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October 18, 2008

AOPA: Lockheed To Close Five FSS Facilities

Announcement Surprises A LOT Of Pilots

Lockheed Martin dropped a bomb October 15, announcing it will close five satellite flight service stations early next year.

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UAL Says Employees Taking Early Out Ahead Of Likely Furloughs

1500 Flight Attendants, 322 IAM Workers Have Jumped Ship While They Can

United Airlines announced Thursday that as of this week, 322 employees represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) have taken advantage of the Early Out and Voluntary Furlough programs agreed to by the company and the union.

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FAA Expands Runway Status Lights Program Nationwide

To Be Installed At Airports To Complement ASDE-X

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded a contract this week to Sensis Corp. of Syracuse, NY to install runway status lights at 22 major US airports. Runway status lights are designed to improve runway safety at busy airports by warning pilots when it is unsafe to cross or enter a runway.

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NASA Reinstalls Main Mirror In SOFIA Airborne Observatory

German-Built Device Received New Reflective Coating

Engineers and technicians from NASA, the German Space Agency and the Deutsches SOFIA Institut recently reinstalled the German-built primary mirror assembly into NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, airborne observatory.

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NTSB Notes Shortcomings In FAA's Revised Flight Recorder Rule

But Praises Enhancements Overall

The National Transportation Safety Board has told the Federal Aviation Administration that many elements of its new rule dealing with aircraft flight recorders comply with previous NTSB recommendations... but noted that some of its recommendations were not adopted.

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FAA, Raytheon And Lockheed Partner To Install Modernized ATC Equipment

Controllers in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis And MSP Now Using New Systems

Controllers serving four major US airports are now using terminal air traffic control systems modernized by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, on contract with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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NBAA Announces New Board Officers Shine And Reagan

Elected At 2008 Convention In Orlando

Members of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) recently confirmed the appointment of two new officers to NBAA's Board of Directors, during the organization's 61st annual meeting and convention in Orlando, FL.

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Regional Air Express Completes Metro Flights With Five-Bladed Prop

Composite Props From MT Propeller Lessen Noise, Maintenance Costs

German air carrier Regional Air Express has successfully completed a series of test flights with new, five-blade composite propellers of MT Propeller in Straubing, Germany fitted to one of its Metroliners.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.18.08)

Aero-Linx!

The auxiliary of the US Air Force, with over 56,000 members, including 27,000 cadets ages 12-21. With around 1,700 units, the CAP operates the world's largest fleet of single-engine, piston aircraft (535), and an extensive communications network.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.18.08): Passenger Mile

Aero-Terms!

A measure of the amount of travel provided by an airline, steamship line or railroad. One passenger mile is the transport of one passenger for one mile.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.18.08)

"In this challenging economic environment, we are focused on working with our unions to identify options that work for our employees and our business, and we are pleased we have been able to limit the number of involuntary furloughs, protecting jobs for our people."

Source: Scott Dolan, senior vice president - Airport Operations and Cargo at United Airlines. The carrier announced Thursday that as of this week, 322 employees represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) have taken advantage of the Early Out and Voluntary Furlough programs agreed to by the company and the union.

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