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December 05, 2004

DOT Pays Airports Damaged By Storms

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced on Friday that the FAA will fund repairs at 12 additional airports damaged by hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne.

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Cassinni Catches Prometheus In Cookie Jar

Stealing is a crime on Earth, but on Saturn, apparently it is routine.

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Drunk Finnair Pilot Sentenced

On August 23, Heikki Tallila, a 51-year-old pilot for Finland's national airline Finnair, got off a taxi that had brought him to Manchester Airport. The driver of the taxi, however, didn't like the smell of alcohol his passenger was tailing.

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Worlds Largest Helium Balloon Completed

The Golden Palace.com Space Program, Powered by the da Vinci Project, has completed construction and flight qualification of the “Worlds Largest Reusable Helium Balloon” for its planned manned flights to space.

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Martian Rover Dihydrogen Monoxide Findings Pass Scrutiny

The most dramatic findings so far from NASA's twin Mars rovers -- telltale evidence for a wet and possibly habitable environment in the arid planet's past -- passed rigorous scientific scrutiny for publication in a major research journal.

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Female Pax Smacks TSA Agent With Boarding Pass

This business of frisking male and female passengers without taking into consideration the gender of both the "frisker" and "friskee" is getting out of hand.

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DFW Airport Board Senior Staff To Postpone Raises

DFW International Airport's Board of Directors and CEO Jeff Fegan announced Thursday that they would withhold any pay increases for the Airport's senior staff and management team until at least mid-2005.

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Joni Hunt To Produce Embry-Riddle Air Shows

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has appointed Joni Hunt as director of university air show events.

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Aero News Quote of the Day (12.5.04)

"She said if anybody was going to touch her, she was going to touch them. [She was] just an average middle-aged person who got upset." Source: Lt. Tod Dahle of the Fargo (ND) airport police department, commenting on the actions of an unidentified woman who smacked a TSA agent with her boarding pass when he attempted to frisk her prior to allowing her to board a flight.

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CASA Urgent AD: McDonnell Douglas (Hughes), Kawasaki

CASA AD: AD/HU 369/115 Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas (Hughes) and Kawasaki Subject: Fuselage Station 75 Control Support Bracket Assembly Summary: This Directive is prompted by information received from the manufacturer indicating that the fatigue life of the control support bracket is shorter than the original analysis indicated.

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