The space shuttle Endeavour crew is expected to complete its
mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's
Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:19 pm EST on Sunday,
concluding a 16-day flight, 11 of which were spent docked to the
If you're one of the many airline passengers and
aviation enthusiasts who lamented this year's shutdown of Aloha
Airlines, you may want to swallow an aspirin before reading this
next story. On second thought... make that two aspirin, washed down
by an adult beverage.
And You Thought Having Your In-Laws In Town Was
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) hosted
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, US Central Command,
November 27-28 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with the crew.
Petraeus, along with Commander 5th Fleet, Vice Adm. William E.
Gortney, visited the Nimitz-class carrier, currently deployed
to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
An anti-government protest group, the People's Alliance for
Democracy, has occupied the terminal at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi
airport since last Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of all
flights. Service into Bangkok's second airport, Don Meuang, has
also been curtailed by the PAD.
A report on a security breach at Orlando International Airport
released by the Transportation Security Administration accuses
Delta and the Orlando Police Department of failing to follow TSA
The failure of an automatic nosewheel centering system on a
JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 led to the flight's 2005 emergency
landing at Los Angeles International Airport, according to a
National Transportation Safety Board report.
Independent Team Predicts An Extra Two Years... And $15B
A defense trade publication reports that an independent team of
Pentagon cost analysts said that previous estimates of time and
money required for development and testing of the Lockheed Martin
F-35 Lightning II are too conservative.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles
International Airport officials proudly announced plans on November
17 for the modernization and expansion of LAX. Attended by airline
executives, elected officials and business leaders, a ceremony at
LAX's Flight Path Learning Center presented architectural models
illustrating designs for the upgrade.
"We bring together all those who have been or are associated
with the BUF-designers and builders, aircrew, maintainers,
enthusiasts - to exchange memories. We try to help old buddies find
each other. Anything it takes to keep alive the history of the
weapon known in its early days as "America's Long Rifle."
Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed
wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.
"We are extremely pleased to resolve all claims put
forward in this litigation and look forward to re-branding service
under the Aloha name in the near future. This settlement resolves
all claims by Aloha Airlines related to Mesa's entry into the
Hawaiian inter-island market and permits us to focus solely on our
core competency of providing the best service, convenient schedules
and low fare pricing to our customers. We intend to carry on
Aloha's proud tradition, maintain Mesa's status as Hawaii's low
cost air carrier and look forward to future growth opportunities
made possible by this settlement."
Source: Jonathan Ornstein, CEO of Mesa Air
Group. Mesa has settled with the former controlling shareholder of
Aloha Airlines, concerning a lawsuit