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March 25, 2005

Another Bizjet Mishap -- This One In New York

Slides Off Runway At Westchester Airport

A NetJets Cessna Citation V rolled off the end of the runway at New York's Westchester County Airport Thursday night. There were conflicting reports on the number of passengers aboard the corporate aircraft. Local media reports said there were four passengers and two crew members on board -- the FAA accident report said there were only two passengers. In either case, authorities on the ground said no one was hurt.

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Bush Renominates Engleman-Conners

If Confirmed, She'll Lead The NTSB For Another Two-Year Term

President Bush nominated NTSB Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners for a second two-year term as head of the country's premier accident investigation agency.

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Airport Rehab Contractors Wanted: Afghanistan

Apart From The Land Mines It's Just Like Anywhere Else With No Infrastructure

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien Can you rehab an airport that's in pretty bad shape? If so, the World Bank wants to hear from you. Especially if you're from a nation that's a member of the Asian Development Bank. The ADB has provided a loan to permit Afghanistan to start rehabilitating its regional airports, which have been devastated by 25 years of civil war and are in very poor shape to serve the booming Afghan economy.

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Will Fare Hikes Stick?

UAL CEO Tilton Says Yes (Then No, Then Yes)

Since the cost of fuel began soaring higher and faster than SpaceShipOne, more than a year ago, America's legacy carriers have tried more than a half-dozen times to boost fares -- with no luck. Each time, they've been beaten back by low cost carriers. As ANN reported elsewhere today, some of those carriers, like Southwest Airlines, have hedged their costs through at least the end of the year. But try, try again, right? This time, at least one legacy carrier CEO says the latest fare hike will stick.

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Klyde Morris 03.25.05

Klyde Shows Sympathy For The T-34 Gang

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Latin American Airlines To IRS: Back Off, Or Else!

The Latin American Airline Transport Association has issued a strongly worded warning to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Is The C-130J Unfit For Combat?

SECDEF Vows To Kill It, But Congress Keeps Sending Money

Consider, for a moment, the Lockheed C-130J Hercules -- the latest incarnation of an aircraft considered one of the military's heartiest workhorses. If the C-130J were a wine, it would be off the list at most restaurants, according to the Pentagon. It can't fly the mission for which it was designed. It has design problems that are so severe, an inspector general's report said the problems were so bad that, left uncorrected, could "cause death, severe injury or illness, major loss of equipment or systems." The report, quoted by the New York Times, concluded, "Lockheed Martin has been unable to design, develop or produce a C-130J aircraft that meets contract specifications in the eight years since production began."

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Diamond Distributors Awarded Expanded Territory

ASI, AirShares Get More Turf

Good deeds are indeed rewarded -- at least, if you're two of Diamond Aircraft's best sales and service centers.

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What I'll Do For My Summer Vacation: ERAU Summer Academy

Runs June 13th To August 9th

From building a mock space station to learning to fly, teen-agers will have a blast at the Summer Academy operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at its Daytona Beach campus.

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Return To Flight Milestone Provides For Station Resupply, Science

Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Filled With ISS Cargo

The module that will deliver food, clothing, spare parts and research equipment to the International Space Station is being prepared for the Space Shuttle Return to Flight mission.

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Upgraded: Glenn J. Brown

Becomes Stevens Aviation President and Chief Operating Officer

Stevens Aviation announced Thursday the appointment of Glenn J. Brown as President and Chief Operating Officer. Brown joins Stevens from Rolls-Royce Engines where he was Vice President of Aftermarket and Customer Service, Corporate and Regional Aircraft. Brown led significant improvements in Rolls-Royce's aftermarket sales and profits and won recognition for major enhancements of the company's field service and support organizations and improvements in customer satisfaction.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.25.05)

"What's to stay up at night about other than just to be so excited about my life? A friend asked me, how do you like your job and do you worry about $55 crude oil, and I just don't think there is anything to be gained by worrying about it." Source: Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, in a recent interview with the London Financial Times. He has reason to sleep soundly at night -- SWA has hedged its fuel for the rest of the year and then some. Other airlines, like Delta, are struggling to find more ways to cut costs in the face of skyrocketing fuel prices. Kelly? He went to bed early tonight.

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