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April 28, 2004

Minnesota TFR: 4/28/04

NOTAM:  4/3688  Issued:  04/27/2004 19:02  Effective:  04/28/2004 16:30 - 04/28/2004 17:45  State:  MN  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ELY, MN.

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South Carolina TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/3686  Issued:  04/27/2004 17:56  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  SC  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  FLORENCE SC. 

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Cessna's First Citation Mustang Engine Takes Off

PW615F Makes First Flight

It's flying. Well, at least the engine is. The Citation Mustang PW615F engine successfully completed its maiden flight Tuesday. The 1.9 hour flight was flown on a CitationJet test bed from Cessna's facility in Wichita (KS).

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Lockheed To Lay Off 500

F-16 Production Slowdown

The biggest aerospace defense contractor in America will reportedly have to lay off some 500 workers from its plant in Fort Worth (TX) by the end of the year. The reason: production of the venerable F-16 line is slowing down.

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Something Optimistic In The Air?

Delta Pilots Now Think Wage Settlement Possible

Sounding a conspicuously conciliatory note, the chief of ALPA's Delta pilots' says he thinks the union and the airline can cut a deal. But Duane Woerth is a cautious man. "It's hard to close a deal until you see what you are talking about," Woerth was quoted in media reports as saying.

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TSA Evaluates Private Screeners At Five Airports

Little Difference Found Between Private And Federal Screeners

Rear Adm. David M. Stone, Acting Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), last week released the executive summary of a commissioned report that compares the agency's federal airport screeners with privately contracted screeners working in five test-bed airports. Kansas City International Airport, which is handled by FirstLine Transportation Security, in partnership with the TSA, was cited for excellent performance.

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Skytruckin' Good Buddy!

Polish Type Wins FAA Certification

Skytruck Corporation says its PZL M28 Skytruck has received full FAA Type Certification. "This is an extremely exciting time for us and for everyone involved in the certification process," said Skytruck President Lance Maclean. "The certification of the M28 Skytruck has been a multi-national bilateral effort between PZL, a major Polish aircraft manufacturer, and several American and Canadian aerospace companies. Our goal has been to provide a versatile STOL (short take off and landing), utility aircraft that will cost-effectively meet the needs of western operators."

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Fear And Loathing At Albany International

Federal Investigators Probe TSA Operation

Federal investigators have descended upon Albany International Airport (NY), interviewing dozens of security workers in a probe into wide ranging reports of turmoil in the workplace.

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Sizing Up The Summer

What Will This Traditional Vacation Season Bring?

Ahh, spring. It's time to be optimistic. Take, for instance, the eternal hope of a baseball coach just before the first official cry of "Play ball!" For the boys of summer, spring means every hitter is a triple-crown winner, every fielder a Golden Glove winner. Every game is a winning streak and every team can win the pennant. Have you ever noticed how much like baseball forecasting the summer is for airlines?

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More Layoffs At NWA

120 Customer Agents To Get The Ax

Some 120 customer service jobs at Northwest Airlines are about to go the way of the dodo, to be replaced by skycaps.

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What To Do With Johnnycake

Connecticut Residents Mull Reopening Airport

It's a scene increasingly familiar at airports across America. This time, it was played out in Burlington and Harwinton (CT), where some 500 residents showed up Monday night for an informal little chat about what to do with Johnnycake Airport. It's an argument that splits both communities -- and apparently splits the co-owners of the land as well.

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Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

ARINC Joins RAA, Hoping To Improve Communications With The Big Boys

ARINC Incorporated has expanded the range of services it offers US airlines and is seeking to establish closer relationships with domestic regional carriers. The company has been named to the 2003-2004 Associate Member Council of the Regional Airline Association, and plans to assume a higher profile at industry forums and conferences.

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Black Hawk Found: South Carolina

Three On Board Missing

A US Army UH-60 is missing, somewhere in South Carolina. The aircraft, with three soldiers on board, was on a "routine" flight from Fort Bragg (NC) to Florence (SC) Monday when it dropped off radio and radar.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.28.04)

"What is the worst for me is the time it will take to resolve this. Until this is resolved, we can't live a normal life. I have three children who are in school and it disturbs their studies. I don't want them to fail their courses." Source: Francoise Jolin, widow of Quebec pilot Gilbert Paquette. His Cessna ran into a broadcast tower three years ago. Now, the broadcasters who used that tower are suing the family for a total of $3.5 million, far more than Paquette's $1 million life insurance policy will cover.

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Broadcasters Sue Crash Widow

They Want Damages And Lost Revenue

Gilbert Paquette had a million-dollar life insurance policy when his small Cessna became impaled on a broadcast tower in Quebec three years ago. But in a move that left his survivors flabbergasted, the broadcasters that used the wrecked tower are suing the family for all that and much more.

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Speaking With One Voice

More Than 10,000 Sign EAA Sport Pilot Petition

Support poured in from throughout the nation over the past few days for EAA's sport pilot/light-sport aircraft petition to the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), resulting in signatures from more than 10,000 EAA members, other pilots, and aviation enthusiasts. The petition drive ended early Sunday morning, April 25.

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Gee, What Shall We Do At Oshkosh?

Forum Sign-Ups Now Available For AirVenture 2004

The EAA AirVenture Forums scheduling team has posted the initial schedule of EAA AirVenture forum presentations on the organization's website. Hundreds of presentations feature virtually any aviation topic, including aircraft design, history, vintage aircraft, family aviation, medical certification, piloting, insurance and of course, sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, to name a few.

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Nesmith Cougar Takes Unscheduled Exit

Lands On Florida Turnpike After Engine Trouble

Barry Squire was minding his own business, flying along in his 1960 Nesmith Cougar (file photos of type, right and below) shortly after take-off, when he realized he was about to miss his exit. So he made what the Florida Highway Patrol says was a perfect landing on Florida's Turnpike in northern St. Lucie County.

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New Jersey TFR: 04/28/04- 05/02/04

NOTAM:  4/3640  Issued:  04/26/2004 16:03  Effective:  04/28/2004 18:30 - 05/02/2004 21:00  State:  NJ  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  MILLVILLE, NJ. 

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: RV-6A

For Sale: Van's Aircraft RV-6, 6A

454 TT 160hp Lycoming Compression 76+ F. Pitch Metal Prop 775 lbs useful load 190 MPH and 1800 fpm climb. Great Sport Aerobatic Performer. KLX135A GPS/COMM – Skyforce moving map - KT760 transponder, B. Encoder, Intercom, engine monitor & Autopilot. Exterior Quality: 9, Interior Quality: 9 Used, will sell for $75,000.00

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Better Than Expected

LABACE2004 Surpasses Expectations

The second Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE2004), held April 15 to 17, surpassed even the most optimistic projections of both organizers and Exhibitors, registering 3,735 people, a 30 percent increase over last year.

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NATA Launches New Web Site

New Domain Name, Too!

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched a new Website with a new domain name: www.nata.aero. NATA says the new site features a more user-friendly homepage and certain sections that are password-protected and accessible only by NATA members.

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