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December 20, 2004

Cessna 182 Hits California Tower

An early Sunday morning flight to Fullerton Airport in Southern California went horribly awry when a single engine Cessna hit the KFI radio tower, killing both aboard and bringing the tower down. Initial info is sketchy but officials indicate that a male and female were on board the unidentified Cessna when the red  and white tower was struck.

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Certified In Europe: Diamond DA42 Twin Star

Receives EASA IFR Certification

Diamond Aircraft Industries says proudly announces the EASA has granted IFR certification to the DA42 Twin Star.

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Three Lost In Cenntenial Airport Mishap

Second Fatal Accident There In A Week

More than anything Nadia Barghelame wanted to fly for the airlines and see the world. The 20-year old Colorado woman flew just about every day, building time in a plane she bought with money she made working for an online pharmacy. But those hopes were cut tragically short Friday when her Cessna 421 went down shortly after take-off at Centennial Airport, near Denver. Nadia and two other pilots were killed. It wasn't immediately clear which of the three was pilot-in-command at the time of the accident.

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Mitsubishi Recommends Special Training For MU-2

Cites Four Fatal Accidents In A Year

It's no secret that the Mitsubishi MU-2 has issues. The aircraft, one of the most popular light commercial twin turboprops flying today, has been criticized as hard to fly -- especially in single-engine operations. Now, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America recommends specialized simulator training for MU-2 pilots.

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Bad Paint Being Removed From Boeing Field

Reflective Beads Embedded In Paint Damage At Least Ten Engines

It was an innocuous little paint job -- restriping the taxiways and runway at Seattle's Boeing Field. But it went very wrong and the damage could cost upwards of $50 million.

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Report: Pilot Ignored Warning Before Strafing School

Trigger On Laser Sight May Have Contributed To Mishap

The Air National Guard says an F-16 pilot on a night training mission ignored a warning that might have kept him from accidentally strafing a school in New Jersey.

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Convicted Drunk Pilot Fights For Plane Proceeds

John Salamone Wants His Wife To Have The Money

Who should get the proceeds from the sale of John Salamone's Piper Cherokee? That question was the subject of a special hearing last week, as Salamone's attorney tried to stop the state of Pennsylvania from taking the $34,000 aircraft away from Salamone.

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How Much Oxygen Is Getting To Your Brain? NASA Wants To Know

Spire Receives $599,793 Contract For Crew Cerebral Oxygen Monitor

Spire Corporation says it's received a two-year SBIR Phase II contract for $599,793 from NASA to develop an optical system for monitoring the cerebral blood oxygenation level of astronauts to monitor their state of consciousness during space missions.

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Navy, Coast Guard Team Recovers Blue Angel F/A-18

How They Did It

Sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, along with the crew of US Coast Guard Cutter Cypress, have recovered the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron's F/A-18 Hornet that crashed near Perdido Key in early December.

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AMC-16 Successfully Launched From Cape Canaveral

Atlas V Appears To Have Performed Flawlessly

Against the pre-dawn sky from Cape Canaveral, the AMERICOM-16 satellite roared into space onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle from Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Saturday morning at 0707 Eastern Time. After 109 minutes, the spacecraft separated from the Centaur upper stage and was placed into geostationary transfer orbit. Initial signals were received from the satellite at 0941 ET.

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LEES Tests Super Cub Exhaust Kit

Actually Enhances Aircraft Performance

Leading Edge Exhaust Systems, LLC (LEES) says it's tested its Super Cub exhaust system -- and the results are "impressive."

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Amelia Earhardt, Where Are You?

Deep-Diving Explorers Set Out To Find Her

It's one of the greatest mysteries of our time. There's the question of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa, how many gunmen killed John Kennedy and... whatever happened to Amelia Earhart?

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Boeing Wichita: No Sale

Not Yet

A memo being passed around at Boeing's commercial aircraft plant in Wichita, KS, says the much-anticipated sale of that facility and two others in Oklahoma won't take place this year after all.

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National Aviation Hall of Fame announces Class of 2005

Four Air And Space Pioneers Selected For July Enshrinement

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is out with the names of the four air and space pioneers selected to be enshrined at its 44th Annual Enshrinement Ceremony that will take place in Dayton on Saturday, July 16, 2005.

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Klyde Morris 12.20.04

Klyde's Christmas Tale Gets Stranger and Stranger!

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.20.04)

Major Pierce: "Were you trying to mark or something?" Major Balzano: "Yes." Major Pierce: "That's what we talked about. Don't do that." Major Balzano: "Yeah." Major Pierce: "That's why I covered that in the brief." Source: Radio conversation between Air National Guard Majors Kirk Pierce and Robert Balzano during a nighttime training mission after the latter reported to his instructor/wingman that he had accidentally discharged his 20mm cannon while using the trigger-mounted switch to turn on his laser sights. As a result, Balzano poured 27 rounds into the Egg Harbor Intermediate School in New Jersey. No one was hurt and there's no indication at this point what will happen to Balzano.

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AD: Short

AD NUMBER: 2004-25-13 MANUFACTURER: Short SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Short Brothers Model SD3-60 and SD3-SHERPA series airplanes.

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AD (CASA): Fokker

AD Number: AD/F100/55 Manufacturer: Fokker Subject: Fokker F100 (F28 Mk 100) Series Aeroplanes, Main Landing Gear Main Fitting Summary: The CAA-NL has received a report concerning a F100 aircraft with Messier-Dowty main landing gear where, upon braking during terminal push-back of the aircraft, the right hand MLG Main Fitting failed.

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AD (CASA):Bombardier

AD Number: AD/DHC-8/100 Manufacturer: Bombardier (Boeing Canada/De Havilland) Subject: DHC-8 Series Aeroplanes Fluorescent Lighting System Summary: Transport Canada has advised that numerous reports of fluorescent lamp holder damage due to overheating have been received.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-25-14 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-25-14 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas airplane models.

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AD (CASA): Bombardier (Canadair)

AD Number: AD/CL-600/62 Manufacturer: Bombardier (Canadair) Subject: CL-600 (Challenger) Series Aeroplanes, Angle of Attack Vane Summary: Transport Canada has advised that AOA vanes P/N 600-59154-5 can develop premature wear of the potentiometer which can delay the stall computer commands for stall warning, stick shaker and stick pusher operation.

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AD (CASA): Boeing

AD Number: AD/B767/203 Manufacturer: Boeing Subject: Boeing 767 Series Aeroplanes, Transformer Rectifier Unit - Ground Bracket Summary: The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received a report of loss of all direct current (DC) power generation during a flight, due to inadequate electrical ground path between the ground bracket of the TRU and the structure.

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AD (CASA): Bombardier (Canadair)

AD Number: AD/CL-600/49 Manufacturer: Bombardier (Canadair) Subject: CL-600 (Challenger) Series Aeroplanes, Angle of Attack Transducer Summary: Bombardier Aerospace has determined that the potentiometers of the angle of attack transducers can develop flat spots which can cause a delay in the commands for stall warning, stick shaker and stick pusher operation.

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