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August 24, 2004

New York TFR: 08/24/04 - 08/29/04

NOTAM: 4/8879 Issued: 08/24/2004 15:03 Effective: 08/26/2004 16:00 - 08/29/2004 21:00 State: NY Facility: ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: NIAGARA FALLS, NY.

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Best of Show! The Very Best (And Worst) of Oshkosh 2004! (Part One)

The Very Best (And Worst) of Oshkosh 2004! (Part One)

Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the Aero-News Network For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows inherent in the general and sport aviation community. There are but a few places where that is more a propos than at a major event like the Oshkosh Fly-In...

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Skydiver Survives Chute Malfunction

Fell Almost 11,000 Feet And Lives To Tell The Tale

Christine McKenzie figures she should be dead. Given the circumstances, she's probably right.

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Three Lost In California Midair

Two Aircraft Collide Near Malibu

Authorities in Malibu (CA) have recovered the remains of three people who were lost in a midair collision over the beach on Sunday. Both went down over the El Matador State Beach.

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Remains Recovered From Glacier Crash

P-2V Neptune Was In Cold Storage For 42 Years  

The remains of US naval aviators, who were lost after their P-2V Neptune patrol craft crashed in Greenland more than 40 years ago, were finally returned home Aug. 17.

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Approved: Air Canada's Restructuring Plan

Court And Creditors Signs Off On Reorganization

It's the end of the most turbulent chapter in Air Canada history. An Ontario judge Monday signed off on the carrier's reorganization plan, almost 17 months after it filed for bankruptcy. As of next month, Air Canada will have fewer planes and fewer workers, fewer subsidiaries and more international routes.

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American Eagle Pilots Tense As Negotiations Loom

Call On Management To "Do The Right Thing"

As pilot contract negotiations between American Eagle management and its pilots, represented by the ALPA resumed Monday, frustrated pilots called on management to "do the right thing" and take advantage of the remaining 21 days before the deadline for the end of scheduled bargaining on Sept. 12.  Although some progress has been made during the talks, which contractually can only last 150 days, the two parties are far apart on major issues, such as wage rates, retirement, insurance, and scheduling issues.

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US Airways Pilot Talks Collapse

Sparks New Fears Of Another Bankruptcy

Talks between financially-troubled US Airways and its pilots over a new round of concessions broke down on Monday, increasing odds that the airline might again have to file for bankruptcy.

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NBAA'S Bob Blouin Resigns

Continued Turbulence At Air Advocacy Organization

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced today that NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations Robert P. Blouin will resign effective August 31, 2004.

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A Better Picture Of Venezuelan Tragedy

Peering Through The Fog Of Fast-Moving Events In Far Away Places

We're getting a clearer picture of just what happened in Venezuela over the weekend, where 25 people were lost in the crash of a military transport aircraft.

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The Lament Continues

Memphis Controllers To Talk About ATC Shortages

On Tuesday, air traffic controllers from the Memphis Air Route Traffic Control Center and Memphis International Airport control tower and approach control facility will discuss both the current and future serious controller shortages facing their facility and the potential travel and safety concerns associated with having too few eyes handling planes.

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Send In The Drones

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Collaboration of Manned, Unmanned Aircraft as Part of UCAR Development Program

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a demonstration of manned and unmanned aircraft collaboration as one of the advanced command and control concepts it is developing for its Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) program.

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Rota Airfield Gets $2.5 Million Radar Upgrade

Now Controllers Can Simulate Training Instead Of Waiting For The Real Thing

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota is now using the state-of-the-art Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) air radar, the first such system overseas in the Defense Department.

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Wi-Fi In The Sky

iPASS Teams With Boeing To Serve 500,000 Customers

Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of Boeing and iPass say they've formed an agreement to deliver iPass enterprise customers secure in-flight Wi-Fi Internet connectivity. Through the agreement iPass users will have access to the Connexion mobile Internet service through the iPass Global Broadband Roaming network. Now, enterprise IT managers and CIOs can provide their mobile workers with a near-seamless, high-speed wireless experience to manage their time at hotels, airports and now on airplanes – more productively. This agreement marks Connexion by Boeing’s first contracted Wi-Fi enterprise access provider.

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Cessna Names New Vice Presidents In Customer Services

Stiffler, Wilkinson Named To New Posts

Cessna Aircraft Company is pleased to announce two vice presidents have been named within the Customer Services area. Jack Stiffler has been named Vice President, Citation Parts Distribution and Peter Wilkinson has been named Vice President, Cessna Parts Distribution. Both Stiffler and Wilkinson will report directly to Ron Chapman, Senior Vice President of Customer Service.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (08.24.04)

"If it wasn't for the lines, I would have died. It all happened so fast. I hit the ground really hard and I was kinda waiting to die. Then the pain set in. I knew I was alive but I wasn't sure how badly I had been injured." Source: Christine McKenzie, a South African skydiver whose main and reserve chutes failed to properly deploy on Sunday. Miraculously, McKenzie fell from almost 11,000 feet and survived after bouncing off some power lines near Johannesburg.

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AD: Grob-Werke

AD NUMBER: 2004-17-04 MANUFACTURER: Grob-Werke SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-17-04 SUMMARY: The FAA supersedes Airworthiness Directive (AD)2001-26-25 which applies to all Grob -Werke Gmbh & Co KG (Grob) Models G102 CLUB ASTIR III, G102 CLUB ASTIR IIIb, and G102STANDARD ASTIR III sailplanes.

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