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August 12, 2005

Gone West: Butch Voris

Ladies And Gentlemen... Please Take The Time to Remember A True Legend

Retired Capt. Roy M. “Butch” Voris, the original flight leader of the famed U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, died at his home in Monterey, Calif., Aug. 10. He was 86.

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Independence Air Bankrupt?

Carrier's Chief Says He May Have To File Chapter 11

Just 14 months after it was launched, Washington, DC-based Independence Air's CEO said his company would file for bankruptcy. USA Today reports the carrier could liquidate.

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Getting Ready For A Strike

NWA Promises It Will Continue Operations As Usual If Mechanics Strike

Perhaps it's the idea that a strong offense is the best defense. Or perhaps it's whistling in the dark. Either way, Northwest Airlines Thursday promised it would keep flying without interruption -- even if more than 4,000 mechanics carried out their threat to walk off the job next Friday.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-16-11 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-16-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing transport category airplanes listed above. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracks of the upper surface of the aft lower spar web of the inboard and outboard struts, as applicable; and repetitive inspections for cracks of the upper surface of the intermediate web bay of the aft lower spar.

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ERJ-145 Scratched From Aerial Common Sensor Program

Airframe Not Heavy Enough, According To US Army

The Embraer ERJ-145 won't be the platform after all for the Army's new Aerial Common Sensor project. The reason? It's just not able to accomodate all the equipment the Army wants it to.

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Baggage Handlers' Strike Grounds BA Flights At Heathrow

Thousands Stuck, Hoping To Be Rebooked

ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 1555 EDT -- British Airways began a resumption of service Friday night, after striking baggage-handlers began returning to work. But authorities said it would be several days before the international traffic jam caused by the wildcat job action could be resolved.

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Shuttle Probably Won't Fly Again Until November

Engineers Trying To Tackle Foam Problem

NASA scientists and engineers, still stumped by the falling foam that killed Columbia and threatened Discovery on its Return to Flight, say the next shuttle mission will likely be delayed until November.

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GO For MRO!

Mars Orbiter Finally On Its Way

ANN REAL TIME NEWS: 0800 EDT -- After two delays, NASA launched its Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter Friday morning, atop Lockheed-Martin's powerful Atlas V booster. First, it was a suspect guidance component. Then it was a computer hiccup and a sensor malfunction in the fueling system. But after all that, the orbiter lifted off flawlessly.

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42 Pounds of Hazmat Can Get You 40 Years!

HAZMAT, That Is; Freight Pilot Indicted For Undeclared Material

Ever take a flight you regretted? Harold DeGregory of West Palm Beach, Florida sure has. The 58-year-old pilot delivered some cargo from the Ft Lauderdale Executive airport to the Bahamas, in November, 2004, and it could land him in the Federal pen.

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As Javelin Readies For First Flight, Xjet Club Buys In

These are exciting, if busy, times for the folks at ATG. ATG's George Bye reports that the Javelin first flight is coming soon... but not before they "make sure we've got everything just right."

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FAA Puts Helo EMS Community On Notice

Last Chance Before Rumemaking?

A notice published by the FAA a few days ago puts the Helicopter EMS community on notice that their current accident rate requires strong corrective action... but does not mandate any compulsory behavior.

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HAI Cites Potential Tort Reform Setbacks

HAI tells ANN that they continue "to closely monitor tort reform at the state and federal level and supports meaningful reform as a method of addressing the high cost of aviation insurance. A Pennsylvania court has upheld joint and several liability, and tort reform advocates consider this a major setback."

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Klyde Morris 08.12.05

Is Klyde Helping NASA Out With PR Chores?

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A Safety Plan For Logan

Airline Chief Pilots Summoned To Boston For Safety Summit

The number of near-miss incidents on the ground at Boston's Logan International Airport have gone from zero to 14 in just a year. Wednesday, authorities unveiled a stop-gap safety plan they hope will reduce the number of runway incursions, as the search for solutions continues.

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Northrop Grumman to Deploy Two More Global Hawks

More Birds Enter Global War on Terrorism

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract from the US Air Force to deploy two production RQ-4A Global Hawk aerial reconnaissance systems early this fall. The air vehicles will join an advanced concept technology demonstration version of the Global Hawk currently in theater supporting the global war on terrorism.

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NWA, Pilots Clash Over Outsourced Flight

Carrier Contracted With Champion For Plane, Crew

As Northwest Airlines continues to suffer from financial ills and rocky labor relations, the tension at headquarters in Eagen, MN, is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Now, new trouble has arisen over the company's use of a Champion Air plane and crew on a flight from Detroit to DFW.

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Once More, With Feeling: GA Is NOT A Threat

AOPA Tries To Educate Homeland Security Group

General aviation airplanes are not so-called weapons of mass effect. That's been the AOPA mantra in talks with just about every federal agency that will listen. "We just added another agency to the list," the organization said in a statement on its web site Wednesday.

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EAA Celebrates 'The Good Ol' Days'

Living History Exhibit Scheduled For Later This Month

Experience the early days of air travel at EAA's "Good Ol' Days" living history weekend on August 20-21 at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. The fifth annual event features a variety of family-friendly activities that will bring the excitement and adventure of early flight back to life.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.12.05)

"I am requesting that you immediately issue a directive to ground all [Mitsubishi MU-2B-60] aircraft until a thorough and complete investigation into its air worthiness can be determined." Source: That demand came in a letter from Congressman Tom Toncrado (R-CO) to the FAA, August 4th -- the day an Mu-2 went down after being cleared to approach at Centennial Airport. It was the second fatal Mu-2-B-60 mishap at Centennial in less than nine months. Other members of Colorado's congressional delegation have also written FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, demanding the aircraft be grounded.

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