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May 10, 2004

Pump Failures Shut Down Aero Advantage

Early 3% Failure Rate "Unacceptable"

An intriguing product designed to bring a here-to-fore unprecedented degree of realiability to GA vacuum pumps has apparently not held up in the field. After hearing very recent complaints from buyers of the Aero Advantage Dual Rotor Vacuum Pump, using the system on 540 series powerplants, we learned that the company has shut the doors and left a short message (see below) announcing their situation on the home page of their web site.

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Forecast For BizJets: CAVU

New Report Sees 23-Percent Rise In Deliveries In Next Decade

Wow. The light at the end of the tunnel for the business jet industry looks almost blinding if you believe a new report from Teal Group aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia.

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Gone West: Pete Knight

A veteran Test Pilot and combat pilot, California State Sen. William J. "Pete" Knight, has made his last departure from Mother Earth. Knight passed away at the City of Hope National Medical Center a few weeks after finding out that he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.

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American Eagle ATR In Accident at SJU

An American Eagle ATR with some 20 to 25 passengers on board has suffered an accident at San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International at 3:00 PM after an attempt to land in high winds resulted in a very hard landing.

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Klyde Morris 05.10.04

Klyde's Attention Wanders....

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Flight Of The Phoenix

EADS Prototype Space Shuttle "Landed Perfectly"

It was a big step forward for the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company's (EADS) attempt to develop a reusable space vehicle: The Phoenix has landed.

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Washington Buzz: 767 Tanker Deal Will Wait Until Fall

Rumsfeld Puts Boeing Tanker Report On Hold

Boeing's hopes for a big sale of modified 767s to replace the aging KC-135 tanker will reportedly be on hold until at least November. The Wichita Eagle reports a critical report on the Pentagon's investigation into the tanker deal was supposed to have been green-lighted by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld last week.

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Oshkosh Draws Aviation Notables To EAA Headquarters

MacReady, Kings, X-Prize Founders Visit HQ

John and Martha King from the King Schools; Paul MacCready, the father of human-powered flight; and X Prize Foundation representatives Erik Lindbergh and David Knight visited EAA's Oshkosh headquarters on Wednesday, May 5. The group of aviation notables had been attending a meeting of the Lindbergh Foundation Board this past weekend where John and Martha were installed as newly appointed members.

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ISS Update: Settling In

Getting Ready For Spacewalk

The new crew of the International Space Station spent its first full week alone concentrating on life science research, spacewalk preparations, and becoming comfortable with their new home in orbit.

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Tale Of The Tape

FAA Supervisor Destroyed 9/11 Interview With Controllers

It was recorded as a tool for FBI investigators tracking down the 9/11 plot -- an audio tape featuring six of the ATC workers who handled the hijacked flights that plowed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. But the tape was never turned over to the FBI and an FAA manager later destroyed it.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4018  Issued:  05/08/2004 02:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  BUCKEYE, AZ. 

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Washington, DC TFR: 05/13/04-05/16/04

NOTAM: 4/3861 Issued: 05/04/2004 12:24 Effective: 05/13/2004 15:00 - 05/16/2004 21:30 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MD.

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California TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4030  Issued:  05/08/2004 21:04  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CA  Facility:  ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  GROVELAND, CA. 

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Nevada TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4026  Issued:  05/08/2004 07:25  Effective:  Undetermined - Undetermined  State:  NV  Facility:  ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  VERDI, NV. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.10.04)

"We need to figure this out." Source: Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), frustrated by a new delay in the Boeing 767 tanker deal. Mired in scandal and under fire from critics who call it an expensive boondoggle, the deal will reportedly be delayed until after the November elections.

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AOPA Working To Prevent TN Aviation Fuel Tax Hike

Not Sure You're Getting Your AOPA Dues' Worth? Check This Out...

AOPA has been hard at work in Nashville to head off a more than 100% increase in the state aviation fuel tax rate. Thanks in part to AOPA Southeast Regional Representative Bob Minter's efforts, a bill (S.B. 3454) that would reverse the tax hike, which would take effect next January, has already received unanimous approval in the state Senate's Finance, Ways and Means Committee.

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But Is It Art?

Cuban Refugee's Cropduster To Become Art Project

You can't fly it. The FAA hasn't certified it, so it's little more than a ground-bound conversation piece. So what do you do with an Antonov AN-2? Turn it into art.

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NATA's Safety 1st Program Comes To Alaska

Teaches Fire Safety, Refueling Procedures, Towing

The Medallion Foundation, a non-profit aviation safety organization that provides management resources, training and support to the Alaskan aviation community, has contracted with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) to bring the Safety 1st professional line-service training program to its members.

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Cessna Building Huge Jet Service Center

$61 Million Facility Biggest Of Its Kind

It's another sign that the aviation industry is starting to believe in itself again. Cessna's building the biggest jet service center in the world, a $61 million facility that's longer than five football fields.

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An Amazing Tale Of Survival

Sole Survivor Of Alberta Crash Found Staggering To Safety

It was a bittersweet discovery. Volunteer rescuers in Alberta, Canada, had been looking for about four hours, trying to find a downed Piper single-engine aircraft. They found it near nightfall near the town of Canmore. One victim was found inside the wreckage of the downed aircraft. But there was another person on board.

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