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June 01, 2004

French Threaten To Shoot Down GA Aircraft Over D-Day Remembrance

Guards Worried About Al Qaeda Air Attack

European GA pilots beware: If you accidentally stray into the airspace over Normandy, France, this week, you risk being shot out of the sky.

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South African Ultralight Pilot Loses Life In China

Died On World Tour

Allen Honeyborne, a 34-year old ultralight pilot from South Africa, will be cremated in China this week, after his ultralight went down in a lake near Miluo. His partner, Ricky De Agrela, said on the mission's website that he's haunted by the accident.

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FAA Suspends Mather Night Flight Tests

Experiment Moved Noise, But Didn't Eliminate It

When people living in Folsom (CA) complained about noise from aircraft taking off and landing at Mather Airport each night, local aviation officials were quick to react. The Sacramento County Airport System shifted traffic away from Folsom and sent it south, over Cameron Park, Shingle Springs and El Dorado Hills.

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NTSB: FAA Examiner Contributed To Helo Crash

FAA Says "It Will Never Happen Again"

When pilot Mike Asset took a check ride on March 22, 2001, he said the FAA examiner "had something new" to show him. That "something new" ended up severely damaging the helicopter and made the examiner a "contributing factor" to the accident, according to the NTSB.

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Search Continues For Missing Pilot Off South Carolina

Cessna 310 Impacted Water Just Short Of Myrtle Beach Runway

Divers just off the coast of Myrtle Beach (SC) continued their search Monday for 34-year old James Moore, pilot of a Cessna 310 (file photo of type, below) that crashed in the water on approach to Grand Strand Airport.

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Congressmen To FAA: Save Buchanan Field!

Powerful House Transportation Chairman Says Efforts To Close Buchanan Field Should Stop

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee says the FAA should consider wresting control of Buchanan Field (CCR) from Contra Costa County unless the county abandons its efforts to close the airport. In a letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) wrote that continuing efforts to close the airport, while at the same time spending federal dollars to study expanding it, are "inconsistent and wasteful."

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Guess What They Just Dug Up In London?

British Fighter May Have Stopped German Bomb Run On Buckingham Palace In WWII

As the Battle of Britain raged at its worst during World War II, British Hurricane pilot Ray Holmes faced a terrible choice. He was out of ammunition and had spotted a German bomber headed for Buckingham Palace in London. His Hurricane sliced through the Dornier's empennage. The bomber crashed into Victoria Station. Holmes' Hurricane slammed into Buckingham Road, in London's city center, at almost 350 miles an hour. It was pretty much buried under a water main. The road was paved over and the wreckage never recovered. Until now.

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What To Do About Moffett

Guard Will Reportedly Depart Moffett, Leaving Airport Future Uncertain

The Pentagon is reportedly set to announce that it's pulling the Air National Guard out of Moffett Field (CA), even as NASA looks at closing down its Aimes Research Center there. The result: what Carl Honaker, chairman of the San Jose Airport Advisory Commission calls "a sucking chest wound in regard to airfield services."

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Two Dead In Central Texas Crash

Officials: Engine Failed On Take-Off From Field Near Luling

Two people are dead after a 1994 Aviat crashed on take-off from an unimproved field near Luling (TX) Saturday. Luling is about 45 miles south of Austin.

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China Bans Cargo Flights From Former Soviet Republics

Ban Follows Two IL-76 Incidents

China's had enough. After two mishaps -- one deadly -- involving Ilyushin IL-76 cargo aircraft chartered from the former Soviet Union, China has banned such flights indefinitely.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.01.04)

"The wreckage of the microlight is in a large deep river with fast flowing silted water which makes it near impossible to find and verify what went wrong. I write, verify, because he called on the radio twice and said what was wrong. At the time we were at 11,000 feet. He said that he had lost his wing and was falling. Those messages have been haunting me." Source: Web message from Ricky De Agrela, one of two pilots taking part in the South Africa Freedom Flight, after his partner, 34-year old Mike Honeyborne, was killed in China last week. His Aerotrike apparently lost a wing at 11,000 feet and plunged into a lake near the village of Milou. Honeyborne's remains will be cremated this week, upon the arrival of his mother, Jocelyn, from Capetown.

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Model Plane Champ Killed At British National Competition

Struck Dead By Lightning

A British model plane enthusiast is dead after he was struck by lightning Sunday at the British national competition at RAF Barkston Heath in Lincolnshire.

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Initial Report Into Pelee Island Crash Due Tuesday

CTSB Will First Brief Victims' Families

Canadian Transport Safety Board investigators are scheduled to update the famlies of 10 people killed in a Cessna 208B crash Tuesday, but don't look for anyone to be satisfied by the results.

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NASA To Highlight Hypersonic Travel At Oshkosh

X-43 Discussion Set For Theater In The Woods

By definition, any discussion about launching the next century of flight has to include NASA. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2004 Wednesday (July 28), Theater in the Woods hosts a special NASA evening presentation that will highlight several of the agency's projects, most notably the X-43 Hyper X aircraft and its successful Mach 7 mission over the Pacific Ocean on March 27 this year. The X-43 was the first airborne test of a supersonic combustion ramjet engine (scramjet) and is scheduled to attempt a Mach 10 flight in the fall.

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EBACE 2004 Sets Records

Booth Space, Attendance Hits New Highs

EBACE2004, a three-day exhibition held May 25 through 27, registered a record 6,487 Attendees – an increase of 8.4 percent over last year’s total of 5,984. It also featured 247 Exhibitors occupying a record 728 3-meter by 3-meter booth spaces in Geneva Palexpo, an increase of 18 percent over last year’s booth space total of 615. The Static Display on Geneva International Airport featured a total of 36 business aircraft.

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Preachers Ground Flight With A Prayer

Reportedly Said 9/11 Was A Good Reason To Pray

Two Pentecostal preachers headed for a convention in Baltimore forced a Continental Airlines flight to be grounded in Buffalo (NY) last week.

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C-17 Arrivals To Boost Honolulu Economy

Construction Contractors Reportedly "Drooling" Over Prospects

The military's plan to base eight C-17 transport aircraft at Hickam AFB in Hawaii will reportedly boost the local economy by more than $150 million.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Lancair Columbia 300

For Sale: Lancair Columbia 300 2003, S/N: 40078, N6512F, 80 TT, Awesome 300! No Wait! Dual MX-20's, ChartView, WSI Weather, Autopilot w/GPSS Steering, Alt. Preselect, Full UPS Stack, Speed Brakes, Fuel Totalizer, Oxygen, Custom Cover w/ N-Number, everything offered plus some! Exterior Quality: 10, Interior Quality: 10 Used, will sell for $379,000.00 

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T-45 Team Gets SECNAV Award For Cost-Wise Readiness

Generated $144 Million In Savings

NAVAIR’s T-45 Aircraft and Engine Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) Team earned a Department of the Navy Competition and Procurement Excellence Award for generating $144 million in savings from the recently awarded T-45 CLS Airframe and Engine Support Contracts.

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Wathen Foundation Adds New Hangars To Flabob Airport

New Runway, New Taxiways, Now New Hangers

Since purchasing Flabob airport in 2000, the Thomas Wathen Foundation has initiated a number of upgrades and refinements to the airport.

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