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November 03, 2007

MSP Security Hits Sour Note With Finnish Musicians

Say They Were Detained, Interrogated, Harassed For Hours

Immigration agents at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have some explaining to do, after they allegedly harassed three Finnish musicians who arrived at MSP in September for a tour in Minnesota.

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Why Did The Goshawk Cross The Road?

T-45 Down Near ARA; Pilots Eject

Sometimes, those "deer crossing" signs along most highways aren't warning enough. A motorist traveling down a Louisiana highway Thursday night was shocked to see a US Navy trainer jet cross the road in front of his small SUV.

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Embraer Forms Environmental Studies Office

Planemaker Produces Ethanol-Powered Ipanema Cropduster

Brazilian planemaker Embraer announced this week the creation of the Environmental Strategies and Technologies Office, for the purpose of integrating and expanding the company’s environmental policies and achieving new levels of sustainable development.

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Successful Rocket Test Bodes Well For NASA Shuttle, Constellation Programs

Two-Minute Test Accomplishes All Objectives

NASA's Space Shuttle Program successfully fired a four-segment reusable solid rocket motor Thursday, November 1 at a Utah test facility. The two-minute test provided important information for continued launches of the shuttle and for development of the Ares I rocket, a key component of NASA's Constellation Program that will launch the Orion crew vehicle on missions to the moon.

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UAA Presents Highest Award To ERAU Chancellor Thomas Connolly

Presented During UAA 2007 Fall Education Conference

The University Aviation Association (UAA) recently presented its highest award, the President’s Trophy, to Dr. Thomas Connolly, chancellor of the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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HBC Will Explore Selling Off Fuel, Line Service Operations

Aims To Concentrate On Building Planes

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) told ANN Friday the planemaker will explore the possible divestiture of its domestic US fuel and line operations. HBC will retain its Hawker Beechcraft Services maintenance and customer support facilities located at these locations. 

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Executive Jet Management Appoints Brent Smith As CFO

Has Been With NetJets Nine Years

Worldwide jet charter provider Executive Jet Management (EJM) announced the appointment of Brent Smith this week as Chief Financial Officer. Smith previously served as senior vice president, financial planning and analysis and has been with NetJets for the past nine years.

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Boeing Delivers 500th F/A-18 Modified At Cecil Field

Gives Oldest Hornets Added Sting

On Friday, Boeing celebrated the delivery of the 500th US Navy F/A-18 strike fighter modified at the company's Cecil Field facility near Jacksonville, FL.

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CHC Orders 12 Sikorsky S-92 Helicopters

Will Be Used In Offshore, SAR Operations

Sikorsky Aircraft announced Friday CHC Helicopter Corp. has signed a contract for 12 S-92 helicopters. The new helicopters will be used primarily to fulfill offshore transportation requirements in all corners of the world, but may also be used in the commercial Search and Rescue (SAR) role.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.03.07)


Hang Gliding...the purest form of flight. Throughout the centuries man has dreamt of personal flight, to set oneself free and soar silently with the birds.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.03.07)

"They threatened us with severe punishments if we talk to each other. Through the walls, I can hear officers yelling, screaming. They ask about the purpose of our trip -- except we are only allowed to give yes-or-no answers. I try to talk about our plans to meet with Finnish-American folk musicians. Nobody listens. They interrupt me constantly and they yell, 'You are a liar!"'

Source: From a complaint filed by musicians Ninni Poijärvi and Mika Kuokkanen. Immigration agents at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport allegedly harassed a trio of Finnish musicians who arrived at MSP in September for a tour in Minnesota.

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