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May 09, 2005

AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2005-09-07 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-09-07 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109E helicopters that requires visually inspecting each main transmission support fitting (fitting) attachment bolt (bolt) for a fracture, a crack, or looseness, and verifying the torque on each fitting bolt.

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AD: Agusta

AD NUMBER: 2005-09-06 MANUFACTURER: Agusta SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-09-06 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A119 helicopters that requires visually inspecting each main transmission support fitting (fitting) attachment bolt (bolt) for a fracture, a crack, or looseness, and verifying the torque on each fitting bolt.

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AD: Eurocopter France

AD NUMBER: 2005-09-05 MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-09-05 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC120 helicopters that requires inspecting the tail rotor drive shaft (drive shaft) damper half-clamps (half-clamps) to determine if they are centered on the friction ring, and if not correctly positioned, centering the half-clamps on the friction ring.

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/3608  Issued:  05/09/2005 22:20  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  FLORENCE AZ. 

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Washington TFR: 05.09.05

NOTAM:  5/3599  Issued:  05/09/2005 20:40  Effective:  05/09/2005 20:00 - 05/09/2005 23:00  State:  WA  Facility:  ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  SPOKANE WA. 

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Hail, Hail, The Gang's All -- In For Maintenance

Embry-Riddle Reacts To Hail Damage; Cessna Pitches In

By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien Primary and Instrument flight students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University fly a fleet of well-maintained, well-equipped, late-model Cessna 172s. Riddle flight line managers pride themselves for having as many planes on the flight line, and as few down for maintenance at any given time, as is humanly possible.

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM:  5/3581  Issued:  05/09/2005 00:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  30 EAST OF NOGALES AZ. 

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Closing The Gap

Statement From Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison On Griffin's Memo

In response this study announced [last week] in a notice to members of Congress, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Science and Space, released the following statement.

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Memo From Mike

NASA's Griffen Outlines New Study He Wants Done By Mid-July

SUBJECT: Exploration Systems Architecture Study Support As a critical component of the Agency replanning effort, I have initiated an Exploration Systems Architecture Study. The study team will begin immediately and must complete its activities by mid-July to support a number of key Agency decisions.

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Griffin Speeds Development Of New Spaceships

Wants Shuttle Replacement In Five Years

NASA's new administrator, Michael Griffin, wants to reduce what's becoming known as the "shuttle gap" -- the time between retirement of the current space plane fleet and the construction of a new generation of orbiters.

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Congressional Pressure Builds To Fix ADIZ

House Members Predict GA Landings Soon

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has reminded the FAA that the Washington Metropolitan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) was intended to be temporary and is urging the agency to make changes.

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UK's Last B-17, Sally B, Grounded By European Insurance Rules

New Insurance Requirements Leave Sally B Firmly On The Ground

Enthusiasts who grounded their World War II B-17 bomber due to spiralling insurance costs have launched a campaign to raise funds to get the aircraft back in the air for this year's Victory in Europe (VE) Day celebrations.

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Eclipse Aviation Announces Eclipse 500 Price Change

Going Up!

With three FAA-conforming Eclipse 500 test aircraft in the air and less than a year to certification and first customer deliveries, Eclipse Aviation announced Monday that it's increasing the price of the Eclipse 500 to $1,295,000 for all new orders.

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JAL CEO Out!

Resigns Amid Close Government Scrutiny

Plagued by recent reports of safety problems in-flight and on the ground, Japan Airlines CEO Isao Kaneko, 65, abruptly resigned Monday after 45 years with the company.

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France Is Not Happy

Ambassador to India Bemoans Big Boeing Buy

France is not happy, and when France is not happy the French Ambassador is not happy. In this case, the French Ambassador to India, M. Dominique Girard, aired his dissatisfaction to the Indian Express newspaper, specifically on the subject of aircraft sales.

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Blakey To ERAU Grads: Pay Attention

Have Fun, She Said, But Don't Miss Opportunity

Heads up. That was the gist of FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's message to members of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's graduating class in Daytona Beach, FL, over the weekend.

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VAC DC-3 Gear Collapse Kills 1, Injures 1

Tragedy Strikes Valient Air Command

A Titusville man was killed and a teenager was critically injured Saturday morning around 10:00 a.m. when the landing gear of the DC-3 they were working on gave way.

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Shuttles Swapping Tanks

Trade You Even

NASA managers decided Friday to switch external fuel tanks for the upcoming space shuttle missions. They came to the conclusion that it would be best to make safety modifications to the tank that is not attached to Discovery.

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TSA Wants More Info

Tell Me More

The Transportation Security Administration will require airlines, travel agents, and online reservation systems to ask travelers for their full legal names and birth dates when booking flights.

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Klyde Morris 05.09.05

Klyde Worries About Getting Contaminated

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Mars Rover Stuck In Sand Dune

Controllers Testing Ways To Get Out

The Opportunity Rover bogged down in a 12-inch tall sand dune recently, leaving controllers with a challenge.

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Colorado Legislators Boost Aviation

Bill Waiting On Governor.

Colorado legislators in both the house and senate have passed a bill offering economic incentives for aircraft manufacturers in the state.

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Alaska Airlines Baggage Handlers Reject Offer

500 Seattle Jobs Threatened

Alaska Airlines baggage handlers overwhelmingly rejected management's latest contract offer on Friday.

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TSA Tests COBRA For Boston Baggage

CT Scan Shows All

The Transportation Security Administration begins testing an advanced baggage screening system at the Boston Logan Airport on Monday.

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Indianapolis Airport Authority Going Batty

Costs Triple Of Original Estimates

Indianapolis Airport Authority has spent over $1.3 million recently buying new land for the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) in order to make room for a midfield terminal project.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.09.05)

"If he could have chosen the way he died, between a heart attack or (while working on) a C-47 plane, he would have chosen the C-47. How often can you say, 'He died doing something he loved?'" Source:  Michael McDonough speaking to the AP after his father was crushed by a vintage DC-3 that collapsed while he was working underneath it.

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Short Notice Georgia TFR: (05.09.05)

NOTAM:  5/3570  Issued:  05/08/2005 02:10  Effective:  05/09/2005 14:00 - 05/09/2005 18:00  State:  GA  Facility:  ZTL - ATLANTA (ARTCC),HAMPTON,GA.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  WRENS GA. 

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Short Notice Arizona TFR: (05.09.05)

NOTAM:  5/3581  Issued:  05/09/2005 00:30  Effective:  Immediately - Until Further Notice  State:  AZ  Facility:  ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM.  Type:  HAZARDS  Description:  30 EAST OF NOGALES AZ. 

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