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May 04, 2005

Short Notice AZ TFR: UFN

NOTAM: 5/3492 Issued: 05/04/2005 23:20 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: 22 NW WICKENBURG AZ.

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While Congress Raps TSA Training, Adm. Stone Blames Technology

All The TSA Needs, He Said, Is More Money For More Screening Equipment

It's not the people. It's the equipment. That's the word from Adm. David Stone (USN, Ret.), lame-duck leader of the TSA, in the keynote address at a conference of the American Association of Airport Executives. But more equipment may not be enough. Two recent government reports found screeners lack necessary training and have failed to improve in spotting dangerous weapons.

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New Zealand Authorities Release Names Of Pilots Lost In Mid-Air Blast

Investigation Focuses On Potentially Hazardous Cargo

New Zealand Investigators Wednesday released the names of two flight crew members killed in the apparent mid-air explosion of their Fairchild Metroliner Tuesday night, as the investigation into exactly what brought the mail plane down continued.

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Police Helo Down In Japan

Five Officers And Crew Members Lost

An Agusta A109-K2 helicopter flown by police in central Japan went down Tuesday, killing all five officers on board, authorities said. There was no immediate word on the cause of the mishap.

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Alphabet Groups Blast User Fee Concept

NBAA, NATA, GAMA And AOPA Leaders Stage Major Assault On Capitol Hill

It was a major show of unity on the part of the so-called alphabet groups -- leaders from four of them testifying on Capitol Hill Wednesday, all adamant against the possibility that user fees will be imposed on general aviation in America.

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NBAA's Bolen Counters Reason Foundation Report

NBAA's Bolen Assails 'Inaccurate, Misleading and Unsupported' Claims Made About GA In Reason Foundation Report

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has released a letter sent Tuesday to Reason Foundation President Robert W. Poole to point out several inaccurate, incomplete or misleading claims made in a report released by Poole Wednesday.

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NTSB: DH Bug Set Incorrectly In Fatal Mishap

Indication Was 300 Feet High

The altimeter on a medical helicopter that went down near Evansville, IN, last year was set incorrectly, according to an NTSB preliminary report. As a result, the flight crew aboard Air Evac 17 may have thought they were flying 300 feet higher than they actually were.

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More Time For Wichita In Subsidy Dispute

But Wichita City Leaders Say Nothing Has Changed

The FAA has given Wichita city officials more time to respond to an ultimatum: Stop subsidizing AirTran or lose your airport grants. But that may not make a difference -- city leaders appear unwilling to change their minds and stop multi-million dollar payments to the airline.

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Bombardier Lands Big Order From Flexjet

Flexjet To Take 51 New Bombardier Aircraft

In response to increased demand for Flexjet aircraft, Bombardier is reserving 51 aircraft positions with a value of approximately $829 million for delivery to Flexjet over the next three years. This is in addition to the 16 new aircraft added to the Flexjet fleet since January 1, 2004, and represents both replacement of existing aircraft in the Flexjet fleet and net additional aircraft resulting from new sales of fractional shares.

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Northrop Grumman Delivers First Major Subassembly of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Northrop Grumman Corporation unveiled the first production F-35A center fuselage section, recently, in a ceremony at Air Force Plant 42. It is the first major component completed for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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ANN: Help Wanted

Available Positions Include Associate Editor, Mktg. Mgr., Volunteer Event Correspondents

As journalists and a pilots, we have to tell you there is no better marriage of vocation and avocation than working as an aviation reporter and editor. Seriously.

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What's New At AEA -- Part Three

It's ALL About The Gadgets! -- Part Three

(Following AEA's convention in Dallas last week, we thought you'd want to see the latest in electronic accessories for your aircraft. Here's the third and final part of what was new at this year's show. -- ed.)

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Cirrus Design To Host Career Fair

Expansion Plans Create New Jobs

Cirrus Design will host a Manufacturing Career Fair, this week, on Thursday, May 5, between the hours of 4:30 - 7:30 pm at the Cirrus Duluth (MN) location.

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Cessna's Citation Sovereign Shows Its Long-Range Capability

Stretches Its Long Legs From Sao Paulo To Panama City

Cessna says its Citation Sovereign has just returned from its second Latin American demonstration tour where it received rave reviews from customers who were impressed with its long-range capabilities. One of the most notable non-stop missions flown during this demonstration tour was 2,865 nautical miles.

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Airwomen Of The Red Star: Soviet Combat Veterans Of World War II Symposium

San Diego Aerospace Museum Event To Honor Russia’s Heroines

It's quite literally something you don't see much at all. Women in the cockpits of World War II fighters -- in combat.

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Aero-Views: FFDO Program Deficiencies

Burdensome, Redundant, Prejudicial Screening

By ANN Contributor Captain Dean Roberts There is strong anecdotal evidence suggesting a deep, institutional opposition to the FFDO program within the TSA. Nowhere is that opposition illustrated more dramatically than in the FFDO applications and screening process, where the TSA has arbitrarily and, in some cases, prejudicially, rejected a number of apparently well-qualified candidates.

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SPACEHAB Accepts $4.8 Million Offer On Florida Processing Facility

Lease-Back Agreement Ensures Smooth Operations for Space Shuttle Missions

SPACEHAB Monday announced that it has consummated the sale and lease back of its 58,000 square-foot processing facility in Cape Canaveral, FL, in a transaction with Tamir Silvers LLC valued at $4.8 million.

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ANN Free Classifieds Featured Ad: GlaStar Amphib

For Sale: GlaStar Amphib

902 TTAF Lycoming 0-360 A1A 225 TTSN. MT C/S Prop 82” 225 TTSN Composite Amphib Floats IFR Lake and Air Gear warning system, 610 Pound Useful load, 47 Gallons usable fuel (5 hours) Exterior Quality: 10, Interior Quality: 10 Used, will sell for Best Offer

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.04.05)

The abrupt dismissal of four pilots from the first FFDO class, coupled with evidence that the TSA has misused psychological screening to reject a very high percentage of apparently well-qualified candidates from subsequent classes, has left a large number of pilots with the impression the applications process is not governed by the principles of fairness, objectivity, and impartiality. Source: Captain Dean Roberts, spokesman for the Airline Pilots Security Alliance, on the TSA's failings where the FFDO program is concerned.

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