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September 14, 2005

Delta, NWA File BK: Is There A Quantity Discount For Multiple Bankruptcies?

$10 Billion Losses Result in Four A/L Bankruptcies

As postulated repeatedly by ANN, both Northwest and Delta Airlines have given up any hint of financial solvency and filed for bankruptcy. This now means that some half the seats being flown by US Air Carriers are being conducted under the cloud of bankruptcy.

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NATA Calls On Congress To Weigh In On Costly EPA Rule

In a letter to all 535 Members of Congress, NATA President James K. Coyne highlighted costly and ill-conceived provisions within the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule and the agency’s failure to issue promised clarifications to the rule...

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AOPA Air Safety Foundation Announces New, Improved Accident Database

ASF has released a new and significantly improved version of its online accident database (www.aopa.org/asf/ntsb/search_ntsb.cfm) — the only database dedicated exclusively to fixed-wing general aviation aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less.

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NASA: New Director For Stennis Space Center

Former Director Returns To Help Rebuild

As repairs continue to the Katrina-battered Stennis Space Center near Gulfport, MS, NASA has named a new director for the facility -- someone who is quite familiar with the rebuilding process.

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Questions Abound Over Piper's Change In Leadership

Piper Seemed To Be Doing SO Much Better... So Why The Switch?

Chuck Suma's replacement as President and CEO of New Piper Aircraft is raising eyes and questions throughout  the GA community. For the moment, calls to New Piper's new CEO aren't yet being returned so the mystery is palpable... and growing.

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Airline Pilot Hiring - August 2005 Hiring Summary

According to AIR, Inc., airlines hired 910 pilots in August, bringing the year-to-date total to 7,353 - an increase of more than 680 new pilot jobs over this time last year.

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Flight Restrictions in NYC for UN General Assembly

The 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS, GENERAL ASSEMBLY (UNGA60) is being held in New York City from September 14 to September 28, 2005.

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All Weather's Freezing Rain Sensor Receives FAA Approval

Accurately Detects Presence of Icing Conditions Down to 0�C

All Weather, Inc. has announced that the Model 6495 Freezing Rain Sensor has received approval from the FAA for use in airports across the US.

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Predator Logs LOTS Of Combat Flight Hours

Airmen who operate and fly the MQ-1B Predator are tired, but you couldn’t tell that by the unprecedented 27,000 hours the Predator has flown this past year supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

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Shhhhhh: Joint Venture Working On Silent Aircraft

Says Prototype Should Be Ready By 2025

Does your heart skip a beat whenever you hear the powerful roar of jet engines overhead? Well, this story probably isn't for you... on the other hand, if you dream of a future without noise complaints from those living near airports, then you might be in luck.

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NATCA Rants Over FAA's 'Unsafe Math'

Subtraction Of Controllers Means Multiplication Of Errors At Nation’s Busiest TRACON

NATCA's war of words with the FAA seems to be never-ending... with the following statement being the latest NATCA charge (of many) against the FAA. C'mon NATCA... can't we all just get along?

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First Embraer 190 Delivered to JetBlue

Embraer has delivered the first Embraer 190 to launch customer JetBlue Airways during a ceremony held at the manufacturer's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. JetBlue has placed firm orders for 101 Embraer 190s and expects to take delivery of approximately 18 of the new aircraft each year between 2005 and 2011.

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Father And Son Accused Of Hijacking Plane Together

Both Surrender To Authorities In Colombia

A bizarre hijacking ended peacefully Monday when a disabled man in a wheelchair and his son surrendered to authorities in Colombia and released their 24 hostages. Some passengers later said the elder man wasn't searched by security forces precisely because he was wheelchair-bound.

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Florida CAP Works With Community In Operation Hurricane Relief Now

Members Collect, Box, Load Planes For Shipment To Disaster Areas

Florida Wing members are helping collect, box and load planes with supplies for shipment to the disaster areas at the Lantana Airport in Palm Beach County, Fla.

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GAMA Hires Edward T. Smith As Senior VP, Int'l Affairs

GAMA has announced the hiring of Edward T. Smith as Senior Vice President of International Affairs. Smith assumes the responsibility for GAMA's international aviation policy and regulatory involvement with foreign authorities.

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Is Northwest Next?

May Declare Chapter 11 Wednesday

Right at the heels of similarly troubled Delta Airlines, there are reports that Northwest may be ready to file for Chapter 11 as early as Wednesday.

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NTSB: AMASS Not Good Enough To Prevent Runway Collisions

Safety Bureau Chief Tells FAA: Go Back To The Drawing Board

National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker today said that the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Movement Area Safety System is not adequate to prevent serious runway collisions.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.14.05)

"That is not good enough." Source: National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker Tuesday, saying the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Movement Area Safety System is not adequate to prevent serious runway collisions. Citing several recent near-collisions where AMASS did not perform, Rosenker noted that the situations were instead resolved by flight crew actions sometimes bordering on the heroic, and luck.=

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AD: BAE Systems

AD NUMBER: 2005-19-03 MANUFACTURER: BAE Systems SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-19-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all BAe Systems (Operations) Limited Model ATP airplanes. That AD currently requires revising the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate life limits for certain items and inspections to detect fatigue cracking in certain structures.

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2005-18-21 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-18-21 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Raytheon Aircraft Company Models 1900, 1900C, 1900C (C-12J), and 1900D airplanes. This AD requires you to inspect all elevator hinge support attachments on both left and right elevators for loose and missing rivets, replace rivets if loose or missing rivets are found, inspect the elevator hinge joints for looseness and clearance of each elevator to its stabilizer, correct looseness and clearance if incorrect, and report results of the required inspections.

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AD: Raytheon

AD NUMBER: 2005-18-22 MANUFACTURER: Raytheon SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-18-22 SUMMARY: The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Raytheon Aircraft Company (Raytheon) Premier 1 390 airplanes.

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