impact.

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Edwards Performs T-38 Single-Engine Testing

How Fast Is Fast Enough?

Taking off in a T-38 Talon usually requires two engines, but in the case that one of those engines fails, pilots and engineers here are working to determine the safest single engine takeoff speed for this pilot training aircraft.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers Fifth JetRanger to Tucson PD

The Tucson Police Department took delivery of their fifth 206B-3 this week, the first delivery in an order of two helicopters for the department.

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Flying Up A Storm: Norsk Passes 1,000 Flight Hours With Both S-92 Helos

Norsk Helikopter has achieved another industry milestone by becoming the first S-92 operator in the world to reach 1,000 fleet hours on both their S-92 helicopters. 

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Airbus Can't Keep Up With A380 Demand

Executive Says He Could Sell More If Only Airbus Could Produce More

Airbus can't keep up with demand for its new Super-Jumbo jet, the A380.

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Circle Around The Moon Launches Moon Orbit Sweepstakes

First 1,000 Customers Also Entered into Drawing for Zero-Gravity Training

A year from now, one lucky customer of Circle Around The Moon could be preparing for the ride of a lifetime. The company recently launched the first sweepstakes to offer a trip around the moon. Each purchase at CircleAroundTheMoon.com earns an automatic entry into the sweepstakes.

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UAL Tripped Up On Way To Ditching Employee Pensions

PBGC Says That's Not What Was Agreed Upon

The semi-government corporation that guarantees pensions has thrown a wrench into United Airline's attempts to exit from bankruptcy court, objecting to the company's plan to dump its employee pensions. The Pension Board Guarantee Corporation says what's now before the court in United's reorganization documents isn't what was agreed upon in negotiations earlier this year.

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Another Day, Another Plane Escorted To The Airport

"Unaware" Pilot Blunders Into Camp David Airspace Sunday

It's getting to be a familiar refrain -- unaware pilot bumbles into a flight-restricted area and is escorted by well-armed fighters to a landing at a nearby airport. This time, the restricted airspace was over Camp David, where the president was spending the weekend and the plane was a Firefly (we're not sure of the exact type or manufacturer) and the pilot... well, the Secret Service isn't releasing his name.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.18.05)

"We did not know if Air Sahara would pay us for recovering the disabled aircraft as no authority from Sahara approached us with the required go-ahead." Source: Air-India's Mumbai airport manager, Vidya Lokhande, quoted by the Mumbai Mid-Day News. The paper reported Lokhande refused to move an Air Sahara 737 stuck at the end of the runway after skidding off the pavement for four days, until he was able to extract from Air Sahara promise of payment. The airline thought the airport would take on the financial responsibility of moving the plane and so the 737 sat... and sat...and sat while other aircraft operations were conducted from a much shorter runway. That caused a lot of delays and made passengers so angry that at one point, they chased India's transport minist

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2005-21-01 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-21-01 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to Pratt &Whitney (PW) JT8D-200 series turbofan engines.

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