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September 11, 2005

Air Force Offers To Pay For Repairs To Las Cruces Runway

Damage Caused By Visiting Presidential Aircraft

Accepting some responsibility (and swallowing just a tiny bit of crow) for damaging a runway at the Las Cruces airport during a presidential visit last year, the Air Force has offered to pay the airport $623,000 for repairs -- which is much less than the $2.1 million that airport authorities had asked for.

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Antonov Down In Congo, 13 Dead

Third Accident In Three Days, Sixth This Year

The bodies of all thirteen passengers aboard an Antonov An-26 that went down Friday outside of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo have been recovered, as authorities scrambled to find clues to the second crash of that type -- in that country -- in three days.

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NTSB: No Definite Cause In October Sukhoi Crash

Performance At SAF Show Claimed Pilot's Life

There is no easy answer to what brought down a Sukhoi SU-29 last October while it was performing aerobatics at a New Mexico air show, according to the NTSB report released last week on the accident.

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Feds Sue AAL Over Fuel Leak

Accuse Airline Of Flying 54 Times With Unaddressed Maintenance Problem

Federal prosecutors in New York filed a $1 million lawsuit against American Airlines, accusing the carrier of flying a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 with a known fuel leak more than 50 times before the problem was finally addressed.

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Fred Gregory Resigning From NASA

Deputy NASA Administrator Was Three-Time Shuttle Flier

NASA's first black shuttle commander, now a deputy administrator, is stepping down after a 31-year career with the space agency. Fred Gregory says it's time to move on.

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Gone West: Jack Real

Former President Of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Also Worked On SR-71

Jack Real, an engineer, test pilot and aviation pioneer, died Tuesday after a long illness. Real served as a member of the SCAA Board of Directors recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Memorial Award in 1990, Real was most instrumental in locating the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose" at Evergreen Museum where he served as Chairman Emeritus.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.11.05)

"[Air Force officials] have told us in no uncertain terms that they're really struggling to meet their budget.... If we don't receive a commitment by the end of the year, our supplier base will start knocking off." Source: Boeing C-17 Program Manager David M. Bowman telling the Los Angeles Times that if the Air Force refuses to extend the C-17 manufacturing contract, Boeing will have to start phasing out production by 2008.

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Mississippi TFR: 09.11.05

NOTAM: 5/8187 Issued: 09/10/2005 06:10 Effective: 09/11/2005 20:25 - 09/12/2005 01:20 State: MS Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: GULF PORT, MISSISSIPPI

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Louisiana TFR: 09.11.05

NOTAM: 5/8189 Issued: 09/10/2005 06:30 Effective: 09/11/2005 23:30 - 09/12/2005 21:30 State: LA Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

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