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November 15, 2009

US Airways Pilots Request Mediation of Stalled Contract Negotiations

Labor Problems At USAir... Who Knew?

The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots of US Airways, have applied to the National Mediation Board (NMB) to request mediation of the currently single contract negotiations for all US Airways pilots.

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Air Transport Association Comments On DOT Stakeholder Forum

Big Players Want Accelerated ATC Modernization, No New Taxes Or Fees

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, released a written statement Thursday following the aviation forum called by the U.S. DOT. 

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Able Flight And Purdue University Partner On Flight Training Project

Will Use Specially-Adapted LSA For Flight Training

Able Flight and Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology have gotten together to offer a joint flight training project for 2010 that combines the training experience of a major university flight school and the unique mission of an aviation nonprofit for people with physical disabilities.

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RAF Red Arrows Gets First Female Pilot

First Performance With The Team Scheduled For Next Year

31-year-old Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore has become the first female fast-jet pilot in the RAF to qualify for the Red Arrows Aerobatic Demonstration Team, and will begin performing at airshows next year.

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Ground Testing Underway For A400M

EADS Hopes For First Flight By Year's End

The first Airbus Military A400M has been handed over to the Airbus "Flight Test" organization on 12 November, paving the way to the beginning of the various ground tests which are to be performed before the aircraft takes to the air before year end.

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Israel Wants A Say In F-35 Production

Multi-Billion-Dollar Order May Hang In The Balance

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Monday with U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates to discuss potential Israeli involvement in the production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as a possible condition of purchase.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.15.09): Obscuration

Obscuration Any phenomena in the atmosphere, excluding precipitation, that reduces horizontal visibility. According to the National Weather Service, some of the obstructions to visibility include blowing and widespread dust, fog (including freezing fog and patchy fog), haze, mist, sand and blowing sand, smoke, blowing spray, and volcanic ash. It is reported as "X" in an observation and on the METAR.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.15.09)

Aero-Linx: Virtual Skies -- Aviation Navigation Tutorial Part of the NASA VIRTUAL SKIES site, this section will introduce you to how to use a compass, read an aeronautical chart, and plot a course. You will learn how to calculate flight distance, flight time and fuel consumption. You will gain an understanding of ground track and true course and how the wind affects your flight...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.15.09)

“Our pilots have been laboring under substandard bankruptcy and ATSB-era contracts for years prior to the start of these negotiations, which have gone nowhere.” Source: Captain Mike Cleary, president of USAPA, in reference to USAPA's request before the NMB. 

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