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October 19, 2005

It Absolutely, Positively Had To Be THERE

FedEx Plane Crashes Into House, Pilot Injured

A 60-year old pilot for FedEx escaped with minor injuries Tuesday night when his Cessna Caravan crashed into a home in Georgetown, TX. No one on the ground was hurt.

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FAA: Pilot And Skydiver In Deland Accident Both Were Careless

Report Says They Often Played "Chicken" To See Who Would Land First

The pilot of a DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter and a skydiver -- close friends, by all accounts -- often played a daredevil game of "chicken," racing to see who would land first. The loser had to buy the beer. But the last time they flew together, the loser lost his life.

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North Carolina TFR: 10.22.05

NOTAM: 5/9588 Issued: 10/19/2005 15:20 Effective: 10/22/2005 16:30 - 10/22/2005 20:30 State: NC Facility: ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: FRANKLIN NC

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Collings Foundation Concerned About FAA Delay In Warbird Exemption Renewal

ANN has received a number of copies, from concerned readers, of the following missive from the Collings Foundation. Collings operates a number of historic warbirds under FAA exemptions allowing them to fly these amazing treasures.

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US Navy Deploys More Helos, Personnel to Help Earthquake Victims in Pakistan

The Desert Hawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 sent two aircraft and more than half their detachment to Pakistan Oct. 15 and 16 to help deliver medical supplies, water and tents to earthquake victims to support the government of Pakistan’s relief efforts.

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Medieval Weapon Destroys Jet Age Jets

Brits Lose One Harrier Destroyed, One Damaged

By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien Friday morning at 0400 local, the medieval Taliban, using that most medieval weapon -- an unguided rocket -- destroyed one Harrier GR.7A jet and damaged another as they sat on the ground at Kandahar Air Field. No personnel were hurt.

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Gus McLeod's Latest Adventure Stalls Close To Home

Attempt To Fly Over Poles Doesn't Make It Out Of Pilot's Home State

It was supposed to be the start of a great adventure. Sunday, Gus McLeod seemed to have what he needed to become the first man ever to fly around the world on the polar route -- in a single-engine aircraft -- had good weather, a good ship and a goodbye crowd that included a television crew. The day ended just 30-miles from McLeod's home airport, Montgomery County Airpark, MD, with a broken plane and a pilot wondering how this could have happened.

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Airport Business Owners Say DC ADIZ Is Suffocating Their Businesses

Business owners at airports within the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) say it's suffocating small aviation businesses. They report revenue cut in half or more, employees leaving for fear of harming careers, and customers scared away by daunting regulations.

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Steve Wood's Excellent Adventure

British Record-Setter Plans New Flight In Homebuilt Aircraft

Steve Wood, the first British pilot to fly around the four corners of America in a homebuilt aircraft, plans a record setting solo round the world flight promoting British American trade, travel, culture and the Royal International Air Tattoo supported charity Flying Scholarships for the Disabled.

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First F/A-22 Deployment Is For Training

The Raptors are leaving the nest for their first deployment. Nearly 170 Airmen left Langley AFB Oct. 15 on a two-week deployment to Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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MASH Unit Arrives in Pakistan

More Aid Flowing By Air Into Earthquake-Rattled Region

A total of 190 US Army medical specialists are arrived in Pakistan Tuesday to provide aid to those affected by the earthquake that struck the region Oct. 8th.

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Indiana To Reduce Aircraft Fleet

Governor Names Aviation Director, Plans Sell Off Of Aviation Assets

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has an idea. He wants to get rid of a dozen older aircraft so he can purchase four new ones -- and reduce the size of the state's air fleet.

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Airmen Missing from World War II Identified

The remains of three U.S. servicemen, missing in action since 1941, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. They are Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Augustus J. Allen, of Myrtle Springs, Texas, Staff Sgt. James D. Cartwright, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Cpl. Paul R. Stubbs, of Haverhill, Mass.

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Not Your Usual Call For Help

When All Else Failed, Downed Fliers Used Text Messaging To Contact Rescuers

It was supposed to be an easy little jaunt -- a flight from Little Rock, AR, to Baxter, AR, for a $50 burger. It ended when the Cessna 140 went down in the Ozark National Forest and the 19-year old passenger used her cell phone to call for help.

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Smoke Alarm Forces Qantas Plane To Make Emergency Landing

Cockpit Fire Warning Aboard Boeing 747

A Qantas Boeing 747 with 389 passengers on board made an emergency landing in India Tuesday after the flight crew got a smoke alarm indicator in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely -- no one was hurt.

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ThalesRaytheonSystems Receives $120 Million From Swiss Air Force

Will Deliver Advanced Command and Control Systems

ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has received $120 million in contracts from the Swiss defense procurement agency, armasuisse, to provide the Swiss Air Force with advanced Link-16 connectivity for their fighter aircraft. The funding represents a continuation of work by TRS on the FLORAKO command and control program.

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NBAA Announces 2007 Dates for Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition

It's Never Too Early To Plan...

The NBAA Tuesday said the Association’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2007) will take place in Hong Kong on February 6 and 7, 2007.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.19.05)

"We've got a disaster. I feel embarrassed. I don't know what to say.... I don't have a clue as to what failed or why it failed -- all I know is it failed." Source: Air adventurer Gus McLeod, in an interview with the Washington from a hangar at Frederick Municipal Airport, where his latest attempt to circumnavigate the globe on a polar route ended just 30-miles from home Sunday. McLeod landed his aircraft after noticing a strange vibration and found the nosegear wheelpants had come loose. He tore it off. The next thing he knew, as he was taxiing to the runway to resume his epic journey, the nosegear collapsed.

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AD: Bell

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