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September 01, 2004

Bad Boys In The Air

DHS IG Says Air Marshals Sleep, Take Drugs On Job

Federal Air Marshals have been found sleeping on the job, have tested positive for drugs and alcohol -- also while on the job -- have lost their weapons and have lied in their reports.

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White House May Intervene In UAL Pension Battle

Bush Administration Wants To Avert Full-Blown Pension Crisis

If bankrupt United Airlines bails out on its pension obligations to employees, the Bush administration is worried that it could touch off a full-blown pension crisis in corporate America. The Rocky Mountain News reports the White House is now considering legislation that would prevent the airline from reneging on its promise to take care of its retirees.  

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Say, What Are We Feeding The Livestock Today?

Hint: Your Classic Auster

It seemed like the perfectly normal thing to do. The pilot of a 1948 Auster J1-N landed in a cow field near Hereford, England, over the weekend for a meal at a local pub. But it was the plane that ended up on the menu.  

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Runways A Little Safer These Days

FAA Says Fewer Chances For Collisions

Runways at the nation’s airports are getting safer for the second year in a row. Runway incursions dropped 20 percent over a four-year period, according to an FAA report released today. US airports recorded 324 incursions last year, of which just 32 were characterized as high risk. Those serious incidents have dropped 50 percent since 2000. For the second consecutive year, none of the most serious incursions involved two large commercial jets.  

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'I've Got To Get To My Passenger'

Stearman Pilot Talks About Fatal Accident

Wisconsin pilot Mark Strub didn't know the name of his passenger when he took off from Alexander Field in his 1941 Stearman PT-13. The Michigan woman wanted to go for a ride at the Children's Miracle Network Balloon Rally. Strub was giving 10-minute rides in the open-cockpit aircraft.  

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USAF Releases F-16 MidAir Accident Report

A pilot's loss of situational awareness caused two F-16 Fighting Falcons to collide May 17, according to a report Air Force officials released Aug. 30. The lead pilot, of the Indiana Air National Guard’s 113th Fighter Squadron in Terre Haute, was killed in the crash. The pilot of the second aircraft, also assigned to the 113th FS, safely ejected and suffered minor injuries. The aircraft, with a combined value of about $39.8 million, were destroyed.

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In Defense Of Mark Strub

Fellow Aviators Defend Wisconsin Pilot

Mark Strub is a caring man always willing to help a person in need. That's the word from friends of the 42-year old Wisconsin pilot whose 1941 Stearman PT-13 went down in Nepco Lake Saturday while he was giving rides during a balloon rally. His passenger, 39-year old Kimberly Reed of Eau Claire (MI), was killed.  

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Genesis Is Coming Home

Solar Probe Set For Extraordinary Recovery

After a six-billion mile space trip, a fiery plummet toward Earth and a mid-air helicopter catch over the Utah desert, a spacecraft carrying tiny pieces of the Sun should reach Houston next month.

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To Explore Strange New Worlds...

Scientists Discover First of a New Class of Extrasolar Planets

Astronomers announced today the first discovery of a new class of planets beyond our solar system about 10 to 20 times the size of Earth - far smaller than any previously detected. The planets make up a new class of Neptune-sized extrasolar planets.  

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Oshkosh Visit Pays Off For Student Pilot

Phoenix East Aviation, Inc. has announced the winner of a Private Pilot Basic Course giveaway. Beau Mongold, Summerton, South Carolina, was selected at random from all entries submitted at the Phoenix East Aviation exhibit during EAA AirVenture 2004 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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NATA Claims Victory For All-Cargo Carriers

Says It's Ended TFR Confusion

NATA says its efforts to recognize the enhanced level of security provided by the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) have paid off for all-cargo carriers.  

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Raytheon Gets The Deal: F/A-18 Threat Protection Systems

Contract Worth $43 Million

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $43.3 million contract for production of its ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receiver system for the US Navy.  

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Air National Guard To The Rescue

Two Survive, One Lost In Alaska Mishap

Two men survived and one died in an aircraft crash near McGrath (AK). They were found by an Alaska Air National Guard search-and-rescue team.  

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Ford Tri-Motor Flies Triumphant 75th Anniversary Tours

Fall Schedule Includes Stops In Missouri, Ohio

The Experimental Aircraft Association is celebrating this year's 75th anniversary of its prized Ford Tri-Motor passenger airplane, and the 75th anniversary of transcontinental air service, by taking this rare aircraft to selected cities in the Midwest this fall.  

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.01.04)

"We don't believe that a company that has $2 billion in cash and over $5 billion in assets should be terminating pension plans. We don't think the PBGC (Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation) was established to pay pensions for companies with those kinds of assets." Source: Machinists Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. in an interview with the Rocky Mountain News about the possibility that the Bush administration might intervene with legislation that would stop United Airlines from dumping its four major pension plans. United has threatened to kill the funds as part of its attempt to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

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A Corny Way Of Saying Thanks

C-130 Drawn In Illinois Cornfield

Pilots flying over the rural farmland near Lewistown (IL) may be shocked to see the likeness of a C-130 Hercules etched into the landscape hundreds of feet below.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Velocity XL-RG

For Sale: Velocity XL-RG

Flying 52 hrs, 300 HP Lycoming, UPS IFR stack, trutrack AP, and more. Exterior paint is primer white, interior 4 seats complete and installed. 200 kts. Exterior Quality: 10, Interior Quality: 10 New, will sell for $175,000.00

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Sport Pilot: It's Alive!

The Very First "Sport Pilots" May Fly Today

So far no individual has been allowed to actually fly under Sport Pilot rules... until this very day, September 1, 2004. This is the big day that the FAA has been looking forward to during the many years of development that they have invested in the new Sport Pilot certificate program and airworthiness programs for Light Sport Aircraft.

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