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November 01, 2004

Copperstate Deemed Big Success

Highlighted By Significant Interest In Sport Pilot Initiative

Preliminary figures from the Thirty-Second Annual COPPERSTATE Regional EAA Fly-In, held October 7 through 10 at the Phoenix Regional Airport (A39) near Maricopa (AZ), portend a bright future for sport aviation. Initial indications are that the new Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) rules, in effect since only September 1, have stimulated a renewed interest in sport and recreational aviation for many potential pilots.

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Texas TFR: 11/02/04

NOTAM:  4/1980  Issued:  11/01/2004 19:00  Effective:  11/02/2004 13:45 - 11/02/2004 15:20  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WACO, TEXAS, NOVEMBER 2 2004 LOCAL. 

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Wyoming TFR: 11/01/04 - 11/02/04

NOTAM:  4/1934  Issued:  11/01/2004 12:20  Effective:  11/02/2004 02:25 - 11/02/2004 17:20  State:  WY  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  VIP  Description:  JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, NOVEMBER 1-2 2004. 

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Wisconsin TFR: 11/02/04

NOTAM:  4/1951  Issued:  11/01/2004 16:40  Effective:  11/02/2004 17:05 - 11/02/2004 17:55  State:  WI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, NOVEMBER 2 2004. 

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Texas TFR: 11/01/04 - 11/02/04

NOTAM:  4/1964  Issued:  11/01/2004 17:30  Effective:  11/02/2004 04:55 - 11/02/2004 16:05  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  CRAWFORD, TEXAS, NOVEMBER 1-2 2004. 

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New Mexico TFR: 11/02/04

NOTAM:  4/1965  Issued:  11/01/2004 17:40  Effective:  11/02/2004 01:00 - 11/02/2004 03:15  State:  NM  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  VIP  Description:  ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, NOVEMBER 1 2004 LOCAL. 

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Bush Administration Threatens To Shut Down Pacific Emergency Strip

Airlines Furious Over Prospect Of Losing Midway If the Bush administration has its way, the airport on the island of Midway will soon be shut down for good. That will leave a lot of the twin-engine commercial aircraft operators that fly the Pacific with few alternatives and the airlines are hopping mad.

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US Sport Aviation Expo Debuts (Part One)

Lightly Attended, The Event None-The-Less Shows Promise

Sebring, Florida, has just finished hosting the first Sport Pilot-Centric public event dedicated solely to that (hopefully) burgeoning market. Well-organized and laid-out, the event appears to have a lot going for it… if people start attending in better numbers than were seen at the inaugural outing.

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Homebuilt Pilots Speak Up

They Defend Experimental Aviation In Wake Of Fatal Mishap

Homebuilt aircraft date back to the very first plane, built by Orville and Wilbur Wright. That's the word from pilots in Fitchburg (MA), on the heels of a fatal accident involving a homebuilt Zenith aircraft last week. Pilot Charles Schwartz was killed when the aircraft plowed into a machine shop near the airport on Tuesday.

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RFK, Jr. Blasts Lack Of Air Security Over Nuke Site

Wants AAA, Combat Patrols -- SOMETHING -- Done About Indian Point

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., son of the US Senator gunned down in Los Angeles during a presidential campaign stop in 1968, says the Bush administration lied when it claimed to be doing everything it could be doing to "harden terrorist targets."

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Aero-Views: EAA Reacts to Aircraft Salvage Language in Defense Authorization Bil

Danger To Restoration Efforts

EAA and its Warbirds of America division are responding to a measure that could end underwater salvage operations of abandoned military aircraft, removing the possibility that some vintage warbirds could be saved and restored instead of lost forever.

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Klyde Morris 11.01.04

Yet Again, Klyde Calls 'Em As He Sees 'Em...

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School District Shoots Down Free Plane Rides For Kids

Board Member: "The Liability Is Just Too Much"

When Jim Bogle, the school superintendent in Lebanon (MO), moved to Crocker to take a similar job, he considered a unique idea: reward high-performing students with high flight -- a ride in a GA aircraft.

