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February 22, 2004

Gus McLeod: Pole To Pile?

The good news is that 49-year old Gus McLeod is okay. The bad news: He'll be shipping his experimental aircraft home from Argentina in a box.

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Small New Mexico Town Lands Big Aircraft Plant

Lawrenceville (GA) American Utilicraft will build an 80,000 sq. ft. plant in the small town of San Juan Pueblo in northern New Mexico, after city economic development leaders agreed to invest big bucks in the company and improve its local airport.

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TSA Didn't Break The Law... But Bent It Pretty Good

The TSA didn't break the letter of the law when it asked JetBlue for access to passenger records. DHS wanted to turn them over to a contractor working on the development of the Base Security Enhancement program, designed to assess the terror risk to military facilities worldwide. But the Department of Homeland Security says the TSA pushed the edge of the envelope when it asked for the records and didn't notify the public.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.22.04)

"No Privacy Act violation by TSA employees occurred in connection with this incident. There is no evidence that any data were provided directly to TSA or its parent agency at the time, DOT. On the contrary, the evidence demonstrates that passenger data were transferred directly by jetBlue’s contractor, Acxiom, to Torch Concepts. As a result, the Privacy Act of 1974, which regulates the Federal Government’s collection and maintenance of personally identifiable data on citizens and legal permanent residents, does not appear to have been violated by TSA actions. Because TSA did not receive passenger data, no new system of records under the Privacy Act was established within TSA, nor was any individual’s personal data used or disclosed by TSA, its employees or contractors,

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Search For Water On Mars Continues

Both of America's Martian rovers -- Spirit and Opportunity -- were digging holes on Mars Saturday, trying to scrape up evidence that water once flowed over the surface of the Red Planet.

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What The Hell Was THAT All About?

A Chicago-area man is charged with making false statements to the FBI after a Royal Air Maroc flight from New York to Casablanca, Morocco, was diverted on the pilot's authority Thursday night. The plane landed in Bangor (ME) after a passenger made an in-flight phone call to his wife.

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Hey, Fellas, Take It Outside

It was a little like watching the two biggest kids on the block warily circling each other with fists balled up, ready for a fight. Boeing and its arch rival, Airbus, are elbow-to-elbow in advance of next week's Asian Aerospace 2004 Expo in Hong Kong. They're sparring over a difference in fundamental philosophy? Is bigger better?

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Aviation Festival No Longer Up In The Air

It's almost a cheap shot to say that the 2004 Wichita Aviation Festival has been up in the air. But it has. The on-again, off-again event now appears to be on again, after Wichita city leaders announced they'd back a scaled-down version of the show. The Wichita Eagle reports the festival is scheduled for September 24th and 25th at McConnell AFB.

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