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October 01, 2007

Judge Rules Controller Was At Fault For 2000 IL Midair

Also Cites FAA For Failure To Install TARDIS

It's been more than seven years since Chicago radio listeners learned that WGN morning man Bob "Uncle Bobby" Collins (shown below, right) and two other people had died following a mid-air collision. A federal judge ruled Friday Collins was only five-percent at fault for the accident, levelling the rest of the blame at the FAA and an air traffic controller.

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CA TFR: 10.02.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8497 Issue Date: September 27, 2007 at 1835 UTC Location: Oakland Center, Beale AFB, California near MARYSVILLE VOR/DME (MYV) Beginning Date and Time: October 02, 2007 at 1925 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 02, 2007 at 2230 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for Special Security Reasons Type: Security Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Northern California (NCT) TRACON, 916-366-4080

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DC TFR: 10.02.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8648 Issue Date: September 28, 2007 at 2216 UTC Type: Hazards

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PA TFR: 10.03.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/8779 Issue Date: October 01, 2007 at 1545 UTC Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania Beginning Date and Time: October 03, 2007 at 1435 UTC Ending Date and Time: October 03, 2007 at 1750 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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NAFI Names September 2007 Master Instructors

"The Best Of The Best"

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) takes pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Master Instructors by NAFI, their professional aviation education association.

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Fatal Airline Accidents Decline 65 Percent In Last Decade

Greater Focus On Details Credited, As Well As Sheer Luck

A 10-year timeline mandated by the White House commission to reduce the rate of fatal accidents on domestic airlines -- following two such high-profile accidents in 1996 -- ended Sunday, and safety advocates note a significant decline in such incidents.

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Boeing Worker Claims He Was Fired For Whistleblowing

Says Planemaker Not Compliant With SOX Guidelines

Nicholas Tides lost his job at Boeing last Friday... and he says it had everything to do with a conversation he had with the Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer earlier this year.

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Woman Dies In Sky Harbor Holding Cell

May Have Strangled Trying To Escape Handcuffs

Officials are trying to determine what led an irate woman to strangle herself to death in a holding cell at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix last week.

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NY Senator Makes Noise Over Helicopters

Schumer Finds Another Microphone

He's at it again. New York Senator Chuck Schumer -- who in the past year alone spearheaded restrictions on low-level flights around Manhattan, and, oh yeah, called for now-former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's head on a platter -- is making more noise against general aviation. 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 10.01.07

Does New Technology Increase Complacency? With CFI Bob Miller

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 10.01.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.01.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Too Much Technology?: 10.01.07 (ANN Special Feature, with CFI Bob Miller of "Over The Airwaves.")

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FAA Adopts ICAO Definition For Runway Incursions

No More 'Surface Incidents'

An incursion, is an incursion, is an incursion. The FAA announced Monday that effective immediately, the agency will use the definition for a runway incursion adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) -- in which any unauthorized runway encroachment, regardless of possible conflict with another aircraft, is an incursion.

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CAF President Rice Resigns To Take Red Cross Job

Nationwide Search Underway For Replacement

Aero-News has learned Bob Rice, president of the Commemorative Air Force, announced his resignation in August to accept the position of executive director for the American Red Cross of Southwest Texas. Rice, who remained in his capacity as CAF president through this past weekend's AIRSHO, takes the helm of the American Red Cross on October 8.

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Astronaut's Son To Be Latest 'Tourinaut'

This Isn't Your Father's Trip To Space

Calling the chances of his following in his father's footsteps at NASA "a statistical improbability," computer software designer Richard Garriott opted to take an arguably easier route to the stars... spending $30 million for a seat onboard a Soyuz capsule, bound for the International Space Station in 2008.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.01.07

NBAA set records, but also missed a couple.
A judge blames the FAA for a mid-air back in 2000.
And Mooney fires the latest shot in the "fastest piston single" marketing war.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.01.07

NBAA set records, but also missed a couple.
A judge blames the FAA for a mid-air back in 2000.
And Mooney fires the latest shot in the "fastest piston single" marketing war.

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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller, OTA - 10.01.07

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Certified Flight Instructor Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about new technology in cockpits, and whether they increase risks of complacency. Bob also discusses one of h

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'The Gathering Of Mustangs And Legends' Draws Crowds In Columbus

P-51s And Their Crews Honored In Ohio

Amazing weather and an enthusiastic crowd greeted "The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends," held over the weekend at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, OH.

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NTSB: ATC Delayed WX Info To Pilot In Fatal P337 Accident

Recent NTSB reports suggest that there may be some problems in the way that ATC works with pilots in terms of realying weather information. Like the sad recent final report published on the accident that claimed the life of famed aviator Scott Crossfield, a 2005 P337 accident may have been avoided had controllers provided more timely weather info on the route of flight.

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F-16s Used In Airstrike That Killed 3 Terrorist Leaders

USAF Details Surgical Strike

It was an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon that dropped precision munitions near Al Nussayyib, Iraq, Sept. 25 killing Abu Nasr al-Tunisi and two other al-Qaida Iraq operatives, according to Air Force officials.

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Columbia Owners To Band Together For Bankruptcy Representation

The president of the "Club Columbia" aircraft owner's group, Chuck Yanke, has sent a messaage to affected parties seeking help in organizing an effort to make sure that their interests are represented in the upcoming Chapter 11 bankruptcy actions involving Columbia Aircraft.

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On The Pad: Discovery Makes Ready For Launch

Space shuttle Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, resting on the hardstand by 1:15 p.m., Sunday. The shuttle began its slow 3.4-mile journey to the pad atop the crawler transporter at 6:47 a.m., leaving the Vehicle Assembly Building in the early morning darkness.

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Klyde Morris (10.01.07)

FAA Overzealousness Reaches To The Lowest Levels...

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USMC 1MAW Units Earn Awards For Mishap-Free Year

The commanding general of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing presented two squadrons with the Chief of Naval Operations 2006 Naval Aviation Safety Award at their hangars Sept. 18. Brig. Gen. Robert Schmidle spoke to the Marines of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 and Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 about the significance of the award, which is presented to units for having an occupational mishap-free year.

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F-22 Performs First Drop Of Small Diameter Bomb

The F-22 Raptor Combined Test Force staff conducted the first airborne separation of a small diameter bomb from the internal weapons bay of an F-22 during a September test mission at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

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FAA Publishes Final Rule Amending Commuter Ops

Rule Became Effective September 27, 2007.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making a minor technical change to a final rule, Commuter Operations and General Certification and Operations Requirements. This final rule established the requirements for certain management officials for certificate holders.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.01.07)

Aero-Linx!

In 1974 Burt Rutan left his job at Bede Test Center, moved his family to Mojave, California and started Rutan Aircraft Factory (RAF) in order to develop a non-conventional research aircraft he had designed while still in college-the VariViggen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.01.07): Lead Sled

Aero-Terms!

Slang term for a high performance sailplane with high wing loading. The Lead Sled achieves a fast, flat glide while sacrificing some thermaling ability in weak conditions.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.01.07)

"The pilot's continued flight into an area of known convective weather, resulting in a loss of aircraft control. Contributing factors were the failure of the FAA center controller to provide information on depicted severe weather to the pilot and the controller's delay in providing requested navigational assistance until it was too late to provide the pilot with effective assistance in avoiding severe weather."

Source: From the NTSB Final Report on the 2005 P337 accident that claimed the life of pilot Michael Zinn. Like the sad recent final report published on the accident that claimed the life of famed aviator Scott Crossfield, a 2005 P337 accident may have been avoided had controllers provided more timely weather info on the route of flight.

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