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July 09, 2005

NASA’s Deep Impact Tells a Tale of the Comet

Data from Deep Impact's instruments indicate an immense cloud of fine powdery material was released when the probe slammed into the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 at about 10 kilometers per second (6.3 miles per second or 23,000 miles per hour).

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An End To the FSS Debate?

House Amendment Would Kill FAA's Modernization Plan

The House of Representatives has passed the Transportation-Treasury-Housing Appropriations bill -- with an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). That amendment means, in plain English, that the FAA would be forced to terminate the FSS modernization contract with Lockheed-Martin, the taxpayers would pay a $350 million penalty to Lockheed, and pilots would continue to suffer through interminable hold times and briefers who don't have access to all the data in the system.

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Congress's Anti-Modernization Move: What's It Mean To Pilots?

AOPA: Flight Services Won't Get Better And Could Get Worse

Last week, the House passed the Transportation-Treasury-Housing Appropriations bill with the amendment, sponsored by Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). And it means, in plain English, that the FAA would be forced to terminate the FSS modernization contract with Lockheed-Martin, the taxpayers would pay a $350 million penalty to Lockheed, and pilots would continue to suffer through interminable hold times and briefers who don't have access to all the data in the system.

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Pucker Factor Up At LAX

Controllers Report Fifth Runway Incursion In Recent Weeks

For the fifth time since late May, officials at Los Angeles International Airport have reported a violation of spacing rules on the ground.

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NTSB Closes Book On Missing Tri-Pacer

Still Missing Three Months Later

With no witnesses and, more importantly, no wreckage to go on, the NTSB Thursday closed its investigation into the disappearance of N3766A.

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216 NDB Approach Procedures: Gone

Frees Up Money For Better Technology

As of Thursday, 216 NDB approaches have gone the way of the dodo. They're kaput. They're ex-NDBs. In short, they no longer exist.

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Upgraded: Bryan Hurley

Named American Legend Aircraft Company's Director Of Manufacturing 

American Legend Aircraft Company Friday announced the appointment of Bryan Hurley as its Vice President of Manufacturing. Legend was formed in 2004 expressly to design and manufacture the Legend Cub light-sport aircraft. The Legend Cub is similar in appearance to the celebrated, and out-of-production, Piper Cub. Hurley is a highly experienced manufacturing engineer and will be charged with leading production of the Legend Cub.

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Hawker Horizon Begins Making The Rounds In US

Fresh From Its European Tour...

Raytheon's Hawker Horizon will begin a summer tour of North America on July 11th. After its launch at this year's annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, the Hawker Horizon visited France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Ireland (Eire), the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico to conduct customer briefings and demonstrations. The first production Hawker Horizon (RC-5) will travel throughout the United States and Canada, continuing to demonstrate its capabilities to order holders and prospective customers.

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Hush! NASA Funds Exploratory Studies For Quieting Sonic Boom

Can It Be Done? Consortium Of Manufacturers Bets It Can

NASA and several industry teams are studying how to design and build an aircraft that could demonstrate technology to lessen the noise and window-rattling effects of supersonic flight.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (07.09.05)

"Undetermined. Missing aircraft." Source: From the NTSB probable cause finding in the case of a 1954 Piper Tri-Pacer that went missing April 7th in the mountains of Colorado. The wreckage was never found -- and the fate of the two elderly men on board never learned. The NTSB Thursday officially closed its investigation, pending any new discoveries in the case.

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Michigan TFR: 07.11.05 - 07.13.05

NOTAM:  5/5688  Issued:  07/08/2005 21:10  Effective:  07/11/2005 23:00 - 07/13/2005 05:00  State:  MI  Facility:  ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH.  Type:  SECURITY  Description:  DETROIT MI. THE FOLLOWING FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS 

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5697  Issued:  07/08/2005 23:10  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AK  Facility:  ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  FAIRBANKS ALASKA. 

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Virginia TFR: 07.11.05

NOTAM:  5/5690  Issued:  07/08/2005 21:20  Effective:  07/11/2005 13:55 - 07/11/2005 16:15  State:  VA  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  VIP  Description:  QUANTICO, VIRGINIA JULY 11 2005 LOCAL. 

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/5665  Issued:  07/08/2005 16:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  8 MILES WEST OF SONOITA AZ. 

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2005-14-09 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-14-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) models RB211 Trent 768-60, Trent 772-60, and Trent 772B-60 turbofan engines.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-12-07 MANUFACTURER: Airbus (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-12-07 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes.

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