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March 24, 2007

TSA Asks For More Work... And More Jobs

Wants To Take Over Airport ID Checks, Too

Private security companies currently handle personal identification checks at US airports. If officials with the Transportation Security Administration have their way, however, those jobs will be soon occupied by TSA uniforms -- they just have to talk Congress into paying for it.

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Eleven Feared Lost After Transport Plane Shot Down In Somalia

Il-76 Delivered Equipment To Peacekeepers

An Ilyushin-76 cargo plane that had delivered supplies to Ugandan peacekeepers in the war-torn Somali capital of Mogadishu was shot down on takeoff Friday. The fate of the 11 people onboard is unknown, although local news reports say the entire crew was killed.

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San Diego Building-Height Dispute Heats Up

Search Warrant Issued For Construction Company VP

A search warrant has been obtained by the San Diego city attorney's office for Sunroad Enterprises vice president Tom Story.

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US Airways Flight Quarantined After Man Claims To Have Smallpox

He Doesn't -- But Plane Is Still Grounded With People Onboard

An unidentified man caused havoc onboard a US Airways flight from New Orleans to Charlotte, NC Friday, when he told flight attendants he had smallpox.

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Gainesville Airport Attempts To Head Off Future Noise Complaints

Proposed Housing Development Deemed A Hazard

Here's the other side of the age-old homeowners-against-those-noisy-airplanes debate. Officials with Florida's Gainesville Regional Airport are making their own noise, about a 1,200-home development planned at the end of its main runway.

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New Castle Airport Woos Travelers In Effort To Keep Only Airline

Too Many Fliers Asking "Dela-Where?"

Hoping to avoid the loss of yet another airline, New Castle Airport (ILG) in Wilmington, DE has pulled out the all stops on a marketing campaign to attract more travelers.

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Airlines' Winter Woes May Lead To Eased Icing Restrictions

May Allow Future Takeoffs In Ice-Pellet Storms

You don't want to mess with icing... although the FAA wonders if regulations restricting airline takeoffs during ice-pellet storms might be tweaked a bit.

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GE Aviation Celebrates $10 Billion In Orders For New Powerplant

GEnx Now Undergoing Flight Testing

Buoyed by robust orders for the upcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner, GE Aviation's "GEnx" turbofan has also been taking in business -- accumulating an order backlog of $10 billion, according to the company.

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TSA Screeners Busted For Theft At LAX

Stole Items From Passenger Luggage

On the heels of a TSA crackdown on airline and airport employee screenings -- after Delta Air Lines baggage handlers were caught smuggling guns and drugs through Orlando International Airport -- now comes word the agency should perhaps be screening some of its employees, too.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.07)

Aero-Linx!

The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilots are dedicated to community service, including public benefit flying for health care, patient transport, disaster relief, environmental support, and other missions of public service.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.07): Positioning

Aero-Terms!

See JetBlue. Just kidding. Positioning is the art of ferrying aircraft for departure from somewhere other than the originating airport -- in other words, moving an empty plane from where it is, to where it's needed.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.24.07)

"Any person with a pulse can check a license against a ticket. It would be a waste of my tax dollars to increase the cost of doing this." Source: Carl M. Rubin, partner with software consulting firm Monument Data Solutions LLC, giving his thoughts on the TSA's plans to ask Congress to free up funding so that the agency can take over initial ID screenings at major airports.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-06-18 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-06-18 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus

AD NUMBER: 2007-06-17 MANUFACTURER: Airbus SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-06-17 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A320 series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2007-06-19 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2007-06-19 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-102, -103, and -106 airplanes and Model DHC-8-200 and DHC-8-300 series airplanes.

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