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January 08, 2005

B-1s, F-22s Return To Flight Status

Grounding order lifted as mishap investigations continue

Two of the US Air Force's top combat systems are back "in the green" after temporary groundings resulting from mishaps.

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United Signs With Mechanics

Airline announces tentative agreement, may also reach agreement with flight attendants over weekend

United Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, which represents the airline's mechanics, have jointly announced a tentative labor agreement.

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FAA To Install Updated ILS At Reno

New equipment should prevent another occurrence of the Turkey Day Meltdown

The FAA has agreed to upgrade the ILS systems at Reno/Tahoe International Airport by June 2005 to avoid the problems that shut down the airport in November.

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New Airspace Warning System In Development

Air Force scientists working on laser light as signaling system

Air Force Research Laboratory scientists have launched a study which supports the development of a new flight-warning system designed to significantly enhance pilot safety.

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FlightSafety Student Pilot Busts NASA Airspace

Lost in a cloud bank, Piper Arrow emerges in restricted zone over Cape Canaveral

A FlightSafety student pilot flying a Piper Arrow PA-28-161 property of the company's Vero Beach (FL) facility found himself in restricted airspace over Cape Canaveral (FL) after getting "lost in a cloud bank" during a training flight.

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Malaysia Airlines A330 Vandalized... Again

Maintenance crews find hydraulic fluid all over instrument panel

When mechanics entered the cockpit of an Malaysia Airlines Airbus 330 on Friday they found an instrument panel covered in hydraulic fluid.

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GAMA Praises Increased NTSB Funding

Congress gives agency $2 million more than it asked for, tells it to hire more investigators

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is expressing its gratitude to Congress for recent legislation that increased Fiscal Year 2005 funding for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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Aero News Quote of the Day (01.08.05)

"It became obvious to air traffic controllers that a secondary warning system beyond radio communications is needed to let pilots know to change course." Source: Maj. (Dr.) Laura Barnes, principal investigator for the Optical Radiation branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Human Effectiveness Directorate, commenting on the reasons for a research project to use laser lights as a means of warning pilots not to enter restricted airspace.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/0160  Issued:  01/07/2005 17:10  Effective:  01/07/2005 19:00 - 01/07/2005 23:00  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  PROVO UT

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CASA Urgent AD: Eurocopter

AD Number: AD/AS 355/84 Subject: Eurocopter AS 355 (Twin Ecureuil) Stabilisers - Upper and Lower Vertical Fin Spars Summary: Reports were received of cracks discovered in the spar of the upper vertical fin on two AS 355 N helicopters.

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CASA Urgent AD: Kelly Aerospace

AD Number: AD/AIRCON/13 Amdt 1 Manufacturer: Kelly Aerospace Subject: Fuel Regulator Shutoff Valves & Cabin Heaters Summary: There are continued reports of fuel leakage from fuel regulator shutoff valve used with Kelly Aerospace B-Series combustion heaters.

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AD: Pilatus

AD Number: 2005-01-11 Manufacturer: Pilatus Subject: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-11 Summary: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) Models PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes.

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CASA Urgent AD: Eurocopter

AD Number: AD/ECUREUIL/107 Subject: Eurocopter AS 350 (Ecureuil) Stabilisers - Upper and Lower Vertical Fin Spars Summary: Reports were received of cracks discovered in the spar of the upper vertical fin on two AS 355 N helicopters.

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CASA Urgent AD: Eurocopter

AD Number: AD/S-PUMA/57 Subject: Eurocopter AS 332 (Super Puma) Tail Servo-Control Summary: The Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile of France has advised that following removal of a tail servo-control for repair, it was reported that a control lever had slipped along the shaft of one of the distributors.

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CASA Urgent AD: Eurocopter

AD Number: AD/ECUREUIL/108 Subject: Eurocopter AS 350 (Ecureuil) Tail Servo-Control Summary: The Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile of France has advised that servos fitted with the incorrect servo piston could cause loss of tail rotor control authority during certain phases of autorotative flight.

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AD: New Piper

AD Number: 2005-01-10 Manufacturer: New Piper Subject: Airworthiness Directive 2005-01-10 Summary: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) that supersedes Airworthiness Directive (AD) 74-06-01, which applies to certain The New Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) Models PA-23-235, PA-23-250, and PA-E23-250 airplanes equipped with Garrett Aviation Services (Garrett) (formerly AiResearch) turbo superchargers installed under supplemental type certificate (STC) SA852WE, SA909WE, or SA978WE; or installed under Piper Aircraft Drawing Number 32016.

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