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September 30, 2005

California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/8948 Issued: 09/30/2005 08:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CA Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: CHATSWORTH CA.

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Georgia TFR: 10.01.05

NOTAM: 5/8935 Issued: 09/29/2005 20:00 Effective: 10/01/2005 14:00 - 10/01/2005 18:00 State: GA Facility: ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA. Type: HAZARDS Description: WRENS, GEORGIA

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/8950 Issued: 09/30/2005 08:00 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CA Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: YUCIAPA CA.

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Boeing To Build 13 More Army AH-64D Apache Longbow Helicopters

The U.S. Army and Boeing signed a $192.5 million contract for 13 new AH-64D Apache Longbow multi-role combat helicopters for the U. S. Army on Friday, September 23.

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FAA Record of Decision Approves O’Hare Modernization

City of Chicago Can Begin Work to Improve Airport Safety and Capacity

The FAA has issued its Record of Decision (ROD) that determines the City of Chicago’s O’Hare Modernization Program and Airport Layout Plan is the best alternative to improve safety, increase capacity and reduce delays with the least environmental impact.

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AAL Labor Groups To Congress: 'Please Recognize Our Efforts!'

Senate Continues To Move Ahead With Reform Legislation

As the US Senate moves forward with comprehensive pension reform, the three unions at American Airlines urged Congress to ensure companies that continue to fulfill their pension funding obligations are not disadvantaged by the final legislation. Congress has been considering a special airline-specific provision that would permit carriers that have frozen their defined-benefit plans to extend the amortization period for full funding to 14 years, and it also includes the ability to use a "reasonable interest rate" while doing so.

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Aero-News Alert: TransMeridian Airlines Shuts Down All Ops

Will File for Protection Under Section 7 of the US Bankruptcy Code

TransMeridian Airlines has announced the shut down of all flight operations effective immediately. The Atlanta based supplemental carrier was unsuccessful in negotiations to restructure its debt.

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First Flight: ATG Javelin

Prototype Makes First Flight

An ebullient George Bye has confirmed to ANN that Aviation Technology Group's Javelin prototype has successfully completed its maiden flight at the Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado just a few hours ago.

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NWA Wants More Pilot Concessions

ALPA: That's "Extreme"

Northwest Airlines wants more out of its pilots -- a total of $358 million in annual concessions. That's a request pilots call "extreme."

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AD: Aerospatiale

AD NUMBER: 2005-19-05 MANUFACTURER: Aerospatiale (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Aerospatiale Model ATR42-500 airplanes.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2005-19-03 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all BAe Systems (Operations) Limited Model ATP airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-19-06 MANUFACTURER: Boeing (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-19-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual to incorporate new procedures for the flightcrew to follow to correct miscalculation of the takeoff and accelerating or stopping distance of the airplane during a ferry flight under certain conditions.

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UAV -- Grounded, But Still Working

DragonEye Eyeballs New Orleans for Survivors

What do you do when your best sensor is on a UAV, but the area you need to cover isn't really all that great, and any threat is neutralized? Why, you mount the UAV on a post on top of a tall building.

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A Frighteningly Familiar Story

Mechanics Find Ungreased Jackscrew On Alaska Airlines MD-83

It was an eerily familiar discovery. Six years after Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashed into the Pacific -- a crash blamed on the failure to properly lubricate the MD-83's horizontal stabilizer jackscrew, maintenance crews in Seattle found another unlubricated jackscrew on another Alaska Air MD-83.

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FAA Awards $13.1M Contract For New Huntsville ATC Tower

The FAA has awarded a $13.1 million contract to the Carmon Construction Co. of Albertville, AL to construct a new 246-foot tall air traffic control tower at Huntsville International Airport in Alabama.

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Klyde Morris 09.30.05

Klyde Just Can't Leave Airline Bankruptcy Problems Alone

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SecTrans Announces Federal $$$ for Rita-Damaged Airports

Airports in Texas and Louisiana damaged by Hurricane Rita will receive federal help to make repairs so flights that are crucial to the local economy can begin soon...

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More Than 600 Attend Memorial for Fallen VS-32 Aviators

A memorial service was held aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Sept. 27 in memory of two naval officers from Sea Control Squadron (VS) 32 who died Sept. 21 in an S-3B Viking jet crash.

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Indian Airlines Cleared For Big Airbus Purchase

43 Aircraft In The Pipeline

An Indian cabinet committee Thursday approved Indian Airlines' purchase of 43 Airbus aircraft -- a mix of A319s, A320s and A321s. The first of the deliveries will come in the second half of next year, according to news reports from New Delhi.

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Philippines Decommissions Last Jet Fighter

No More In The Works For At Least Six Years

The Philippines is about to decommission the last of its US-made F-5 fighters on Saturday, a move that will leave the Pacific nation without any credible air defense.

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FAA Publishes Final Rule On Airline Seats

The FAA has published the final version of a new rule covering Part 121 seats.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers 50th F/A-22 Raptor To The US Air Force

The 50th F/A-22 Raptor has been delivered to the Air Force.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.30.05)

"This report should be a wake-up call for the quality-assurance department of Alaska Airlines that they need to step up the surveillance of their outsourced maintenance." Source: Former NTSB member John Goglia, in an interview with the Seattle Times after mechanics at Alaska Airlines found two instances of unlubricated horizontal stabilizer jackscrews on board separate MD-83s. The discovery is bone-chilling, considering the NTSB's finding that an unlubricated jackscrew caused the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 off the coast of California almost six years ago. The FAA is investigating these latest discoveries.

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