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August 25, 2004

FWIA Officials: We Need Better Technology

Ten Hour Evacuation Points Out Field-Testing Weaknesses

When Fort Wayne International Airport (IN) was evacuated for ten hours last week, airport officials say they came to the conclusion that field tests for potentially dangerous chemicals is, well, lacking.

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Say, You're Not Supposed To Have That Here

How Did British Reporters Sneak Fake Bomb On Plane?

In a media stunt reminiscent of the NBC fiasco in St. Louis, an undercover reporter for Britain's Sun newspaper smuggled a fake bomb aboard a jetliner in central England. He even took a picture of himself holding the erzats device while in the baggage hold of the aircraft.

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Semi-Scheduled Charter Flights Come Under Security Scrutiny

Critics Foresee Another 9/11 If Security Isn't Tightened

Scheduled charters and air taxis are being blasted by critics, who say they fly under the radar of the Transportation Security Administration and the FAA, exploiting huge security loopholes and posing a threat to homeland security.

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Turning Their Eyes On Cargo

TSA to Evaluate Explosives Detection Technologies to Enhance Air Cargo Security

In an effort to enhance inspection of break-bulk air cargo, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), this week began an Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) of explosives detection devices at several commercial air cargo-handling facilities.

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Best of Show! The Very Best (And Worst) of Oshkosh 2004! (Part Two)

The Very Best (And Worst) of Oshkosh 2004! (Part Two)

For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows inherent in the general and sport aviation community. There are but a few places where that is more a propos than at a major event like the Oshkosh Fly-In.

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NC MOA Draws Fire

Formal Notification Lacking

Say, is the FAA trying to slip one past us? That's the question on North Carolina's Pamlico Sound, where notification of the public comment period regarding two newly proposed MOAs has been somewhat lacking.

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O'Hare Expansion Critics File Protest

Say Plan Doesn't Pass Legal Sniff Test

Opponents to Chicago's multi-billion dollar expansion plans for O'Hare Airport say the FAA should look at the big picture. Now, they've filed an official objection with the government, hoping to prove their point.

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Small Business Administration To FAA: Do Your Homework

Says Mandatory Drug/Alcohol Testing Will Drag Small Shops Under

The Federal Aviation Administration "lacks a factual basis" to support the expansion of substance abuse testing, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Under the FAA's proposed rule, thousands of metal finishers, machine shops, dry cleaners and other small businesses would have to perform mandatory alcohol and drug testing of employees if they perform maintenance, even as subcontractors, for a commercial air carrier, no matter how far removed contractually from the air carrier they may be.

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FAA Provides Clarification

The Ambiguous Amphibians May Retract/Extend... Once Each Flight

A recent ANN report covered the FAA meaning of "Repositional landing gear" for Light Sport Aircraft. Because the Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft rule is brand new, there is much interpretation and clarification going on within the aviation community and FAA itself. In fact such interpretation and reinterpretation goes on constantly even with rules that have been in practice for decades.

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'You Say You Lost Your Luggage...'

"And The Stanley Cup Was In It?"

Words hockey fans don't ever want to hear again: "Has anyone seen the Stanley Cup?"

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Aero-News Picture Of The Day (08.24.04)

At The Junction Of Water And Sky

Every once in a while -- when we see a picture that strikes our fancy -- we put it up on the web as the Picture Of The Day. In this case, our picture takes us up north, where the weather is certainly cooler and the waters are calm this time of year. ANN Contributor Rose Dorcey sent us this great shot of a Piper Cub on floats. We can't think of anywhere we'd rather be.

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Beefing Up Aviation Security Down Under

Australia Targets Regional Airports

Australia is beefing up aviation security at regional airports throughout the country, according to ABC Radio. The $35 million (US) package includes funding for four rapid-deployment federal police squads and closed circuit TV security systems for some airports.

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South Dakota Governor Flies Himself

Saves State $40,000 A Year

In South Dakota, aviation is a good thing. So says Governor Mike Rounds, a pilot since the age of 17. Whenever he takes the state's 1988 Beech King Air -- he flies the aircraft as part of the crew. Not only does the governor get some stick time, but he saves the state the cost of another crew member.

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Raising Bar in Counter Drug Operations

Anti-Sub Squadron On Front Lines Of Counter-Drug Ops

The "Jaguars" of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 60, Det. 1, of Mayport (FL) returned July 19 from their first extended deployment since the squadron’s inception three years ago. The Jaguars and their accompanying cruiser USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) set new records for both drug confiscation and prisoner apprehension during a single deployment.

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French Fighter, Ultralight Collide

Two Lost Aboard Ultralight

Two people were killed Monday when a French Mirage 2000 fighter collided with a single-engine ultralight over Clermont-Ferrand. Both fatalities were on board the ultralight.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.25.04)

"Technology is a friend and an enemy to us," said Beier. "If we're going to have this continued threat of terrorism ... then we're going to have to develop some kind of capability, even if it is just an intermediate step." Source: Fort Wayne (IN) Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier speaking with local reporters about the ten-hour evacuation of the local airport after a smelly liquid began to ooze from a piece of unattended luggage. Although one person became violently ill and seven others had to receive medical treatment, the liquid turned out to be rose water, used in the formulation of perfume. Beier and others say bio-chemical response in Fort Wayne is terribly lacking, but doesn't know where the state could come up with the $30 million needed to build a ne

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: Piper Seneca II

For Sale: Piper Seneca (File Photo)

Piper Seneca II 1975 , Deiced Turbo, approx 5900 TT, 1200/1500 SMOH, 0/0 SPOH, Kingthru Rnav, Radar Alt, Stormscope, Foster Loran, Cent-III AP, heavy gear,Stereo/cassette, intercom, Fresh comprehensive annual, 815-218-3219 Used, will sell for $87,000.00

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/8868 Issued: 08/23/2004 22:31 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: DELTA, ALASKA.

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/8867 Issued: 08/23/2004 21:17 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: TOK, ALASKA.

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Aero-News Alert: 2 Russian Airliners Down -- At Same Time

It appears that a major Russian aviation tragedy has occurred. Two airliners are reported down... having taken off from the same location, Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, at nearly the same time. No survivors have been reported.

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