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December 09, 2007

Panel Looking At NY Air Traffic Congestion Ideas

Task Force Against 'Congestion Pricing'

An aviation task force convened by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has suggested express flight paths for congested routes to help ease traffic that is choking up the region's three major airports, according to the Associated Press. The Port Authority made over 100 suggestions to help ease flight delays at La Guardia, Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports last week.

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Downed Duster Starts Fire

Pilot Spotted Climbing Steep Canyon

The pilot of a plane that went down Thursday and started a fire climbed up a steep hill near Soledad to get help, according the San Jose Mercury News. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection battalion chief Mark Kendall said it was "miraculous" that 40-year-old Andy Klein of King City walked away from the plane that went down above Soledad Mission.

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Chinese Chemical Company Ordered By Beijing Court To Pay $65M For Airbus Damage

Intentionally Mislabeled Cargo That Leaked And Corroded A330

Dalian, a Chinese state-run company has been ordered to pay a record $65 million in compensation, plus interest, for destroying a Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 jet with falsely declared cargo with corrosive chemicals, according to Reuters.

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Google Lunar XPrize Off To Fast Start

History Making Moon Mission Unveiled

The first team to complete registration for the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE unveiled its plans this week at the Space Investment Summit in San Jose, California. Representatives of Odyssey Moon announced their plans to make history with the first private robotic mission to the surface of the Moon and their intent to win the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. Odyssey Moon's inaugural mission will involve a unique small robotic lander designed to deliver scientific, exploration and commercial payloads to the surface of the Moon.

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Four Baggage Handlers Arrested And Charged At JAX

TSA Screener Caught Lifting Personal Items

What we all feared (and many of us, expect) is happening to our baggage -- thieves in the clothes of baggage handlers and a TSA official -- have been charged for stealing from passenger's bags-this time at the Jacksonville International Airport. Three baggage handlers and a federal screener were arrested Thursday and Friday and charged with stealing nine laptops, a computer bag, software, a wristwatch and an iPod...

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Chan Named GM Of Pratt & Whitney JV

New Role For Manager

Pratt & Whitney has named Chan Kwai Wan as general manager of the Shanghai Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Maintenance Co., Ltd. a joint venture of United Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners and China Eastern Airlines. Chan will oversee the construction and start-up of the JV's new CFM56 engine overhaul facility, which is expected to induct its first engine in late 2008.

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Close Call At BWI Airport

Runway Incursion Being Investigated

According to a report by the Federal Aviation Administration, two commercial jets came within 300 feet of hitting each other last weekend at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. A Delta Connection regional jet took off and flew over a US Airways Airbus A320 that was landing on a crossing runway, officials said. The incident occurred about 7:25 p.m. Sunday, according to the Washington Post.

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Alaska Medevac Flight Still Missing

Search Still On Despite Storms

The search for a medical helicopter that went missing over the Prince William Sound in Alaska continues after six-days of searching, according to the Associated Press. The BK-117 helicopter operated by Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. for Providence Hospital's LifeGuard-an air ambulance company--was declared overdue on Monday December, 3 when it did not return from Cordova-to Anchorage -- as reported by ANN.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.09.07)

Aero-Linx!

This site describes autogyros and how they work. Included is a brief history of their early development, an explanation of their differences with other aircraft, and why they were never accepted. It then explains some modern autogyro concepts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.09.07): Yield Strength

Aero-Terms!

The amount of stress needed to permanently deform a material.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.09.07)

"Here we are as citizens entrusting our goods to these people in the name of airport security. Then to have it stolen ... We have to make sure if that occurs, the perpetrators get brought to justice." Source: U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill, condemning the illegal acts committed by baggage handlers and a TSA officer, caught strealing from passengers flying through JAX. The three baggage handlers and a federal screener were arrested Thursday and Friday and charged with stealing nine laptops, a computer bag, software, a wristwatch and an iPod.

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