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April 04, 2007

Japan Airlines Orders Two Boeing Class 3 EFBs For 777s

Offered On Entire Boeing Fleet; Standard On 787s

Though overshadowed by Boeing's announcement Tuesday of surpassing the 500-orders mark for its 787, thanks in part to a follow-on order from Japan Airlines... both entities also made news with the announcement Japan Airlines International will install Boeing's Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on two new 777 airplanes to be delivered beginning this year.

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FAA Rebukes NATCA Claims Of SoCal Staffing Crisis

Says New Staffers Are Coming Onboard To Fill Posts

In response to a scathing report issued Tuesday by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association on the state of what the union calls a staffing crisis at Southern California control facilities, the FAA contends controllers are bending the numbers to "make something appear one way when it is not the case."

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French, German Sides Of EADS Fight Over Fundraising Plan

Bickering Comes As 3,000 Workers Strike In Toulouse

A state of deadlock exists in boardrooms at Airbus parent company EADS, according to news reports, due to political wrangling over a bond issue to raise funds necessary to implement the planemaker's controversial Power8 restructuring plan.

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Pinnacle Misses Contract Deadline... And That's Gonna Cost Them

Loses Three Planes For Each Month Pilots Don't Have New Contract

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. said Monday that they missed a March 31 new contract deadline with its pilots. However, in a statement, Pinnacle said that it plans to continue negotiations with its pilots.

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Smoking Passenger Diverts Flight

Becomes Disruptive, Hits Pilot

A Honolulu-bound aircraft diverted to San Francisco on Tuesday when a female passenger crews caught smoking in the lavatory became disruptive, federal officials said.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-05 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 777 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-07-09 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-07-09 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A318-100, A319-100, A320-200, A321-100, and A321-200 series airplanes; and Model A320-111 airplanes.

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FAA, Lockheed Martin Tout ATOP Implementation At Alaska ARTCC

Safe Separation Where Radar Coverage Is Spotty... Or Nonexistent

Aircraft flying over the Arctic Ocean can now fly more direct routes, save fuel and achieve better on-time performance for passengers, thanks to the FAA’s final implementation of Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) at the Alaska Air Route Traffic Control Center.

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FCC Hangs Up On Cell Phones Onboard Airliners

Can You Hear Me Now? Nope

If you were looking forward to talking on your cell phone while flying onboard a commercial airliner, the Federal Communications Commission has some bad news for you. You'll have to wait until you're back on the ground... driving in your car, or sitting in a crowded movie theater.

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NATCA Says Facility Understaffing Leading To 'Safety Crisis' In SoCal

Says Tired Controllers Forced To Work O/T, Six-Day Weeks

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association states a worsening air traffic controller staffing crisis at major tower and radar control facilities in Southern California is shrinking the margin of safety to dangerously low levels, due to tired controllers forced to work overtime and even six-day work weeks.

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MidAmerica Airport Takes First Step To Cargo Hub Status

Welcomes First International Freight Shipment -- Corn

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport took its first step in its quest to become a Midwest cargo hub Sunday night, when it received a cargo flight with 72 tons of seed corn.

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LAX Reopens Runway After Eight-Month Reconstruction

Goal To Reduce Runway Incursions

LAX's southernmost runway has finally been reopened, after eight long months of construction.

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Linear Air Launches Air-Taxi Service In DC Corridor

Area Operation Based In Manassas, VA

Linear Air announced Monday the launch of service in the Washington DC-Baltimore area, the first of its kind. The company will base its operations in region at Virginia's Manassas Regional Airport.

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