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Three Lost In Indiana Mishap

DEA's Indianapolis Chief Among Casualties

Federal investigators were on the scene Sunday, searching for clues in the crash of a general aviation aircraft in Bible Grove (MO) over the weekend.

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Red Baron Squadron Flying High

Now The Oldest Civilian Team In Air Show Aviation

The Red Baron Pizza Squadron celebrates its 25th year in 2004, making it the oldest civilian air show team in aviation. Speaking for his teammates, Jim Keller, Travis Aukes and Erick Nodland, Jeff Randall told a newspaper in Clayton County (GA) over the weekend, "Every day is fun on this job."

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And The Winner Is...

2004 COPPERSTATE Regional EAA Fly-in Winners

Here are the winners of the 2004 Copperstate Awards.

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New Weapons In The Sky

Manual Provides Self-Defense Advice For Frequent Flyers

A cup of coffee. A magazine. A necktie. A can of soda. These are all run-of-the-mill items in the cabin of any commercial passenger flight. But in this new age of threat and counter threat, they are also weapons that could foil an attempt to hijack the plane you're on.

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An Oily Story

By Warren McIlvoy, BC-1 My wife and I were going to Page for the Breakfast Club event to the Wahweap Lodge. After a normal run-up, we took-off on Scottsdale’s runway 3. At about 500’, we turned towards the north. The take-off was normal, the climb-out was normal (at least up to this point). At about 2800’ MSL and about 3 miles north of the airport, I suddenly felt and heard a loud bang. My very first impression was that a tire had blown-out. But after a very few brief seconds, I felt a slight vibration with an associated power loss. The elapsed time between the bang and my decision to do a 180, was maybe 8-10 seconds.

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Aviation Legend Puts Her Personal Aircraft In WMU's Hands

Suzanne Parish Gives University Her Private Aircraft

Suzanne D. Parish, one of the nation's best known pioneering women aviators, turned her personal jet over to educators at Western Michigan University's College of Aviation last week, boosting the college's work with future aviation professionals.

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ISS Crew 10 Sets Up Housekeeping

Problematic O2 Generator Telemetry "Normal"

The latest crew to live and work aboard the International Space Station took a brief break early this week following handover from its their departing colleagues, then began in earnest to acclimate themselves to their new home and orbiting laboratory.

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Boeing, Northrop-Grumman Profits Soar

Most Of It Defense Related

Two of America's biggest aerospace companies posted remarkably healthy profits in the third quarter, thanks to a surge in defense business.

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Boeing: Local Sales Tax Breaks Aren't Subsidies

Stonecipher: "They're Bargaining Chips"

Those tax breaks Boeing's coaxed out of local governments aren't subsidies. They're "bargaining chips." So says Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher, replying to Airbus allegations that the Chicago-based company has enjoyed a number of local tax breaks which amount to government backing of the aerospace giant.

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China Flexes Military Muscle At Air Show

Star Expected To Be New Air Defense System

China, long thought by military analysts to be on the trailing edge of technology, will use its biggest airshow next week to showcase a wide range of advanced hardware. In fact, one of its biggest advances to be displayed at the Fifth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai will be the unveiling of a "short-range ultra-low-altitude portable air defence missile", according to the Xinhua News Agency.

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Put The Airsickness Bag Down: KC-135 'Vomit Comet' Is No More

NASA's Parabolic Weightlessness Platform Retired

When NASA's microgravity experiment platform was introduced decades ago, it was very quickly dubbed the "vomit comet." That wasn't a happy pet name. Rather, it was an indication of the stomach-churning endemic to long parabolic flights.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.01.04)

"At a show a man came up to me and said, 'I trained in that airplane.' I said, 'Yeah, that's great, you know, I hear that all the time,'" Randall said. "But then he said no, I trained in that airplane with that tail number!" Source: Red Baron Pizza Squadron veteran Jeff Randall, speaking for his teammates, Jim Keller, Travis Aukes and Erick Nodland about the team's 25th anniversary this year. That makes the Red Barons the oldest civilian act in air show aviation. The squadron flies Stearmans built in the 1930s and 1940s. And, as evidenced above, some of the people who attend their air shows have a personal history with those planes.

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