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August 07, 2011

Chinook Downed In Afghanistan, Navy Seals Among 38 Killed

Taliban Claims Another Shootdown

In one of the deadliest days in the history of recent Afghan military operations, a NATO CH-47 Chinook has been reportedly shot down by hostile forces of the Taliban. The CH-47 went down before dawn, Saturday, in Afghanistan's Wardak province. Sources speaking on behalf of the Taliban claim that 'it fired a rocket at the helicopter during a battle' during which eight militants were killed in a raid on their hideout.

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IAM Membership Approves New Contract With Hawker Beechcraft

HBC Issues Statement on Acceptance of New Contract

There's a new contract between Hawker-Beech and the IAM... HBC Chairman and CEO Bill Boisture has issued a statement regarding the announcement that the agreement for a new five-year labor contract has been approved by a vote of the Union membership. The announcement was made by the leadership of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District Lodge 70, Local Lodges 733 and 2328.

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Analyst Thinks Blue Angels, Thunderbirds Could Fall Victim To Budget Cuts

Elite Units "More About Morale Than Traditional Combat"

An analyst with the Brookings Institution said the fervor for budget cuts could put demonstration teams like the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds at risk. The teams' budgets are comparatively small ... about $30 million for the Blue Angels out of a $530 million total defense budget. But with the defense department facing billions in budget cuts over the next 10 years, Brookings analyst Michael O'Hanlon said the teams could be in jeopardy. 

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SkyWest Airlines Announces Letter Of Intent To Join US Airways Express

Fourteen Aircraft Will Operate Under The Regional Carrier's Banner

SkyWest Airlines and US Airways announced Thursday that the two airlines have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 14 aircraft to operate as US Airways Express. The agreement, which is subject to approval by the respective Board of Directors for both SkyWest Airlines and US Airways, further diversifies the SkyWest Airlines flying portfolio and provides US Airways customers with SkyWest Airlines' quality and reliability.

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TSA Apologizes For Confiscation Of Insulin, Ice Packs From Pregnant Woman

Screener Reportedly Said The Vial Of Medication Was An Explosives Risk

A day after confiscating insulin and ice packs from a pregnant woman at Denver International Airport, TSA was apologizing for an agent's actions, but not really admitting anything was wrong. The woman from Aurora, CO, was traveling to a baby shower in Phoenix Thursday afternoon. She said a TSO questioned her as she want through security about 1600, saying she was a risk.

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Boeing, GECAS Finalize Order For 747-8 Freighters And 777-300ERs

747-8 Freighter A New Model For GECAS Aircraft Portfolio

A firm order for two 747-8 Freighters and eight 777-300ERs (extended range) airplanes has been finalized between Boeing and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric. The order marks the completion of an agreement originally announced during the Paris Air Show in June.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.07.11): When Able

When Able When used in conjunction with ATC instructions, gives the pilot the latitude to delay compliance until a condition or event has been reconciled. Unlike "pilot discretion," when instructions are prefaced "when able," the pilot is expected to seek the first opportunity to comply. Once a maneuver has been initiated, the pilot is expected to continue until the specifications of the instructions have been met. "When able," should not be used when expeditious compliance is required.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.07.11)

Aero-Linx: Air Show Most of the information contained here relates to the Golden Age of Aviation. This was the period from the end of World War I to the beginning of World War II. Barnstorming, air racing, flying circuses, and Lindberghs Atlantic crossing were all part of this exciting period in aviation history.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.07.11)

“No words describe the sorrow we feel in the wake of this tragic loss... All of those killed in this operation were true heroes who had already given so much in the defense of freedom. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who are now waiting for their loved ones to return home. We will do everything in our power to support them in this time of need.” Source: General John R. Allen, Commander, International Security Assistance Force, commenting on the loss of 38 people on board a CH-47 Chinook shot down by Taliban operatives.

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AD NUMBER: 2011-16-03

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