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October 20, 2007

Astronauts Cite Professionalism Over Drinking Allegations

Say Pre-Launch Imbibing Does Not Represent A Problem

Seven astronauts due for launch onboard the shuttle Discovery next week will probably get a chance to pop open a beer this weekend, before blasting into weightlessness.

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Canada Files Third-Party Case In WTO Subsidies Battle

Wants Bombardier Protected From Unwanted Competition

For all the bluster spewing forth from both the US and European Union regarding the ongoing subsidies battle before the World Trade Organization, a quieter entity has watched from the sidelines, waiting to see how the fight played out. Recently, however, Canada launched its own case before the WTO, in an attempt to ward off new foreign challenges to its support for Bombardier.

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FAA Says It Exceeded Target For ATC Staffing In FY2007

Claims More Than 1,800 Controllers Hired

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday the agency exceeded its air traffic controller staffing targets for the fiscal year that ended on September 30, by hiring more than 1,800 controllers during the year. That tops the 2006 year-end total by 256 controllers; As a result, the agency now employs 14,874 controllers.

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MHV Implements New Procedures Following Scaled Accident

Air And Space Port Says Mishap Led To Improved Communication

Echoes of the fatal July 26 explosion that rocked the Scaled Composites facility at the Mojave Air And Space Port (MHV) still resonate for workers and tenants at the airport... but they also say something of a positive has come about as a result.

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NWA Pumps Up International Fleet; DC-9s Remain On Domestic Routes

The New... And The Grey

If nothing else, Northwest Airlines is a study in contrasts... as evidenced this week by the Eagan, MN-based airline's proud announcement it boasts one of the youngest fleets of aircraft available on international routes.

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DOT Sets Flight Reduction Targets For JFK Scheduling Meeting

Wants Strict Limits On Maximum Number Of Flights Throughout Day

Bringing order to chaos -- that's what the US Department of Transportation hopes to do at New York's JFK International Airport.

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NASA Publishes Airspace Restrictions For STS-120 Launch

Discovery Scheduled To Fly October 23

For next week's launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-120 mission, NASA managers are urging all aircraft pilots to fully comply with the airspace restrictions imposed around Kennedy Space Center prior to and during shuttle launches and landings.

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USC Football Team Describes 'Terrifying' Airplane Trip

Plane Goes Through "Roller Coaster Drop" On Approach Into SBN

A chartered aircraft carrying the University of Southern California football team encountered dicey weather conditions on landing Thursday night in South Bend, IN.

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DART Round-I-Beam Skidtubes EASA Approved For Bell 206/407 Helos

Are Left-, Right-Hand Interchangeable

DART Helicopter Services has announced that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd, has received EASA approval of their revolutionary Round-I-Beam skidtube for the Bell 206/A/B/L/L1/L3/L4/407 models. Both standard and float configurations are available. Canadian and FAA approval have been previously received.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.20.07)

"It really got to be kind of crazy. You have this buildup of tension. You go out there and then it gets scrubbed, then you don't know when you're going to go. ... There were definitely times when people drank during that period. Duh. But I don't think it was ever an issue before a mission, like the day of or the day before."

Source: Former NASA flight surgeon Dr. Jonathan Clark, commenting on persistent allegations astronauts have flown into orbit while under the influence of alcohol... and the implication alcohol abuse is a common problem at the space agency. Several astronauts contend they have enjoyed a beer or two ahead of a launch... but that they abide to an unofficial 12-hour 'bottle-to-blast-off' rule, which forbids imbibing in the fin

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