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June 30, 2005

Sixteen Bodies Recovered From Downed Chinook

No Survivors In Apparent Shoot-Down

The US military has recovered the bodies of the aircrew and passengers aboard a MH-47 Chinook helicopter that was reported shot down by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan June 28, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

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Aero-News Alert: Cirrus SR22 Chutes It Out Over New York

With only the sketchiest of details currently available, ANN has learned that a Cirrus SR22 and apparently used the CAPS, (Cirrus Airframe Parachute System) to affect a recovery. Reportedly occupied by a single pilot, N3452L went down in an inlet near the Bowline Point Park, near Haverstraw, NY, this (Thursday) afternoon.

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Discovery: GO!

Griffin Says Shuttle Is Ready, In Spite Of Safety Panel Report

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Thursday announced the space shuttle Discovery is ready to fly on July 13th -- even though an advisory panel headed by two former astronauts found the space agency has yet to meet three of 15 safety recommendations laid out by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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Phoenix Police Chase Ends Up On Runway

Cruisers Finally Ram Pick-Up Truck -- Air Traffic Briefly Disrupted

Phoenix Police say a stolen pick-up truck that had led officers on an hour-long chase during rush hour traffic Thursday morning wound up on the runway at Sky Harbor airport, ending only when two police cruisers rammed the errant vehicle.

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AOPA: Dear CFI... CYA!

Boyer: "Let's Not Give Them (Aero-Critics) Any More Ammunition"

ANN Note: The following letter was just sent out by AOPA to CFIs everywhere... and it behooves us ALL to read carefully, consider wisely, and act appropriately. It is a reminder to CFIs that it's critical that they do their part to secure airplanes consistent with the principles of the Airport Watch program. CFIs are encouraged to pass the message to their students as well.

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Here Comes The Sun: VFR Restriction Lifted At Sun Valley

AOPA Fights For Access -- And Wins

It looks like general aviation has scored an important victory at Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Hailey, ID. Hailey is home to the famous Sun Valley resort, which hosts one of the biggest and most exclusive corporate retreats. Investment banker Allen & Company attracts major business interests and a bevy of corporate aircraft to its annual bash in July. Such folks don't appreciate much delay or inconvenience.

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The Battle Over Horace Williams

North Carolina Pilots Take Action To Save North Carolina Airport

AOPA says it's is using every resource necessary to save Horace Williams Airport at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. More than 10,000 North Carolina members are stepping up in full force to tell legislators to save the airport, according to the advocacy group.

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Kathy Hirtz, M.D. Turned Aerobat, Chooses Clarity Aloft AvHeadset

Kathy Hirtz, an M.D., turned aerobatic pilot, has chosen Clarity Aloft's Aviation Headset to enhnace her safety and comfort. Dr. Hirtz selected Aloft Technologies for sponsorship after experiencing the hearing protection and lightweight design of the Clarity Aloft headset...

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Boeing Names New Chief

3M Honcho James McNerney Gets The Job

Boeign Thursday announced it's hired 3M CEO James McNerney as its CEO, replacing Harry Stonecipher, who resigned under fire in the midst of a sex scandal.

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Passenger, FA Injured In CRJ Gear Collapse

Chronic Problem With CRJ 200, Source Says

Know how the flight attendants are always telling you to remain seated until the plane has come to a stop? An Independence Air passenger knows why tonight, after falling and experiencing a minor shoulder injury when the nose gear of the CRJ200 collapsed in the gate at Greensboro, NC.

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Last Trawing 6 T-34C Training Flight Aboard NAS Pensacola

Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 6 marked an end of an era June 22, as its last T-34C Turbomentor training flight took place 8:30 a.m. at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola’s Sherman Field.

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Pilot Trying To Avoid Weather In Latest ADIZ Incursion

DC Mood Was Less Tense Than In C-150K Incident

A King Air pilot trying to get around weather prompted a brief evacuation of the Capitol and a partial evacuation of the White House Wednesday, prompting the Bush administration to consider expanding the no-fly zone over the nation's capital.

