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December 03, 2005

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TX TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/1148 Issued: 12/03/2005 19:50 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: TX Facility: ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX. Type: HAZARDS Description: VICINITY OF DECATUR TX

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NTSB Releases Study Into GA Weather-Related Accidents

Issues Six Recommendations To FAA For Better Training, Briefings

Following an extensive study, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its formal recommendations to the FAA on weather-related general aviation accidents. The 80-page report details six specific areas of concern, including additional weather-related training for pilots during biennial flight reviews and a minimum requirement on weather-related questions that must be answered correctly on FAA Airman Knowledge Tests.

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HAI Announces 2005 'Salute To Excellence' Award Winners

Katrina Volunteers, 'Whirly-Girls' To Be Honored

Helicopter Association International has announced their 2005 'Salute To Excellence' Award winners, recognizing each as important contributors to stressing the importance and necessity of rotorcraft in the world today.

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Twin Comanche Accident Claims Three Lives

One Of The Men Onboard Had Just Purchased Plane

Two North Mississippi pilots and another from Tennessee were killed Thursday when their Piper Twin Comanche (file photo of type, below) went down on takeoff from John Bell Williams airport outside Raymond, MS.

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NASA Announces Planetary Science Vehicle Competition

Part Of Centennial Challenges Program

NASA's Centennial Challenges program has announced the Planetary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Challenge, in collaboration with the California Space Education and Workforce Institute, Santa Maria, CA. NASA says the $250,000 competition, scheduled for 2007, may significantly affect how science is conducted on planets and moons with atmospheres.

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Bogus Merchant + Bogus Parts + Real Risks = Real Jail

Parts Fraud Repeat Offender Goes Up The River

by Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien When Amanullah Khan, 56, of Brea, CA stood to face the judge for sentencing Monday, a case that began almost exactly four years ago with a small aluminum forging that should have been made of steel finally saw justice done. Federal lawmen uncovered millions of dollars worth of fraud, and unimaginably callous risks taken with human lives, in the course of a case that wove through Federal courts on both coasts of the nation -- and sent two men to prison.

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'Million Mile' Marc

Marc Tacchi Has 1,000,000 FF Miles

Marc Tacchi has done something few line pilots have done. Tacchi, who flies cargo 747s, has also racked up one MILLION frequent-flier miles as a paying passenger. And he did it in just two months with just one airline (not the operator he flies for, either). He calls it the Great Canadian Mileage Run of 2005.

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Northrop Grumman UAV Completes Critical Design Review

Scheduled To Fly By End Of 2006

Northrop Grumman Corporation tells Aero-News the company has successfully conducted a critical design review of its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the US Navy.  The review moves the program closer to full-scale production and delivery of the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAV to the Navy.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (12.03.05)

"Historically, about two-thirds of all general aviation (GA) accidents that occur in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) are fatal -- a rate much higher than the overall fatality rate for GA accidents." Source: From the newly-released 80-page NTSB study outlying the NTSB's thorough investigation of 72 weather-related general aviation accidents. The Safety Board also issued six formal recommendations to the FAA on ways to prevent weather-related general aviation accidents -- including better initial and recurrent pilot training, and more thorough weather briefings.  

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NC TFR: 12.05.05

NOTAM Number:  FDC 5/1129   Issue Date: December 02, 2005 at 20:06 UTC Location: Greensboro, North Carolina Beginning Date and Time: December 05, 2005 at 16:50 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 05, 2005 at 20:00 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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TX TFR: 12.05.05 - 12.06.05

NOTAM Number: FDC 5/1128   Issue Date: December 02, 2005 at 19:30 UTC Location: Houston, Texas near HOBBY VOR/DME (HUB) Beginning Date and Time: December 05, 2005 at 22:25 UTC Ending Date and Time: December 06, 2005 at 0:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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