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November 19, 2005

Airmen, Sailors Supporting Dubai Air Show

Airmen and Sailors are in the UAE to support the Dubai Air Show -- the third largest in the world -- over the next week. About 300 Airmen and Sailors, and more than 20 different Air Force and Navy aircraft from bases in the Persian Gulf region, Europe and the United States, will support the air show from Nov. 20 to 24.

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High-Flying Airship Reaches Near-Space Altitudes

Flies To 74,000 Feet On Demonstration Flight

Aero-News has learned a 146-foot-long airship developed by a team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has successfully demonstrated powered flight of the HiSentinel stratospheric airship at an altitude of 74,000 feet.

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ESA Releases MARSIS Four-Month Progress Report

Probe Begins Studies Of Martian Ionosphere

The European Space Agency's Mars Express radar, or MARSIS, has been deployed on the first phase of its operations for more than four months. The ESA has released its status report on the orbiter.

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NATCA: FAA Supervisor Violated Rules, Endangered Public

Union Says Sick Employee Forced To Stay On The Job

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, an organization representing more than 20,000 ATC operators across the country, has accused an FAA supervisor at Gulfport Air Traffic Control Tower in Gulfport, MS of ordering a sick controller to report for work Thursday, even after the employee said he was incapacitated.

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Design Review Complete On E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

First Test Aircraft To Fly In Late 2007

Northrop Grumman Corporation told ANN Thursday the company, in conjunction with the US Navy, successfully completed the critical design review of the E-2D Advance Hawkeye aircraft. All the team's basic designs, including the new radar, mission computer and workstations have been improved, and Northrop Grumman can now complete production of the two test aircraft.

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FAA Releases ATC Transcripts Of Renton Midair

Report Leaves Reason For Accident Undetermined

"Do you have the traffic that's passing underneath you still?" According to transcripts released by the FAA last week, this fateful question from the Renton, WA Municipal Airport tower to the pilot of a de Havilland DHC-2 was the precursor to an August 4 midair collision involving the floatplane and a Cessna 150.

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SecTrans Mineta Speaks Up On US-EU Aviation Agreement

SecTrans Mineta issued the following statement as the US and the European Union reached a tentative agreement to "dramatically expand aviation service and boost competition."

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Boeing Plans To Show Off A Little At Dubai

Worldliner, Dreamliner, Rotorcraft and Tanker Among Aircraft In Spotlight

Fresh from its record-breaking flight last week, the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner will lead Boeing's team to the United Arab Emirates for the ninth biennial Dubai Air Show, which begins Sunday.

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Pilot Who Belly-Landed On Live TV Keeping Low Profile

Who Was That Masked King Air Pilot?

It was a textbook event, one to make a flight instructor proud: after a bouncing attempt to jar the right maingear of his King Air 100 (file photo of type, right) into place, a pilot initiated a go-around at Atlanta's Fulton County-Charlie Brown airport Thursday, before bringing the twin turboprop around for a near-perfect belly landing.

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NTSB Issues Urgent Safety Recommendation On Sikorsky S-76

Recommends FAA Require Checks Into MRA Internal Leakage

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued two recommendations that the FAA immediately require Sikorsky S-76 operators conduct immediate checks into leakage in the internal assemblies of the helicopters' main rotor actuators.

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Zuccaro Assumes HAI Presidency

Associated With Organization 20 Years

Helicopter Association International has a new president. He is former organization chairman Matthew S. (Matt) Zuccaro, who officially assumed the office of HAI President on November 1. Zuccaro replaced retiring president Roy Resavage who had served in that capacity since March 1997.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.19.05)

"Do you have the traffic that's passing underneath you still?" Source: An unidentified tower controller at Renton (WA) Municipal Airport on August 4, to pilot Fred Bahr. A Cessna 150 collided with the Bahr's de Havilland DHC-2 thirteen seconds later, mangling the floatplane's undercarriage and forcing the Cessna down. The two pilots onboard the 150 were killed in the accident; the Bahr was able to make an emergency landing on the grass alongside Runway 33 at Renton.

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Alaska TFR: 11.21.05

NOTAM: 5/0781 Issued: 11/18/2005 18:10 Effective: 11/21/2005 16:10 - 11/21/2005 19:10 State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: VIP Description: ELMENDORF AFB, ALASKA, NOVEMBER 21, 2005

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