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July 06, 2005

Voyager Makes Flight Planning Easy

Fun Even

As the airshow at Arlington starts today, it gives us a chance to learn a lot and to meet some interesting people. In the main exhibit tent, at booth 82, you can find the friendly folks at Seattle Avionics. They've offered us, and you, a free demonstration of Voyager 2.5, their newest flight planning program.

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Mooooove Over: Air France Jet Collides With Cow

Nobody Hurt -- Cow's Condition Unknown

This next story reminds us of flying our GA aircraft into very remote airfields here in the US -- those strips where you have to buzz the field once before you land to ensure the wildlife knows you're coming.

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Moooooove Over Part II: The Plane And The Porsche

German Aircraft Lands On Rallying Roadster

It wasn't so much a landing you could walk away from as it was a landing you could drive away from.

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Reminder: Secure Your Plane

AOPA Warns Pilots Against Fanning Flames Of Public Opinion

It doesn't take much to ignite public fears about terrorism these days, and all too often those fears seem to center around general aviation. So when two small airplanes were stolen and taken for joyrides in recent weeks, it garnered a lot of negative attention from the general media, the public, and the politicians. That's why AOPA is urging all pilots to be more vigilant than ever about security -- especially when it comes to the airplanes they fly.

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AOPA To FAA: Change AC To Cover Older Planes

Proposed Guideline Would Cover More Than Just Part 23 Aircraft

The AOPA wants the FAA to revise a proposed advisory circular (AC) to clarify that it can be applied to all older general aviation aircraft.

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Expand The ADIZ?

Camp David Incursion Prompts Review Of Restricted Airspace

Will the recent rash of restricted airspace incursions by GA aircraft over the past two months spur an expansion of the Washington ADIZ? One Bush administration official says, "yes."

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Atta Boy From ESA To NASA

Cheers And Job Well Done From Europe On Deep Impact Mission Success

Leaders of the nation's richest and most powerful nations may be having some trouble getting along at the G8 Summit in Europe this week, but the same certainly can't be said about their space agencies.

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5472  Issued:  07/06/2005 09:00  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CA  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  YORBA LINDA CA. 

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5471  Issued:  07/06/2005 08:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CA  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  RIVERSIDE CA. 

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Minnesota TFR: 07.06.05

NOTAM:  5/5457  Issued:  07/05/2005 19:30  Effective:  07/06/2005 15:30 - 07/06/2005 16:45  State:  MN  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ELY, MINNESOTA 

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Deja Vu Over Camp David

Aircraft In Latest Airspace Violation Has A Record

The Cessna 172R that violated restricted airspace over Camp David last weekend has a history -- at least two previous incursions into places GA pilots shouldn't go.

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Britain's Young Prince Stays Cool In Heavy Weather Landing

Prince William Ended Up Diverted Back To Christchurch

Britain's Prince William, making his first unaccompanied trip overseas, didn't quite make it to his destination Tuesday... after his royal aircraft tried twice to land in the New Zealand town of Invercargill. The prince was reportedly quite calm -- perhaps the most calm of anyone connected to the story.

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NASA's Deep Impact Generates Spectacular Photo Flash

Collision Deemed Major Success

The hyper-speed demise of NASA's Deep Impact probe generated an immense flash of light, which provided an excellent light source for the two cameras on the Deep Impact mothership. Deep Impact scientists theorize the 820-pound impactor vaporized deep below the comet's surface when the two collided at 0152 July 4, at a speed of about 10 kilometers per second (6.3 miles per second or 23,000 miles per hour).

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Anticipation In The Air At Arlington

Ready For Takeoff

The Northwest Regional Northwest Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In starts Wednesday with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for the public. The FAA's very own DC-3 is scheduled to be on display, and volunteers, food, parking and everything else is ready to go.

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Experimental Pilots -- A Deadline Looms

Must Be In Compliance With New 61.31 (k) By August 15th

"This is a blast!" the pilot burst out after his first gyroplane demo flight. "I gotta do this! What kind of license do you need?"

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Martin Baker Retrofitting T-38s

Improved Seats

Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd. has been competitively selected to build new ejection seats for each of 509 T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in service with the US Air Force Air Education and Training Command. The seats are designed to significantly improve the life saving capability of the T-38 escape system.

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Of Sharks and Safety

A Touch Of Perspective On Accidents

Aero-Views by Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien We get a lot of weird press releases at Aero-News. Sometimes we get the skinny on new planes, or new technology, or industry movers and shakers who are moving (usually up: no one issues a press release when he's booted downstairs) and shaking.

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Gone West: Retired Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale

Served With Honor

Retired Navy Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale, Medal of Honor recipient, former Viet Nam prisoner of war (POW), naval aviator and test pilot, academic, and American hero died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at his home in Coronado, Calif. He was 81 years old and had been battling Alzheimer's disease.

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Canadian Aviation Centre Opens at St. Andrews Airport

New Location, Experienced Management

The new Canadian Aviation Centre began operations at St. Andrews Airport in Manitoba last week. The company plans to deliver complete flight training services using a large fleet of training aircraft and modern flight simulators.

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Want To Fly Seaplanes?

New DVD Shows You How

The good folks at Sporty's have introduced yet another DVD. So You Want to Fly Seaplanes is Sporty's latest, with great video footage and clear instructions to shed some light on the subject for land based pilots.

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What's So Special About THIS F-16?

Air Force Pumps BILLIONTH Pound Of JP-8

As those of us in the piston end of things are only vaguely aware, jets measure fuel less often in gallons than in pounds. An Air Force press release from June 30th shows an F-16 Viper breaking off after taking the billionth pound of fuel.

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NASA ER-2 Flying Over Thunderstorms

28-Day Field Trip

The NASA ER-2 airplane flew its first science mission as part of the Tropical Cloud Systems and Processes (TCSP) program on the morning of July 2nd. The flight originated from TCSP's base of operations at Juan Santa Maria Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Continental Airlines Selects Eaton

Hydraulic Power Generation Service Program

Eaton Corporation's aerospace business has been awarded a five-year extension by Continental Airlines to a 10-year cost per flight hour (CPH) retrofit and maintenance program.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.06.05)

"It's up to the members to decide. There are some good things in these contracts, but the teams cannot recommend contracts that have benefit takeaways." Source: Bob Brewer, SPEEA Midwest director. Union Members vote on new contracts Wednesday.

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Minnesota TFR: 07.06.05

NOTAM:  5/5457  Issued:  07/05/2005 19:30  Effective:  07/06/2005 15:30 - 07/06/2005 16:45  State:  MN  Facility:  ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  ELY, MINNESOTA 

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5435  Issued:  07/05/2005 03:50  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  WA  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  NE OF OMAK WA. 

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5439  Issued:  07/05/2005 06:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  STERLING AK. 

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AD: Learjet

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-36 MANUFACTURER: Learjet SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-36 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Learjet Model 23, 24, 24A, 24B, 24B-A, 24C, 24D, 24D-A, 24E, 24F, 24F-A, 25, 25A, 25B, 25C, 25D, 25F, 28, 29, 31, 31A, 35, 35A (C-21A), and 36 airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-38 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-38 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-100, DHC-8-200, and DHC-8-300 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-39 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-39 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to Airbus Model A321 series airplanes.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2005-13-37 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-13-37 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes.

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