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August 06, 2004

California Flying Club In Hot Water

Could Be Permanently Grounded By Financial Woes

Trapped in a court battle with Fullerton Municipal Airport (CA), its assets frozen and its aircraft grounded by legal action, Ray's Flying Club appears to be going the way of the do-do.

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Pilot In Fatal Texas Mishap Was Under Investigation

FAA Probing Two Previous Incidents

The pilot of the Smith Aerostar 601 that crashed into a golf course mansion near Austin Tuesday was under investigation for two other mishaps, according to FAA records.

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Terror Plot Aimed At Heathrow?

Same Terror Source Reportedly Led To Elevation Of Alert Level In New York, Washington

The same al Qaeda suspect whose computer yielded information leading to the elevation of the terror alert level in Washington in New York may have been involved in a plot aimed at London's Heathrow Airport, according to the London Times. The newspaper reports the plan was in its "final stages."

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Investigators Discount Mechanical Failure In Missouri Crash

PA-32 Appeared To Be In Sound Condition

Federal investigators say there was no mechanical problem with the Piper PA-32 that went down shortly after takeoff from an airport in southwest Missouri Monday. The aircraft crashed on departure from M. Grant Clark Airport in Point Lookout, killing all five people on board.

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Warbirds: Not Just for Boys

Ladies in the Air Part 2

Connie Bowlin's husband of 30 years thought it was the toothbrush, but it was really the airplanes. "He said he shouldn't have let me bring my toothbrush," she tells ANN. "I said, no, you shouldn't have given me an airplane."

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Bush Daughters Get Red Carpet Treatment

US Airways Diverts Flight To Pick Them Up

Sometimes, it's good to have a president as your father. Just ask Barbara and Jenna Bush. They were among 24 passengers stranded by US Airways in Albany (NY) when their aircraft suffered mechanical problems. So the airline told those aboard a Boston-to-Washington shuttle flight that they'd be making an unscheduled stop to pick up the waylaid passengers.

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JAL Pilot Cleared Of Negligence Charges

Ruling In Unprecedented Criminal Trial

A Japanese court has cleared a Japan Airlines pilot of professional negligence in a 1997 incident that led to the eventual death of a flight attendant and injury to 13 passengers.

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Shuttle Back-Ups Probable For First Two Missions

Playing It Safe For The Return To Flight

NASA is most assuredly playing it safe when the space shuttles return to flight next year. In both of the first two launches, the space agency plans to have a back-up shuttle on the pad, ready to go in case of emergency.

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Aviation Tutorials Provides Free Online Course On METAR'S And TAF'S

The Price Is Right

Aviation Tutorials Company has created a free online course on METAR's and TAF's. Nearly 2 hours of online, interactive training is provided, and is available to anyone who visits Aviation Tutorial's website.

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Virgin Goes With Airbus

Places $5.5 Billion Order In Hopes Of Doubling Business In Five Years

Sir Richard Branson is in a buying mood.

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The DOT Take On O'Hare Talks

Conversations Are Continuing

Conversations between representatives of the US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration and airlines serving Chicago O'Hare International Airport continue.

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Dassault Approves CAE SimuFlite Falcon 2000 Maintenance Training Program

Meeting Manufacturer's New Training Requirements

Dassault Falcon has completed the approval process to certify CAE SimuFlite's Falcon 2000 maintenance program. CAE SimuFlite is the first training partner to meet Dassault's expanded instructor and training program requirements for the Falcon 2000.

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Aura Post-Launch Status Report

So Far, So Good

Activation of the Aura spacecraft, launched July 15, is continuing, with the mission going very well so far.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.06.04)

"We're dying. We need some help. Otherwise we'll just pack up and call it a day.... All we're doing is hoping for a miracle." Source: Tom Polley, general manager, Ray's Flying Club. The non-profit organization and its 120 members have been fighting with Fullerton (CA) Municipal Airport for five years over fees and safety issues. The airport recently won the battle to evict Ray's and the court attached both Ray's assets and its aircraft. Polley has sent the aircraft to an "undisclosed location" pending appeal, but says without the income those planes generate, the club is sunk.

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/8027  Location: NACHES, Washington near ELLENSBURG VORTAC (ELN) Beginning Date: August 05, 2004 at 20:06 UTC (August 05, 2004 at 13:06 PDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): n/a FAA Contact(Pilots): SEATTLE (SEA) Flight service station, 206-658-6607 No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this Notam Except as Described.

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Oregon TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/7989 Issued: 08/05/2004 18:40 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: OR Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: CAVE JUNCTION, OR.

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New Hampshire TFR: 08/06/04

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/7987 Location: PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire Beginning Date: August 06, 2004 at 15:40 UTC (August 06, 2004 at 11:40 EDT) Ending Date: August 06, 2004 at 19:00 UTC (August 06, 2004 at 15:00 EDT) Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): n/a FAA Contact(Pilots): No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this Notam Except as Described.

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Maine TFR: 08/06/04 - 08/08/04

NOTAM Number:  FDC 4/7995  Location: KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine Beginning Date: August 06, 2004 at 18:35 UTC (August 06, 2004 at 14:35 EDT) Ending Date: August 08, 2004 at 15:50 UTC (August 08, 2004 at 11:50 EDT) Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): n/a FAA Contact(Pilots):  No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this Notam Except as Described.

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North Dakota TFR: 08/06/04

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/7966 Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota Beginning Date: August 06, 2004 at 16:00 UTC (August 06, 2004 at 11:00 CDT) Ending Date: August 06, 2004 at 19:55 UTC (August 06, 2004 at 14:55 CDT) Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): n/a FAA Contact(Pilots): No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this Notam Except as Described.

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Oregon TFR: 08/12/04 - 08/15/04

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/7944 Location: Hillsboro, Oregon near NEWBERG VOR/DME (UBG) Beginning Date: August 12, 2004 at 19:00 UTC Ending Date: August 15, 2004 at 23:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for national security Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): n/a FAA Contact(Pilots): MCMINNVILLE (MMV) Flight service station, 503-474-2846 No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this Notam Except as Described.

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