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January 06, 2008

Tuskegee Airmen Documentary To Broadcast Nationally On PBS

Red Tail Reborn, produced by Cleveland area filmmaker Adam White, has been picked up for national distribution by PBS. Hosted by television star, Michael Dorn, Red Tail Reborn toured the United States shooting a number of rare interviews with the legendary WWII veteran pilots, The Tuskegee Airmen. This emotional documentary tells the tale of the Airmen, the sad lack of knowledge around the country of their existence, and of those who sacrifice to tell their tale. The film will air on PBS stations all over the U.S. starting in February 2008.

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APA Voices Concern Over Legislation

Legislation Would Provide for Arbitration in Combining Seniority Lists

The Allied Pilots Association, collective bargaining agent for the 12,000 pilots of American Airlines), tells ANN that it is concerned over legislation that provides for binding arbitration to determine the make-up of combined seniority lists when air carriers merge.

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Boeing and Airborne Laser Teammates Achieve Final 2007 Milestone

Next Best Thing To A Light Saber...

Boeing, its industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency have achieved the final 2007 milestone for the Airborne Laser (ABL) program, capping a successful year for the revolutionary airborne directed energy weapon system.

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2007 Boasted A Great Many Milestones For Boeing

Boeing '07 -- What A Year!

We have to admit being impressed by the record sales that Boeing tallied for 2007, but the year boasted a great many OTHER milestones... as shown below:

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It's 'Business as Usual' As Fargo Jet Center Remodels

Don't Mind The Dust... Fly On In!

Work has begun at Fargo Jet Center, Inc. (FJC) on a major remodeling project, although the company promises that customers and travelers won’t be inconvenienced. The passenger terminal, pilot’s area and flight planning facility will be temporarily relocated to an adjacent terminal, just 300 feet west.

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Sentient Acquires The Air Group

Acquisition Strengthens Presence in California Market

Sentient Jet Holdings, LLC has completed the acquisition of The Air Group, Inc., a premier aircraft management company. The addition of The Air Group, based in Van Nuys, California, expands Sentient’s presence in the Southern California market. In combination with the recent agreement by Sentient Flight Group, LLC to acquire the aircraft management operations of TAG Aviation USA, Sentient is now the leading manager of aircraft in the country.

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NTSB Prelim: Pilot May Have Been 'Buzzing' His Home

Pilot Was Reported To 'Buzz' His Home Often

Such subjects have been in the news an awful lot this year, but it appears that an accident last month may, ultimately, be chalked up to an unsuccessful 'buzz' job. The pilot was a "longtime" Las Cruces, NM, resident. Robert Steinmetz, a local physical therapist in Las Cruces for a number of years was killed when one of his aircraft's wings contacted the ground close to his home.

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Cherokee, Glastar Land Safely After Midair

High-Wing v. Low-Wing

The number of folks who can say they have survived a midair is awfully small, but thankfully, we've added a few to the survivor column, rather than the more ominous alternative. It was NOT a happy new year when the high-wing Glastar taildragger and the Piper Cherokee mixed it up on final (note that this was a high-wing v. low-wing accident... a not-unheard-of factor in a number of midairs), but once again, all that really matters is that everyone survived to tell the tale.

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Balad Radar Air Traffic Controllers Run Skies Of Iraq

It looks simple in theory. All you have to do is keep little blips on a screen from bumping into each other. Now consider that those blips represent billions of dollars of government assets and hundreds of lives, all relying on one person's ability to control air traffic. This is the job of the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron radar air traffic controllers at Balad Air Base, Iraq, working in one of the busiest combined en route radar approach, or CERAP, control facilities, where it's not unfamiliar to see more than 550 aircraft operations in just one day.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.06.08)

Aero-Linx!

An international type club, devoted to all things Auster.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.06.08): Payload

Aero-Terms!

The amount of load carried by a vehicle over and above the load necessary for the operation of the vehicle.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.06.08)

“While this legislation is no doubt well-intentioned, APA does not favor legislative branch involvement in any aspect of labor negotiations... We believe this legislation could have adverse, unintended consequences for the very same unionized workers that Congress was trying to help.”

Source: APA President Captain Lloyd Hill, speaking about The Allied Pilots Association's concern over legislation that provides for binding arbitration to determine the make-up of combined seniority lists when air carriers merge. Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Kit Bond (R-MO) led efforts to attach the legislation to an omnibus appropriations bill that the Senate subsequently approved.

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