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May 31, 2004

CAF Pilot Dies After P-51C Crash

Landed Off-Airport At Wings Of Freedom Show

Don "Pappy" Hinz, an experienced Naval flight instructor and A7E carrier pilot, died Sunday after his P-51C "Razorback" went down off-airport during the Wings of Freedom Air Show in Bay City (WI) the day before.

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DEA Pilot Killed In Cessna 206 Accident

Survived By Wife And Three Children

A veteran of the Drug Enforcement Agency is dead after his Cessna 206 suffered apparent engine failure, crashing into an outbuilding in the Chicago suburb of Homer Glen (IL).

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First Flight: Indian-Made Saras

"It Was A Good Flight"

The first Indian-built civilian aircraft made history Saturday, successfully completing its first flight with what executives at India's National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) called "a good flight."

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NTSB: Rudder Problem In A300

Unrelated To AAL New York Crash, But Just As Deadly

It may not have been the fatal flaw in American Airlines Flight 587's 2001 crash, but it could be a big problem for future flights of the Airbus A300-600.

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Is Airbus Hedging Against 7E7?

A330 "Lite" To Rival Dreamliner

If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then the folks on Boeing's Dreamliner team should be honored. Arch-rival Airbus says it may attempt to have its A330-220 recertified for lighter loads and shorter hauls, in hopes of directly competing with the new Boeing 7E7.

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Tanker Grounding Came Down To Issue Of Liability

Decision Came After Forest Service Given Jurisdiction Over Aging Tankers

Was the US Forest Service covering its butt when it grounded 33 of its biggest, oldest aerial firefighting tankers? The Billings (MT) Gazette reports liability became a driving concern at Forest Service headquarters after the NTSB said it had jurisdiction over the privately-owned tanker fleet.

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Klyde Morris 05.31.04

Klyde Ain't Feeling So Secure....

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.31.04)

"The NTSB said, 'You are the operators.' We had always thought that the FAA was responsible. It is kind of a really muddy deal. We always assumed that the FAA certificates were issued based on aerial firefighting conditions." Source: National Forest Service Assistant Director For Aviation Tony Kern, speaking with the Billings (MT) Gazette. The Gazette reports liability concerns, as much as safety, were behind the grounding of 33 aerial firefighting tankers by the Forest Service when it realized it, not the FAA, had jurisdiction over the aging tankers.

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Florida TFR: TFN

NOTAM:  4/4818  Issued:  05/29/2004 21:12  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  FL  Facility:  ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  UMATILLA, FL. 

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