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October 12, 2005

One Arrested In Case Of Stolen Jet

22-Year Old Man Charged With Theft, Reckless Conduct

A 22-year old Georgia man was arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing a Cessna Citation and taking it from St. Augustine, FL, to Gwinnett County Airport/Briscoe Field. Police described the incident as a "joy-ride."

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China Sends Two Taikonauts Into Space

Country's Second Manned Mission Described As Longer, More Dangerous

Only the third country ever to send humans into space, China launched its second orbital mission Wednesday, promising it would be longer and more difficult than the first.

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Bombardier Concludes 22 Aircraft Deal with SkyWest

Represents Conversion Of 18 Existing CRJ200 Orders Plus Four Additional Firm Orders

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that SkyWest Inc. of St. George, Utah has concluded a purchase agreement for 22 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets for its Delta Connection operation.

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Aviation Talks To Resume Next Week

US Hints Compromise Possible With EU

The US and European Union will sit down next week for talks on an open skies agreement, set against the backdrop of a bitter rivalry over government subsidies to aircraft-makers Boeing and Airbus. In both cases, the US hints a compromise may be possible.

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NTSB Asks FAA To Mandate More Weather Training

NTSB Safety Recommendation A-05-024-029

The Safety Board recommends the following to the Federal Aviation Administration: Add a specific requirement for all pilots who do not receive weather-related recurrent training...

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NWA, Striking Mechanics To Talk On Thursday

First Negotiations In A Month

Northwest Airlines and it striking mechanics' union sit down this week for the first time since talks between the two broke down last month. The union warns members not to expect an agreement that would end the long-running strike. But the meeting could set the stage for talks that will eventually bring the two sides together and end the job action.

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FAA's New Ride: Bombardier Global 5000 Jet

Celebrations marked the recent arrival of a new Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft to the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J., where FAA representatives welcomed the aircraft into their research and development program.

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No Love For Southwest, Alaska Airlines At Boeing Field

County Rejects Move Proposals, GA Pilots Relieved

At a news conference Tuesday morning, King County (WA) Executive Ron Sims closed the door on the plans of two commercial air carriers to begin flying out of King County International Airport, more commonly known as Boeing Field.

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FAA Dispatches Investigative Team To Logan

More Radar Problems Reported -- As Far Away As Nashua

Radar delays at Boston's Logan International Airport continue to plague travelers and flight crews, in spite of an FAA investigative team sent by Washington to figure out what's going on.

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The Strange Saga Of Air Sahara

737 Missed Runway, Hopes To Catch A Train

It began on Sunday, when an Air Sahara 737 skidded off the runway at Mumbai, India, forcing the closure of the strip and disrupting air traffic there ever since.

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LAN Says Yes To Airbus

Orders Up To 40 Aircraft

Chile's LAN Airlines has signed a contract to purchase 25 A320 family aircraft, with options for 15 more, following up on a previous announcement. LAN will also become the first customer to accept delivery of the A318 airliner powered by the new Pratt & Whitney PW6000 engine, which is due to be certified by the end of 2005.

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Edwards, DARPA Explore New C-17 Capability

Soaring 6,000 feet above the sun-baked California desert, a pair of Edwards aircraft -- a C-17 Globemaster III shadowed by a C-12 Huron observer aircraft -- carried out an unusual mission with an even more unusual cargo recently.

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Kyrgyzstan To US: Okay, You Can Stay

Secretary Of State Rice Negotiates Use Of Airfield In War On Terror

After several rounds of difficult negotiations, it was announced Tuesday the United States can maintain its military presence in Kyrgyzstan, after all. The move is seen as vital to the war on terrorism in nearby Afghanistan.

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Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Real-Time Surveillance in Urban Battle Zones

Look Ma, No Hands...

Northrop Grumman says it has successfully led the first demonstration of a system that autonomously controls low-flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver real-time surveillance data to US military forces in urban battle zones.

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Great Lakes Aviation Conference Expands Maintenance Offerings

Offering A Fully-Credited Program For IA Renewals

The 2006 Great Lakes Aviation conference will expand and enhance its program for maintenance technicians. That word comes from Todd Smith, President of Laurex, the conference's coordinating organization.

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Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Engine Qualified For NH90

Rated At 2,427 SHP

The Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 turboshaft engine has been qualified to the specific stringent military requirements of the NH Industries (NHI) NH90 twin-engine multi-role helicopter. This milestone, which is additional to the engine civil certification achieved in 2004, was marked by Eurocopter's signature of the Declaration of Design and Performance (DDP) for the RTM322-01/9, which is rated at 2,427 shp.

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Bombardier Concludes 22 Aircraft Deal With SkyWest

That's 18 Conversions And Four Firm New Orders

Bombardier Aerospace said Tuesday that SkyWest of St. George, UT, has wrapped up a deal for 22 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets for its Delta Connection operation. The transaction includes conversion rights to other Bombardier CRJ aircraft. In addition, the 80 options for CRJ700 aircraft previously announced were reaffirmed as part of this agreement.

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Delta Bankruptcy Court Approves Delta Connection Agreements for SkyWest Airlines

Approval Sets Stage for Release of Escrow Payment

SkyWest says it has been notified that the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which is administering the Chapter 11 proceeding for Delta Air Lines, has authorized Delta to assume its obligations under the Delta Connection Agreements executed between Delta and SkyWest and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, respectively.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.12.05)

"I want to have a good steak, a red wine and, of course, a hot shower." Source: Space tourist Gregory Olsen upon returning to Earth after 10 days aboard the International Space Station.

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Washington TFR: 10.12.05

NOTAM: 5/9424 Issued: 10/11/2005 22:40 Effective: 10/12/2005 16:00 - 10/12/2005 19:00 State: OR Facility: ZSE - SEATTLE (ARTCC),AUBURN,WA. Type: HAZARDS Description: SURVEYOR MOUNTAIN.

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