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March 30, 2005

SHHHHHHH! FAA Announces New Plan To Quiet Planes Around Grand Canyon

Goal: "Restoring The Natural Quiet"

Newly-issued FAA regulations aimed directly at Grand Canyon tour operators in Nevada and Arizona will offer incentives to operators who invest in quieter engine technology, according to the agency. They're "the next of many steps toward restoring the natural quiet in the Grand Canyon National Park," according to an FAA official quoted by the Associated Press.

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Texas TFR: 03.31.05

NOTAM:  5/2468  Issued:  03/30/2005 21:50  Effective:  03/31/2005 17:00 - 03/31/2005 22:30  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  FORT WORTH NAVAL AIR STATION JRB, FORT WORTH TX. 

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New York TFR: 04.01.05

NOTAM:  5/2454  Issued:  03/30/2005 19:20  Effective:  04/01/2005 15:10 - 04/02/2005 01:55  State:  NY  Facility:  ZNY - NEW YORK (ARTCC),NY.  Type:  VIP  Description:  NEW YORK, NEW YORK, APRIL 01 2005 LOCAL. 

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AD: McDonnell Douglas

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-03 MANUFACTURER: McDonnell Douglas SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-10, -20, -30, -40, and -50 series airplanes; and Model DC-9-81 (MD-81) and DC-9-82 (MD-82) airplanes.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-02 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-02 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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Is Washington's Governor Hedging Her Bets?

Despite Boeing Legacy, Gov. Gregoire Signs Off On Efforts To Lure Airbus

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire says she's 100-percent behind an effort by three counties in her state to land a new Airbus plant that will produce aerial refueling tankers for the US Air Force -- if Airbus gets the contract.

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Arizona: One State Bidding Hard For Airbus's Tanker Plant

But How Realistic Is It?

As Airbus and Boeing continue to bicker over government subsidies in their commercial businesses -- a fight that could well end up in a World Trade Organization court -- the two companies continue to fight for the USAF contract to build the next aerial refueling tanker. To that end, Airbus is trying to woo the US government by promising to build the plane in this country rather than in Europe. Arizona wants a piece of that action.

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US Air Race Announces Official Route For 2005 Event

A Real Taste Of The South!

Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina. If you decide to join the US Air Race this year, that's the way you'll go. The US Air Race has set the start and finish locations and the route for the 2005 National Cross Country Air Races. Three events are scheduled and pilots my enter any or all of these races. The race will start is Mesquite Metro Airport, Mesquite, TX, with registration opening on September 23, 2005.

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Fainting NZ Pilot Reinstated

Court Overrules CAA

Former Air New Zealand pilot Geoff Paterson has his medical ticket back, after he was grounded by New Zealand's Civil Aviation Administration because he... well, he faints.

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BLECCH!!! Rats Found In Airline Food Warehouse

Make Mine Water... Oh, Wait...

An airline food warehouse in Chicago remained closed Wednesday after city inspectors found evidence of a massive rat infestation.

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-05 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-45A, CF6-50A, CF6-50C, and CF6-50E series turbofan engines that have not incorporated GE Service Bulletin (SB) No. CF6-50 S/B 72-1239, Revision 1, dated September 24, 2003, or that have not incorporated paragraph 3.B. of GE SB No. CF6-50 S/B 72-1239, original issue, dated May 29, 2003.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-04 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-04 SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to the airplane models listed above.

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New Airport Board Looks At Expanding NW Arkansas Field

New Board May Be Less Powerful, But It Has Big Plans

Worried, perhaps, about runaway runway construction, the Bentonville City Council in Arkansas voted earlier this year to do away with the Airport Commission and create an Airport Advisory Board.

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FAA Moves Forward On Alaska's Capstone Program

Delivery Already Underway

Sensis Corporation says the FAA has awarded a contract for a Remote Control and Monitoring System (RCMS) on the Capstone Program's Ground-Based Transceivers (GBTs). 

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Delta To Outsource Heavy Maintenance

Atlanta And Tampa's Loss Is Miami and Vancouver's Gain

Delta Airlines says it will outsource all heavy maintenance, a moved aimed at saving the financially-troubled airline's bottom line.

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USAF Confirms Second Predator Crash in Iraq

An MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle crashed in Rawah, Iraq, at about 7 p.m. on March 30, officials said. The Predator is the second one to crash, in Iraq, this week.

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Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-in On The Move

Headed For Casa Grande Municipal

This year's Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-in will be held October 6 through 9, 2005, at a new site -- one with not only a prominent place in the history of the event, but one which also holds enormous promise for the future.

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Japan's Aviation Chief Pays Personal Visit To JAL

Inspects JAL Offices After More High-Profile Incidents

It's not often that a high-ranking Japanese government official personally goes on an inspection tour. But that's just what happened Monday, when the Transport Ministry's aviation chief paid a call on Japan Airlines in Tokyo.

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Discovery Rolls Toward Major Return To Flight Milestone

Moved From Hangar To VAB

NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery is one important step closer to launch. Discovery was rolled from its hangar early this morning to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Discovery will be attached to its propulsion elements, a redesigned External Tank (ET) and twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL.

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New Batch Of Light Sport Examiners Released Into The Wild

And Our Own John Ballantyne Is Among Them!

The Light Sport Aviation Branch is happy to announce the completion of the second Sport Pilot Examiner Initial course on March 26th in Sebring, FL.

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Successful Test: Falcon 50-4 Nacelle-Nozzle Integration Test

Premier Aircraft, Honeywell Call For 2005 Certification

The recently announced performance upgrade from Premier Aircraft for the Dassault Falcon 50, called the Falcon 50-4, has passed its first engineering milestone: the integration test of the existing nacelle and new engine nozzle at Honeywell’s engine facilities in Phoenix, AZ.

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Lockheed Gets Into The Airport Security Business

Teams With Covenant To Provide Screening Services

Lockheed Martin and Covenant Aviation Security have teamed to provide private security screening services at airports across the country.  The newly formed team will vie for work under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-developed Screening Partnership Program (SPP).

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Upgraded: Randy Bolinger

Becomes Lancair's VP For Sales And Marketing

A growing workforce and capital investment have accelerated The Lancair Company's production line during the past few months. Today the Company provided a glimpse at how they intend to sell all of those certified aircraft naming Randy S. Bolinger its new vice president of marketing and sales.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.30.05)

"When you look at where we are today, we are using a rocket-propelled engine to extract the parachute. Ultimately, we probably will look at some type of alternative to that rocket fuel. We may look at compressed air; we may look at just anything that is out there, but right now we think we are on the leading edge of how to do this particular technology. We don't think that there's a thing that we can come up within the short run that is going to make it better or safer. So I would say, at least from my perspective, that side of our technology we are going to be with for a while, but we are continuing to look at different ways of doing things." Source: BRS Chairman and CEO Robert Nelson in an interview with The Wall Street Transcript, saying his company has never d

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Texas TFR: 03.31.05

NOTAM:  5/2431  Issued:  03/29/2005 21:30  Effective:  03/31/2005 17:00 - 03/31/2005 22:30  State:  TX  Facility:  ZFW - FORT WORTH (ARTCC),TX.  Type:  AIR SHOWS/SPORTS  Description:  FORT WORTH NAVAL AIR STATION JRB, FORT WORTH TX. 

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