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November 30, 2004

Black Hawk Down In Texas

Seven Presumed Lost

A US Army Black Hawk helicopter from Fort Hood apparently hit a TV tower guy wire and went down near Waco, TX, Monday. Although there was no immediate confirmation, sources at the scene said all seven soldiers aboard were killed.

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Future Eclipse 500 Owners Gather In ABQ (Part Two)

Investors in Raburn's 'Technological Transformation' Find Much To Celebrate

BEEEEEEPPPPP! ...we interrupt this article to offer you the latest pictures of another new Eclipse coming together -- and getting ready to fly in a VERY short period of time. Originally scheduled for January 6th of 2005, Flight Test Aircraft N503EA was set on its main and nose landing gear quite a bit early... November 28th, to be exact. The wings (including main landing gear), horizontal stabilizer, and rudder have been joined to the fuselage and the flaps are being installed.

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Pennsylvania Legislature Passes FWI Measure

Bill Now Awaits Governor's Signature

When John V. Salamone was arrested after a drunken, meandering flight through restricted airspace and close to a nuclear power plant, authorities were dismayed to find they had no law under which they could charge him. In Pennsylvania, it's not against the law to fly while drunk.

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NASA Rethinks Possible Hubble Mission

Is It Worth The Expense?

As it turns out, NASA may need to consider a manned mission to save the Hubble Space Telescope after all. It appears such a mission would be cheaper than the planned robotic mission.

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Melting Ice Reveals DC-10 Lost For Quarter-Century

Plane Found In Antarctica Carried 257 When Lost

A group of five men who went to Antarctica Sunday to lay a wreath at the site of a deadly, yet mysterious crash did much more than conduct a simple memorial. They found the wreckage.

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Body Found In Montrose Wreckage: Said To Be Young Ebersol

14-Year Old And His Seat Missing After Montrose Mishap

Search teams late Monday said they had located the body of a young man thought to be Edward "Teddie" Ebersol, the 14-year old Edward Ebersol, son of NBC's sports chief, after their Canadair Challenger CL-600 (file photo of type, below) crashed on take-off from Montrose, CO, Sunday. The boy and his seat were missing from the aircraft wreckage.

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Montrose Mishap: The First NTSB Report

From the NTSB: A National Transportation Safety Board investigator arrived Monday to begin an investigation into the crash of a business jet in Montrose, Colorado.

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EADS Gives Tentative Go-Ahead On A350

Final Decision Expected December 10th

EADS, the European parent company of commercial plane-maker Airbus, gave its tentative approval to creation of a new model that will rival Boeing's 7E7 -- the Airbus A350.

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Aero-Views: Dropping The Holy Hand Grenade

ANN's Position On Politics: We Take No Position

You've heard it before. Someone walks into a room and drops a controversial topic on the conversation like a "holy hand grenade" with a short fuse.

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Ten Hurt In Spanish Airport Accident

KLM 737-400 Unexpectedly Departed Runway

A KLM Boeing 737-400 veered off the runway as it was landing in Barcelona Sunday, injuring ten people on board.

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USMC ScanEagle: Someone To Watch Over Me

Marines Use UAV To Pinpoint Insurgent Positions

Chances are Iraqi insurgents in places like Fallujah don't see the Marines' eye-in-the-sky. But the ScanEagle sees them and has become a vital instrument in guiding Marines to their targets.

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US Army Says Goodbye To Aviation Legend

WO 5 Bobbie McNeal Is Heading Into The Sunset

If you ask the commander of the Army's 11th Aviation Regiment, he'll tell you that Chief WO 5 Robert "Bobbie" McNeal is a real aviation legend.

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AEA Launches Computer Based Training Program

Architecture of an Alteration

The Aircraft Electronics Association has both a new member benefit and a solution for the repair station training program requirements of the future.

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Ice From Passing Aircraft Punches Through Roof

"This Could Have Killed My Mother"

Things could have been tragically different if 80-year old Constance Cotter had been in her bedroom Friday night. That's when several chunks of ice blasted through her roof. Even though Ms. Cotter is deaf, she could feel the impact of the ice as it broke through her ceiling and shattered on her floor. Immediately, she called her 53-year old daughter, Mary Petrillo.

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Ms. Bart Goes To Washington

Washoe County Airports Director Wants Answers About FAA Equipment Failures

The exodus of stranded passengers from Reno-Tahoe International Airport appears to be over after a snowstorm caused the airport's ILS to fail at just the wrong time.

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SPACEHAB Joins Forces With Academia

Company Provides Real-world Experience to Students

"Space Exploration." Definitely not a new term; but the rejuvenated enthusiasm for the expression most certainly is. We've all been hearing about the newest frontier - the commercialization and privatization of space. Gone are the days that our celestial borders can only be explored by the elite few. Now, ordinary people with a vision can pursue either working in or for someone in space.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.30.04)

"Why wasn’t this piece of equipment fixed? That is a question we’ll be seeking an answer to all the way through to Washington." Source: Reno-Tahoe International Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin, who says airport executives are furious that, for the second time in less than a month, an iced-over glideslope antenna failed, forcing the airport to delay dozens of flights Sunday and strand thousands of passengers. The passengers have mostly found ways home, but Kulpin says his airport authority chief is headed to Washington, planning to pound on some desks and get some answers.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2004-24-01 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-01 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Bombardier Inc. Model (Otter) DHC-3 airplanes that have been modified by 524085 BC, Ltd. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Number ST01243NY or SA01243NY.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-24-07 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes. This AD requires replacing the bracket for the wire bundle of the fuel quantity indicating system (FQIS), performing a general visual inspection of the FQIS wire bundle for damage, and doing corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-21 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-21 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), and DC-9-87 (MD-87) airplanes; and Model MD-88 airplanes.

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