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October 03, 2004

Santa Fe Air Show Crash Takes Life Of Sukhoi Pilot, Rick Bobbitt

Fly-Low Editor Ralph McCormick tells ANN that the first air show in Santa Fe in four years has turned into an unexpected tragedy. The air show opened at 1 pm MDT, Saturday. As the aerobatics started, Larry Salganek of Santa Fe (NM) performed in his T-33 ‘Thunderbird’. The second act was Rick Bobbitt of Avalanche Aviation, Parker, Colorado. Bobbitt took off in his Sukhoi-29, gaining altitude to begin his performance...

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Pro Womens Baseball Player Dies In Crash

Gertrude Dunn, 72, who played in the women's professional baseball league in the 1950's, died Wednesday in Avondale (PA) in a Piper PA-28 crash.

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X Prize: Think Small!

What if you're burning up with SpaceShip Fever, and can't wait years, or spend the price of a house? Estes Model Rockets has the answer.

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US Airways May Have Reached Deal With Pilots

US Airways announced on Friday that it has reached a tentative agreement with its pilot's union that, if ratified, should result in some $300 million in savings for the airline.

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Cessna Inks G1000-Equipped C172 Fleet Deal

Cessna has taken its first Garmin G1000 Skyhawk fleet order.

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X Prize: Spaceport Safety Man

Jeff Riechmann (Rick-mann) has been involved in airport safety for all his adult life. As a young airman, he was a crash-crew fireman at Edwards Air Force Base; after his honorable discharge, he went to work for Kern County as a firefighter, while staying active in the Air Force Reserve. Retired now from the military, he still is a firefighter for the county -- but he's a very special firefighter, with responsibility for all of the county's aviation programs.

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X Prize: The Future Of Mojave

To see the area surrounding the Mojave airport in its future perspective you have to view it in the same terms that Walt Disney viewed the swamps outside of Orlando in the early 1960s. That is because if the future of private spaceflight  is to grow, its roots may best be located in Mojave.

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Predator Accident Report Released

Crew error caused an MQ-1L Predator unmanned aerial vehicle to crash.

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Aero-News Quote of the Day (10.03.04)

"What I tell the guys when I do the training is that when you work ARF (Aircraft Rescue Firefighting) is that most of your calls are nothing. But when you get a call, you're usually on CNN." Source: Jeff Riechmann, Kern County Fire Chief, responsible for fire security and firefighting at Inyokern Airport, more commonly known as Mojave.

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