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June 25, 2005

Update - New York Helicopter Crashes

Victim Released From Hospital; Heroic Pilots; Crash Video Turns Up

A number of developments in last week's peculiar dual helicopter crashes in New York City bring welcome news to both the families of victims and to investigators.

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Mike Mangold: The No Bull Red Bull Racer

American Looking for 'Clean' Performance In Austria Saturday

American pilot Mike Mangold looks set to secure his second victory in as many events when he takes part in the Zeltweg Red Bull Air Race in Austria on Saturday.

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Have You Talked To Your Spaceship Today?

NASA, Xerox to Demonstrate 'Virtual Crew Assistant'

Intelligent conversation with robots -- long the bread and butter of science fiction authors -- soon may take another step closer to reality for astronauts on the International Space Station.

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ATC Cover-Up?

Feds Investigate Under-Reporting Of Near-Misses At DFW, Other Airports

Are air traffic controllers routinely covering up near-misses and other errors in the tower? An investigation by the Office of Special Council says yes -- and indicates the problem has existed for at least seven years.

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Say, Isn't That YOUR P-38?

Daniel Webster College Offers Aircraft Sponsorships For 2005 Aviation Heritage Festival

Imagine the bragging rights -- "Yeah, that's my P-38 over there." In a real sense, you can lay such a claim at Daniel Webster College’s 2005 Aviation Heritage Festival (AHF).=

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Campers Get The Full EAA Airventure Experience

EAA’s Camp Scholler: A Home Away From Home for Thousands of Guests

As EAA AirVenture 2005, the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, offers an unforgettable year of activities, airplanes and personalities, one of the event’s grandest traditions—camping at Camp Scholler or adjacent to the flight line—will again create a new “aviation city” at Wittman Regional Airport on July 25-31.

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AOPA: Don't Sell The Airport

Files Brief In Oklahoma Case

AOPA is working to prevent a national precedent from being set that could lead to airports being sold, and possibly closed, regardless of state or federal grant obligations. That's the core of a case before a federal magistrate court in Oklahoma. AOPA filed a "friend of the court" brief Tuesday to help educate the court about general aviation airports, how GA airports fit into the national air transportation system, and grant obligations attached to federal and state airport grants.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.25.05)

"We take these charges very seriously. As we became aware of them, we took immediate and thorough action." Source: FAA spokesman Greg Martin in a remark to the Dallas Morning News about reports air traffic controllers are covering up near-misses and other potentially dangerous situations at DFW, LAX and Logan.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-14 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-15 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-15 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-200, -200C, -300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-19 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-19 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD requires replacing the cargo ventilation extraction duct at frame 65 with a new duct, and relocating the temperature sensor in the aft cargo compartment.

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AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-17 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-17 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB412 Series helicopters. This action requires inspecting each affected tail rotor blade (blade) forward tip weight retention block (tip block) and the aft tip closure (tip closure) for adhesive bond voids, and removing any blade with an excessive void from service.

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