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July 14, 2005

AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2005-14-10 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-14-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain McDonnell Douglas transport category airplanes.

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Airplanes And Dignitaries Invade Missouri Town

Second Congressional Fly-In Sponsored By Rep. Sam Graves

Some 120 aircraft flew in Saturday for the second annual Congressional Fly-In, sponsored by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) at Gould Peterson Municipal Airport (K57) in Tarkio, Missouri, in the extreme northwest corner of the state.

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United Has A Secret…

And The Bankruptcy Trustee Wants To Know What It Is

This is no time to play “I’ve Got A Secret.” That’s the gist of a complaint by the trustee in UAL’s epic bankruptcy. Ira Bodenstein wants to know why the airline should be allowed to sell an undisclosed number of planes to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed price.

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Russian Controllers Defy Military, Allow Vietnamese 777 To Land

Third Airspace Violation In As Many Weeks

Russian Air Traffic Controllers allowed a Vietnam Airlines 777 to land at an airport near Moscow Tuesday -- even though the aircraft was considered an intruder and military authorities ordered it “ejected” from their airspace.

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5877  Issued:  07/14/2005 05:50  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  WA  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  OMAK,WASHINGTON.

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North Carolina TFR: 07.15.05

NOTAM:  5/5891  Issued:  07/14/2005 16:00  Effective:  07/15/2005 15:35 - 07/15/2005 19:20  State:  NC  Facility:  ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA.  Type:  VIP  Description:  CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, JULY 15 2004 LOCAL. 

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5883  Issued:  07/14/2005 11:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  EAGLE ALASKA. 

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AD: Hartzell

AD NUMBER: 2005-14-12 MANUFACTURER: Hartzell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-14-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Hartzell Propeller Inc. models HC-B3TN-2, HC-B3TN-3, HC-B3TN-5, HC-B3MN-3, HC-B4TN-3, HC-B4TN-5, HC-B4MN-5, HCB4MP-3, HC-B4MP-5, and HC-B5MP-3 propellers, installed with propeller mounting bolts, part number (P/N) B-3339.

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Pensacola-Area Airports Recovering From Dennis

Hurricane Causes Damage At Whiting, NAS and PNS

Aviation business are, like everyone else in the far-western Florida Panhandle, trying to get back on track after Hurricane Dennis roared through on Sunday. Many say the storm could have been much worse -- but they’re still assessing.

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Why Did NASA Push So Hard?

Day After Launch Scrub, Space Agency Criticized For Speeding Preps

With the shuttle program under the world's microscope as it returns to flight, why did NASA engineers start the countdown without checking the external fuel tank’s sensors? Those sensors were already pegged as problematic when NASA delayed the launch in April. The answer: engineers said they were comfortable that the issue was nothing more than an “unexplained anomaly.”

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Sacramento Sheriff Helicopter Down

Serious Injuries In Fiery Crash

Reports from California indicate that a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has crashed in an arroyo with a post-crash fire burning. There has been some injury or loss of life. At least three urgent medical evacuation helicopters were summoned to the scene, along with fire and police personnel.

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Aliens Discovered on Air Force Base!

48 illegals were taken into custody at a major Strike Eagle base, Seymour-Johnson AFB, in North Carolina.

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NASA's Shuttle Return To Flight Launch Rescheduled

The launch of NASA's Space Shuttle Return to Flight mission, STS-114, will take place no earlier than Saturday, July 16 at 2:40 p.m. EDT. Space Shuttle Discovery's liftoff, Wednesday, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., was postponed at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

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Tale Of Two Towers? FAA, NATCA Issue Dueling Statements.

The FAA's Take

On the eve of next week's opening of contract negotiations with the air traffic controllers union, the US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today said that fundamental changes are needed in the contract if the agency is to afford new systems and inspectors to improve safety and to modernize the air traffic control system to reduce delays and congestion. 

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Tale Of Two Towers? FAA, NATCA Issue Dueling Statements.

NATCA's Take

By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs Dismayed and "saddened" by the FAA's statement on upcoming contract talks with unionized air traffic controllers, NATCA President John Carr said Thursday the FAA is ignoring the desires and recommendations of its workforce.

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DHS Overhaul Returns Air Marshals To TSA

Aero-News Instant Analysis by Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien

A Department of Homeland Security overhaul announced by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff today will have some impact on aviation, but mostly it's a reshuffle at the highest levels of the agency.

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Hats Off To Curtis Pitts

EAA, IAC Plan Tribute At Oshkosh

A warm tribute to the late aircraft designer Curtis Pitts is taking shape for this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In.

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NASA Scientist Finds World With Triple Sunsets

Massive and Moving Fast

A NASA-funded astronomer has discovered a world where the sun sets over the horizon, followed by a second sun and then a third. The new planet, called HD 188753 Ab, is the first known to reside in a classic triple-star system.

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PAIFA Looks To Industry Insiders

School Will Solicit Input From Airlines

When you need an answer, ask the experts, right?

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Pacific Avionics & Instruments Earns ISO 90012000 and AS9100 Accreditation

Opens Doors To OEM, Military Business

Pacific Avionics & Instruments says it's achieved ISO 9001:2000 and AS9100 accreditation for activities in manufacture and support of integrated avionics systems for aircraft manufacturers and component suppliers.

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NASA’s Deep Impact Tells a Tale of the Comet

Inside Story

Data from Deep Impact's instruments indicate an immense cloud of fine powdery material was released when the probe slammed into the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 at about 10 kilometers per second (6.3 miles per second or 23,000 miles per hour).

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.14.05)

"We want to reach an agreement that balances the needs of air traffic controllers with the need for the kind of technology and new capacity that will keep travelers moving safely. We cannot afford an agreement like 1998 that saddled the FAA with excessive costs, archaic work rules, and restrictions on our ability to modernize the system." Source: FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, on the eve of contract negotiations with NATCA controllers. NATCA, as you might imagine, begs to differ.

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Indiana TFR: 07.22.05

NOTAM:  5/5807  Issued:  07/12/2005 18:20  Effective:  07/22/2005 16:00 - 07/22/2005 23:00  State:  IN  Facility:  ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  TERRE HAUTE INTERNATIONAL-HULLMAN FIELD AIRPORT, TERRE HAUTE IN. 

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Michigan TFR: 07.21.05

NOTAM:  5/5805  Issued:  07/12/2005 18:10  Effective:  07/21/2005 16:00 - 07/21/2005 20:45  State:  MI  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  MUSKEGON COUNTY AIRPORT, MUSKEGON MI. 

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