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December 19, 2010

Pilot Reps Reach Potential Agreement with Pinnacle Management

Joint Contract Is 'First Step' in Merger of Three Pilot Groups

The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for the pilots of Pinnacle Airlines, Mesaba Airlines, and Colgan Air has reached a tentative agreement (TA) with Pinnacle Airlines Corp. management on a joint collective bargaining agreement. This is the first step in the process of merging the three pilot groups, all of which are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA).

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RunwayFinder To Fight FlightPrep Patent Assault

RunwayFinder's Dave Parsons Outlines 'The Road Forward'

We had a feeling that we hadn't heard the last of RunwayFinder... and RF Founder Dave Parsons has apparently decided to fight rather than quit. Industry backlash to the FlightPrep patent compensation/licensing demands has been pretty heavily aligned against FP and numerous statements offering evidence of "prior art" as well as probable issues with the patent itself suggest that the FlightPrep claims are in serious trouble.

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Keegan Named NASA's Associate Deputy Administrator

Succeeds Charles Scales, Who Is Retiring

NASA named Richard Keegan as the agency's associate deputy administrator on Thursday. He replaces Charles Scales, who has held the position since April 2007.

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MidairUSA Maintenance Out Of New York For Florida

Company Move Will Add 450 Jobs In Melbourne, FL

Melbourne International Airport in Florida will soon become the new home to MidairUSA, which is currently based in Rome, NY.

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FAA Grants Enhanced Vision Systems STC For Eurocopter EC-135

All Models Are Covered By The Type Certificate

The FAA has added all models of the Eurocopter Deutschland EC-135 to FAA STC # SR02362AK, allowing for the installation of Max-Viz EVS-1500 dual optical zoom infrared Enhanced Vision System (EVS) on the helicopter.

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Missile Defense Test Over Pacific Fails

Second Such Test That Was Unsuccessful

An anti-long-range ballistic missile test conducted over the Pacific Ocean by the Missile Defense Agency did not achieve its planned intercept of its target Wednesday. It was the second time the system was unsuccessful in this type of test.

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Cassini Spots Potential Ice Volcano On Saturn Moon

Titan Shows Signs Of A "Cryovolcano" That Erupts In Ice

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found possible ice volcanoes on Saturn's moon Titan that are similar in shape to those on Earth that spew molten rock.

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AIA Urges Passage Of Defense Appropriations

Department Would "Suffer Consequences" From Continuing Resolution

AIA said Thursday it agrees with comments by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warning that the department would suffer adverse consequences if Congress fails to pass a full defense appropriations bill as part of any funding package.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.19.10): St. Elmo's Fire

St. Elmo's Fire A luminous, and often audible, electric discharge that is sporadic in nature. It occurs from objects, especially pointed ones, when the electrical field strength near their surfaces attains a value near 1000 volts per centimeter. It often occurs during stormy weather and might be seen on a ship's mast or yardarm, aircraft, lightning rods, and steeples. Also known as corposant or corona discharge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.19.10)

Aero-Linx: RunwayFinder Blog RunwayFinder, until recently, was the home of a very nice little online planning utility available for free to pilots everywhere. NOW, its on the front lines in a patent fight between FlightPrep (who holds a patent that they claim RF and a WHOLE SLEW of other online flight planning sites may be violating). RunwayFinder shut down a few days ago due to the lawsuit they had filed against them by FlightPrep...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.19.10)

"I think there is a clear path toward fighting the lawsuit against RunwayFinder, and potentially a way to invalidate their patent. I am going to represent RunwayFinder myself at least initially in the lawsuit. The help from everybody so far is much appreciated." Source: From a recent blog entry in which RunwayFinder's Dave Parson has indicated his intent to fight a lawsuit filed against him by FlightPrep, alleging patent infringement.

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