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August 12, 2004

GA Pax Lands Plane Safely

Parents Had Passed Out Up Front

It's the kind of stuff top-rate thrillers of which top-rate thrillers are made. A woman with hardly any flight experience safely landed her parent's single-engine aircraft in New Hampshire Tuesday after both people in the front seat passed out.

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What's This? Boeing Is HIRING?

Interviewing More Than A Thousand At Sea-Tac It's nothing like the thousands who've been laid off over the past three years, but it's a start. Boeing is hiring again.

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Saving The Hubble

NASA Has A Plan...

NASA has selected a Canadian-made robot for an unmanned mission to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. Administrator Sean O'Keefe told his engineers to get cracking on a mission to keep the telescope from going dark sometime in 2007.

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FAA Steps In To Clear Roadblocks

But Still Hasn't Okayed O'Hare Expansion

Chicago city leaders were singing the praises of the FAA this week over the government's decision to halt all construction and to stop altering traffic patterns over O'Hare International. But that still doesn't mean the FAA is in love with the city's plans for expanding and renovating the airport.

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Cirrus Design's Klapmeier On The Record: Cirrus Sells All It Can Build

An Aero-News Exclusive with Alan Klapmeier

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin O'Brien Alan Klapmeier is the youthful, dynamic President and CEO -- and the public face -- of Cirrus Design Corporation of Duluth, Minnesota. In a very short time Cirrus has gone from test flights to challenging Cessna for the single-engine production crown, so we were eager to talk to Alan about production, about Cirrus's place in the market, and about future directions for the Cirrus product line.

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Dental Records Sought In Colorado Mishap

Two Killed At Monarch Pass

It may be some time before Colorado authorities can identify the two victims of a mountain mishap. Gunnison County coroner Frank Vader says the bodies are just too badly burnt for him to make a positive ID on either without the dental records.

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ATC Warning: FAA Staffing Policy Could Cause Big Trouble

Controllers Say Agency Not Ready For Mass Retirements

Remember all those controllers who were hired by the FAA in the wake of the PATCO strike and subsequent lock-out? A vast number of them are getting ready to retire soon and the FAA is nowhere near ready to take up the slack.

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Pick Up The Pieces And Peddle To Parking

Human-Powered Helo Goes Back To The Drawing Board

It was the latest attempt at the American Helicopter Society's $20,000 Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition. It was not, however, the winning attempt. A group of students from the University of British Columbia set out to prove that a strong cyclist could keep a helicopter-like vehicle airborne, guide it and land it. Their contraption was, well, odd, to say the least. It had two sets of rotors and wings as big as those on a Boeing 737.

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Air Europa Flight Gets A Tail

The Plane In Spain Was Almost Declared Fair Game

Warplanes from three different countries shot into the air one day last May, all converging on a single Air Europa Boeing 737. The crew, it seemed, wasn't answering the radio.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.12.04)

"Everybody says, 'We want to save the Hubble' -- well, let's go save the Hubble." Source: NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, who agreed Tuesday to send a Canadian-made robot on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope sometime in 2007.

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Four Injured in Navy Helo Mishap

Damaged In The Wash

An MH-53 Sea Dragon (file photo of type, right) helicopter from Helicopter Support Squadron (HC) 4, suffered a mishap resulting in a fire on the ground at the fresh water wash station on the taxiway at US Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella August 10th at approximately 1950 local. Four crewmembers were aboard at the time of the accident.

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Dassault Falcon Jet-Wilmington Receives AMT Diamond Award

Second Year In A Row

For the second consecutive year, Dassault Falcon Jet-Wilmington has been awarded the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Certificate of Excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Diamond Certificate of Excellence is the highest of five awards a company can receive for its dedication to maintenance training.

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EAA Seeks To Continue Downward Accident Trend

2003 Homebuilt Accident Rates Much Lower Than Previous Year

With most of what are historically the year's two busiest flying months (August and September) ahead of us, EAA wants to re-emphasize to all pilots to pay extra close attention to flight safety and flying safely.

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Iowa TFR: 08/14/04

NOTAM: 4/8339 Issued: 08/11/2004 16:58 Effective: 08/14/2004 17:00 - 08/14/2004 20:00 State: IA Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: VIP Description: SIOUX CITY, IOWA, AUGUST 14, 2004.

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Washington TFR: 08/13/04 - 08/15/04

NOTAM: 4/8308 Issued: 08/11/2004 11:20 Effective: 08/13/2004 19:10 - 08/15/2004 23:50 State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: ABBOTSFORD, BC.

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8327 Location: TOK, Alaska Beginning Date: August 11, 2004 at 14:13 UTC (August 11, 2004 at 6:13 AKDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): FAIRBANKS (FAI) Flight service station, 907-474-0788   No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8275 Location: PESHASTIN, Washington near MALAGA (017) Beginning Date: August 10, 2004 at 19:47 UTC (August 10, 2004 at 12:47 PDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): SEATTLE (SEA) Flight service station, 206-658-6607   No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8303 Location: CIRCLE HOT SPRINGS, Alaska near FORT YUKON VORTAC (FYU) Beginning Date: August 11, 2004 at 3:29 UTC (August 10, 2004 at 19:29 AKDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): FAIRBANKS (FAI) Flight service station, 907-474-0788  Frequency(ies): 122.45   No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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Washington TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM Number: FDC 4/8300 Location: WINTHROP, Washington near PRINCETON VORTAC (YDC) Beginning Date: August 11, 2004 at 1:09 UTC (August 10, 2004 at 18:09 PDT) Ending Date: Until further notice Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting aircraft operations. Type: Hazards Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A FAA Contact(Pilots): SEATTLE (SEA) Flight service station, 206-658-6607   No Pilots May Operate An Aircraft in the Areas Covered by this NOTAM Except as Described.

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President Bush Visits Eclipse, Applauds Their 'Grand Vision'

Yes, This Was The President's Kind Of Crowd

Wednesday was a big day at Eclipse Aviation. Even bigger than most. While only scant weeks away from flying the production version of their highly anticipated new Million-Dollar bizjet, the 340+ staffers of Eclipse Aviation hosted a visit from the President of the United States.

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