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November 05, 2004

APAAD Is On The Web

Site Dedicated To Overturning Mandatory Pilot Retirement At Age 60

From The Airline Pilots Against Age Discrimination: Federal Aviation Regulation 14 CFR (Part 121.363c) promulgates this institutional age discrimination. Pilots who are employed by airlines that operate under this part are forced to retire at age 60. The FAA does not restrict pilots operating under other parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations to retire at age 60.

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AAL Could Cancel Some Boeing Orders

World's Biggest Airline Struggles Against Tide Of Red Ink

Continuing its attempts to climb out of the financial cellar, the world's biggest airline says it wants Boeing to hold off. With depressed fares and too much capacity in the system, American has canceled orders for 18 RJs.

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NATA's Take On The Election

Congratulations, Mr. President

National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president James K. Coyne congratulated President George W. Bush and those elected and re-elected to Congress for their hard-fought victories.

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Indy Woman Behind Grassroots Campaign To Save ATA

Networking To Send Out Message Of Hope

Neither Lorraine Ball nor Suzanne Schwartz works for ATA Airlines. They're not even "unofficial employees" like the guy in the Wendy's hamburgers commercial. But if they have anything to do with it, ATA will not go the way of the dodo.

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Tailwheel Pilots Unite!

Tailwheel Pilots Association Already Has 1,000 Members

The Tailwheel Pilots Association is pleased to announce its organizational creation and the launch of its official web site. Almost 1000 members have joined the new association in its first month of existence.

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Naked Man Climbs Aboard Qantas Flight At LAX

Canadian Stowaway Angered Over Inability To Buy Ticket

Neil Melly was determined to fly to Australia. So when his credit card ended up shooting blanks at the ticket counter, the 31-year old Canadian man was not to be deterred. The very next day, he ran naked onto the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, climbed into the wheel well of a taxiing Qantas 747 and hunkered down for a long, long flight.

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What Happened At Reno?

Flights Delayed After ILS Went Down

Snow that accumulated on its Category II ILS glideslope antenna at Reno-Tahoe International Airport Wednesday caused the precision landing equipment to malfunction. That forced the cancelation or diversion of 85 flights, a spokeswoman for the airport told ANN.

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TSA Hires Lockheed To Improve EDS

Goal: Better Threat Detection, Faster Processing

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected a team led by Lockheed Martin to develop enhancements for certified explosives detection systems (EDS) in US airports.

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X-43 Free Flight Delayed

Mach 10 Flight Now Scheduled For November 15th

Due to weather concerns and scheduling conflicts for use of the US Navy's test range off the Southern California coast, the third and final flight of the X-43A hypersonic research aircraft from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has been rescheduled for no earlier than Monday, Nov. 15. If test range availability or weather conditions preclude conducting the mission on that date, Tuesday, Nov. 16 is being retained as a backup date for the flight.

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Aviation Veteran Inducted Into Wyoming Aviation Hall Of Fame

Robert Johnson's Career Spanned Almost Half A Century

Robert “Handlebar” Johnson of Cheyenne, whose 45-year aviation career included serving as a control tower and flight service station operator, National Guard helicopter pilot and glider tow pilot at the Air Force Academy, is the 2004 inductee into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame.

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Upgraded: Robert A. Heber

Becomes Operations VP For APS

Aviation Protection Systems, Inc. (APS), which holds exclusive rights tothe dark flare-equipped Flight Guard anti-terrorist aircraft defense system in the United States, says it's made longtime aviation and security industry professional Robert A. Heber Vice-President for Operations.

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The Triplets Have Arrived

Ryanair Takes Delivery Of Three 737s

Boeing this week delivered "triplet" 737s to Europe’s most successful low-cost carrier, Ryanair, at Boeing Field in Seattle (WA). The three new airplanes bring Ryanair’s fleet of advanced Next-Generation 737s to a total of 62.

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Northrop Grumman Helps Stabilize Aura

Navigation Aid Supplies Information to Help Satellite's Research

A key navigation aid from Northrop Grumman Corporation is supplying attitude reference, or satellite orientation, information critical to NASA's Aura Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite and to a key scientific instrument aboard it. Precise satellite orientation information will facilitate Aura's mission to answer questions about changes in the Earth's environment and climate changes.

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ISS Turns 4

What Have We Learned?

Each crew aboard the International Space Station discovers more and more about what it takes to live and work in space for long periods of time. This year, the fourth for humans continuously staffing the Station since the arrival of Expedition 1 on November 2, 2000, has proven to be an exceptional example.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.05.04)

“This was an extremely dangerous thing for him to do. If he had continued to cling in there with the aircraft taking off at over 200 per hour, he might have fallen out and could have been sucked up by an engine. If he had survived that and was in the wheel well when the landing gear was retracted, he could have been crushed by the mechanism. And if not he very likely would have frozen to death during the 15 1/2 hour flight at 30,000 feet while wearing no clothes.” Source: LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles, commenting on a 31-year old Canadian man who was turned away at the Qantas ticket counter because he didn't have a valid credit card. Castles says the man then took off all his clothes, was able to climb the perimeter fence, negotiate three strands of ba

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North Carolina TFR: 11/06/04

NOTAM:  4/1794  Issued:  10/29/2004 13:40  Effective:  11/06/2004 19:50 - 11/06/2004 22:10  State:  NC  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  SEYMOUR-JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE NC.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-15 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-15 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certainBoeing Model 747-400 series airplanes, that currently requires installation of strap assemblies onthe ceiling panels and rails that support the video monitors.

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AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-16 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-16 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Model GV and GVSPseries airplanes. This AD requires a one-time general visual inspection for contact orinsufficient clearance between the crew oxygen bottle/supports and any wiring harness, andrelated investigative and corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Grob-Werke

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-21 MANUFACTURER: Grob-Werke SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-21 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all GROB-WERKE (GROB) Model G120 Aairplanes. This AD requires you to repetitively inspect visually the area between the vertical stabilizer main spar and the nearby vertical stabilizer skin for any disbonding/crack; repair any disbonding/crack found; and calculate weight and balance after any repair.

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