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March 08, 2004

Here Comes The Crunch

As fractional bizjet ownership and regional jets fill the already crowded American skies, FAA officials are becoming alarmed at the number of aircraft competing for airspace.

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ATC Summit Meeting

It was a meeting of aviation minds in Washington last week, where industry and GA lobbyists sought to influence the future direction of flight in American skies. They went to Washington at the invitation of FAA in an unprecedented meeting to address the growing airspace congestion problems along major routes and hub airports. AOPA sent its representative to the three-day FAA meeting to discuss the future of FAA's new Air Traffic Organization (ATO — responsible for flight service stations, control towers, TRACONs, and enroute air traffic control), hoping to speak up for the low-and-slow among us.

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Glenn: Don't Short-Change Space Initiative

Former Ohio Senator John Glenn, the grand old man of space exploration, pulls no punches when you ask him about President Bush's plan for a permanent colony on the moon and a manned mission to Mars by 2035. It "pulls the rug out from under our scientists," he says.

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First Volunteer AB-DAR Inspection Completed

The first inspection of a homebuilt aircraft conducted under the FAA’s new volunteer amateur-built designated airworthiness representative (AB-DAR) program was completed last week. Joe Gauthier, who was designated an AB-DAR under the new program, inspected an RV-6 built by David Faile, EAA and NAFI member, master flight instructor, and professional pilot from Fairfield (CT).

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Maintenance Work On ISS

Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale reestablished a vacuum between the Destiny Laboratory’s science window’s two panes of optical-quality glass over the weekend. The window work was associated with continuing repairs following a small pressure leak detected on the International Space Station in January.

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NTSB Hosts Cargo Aviation Safety Forum

The National Transportation Safety Board will host a forum on safety issues related to the US air cargo industry on March 30 - 31, 2004, at the new NTSB Academy in Ashburn (VA). "The goal of this forum is to augment and support industry- government dialogue on air cargo safety and to help advance the important work currently being done in this area," said NTSB Chairman Ellen Engleman-Connors. "Air cargo is a critical segment of our transportation system and we need to do all we can to ensure that the highest safety standards are maintained."

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Klyde Morris 03.08.04

Klyde Has A Little More Fun With 'Boss' Daley

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Daring Aerial Rescue Saves Russian Researchers

Perhaps we didn't hear much about it, but all of Russia has been riveted on the fate of an Arctic exploration team after the ocean swallowed up 90 percent of their research station last week. Now, the team is home safe, thanks to a daring aerial rescue.

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China's Space Program Looks For A Few Good Women

It took the combined efforts of the world's most populace country to put a Chinese man into space last year, but it took a proposal by the Chinese All-Women's Federation to get a woman into the program.

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Tarmac Collision Delays Gulf Deployment

An American Trans Air Lockheed L-1011 (file photo of type, right) collided with a service vehicle Saturday, preventing the deployment of 225 sailors and Coast Guard personnel from making their scheduled trip to the Persian Gulf.

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Yeah, But Where Did It Come From?

Okay, so there's water on Mars. That's an incredible discovery. But the big questions remain: where did the water come from and even more importantly, where did it go?

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Airports Under Siege: Hartselle (AL)

To hear resident Jeff Tanner tell it, Roundtree Field in Hartselle (AL) is a "hole in the river," a waste of taxpayer resources. He, along with other Alabamans, wants the Decatur City Council to drop plans to build new hangars at the field. In fact, he and his group want the city-owned airport moved altogether.

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CA TFR: 03/11-03/14

NOTAM:  4/1765  Issued:  03/05/2004 13:35  Effective:  03/11/2004 22:00 - 03/14/2004 01:00  State:  CA  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO, CA. 

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TX TFR: 03/08-03/09

NOTAM:  4/1793  Issued:  03/05/2004 21:51  Effective:  03/08/2004 19:35 - 03/09/2004 01:25  State:  TX  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HOUSTON, TEXAS, MARCH 8, 2004 LOCAL

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IA TFR: 03/08

NOTAM:  4/1784  Issued:  03/05/2004 17:23  Effective:  03/08/2004 16:40 - 03/08/2004 21:00  State:  IA  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  DES MOINES, IOWA, MARCH 8, 2004 LOCAL.  

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SD TFR: 03/08-03/09

NOTAM:  4/1783 Issued:  03/05/2004 17:15  Effective:  03/08/2004 20:45 - 03/09/2004 01:35  State:  SD  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, MARCH 8, 2004 LOCAL. 

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The Only Airborne Jet Engine Lab In Aviation

What was it Grandma used to tell us? If you want something done right, do it yourself. That seems to be the philosophy that drives GE's jet engine operation. Unlike rivals Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce, GE flies its own test bed over the California desert, determined to see firsthand the results of its experimental work.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.08.04)

"What I am hearing could be likened to the bus industry asking to ban cars from the interstate!" Source: AOPA President Phil Boyer at an FAA-organized meeting on the upcoming traffic jam at flight levels. The FAA says, because of the proliferation of regional jets and corporate aircraft capable of flight above 10,000 feet, the nation's skyways are about to become overcrowded. One airline industry representative proposed creating High Occupancy Vehicle lanes in the skies -- sort of like what we see on the highways now. Boyer obviously didn't take very kindly to the suggestion.

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H-1 Upgrade To Address Tail Boom Heating

A survivability upgrade to the current fleet of AH-1W Super Cobras has turned out to be a solution to tail boom structural problems encountered during developmental testing of AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.

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