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August 09, 2004

Rubicon X-Prize Entrant Blows Up On Pad

Space Transport Was Considered "Underdog" In $10 Million Race To Space

(ANN continues to work on this breaking story -- Publisher Jim Campbell is at X-Prize headquarters in Fort Lauderdale (FL) and will bring you reaction from the chairman later in the day. Update this page frequently for the latest -- ed.) The dreams of two young men bent on making a dark horse run at the Ansari X-Prize were dashed Sunday when their test vehicle exploded on lift-off.

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Helping Neptune Find Its Paperwork

Forest Service Promises To Pay For Data On Lockheed P-2V Tankers

One of the reasons 33 vintage firefighting tankers were grounded by the Forest Service earlier this year was that, in many cases, owners just couldn't come up with the maintenance records for their aircraft. Now, at least one major player in the tanker wars is getting some help from the feds.

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The Year We Sat And Waited

FAA: 2004 Lining Up As Year Of The Great Flight Delay

You can't say commercial flight in the post 9/11 era hasn't been challenging. Now, airlines are not only dealing with record fuel prices, but delays that have garnered the attention of the FAA and Department of Transportation.

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Home Again: CMSgt. Luther Rose (USAF)

Remains Identified In Vietnam

A serviceman missing in action from the Vietnam War has been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors. He is Chief Master Sergeant Luther L. Rose of Howe (TX).

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RIP: Joel Smith

Former Mooney Worker Killed In Texas Mishap

It was sad enough to note the crash of a Mooney M-20J (file photo of type, below) in Olney (TX) last week. But it's even sadder for aviation as a whole when you realize who was on board.

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Klyde Morris 08.09.04

Klyde Starts In On Those Airlines Bosses Again

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Oh, Deer (Revisited)

FAA Grants Help Texas Airport Build Fence

It was a very near thing last week. A group of Kansas wildlife officials flying into Topeka aboard the agency's Cessna 421 hit a deer on the runway. Luckily, no one was hurt and the aircraft was only slightly damaged. Even the deer apparently survived. But it's the kind of accident that could happen to any pilot at any time.

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CAP Supports 'Determined Promise'

Flies Missions In Virginia -- California On Standby

Civil Air Patrol members in Virginia and California supported the national Determined Promise homeland security exercise today with both aerial and ground support.

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Potential Light-Sport Aircraft List Updated

"Likely Candidates" Identified

An updated "Likely Candidates for Light-Sport Aircraft" list is now available on EAA's sport pilot website. EAA staff has spent the past week updating the list based on the latest information obtained from manufacturers, dealers, and distributors during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004.

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Congress Makes Sure FSS Service Levels Continue

AOPA Says Capitol Hill Committee To Loosen Purse Strings

At AOPA’s urging, Congress last week directed the FAA to ensure that pilots continue to get the best possible flight briefing and en route information services without user fees. The committee that holds the agency’s purse strings told the FAA to have specific, comprehensive customer service standards for maintaining the quality of pilot briefings.

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Big O Memories 2004

Wrapping Up Oshkosh

Favorite Airplane: No matter who performs at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture, my heart is consistently stolen by the AV-8B Harrier. Watching about 20 tons of aircraft hovering on "a column of noise" (thanks to ANN newbie Chris Armstrong for that description) is mind-blowing. There’s a feeling of watching the laws of physics being broken.

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FAA Reviews Plan To Put Prison Near Airport

Spokesman: Colorado's Plan "Unprecedented"

If Pueblo (CO) has its way, there'll soon be a prison right next door to the city's airport. But that plan first has to be approved by an already dubious FAA.

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Business Jet Center Opens New Hangar

Dallas Love Field Fixed Base Operator Increases Hangar Space By Nearly 25%

Business Jet Center has completed a $5 million expansion project at Dallas Love Field. A new hangar and adjoining office space, collectively called "Hangar B" by the company, increases the fixed base operator's total square footage of hangar and office space at the airport by nearly 25% -- from 178,000 sq. feet to approximately 220,000 sq. feet. The company also increased its ramp space by more than 65% -- from 9.6 acres to 16 acres. Overall, the FBO now occupies a total of 24 acres at Dallas Love Field.

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SkyWay Communications Gets FAA Certification of Repair Station

Newly Established FAR-145 Repair Station Next To DFW Airport

SkyWay Communications Holding Corp. says the FAA has approved and certified its newly established FAR-145 Repair Station located adjacent to the DFW Airport in Grapevine (TX). The FAA issued license number YXWR074Y last month.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.09.04)

"[T]he Forest Service request for information on June 2nd didn't request operational service life reports from Lockheed. They asked for this 10 days ago. Our point is there's no reason we can't be operational in the meantime." Source: Neptune President Kristen Schloemer, after Montana's lone Congressman, Denny Rehberg, announced a deal with the Forest Service to have the government pay for a search of Lockheed records on the P-2V. Before Neptune can fly the vintage military aircraft on aerial firefighting missions again, the Forest Service wants to see a report written when the type was first developed in 1949 which projects the Orion's life cycle.

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Montana TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8150 Location: MILES CITY, Montana near MILES CITY VORTAC (MLS) Beginning Date: August 08, 2004 at 1:13 UTC (August 07, 2004 at 19:13 MDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): GREAT FALLS (GTF) Flight service station, 406-268-2100

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8143 Location: TROUT LAKE, Washington near KLICKITAT VOR/DME (LTJ) Beginning Date: August 07, 2004 at 22:36 UTC (August 07, 2004 at 15:36 PDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): SEATTLE (SEA) Flight service station, 206-658-6607

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8140 Location: Tok, Alaska Beginning Date: August 07, 2004 at 19:04 UTC (August 07, 2004 at 11:04 AKDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): FAIRBANKS AFSS (FAI) Flight service station, 907-474-0788

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8149 Location: BIG DELTA, Alaska near BIG DELTA VORTAC (BIG) Beginning Date: August 08, 2004 at 1:07 UTC (August 07, 2004 at 17:07 AKDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): FAIRBANKS (FAI) Flight service station, 907-474-0788

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8151 Location: CASTAIC, California near LAKE HUGHES VORTAC (LHS) Beginning Date: August 08, 2004 at 1:18 UTC (August 07, 2004 at 18:18 PDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): HAWTHORNE (HHR) Flight service station, 800-336-3980

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8142 Location: WOODRUFF, Utah near EVANSTON VOR/DME (EVW) Beginning Date: August 07, 2004 at 22:31 UTC (August 07, 2004 at 16:31 MDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): CEDAR CITY (CDC) Flight service station, 435-586-1525

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Nevada TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8141 Location: MONTAIN SPRINGS, Nevada near LAS VEGAS VORTAC (LAS) Beginning Date: August 07, 2004 at 21:13 UTC (August 07, 2004 at 14:13 PDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): RENO (RNO) Flight service station, 775-784-5048

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