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May 20, 2004

EAA Young Eagles Spokesman On The Air!

Jamail Larkins to Appear on David Letterman Tonight

EAA Young Eagles National Spokesman Jamail Larkins makes his network television debut tonight.

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Texas TFR: 05/20/04 - 05/21/04

NOTAM:  4/4422  Issued:  05/20/2004 15:45  Effective:  05/20/2004 00:20 - 05/21/2004 01:10  State:  TX  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HOUSTON, TEXAS, MAY 20-21, 2004. 

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Texas TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4405  Issued:  05/20/2004 03:48  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  NEAR MCKINNEY, TX. 

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4408  Issued:  05/20/2004 07:26  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  GILA BEND, AZ. 

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Cessna Beefs Up The Workforce

Will Hire 400 Workers

And, lo, the clouds parted, the rains ceased and the winds died down. The storm appeared to be over. Cessna is hiring 400 workers -- many of them who had been previously laid off. Could it be that the dark days which have plagued the aviation industry in an almost Biblical sense have finally passed?

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FAA Will Conduct Emergency Tanker Inspections

Arizona Congressman Calls For Even Faster Action

The FAA Tuesday said yes to a request from the US Forest Service to inspect 33 grounded aerial firefighting tankers grounded last week to see if any can be returned for service. But for one Arizona congressman, that's not good enough.

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AS3 Opens Big In Vegas

Major Boost in Exhibitor and Attendee Participation Over Previous Years

The 2004 rendition of the NATA/PAMA AS3 annual convention and tradeshow (now run by an independent organization) is off to a new and greater start than previously seen. Boasting strong attendance from both exhibitors as well as attendees, the AS3 show has become a focal point for aviation services, FBOs and the aviation maintenance field.

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GA Airport Security: NATA Chimes In

Says It's "Pleased" At TSA Guidelines

The TSA, after months of preparation, released its General Aviation Security Recommendations to the public earlier this week. Sent out as a TSA Information Publication (IP), the guidelines are suggested security procedures for general aviation airports and are not meant to be considered mandatory.

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National Defense University Blasts Boeing Tanker Deal

But Says We Still Need The Tankers

A new report from the National Defense University is highly critical of the process by which Boeing reached a deal to sell and lease 100 767 refueling tankers to the Air Force -- while, at the same time, saying the process of replacing the tanker fleet must begin immediately.

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Boeing Plant Sale Could Come Soon

Kansas, Oklahoma Commercial Plants Could Be Spun Off This Week

Boeing workers in Kansas and Oklahoma could find out as early as this week whether their plants are up for sale, according to the Daily Oklahoman.

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ATP Launches NavigatorV

Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has launched ATP NavigatorV, a regulatory information service that incorporates the advanced capabilities of a new software platform. ATP Navigator V improves maintenance organizations' ability to cut the cost and time associated with accessing and compiling regulatory data by introducing a streamlined user interface, simplified work flow, and robust functionality in conjunction with the industry s most complete and current collection of regulatory documents.

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AIR BP Announces Ramp Security And Safety Training

The obvious need to continue ramp security education and the insurance industry's scrutiny of the aviation business, has prompted Air BP Aviation Services to develop and offer a security and safety training program to assist Air BP Dealers, General Aviation personnel and FBOs.

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Grinstein In Charge

Seven New Executives On Board At Delta And They All Report To Him

Gerald Grinstein is indeed "the man" at Delta. Five months after being picked to run the airline, Grinstein Wednesday chose seven people to run the company underneath him -- all of whom report directly to him. There is no president of Delta. There's no heir to the throne, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 71-year old Grinstein (below) is the king of Delta.

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Bombardier/Indy To Lay Off 90

Service Center To Close October 1

Even with indications that the aviation sector is picking up, Bombardier says it's closing its service center in Indianapolis (IN) on October 1st. The announcement means about 90 workers -- many of them highly-skilled -- will get their walking papers soon, according to the Indianapolis Star.

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FAA To Expand Drug/Alcohol Testing Program

ARSA: Thousands of Small Businesses Will Be Affected The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing to drastically increase the scope of its antidrug and alcohol misuse testing program. These rules apply when maintenance or other safety-sensitive functions are performed in the United States directly or by contract for US air carriers.

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ANN Caption Contest

Inter-Service Rivalry?

Every day we're in publication we thank Wilbur and Orville for photographer Tyson Rininger. Here's his latest shot, which we think sheds a whole different light on the issue of securing POTUS.

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Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

Scaled Composite's Photos Of SpaceShipOne's Third Powered Test

Here are the latest pictures of Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne as it soared to more than 200,000 feet above the Earth in its third powered test. 'Nuff said.

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The Next REAL Fuel Crisis

What Comes After 100LL?

What will fuel your aircraft's engine in the future when oil companies eventually stop making 100-octane low lead (100LL) aviation gasoline? Rising prices for automotive gasoline is drawing a great deal of attention nationally, but within the aviation industry, there continues to be discussion on the future availability of 100LL avgas. It's a problem that probably won't affect pilots for years, but it's an issue that AOPA knows is coming and is actively involved in finding a solution.

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New Huey Fires Weapons For First Time

"This Is Proof That The Yankee Can Deliver"

The Bell UH-1Y Huey, the Marine Corps' newest and most capable utility helicopter, fired weapons for the first time during a test flight at the Army's Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia Monday.

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Let's Run To Willow Run

Day Of Aviation Set For Saturday

Willow Run Airport is offering a fun-filled day of aviation at its first open house on May 22, 2004 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With a wide range of activities scheduled for aviation enthusiasts of all ages, this free event is intended to promote aviation education, recreation and safety.

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Texas TFR: 05/20/04

NOTAM: 4/4387 Issued: 05/19/2004 14:23 Effective: 05/20/2004 22:50 - 05/20/2004 23:50 State: TX Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: HOUSTON, TEXAS, MAY 20-21, 2004.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/4373 Issued: 05/19/2004 00:22 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: ALPINE, AZ.

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New Mexico TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/4368 Issued: 05/18/2004 22:24 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: NM Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: CAPITAN,NM.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/4400 Issued: 05/19/2004 20:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: ALPINE, AZ. KP FIRE.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/4372 Issued: 05/19/2004 00:19 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: SHOWLOW, AZ.

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Aero-News Net Quote Of The Day (05.20.04)

"This is just a foretaste of what the summer may hold, and we've got to bring all our assets to bear on this. Fires are burning, and you've got to pull all the fire alarms." Source: Congressman JD Hayworth (R-AZ), urging President Bush to authorize the FAA to inspect and reinstate 33 aerial firefighting tankers grounded when the Forest Service abruptly cancelled their contracts. The FAA has agreed to conduct emergency inspections on the grounded aircraft, but has not yet set forth a timetable for doing so and has not indicated what action, if any, might be taken when the results of those inspections are in.

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