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September 24, 2005

Air Force Academy Grad Critically Hurt In Training Mishap

Instructor Dies When DA20 Clips Power Lines

A recent graduate of the US Air Force Academy is still in critical condition after the Diamond DA20 (file photo of type, below) she and her instructor were flying went down Wednesday morning after impacting power lines outside San Antonio.

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Colorado Presidential TFR: 09.23.05-09.25.05

NOTAM: 5/8684 Issued: 09/24/2005 00:50 Effective: 09/23/2005 23:26 - 09/25/2005 00:00 State: CO Facility: ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO. Type: VIP Description: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, SEPTEMBER 23-24 2005 LOCAL

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Texas Pop-Up Presidential TFR: 09.24.05-09.25.05

NOTAM: 5/8701 Issued: 09/24/2005 17:00 Effective: 09/24/2005 21:00 - 09/25/2005 16:00 State: TX Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS, SEPTEMBER 24-25 2005 LOCAL

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Texas Pop-Up Presidential TFR: 09.24.05

NOTAM: 5/8700 Issued: 09/24/2005 16:30 Effective: 09/24/2005 18:30 - 09/24/2005 21:20 State: TX Facility: ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX. Type: VIP Description: AUSTIN, TEXAS, SEPTEMBER 24 2005 LOCAL

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Jet-Blues: Wednesday's Stuck Gear Incident Second For Carrier

At Least Seven Reported Problems With Sideways A320 Nosewheels

In the glow of the spotlight brought by Wednesday's nationally televised emergency landing of JetBlue Flight 292, new information has been revealed on the history of problems with the nosegear on the Airbus A320.

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Terror Suspect Tasered On UK Airport Tarmac

Suitcase-Carrying Man Tried To Run From Police At Manchester Airport

A man described by British police as a terror suspect was tasered on the tarmac of Manchester Airport as he tried to run from officers. Investigators said he was carrying a suitcase -- and were wondering how he got on the tarmac in the first place.

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Groen Brothers Hits Century Mark

Company Has Sold 100 Sparrowhawk Gyroplane Kits and Conversions

Groen Brothers Aviation says it has sold a total of 100 of its SparrowHawk Gyroplane aircraft kits and SparrowHawk/P modification kits.

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Irish Accident Claims Two Lives

Two Belgians Perish As Robin DR250 Sheds Wing

Two Belgian tourists died in a crash Monday in County Galway, Ireland. The airplane, an Avions Robin DR 250, lost a wing soon after takeoff and crashed on a cricket pitch less than a mile from Galway airport in Carnmore.

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Congressional Research Service Questions ADIZ

Just How Effective Is It?

The highly respected Congressional Research Service (CRS) has raised questions concerning the effectiveness of the Washington, DC, Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and its effects on general aviation.

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Deferred Medical Processing Delays Increase To 120 Days

Use AOPA Resources To Avoid Deferral

The FAA has all but eliminated the backlog of special issuance medical certificates by pulling in staff resources to clear out the queue. But FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine sources have told AOPA that while that backlog was significantly reduced, that resource concentration means the delay in issuing deferred medical certificates is now up to about 120 days.

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Private Financing In Place For Aloha's Emergence From Bankruptcy

Yucaipa, AAIG To The Rescue

Aloha Airgroup, says it has signed a Letter of Intent with The Yucaipa Companies, LLC (Yucaipa) and Aloha Aviation Investment Group, LLC (AAIG) for a substantial equity investment in Aloha Airlines pursuant to a Plan of Reorganization. The Agreement is subject to U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval and other conditions.

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Phoenix Police Selects The A119 Koala

Joins A109 On Police Flight Line

Agusta Aerospace Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of AgustaWestland, has been selected to provide the Phoenix Police Air Support Unit with two new high performance single engine A119 Koala helicopters. 

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Mexico Update No Survivors In Mexican Police Copter Crash

"They All Died In The Line Of Duty"

The Mexican government helicopter previously reported missing by Aero-News has been found. It crashed west of Mexico City, striking a piney mountainside at 11,200 feet in what appears to have been controlled flight. There was a postcrash fire.

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Boeing Completes 787 Firm Configuration

Structure, Propulsion, Systems Now Set

Members of the 787 Dreamliner team gathered Friday to celebrate the achievement of firm configuration for the all-new Boeing airplane. This milestone marks the close of the joint development phase of the program and the full-scale start of detailed design.

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Aviation Law Firm Documents Design Problems with S-3 Viking

This, After Two Crew Members Were Lost In Crash Near Jacksonville Naval Air Station

Seasoned pilots and attorneys at the aviation law firm of Kreindler & Kreindler Friday cited what they called a documented history of design problems with the S-3 Viking aircraft, the same equipment that crashed Wednesday near the Jacksonville, FL, Naval Air Station.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.24.05)

"There wasn't enough time to allow us to give the FAA 30 days' notice.... They didn't want to continue an airport at that site. Once they canceled the lease, we had no basis for continuing to operate an airport at that location. We have a substantial amount of evidence supporting the fact that our closure falls within the exceptions to that rule, and we want the opportunity to present that information." Source: Chicago Law Department spokeswoman Jennifer Doyle to the Chicago Sun-Times, announcing the city will go to court over a $33,000 fine assessed for the bulldozing of Meigs Field in 2003.

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Colorado Presidential TFR: 09.24.05-09.25.05

NOTAM: 5/8669 Issued: 09/23/2005 19:10 Effective: 09/24/2005 01:50 - 09/25/2005 00:00 State: CO Facility: ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO. Type: VIP Description: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, SEPTEMBER 23-24 2005 LOCAL

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New Mexico TFR: 09.30.05-10.09.05

NOTAM: 5/8665 Issued: 09/23/2005 18:00 Effective: 09/30/2005 11:30 - 10/09/2005 18:00 State: NM Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL SUNPORT AIRPORT, ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-19-24 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-24 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model 727 series airplanes, that currently requires repetitive pre-modification inspections to detect cracks in the forward support fitting of the number 1 and number 3 engines; and repair, if necessary.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-19-23 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-23 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 767 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD: Airbus AD NUMBER: 2005-19-21 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-21 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-202, -223,-243, and -343 airplanes; and certain Model A340-313 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD: Airbus AD NUMBER: 2005-19-22 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-22 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-322, -341,and -342 airplanes, and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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