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November 21, 2004

Venezuelan JetStream Departs Runway, Three Pax Killed

Aircraft makes landing in heavy rainstorm, runs into fire station

On Thursday, November 18, at 1720 UTC (1320 local), a BAE JetStream 31 turboprop slammed into the airport fire department building at Venezuela's Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela.

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Italian ATC Controllers Strike

Four-hour strike shuts down Italian airspace on Friday

If you thought that the US was the only country dealing with problematic issues related to its air traffic controllers, think again.

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NWA Mechanics: Management Should Be Drug-Tested?

President of Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 33 says they are "smoking something funny"

Jack Atkinson has replied to the proposal given to the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association's local 33, which represents more than 5,000 Northwest Airlines cleaners and mechanics.

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What's It Pay To Fly A 7E7?

At NWA, $213 An Hour

Want to know how much you'd make flying a Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner? At Northwest Airlines, you don't have to ask.

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Approved: Frasca's TruFlite H

Frasca International's new reconfigurable helicopter FTD, the 'TruFlite H,' has received FAA approval for both IFR and VFR training. The first TruFlite H was delivered to Silver State Helicopters 90 days after receiving the order. Silver State Helicopters have ordered a total of 10 units.

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Success! NASA Launches Swift Satellite

NASA's Swift satellite was successfully launched Saturday aboard a Boeing Delta 2 rocket at 12:16 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 17A at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite will pinpoint the location of distant yet fleeting explosions that appear to signal the births of black holes.

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AgustaWestland Relocating Operations To Virginia

VA Governor Warner announces aircraft company's decision to move to Fairfax County

Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner announced today that AgustaWestland will relocate and consolidate its operations in northern Virginia.

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ANN Profile: Erik Lindbergh (Part One)

Pilot & Artist (Part One)

By ANN Contributor Aleta Vinas The name Lindbergh conjures up visions of white scarves, rotary engines and the romance of flying into the Great Unknown on a mission that's the first of its kind. It evokes visions of a long, dark, lonely, transatlantic flight. It reminds us that the Spirit of St. Louis and the man who flew it, Charles Lindbergh, were pioneers. But there is another Lindbergh making a name for himself today. This Lindbergh uses the Earth instead of the air, trees instead of an airplane to express himself. Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles, is carving his niche in one of a kind wood furniture, space theme sculptures and more recently, limited edition space theme sculptures cast in bronze.

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A New Record In China

More Than Five Million Hours -- No Accidents China's Civil Aviation Administration says the country's non-military fleet of aircraft has logged more than five million flight hours without a single accident -- the longest streak in the history of the People's Republic.

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Aero News Quote of the Day (11.21.04)

"It's just ridiculous. If this is a serious proposal from them, they need to implement some type of random drug testing over at Building A, headquarters. They must be smoking something funny." Source: Jack Atkinson, president of Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association's local 33, which represents more than 5,000 Northwest Airlines cleaners and mechanics, commenting on the latest contract proposal from the airline to the union.

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