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June 09, 2005

NATA Applauds Tiahrt Legislation To Restore Promotion Role To FAA

NATA President James K. Coyne applauded legislation introduced Wednesday by Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt to restore the mission of promoting aviation to the FAA.

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AD: Rockwell International

AD NUMBER: PL2005-12-51 MANUFACTURER: Rockwell International Corporation,Autair Ltd. SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2005-12-51 SUMMARY: This AD is the result of a report of a Rockwell International Model SNJ-6 (AT-6F) airplane crash that occurred on May 9, 2005, resulting in two fatalities.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-05 MANUFACTURER: General Electric (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-45A, CF6-50A, CF6-50C, and CF6-50E series turbofan engines that have not incorporated GE Service Bulletin (SB) No. CF6-50 S/B 72-1239, Revision 1, dated September 24, 2003, or that have not incorporated paragraph 3.B. of GE SB No. CF6-50 S/B 72-1239, original issue, dated May 29, 2003.

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Part Three: Silent Raiders

When They All Came Together

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien The silence of the glider, of course, ends when it lands, and this landing was known to be a crash from the outset. Pilot Jim Wallwork guided the lead glider, PF800, to a crash just 45 yards from the Caen Canal bridge.

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UK Air Scare

Fighters Escort Thomson Flight To Stansted

Two RAF Tornado F3s escorted a Thomson Boeing 737 into the UK's Stansted Airport Wednesday night after someone on board  the flight spotted an unattended cell phone near the front of the plane.

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AOPA Lobbies For Better Access Through Indiana MOAs

So Far So Good, Group Says, But It's Still Not Enough

The changes were good, but still more is needed to make eight proposed military operations areas (MOAs) in southern Indiana both GA-friendly and suitable for the military. That's the gist of AOPA's comments on the most recent versions of the Racer and JPG MOA proposals.

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Airbus Paris Air Show Party On Hold

No A350 To Announce, No A380 To Show Off

It was supposed to be the mother of all parties at the Paris Air Show this month -- Airbus celebrating the launch of its A350 and the flight testing of its behemoth A380. But orders for champagne have been put on hold, as has any announcement on the launch of the A350. That won't happen until at least September.

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200th European Delivery for Cirrus

Innovative Aircraft Company Hits Overseas Milestone

"I'm already flying my CIRRUS everyday," says Luis Oliva, the proud new owner of CIRRUS Design's milestone 200th European delivery. 

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JAL Watch: Crews Failed To Note Missing Lifejackets

Another "Incident" Under Scrutiny In Tokyo

Japan Air Lines, already under close government scrutiny, admitted its flight crews made a mistake by overlooking the disappearance of five life jackets from one of its aircraft.

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Frank Kingston Smith's Ashes Spread at Wings Field in Private Ceremony

Fifty Years to the Day After His First Flying Lesson

Frank Kingston Smith is now a permanent part of the landscape at Wings Field in Suburban Northeast Philadelphia. On June 2nd the ashes of the late aviation enthusiast, lawyer, author, speaker, and trade association executive were spread from a Cessna 170B flying over the airport, fifty years to the day after his very first logged lesson at Wings, June 2, 1955.

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/4562  Issued:  06/09/2005 11:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  12 NM WEST OF WITTMAN AZ. 

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/4546  Issued:  06/09/2005 00:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CA  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  LAGUNA BEACH CA.   

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Bolen Goes To Capitol Hill

NBAA Chief To Testify at Senate Hearing on General Aviation Security

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation holds a hearing Thursday, focusing on general aviation security in Washington, DC airspace and the plan recently announced by the government to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation operators.

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Governor Richardson Finally Gets His Wings

You Are Now Free To Move About New Mexico

The long battle over whether New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is entitled to a new aircraft appears to be over -- he's getting a Cessna Citation Bravo.

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What's That Rolly-Polly Guy Doing At The Airport?

Michelin Signs On To 787 Project

Michelin will offer a combination of traditional radial construction tires and new lightweight Near Zero Growth ( NZG ) construction tires. NZG construction offers increased resistance to cuts and wear. The 787 will have 10 tires; two for the nose landing gear and eight for the main landing gear.

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IG Report: FAA Falling Down On The Job

Report Says Airlines' Financial Woes Could Lead To Safety Problems

A new report by the Department of Transportation Inspector General says the FAA is falling behind in trying to keep up with airline maintenance -- especially as carriers hurting for cash are more and more prone to cut corners.

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As Expected: FAA Issues Emergency AD For T-6s/SNJs

The FAA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive, as expected, after the crash of a civilian owned SNJ last month following a wing separation.

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Tuning Up Tunica

Air Races Return To The South

Our first morning at Tunica started off with an unscheduled "show" by none-other than a Professional Aerial Applicator (crop duster to the uninformed) demonstrating what working airplanes do down in the Southland - spraying the cotton.

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Mr. Cebula Goes To Washington

AOPA Executive Testifies On ADIZ Problems And More

It is absolutely essential, that any security requirements do not eliminate the very industry they are designed to protect. If that occurs, the terrorists have won. Many pilots are asking this very question about the airspace restrictions in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area (National Capitol Region).

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Rare Gathering Of Bombers To Grace Oshkosh

Event Marks 60th Anniversary Of World War II Finale

A one-of-a-kind reunion of World War II bombers will make an unforgettable appearance during the 53rd annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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HSL-43 Sailor Becomes First Aviation Electronics Technician CWO5

29 More On The Way

A Sailor from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 43, based at North Island, CA, became the first Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) 5 in the Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) community June 1st in a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island.

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Seattle Avionics Software Official Sponsor of 'The Eagle Flight'

Working To Support The EAA Young Eagles Program

Seattle Avionics Software, Inc., the innovative aviation software company, announced Wednesday that it's flagship product, Voyager Flight Planner, has been selected as the official flight planner for Jared Aicher's round-the-world project called The Eagle Flight. 

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.09.05)

"It is absolutely essential, that any security requirements do not eliminate the very industry they are designed to protect. If that occurs, the terrorists have won." Source: AOPA Senior Vice President Andy Cebula, in testimony to be delivered Thursday before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation regarding general aviation security.

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AD: Dassault

AD NUMBER: 2005-11-14 MANUFACTURER: Dassault-Aviation SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-11-14 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Dassault Model Mystere-Falcon 50 and 900 series airplanes, and Model Falcon 2000 and 900EX series airplanes.

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AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-01 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-01 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109E helicopters that requires, within 5 hours time-in-service (TIS), locating relay K7212 and its associated cable in the overhead panel assembly and visually inspecting the electrical cable in the splice area for arcing or burns.

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AD: Pilatus

AD NUMBER: 2005-11-06 MANUFACTURER: Pilatus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-11-06 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) Models PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes.

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