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June 21, 2004

ANN News Alert: SpaceShipOne Safe On Ground

Still No Word On Altitude Record

1114 EDT: SpaceShipOne has landed at the airport in Mojave (CA), followed by its mothership, White Knight and two chase planes. ANN Publisher Jim Campbell is aboard one of the chase planes and will report shortly.

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SpaceShipOne Completing Historic Flight

Civilian Spacecraft Away!

Scaled Composite's SpaceShipOne is returning to Earth at this hour after its 14th test flight -- an attempt at climbing to an altitude of 62.5 miles. There's no official word from Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites on whether the vessel actually achieved the suborbital milestone.

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The Trials And Tribulations Of Chris Rogine

Cleared On Charges Of Possessing Stolen Apollo 'Chute, He Now Wants To Clear His Name

Ever since 48-year old Chris Rogine spoke up at a meeting of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome board of directors, his life has been hell on wheels.

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NTSB's Goglia Resigns

Criticizes Decline In Technical Expertise

Just before the NTSB's longest-serving member called it quits Sunday, he had a few things to say about the Board's technical abilities -- none of them good.

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Klyde Morris 06.21.04

Klyde Figures Out The United Airlines Loan Program

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Pilot In Deadly Massachusetts Crash Had Drugs In System

Painkillers, Anti-Depressants, Anti-Seizure Meds Found During Autopsy

When Robert Monaco's Beechcraft B200 went down in Leominster (MA) last year, he had traces of morphine, desipramine, imipramine and carbamazepine in his system. The crash killed five people, leaving just one survivor.

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Feds Order $7 Million Emergency Cleanup In LA

Removing Radium-Painted Aero Gauges From Warehouse

Federal officials have ordered a $7 million emergency clean-up of a Los Angeles (CA) warehouse full of old aircraft gauges -- the kind painted with radium so they would be readable in low-light.

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Let's Light This Candle!

SpaceShipOne Ready For Launch

Scaled Composite's Burt Rutan expects thousands of people to swarm into the Mojave Desert Monday for his company's test-run at the Ansari X-Prize. If all goes according to plan, SpaceShipOne should carry one person to a height of 100 kilometers -- 62 miles -- in a suborbital rehearsal for the $10 million prize flight.

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Germany Promises To Shoot Down Hijacked Airliners

Measure Approved By Parliament

It is a measure of last resort -- shooting down hijacked aircraft. But the lower house of the German Parliament has decided it's a plan that should be put in effect.

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Five Killed In Indonesia Accident

Divers Trying To Reach Wreckage At Bottom Of Lake

Five people, two of them skydivers from Australia, are missing after a resort-owned Cessna 185 went down in Indonesia Sunday. SAR crews think there's little chance that any on board the jump plane survived.

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CF-18 Pilot Punches Out At Yellowknife

Second Incident There In Two Days

A Canadian Forces pilot was injured Saturday when he apparently lost control of his CF-18 upon landing, officials said. It was the second incident at Yellowknife (Alberta) in two days.

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Aircraft Spruce Contributes Starduster Airframe Materials To Local High School

Aircraft Will Be Built By High School Aeronautics Students

Over the next two years, students at Norwalk High School in Corona (CA) will be earning credits toward graduation by helping build a Stolp Starduster. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty is contributing plans and all the materials needed to build a complete airframe for the famous aerobatic biplane. The project is under the direction of Tim Hanna, a CFII, who heads up Norwalk’s Aeronautics Academy for high school students.

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F-15 Down In Nevada

Pilot Safely Ejected

The Air Force reports an F-15 Eagle crashed at about 11 a.m. Friday on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Officials said the aircraft was conducting a training mission.

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New Be A Pilot TV Campaign Yields 42% More Response

Pilot Prospects Up 18% Through Mid-June

This year’s BE A PILOT TV advertising campaign for new pilot prospects has already yielded 42% more response compared to its first seven weeks in 2003. Including 8,191 from TV thus far, BE A PILOT has generated 13,658 pilot prospects this year through June 13, up 18% over (adjusted) 2003 results -- not including the Father’s Day promotion now in progress.

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Ohio TFR: 06/21/04 - 06/22/04

NOTAM: 4/5596 Issued: 06/19/2004 01:00 Effective: 06/21/2004 18:50 - 06/22/2004 00:05 State: OH Facility: ZID - INDIANAPOLIS (ARTCC),IN. Type: VIP Description: CINCINNATI, OHIO, JUNE 21, 2004 LOCAL.

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Nevada TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5608 Issued: 06/19/2004 20:53 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: NV Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: MESQUITE, NV

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Missouri TFR: 06/21/04

NOTAM: 4/5597 Issued: 06/19/2004 01:04 Effective: 06/21/2004 19:30 - 06/21/2004 20:20 State: MO Facility: ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO. Type: VIP Description: SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI JUNE 21, 2004.

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Nu-Tech Appoints Canadian Distributor

Establishes Service Center For New SMA Compression-Ignition 230 HP Aero-Engines

French engine manufacturer SMA has appointed Montreal-based Nu-Tech Associates Canadian distributor and authorized service center for the newly-certificated SMA SR 305-230 aero engine.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.21.04)

"Power has shifted to the staff." Source: John Goglia, retiring NTSB board member, who says the board lacks the technical expertise to effectively rule on transporation accidents. Goglia, the first-ever aviation mechanic appointed to the NTSB, was the longest-serving member of the board. He'll be replaced by a 33-year old Democratic staffer from the Senate Commerce Committee.

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TeleType Announces Victor Airway Support

Knocks Down Flight Plan Entry Workload

TeleType Co. expands its TeleType GPS WorldNavigator aviation product for both VFR and IFR navigation. Victor Airways support is a powerful innovation that greatly reduces the effort required to enter complex flight routes. The Pocket PC based system allows a pilot to enter a route giving the entry fix on a Victor Airway and the exit fix for that airway. Multiple Victor Airways can be used in one flight route. While the software has been updated to be used in an IFR environment, many of the new features will also help VFR pilots seeking an easy-to-use Pocket PC based GPS system.

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AD: International Aero

AD NUMBER: 2004-12-08 MANUFACTURER: International Aero SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-12-08 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for IAE AG V2500-A1, V2522-A5, V2524-A5, V2525-D5, V2527-A5, V2527E -A5, V2527M-A5, V2528-D5, V2530-A5, and V2533-A5 turbofan engines. That AD currently requires revisions to the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) and Maintenance Scheduling Section (MSS) of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA), located in the Time Limits Manual (Chapter 05-10-00) of the Engine Manuals, to include required enhanced inspection of selected critical life-limited parts at each piece-part exposure. This action would add critical life-limited parts for en

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Aero-News Alert: Melvill To Pilot SpaceShipOne

Scaled Vice President Headed For Space

ANN has learned that Burt Rutan has selected long-time friend Mike Melvill, an accomplished test pilot who's been with Burt since the days of the Vari-EZE, as SpaceShipOne's test pilot for its first sub-orbital flight.

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