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March 23, 2005

Texas TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/2227  Issued:  03/23/2005 21:50  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  TX  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  TEXAS CITY TX. 

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Glasair Aviation Issues Service Bulletin On Engine Mounts

Fix Is Free If You're Fast Enough

Glasair Aviation has just released a service bulletin (#157) describing a manufacturing flaw in 200 HP GII-RG engine mounts.

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New Jersey Man Indicted In Laser Incident

Says He Was Just Stargazing

A New Jersey man accused of pointing a laser beam into the cockpits of passing planes was indicted in federal court Wednesday under an anti-terrorism law.

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Update On Challenger Jet Crash In Teterboro, New Jersey

Icing Conditions Reportedly Non-Existent

From the NTSB... The National Transportation Safety Board today released the following update on its investigation into the crash of a Bombardier Challenger CL-600 corporate jet on February 2, 2005, in Teterboro, New Jersey.  The airplane overran the departure end of runway 6 during an aborted takeoff attempt and crashed into a fence, two cars, and a warehouse. A postcrash fire ensued. The pilot, copilot, and two automobile occupants received serious injuries, and a cabin aid and eight passengers received minor injuries.

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US, European Airports Want Urgent Progress In Open Skies Negotiations

"For Too Long, We've Lived Under An Arcane Set Of Rules..."

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and ACI Europe Tuesday sent a joint letter urging European Union Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot and US Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta to make substantial progress on EU-US air service negotiations. The letter calls for them to establish a basis for resuming productive EU/US negotiations at the Ministerial EU-US meeting which will take place tomorrow in Washington, DC.

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Take A Powder: Hazmat Crews Clear Cargo Plane

But This Powder CAUSED Headaches

Authorities in Rome, NY, were worried at first. They'd found a white powder in a bag on board a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 cargo plane being serviced at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park. In fact, they were worried to the point where they sent in a couple of Oneida County Hazmat team members dressed in moon suits to check it out. They did. It was aspirin.

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British Herc Sent Distress Signal Before Going Down

Investigation Into January 30th Mishap Continues

The crew of a Royal Air Force C-130 that went down January 30th, killing all ten on board, sent a distress signal before the mishap, according to a British investigator. That was eight minutes after the aircraft took off from Baghdad Airport -- and it was followed only by silence.

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ANA Hijacker Gets Life In Prison

Hijacker Stabbed Pilot, Then Briefly Took Controls Of B-747

A 34-year old man convicted of killing an All Nippon Airways captain during a domestic flight six years ago was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

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ATSB Blames Mechanical Failure For Fatal C-404 Mishap

Fuel Pump Seized Up, Aircraft Failed To Make Runway

The Australian Transportation Safety Board said an engine-driven fuel pump aboard a Cessna 404 failed shortly after the aircraft took off from Perth in 2003. The pump had been recently maintained -- but with non-standard parts, according to the report.

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Engine, Medical Problems Ruled Out In CAP Mishap

NTSB Finds Engine Producing Plenty Of Power At Time Of Impact

There were no apparent engine problems and no contributing medical issues in the crash of a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182R earlier this year. Two people died in the accident when the aircraft went down on approach to Monroe Regional Airport in Louisiana.

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O'Hare Accord Extended

To Be Reviewed Every Six Months

The voluntary agreement between the FAA and airlines serving Chicago's O'Hare International Airport was extended Tuesday through April 2008. The federal agency said it will review the agreement every six months to see if O'Hare can accomodate more flight operations than called for under the accord.

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Third Annual Cirrus Migration Announced For June 3-5, '05

Like birds returning to the nest, members of the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association will flock to the birthplace of their aircraft for the third annual Migration, or M3.

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Fossett: Fuel Tank Vent Positioning 'Unfortunate'

That Caused The Leak That Almost Stopped GlobalFlyer

Say, where DID that fuel go -- you know, the 2,600 pounds of Jet-A that went missing during Steve Fossett's successful attempt to fly solo and unrefueled around the world?

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JAL 767 Runway Mishap

Comes On The Heels Of Government's Operations Warning

Have you ever heard the old saying that astronauts have just one rule? It is: Don't screw up. Well, Japan Airlines is playing by the astronaut's rule these days, after getting an embarrassing and rather dire series of operational warnings from the Japanese government.  So it probably didnt' help matters when JAL aircraft are involved in more incidents.

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New York Spacing Violations Break All Records

More Than Four Times More So Far This Year Than In All Of 2004

There have been 117 incidents of aircraft violating spacing regulations in the airspace around New York's major airports, according to the findings of a federal investigation reported Tuesday. That's more than four times the spacing violations reported in all of 2004, according to the FAA.

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T-50 Aircraft Completes Aerial Gunfire Testing

The T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer successfully completed aerial gunfire testing recently. The T-50 Golden Eagle is being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) with technical support from Lockheed Martin.

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NTSB: Who Will Lead?

Still No Word From White House On Replacing NTSB Chairman

Come Sunday, the NTSB could be in an unusual spot -- without a chief when the current chairman, Ellen Engleman-Conners, is forced to step down.

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Spitzer Spots Light From Two Planets

First Time They've Actually Been Seen

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has for the first time captured the light from two known planets orbiting stars other than our Sun. The findings mark the beginning of a new age of planetary science, in which "extrasolar" planets can be directly measured and compared.

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SALE To Order Up To 40 Boeing Next-Generation 737 Aircraft

20 Orders Firm, 20 Pending

Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) Tuesday announced it will purchase up to 40 Next-Generation 737 aircraft from Boeing. The deal covers 20 firm orders and 20 purchase rights, with deliveries of the aircraft scheduled between the fourth quarter of 2006 and the end of 2009.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.23.05)

"The fuel vents, instead, were put on the central fuselage, on the engine cowling. The trouble was, when the airplane was full of fuel, there's solid fuel in between the booms and the main fuselage. So as the air expanded in the boom tanks, as I climbed in altitude, it had the effect of forcing fuel out the vents instead of air." Source: GlobalFlyer Pilot Steve Fossett, explaining the circumstances that led to the globe-girdling project's concern for his fuel cpacity as the flight neared a (thankfully) successful conclusion earlier this month.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.23.05)

"Initially, as I was flying over the western states, [the other pilots] wanted to know where the GlobalFlyer was and asking for permission to fly closer. The airlines were wanting to show the passengers the airplane.... But as I was approaching, it was very interesting that pilots were getting on air traffic control, congratulating me on behalf of their airline. There must've been 20 of those calls in rapid succession." Source: Steve Fossett, in an interview with ANN about his record-breaking flight aboard the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. Fossett and the Flyer will both be at Oshkosh for AirVenture 2005.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-06-08 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-06-12 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-300, 747SP, and 747SR series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-06-10 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 767-200, -300, and -300F series airplanes.

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House Committee Blasts User Fees And Cuts In Airport Funding

Just two days after AOPA President Phil Boyer blasted the administration for under-funding airports, members of Congress took Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta to task for lopping half a billion dollars from airport grants.

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