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August 19, 2005

Baggage Handlers Find Suspicious White Powder On Flight To Cleveland

Turns Out To Be Cooking Spice

The plane arrived on time. But the passengers had to wait awhile before they could claim their bags. The reason? Something fishy in the cargo hold.

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Three Hurt As NWA 747 Gear Collapses

Incident Forces Closure Of Guam's International Airport

Three people aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 74, a Boeing 747-200, were injured Friday when the nosegear of the aircraft collapsed shortly after landing.

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New Jersey TFR: 08.30.05 - 08.31.05

NOTAM Number :  FDC 5/7224  Location : Atlantic City, New Jersey near ATLANTIC CITY VORTAC (ACY) Beginning Date : August 30, 2005 at 14:00 UTC Ending Date : August 31, 2005 at 20:30 UTC Reason for NOTAM : aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other high performance military aircraft and parachute jumps by the U.S. Army Black Daggers and Golden Knights teams. Type : Airshow

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New Jersey TFR: 08.28.05 - 08.29.05

NOTAM Number :  FDC 5/7223  Location : Atlantic City, New Jersey near ATLANTIC CITY VORTAC (ACY) Beginning Date : August 28, 2005 at 22:00 UTC Ending Date : August 29, 2005 at 0:01 UTC Reason for NOTAM : aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other high performance military aircraft and parachute jumps by the U.S. Army Black Daggers and Golden Knights teams. Type : Airshow

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Massachusetts TFR: 08.25.05 - 08.28.05

NOTAM Number :  FDC 5/7222  Location : Westfield-Barnes Municipal Airport, Westfield, Massachusetts near BARNES VORTAC (BAF) Beginning Date : August 25, 2005 at 18:50 UTC Ending Date : August 28, 2005 at 19:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM : aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and F-15 teams. Type : Airshow

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SPLAT! Collision With Turkey Vulture Forces Emergency Landing

And Exposes Possible Ethics Violation

It started with a mid-air between a twin Cessna and a turkey vulture over Florida's Merritt Island. It ended with allegations that the public officials on board that privately-owned aircraft shouldn't have been there in the first place and may have been committing a violation of state ethics laws.

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Another Helios Problem

Flight To Luton Diverted Because Of Technical Glitch

Already under the microscope after one of its 737s crashed mysteriously in Greece Sunday, Cyprus's Helios Airways moved a little closer to the flame of public opinion Friday when one of its planes had to be diverted to a different airport because of a suspected technical problem.

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Colombian Air Force Plane Makes Emergency Landing

It Was Carrying Passengers From Suspended West Caribbean Airways

It's bad enough that the airline they were flying was grounded in a joint decision by company executives and Colombian authorities. But 180 passengers who were on a military transport offered up in place of their cancelled flight had to make an emergency landing in Bogota Thursday after suffering hydraulic problems affecting the landing gear, according to local reports.

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Greek Investigators: It Wasn't Carbon Monoxide

But So Far, They Don't Rule Out Some Other Toxic Gas

Coroners in Greece say the passengers who were killed or incapacitated aboard a doomed Helios Airways 737 didn't suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning -- but refused to rule out some other substance in the air aboard the plane.

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EAA Suggestions Would Help With Ultralight And Pilot Transitions

USUA Also Wants To Extend Changeover Deadlines

In official comments submitted to the FAA this week, EAA provides several solutions that would facilitate timely and orderly transition and compliance with the year-old Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) rule. The comments were made in response to the United States Ultralight Association's (USUA) petition for a two-year extension to various transition deadline dates placed on the ultralight community.

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Today's The Day!

National Aviation Day: Spread The Joy Of Flight

If you're looking for a reason to hang out at your local airport, take a spin around the patch, or introduce a friend to aviation, National Aviation Day, Friday, August 19, provides the perfect opportunity.

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A Chilly Precursor To Disaster?

PAX Aboard Penultimate Helios Flight Say Cabin Was Unusually Cold

On its second-to-last flight before crashing near Athens, Greece, passengers aboard a Helios Airways 737-300 complained of bitter cold and the fact that flight attendants ran out of blankets. It's the latest information to surface that belies statements from Helios, saying there were no problems with the aircraft prior to its crash last Sunday.

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EU Pushes For Airline 'Blacklist'

Would Focus On Aircraft Grounded For Maintenance

The European Union Commission will soon introduce a list of airlines that aren't safe to fly -- a blacklist of carriers whose aircraft are grounded for safety reasons.

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Fuel System Focus Of Venezuela Probe

Questions Remain: Why Would Both Engines Fail Simultaneously?

French authorities in Martinique Thursday opened a criminal investigation into the crash of a West Caribbean MD-82 in Venezuela earlier this week -- one that killed 160 people.

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No Joy In Talks Between NWA, Mechanics

Strike Could Come Friday

A new contract offer to Northwest Airlines from its mechanics didn't contain the concessions needed for the carrier to stay afloat, according to a company statement. A strike deadline of midnight Friday looked more and more likely, even as Northwest said it was prepared to conduct business as usual if the mechanics walk.

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Klyde Morris 08.19.05

Oooooh, Klyde... That's Hitting WAY Too Close To Reality!

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US Finance Firm Orders $2.2 Billion Worth Of Airbus Jets

That's 24 A320s And Five A350s

Financial giant CIT Group Thursday announced it has signed a purchase agreement with aircraft manufacturer Airbus for new aircraft.

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NASA Summer Interns Are 'SHARP' Students

Ten Youngsters Work On Everything From Wiring To Geography

Allen Wong, a senior at Highland High School in Palmdale, wants to study electrical engineering in college. This summer he is examining the flow of electricity at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base.

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US Aircraft Security Handled Differently at Moscow Air Show

In The (Formerly Soviet) Bear's Den

As far as security forces troops are concerned, protecting aircraft in one location is like protecting aircraft in another. The scenery may change, but the procedures don't -- unless, of course, the aircraft are in the former Soviet Union.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.19.05)

"We must manage to set up what they call a 'blacklist' of airline companies. Obviously we need the agreement of all 25 member states, I'm pushing hard, like (EU Transport Minister) Jacques Barrot, like Germany, like Italy, like Britain." Source: French Transport Minister Dominique Perben, quoted by Reuters, on creation of a blacklist containing the names of air carriers whose planes are grounded for safety reasons.

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Montana TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7186  Issued:  08/17/2005 22:50  Effective:  Immediately -- Until Further Notice  State:  MT  Facility:  ZSE -- SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  9 NW CAYUSE CREEK MT. 

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Arizona TFR: 08.19.05

NOTAM:  5/7201  Issued:  08/18/2005 15:30  Effective:  08/19/2005 15:00 -- 08/19/2005 23:00  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB -- ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  17 MILES WSW OF WINDOW ROCK AZ.

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Arizona TFR: 08.19.05

NOTAM:  5/7202  Issued:  08/18/2005 16:00  Effective:  08/19/2005 15:00 -- 08/19/2005 23:00  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB -- ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  5 MILES NE GREASEWOOD AZ. 

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Idaho TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/7189  Issued:  08/18/2005 02:20  Effective:  Immediately -- Until Further Notice  State:  ID  Facility:  ZSE -- SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  GRANGEVILLE ID. 

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