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March 29, 2005

Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/2417  Issued:  03/29/2005 19:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  WA  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  MT. ST. HELENS VOLCANO.

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Iowa TFR: 03.30.05

NOTAM:  5/2428  Issued:  03/29/2005 20:30  Effective:  03/30/2005 16:10 - 03/30/2005 20:25  State:  IA  Facility:  ZAU - CHICAGO (ARTCC),IL.  Type:  VIP  Description:  CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, MARCH 30 2005 LOCAL. 

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Textron-Lycoming Slapped With Massive Judgment

$96 Million Judgment In Texas Fraud Case

The following statement comes from the Rose Walker law firm: State District Judge Jerry Sandel of the 278th Judicial District Court in Anderson, TX, has signed a $96 million judgment against airplane engine manufacturer Textron Lycoming. The judgment results from a legal battle involving a number of small airplane engine failures that occurred when the airplanes' crankshafts broke in flight.

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NTSB Reports Decrease In Aviation Accidents In 2004

Fewer Mishaps In All Categories

The National Transportation Safety Board today released preliminary aviation accident statistics for 2004 showing a decrease in several civil aviation categories, including scheduled airliners, air taxis and general aviation operations.

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Ballistic Execs Talk The Talk On Wall Street

CEO Nelson: "Business Has Never Been Better"

Look for changes in the system that propells Ballistic Recovery Systems parachutes from their containers. That word comes from Chairman and CEO Robert Nelson, and his new president and COO, Larry Williams. Both spoke in an interview by the Wall Street Transcript.

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Jesse Jackson, Jr. Sides With Friends Of Meigs

Could Become Issue In 2007 Chicago Mayor's Race

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., says he backs the idea of re-establishing an airport on Northerly Island, where Meigs Airport stood before it was ripped out of the ground on orders from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley two years ago. The airport issue could well become a major plank in the Jackson campaign, should the young Congressman decide to run for mayor.

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Meigs Field: Two Years After The Fall

City Has Yet To Recover From Controversial Loss

It was two years ago this week that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley sent the bulldozers into Miegs Field and ripped the runway asunder, making the field unusable because -- he said -- he wanted to build a park. Now, two years later, there is no park and apparently little, if any, money for one. The air traffic that once buzzed around Miegs now goes to other airports, but not as much of it as before. While FAA records show the air traffic at other airports has risen by approximately 10,500 over the past two years, Meigs handled 30,000-40,000 operations a year. Where have those other aircraft gone?

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GAO: Secure Flight Won't Protect PAX Privacy

Congressional Investigators Say It's Behind Schedule And May Not Work

It could be the most severe blow yet to the TSA's Secure Flight program -- a report from the Government Accountability Office that says the program is not only behind schedule, but has yet to prove it will protect the privacy of air passengers.

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Air Force Blames Army For MC-130H Mishap

Says Army Should Have Marked Hole In Iraq Runway

You should've told someone. That's the gist of a USAF report on the total loss of an MC-130H Combat Talon II in Iraq December 29th.

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V-22 Final Testing Underway

You've Come A Long Way, Baby

The V-22 Osprey tiltrotor program, once near death after evaulation accidents killed 23 Marines, is now undergoing final testing -- the last step before becoming an operational part of America's military air inventory.

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Cuban Airliner Runs Off Runway In Venezuela

Sixteen People Slightly Hurt In Venezula Incident

The pilot of a Cuban commercial flight taking off from Venezuela Monday aborted take-off when one engine caught fire -- but ran out of runway before he could bring the aircraft to a stop. Sixteen people were hurt, none seriously.

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Rough Ride Injures 54 On EVA Air Flight

Some Thrown From Seats, Others Hit By Flying Luggage

At least 54 passengers and crew members aboard a Taiwanese EVA Air flight to Tokyo's Narita Airport were hurt when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence, according to the airline.

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Garmin Service Alert: GNS 430/430A

Service Alert: 050321 Affected Product: GNS 430 and GNS 430A units manufactured between Feb 23, 2005 and March 21, 2005.

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NBAA: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Current Deductibility of Engine Maintenance

Good News For Aircraft Operators

Our ever cost-conscious friends at NBAA tell ANN that a recent ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in FedEx Corporation v. United States of America provides valuable information to owners and operators of business aircraft.

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National Air Races & Air Cruise Early Entry Offers

From The US Air Race Organization...

We hope that you'll come fly with us and enjoy the fabulous camaraderie that develops with shared flying adventures. "Cattle country to the Carolinas" is the theme for the 2005 US Air Races. The teams in the exciting cross country 1800-mile Marion Jayne Air Race will fly from Texas to North Carolina.

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NATA'S Coyne Discusses Future Of Aviation In Iowa

Part Of Nationwide Meetings On GA And Business Aviation

Speaking to a packed house, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president James K. Coyne addressed the future of general aviation with members of the industry and Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA) at Des Moines International Airport.

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IA: Three Mishaps In Two Days

Iowa Aviation Reels

It was a bad weekend for aviators in Iowa. Over a period of just two days, three aircraft went down in accidents across the state, killing five people and left two others -- one of them an eight-year old girl in critical condition.

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AOPA Lobbies Congress For Cell Phones In GA Cockpits

Aviation Advocacy Group Says The Time Is Now

General aviation pilots should be able to use cell phones in the cockpit while they're airborne. And they should be able to do it now. That's what AOPA is telling the Federal Communications Commission.

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One Dead, One Hurt In Sailplane Midair

One Able To Parachute Near Melbourne, Australia

One pilot is dead, another injured, after their sailplanes collided about 3500 feet over the Australian town of Dookie North, about 100 miles north of Melbourne, Australia.

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Surprise: DoD Takes Over USAF Procurements

Pentagon Will Temporarily Oversee Selected Air Force Programs

The Department of Defense announced Monday that "to ensure continuity of program oversight during this time of transition with a new acting secretary of the Air Force, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Michael Wynne has designated all major defense acquisition programs managed by the Air Force and designated ACAT (acquisition category) 1C programs to temporarily be placed under his authority."

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.29.05)

"The majority of general aviation flights are flown under VFR, so there is seldom exclusive reliance on electronic navigation. Plus, the pilot isn't isolated from the passengers and has the immediate ability and responsibility to terminate the use of any device at any time if it is interfering with flight-critical electronics." Source: Randy Kenagy, AOPA senior director of advanced technology, testifying before the FCC on the benefits of allowing cellular phones into the cockpits of general aviation aircraft. AOPA says there's no sense in waiting -- the benefits of having a cell phone in the cockpit far outweight the possible problems.

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2005-06-14 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-06-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain British Aerospace Model BAe 146 and Model Avro 146-RJ series airplanes.

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'Progress' Is The Key Word For A Reinvigorated Lancair

It's Blue Skies and Full Throttle in Bend, OR, These Days

A recent plant tour and visit to the scenic town of Bend, OR, revealed an altogether different Lancair form year's past.

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MQ-1 Predator Down In Iraq

An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed about 10 p.m. EST on March 26 in the vicinity of Balad, Iraq. The aircraft was assigned to the 15th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

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