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October 04, 2004

Oregon TFR: 10/04/04

NOTAM:  4/0619  Issued:  10/04/2004 17:10  Effective:  10/04/2004 16:00 - 10/04/2004 20:00  State:  OR  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  CHILOQUIN OREGON 

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/0599  Issued:  10/03/2004 19:50  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  WA  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MT.ST.HELENS WA. 

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They Did It!

SpaceShipOne Wins X-Prize

Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne, piloted by former Navy test pilot Brian Binnie, reached an altitude of 368,000 feet Monday, meeting the criteria for the $10 million Ansari X-Prize.

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Aero-News Alert: Next X Prize Attempt Likely To Be Piloted By Binnie

Via a number of sources, ANN has learned that the next flight of SpaceShipOne is likely to be flown by Scaled's Brian Binnie. Mike Melvill has reportedly explained that he will either be flying in White Knight or the Extra 300 close-chase plane.

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AOPA Pushes Hard Against Alien Flight Training Rule

Boyer Appeals Directly To TSA Chief

AOPA President Phil Boyer has gone straight to the top to stop implementation of the Transportation Security Administration’s "alien" flight-training rule.

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Klyde Morris 10.04.04

Klyde Takes On His Ol' Buddy Mayor Daley

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Self-Instruction Fatal for New York Gyro Pilot

All Indications Are It Doesn't Work As Advertised -- And In Some Cases, Is Deadly

Gordon Arquit, 79, of Cayuga Heights (NY), was teaching himself how to fly a gyrocopter at a private airstrip in Enfield (NY) starting at about 1700 local last Thursday. The airfield's owner went looking for Arquit at about 1830 when he noticed he couldn't hear or see the machine any more, only to find Arquit's open-frame gyroplane wrecked on the runway, and Arquit himself dead, according to local media reports.

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It's The Big One!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Lifts Off!

For the next ten days the sky over Albuquerque, New Mexico will be painted with every color of the rainbow as some 750 hot air balloons, their pilots and crews, celebrate the 33rd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. In addition to the ballooning participants, almost 1-million spectators are expected to see some or all of the various flying events, and there is variety for all.

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RIP: Frank Kendall Everest, Jr.

Once The Fastest Man On (Or Above) Earth

This week has seen the changing of the guard among rocket plane pilots. Mike Melvill flew SpaceShipOne on the first of two qualifying flights for the $10 million Ansari X-Prize -- and Brigadier General "Pete" Everest has passed away. Everest was a legend; a fighter ace, a famous test pilot, and, on at least two occasions, "The Fastest Man Alive."

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Aero-News Picture Of The Day (10.04.04)

Damage Overview

When Hurricane Ivan rumbled ashore along the Florida-Alabama border last month, it ran right over the top of the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola (FL). 

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SpaceShipOne Pilot Melvill To Speak at AOPA Expo

SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill, a 35-year AOPA member, will be the featured speaker at the AOPA Expo opening luncheon October 21 in Long Beach, California. "We congratulate Mike and the entire SpaceShipOne team on the second successful flight of a general aviation spacecraft," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "We know that everyone attending Expo is excited to hear Mike tell us more about his astronaut experiences."

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Genesis Mission Status Report

Or, What I'm Doing With The Spacecraft Since I Dug It Out Of The Ground

The Genesis team is preparing to ship its samples of the Sun from the mission's temporary cleanroom at the U.S. Army Proving Ground, Dugway, Utah, to NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston.

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EAA Clarifies Sport Pilot Deadlines

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is reminding its members and other aviation enthusiasts not to misinterpret announcements from the Federal Aviation Administration extending certain implementation deadlines.

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What To Do About The Warbirds

EAA Facilitates Discussion On Warbird Operations Policy

The EAA and its Warbirds of America division used their leadership roles to bring together government and the aviation community, in a session that will provide guidance for future policy regarding public flight experiences in warbird aircraft. The meeting, held at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh on Sept. 30, was designed to develop a consensus for continued passenger operations by these historic aircraft.

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Riders On The Storm

WC-130J team tracks hurricanes with improved radar system

Experts at Edwards Air Force Base (CA) battled 155-mph winds and penetrated two hurricanes 15 times recently to put the WC-130J Hercules’ improved weather-radar system to the test.

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Space Shuttle Processing Status Report

Hurricane Jeanne Didn't Hurt Much

NASA’s three Space Shuttle orbiters -- Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour – along with the Shuttle launch pads and all of the critical flight hardware for the orbiters and the International Space Station, sustained no damage during Hurricane Jeanne, which moved through Kennedy Space Center last weekend.

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PAMA 2005 Election Results

Organization Announces Executive Board, Regional Directors

The Chairman of the PAMA Nomination Committee, Bob Gould, has announced the outcome of the 2005 Executive Board of Directors and Regional Directors elections. Over the past several weeks PAMA members have had the opportunity to vote for the positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Director, as well as their Regional Director.

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Putting The Team Together

Team US101 Brings 11 Companies On Board As Partners

Team US101 has announced that 11 companies in six southeastern states will supply components to the American-built US101 medium-lift helicopter. Team US101 is competing to provide the president of the United States with a fleet of next-generation helicopters better known by the call sign: "Marine One."

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.04.04)

"Once we're in orbit, we're two-thirds of the way to anywhere."

Source: X Prize President, Peter Diamandis, speaking to his X Prize volunteer staffers on the even of the second (and hopefully final) X Prize qualification flight. 

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FAA Holds Hearing On New Weather Products

Slated For NBAA Convention In Las Vegas

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold an informal public meeting to allow interested aviation weather users an opportunity to provide input on the FAA plans for implementing new weather products. The meeting will take place on October 12, 2004, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109, from 1330 until 1500 local.

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Going Private

NASA Chooses ILS Atlas V Launch Vehicle to Launch Solar Dynamics Observatory

A mission to study solar influences on space weather will ride into orbit on an Atlas V launch vehicle, under a contract announced today between NASA and International Launch Services (ILS).

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2004-20-01 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-20-01 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) models PW123, PW123B, PW123C, PW123D, PW123E, PW123AF, PW124B, PW125B, PW126A, PW127, PW127E, PW127F, and PW127G turboprop engines.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney

AD NUMBER: 2004-20-04 MANUFACTURER: Pratt & Whitney SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-20-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6B-36A and PT6B-36B turboshaft engines with compressor rear hubs, part number (P/N) 3018111 installed.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-19-11 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-19-11 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A320 series airplanes.

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