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November 18, 2004

String Of Errors Leads To LAX Runway Incursion

Mistakes By Pilot, Controllers Put Multiple Aircraft On Same Runway

For the second time in three months, there's been a near-collision on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities blamed it on mistakes made by a pilot and a controller.

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Deadstick Downs Dixie Wing Dauntless In Deland

How'd Ya Like to Deadstick An SBD?

ANN Reader Dave Hirshman (and all-around cool guy) sent us an interesting note and some details on a recent deadstick landing that turned out fairly well... all things considered. Here's his story...

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Queen Of The Sky: Unemployed

Now It's "Diary Of A Fired Flight Attendant"

And now the latest installment in our continuing stooooooory of a Delta flight attendant who apparently showed a little too much of herself in her own non-company blog. Ellen Simonetti has been given her walking papers from the Atlanta-based airline.

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Consensus Builds For East Florida Training Field

Part Of Regional Noise Reduction Effort

An intergovernmental committee in eastern Florida recommends the a regional flight training operation near the town of Yeehaw Junction, one of several ideas on reducing noise over populated areas.

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GP7200 Reaches Milestone

The Engine Alliance GP7200 engine has reached a significant milestone on its path to certification for the Airbus A380 by successfully conducting the FAA ‘fan-blade-out test.’ During the test, performed at Pratt & Whitney facilities in East Hartford, Conn., one of the engine’s 116-inch diameter fan blades was released from the fan hub by an explosive charge while the engine ran at maximum speed equivalent to more than 82,000 pounds of thrust.

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Canadian Aerobat Lost In Middle East

Adam Katagiri Was Flying In Jordan

A 27-year old Canadian pilot performing at an air show in Jordan was killed Monday when his glider went down south of Amman.

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AirTran Makes Bid On ATA Midway Gates

Price Tag: Almost $90 Million

Orlando-based AirTran says it will pay almost $90 million for bankrupt ATA's gates at Chicago's Midway Airport.

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Bambi Breaks In: Forest Creature Penetrates Security At O'Hare

At Least The Buck Had No Bomb

A young male deer is recovering after authorities at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport trapped him inside Terminal Two.

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Bring On Another Cub!

Time Pieces Sells Out Of Shares In One P-3, Buys Another

Time Pieces calls it "overwhelming" -- the response to its tailwheel instructional program at Creve Coeur Airport (MO). In fact, the response has been so remarkable that all shares in the company's first Piper Cub sold out in less than 4 months. Now, Time Pieces says it will offer shares in a second Cub.

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SWIFT Launch Delayed

Comm Glitch

Launch of NASA’s Swift spacecraft aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket has been delayed at least 24 hours due to a concern with Range Command-Receiver Decoder equipment on the launch vehicle. The concern arose overnight after the "Safe and Arm" devices were connected on the launch vehicle.

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TSA Looks For Applicants In Screening Partnership Program

Facilities Can Apply Starting Friday The TSA Wednesday announced that the agency is ready to accept applications from commercial airports that wish to participate in the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). This option will allow participants to choose security screeners employed by qualified private companies while maintaining TSA standards and government oversight.

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Vermont Becomes First State To Use SARMaster

System Used To Coordinate Rescues

EMS Technologies says its SARMaster search-and-rescue (SAR) information system is now installed in the Vermont State Police's 24/7 dispatch center in Waterbury (VT). The EMS software is being used to process Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) alerts. PLBs were made available to the 48 contiguous states in the United States on July 1, 2003, but this is the first statewide implementation of that technology. The announcement came at the Emergency Response 2004 Exhibition & Conference in San Diego (CA).

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Northrop Grumman Opens New Lab

Aimed At Reducing Development Risks for X-47B Combat UAV

Northrop Grumman Corporation has opened a new system integration laboratory (SIL) to help identify any potential hardware, software or system cost issues related to the development of its X-47B combat unmanned air vehicle long before the first air vehicle flies.

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Boeing's Anti-Missile Laser Passes Initial Test

Flight Tests Start Before End Of Year

A Boeing 747 variant modified to carry an anti-missile laser system will make its first test flights before the end of the year, according to the Air Force. The 20 or so test flights will be conducted at the same time the laser itself is being tested on the ground at Edwards AFB (CA).

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'Voice Of Apollo' Feted

NASA Spokesman George Diller Earns National Space Club Award

The National Space Club Florida Committee is honoring Kennedy Space Center Public Information Officer George Diller with the Harry Kolcum Memorial News and Communications Award for his excellence in "communicating the space story" along Florida’s Space Coast and throughout the world.

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Flying On An AAL MD80? Bring Your Own Pillow

American Says Move Saves "Six Figures" On Cabin Cleaning

So you're boarding an American Airlines MD-80 for a short hop from here to there, looking forward to getting a little rest en route. You settle in your seat and ask the flight attendant for a pillow. Guess what? No pillow.

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Girl Scouts, FAA Celebrate Women In Aerospace Day

Features Franklin Institute's "Life In Space Show"

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center and the Girl Scouts of South Jersey Pines will hold "Women in Aerospace," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, in Galloway Township. The event, primarily geared for girls, ages 11 to 17, will feature special aviation and aerospace programs that aim to spark an interest among girls in the fields of math, science and technology.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.18.04)

"Gosh, it's a little tiny sliver of my bra, it's not like a bright red push-up bra. It's not like I worked the flight like that." Source: Ellen Simonetti, FORMER Delta flight attendant, otherwise known as the "Queen of the Sky" to her fellow bloggers. Simonetti was dismissed after posing in her uniform for pictures that appeared on her web page. She's now adding to Delta's financial woes, suing the airline for $10 million. She says the airline is guilty of sex discrimination.

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Maryland TFR: 11/19/04 - 11/21/04

NOTAM: 4/2490 Issued: 11/16/2004 18:00 Effective: 11/19/2004 17:25 - 11/21/2004 02:20 State: MD Facility: ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC. Type: VIP Description: TRAPPE, MARYLAND, NOVEMBER 19-20 2004 LOCAL.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-13 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-13 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD); applicable to certain Airbus Model A330, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes; that requires inspecting the ram air turbine (RAT) actuator to determine its serial number; and re-identifying the RAT actuator, inspecting the RAT actuator to determine whether the rotary solenoids are in the correct position, and replacing the RAT actuator, as applicable.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-12 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-12 SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Boeing Model 757-200 and -300 series airplanes. This AD requires inspection of the guide arm assembly on passenger door number 1 left for a part mark to determine whether the guide arm assembly contains an adjuster rod, which was incorrectly manufactured, and replacement of any such adjuster rod.

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