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December 25, 2010

California Pilot Says TSA Engaged In Intimidation

He Posted Videos On YouTube Critical Of Airport Security

A pilot who had been authorized to carry a gun in the cockpit says through his attorney that he is being punished by TSA for posting unflattering videos about the agency on YouTube. Attorney Don Werno said federal agents showed up at at his client's house to confiscate his weapon.

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Dreamliners Back In The Air

787 Flight Testing Resumes After Interim Solution Verified Through "Extensive Testing"

Boeing resumed flight test activities on the 787 Dreamliner Thursday. The company has installed an interim version of updated power distribution system software and conducted a rigorous set of reviews to confirm the flight readiness of ZA004, the first of the six flight test airplanes to return to flight.

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NBTA Executives Meet With TSA Administrator John Pistole

Discuss Screening Procedures And Trusted Traveler Program

Representatives of the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) met with TSA Administrator John Pistole just before the holidays to discuss NBTA’s position on topics related to safety and security procedures.

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Discovery Needs Additional Scans On External Fuel Tank

Insulating Foam And Sensors Have Been Removed, Work Resumes Sunday

Technicians in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida got Friday and Saturday off for the holiday after removing foam insulation and test sensors from space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank.

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Slow Aircraft Orders Drive Down Durable Goods Report

U.S. Commerce Department Says Other Manufacturing, Particularly For Defense, Is On The Rise

The U.S. Commerce Department released its monthly report on manufacturing of durable goods on Wednesday, and "transportation", which the report says means mostly aircraft manufacturing and parts, drove the index down. The report also shows an increasing inventory of aircraft waiting to be sold.

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Merry Christmas: FAA Levies Fines Against Two Airlines

American Eagle, Continental Assessed Civil Penalties

The FAA has assessed civil penalties against two airlines in the days before Christmas.

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Airlines Get Set For Winter Weather Over The Holidays

Several Allowing Flight Changes With No Penalty

At least three airlines with hubs in the northeast have loosened restrictions on ticket changes in anticipation of severe winter weather in the region this weekend.

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Fourth Airbus Military A400M Makes First Flight

Grizzly Fleet Ends 2010 With 1,000 Hours In The Air

The fourth Airbus Military A400M military airlifter has made its first flight - the culmination of a highly successful 2010 which also saw the fleet of Grizzly development aircraft complete just over 1,000 hours flight-time and 300 flights.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.25.10)

"Please be informed ... there is a Santa Claus." Source: Astronaut Jim Lovell, following the engine burn which propelled Apollo 8 out of lunar orbit December 25th, 1968.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.25.10): Offshore/Control Airspace Area

That portion of airspace between the U.S. 12 NM limit and the oceanic CTA/FIR boundary within which air traffic control is exercised.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.25.10)

Aviation Archaeological Investigation And Research

AAIR, is a source for U.S. military aircraft accident reports, individual aircraft record (history) cards, and aviation archaeology information.

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