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October 23, 2005

Airliner Down In Nigeria

737 Carrying 116 Goes Down After Takeoff

UPDATE 10.23.2005 1200GMT: It now appears as many as 50 people may have survived when Bellview Airlines Flight 210 went down Saturday night, out of 116 passengers onboard the Boeing 737-200. The airliner lost contact with controllers shortly after takeoff, and went down in Kishi, Oyo state -- about 120 miles north of its takeoff point of Lagos

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Military Prepares For Wilma's Onslaught

Aircraft, Ships, Personnel Brace For Storm

Several branches of the US Armed Forces are working with local, state and federal officials to prepare southwestern Florida for Monday's anticipated arrival of Hurricane Wilma.

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Rolls-Royce Nabs Large Order From IndiGo

Will Supply Engines... But No Local Maintenance Facilities

Rolls-Royce has won a $600 million contract to provide its V2500 engines on the 100 Airbus aircraft Indian start-up LCC IndiGo has on order -- despite having no current plans for the aircraft engine manufacturer to establish a maintenance facility in that country.

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SoCal Columbia 400 Accident Victims Identified

Owner Of AZ Lancair Dealership Among Those Lost

The San Diego coroner's office has identified the three victims of last Wednesday's loss of a Columbia 400 aircraft, the first fatal accident involving a certified Lancair or Columbia airplane.

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Battle Lines Are Drawn In The Fight Over Blaine Airport

Field's Survival Will Go To Vote (Again) In November

In three previous votes over the past 27 years, supporters of the Blaine, WA Municipal Airport have kept the field open and available to pilots, sometimes by the narrowest of margins.

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Bombardier Puts C-Series Aircraft Plans On Hold

US Carriers' Woes To Blame

After closer inspection, Bombardier Inc. has decided now might not be the best time to bring a new commercial airliner to market in the United States.

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Gulfstream Expands Research & Development Facility

750 Engineers To Work At Larger Center

Gulfstream Aerospace is preparing to significantly increase its research and development department by leasing a new 100,000 sq. ft. building at its Savannah, GA manufacturing facility. Gulfstream expects to bring as many as 750 engineers from other buildings under one roof in the new facility by March of 2006.

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Airfield Has Shocking Idea To Keep Wildlife Away

Man 1, Moose 0 In Alaska

Pilots flying into the Wasilla Municipal Airport north of Anchorage, AK now have one less thing to be (quite as) worried about: the area's large moose population should now stay far away from the field's runway.

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TSA Stakes $24.8 Million On Detection Equipment

Smaller System Will 'Reveal' Explosives In Checked Luggage

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has placed a $24.8 million order with Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc. for the company to provide its new CT-80 automated Explosives Detection Systems to airports throughout the US.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.23.05)

"Just because you have a better airport doesn't mean those companies will relocate to Blaine. But if it doesn't have an airport, they definitely won't." Source: Blaine, WA Airport Commission Chairman Doug Fenton, commenting on the proposal before voters in November to consider closing the town's small single-strip airport. The field is currently in line to receive funding from the FAA for expansion, which airport supporters say might bring additional businesses and revenue to the town near the Canadian border. Opponents say the land could be better used for industrial development... including, perhaps, a truck stop.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2005-21-05 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-21-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) (formerly Rolls-Royce Deutschland GmbH, formerly BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH) models BR700-710A1-10 and BR700-710A2-20 turbofan engines.

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2005-21-06 MANUFACTURER: Boeing SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-21-06 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes.

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