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November 10, 2004

NATA Not Satisfied By EPA Response To Enforcement Action On Mobile Refuelers

No, Sir, They Don't Like It

From NATA: Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met with key industry groups, including NATA, to discuss several outstanding Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule issues. Among them was recent inspections within Region V of mobile refueler operations at airports. In October, an NATA member-company received a letter from EPA Region V requiring containment for mobile refuelers parked at the end of the day, a judgment that EPA headquarters had approved that runs contrary to what EPA officials had told industry leaders.

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Car Attacks Planes

Accused Drunk Driver Slams Into Three Aircraft In Wisconsin

By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs Bill Wenkman put his three aircraft in a hangar to keep them safe. Never did he dream trouble would find its way inside the structure.

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Diamond Offers Special Tax Consulting Services To Maximize Bonus Depreciation

Diamond Aircraft and Advocate Consulting have teamed up to guide customers through the Bonus Depreciation maze. The Bonus Depreciation Placed in Service Requirement has been extended to December 31st 2005 (from December 31 2004).  This provides another chance for those who thought they had missed a great opportunity. 

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Dowling College First School To Fly Entegra Equipped Piper Warrior III

Glass-Equipped Trainers Soon To Be Standard Fare

Dowling College took delivery of the first New Piper Warrior III, equipped with the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra System Tuesday, making it the first college aviation program to field Avidyne's advanced glass panel displays for flight management, navigation and performance.

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Rules Set For Bigelow Orbital Space Prize

This Time, It's For $50 Million

It's five times the size of the X-Prize and wide open. Just days after Burt Rutan and Paul Allen claimed the $10 million Ansari X-Prize purse, hotel owner Robert Bigelow is offering $50 million for the next step: whoever can fly two two-orbit missions with a five passenger payload inside of 60 days.

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Airbus Is Serious About Tanker Contract

Working With Northrop Grumman To Outbid Boeing

Airbus and its European parent company, EADS, appear to be making much more than a token effort to beat out arch rival Boeing for the USAF tanker contract.

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Widower Objects To Pilot's Posthumous Medal

Calls Pilot Negligent

When Montana Governor Judy Martz awards pilot Jim Long and two other people the Montana Medal of Honor in Helena Wednesday, Brian Bryant won't be there. Long, Bryant's wife Davita and Ken Good were all killed when their Cessna 206 impacted a mountain near the Glacier National Park in September. Bryant says Long doesn't deserve the honor.

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ANN On-Scene Report: Cool Flyer Negotiates Textbook Gear-Up Landing

COPA's Mike Radomsky Fills ANN Readers In On A Good Piece Of Flying

Mike wrote ANN today to report that... "Today, I just missed witnessing a truly great landing." Local pilot Larry Grippo took off in his P210, N75LG, to do a little pattern work. When he selected Gear Down, nothing happened. He informed the tower, who sent him away to some less-busy area to try to pump the gear down, or whatever else he could do... but eventually, after nothing worked, he came back to do an intentional gear-up landing.

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalties In Several Non-Compliance Cases

Failure To Maintain

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to assess civil penalties of approximately $3 million against the following 10 companies and agencies for allegedly violating Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs).

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Hornet Down Near Las Vegas

An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 crashed Nov. 9th after taking off from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. The pilot successfully ejected from the aircraft and was recovered by Air Force recovery crews. He is listed in good condition at a Nellis hospital.

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NASA'S DART Launch Postponed

Project Loads Data Under Scrutiny

The launch of NASA's DART spacecraft aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL scheduled for Tuesday is postponed.

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Spacehab Files Tort Claim For Losses On Space Shuttle Mission

Company Wants $79.7 Million For Columbia Loss

Spacehab Tuesday said it's filed a formal claim against NASA seeking restitution for its losses in the 2003 Columbia shuttle disaster. Spacehab says its losses total more than $79.7 million.

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The NTSB's Most Wanted

Safety Board Lists Its Priorities For Aviation Safety Improvements

The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the government should be doing more to prevent accidents and enhance safety for the traveling public. The Board updated its list of Most Wanted Safety Improvements, noting instances where federal agencies had given unacceptable responses to NTSB recommendations or were moving too slowly to implement recommended safety measures.

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UAV's Steal The Show

Becoming Indispensable In War Against Terrorism

Unmanned aerial vehicles are earning star status in the global war on terror, becoming the most-requested capability among combatant commanders in Southwest Asia and increasing fourfold in that theater during the last year alone, according to the deputy director of the Pentagon's UAV planning task force.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.10.04)

"Our recommendations are derived from the hard lessons we have learned over the years investigating many tragic accidents. Quite simply, implementing these measures will save lives." Source: NTSB Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners commenting on the safety board's Most Wanted list. Among the six aviation items mentioned in the report, the NTSB wants to see better technology to address runway incursions and aircraft icing.

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California TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/2286  Issued:  11/10/2004 00:40  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  CA  Facility:  ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  WALNUT CREEK CA. 

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Florida TFR: 11/10/04 - 11/13/04

NOTAM: 4/2240 Issued: 11/08/2004 21:10 Effective: 11/10/2004 17:30 - 11/13/2004 21:45 State: FL Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

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Nevada TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/2287  Issued:  11/10/2004 02:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  NV  Facility:  ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 

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Florida TFR: 11/12/04-11/14/04

NOTAM:  4/2135  Issued:  11/05/2004 14:10  Effective:  11/12/2004 16:30 - 11/14/2004 21:15  State:  FL  Facility:  ZMA - MIAMI (ARTCC), FL.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  STUART FL.

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Nevada TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 4/2267 Issued: 11/09/2004 19:30 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: NV Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: LAS VEGAS NV.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-17 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-17 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes, that requires an inspection of the connector cables for signs of arcing and/or signs of moisture penetration into the overhead decoder units (ODU),and replacement of the affected ODU(s) with a new ODU, if necessary.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-18 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-18 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and -11F airplanes, that requires an inspection of the auto throttle servo(ATS) assembly and corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-22 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-22 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A310 series airplanes; and Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes;and Model C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called A300-600).

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-19 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-19 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 airplanes. This AD requires revising the cable connection stack ups for mid-cabin terminal strips, replacing the terminal strips, and removing a nameplate, as applicable. This AD also requires an inspection for arcing damage in the mid cabin area, and corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-23 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-23 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes, that requires a one-time inspection of the shafts of the main landing gear (MLG) side-brace fittings to detect corrosion, and the forward and aft bushings in the left -hand and right-hand MLG side-brace fittings to detect discrepancies.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-20 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-20 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes. This AD requires replacement of low base terminal boards, related investigative action, and corrective actions if necessary.

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