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February 23, 2005

Texas TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/1452  Issued:  02/23/2005 20:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  NEAR CRESSON TX. 

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Texas TFR: 02.24.05

NOTAM:  5/1428  Issued:  02/22/2005 22:50  Effective:  02/24/2005 22:30 - 02/24/2005 23:40  State:  TX  Facility:  ZHU - HOUSTON (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HARLINGEN AND ARMSTRONG, TEXAS, FEBRUARY 24-27 2005 LOCAL. 

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SpaceShipOne's OSH Visit Will Be Ship's Only Public Display

But Next Destination Still Uncertain

REAL TIME UPDATE - 1520 EST: It won't be the last flight of White Knight and SpaceShipOne, but it will be one of them. That's how commercial astronaut Mike Melvill described his trip to Mojave with the record-breaking duo as Scaled Composites sends them to Oshkosh, WI, for AirVenture 2005.

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SpaceShipOne And White Knight Coming To Oshkosh!

Historic Civilian Spacecraft To Be On Display All Week

SpaceShipOne, the world's first successful civilian-built spaceship that captured the world's attention last fall by winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize, is coming to Oshkosh! The history-making spacecraft and its carrier aircraft, White Knight, have been confirmed for arrival at EAA AirVenture, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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Boeing to Sell KS, OK Commercial Airplane Operations

Onex To Buy Plants In Kansas and Oklahoma

The Boeing Company and Onex Corporation say they've reached an agreement under which Onex will acquire the Wichita/Tulsa Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The transaction includes Commercial Airplanes facilities and assets in Wichita, Kansas, and Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma. Transaction consideration to Boeing includes approximately $900 million cash, transfer of certain liabilities and long-term supply agreements that provide Boeing ongoing cost savings.

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Six Pilots Report Laser Flashings Over North Texas

All Were Landing On DFW's 18 Right

Just when you thought it was safe to leave the protective goggles in your flight bag comes word that no fewer than six commercial flights were "lit up" by lasers on approach to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Sunday night. All six aircraft were headed for landings on DFW's Runway 18R.

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Indonesian Police Aircraft Down

As Many As 15 Lost

An Indonesian Casa 212 went down on approach to a remote airfield in the waters off New Guinea Tuesday, killing 15 people and injuring three others. Officials said pilot reported engine trouble just before the mishap.

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Airplane Ownership Is Not Out Of Reach

AvCoach Helps Dispel the Myths and Realities

Been stuck in an airport recently or missed an important business meeting because you couldn't get a flight? Daydreamed about owning your own plane only to talk yourself out of it because "It's too expensive" or "I don't travel enough"?

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ESA Camera Finds Evidence Of Mars Ocean

There's Water In Them Thar Hills!

It's hard to spot, dust-covered and otherwise unremarkable. But the ESA's 3-D imaging system orbiting Mars has found what looks like a vast ocean just below the surface of Mars.

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Medical Evac Helo Down In Arkansas

Patient Lost, Crew Hurt

A Bell 206B-1 helicopter configured for medical transport went down in northwest Arkansas Monday, killing the patient and injuring the three crew members on board, according to local authorities. Federal and state investigators rushed to the scene on Tuesday, looking for clues.

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Boeing Says Large Cargo Freighter On Track

Will Support 787 Final Assembly

Boeing says development of the 747 Large Cargo Freighter is proceeding according to plan and the modified freighters will be ready to support final assembly of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2007.

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Wright Relative Passes Away

Grandnephew Milton Was Accomplished Artist

Milton Wright, Jr., Wilbur and Orville's grandnephew, passed away in Dayton over the weekend of apparent pneumonia. An accomplished artist in his own right, Milton was 84.

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Collings Foundation Announces 2005 Wings Of Freedom Tour

Part Of Celebration Of 60th Anniversary Of Allied Victory

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II, the Collings Foundation is pleased to announce the Spring/Early Summer 2005 schedule of the nationally-acclaimed Wings of Freedom Tour of the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator for the Southwest and West Coast of the US.

