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June 06, 2004

FAA on DNC Convention: No Private Aircraft at Logan

The Associated Press is reporting that the FAA has reached a decision on flight traffic into and out of Logan International Airport during the Democratic National Convention.

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USAF Lowers Expectations for F/A-22 Fleet

The Reuters news service is reporting that the US Air Force has lowered their plans for the purchase of the F/A-22 Raptor fighter jets, from an original planned fleet size of 381 to an adjusted plan for 290 aircraft.

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Air New Zealand Announces Long Haul Fleet

Air New Zealand has signed agreements to acquire eight new Boeing 777-200ER and two Boeing 7E7 aircraft as well as rights to purchase a further 42 long-haul aircraft.

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Supersonic Fathers Day at Evergreen

The Evergreen Aviation Museum will host aviation legend and SR-71 pilot Brian Shul to provide an unforgettable Father’s Day experience for the whole family. 

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Kiwi CAA To Rewrite Hang/ParaGliding Rules

The New Zealand Herald is reporting that the Civil Aviation Authority is preparing to rewrite the rules governing hang gliding and paragliding operations in that country.

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ISS Spacewalk Set To Make History

The Expedition 9 crew aboard the International Space Station is preparing for a historic spacewalk scheduled to take place on June 15.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (06.06.04)

"By choosing Boeing for its future wide-body fleet, Air New Zealand will lift the bar for passenger comfort and choice and operating efficiency. These two aircraft will give Air New Zealand tremendous flexibility in terms of great onboard service and the ability to profitably open new routes." Source: Boeing's Senior Vice President International Sales Doug Groseclose, commenting on Air New Zealand's decision to purchase a long haul fleet based on Boeing's 777-200ER and 7E7.

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AD: Eurocopter France

AD NUMBER: 2004-11-05 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-11-05 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) model helicopters that requires inspecting the fuel transfer line and air exhaust duct for chafing, inspecting the air exhaust duct for a hole, and if necessary, repositioning the air exhaust duct to achieve the minimum clearances. This amendment is prompted by a report of damage to the fuel transfer line due to wear associated with vibrations and chafing of the fuel transfer line and the air exhaust duct. The actions specified by this AD are intended to detect chafing wear of the air exhaust

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2004-11-09 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-11-09 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070 series airplanes, that requires inspection of cables installed on certain contactors in the electrical power center (EPC) for proper installation of wires, and reinstallation of wires if necessary. These actions are necessary to prevent a short circuit in the EPC, possibly leading toa fire in the main cabin and damage to the airplane, or injury to passengers and flightcrew. These actions are intended to address the identified unsafe condition.

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AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2004-11-06 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-11-06 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) model helicopters that requires disabling certain windshield wipers and thereafter modifying the electrical system of the windshield wipers by installing a new resistor and condenser, eliminating incompatibility problems with the relays, and replacing the timed relay for certain windshield wiper kits. This amendment is prompted by testing that revealed overheating of the electrical resistor on the electrical system of the windshield wipers due to a system overload because of a partial incompatibility of new time

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-11-07 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-11-07 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87), and MD-88 airplanes, that requires implementation of a program of structural inspections of baseline structure to detect and correct fatigue cracking in order to ensure the continued airworthiness of these airplanes as they approach the manufacturer's original fatigue design life goal. This action is necessary to detect and correct fatigue cracking that could compromise the structural integrity of these airplanes. This action is int

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