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August 26, 2005

A Meeting Of The Minds On LSA

EAA Says Progress Made On Light-Sport Aircraft Maintenance

The EAA says brought together light-sport aircraft industry leaders and the Federal Aviation Administration officials this week at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, hoping to make progress on maintenance issues.

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BRAC: Keep Ellsworth

Base Closure And Realignment Commission Turns Eye To Air Force

The Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted Friday to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD, rejecting a Pentagon proposal to close the base and consolidate the Air Force's B-1B Lancer long-ranger bomber aircraft fleet at Dyess Air Force Base, TX.

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Scavengers Scour Peruvian Crash Site

Valuable Evidence Being Lost?

Like carrion birds descending on the carcass of a ruined leviathan, hundreds of scavengers raked over the wreckage of a downed 737-200 in the Peruvian jungle Thursday, even though the remains had barely cooled from the fire that partially consumed them.

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Buchanan Breathes Easier

Major Threat To CCR Lifted

Developers eyeing Buchanan Field in Concord, CA, appear to have thrown in the towel in efforts to shut down the airport in favor of new construction. AOPA, local pilots, members of Congress and congressional aviation leaders, and the FAA all have been fighting a county plan to close the airport and redevelop the land. Those efforts appear to have paid off.

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Great Outdoors Festival Returns To Oshkosh

Back At EAA Headquarters This Weekend

The Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival will return to the EAA convention grounds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, August 26-28, bringing a variety of outdoor activities to enthusiasts throughout the Midwest. And, yeah, you can fly there.

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Oregon TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/7431 Issued: 08/26/2005 05:20 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: OR Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: GRANTS PASS OR.

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California TFR: 08.29.05 - 08.30.05

NOTAM: 5/7439 Issued: 08/26/2005 16:40 Effective: 08/29/2005 19:10 - 08/30/2005 00:00 State: CA Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: VIP Description: ONTARIO/RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 29, 2005. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS

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Illinois TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/7418 Issued: 08/25/2005 20:40 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CO Facility: ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL. Type: HAZARDS Description: VILLA PARK IL.

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Wyoming TFR: 08.27.05 - 09.04.05

NOTAM: 5/7420 Issued: 08/25/2005 20:40 Effective: 08/27/2005 21:40 - 09/04/2005 15:20 State: WY Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: VIP Description: JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 4, 2005 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/7422 Issued: 08/25/2005 20:50 Effective: Undetermined - Undetermined State: CA Facility: ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: SIERRAVILLE CA.

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Arizona TFR: 08.29.05

NOTAM: 5/7440 Issued: 08/26/2005 16:40 Effective: 08/29/2005 16:10 - 08/29/2005 19:15 State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: VIP Description: GLENDALE/EL MIRAGE, ARIZONA, AUGUST 29, 2005. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS AIRCRAFT

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Beale’s Global Hawk Mission Extends Worldwide

Airman with Beale AFB's 12th Reconnaissance Squadron are part of the Air Force’s only operational Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle unit.

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Canopy Lost... After Canopy Maintenance

Time and time again, we can only urge our fellow flyers to check things out VERY carefully whenever maintenance is performed on their aircraft. Careful preflights need to be even MORE carefully conducted.

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ANN Special Report: Epic Turboprop 'Kit' Program May Force FAA 51% Showdown

Some (OK, One -- So Far) SportPlane Manufacturer(s) Seem To Have Pushed The FAA Too Far

For years, some members of the high-performance SportPlane industry has skirted the letter of the law in regards to the extensive use of professional builders and assistance in the completion of a number of complex high-performance kit aircraft.

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Piper Gets An Escort Away From Bush Ranch

Pilot Interviewed, Then "Sent On His Way"

A Texas pilot won't be charged, but could face FAA sanctions after he was intercepted flying too close to President Bush's ranch in Crawford, TX, Thursday.

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NTSB Chief Disappointment At FAA Child Safety Seat Announcement

FAA Decision Goes Against NTSB Safety Seat Campaign

NTSB Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker Friday expressed disappointment at the FAA's refusal to require effective action to ensure that infants and toddlers under age 2 are safely restrained on airliners.

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Klyde Morris 08.26.05

Mike Griffin Is Gonna Smack Klyde SO Bad...

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DOT Offers Air-Bucks For Small-Town USA

SecTrans Norman Y. Mineta has announced grants totaling almost $19 million that will help 68 small communities in 29 states improve their air services. The grants were awarded as part of the Small Community Air Service Development Program...

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EADS-NA Joins LUH Fray

EADS North America and its American Eurocopter business unit tell ANN that they will offer the UH-145 advanced rotary-wing aircraft for the U.S. Army's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) mission.

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Raytheon: 'Let Us Entertain You'

Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) has announced a new program designed to make it easier for customers to upgrade their aircraft’s entertainment system.

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FAA Announces Decision on Child Safety Seats

The FAA has finally announced that it will not mandate the use of child safety seats on airplanes because of the increased safety risk to families.

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ACI Forecasts Shortage of Global Airport Capacity

On August 22, 2005, Airports Council International (ACI)'s world office in Geneva released its traffic forecasts for 2005-2020.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.26.05)

"As for EAA, we have always maintained that aircraft builders should follow both the letter and the spirit of the 51% rule. Not following the rule diminishes the educational value and understanding of the aircraft for the individual, and also jeopardizes the current homebuilt regulations for all other builders. That's a statement we've made before and will continue to make in the future." Source: EAA, commenting on ANN's investigation into the refusal of the FAA to certify an Epic LT kit turbprop as an Amateur-Built Experimental aircraft and what it might mean to the SportPlane industry. 

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