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WisconsinAir Enters US Airways Bankruptcy Fray

Cheeseheads To The Rescue!

US Airways has a new friend in WisconsinAir, the nation's biggest privately-held regional carrier. WisconsinAir now has a $125 million stake in the Virginia-based legacy carrier, as US Airways struggles to emerge from its second trip to federal bankruptcy court.

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Historical Reunion, Tours Celebrate Centaur Booster

"Celebrating Centaur: Then and Now"

A commemorative ceremony and historical reunion honoring the Centaur stage booster, "Celebrating Centaur: Then and Now," will take place from to 1530 Friday, at the Lockheed Martin Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Fossett's On Again-Off Again Record Attempt: Off Again

Bad Forecast Again Delays Global Flyer

Pilot Steve Fossett has called off plans to launch the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer record attempt on February 25 due to a forecast of unacceptable ground winds at Salina (Kansas) Municipal Airport and turbulence during the flight's ascent. Both factors present significant risks, Fossett said in a February 22 e-mail to his mission control.

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Air Safety Foundation's 'Mission: Possible' Now A Seminar-In-A-Box

Conduct Your Own Safety Seminar On Military "Lights Out" Operations

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's newest interactive program on airspace is now available as a Seminar-in-a-Box. The dynamic 36-minute program, titled "Mission: Possible -- Navigating Today's Special Use Airspace," shows pilots how to deal with military lights-out training, an operation now being conducted in many military operations areas around the country.

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Space Shuttle Return To Flight Gets A "Lift" From NASA Dryden F-15B

Eagle Is Testbed For LIFT Operations

To help the Space Shuttle safely return to flight, NASA engineers are acquiring data on how insulating foam debris or "divots" behave when these small pieces are shed from the Shuttle's external fuel tank during launch.

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EAA Sends Sport Pilot Briefing To Montana

Ron Wagner Hits The Road

Ron Wagner, Manager, EAA Field Relations, will present a sport pilot/light-sport aircraft briefing plus meet with EAA members at the Montana State Aviation Conference in Butte, Montana, March 3-5. His presentation is on Saturday morning, March 5th.

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Charter Growth Spurs Related Companies

Air Chef Holdings Caters To The Fast Growing Private Jet Industry

Meridian Venture Partners (MVP), one of the Mid-Atlantic region's leading private equity firms, says it's backing the acquisition of Air Chef Holdings, a Columbus, Ohio-based provider of in-flight catering services for the private jet industry.

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Upgraded: Eric Hill

Becomes GM At Million Air's Long Beach FBO

Million Air Long Beach and Million Air Interlink, Inc., a franchise of fixed-base operation (FBO) facilities, today announced Eric Hill has been hired as general manager of California's Million Air Long Beach.  Hill, who began work on Feb. 7, will be responsible for overseeing both the general and commercial aviation activities at the Southern California-based FBO.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.23.05)

"Right now we're characterizing it as having observed laser activity. It would be different from somebody actually getting targeted with a laser light." Source: FBI Special Agent Lori Bailey in an interview with the Dallas Morning News, after six commercial flight crews on approach to DFW were "lit up" by lasers pointed from the ground. The laser light eminated from a group of houses near Argyle, TX, Sunday night.

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AD: GE

AD NUMBER: 2005-04-10 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CT58-140-1, CT58-140-2, and surplus military T58-GE-5, -10, -100, and -402 turboshaft engines with certain serial numbers (SNs) of stage 1 compressor disks, part number (P/N) 5001T20P01, installed.

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AD: Hartzell

AD NUMBER: 2005-04-08 MANUFACTURER: Hartzell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-04-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing Priority Letter Airworthiness Directive (AD) for Hartzell Propeller Inc. model HC-B3TN-5/T10282 propellers.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: PL2005-05-51 MANUFACTURER: Cessna SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive PL2005-05-51 SUMMARY: The FAA has received reports of and is analyzing data from cracks found in the wings of two Cessna Model 402C airplanes.

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