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March 28, 2005

What's Up? Boeing/Onex Workers Say, 'Don't Know!'

News Is Slow To Come For Employees At Kansas, Oklahoma Plants

If you ask any worker at one of the Midwestern plants Boeing is selling to Onex, "What's up?" chances are you'll get a blistering look and an answer like, "Who knows? (liberally add expletives where appropriate)"

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Boeing May Raise Forecast

Says Asian Demand Is Improving The Bottom Line

Spurred by a jump in Asian business, Boeing Commercial Aircraft says it may raise its 2006 sales forecast.

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BTS Releases January Passenger Airline Employment Data

January 2005 Airline Employment Down 0.8 Percent from January 2004

US scheduled passenger airlines employed a total of 456,841 workers in January 2005, 0.8 percent fewer than in January 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Monday.

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Flying Careers Lose Luster

Blame Cost-Cutting

Ah, to be young and an aspiring commercial pilot. The exotic destinations, the fabulous friendships, the wealth and the girls (or guys, as the case may be). But these days, that vision of an airline pilot's life is changing -- getting a little less bright and a little more like work. Face it: Commercial flying is losing its luster.

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Canadian Columnist Loses The Plot - Part Two Of Two Parts

Toronto Sun's Eric Margolis Opens Mouth, Removes All Doubt

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien Hello, and welcome back to our examination of Eric Margolis's March 20th Column for the Toronto Sun, "A-300s, 310s likely flawed." (See the link to the first part, which ran yesterday). For those of you who are now back with us, remember that we stopped in the midst of a discussion of Margolis's claim that "[i]t's now clear the 300-series tails might have defects, perhaps along their hinge joints." He's referring to the recent Air Transat accident in which the pilots regained the field after the rudder departed, and the 2001 American Airlines Flight 587 accident where the entire vertical stab separated inflight.

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ISS Spacewalk Over -- Mission(s) Accomplished

Chiao, Sharpiov Finished Ahead Of Schedule

Mission Commander Leroy Chiao and Engineer Salizhan Sharipov wrapped things up early in their second spacewalk in just two months -- leaving the International Space Station unattended so they could install new antennae aimed at enabling European cargo ships to safely dock.

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Providence Mourns Two Families Lost In GA Mishap

"A Terrible Tragedy"

“It's a terrible tragedy. There are two families basically taken from us." Those words came from Mark Feinstein, president of the Rhode Island Jewish Federation, after two families -- both very active in the community -- were lost in a single-engine plane crash over the weekend. Feinstein was quoted in the Providence Day newspaper.

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Spirit's New Fleet Takes Shape

First New A319 To Be Delivered In Detroit This Week

Spirit Airlines is gambling a new fleet of Airbus A319s will make flying more enjoyable for its passengers. Monday, the airline rolls out the first of them at Detroit Metro Airport.

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Aero-News Analysis: TSA Lied About Pax Data? (Part Three)

Secure Flight/CAPPS II: Will it work?

The inner workings of the TSA's "Secure Flight/CAPPS II" Database are considered secret by the TSA, but the general architecture, and several components of the system, are known.

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Klyde Morris 03.28.05

Klyde Keeps Sticking Up For His T-34 Buddies...

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Snow Storm Blamed in Light Aircraft Accident

Weather A Factor?

A Challenger II crashed Saturday in Eastern Oregon killing two Spokane men. Ezra M. Ward, 71, and Keith G. Bird were killed in the crash just after 2 p.m. about 10 miles south of La Grande, OR.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.28.05)

"The F-15C Eagle remains the USAF's front-line fighter-interceptor today, and the Air Force will depend on them for years to come, but most of them are already fifteen to twenty years old. The F-15's planned replacement, the F-22, is making slow progress; its high cost is one of the most serious limitations on early adoption of the new airplane." Source: ANN's Kevin O'Brien, in his story about the issues revolving around the USAF's F-15 fleet, after a recent crash. 

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Back On Track: Symphony Earns TC, PC

Prepares to Deliver the First Canadian-Build Symphony 160

Symphony Aircraft Industries tells ANN that Transport Canada has assumed responsibility as the "State of Design" for the Symphony 160 aircraft, and has issued the required Type and Production Certificates to Symphony Aircraft Industries.

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Update: Wing Grounds F-15s After Nellis Accident

Crash Under Investigation; Flying To Resume Today

A US Air Force pilot is counting his blessings after ejecting from a doomed F-15C Eagle Friday morning, northeast of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

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First Diamond Twins Delivered

Double Your Fun

Diamond Aircraft Industries delivered the first Two DA42 Twin Star aircraft to French customers Thursday.

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Air France Buying 777 Freighters

What Will Happen To The 747?

Air France announced on Friday that it plans to replace part of its aging fleet of cargo planes with Boeing's new 777 freighter according to media reports.

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Tampa Fuel Dumping Still A Mystery

FAA Doesn't Have The Answer

FAA investigators have been unable to explain how Vicki Morris was misted with what she claims was jet fuel dumped by an aircraft flying overhead.

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UAV Featured On CSI New York

TAG! You're It!

Last week's episode of CSI New York featured a Tactical Aerospace Group UAV as a futuristic law enforcement tool.

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Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport Upgrading

What Can You Get For $70 Million These Days?

The Kansas City Aviation Department announced the beginning of an almost $70 million improvement project at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC).

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