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August 31, 2004

Pennsylvania TFR: 08/31/04

NOTAM:  4/9170  Issued:  08/31/2004 00:00  Effective:  08/31/2004 13:30 - 08/31/2004 16:15  State:  PA  Facility:  ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HARRISBURG, MECHANICSBURG, AND CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA

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Colorado TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/9161  Issued:  08/31/2004 00:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CO  Facility:  ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  RED MESA, COLORADO 

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Tennessee TFR: 08/31/04

NOTAM:  4/9159  Issued:  08/31/2004 00:00  Effective:  08/31/2004 13:30 - 08/31/2004 16:15  State:  TN  Facility:  ZME - MEMPHIS (ARTCC),TN.  Type:  VIP  Description:  NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 

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One For the Record Books

Guinness Recognizes NASA X-43A Speed Record

It's official. Guinness World Records has recognized the world speed record set by NASA's hypersonic X-43A aircraft earlier this year in an experimental flight over the Pacific Ocean. Using a scramjet engine, the unpiloted, 12 foot-long aircraft achieved Mach 6.83 -- almost seven times the speed of sound - - or nearly 5,000 mph, in a flight on March 27th.

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Remembering The 'Good Ol' Days'

EAA Airventure Museum To Celebrate Aviation's Golden Age This Weekend 

The EAA AirVenture Museum and Pioneer Airport revisits the excitement of the Roaring Twenties on September 4-5 with the annual "Good Ol’ Days" celebration of what’s known by many as the "Golden Age of Aviation." Activities include barnstorming flying events like "pants racing" and "aerial golf"; learning Morse Code with Pioneer Airport’s telegram system; flying in vintage airplanes such as the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, 1929 Travel Air E-4000 or the 1927 Spirit of St. Louis replica; creating a piece of air mail and have it flown in a vintage aircraft; or riding in a variety of vintage automobiles from the 1920s-1940s.

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They Can Be Bought

Orlando Airport Workers Busted In Federal Sting

Want to find out just how easy it is to smuggle something -- anything -- through the airport? All you have to do is spend a little money.

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Russian Investigators Suspect Women Bombed Jetliners

Both Blasts Occurred In Lavatories

As the investigation continues, Russian authorities are more and more convinced that bombs brought down a pair of Tupelov jetliners last week.

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15 Eritreans Charged In African Hijacking

They Were Being Forcibly Repatriated

Sudanese prosecutors have charged 15 Eritreans with hijacking a Libyan C-130 carrying them back to their homeland in what's been described as a "forcible" repatriation.

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Air Journey Cancels Labor Day Flight In Advance of (Yet Another) Hurricane

Full Refunds Made To Tour Participants

It's got to be tough running an aerial touring company with a hurricane bearing down on you... and for the second time in a month. A long-awaited trip to the Bahamas was a casualty of Mother Nature as Air Journey's Thierry Pouille elected to steer clear of Hurricane Francis and cancel the trip.

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Is This Seat Too Small On Me?

Overweight Passenger Sues SWA For "Humiliating" Her

Like more than a third of all Americans, 26-year old Trina Blake has a weight problem. But Trina says she was humiliated in May, 2003, when she was boarding a Southwest Airlines flight from Orlando (FL) to Seattle (WA). The reason? She says a gate agent grilled her about whether she could fit in the seat. She also says the gate agent told flight attendants to make sure she didn't need more than one seat.

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Thailand Has A Cacklin' Good Deal For Russia

See, We'll Give You Chickens And You Give Us Fighters

Thailand has a problem -- two problems, actually. First, officials there are sitting on 60,000 tons of frozen chicken that it can't sell to Russia because of an import ban related to fears over bird flu. Thailand also needs fighter aircraft.

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In Memory...

Navy Names Training Facility For Fallen Astronauts

Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute (NAMI) dedicated and named its new Aerospace Medicine Academic Center Aug. 13 in honor of fallen Navy physician-astronauts from the space shuttle Columbia, Capt. Laurel B. Clark and Capt. David M. Brown.

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NBAA: Reminder About Climb and Descent Performance and Transponder Usage

The NBAA has informed ANN that the FAA's New York TRACON has published a Letter to Airmen (LTA) 04-01, entitled "Climb and Descent Performance and Transponder Usage." Recently, there have been several incidents where less-than-standard separation between aircraft occurred as a result of an aircraft's non-standard climb/descent rate performance, non-activation of transponder equipment or incorrect beacon code selected on departure.

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NTSB Issues 777 Safety Recommendations

From the NTSB... The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the Federal Aviation Administration: Require Boeing 777 operators to replace halogen light bulbs in the cargo compartment with incandescent light bulbs on an expedited schedule. (A-04-53) Issue to all Boeing 777 operators an immediate restriction on placing baggage or other material near cargo compartment light fixtures with halogen light bulbs until the halogen bulbs are replaced with incandescent light bulbs. (A-04-54)

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Aero-News Picture Of The Day (08.31.04)

Cool Day, Hot Air

This photo was taken by ANN Contributor Rose Dorcey at the Children's Miracle Network Balloon Rally in Wisconsin Rapids (WI) on Saturday morning, August 28, 2004. The event raises funds for the Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America. Organized by balloon pilot, skydiver, and Wisconsin Rapids lawyer, John Symonds, the event has raised over $20,000 for use in Central Wisconsin.

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NetJets Picks Rockwell Collins For Gulfstream G200 and Hawker 400XP

Will Provide Forward Exchange Avionics

Rockwell Collins has been selected by NetJets Services, Inc. to provide avionics maintenance repair and technical support on its fleets of Gulfstream G200 aircraft and Raytheon Hawker 400XP aircraft.

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Regional Jets Are Booming

Forecast International Sees Dynamic Growth for RJ Production

In its latest study, "The World Market for Regional/Commuter Transport Aircraft," Forecast International projects that a total of 3,728 regional aircraft will be produced in the 10-year period 2004 to 2013. The value of this production, in constant 2004 U.S. dollars, is estimated at $84.4 billion. The forecast production total includes both regional jets and regional turboprops; specifically, 3,041 regional jets are forecast, plus 687 turboprops.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.31.04)

"I'm a bigger girl but I'm not that big." Source: Trina Blake, who's suing Southwest Airlines because she says a gate agent humiliated her over her weight. The agent wanted to charge Blake for another seat because Trina is, well, like she said, a bigger girl. Trina says it wasn't that the gate agent brought up the subject -- it was how the gate agent brought up the subject. She says she was humiliated and insulted and can never fly again.

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New Computer System To Help Speed FAA Medical Certification

Agency Picks Virginia Firm To Perform Upgrades

The federal government has contracted with Integic Corporation upgrade the FAA's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) for the modernization of the agency's airman certification program.

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Colorado TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/9125  Issued:  08/30/2004 00:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CO  Facility:  ZDV - DENVER (ARTCC),CO.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  RED MESA, CO. 

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Utah TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/9120  Issued:  08/29/2004 00:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  UT  Facility:  ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  CEDAR CITY, UT. 

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Michigan TFR: 08/30/04 - 08/31/04

NOTAM:  4/9135  Issued:  08/30/2004 00:00  Effective:  08/30/2004 20:20 - 08/31/2004 13:25  State:  MI  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  VIP  Description:  DETROIT, MICHIGAN 

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