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October 07, 2004

Memphis Belle To Leave Home

Will Go On Display At Wright-Patterson AFB

One of the most famous warbirds ever to emerge from World War II will soon be on the move. The Memphis Belle is leaving its namesake city.

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Binnie Describes $10 Million Flight

Not As Much "Fun," But Quite A Bit Higher

While he was wishing "cheerio" to family and friends before Monday’s SpaceShipOne flight, pilot Brian Bennie inadvertently took on 12 ounces more weight than planned.

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One Bad Apple?

NASA Shuttle Inspector Indicted

Billy T. Thornton had a very important job at NASA. He was a quality assurance inspector in the space agency's shuttle program, in charge of signing off on structural inspections throughout the shuttle fleet. But in a 166-count federal indictment unsealed Tuesday, the government says he often failed to make those inspections and sometimes didn't even go aboard the spacecraft he was supposed to be inspecting.

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So Much For Talking

US Files WTO Complaint Over Airbus Subsidies

The time for talking is apparently over. The Bush administration has taken its case about EU subsidies to Airbus to the World Trade Organization, igniting what very well could be an aviation trade war.

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Boeing's Response To Airbus Subsidy Complaint

No Surprises Here Boeing Company issued the following statement in light of the announcement that the United States has terminated the 1992 US – European Union Agreement on Trade in Large Civil Aircraft and requested formal consultations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to address the matter of subsidies paid by European governments to Airbus Industries.

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US Airways Pilots Decide To Vote

Rank And File To Decide On $300 Concession Package

ALPA pilots working for US Airways will vote on the airline's $300 million concession package, after the plan was initially stalled by pilots in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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FAA: Airport Firefighting Standards Inadequate

Rules Poor Response In 1996 Fire Cost A Dozen Lives

Far from helping protect passengers and flight crews in the event of an emergency, the FAA's rules governing on-airport firefighters and their equipment are inadequate and, in at least one case, led to the deaths of 12 people aboard a flight that caught fire while on the ground.

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All It Takes Is A Phone Call

Another Commercial Flight Escorted, Diverted After Bomb Hoax

It started with an anonymous bomb threat phoned in to Lufthansa shortly after flight LH686 left Frankfurt for Tel Aviv Tuesday. Before it was over, the apparent hoax would force the aircraft to divert and cause an international incident involving Germany, Israel and Cyprus.

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Say, Have You Seen My H-Bomb?

I Last Saw It Around Here Somewhere

A team of experts is looking into whether a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel may have located a hydrogen bomb missing off the coast of Georgia since 1958.

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Aero-Views: Staffing And Chicago's TRACON

By Doug Church, Media Relations Manager, NATCA Nearly eight months after spending a month investigating staffing issues, delays, errors and air traffic controller workload at the Chicago Terminal Radar Approach Control facility, the Federal Aviation Administration has released its final report - an embarrassing, 12-paragraph, 703-word, memo-like statement that does extraordinarily little to protect the safety of the flying public.

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Tea With Deke And Rose

ANN's Own Rose Dorcey Steals The Show

Rose Dorcey, President of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF), was the guest speaker in Sparta Wisconsin for the Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike Museum's first tea time of the season, Bit of Wisconsin, September 30, 2004.

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Things That Go Buzz In The Night

"Personal Massager" Shuts Down Aussie Airport

Would you want to go through airport security with a sex toy in your luggage? Well, neither did an Australian passenger boarding a flight at Mackay Airport in Queensland.

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Japan Airlines, World's Largest 747 Operator, Orders More Of Its Favorite Planes

Three More 747-400s On The Way

Boeing and Japan Airlines say JAL, the world's largest 747 operator, has ordered three 747-400 Special Freighters with options on up to four more.

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Genesis Solar Sample Arrives At JSC

Genesis Solar Samples Arrive At JSC

Scientists are optimistic that samples of the Sun that arrived in Houston on Monday will provide important information on the history and origin of the solar system.

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Upgraded: Maureen Woods

Joins ARINC Air Traffic Services

ARINC says long-time FAA air traffic management professional Maureen Woods has been appointed to the position of Senior Director, Air Traffic Services. Ms. Woods' FAA career spans nearly 30 years. She was most recently Manager of the FAA's Airway Facilities Division, Great Lakes Region.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.06.04)

"Burt (Rutan) tends to couch everything in terms of fun. After Mike’s flight, Burt said, 'Okay, that’s enough fun.'It wasn’t as much 'fun' as Mike’s, but we went a little bit higher, and it was a joy." Source: SpaceShipOne pilot Brian Binnie, after returning from the flight that won Burt Rutan and company the coveted X-Prize and the $10 million that went with it. While his predecessor in the cockpit, Mike Melvill, seemed to enjoy the 29 or so rolls the spacecraft rather mysteriously performed during the boost phase a week ago. Binnie was just happy to climb all the way to the top.

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Hawaii TFR: 10/07/04 - 10/08/04

NOTAM:  4/0706  Issued:  10/06/2004 16:00  Effective:  10/07/2004 19:00 - 10/08/2004 05:00  State:  HI  Facility:  ZHN - HONOLULU (ARTCC),HI.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  KANEOHE HI. 

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Iowa TFR: 10/09/04

NOTAM:  4/0737  Issued:  10/06/2004 21:50  Effective:  10/09/2004 15:20 - 10/09/2004 18:15  State:  IA  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WATERLOO, IOWA, OCTOBER 9 2004 LOCAL. 

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Florida TFR: 10/07/04

NOTAM:  4/0715  Issued:  10/06/2004 19:30  Effective:  10/07/2004 14:50 - 10/07/2004 18:50  State:  FL  Facility:  ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  FT. MYERS, FLORIDA, OCTOBER 7 2004 LOCAL. 

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Idaho TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/0708  Issued:  10/06/2004 16:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  ID  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  NE OF BOISE ID. 

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2004-20-07 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-20-07 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter-Textron Canada (BHTC) model helicopters that requires certain inspections of the main rotor yoke (yoke) for a crack, fretting, or buffer deterioration.

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