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February 02, 2005

Corporate Aircraft Down At Teterboro

Apparently Ran Off End Of Runway

A corporate jet, type unknown, has apparently skidded off the end of the runway at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, crashing into a building and sparking a major fire.

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Lockheed Martin To Operate Automated Flight Service Stations

FAA Outsources Service In Spite Of Union Objections

The FAA announced Tuesday it has selected a team headed by Lockheed Martin to provide services now offered by the agency's automated flight service stations. The total evaluated cost of the five-year contract, with five additional option years, is $1.9 billion and represents estimated savings of $2.2 billion over the next ten years.

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AOPA: New FSS Contract Brings System Into 21st Century

From AOPA...

The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday awarded Lockheed Martin the contract to modernize the flight service station (FSS) system, which provides pilots with the weather information they need to fly safely. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the contract means that the FSS system will finally be brought into the 21st century, while reining in the cost to operate it. The FAA estimates the new contract will save the agency $2.2 billion over ten years.

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NBAA Welcomes Change Allowing Private Aircraft Operators to Carry Candidates

And They Can Get Paid, Too!

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for revising a regulation to clarify that private aircraft operators can transport candidates on campaign travel for state and local elective offices and accept payment for the flight in accordance with state and local election laws. NBAA has been instrumental in drafting the language for the regulatory revision, and in working to secure its adoption.

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Chilling In-Flight Transcript Released On SR22 IFR Disorientation Accident

The NTSB has updated the preliminary report on the fatal crash of N889JB, a single-piloted SR22 being flown during a series of practice approaches by a relatively new instrument-rated pilot. The aircraft went down in a residential area, killing the pilot and damaging two occupied houses, with no injuries to person on the ground.

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NTSB: NWA Ramp Worker Blamed In Her Own Death

Union Leaders In Norfolk Up In Arms

It was, sadly, her own fault. That's the gist of a finding by the NTSB in the death of a Northwest Airlines ramp worker at Norfolk International Airport -- and it's a ruling that has the machinists union up in arms.

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Another Shutdown For DC Aviation

FAA To Close Airspace For State Of The Union Speech

The FAA has declared the airspace over Washington, DC, off-limits to VFR general aviation traffic for President Bush's State of the Union address on Wednesday, February 2. Like the inauguration, it has been designated a national security event, and penalties for incursions will be severe.

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Goodbye To This Pilot AND His Plane

AmWest Pilot, Aircraft, Make Last Flight Together

When Capt. Tom Townsend pulled up to the gate at Sky Harbor last month, it was time to say goodbye -- not just for the retiring America West pilot, but for the plane he had just flown from Kansas City International.

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Van's Issues Rare RV-7/9 Service Bulletin

Problem: Strength, Durability Of Tip-Up Canopy Attachment

If you have or are building a Van's RV-7 or RV-9 with the standard tip-up canopy, click on over to the company's web site and check out Service Bulletin 05-01-01, which was issued last week.

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When The Weather Outside Is Frightful

The Skiplane Fly-In's Delightful

By ANN Special Contributor Kandi Spangler The EAA held it's annual Ski-in this past Saturday at Pioneer Field in Oshkosh, WI. The event was rescheduled from the previous weekend because a snowstorm dumped about a foot of fresh snow in the area -- great for the skis, but not so much for flying.

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Michigan Town Honors Master Pilot

Virgil Williams Wins Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

By ANN Special Contributor Bill Barker On Monday, January 10, 2005, at the regular meeting of the Plainwell City Council, in front of his many friends and family, Virgil Williams was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 years of safe flight (he actually has 54 years of safe flight.)

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IATA: It's Getting Better All The Time

Air Traffic Recovery "Phenomenal" Worldwide

"The traffic recovery in 2004 was phenomenal across all regions," said Giovanni Bisignani, the Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Bisignani reported that 2004 full year international scheduled passenger traffic increased 15.3% and cargo traffic 13.4% over 2003 levels at a meeting of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) in Maastrict.

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NAFI: TSA Wants Flight School Workers to be Security Trained

Members Complaining About Getting Training Materials Through TSA

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) aviation security branch officials recently assured Rusty Sachs, Executive Director of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) that it's not looking to pull anyone's instructors ticket. But it does insist that people who deal personally with flight students-that means all flight school employees and individual flight instructors-complete a security awareness training program. Sachs visited TSA headquarters in Washington, D.C., on January 26.

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Kalamazoo Aviation Opens New Hangar at AZO

Let's Go Parking!

Phase I and II plans to privately build aircraft hangars at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (KBCIA) have been completed, according to Kalamazoo Aviation President Bob Stoops and his vice president, Michael McCormick.

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Russia Lends A Hand In South Asia

Flies More Than 500 Tons Of Supplies To Tsunami Victims

As of January 14th, Russia had flown more than 500 tons of vital relief supplies to the disaster stricken nations of South East Asia with the overall contribution to the worldwide aid effort estimated at 22 million dollars.

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PS Engineering Integrates SIRIUS Into PMA8000-SR

Jammin' At Altitude

PS Engineering is making big changes to what was once an often-ignored part of the avionics suite, the audio selector panel. Building on the strength of 20 years of innovative designs, the PMA8000-SR makes a paradigm shift of SIRIUS proportions.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.02.05)

"The traffic recovery in 2004 was phenomenal across all regions. The challenge for 2005 is to turn traffic growth into profitability with improved cost efficiency across the industry's value chain." Source: Giovanni Bisignani, the Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He said on Tuesday that 2004 full year international scheduled passenger traffic increased 15.3% and cargo traffic 13.4% over 2003 levels.

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Washington, DC TFR: 02.03.05

NOTAM:  5/0939  Issued:  02/01/2005 22:30  Effective:  02/03/2005 00:00 - 02/03/2005 04:00  State:  DC  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  SECURITY  Description:  WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 2, 2005 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, SECTIONS 91.141 AND 99.7 SPECIAL SEC 

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North Dakota TFR: 02.03.05

NOTAM: 5/0914 Issued: 02/01/2005 16:00 Effective: 02/03/2005 16:45 - 02/03/2005 19:35 State: ND Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: VIP Description: FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA, FEBRUARY 3 2005 LOCAL.

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Nebraska TFR: 02.04.05

NOTAM: 5/0932 Issued: 02/01/2005 20:20 Effective: 02/04/2005 03:00 - 02/04/2005 16:50 State: NE Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: VIP Description: OMAHA, NEBRASKA, FEBRUARY 3-4 2005 LOCAL.

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Montana TFR: 02.03.05 - 02.04.05

NOTAM: 5/0911 Issued: 02/01/2005 15:30 Effective: 02/03/2005 20:30 - 02/04/2005 01:45 State: MT Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: VIP Description: GREAT FALLS, MONTANA FEBRUARY 3 2005 LOCAL.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2005-02-06 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-02-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes equipped with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 series engines.

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AD: Empresa

AD NUMBER: 2005-02-07 MANUFACTURER: Empresa SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-02-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain EMBRAER Model EMB-135BJ series airplanes. This AD requires modifying the electrical wiring for the "stick pusher" system.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2005-02-08 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-02-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes.

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