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June 22, 2004

Avidyne Selects XM To Deliver Datalink Weather To Flightmax Systems

FlightMax to offer continuous NEXRAD, METAR, AIRMET, SIGMET, TFR, and lightning updates

The wait for dependable Avidyne weather info is coming to an end! Avidyne has announced the selection of XM WX Satellite Weather to provide broadcast datalink weather for their FlightMax EX500 multifunction displays and FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck systems. This makes Avidyne the first company to offer multiple, complimentary satellite datalink capabilities.

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FAA issues ADIZ transponder NOTAM

Seems The Governor's Lack Of Transponder Rattled A Few Cages

Pilots flying in the Washington (DC) Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) need to know this: another unique operational requirement has been added to the whole procedure.

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Vintage Plane Down Near St. Louis

Two On Board Killed

A vintage Mono Coupe (file photo of type, right) is down and a respected aviator, along with his passenger, are dead.

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Say, This Doesn't LOOK Like Rapid City!

NWA Lands At Wrong Airport Ever see those commercials for a leading low-cost carrier where someone does something stupid and the announcer asks, "Do you suddenly wish you were somewhere else?"

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Embry-Riddle Has Ideas On Solving Controller Shortage

University President Proposes Accelerated Training Program

It's no secret that a critical shortage of air traffic controllers is close at hand. What has been a secret is whether anyone has a real-time solution. Enter Embry-Riddle President George Ebbs, who tells the Orlando Business Journal he might just have the key to solving this issue: an accelerated controller training program.

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Okay, Everybody, One More Time

UAL Gets Another Crack At Loan Guarantees

United Airlines has until the end of next month to come up with a Chapter 11 reorganization plan, which might include yet another application to the Air Transport Stabilization Board for $1.6 billion in loan guarantees. Should it lose this time, United could well lose out on $2 billion in bank loans from JP Morgan, Chase and Citigroup.

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AOPA: The State Of General Aviation Is Good

Boyer Tells Town Meetings GA Health Is Improving

AOPA President Phil Boyer spread the good news about the improving health of general aviation at a series of Pilot Town Meetings this week in Texas and Ohio. More than 800 pilots attended the meetings in Houston, Dallas, and Columbus. He also addressed issues of specific concern to pilots in those areas and described AOPA's fight to preserve general aviation airports. And a highlight of the Houston meeting was Mark Zeller, winner of AOPA's Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes Waco, describing his open-cockpit cross-country flight to deliver the aircraft to its new owner in Minneapolis.

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DOT, Delta Reach Settlement

Aimed At Ending Discrimination Against Middle Eastern Passengers

The Department of Transportation Monday says it's struck a deal with Delta Air Lines regarding treatment of certain air travelers who are or were perceived to be of Arab, Middle Eastern or Southeast Asian descent and/or Muslim in the period following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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EAA: Congratulations Scaled!

Message From EAA President Congratulating SpaceShipOne Team

"All EAA members are thrilled with today's success by SpaceShipOne on becoming the first civilian spacecraft to reach the boundaries of space. It is truly a monumental achievement that opens a new age in flight."

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Blue Skies For Aeronca Convention

Twelfth Annual Convention Wrapped Up Monday

It was a homecoming of sorts at Hook Field in Middletown (OH), as hundreds of people from around the country showed up for the 12th Annual National Aeronca Association convention. Hook Field was headquarters for Aeronca, where the company built its venerable aircraft until 1951. The company is now owned by Magellan Aerospace, which makes aircraft parts.

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Washington TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5641 Issued: 06/21/2004 03:03 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: WA Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: ENUMCLAW, WA.

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Nevada TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5640 Issued: 06/21/2004 02:21 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: NV Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: MESQUITE, NV.

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Kansas TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5659 Issued: 06/21/2004 16:24 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: KS Facility: ZKC - KANSAS CITY (ARTCC),MO. Type: HAZARDS Description: OLATHE, KS.

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California TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5638 Issued: 06/21/2004 02:20 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: CA Facility: ZOA - OAKLAND (ARTCC),CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: NORTHFORK, CA.

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5629 Issued: 06/21/2004 01:23 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: WHITE RIVER, AZ.

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Transportation Secretary Congratulates Scaled

Statement From Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta

The Department of Transportation extends its congratulations to Burt Rutan, Mike Melvill and the team at Scaled Composites on the safe and successful completion of their mission. 

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Around The World For Kids

EAAer Plans Fun Flight To Mark His 50th Birthday

When Paul Wood turned 50 in February, he wanted to mark the milestone by doing something fun, interesting, and challenging that would also benefit those less fortunate. On July 1, he'll get his chance as he embarks on a flight around the United States to raise $250,000 for the Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois (CHASI). It's called the Around the Country For Kids flight.

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Iranian F-14 Down

Both Crew Members Killed

An American-made F-14 fighter crashed in Iran Monday while on approach to an airbase near the city of Isfahan, according to state-run television reports. Both crew members on board were killed.

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What's Going On At Yellowknife?

Investigators On Site, Looking For Answers

Canadian military investigators are on the scene at Yellowknife in Alberta, trying to figure out why the pilot of a CF-18 was forced to eject as he was landing.

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Aero-News Alert: THEY DID IT!

Privately-Funded Spacecraft Makes It To 100 KM Milestone

Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne, piloted by 62-year old Mike Melvill (below), achieved its goal Monday. It boosted to an altitude of 328,000 feet -- 62.5 miles -- becoming the world's first private-industry astronaut.

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SpaceShipOne Flight: NO ONE Was Closer Than ANN!

ANN Flies Aboard Space Ship One Chase Plane

Ya gotta admit it... ANN's Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell shows up in the darnedest places... and for those who were watching the Beech Starship that shepherded White Knight and Space Ship One up to it's launch point, you were also watching him aboard the Starship, shooting some of the 400 high-resolution digital images that he shot that day. It was an amazing flight... a dramatic flight...

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