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May 19, 2004

Never (EVER) Forget: Missing Vietnam War Serviceman ID'd

A serviceman missing in action from the Vietnam War has been identified and returned to his family for burial. He is Air Force Col. Lester E. Holmes of Plainfield, Iowa. On May 22, 1967, Holmes was flying a forward air control mission over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, when his 0-1E “Bird Dog” aircraft was struck by enemy fire. Another forward air controller in the area saw Holmes’ aircraft spiral toward the ground, but there were no emergency radio beacons picked up for the next several days. Enemy activity in the area prevented a search and rescue operation.

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NTSB: Washington Mid-Air Was Pilot's Second Fatal Crash

Father Was Killed In Previous Accident

One of the pilots in a mid-air collision south of Olympia (WA) Sunday night had been involved in another fatal accident less than a year ago, according to Seattle television station KOMO. As in the first crash, 20-year old Ghyrn Loveness survived.

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New Details On Latest Flight Of SpaceShipOne

Third Powered Flight Sets New Records

SpaceDev's hybrid rocket motor technology successfully propelled SpaceShipOne on its third, and record-breaking, manned flight on May 13, 2004. SpaceShipOne accelerated to record setting altitudes and speed, both higher than in previous powered flights, thus bringing the Scaled Composites team a step closer to winning the $10 million Ansari X-Prize.

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NATA Launches Extensive Risk Management Initiative At AS3

As AS3 got started on what certainly appears to be a record year for this event, NATA president James K. Coyne has announced the launch of a new, industry-wide risk management program with the goal of reducing ground-related accidents by 50 percent over the next five years. Speaking at the opening General Session of the AS3 tradeshow in Las Vegas, Coyne (below, right) said that the program envisions creating a "zero tolerance" culture where safety on the ground equals that in the air.

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Azerbaijani Cargo Plane Down In China

Seven Killed In Accident

Chinese aviation authorities say the death toll in the crash of a chartered IL-76 cargo plane has reached seven, after it went down near the town of Urumqi in northwest China's Xinjiang Province.

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Couple Among Four Killed In Arizona Crash

They Were To Be Married The Next Day

A couple on the eve of their wedding, along with two other people, were killed over the weekend when their aircraft crashed just outside the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

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Virgin Atlantic Isn't Ready For A380... Yet

Airline Delays First Airbus Delivery Until 2007

The problem with the Airbus A380 is that it's so big, airports the world over have to retrofit to accommodate it. In case you haven't noticed, now's not a great time for airports to be spending money. That, in part, is why Virgin Atlantic Monday announced it's going to delay delivery of the first Airbus A380 for about a year, from 2006 until 2007.

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It's Not A Race, It's A Rally

Fourth Annual Quebec Air Rally Gets Underway In July

One thing the folks who organize the Annual Quebec Air Rally want to make perfectly clear: The International Air Rally is not a race. It's a challenge.

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How I Saved The Airline

Air Canada, Five Unions, Reach Agreement

It's a deal that Canadian media types could just save Air Canada. The airline and five of its unions say they've reached a deal to cut costs in hopes of keeping the company's bankruptcy from turning into outright dissolution.

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They're Coming Back, But What Do They Want?

Airlines Experiment With Niche Marketing

As the airlines continue a slow recovery in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the resulting industry-wide slump, passengers are starting to fly again. The question for airline executives is, what do they want and what will they pay for?

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Mars Rover 2.0?

Israeli Scientists Pioneer Efforts To Make Future Mars Rovers Self-Navigating

There was a time when we wondered how much fun it would be to remote-pilot one of the Mars rovers across the surface of the Red Planet. That lasted about five minutes. But a team of Israeli scientists working with NASA hopes to change all that. The idea is to develop software that would allow the rovers, for the most part, to get where they're going on their own.

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Illinois TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/4328 Issued: 05/17/2004 20:51 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: IL Facility: ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN. Type: HAZARDS Description: LAWRENCEVILLE, IL.

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South Carolina TFR: 05/21/2004 - 05/22/2004

NOTAM: 4/4278 Issued: 05/17/2004 12:04 Effective: 05/21/2004 17:00 - 05/22/2004 19:45 State: SC Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, SC.

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Texas TFR: 05/21/2004 - 05/23/2004

NOTAM: 4/4314 Issued: 05/17/2004 19:32 Effective: 05/21/2004 18:00 - 05/23/2004 22:00 State: TX Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: KINGSVILLE NAS AIRPORT, KINGSVILLE,

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Virginia TFR: 05/21/2004 - 05/23/2004

NOTAM: 4/4277 Issued: 05/17/2004 12:03 Effective: 05/21/2004 20:00 - 05/23/2004 22:00 State: VA Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, VA. 

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New Mexico TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/4331 Issued: 05/17/2004 23:39 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: NM Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: ALAMOGORDO,NM

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/4280 Issued: 05/17/2004 12:24 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: PAYSON, AZ.

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So Long, Tongan

Cash-Poor National Carrier Ends International Flights

If you want to get from the US to the 170-island archipelago of Tonga, you're going to have to find some way besides Royal Tongan Airlines. The flagship carrier of the islands lost its only international aircraft, a Boeing 757, last month when it was repossessed by Royal Brunei Airlines. Now, the island nation has decided to scrap the international arm of its carrier altogether.

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GE Subsidiary Merges into Unison Industries

Unison Now Owns Elano 

Unison Industries says it has merged with Elano Corporation. Elano will operate as a division of Unison Industries and will report to Unison’s management team. Elano is located in Dayton, Ohio and also operates facilities in Canada and Thailand. Initially, Elano will continue to operate under the Elano name, but will eventually become a part of the Unison Industries brand.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.19.04)

"The weather wasn't a factor, there didn't appear to be any problems with the pilots that were certified. It's one of these see and avoid things when you are flying under visual flight rules conditions. It's incumbent upon the pilots to see and avoid the other pilots." Source: NTSB investigator Tom Little, on the scene of a mid-air collision near Olympia Washington. Sunday's accident claimed the life of one pilot and injured another; for Ghyn Loveness, it was the second time in less than a year he survived an air accident in which a fatality was involved.

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