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July 15, 2004

Airwolf Wet Vacuum Pump Certified

Final Test: Operation At -50 Degrees Fahrenheit

After six months of rigorous testing, the FAA has awarded Airwolf Filter Corp FAA – PMA approval of its new 3P194-AFC wet vacuum pump for reciprocating aero-engines.

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Washington TFR: 07/23/2004 - 07/25/2004

NOTAM: 4/6907 Issued: 07/15/2004 10:31 Effective: 07/23/2004 19:00 - 07/25/2004 23:20 State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: PASCO TRI-CITIES WA.

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California TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6867 Issued: 07/14/2004 16:23 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CA Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: CABAZON, CA.

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West Virginia TFR: 07/16/04

NOTAM: 4/6910 Issued: 07/15/2004 12:51 Effective: 07/16/2004 17:15 - 07/16/2004 22:10 State: VA Facility: ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN. Type: VIP Description: BECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA, JULY 16, 2004 LOCAL.

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Idaho TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6926 Issued: 07/15/2004 16:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: ID Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: HAZARDS Description: SOUTH EAST OF MCCALL, IDAHO.

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Washington TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6938 Issued: 07/15/2004 17:52 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: PACKWOOD, WA.

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Alaska TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6945 Issued: 07/15/2004 18:27 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: 60 MILES SE OF FORT YUKON, ALASKA.

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Utah TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6850 Issued: 07/14/2004 13:55 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: UT Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: HAZARDS Description: PRICE, UT. (PRICE FIRE).

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Nevada TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6896 Issued: 07/14/2004 23:21 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: NV Facility: ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: CARSON CITY, NV.

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Florida TFR: 07/16/04

NOTAM: 4/6915 Issued: 07/15/2004 13:04 Effective: 07/16/2004 13:40 - 07/16/2004 16:35 State: FL Facility: ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL. Type: VIP Description: TAMPA, FLORIDA, JULY 16, 2004 LOCAL.

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California TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6883 Issued: 07/14/2004 20:35 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CA Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: WARNER SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

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Washington TFR: 07/23/2004 - 07/25/2004

NOTAM: 4/6906 Issued: 07/15/2004 10:27 Effective: 07/23/2004 22:00 - 07/25/2004 23:30 State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: FAIRCHILD AFB, WA.

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Qualcomm Develops In-Flight CDMA Cellphone System

Qualcomm and American Airlines today demonstrated inflight communications using standard commercial CDMA cellphones.

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The Hubbub Over Hubble

NASA-Commission Report Urges Repair Of Space Telescope

The National Research Council really, really wants NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe to rethink his decision against sending a manned rescue mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. At least on the surface, it appears Mr. O'Keefe got the message.

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More Questions Than Answers

Cassini Scientists Rethinking Titan

NASA and the European Space Agency became fascinated with Saturn's moon, Titan, after analyzing the data from Voyager's flyby in 1980 and 1981. That's when they discovered the moon's dense atmosphere, made mostly of methane. Why, they wondered, at temperatures prevalent on Titan, doesn't the methane fall from the sky like rain? Perhaps there was a ocean of methane on the surface.

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Looking For Cracks

American Bonanza Society And AOPA Team To Resolve Spar Web Cracking Problem

How serious is the Beechcraft Bonanza-Baron spar web cracking problem? AOPA and the American Bonanza Society (ABS) are working together to find out. Two experienced aerospace structures engineers have been contracted to determine what causes the cracks in the carry-through structure, bulkhead flanges, and fuselage skins. And more importantly, data are being collected to determine what are the real safety issues and if the "cure" is worse than the problem.

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Delta Takes One In The Wallet

Number Three Airline To Post $1.65 Billion Losses

Attention Delta stockholders, this may sting a little. You may feel a little pressure. Those of you with weak hearts might want to stand back... The nation's number three airline this week announced it will write off $1.65 billion. Worse, the company says it will no longer recognize income tax benefits taken in the past, a move that's sure to increase its losses.

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If You're On Your Way To Oshkosh Next Week...

Heading For "The Big O?"

Here's a nifty idea... The folks at Kirksville Airport (IRK), some 85 miiles due North of Columbia (MO), are offering Oshkosh Discounts on Food & Fuel, from Sat 7/24/04 11:00 AM to Mon 8/2/04 5:00 PM. In celebration of Oshkosh and all that is good with aviation, the Kirksville Airport Association will be custom cooking hamburgers and hot dogs on the weekends. July 24th & 25th, from 11am to 5 pm. July 31st & August 1st, from 10am to 5pm.

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Hey, What's With The Weather?

FAA Reports Weather Delays Almost Doubled

Say, what's up, up there? The summer is barely underway and already, it's the worst year for weather-related flight delays since 1999.

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Russian Airport Worker Sucked Into 737 Engine

Shocked Passengers Removed From Flight

No one's exactly sure why Igor Yelfimov was standing so close to the engine of an Air Astana 737-700 at Moscow's Sheremetyevo-1 Airport Tuesday. Yelfimov won't be providing any answers. When the crew of the Kazak airliner started up the engines, Yelfimov was sucked into one of the turbines and instantly killed.

