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September 20, 2004

Understatement Of The Year: Hurricane Hunter Says We Are In A Busy Cycle

Jeanne Sends Hurricane Hunters Home

Air Force Reserve Command's Hurricane Hunters are being hunted again. This time "Jeanne" is chasing them out of Homestead Air Reserve Base (FL) and forcing them to return to Keesler Air Force Base (MS).

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KLM 'Jumbo Jacked'

747 Cargo Flight Robbed In South Africa

The security situation at Johannesburg International Airport appears to be in disarray, after a KLM Boeing 747-400 cargo aircraft was robbed at gunpoint -- on the tarmac.

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Ivan Rips Through Pensacola Naval Facilities

Blue Angels Return To Find Base In Tatters

The runway is open -- but only for emergencies. Some buildings have power -- but only a few. Devastation is everywhere at NAS Pensacola (FL).

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Gavin Brown: Let There Be Light

South African Engineer Comes Up With Way To Light Rural Strips

We pilots have it pretty good in the US. Most every town has an airport and most every airport has runway lights. But such is not the case in other countries, like South Africa, home to more than 2,000 unlit fields. Verily, Gavin Brown said, let there be light.

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San Diego County Hires Lawyer To Handle FAA Complaint

Pilots Up In Arms At McClellan-Palomar

The problem at McClellan-Palomar Airport in San Diego County (CA) is pretty clear cut. The airport wants to evict a flying club, pilot supply house and a retired commercial pilot as part of a $30 million renovation. The evictees have filed a complaint with the FAA, saying their being illegally kicked out so the airport can make room for better-paying bizjet customers.

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Klyde Morris 09.20.04

Klyde Makes More Friends Among Airline Management

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National Space Society First to ZERO-G

Pioneering Weightless Flight Kicks Off Society's 30th Anniversary Celebration

The National Space Society was the first public organization to charter a Zero Gravity Corporation parabolic flight. The flight, dubbed NSS-1, took off aboard ZERO-G's specially-modified Boeing 727 aircraft from Los Angeles' Burbank Airport on Friday, September 17.

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Back In The Air

Iraq Airways Resumes International Service After 14 Year Hiatus

At first glance, there was nothing special about the Iraqi Airways Boeing 737 as it took off from Amman, Jordan, headed for Baghdad and then on to Damascus, Syria. But for a country ruled by a madman for nigh unto 30 years and an airline that hadn't flown internationally in 14 years, it was a milestone event.

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Skydiver Lost In Mid-Air

Cameraman Collided With Another Skydiver

A 32-year old Australian skydiver was killed Friday when he collided with another parachutist and spiraled down to the ground east of Perth.

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Getting The Bird

Study: No Simple Way To Prevent Bird Strikes

A passenger aircraft on approach to Newark's Liberty International Airport runs into a flock of snow geese. Passengers are frightened at the sound of impacts on the hull and one engine is shut down before the plane lands safely. A Boeing 737 climbing out after departure from Lambert Field (MO) hits three snow geese, causing over a half-million dollars in damage. An American Airlines Super-80 climbing out after departure from Chicago's O'Hare International hits a double-breasted cormorant, causing a fire in the number one engine and scaring the hell out of passengers before it makes it safely back to the airport.

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More TSA Spending

TSA Pledges $3.4 Million For Explosives Detection Systems At Pittsburgh

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has agreed to commit $3.4 million to Allegheny County Airport Authority for improvements to be made to the existing checked baggage screening system in the North Landside Terminal of Pittsburgh International Airport, Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for TSA, announced today.

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GAMA Welcomes TSA Release Of Alien Flight Training Rule

Background Checks Now The Responsibility of DHS And TSA

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) says it's pretty happy with the TSA's release of the alien flight training interim final rule. As required by the Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (VISION-100), the rule transfers the responsibility for background checks of aliens seeking flight training from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA.

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Someone's Calling, Answer The Phone...

At 35,000 Feet

Airbus says it has successfully completed the first in-flight trial of GSM personal mobile-telephones aboard an airliner, paving the way for their future widespread use. The trial, which took place aboard an Airbus A320 flight-test aircraft flying from, and back to, Toulouse, is part of an ongoing technical development project to provide an in-flight mobile telephony service to airline passengers.

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Feted: Cirrus Design's Pat Waddick

AIAA Hap Arnold Award Winner

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has chosen Patrick Waddick as the 2004 recipient of its Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management. The award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in the management of a significant aeronautical or aeronautical related program or project.

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Reliable Production Key To F-22 Success

Lockheed-Martin Calls Program Healthy, On Track

The Raptor industry team has reached a new level of program maturity with reliable production, solid performance and expanding capabilities, Lockheed Martin's Deputy Vice President for Business Development Rob Weiss said last week.

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F-35 Goes On A Diet

Sheds 2,700 Pounds -- On Paper

Engineers have removed more than 2,700 pounds of unwanted estimated weight from the short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, while increasing propulsion efficiency and reducing drag. The result is an F-35 JSF design recommendation that is expected to meet or exceed all of its performance requirements.

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Venezuela To Buy 50 MiG-29s

While More Than Half The Country's F-16 Fleet Is Grounded By Maintenance Woes

Perhaps it's like having the best of both worlds. The Venezuelan Air Force has reportedly signed a deal with Russia for 50 MiG-29s, all equipped with the latest in armaments and avionics, according to UPI. The wire service cited US and South American sources suddenly very worried about what Venezuela might want to do with that kind of firepower.

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And You Thought It Could Only Happen At O'Hare

BA Cancels Almost 1,000 Flights At Heathrow To Relieve Congestion

Britain's biggest airline confirms it: British Airways is canceling 966 flights from Heathrow Airport. And you thought it could only happen at O'Hare...

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.20.04)

"It would be disingenuous to be flying air shows when we can be doing good work here." Source: Cmdr. Russ Bartlett, US Navy Blue Angels, in an interview with the Associated Press upon the unit's return to NAS Pensacola (FL). The base was hard-hit by Hurricane Ivan, forcing the Angels to cancel appearances in Nantucket (MA) and at NAS Oceana (VA).

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