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November 04, 2004

Washington DC NOTAM: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  4/1757  Issued:  10/28/2004 20:10  Effective:  11/01/2004 05:00 - Undetermined  State:  DC  Facility:  FDC  Type:  SECURITY  Description:  SPECIAL NOTICE... EFFECTIVE 0411010500 (NOV 1, 2004 0000 LCL) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 99.7, SPECIAL ... 

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Maryland TFR: 11/04/04 - 11/07/04

NOTAM:  4/2089  Issued:  11/03/2004 21:50  Effective:  11/04/2004 19:00 - 11/07/2004 18:30  State:  MD  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  VIP  Description:  HAGERSTOWN/ THURMONT, MARYLAND NOVEMBER 4-7 2004. 

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The Election's Over: How Did GA Fare?

AOPA: Pretty Well, Actually

General aviation fared very well in the 2004 Congressional elections, with Ninety-six percent of the 104 members backed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Political Action Committee (AOPA PAC) won their races. Fourteen of 18 AOPA members who were running for Congress won their seats.

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More Island Woes

FAA Reportedly Can't Afford To Certify Samoa's Inter Island Airways

For all its effort and expense, Inter Island Air is having a hard time getting off the ground. The Samoan News reports the FAA can't afford to send workers from Honolulu to American Samoa to certify the carrier.

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Raytheon Strikes New GPS Augmentation Deal With FAA

Upgrading The WAAS Network

The FAA and Raytheon have fined tuned their contract that calls for the aerospace company to augment the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) system.

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AAL Laying Off 1,000

450 Of Them Are Pilots

American Airlines will lay off a thousand workers in the next few months. Reuters reports 450 of them will be pilots. More cuts appear to be on the way.

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Florida Skywriter Lost

Report: He Tried To Turn Back For The Runway A Florida skywriter is dead after his Rawdon T1 went down shortly after take-off on Tuesday.

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Women in Aviation: Teresa Stokes (Part II)

Wingwalker, Lifesaver

By ANN Contributor Aleta Vinas (This is the second part of an in-depth look at one of airshow aviation's cutting-edge performers. Teresa Stokes is a pilot, artist, wingwalker and a life saver. Here's the rest of her story. -- ed.)

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More MIAs Coming Home From Asia

Lost When Their C-47 Was Downed Over Laos

Six servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War have been identified and are being buried as a group at Arlington National Cemetery Friday with full military honors.

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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Key UCAR Technologies for Army

Reinforces Evolving Role For UAVs in Army Operations

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently used two company-funded test flights of an unmanned helicopter surrogate to demonstrate key technologies for its proposed concept for a new US Army unmanned armed rotorcraft program.

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WestPac Tomcats Fly Into The Sunset

End Of An Aviation Era

Fighter Squadron (VF) 31 returned home to Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana on Halloween from a five-month Western Pacific deployment with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

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Ominous Rumblings At US Airways

Anger In Wake Of Court-Imposed Pay Cuts

The 21-percent pay cuts ordered by a federal bankruptcy court showed up on the paychecks of US Airways workers last week and nobody's happy about it -- least of all the workers. So said CEO Bruce Lakefield in his weekly recorded phone message to employees.

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Delta Gets A (Much Needed) Loan

GE, Amex Step In With $1 Billion

What looked like a pretty bleak financial picture last week is starting to seem a little rosier. For Delta Airlines, there might just be a glimmer of light at the end of the jetway.

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Historic Space Flight Unites Past and Present

Precious Cargo

A little more history was made on October 4, 2004, than what's so far been reported. That day will go down in history as the day Burt Rutan and pilots Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie captured the X-Prize with the first privately built aircraft. But something significant rode along in the cargo hold as ballast, creating a new piece of history – and made a few more dreams come true.

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EAA Halls Of Fame Induct Eight On Friday

"Each Has Made A Unique Contribution To The World Of Flight"

Eight people who contributed greatly to the world of flight are being honored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as the newest members of the EAA-affiliated Halls of Fame. The group will be inducted on Friday, Nov. 5, during a program at the EAA Aviation Center at Oshkosh.

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An August Company Of Eagles

EAA Halls Of Fame Inductees

On the occasion of eight new inductions to the EAA Halls of Fame, we thought we'd show you all those who have been so honored over the years.

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USAF Mission To Sudan: Clear Mission, Haunting Vision

Helping Ease The Suffering In Sudan's Humanitarian Crisis

A C-130 sat unceremoniously on the tarmac of Kigali International Airport in Sudan Saturday, waiting for the arrival of Rwandan troops. For the US airmen who flew in on that C-130, the mission was clear: transport Rwandan troops and equipment to Al-Fashir, Sudan, where they will join other African Union troops in mitigating the humanitarian crisis in the country's Darfur region.

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Lockheed May Enter Tanker Wars

CEO Stevens Says Company Might Compete With Boeing, Airbus

Boeing continues to smart from the Darleen Druyun ethics scandal, as well as the stolen Lockheed documents scandal. Airbus and its parent company, EADS are... well, foreign. Now, Lockheed-Martin may see a chance to make billions by jumping into the competition for the military's next-generation aerial refueling tanker.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.04.04)

"We will see more cuts across the board, all workers, in the months ahead.... Were it not for Exxon getting most of our money this year, we would have been able to make some progress." Source: American Airlines CEO Gerald Arpy in a statement on the pending layoff of a thousand workers -- including 450 pilots. Arpy says American will pay $500 million more for fuel in the fourth quarter of this year than it did during the same time last year.

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AD: Fokker

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-09 MANUFACTURER: Fokker SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Model F27 Mark 100, 200,300, 400, 500, 600, and 700 series airplanes. This AD requires a one-time high-frequency eddy current inspection for cracking of the attachment lugs of the aileron spring tab balance unit, and corrective actions if necessary.

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AD: Bell

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-13 MANUFACTURER: Bell SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-13 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) model helicopters that requires a one-time inspection of the adjustable stop screws of the magnetic brake assembly; repairing, as appropriate, certain mechanical damage to the cyclic and collective flight control magnetic brake arm assembly (arm assembly), if necessary; and installing the stop screw with the proper adhesive, adjusting the arm assembly travel and applying slippage marks.

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AD: Eurocopter

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-11 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter Deutschland SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-11 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model EC135 P1, P2, T1, and T2 helicopters. That AD currently requires adding the AD or a statement to the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) informing the pilot to reduce power and land as soon as practicable if a thump-like sound followed by an unusual vibration occurs during flight.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-10 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-10 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-400 and-400F series airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection(s) for cracks and fractures of the side guide support fittings in the lower lobe cargo compartments; and applicable investigative /corrective actions and operational limitations, if necessary.

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