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Pilot Ejects Safely After F-16 Skids Off Runway In CO

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, out of Buckley AFB, ejected safely after an emergency landing June 28 at nearby Lamar Airfield. The accident occurred during a training flight in a southeast Colorado military training area.

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AD: Lancair

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-20 MANUFACTURER: Lancair Company (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-20 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Lancair Company (Lancair) Model LC41-550FG airplanes.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-12 MANUFACTURER: Cessna (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-12 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 79-10-15, which applies to all Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 401, 401A, 401B, 402, 402A, 402B, 411, and 411A airplanes.

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AD: Short

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-31 MANUFACTURER: Short SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-31 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Short Brothers Model SD3-60 airplanes, that requires performing repetitive inspections of the shear attachment fittings of the vertical stabilizer for corrosion, and performing corrective actions if necessary.

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Cycle Shop Bomber Sentenced

Gets Up To 45-Years For Dropping Pipe Bomb On Bike Shop

What do you get when you drop a bomb from a general aviation aircraft? In the case of James Edmiston, you get as many as 45-years in a federal prison.

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That's A Lonely Dog Leg

Airman Flies To Florida's Dog Island To Test Radio Communication

An avid private pilot and amateur radio operator assigned to Hurlbert Field, FL, participated in Field Day 2005 on June 25, a national emergency preparedness exercise aimed at ham radio operators.

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AeraSpaceTours Has Mission Director

Company Recruits USAF Reserve Major as Chief Mission Commander

David Lessick, an Air Force Reserve Major, has been recruited by AeraSpaceTours as the Chief Mission Commander of the Altairis Rocket which will begin taking passengers into space in 2006. In this role, the company says he will follow in the footsteps of the other pioneer-astronauts and test pilots who made the dream of space flight possible for a fortunate few.

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50-Years Of G-Force Studies At Farnborough

Scientists Celebrate 50 Years Of G-Force Research At Qinetiq's Farnborough Facility

An official celebration to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Farnborough man-carrying centrifuge, formerly part of the world famous Royal Air Force (RAF) Institute of Aviation Medicine (IAM) took place at QinetiQ's centrifuge site on Tuesday 21st June.

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Upgraded: Raymond Greer

Kitty Hawk Names Greer To Its Board Of Directors

Kitty Hawk, Inc. says it's appointed Raymond B. Greer to its Board of Directors.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.30.05)

"All persons in the US Capitol, Hart, Dirksen and Russell buildings should evacuate now." Source: Official announcement heard on the grounds of the US Capitol as another general aviation aircraft strayed into the Washington ADIZ on Wednesday. Parts of the White House and Capitol were evacuated during the scare, which lasted about ten minutes.

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5198  Issued:  06/29/2005 02:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  CEDAR CITY UTAH 

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Maryland TFR: 07.01.05 - 07.03.05

NOTAM:  5/5217  Issued:  06/29/2005 18:00  Effective:  07/01/2005 19:15 - 07/03/2005 17:30  State:  MD  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HAGERSTOWN/THURMONT, MARYLAND JULY 1-3 2005.

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Washington DC TFR: 07.01.05

NOTAM:  5/5219  Issued:  06/29/2005 18:00  Effective:  07/01/2005 17:05 - 07/01/2005 19:45  State:  DC  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WASHINGTON DC, JULY 1 2005 LOCAL. 

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5194  Issued:  06/29/2005 00:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ST GEORGE UT. 

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Nevada TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5238  Issued:  06/29/2005 22:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NV  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MESQUITE NV 

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5206  Issued:  06/29/2005 09:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  FAIRBANKS, AK., LOST HORSE CREEK FIRE 

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5195  Issued:  06/29/2005 00:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  STERLING AK. 

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5256  Issued:  06/30/2005 02:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  HOPE AK. 

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5257  Issued:  06/30/2005 02:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ST. GEORGE UT 

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Nevada TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5253  Issued:  06/29/2005 22:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NV  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MESQUITE NV. 

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-34 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-34 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes, that requires replacing existing ceiling and sidewall light connectors in the passenger cabin with new connectors, and follow-on actions.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-19 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-19 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Avro 146-RJ series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing, McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing, McDonnell Douglas (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain transport category airplanes.

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