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November 17, 2004

So Long, Mr. Secretary

Secretary of The Air Force James G. Roche Resigns

Secretary James G. Roche Tuesday submitted his resignation as Secretary of the US Air Force. Secretary Roche had advised Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in early October of his intention to complete his service at the end of the first Bush administration.

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X-43A Launches/Succeeds On Second Mach 10 Attempt

They Tried, Tried Again

NASA's radical experiment in SCRAMJET technology was put to a third and final test Tuesday as its X-43A set a new flight speed record of close to 7,000 miles an hour.

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Certified: PW6000 Heavy Breather

P&W Earns FAR 33 Certification For 100 Pax Jet Engines

Pratt & Whitney successfully completed FAA FAR 33 certification testing on the company's PW6000 engine last month, earning FAR 33 status on Nov. 11. During the FAR 33 certification test program, the engine completed more than 10 demanding engine certification tests and concluded these tests ahead of schedule last month.

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NPRM: FAA Proposes S-I-C Type Ratings For Non-US Ops

FAA-2004-19630 Comments Due by December 16th, 2004

Tuesday morning, the FAA decided to shake up the way that pilots fly aircraft requiring type ratings outside the USA. This was done in light of the fact that a number of foreign aviation authorities have made it clear that they intend to enforce ICAO type-rating standards for S-I-C crewmembers.

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Was Disorientation To Blame For SAT Mishap?

NTSB: Pilot Told Investigators He Was Climbing When He Was Really In A Dive

Spatial disorientation, killer of so many pilots over the past century, may have claimed five more victims in San Antonio (TX) Sunday evening, according to an investigator with the NTSB.

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AOPA Opposes Racetrack Near Washington State Airport

Suggests Arlington Follow Its Own Airport Master Plan

A proposal to build a NASCAR racetrack in north Marysville (WA) has ignited a fierce debate in the community. About 600 people attended a public hearing on the subject Wednesday night. AOPA has opposed the potential location, just south of the approach/departure zone for Runway 16/34 at Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO).

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Five Hurt In BA Plane Fire

Some PAX Didn't Even Know There Was A Problem

Five firefighters were slightly hurt at Boston's Logan Interntational Airport Monday night as they doused flames aboard a flight that had just arrived from Heathrow Airport in London.

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Sixty Years Later, Tuskegee Airmen Still Hope For A Museum

"We'd Like To See It Before We Go"

Carroll Woods wants to see a museum built in honor of the famed Tuskegee Airmen sooner rather than later. The 85-year old African-American who, along with other Tuskegee Airmen, broke racial barriers in military aviation, says time's a-wasting. Like many of the surviving Airmen, Carroll is worried he won't live to see the project completed.

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Federal Judge Blames FAA For 2001 Mishap

PA-32 Went Down In Heavy Fog Near JAX; All Four On Board Were Lost

A federal judge in Jacksonville (FL) ruled Tuesday that the FAA was partly responsible for the crash of a Piper PA-31 Cherokee in 2001. All four people on board were killed.

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First The FAs, Now The Pilots

UAL Cuts Flights, Pilots Review Concession Package

United Airlines, mired in bankruptcy for two years now, has cut flights to more than 25 cities as pilot sat down Monday to look over the company's latest request for wage concessions.

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Despite Financing, Concessions, Delta Issues Another Bankruptcy Warning

Airline Says High Fuel Prices May Drive It Under

A billion dollars' worth of pilot concessions and another $1 billion in financing from the likes of American Express and General Electric may not be enough to save Delta Airlines from bankruptcy, according to airline executives in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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ESA's SMART-1 Orbits Moon

To The Moon, Mon Ami! To The Moon!

ESA’s SMART-1 is successfully making its first orbit of the Moon, a significant milestone for the first of Europe's Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology (SMART) spacecraft.

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Upgraded: NASA's Michael Foale

Will Help NASA Get Its Groove Back

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today appointed astronaut C. Michael Foale as Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Operations reporting to both NASA's Associate Administrators for Exploration Systems and Space Operations.

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Raytheon Hands Over First JSOW-C To Navy

First Shipment Of New Air-To-Ground Missile

Raytheon Tuesday presented the Navy with the unitary/penetration variant of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW-C), the newest version of the successful unpowered air-to-ground weapon system.

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Making UAVs Smarter

Geneva Aerospace Announces Production Of Ultra-Compact Flight Control System

Geneva Aerospace says a small gold box recently put into production can turn unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) into powerful, "smart" tools. The flightTEK module includes the flight computer and software needed to transform UAVs into autonomous machines.

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Survey: What To Do About Pelton?

ANN Survey: Should He Stay In Wake Of Diploma Mill Revelation?

Last Friday, ANN asked a rather pointed question: What to do about Pelton?The question centered on Cessna CEO Jack Pelton's two degrees -- a bachelor's and a master's in aeronautical engineering -- from a diploma mill based in Wyoming.

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Raytheon Teams Up With India's Space Agency

Building Ground-Based Elements For GPS

Raytheon has signed a contract with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Satellite Center for the ground-based elements of the GPS (Global Positioning System) and GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit) Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) Technology Demonstration System (TDS). The contract, terms of which were not disclosed, was signed recently in Bangalore.

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NASA On Parade At NSBE

Featured Speaker: Dr. Julian Earls

NASA will participate in the National Society of Black Engineer’s (NSBE) Region V Fall Regional Conference Nov. 19-21 at the Hilton Americas Hotel, Houston, to showcase the engineering contributions that make space exploration a reality.

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Tennessee TFR: 11/18/04

NOTAM: 4/2485 Issued: 11/16/2004 16:30 Effective: 11/18/2004 15:50 - 11/18/2004 21:20 State: AR Facility: ZME - MEMPHIS (ARTCC),TN. Type: VIP Description: LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, NOVEMBER 18 2004 LOCAL.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-06 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-06 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes, that requires inspection for damage of the W2800 wire bundle insulation, wire conductor, the wire bundle clamp bracket, and the BACC10GU clamp, and repair or replacement with new or serviceable parts, if necessary.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-04 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A319 and A320 series airplanes, that requires a modification and replacement affecting all fuel tanks. All affected airplanes require the installation of fuses in the wiring of the fuel quantity indicating probes of all fuel tanks.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-14 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-14 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 767-200, -300,and -300F series airplanes. This AD requires reworking the surface of the ground stud brackets of the transformer rectifier unit (TRU) and the airplane structure mounting surface, and measuring the resistance from the bracket to the structure and the ground lug to the bracket using a bonding meter.

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-11 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-11 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-14 and DC-9-15 airplanes; and Model DC-9-20, DC-9-30, DC-9-40, and DC-9-50 series airplanes.

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