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February 17, 2005

Is The Government Planning A Lot Of Partial Tower Shutdowns?

Airports And Controllers Are On Guard

The FAA is reportedly considering shutting down 48 control towers during overnight hours as a way to cut the cost of labor.

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Jury Blames Textron Lycoming for Airplane Engine Failures

Orders Company to Pay $96 Million

A jury in Grimes County, Texas has found Textron Lycoming liable for fraud, and ordered the company to pay approximately $96 million to Navasota, Texas-based Interstate Southwest Ltd. The verdict came Tuesday following seven weeks of trial in State District Judge Jerry Sandel's 278th Judicial District Court in Anderson, TX.

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US Denies Sending UAVs Over Iran

"UFO" Reports Abound Near Reputed Iranian Nuke Plants

Long before Monday's Washington Post article reporting the US has sent one UAV after another over Iran to eyeball that country's controversial nuclear plant, Iranians who live and work in the neighborhood had been reporting mysterious UFOs.

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Detroit Baggage Handlers Overwhelmed

Airline Blames TSA

Northwest Airlines baggage handlers blame poor planning on management's part. Northwest blames the TSA's screening system. Whichever is true, passengers flying from Detroit's Metro were separated from their belongings as the bags either didn't make their flights or ended up on the wrong planes over the weekend.

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Onex Emerging As Top Contender For Boeing/Wichita

At Least That's How SPEEA Sees It

We're seeing a number of signals that indicate Boeing is close to selling its commercial aircraft facility in Wichita, KS.

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Dassault Unveils Falcon 7X

Virtual Meets Reality

Dassault introduced Falcon 7X s/n 001 to an audience of 800 guests Tuesday at Charles Lindbergh Hall at Dassault Aviation's Bordeaux-Merignac facility.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Helps Roll-Out of First Dassault Falcon 7X

Bizjet Powered By IPPS

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) joined Dassault Aviation Tuesday in celebrating the roll-out of the first Dassault Falcon 7X business jet.

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Airport Official: February 9th Accident Caused By Fuel Exhaustion

Tiger Went Down On Golf Course

There was no fuel in the right wing tank of the Grumman AA-5B that went down on a California golf course February 9th, according to the manager of Petaluma Municipal Airport.

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Paradise And A Snow Plow

How Duffy Deals With The Wintry Pile-Up At Marshfield Municipal

Folks who live in Wisconsin are a hearty lot, worthy of respect. After all, they know how do drive on ice. And they have to. Take the case of Harold Gaier. "Duffy" as his friends call him, is the manager of Marshfield Municipal Airport/Roy Shwery Field. He also owns a sales and leasing operation at the airport. He's also the guy who drives the snowplow to clear the runways.

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Swan International Granted Wind Shear Detection Patent

Australian Company's New System Could Save Lives

Swan International based in Sydney, Australia has recently been granted the Patent for an Airborne Wind Shear Detection System. The US patent relates to a system for aircraft on-board detection and alerting of dangerous atmospheric conditions including wind shears which may occur during the landing and take off phase.

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BRS Is Booming

First Quarter Results Show Impressive Growth

In what appears to be a freshening aviation manufacturing market, one company's single-quarter performance stands out: Ballistic Recovery Systems says it posted $1,866,623 in sales in the first quarter fiscal 2005 ended December 31, 2004, which represents a 25.3% increase over the $1,489,965 figure reported for same period in fiscal 2004. Strong sales in Europe and an increase in units shipped to Cirrus Design were the main contributors to this increase.

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Government Contemplates Laser Warnings

NORAD Could Point That Next Laser At Your Plane

Pop Quiz: What do you get when you accidentally fly into restricted airspace? A) Dirty looks B) A stern call on the radio C) A military escort D) All of the above Well, here's a new possibility: E) A laser beam in the face

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Rescue of Pilots a Triumph for All

Two SAR Crew Members Honored For Saving Lives

Two search and rescue (SAR) swimmers were honored by Rear Adm. James D. Kelly, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5, and Capt. Tom Parker, USS Kitty Hawk’s (CV 63) commanding officer Jan. 30.

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EADS Considers Becoming A Boeing Neighbor

"Say, Honey, Have You Met The New Folks Next Door?"

Perhaps taking a page from Boeing's own playbook, arch-rival EADS is shopping for a US manufacturing site -- and one possibility is home of a major Boeing plant -- Everett, WA.

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Wright Amendment Fight Goes To Capitol Hill

DFW, SWA Battle Over Love Field Restrictions

Lobbyists for both DFW Airport and Southwest Airlines are making the rounds on Capitol Hill this week, trying for all they're worth to change some minds on whether the Wright Amendment restricting flights to and from Dallas Love Field should finally be lifted.

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Aviation Training Pro Heads CAPT Program at Embry-Riddle

Martin Schaaf Will Run The Whole Show

Martin Schaaf, a 30-year aviation training professional, is the new executive director of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) program. He is responsible for all facets of the program, from the recruitment of new students, through the entire flight-training operation, to the placement of its graduates with air carriers.

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Southwest Airlines To Install Rockwell Collins HGS 4000

Head-Up Guidance System Will Be Used On All New 737-700s

Rockwell Collins says Southwest Airlines has selected its Flight Dynamics Head-up Guidance System HGS 4000 for installation on new Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Southwest Airlines took delivery of the first HGS-4000 equipped airplane Tuesday at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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NAFI Tries To Simplify Access To TSA-Required Security Course

And It Seems To Be Working

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) says its work has made it more convenient for flight instructors to complete security awareness training required by the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.17.05)

"I think it's a horrible precedent to set to sacrifice safety because they have not been able to anticipate their staffing needs." Source: Rick Atkinson, director of Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV. His airport is one of 48 where the FAA is reportedly considering shutting down control towers overnight.

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AD: Bombardier

AD NUMBER: 2005-03-13 MANUFACTURER: Bombardier SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-03-13 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This AD requires doing repetitive inspections for fractures and cracks of the links of the aileron power control unit (PCU); replacing any fractured/cracked link; and doing applicable related investigative and corrective actions, if necessary.

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