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Aura Launch Scrubbed... Again

Battery Glitch

The launch of NASA's Aura spacecraft atop a Boeing Delta II rocket was scrubbed Wednesday because of an issue with one of the two batteries on the second stage of the Delta II launch vehicle. At approximately three minutes before the scheduled liftoff time, as the batteries were being transferred to internal power, the battery current level dropped below prescribed limits, triggering a launch hold.

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Historic Delta DC-3 To Visit BWI Airport

Aircraft Touring US As Part Of Airline's 75th Anniversary

This week, as part of their 75th anniversary celebration, Delta Air Lines will fly their completely restored Douglas DC-3 aircraft to Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). The historic DC-3 will land at BWI at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 14. The aircraft, while parked at Gate C-10, will be visible to the public from the BWI Observation Gallery, located on the upper level of the BWI Airport terminal, between Concourses B and C.

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As If They Didn't Have Enough To Worry About

UAL Hit With Big EPA Fine

Turned down by the Air Transportation Stablization Board, struggling to find an economic partner to help bring it out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, United Airlines now has something else to worry about. Pollution.

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A Visual Treat

Johnson Wax Carnauba S-38 Headed to Oshkosh

A special airplane built in the 1990s to help a son retrace his father's path made in the 1930s will be on display throughout the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004, July 27-August 2 at AeroShell Square. The Johnson Wax Carnauba is a replica of the Sikorsky S-38, designed in the late 1920s and was used by Herbert F. Johnson on his expedition to Brazil in search of a reliable source of Carnauba palms, a key ingredient of the family products. The replica was commissioned by the late Sam Johnson to recreate his dad's epic 1935 flight. Sam, who passed away recently, made a wonderful documentary, "Carnauba: A Son's Memoir," detailing the building of the amphibious airplane and recreating his father's flight.

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Pentagon Announces Bio-Weapons Sensor Drill

Eighth Series Of Weather Radar Tests July 15 - 18

The United States Army, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory, the FAA and the EPA will conduct a series of trials, Canadian River 8, to verify the technical readiness of an early warning system (Homeland Defense Chemical Biological Umbrella or HDCBU) for aircraft aerosol release events. This test will be conducted in the vicinity of Oklahoma City on July 15 to 18 from 0400 to 0900 daily.

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Critical Piece Of TWA 800 Wreckage Missing

Victims' Families Allege Cover-Up

As the eight-year anniversary of the TWA 800 crash approaches, the first piece of wreckage that separated from the plane is missing. Navy divers located and recovered this piece, which left the plane at apparent supersonic speeds, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) failed to list it in their official debris field map.

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T-50 Begins High Angle-of-Attack Testing

Korean Supersonic Trainer Put Through The Wringer

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) recently began high angle-of-attack (AOA) flight testing on the T-50 Golden Eagle, a supersonic jet trainer being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.15.04)

"The committee has recommended that NASA keep its options open, that NASA should not preclude a space shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope at this point in time." Source: Louis Lanzerotti, a consultant for Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies who chairs the National Research Council committee on the Hubble Space Telescope. He was quoted in the Houston Chronicle. The NRC committee wants NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe to reconsider his decision to scrub a planned repair/replenishment mission to the space telescope. In the wake of the Columbia tragedy, O'Keefe deemed such a mission "too risky."

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Beating Back Suburbia

AOPA Fights Residential Development At Long Beach Airport

AOPA has launched another salvo in the ongoing battle to protect Long Beach Daugherty Field (LGB) from an incompatible housing development. In letters to the Long Beach Economic Development Commission and Airport Advisory Commission, AOPA said no safety review had been conducted of the Southern California development.

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Utah TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6850 Issued: 07/14/2004 13:55 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: UT Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: HAZARDS Description: PRICE, UT. (PRICE FIRE).

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Alaska TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6828 Issued: 07/13/2004 22:38 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: 120 MILES NORTHEAST OF BIG DELTA, ALASKA.

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California TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/6827 Issued: 07/13/2004 22:25 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CA Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: LAKE HUGHES, CALIFORNIA.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-14-08 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-14-08 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A300-600 and A310 series airplanes...

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2004-14-20 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-14-20 SUMMARY: The FAA supersedes Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003-21-07, which applies to certain The Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Model 525 airplanes. AD 2003-21-07 currently requires you to disengage the pitch trim circuit breaker and AP servo circuit breaker and then tie strap each of them to prevent them from being engaged. Not utilizing this equipment prevents a single-point failure.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2004-14-18 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-14-18 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-102, -103, and -106 airplanes, that requires repetitive detailed inspections of the left and right aileron tab actuator arm channels for cracking, and corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER:2004-14-13 MANUFACTURER:Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-14-13 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 747-100, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, and 747 SR series airplanes...

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AD: Stemme

AD NUMBER: 2004-14-21 MANUFACTURER: Stemme SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-14-21 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Stemme GmbH & Co. Models S10, S10-V, and S10-VT sailplanes. This AD requires you to remove the drive shaft assembly and ship it to the service department of Stemme GmbH & Co. The engine is mounted behind the two side-by-side seats.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-14-17 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-14-17 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A300-600 and A310 series airplanes, that currently requires deactivating both thrust reversers and revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to ensure safe and appropriate performance during certain takeoff conditions.

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