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December 01, 2004

Texas TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/3007  Issued:  12/01/2004 14:07  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  19 S WACO TX. 

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Louisiana TFR: 12.01.04

NOTAM:  4/3034  Issued:  12/01/2004 14:07  Effective:  12/01/2004 17:15 - 12/01/2004 19:35  State:  LA  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HOUMA, LOUISIANA, DECEMBER 1 2004 LOCAL. 

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Louisiana TFR: 12.01.04

NOTAM:  4/3035  Issued:  12/01/2004 14:07  Effective:  12/01/2004 19:20 - 12/01/2004 21:35  State:  LA  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA, DECEMBER 1 2004 LOCAL. 

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Pennsylvania Pilot Sentenced For Flying Drunk

John Salamone Will Spend Up To Nine Years In Prison

A Pottstown, PA, man who embarked upon a long and sometimes dangerous flight while drunk was sentenced Tuesday. John Salamone will spend up to nine years behind bars.

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Plane Destroyed, Mechanic Hurt In Mysterious Explosion

Witness: "I Felt The Ground Moving Beneath Me"

A mysterious explosion rocked the Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana Tuesday, destroying a twin-engine aircraft and slightly injuring a mechanic. According to the Lafayette Advertiser, the aircraft, a Cessna 340, was severely damaged in the explosion, which happened in front of Paul Fornet Air Service at around 0900 local.

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Future Eclipse 500 Owners Gather In ABQ (Part Three)

Investors in Raburn's 'Technological Transformation' Find Much To Celebrate

With the big worries of insurance and training mollified by the early announcements at the 1004 Eclipse Owner's Meeting, it was time for some of the nitty gritty. And there was plenty of it... Prior to other discussions about the Eclipse program, Vern talked openly about the state of the industry and the VLJ movement...

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Toll Rises In Indonesian Runway Mishap

MD-82 Broke Up On Landing

An MD-82 operated by Indonesia's Lion Air skidded off the runway in a heavy rainstorm Tuesday, breaking apart and leaving at least 31 people dead.

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Aero-Views: Congress, Administration Fiddle While the Airlines Burn

By Captain John S. Blonsick Ironic that in the summer of 2001, the Bush Administration declared that the airlines were too vital to the national economy to allow even one major airline to engage in a strike under the Railway Labor Act. But now two major carriers are in bankruptcy facing possible Chapter 7 liquidation, two others are hovering on the brink of Chapter 11 and there is almost no governmental action to troubleshoot this vital national economic engine. Ticket prices are being set by start-up carriers with little or no investment or overhead in the aviation infrastructure while the majors with 70 years of investment and overhead of mature companies are being left to the cut themselves to the bone. Meanwhile, Federal taxes and skyrocketing fuel prices are destroying an

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Seven Fort Hood Soldiers Lost In Black Hawk Crash

Victims Identified

Seven 4th Infantry Division soldiers, including the assistant division commander for support, were killed Nov. 29 when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed while flying from Fort Hood, Texas, to check on progress in repairing vehicles damaged in Iraq.

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Cargo Plane Down In Afghanistan

All Six On Board Lost

Coalition forces Tuesday found a CASA 212 contract freighter that went down in the rugged mountains of central Afghanistan. The aircraft had been missing since Sunday.

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Niki Lauda Still in the Cockpit

Legendary motor-racing champion growing second airline

While the anglosphere wasn't looking, racing legend Niki Lauda founded a new budget airline, "Niki," flying from his homeland of Austria to other European destinations, and it finally got our attention when he flew it into London last month.

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NTSB Chief: Ebersol Investigation To Center On Possible Icing

Aircraft Not De-Iced Before Departure

The Canadair Challenger that crashed on take-off from Montrose, CO, Sunday may not have been de-iced, according to the NTSB. The mishap killed three people, including the youngest son of NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol.

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Poplar Grove Is Growing

Construction Almost Done On 58 New Hangars

Airplanes aren't the only things taking off at the Poplar Grove Airport in Illinois. The airport's expansion is in high gear. Construction is nearing competition on 58 new hangars located on the north side of the airport, as well as the construction of nearly 50 custom condominiums within Bel Air Estates, a residential Fly-In Community, and the continued development of the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum.

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GAO Dings FAA For Slow Computer Upgrades

Four Cities Cited As Having Deficient Computers And Displays

The FAA isn't upgrading its computers or radar displays fast enough. That was the conclusion of a General Accountability Office report, which cite aging equipment in St. Louis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago and Denver. The equipment that should be replaced most quickly, the report said, is the radar and flight data computers at the FAA's TRACON facilities.

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'Could You Please Hand Me That Box Of Helicopter?'

USMC Ships H-1s In Crates For Upgrade

At first glance, it might seem that one of the depot's newest programs is a complete reversal of the normal work process that is done here. Under this program, a fully-assembled helicopter flies in –- and, later, is trucked out in crates. And that's exactly how the Marine Corps wants it.

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History's Biggest Simulation Training Conference Opens Next Week

350 Companies Will Be On Exhibit Floor

Record numbers of exhibitors and other participants will make next week's conference and exhibition of modeling and simulation training technologies the largest of its kind in history. The event, from December 6th through the 9th, will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

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Upgraded: NSSTC's William Hicks

Named Chief Operating Officer Of National Space Science And Technology Center

William R. Hicks has been named chief operating officer of the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) in Huntsville, AL.

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Five Inducted into Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame

Duffy Gaier, Field Morey, Herbert Hardrath, Walter Lees And Paul Culver All Honored Aviators

The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame honored five aviators for their accomplishments in state aviation at its annual Investiture Ceremony and Banquet at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Inducted on November 6 were Harold "Duffy" Gaier, Field Morey, Herbert Hardrath, Walter Lees and Paul Culver.

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Glenn Schwarz Has The Eye

Attention To Detail Earns Aircraft Inspector Safety Professional Award

To say that Glenn Schwarz has an eye for detail would be a grand understatement. The quality assurance specialist is standing on a side panel that folds down to provide a small platform on the highest section of an H-46 helicopter. Leaning in close, he peers at a tiny gap – thinner than a dime – between the head of a bolt and a drive arm on the aircraft’s aft upper flight control. Although he was initially checking to ensure that no washers have been put on this part of the helicopter, this thin gap has suddenly caught his attention.

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Educated Owner Video Series Out On DVD

New Format Will Be Easier To Navigate

Approach Aviation Tuesday released its The Educated Owner Video Series on DVD.

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Note From Santa: Sharp Drill Bits are Mission-Critical for Aircraft Maintenance

This Might Make A Great Gift For Your Favorite Pilot Or Mechanic

There's no little or no margin for mistakes when you're responsible for the safety of pilots, students and passengers –- all of whom are counting on you to keep their single and multi-engine aircraft in top working order. As director of maintenance at Chandler Aviation in Arizona, Mint Greninger has trained his 13-man crew to stay on top of mission-critical repairs -- everything from minor stop drilling of cracks to replacement of component air parts and re-skinning of control surfaces.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.01.04)

"It almost knocked me down. I felt the ground moving beneath me." Source: Todd Patin at Dallas Airmotive, near where a Cessna 340 mysteriously blew up at Lafayette Regional Airport Tuesday morning. One person was slightly hurt in the blast. What sparked it is unknown. Patin was quoted in the Lafayette, LA, Advertiser.

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AD: Saab

AD NUMBER: 2004-24-06 MANUFACTURER: SAAB SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-06 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B series airplanes.

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