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January 04, 2005

First Flight: Antonov AN-148-100

New Russian RJ Put Through Its Paces

The AN-148-100, a new regional jet, whose first flight took place on December 17, 2004, successfully performs the tests. On December 30, 2004 the weather allowed to perform six test flights.

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Another Bright Light In The Night

Commercial Aircraft Lit Up By Laser Near Nashville

Yet another civilian aircraft has been lit up by potentially dangerous lasers -- this one on a flight from Nashville to Chicago.

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Delta's Plan Of Attack

Airline To Cut Fares, Fees In Hopes Of Staving Off Bankruptcy

How do you stay out of bankruptcy court? Delta Airlines has an answer: cut prices and thereby cut profits. It's a gutsy move aimed at making Delta more competitive in the marketplace and it's just about to get underway, according to Time Magazine.

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China Has Big Plans For ARJ21

Claims Rugged Little Jet Cheaper, More Versatile Than Rivals

The ARJ21 (Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century), debuted at the Zhunai Air Show, is China's entry into the small commercial jet market -- one that the manufacturer says is cheaper to build, cheaper to fly and rugged enough for China's widely varied geography.

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China's First Indigenous Airliner To Fly By 2018

"China's Aviation Sector Will Be Incomplete Without Developing Its Own Civil Aircraft Industry"

China is getting into the large commercial aircraft business, announcing plans to roll the first such airplane off the assembly line in 2018.

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Aero-Views: US Airways Sick-Out Hurt Employees Worst

What Were They Thinking?

By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs Dear Aviation Professionals of US Airways, What the hell were you thinking? I'm talking specifically to those baggage handlers and flight attendants who sicked out Christmas weekend, snarling the entire air traffic system and leaving holiday travelers stuck without their bags for days. Merry Freakin' Christmas.

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A Nail In Southeast's Coffin?

New York Jury Rules Against Defunct Airline Over Unpaid Debts

Perhaps, given Southeast Airlines' financial woes, this won't make much difference. But a New York jury last week smacked the company with a $3.7 million judgement in the latest lawsuit over Southeast's debts.

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Pilots: Yank Boston-Maine Airways' Ticket

ALPA Calls Company A "Money Losing Operation"

If the Air Line Pilots Association has its way, the FAA will shut down Boston-Maine Airways. The ALPA says the airline should never have been granted "large jet aircraft authority" because Boston-Maine is "a money losing operation."

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AD: SAAB

AD NUMBER: 2004-24-06 MANUFACTURER: SAAB (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-24-06 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B series airplanes. This AD requires replacement of the actuator bracket attachment bolt (RABAB) of the main landing gear (MLG) with a new RABAB;reidentification of the MLG shock strut; an inspection for corrosion, fretting, other damage of certain RABABs; and applicable corrective actions.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-22-25 MANUFACTURER: Boeing (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-22-25 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 767-200, -300, and -300F series airplanes, that requires a one-time inspection for discrepancies of all wire bundles, including certain power feeder cables, of the electrical system in the forward cargo compartment ceiling at certain stations; and corrective actions if necessary.

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