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June 24, 2004

Just When Things Were Starting To Get Better

Cessna's Biggest Union Authorize Strike

Tired of riding the aviation economy fun ride, Cessna's union machinists Tuesday overwhelming authorized their leaders to call a strike if they have to. The Machinists Union sits down with Cessna August 12th for contract talks that are expected to be "difficult."

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Airline Pilot Job Market Looking Up

AIR, Inc. Predicts Up To 10,000 New Jobs This Year

More than 300 pilots met with 52 representatives from 17 major, national, and regional airlines during AIR, Inc.’s Airline Pilot Career Seminar, Airline Forum, and Job Fair in Phoenix (AZ) earlier this month. Based on that and other factors, AIR, Inc. predicts approximately 7,000 - 10,000 new airline pilot jobs for 2004.

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APA Picks New Leader

Sign That Union Wants Friendlier Relations With AAL?

American Airlines pilots Tuesday picked a new union leader -- one who campaign on forming a kinder, gentler relationship with the company.

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Plane Down: Florida

Two Dead, One Hurt When Cherokee Plunges Into Auto Body Shop

The wing of a Piper Cherokee, rising from the wreckage of a Fort Lauderdale (FL) auto body shop, stood as a sad sentinel after the aircraft dove into the shop on Wednesday.

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ANN Is At Diamondfest!

ANN Is THERE! 

As previously detailed, Diamond Aircraft is opening its doors this week for a massive gathering of gaggles of Diamond composite speedsters. As usual, an event like this is NOT to be missed and ANN is not about to let that happen. So... fresh from playing with the REALLY cool space folk in Mojave, CA, ANN Publisher Jim Campbell is already in Ontario getting ready for all the excitement -- starting today and running through this Saturday. Be sure to drop on in if you can... it's looking like a GREAT event.  

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What A Difference A Year Makes... For American Air Racing

Cooler Minds Seem To Have Prevailed

Remember the cat fight over John Parker's participation in the 2003 Reno Air Races? Well, we're pleased to see that RARA and Parker have apparently kissed and made up... Hence, the following statement: "American Air Racing is pleased to announce the participation of John Parker and American Air Racing in the 2004 National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nevada....

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Meanwhile, On The Ground At Ellsworth...

Wrong-Way NWA Flight Startled Runway Stripe-Painters

So you and a couple of pals are working at what you do best -- painting stripes on a runway. You're minding your own business when you hear an airplane approaching. No worries, you say to each other, there are other runways. This one is closed. There's a NOTAM. It's on the ATIS. But the plane keeps coming.

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FAA Selects Five for Military Airport Program

Idea: Boost Capacity By Upgrading Military Airports For Joint Use

The FAA Wednesday selected five airports to participate in the Military Airport Program (MAP) intended to boost aviation capacity through funding to upgrade military airports for civil or joint use.

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The Thrill That'll Getcha When You Get Your Picture...

DA42 Twin Star Selected Robb's "Best Of The Best"

The June issue of the Robb Report, a luxury lifestyle magazine, named the DA42 Twin Star as best personal aircraft of 2004.

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Albuquerque Gives Eclipse A Break

City Council Approves Tax Incentives To Lure Manufacturer

The Albuquerque (NM) City Council has decided to wholeheartedly back Eclipse Aviation, approving a $45 million dollar industrial revenue bond package for the company. The company also got a $770,000 tax break over ten years.

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New Technology Could Help Highlight Hijacked Aircraft

But Is It Necessary?

One of the first things the 9/11 hijackers did once inside the cockpits was to turn off the transponders in three of the four commandeered aircraft. As a result, American Airlines Flight 77 disappeared unnoticed over Cleveland and was off the scope for 36 minutes, only to show up six minutes away from the Pentagon. While some airlines continue to argue that never-off transponders aren't required now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and other security measures are in place, New York Newsday quotes some safety advocates who say it's a low-cost way to ensure there won't be any more attacks like those on New York and Washington.

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Hollywood Joins Abe Underway to Film 'Stealth'

Feature Film Crew On Board For Action Thriller

USS Abraham Lincoln welcomed aboard more than 80 people from Columbia Pictures and Backbreaker Films, actors Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Sam Shepard and director Rob Cohen for the filming of the major motion picture, "Stealth," in June.

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DHS Has New Guidance For Screening Partnership Program

Plan Available for Airports Considering Private Security Screeners

The TSA came out Wednesday with "Guidance on the Screening Partnership Program" (SPP), a sort of "how-to" guide for airports thinking of hiring private screeners to replace those provided by the government. This option is available through a provision in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) that grants any airport the opportunity to "opt-out" of having federal passenger and baggage screeners and choose private security service companies to conduct screening operations under TSA management after November 19, 2004.

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Utah TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5746 Issued: 06/23/2004 01:05 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: UT Facility: ZLC - SALT LAKE CITY (ARTCC),UT. Type: HAZARDS Description: GRANTSVILLE, UTAH,

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Alaska TFR: 06/24/04 - 06/28/04

NOTAM: 4/5735 Issued: 06/22/2004 18:12 Effective: 06/24/2004 21:00 - 06/28/2004 01:15 State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: ELMENDORF AFB, AK.

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California TFR: 06/26/04 - 06/27/04

NOTAM: 4/5753 Issued: 06/23/2004 10:35 Effective: 06/26/2004 00:00 - 06/27/2004 22:30 State: CA Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: RAMONA, CA.

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Nevada TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5796 Issued: 06/23/2004 17:26 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: NV Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: HAZARDS Description: MORMON MESA, NV. 

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Arizona TFR: TFN

NOTAM: 4/5745 Issued: 06/23/2004 00:55 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: SAFFORD, AZ. NOON FIRE.

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Big Micro Jet Conference Scheduled In NYC

You Should See The List Of Companies Attending!

A number of manufacturers are offering ultra-light jets at prices that bring them within the reach of a broader range of users. What segments are these jets intended to target? How will they be used? Can our air traffic control system support the influx of a large number of these aircraft? And what is the insurance industry's reaction to these aircraft? At Strategic Research Institute's 9th Annual Corporate Aircraft Transactions & Fractional Ownership Interest Conference, business aviation experts will discuss the wide range of issues that are likely to arise with these new generation aircraft.

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ARINC Gets The Nod

Will Maintain and Support Air Canada's Ground Radio Systems

Global Maintenance Services has received a 4-year contract from Air Canada to maintain all of the airline's 3,200 UHF ground radios and systems located at 18 airports across Canada. The fixed-rate contract, which became effective May 1, was awarded in competitive bidding.

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Sharpest Pencil In The Drawer

NASA's SHARP Program Inspires Students To Pursue Space-Related Careers

NASA’s eight-week Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP), designed to encourage the career paths of pre-college students who are traditionally under-represented, continues to contribute to Kennedy Space Center’s workforce of the future.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (06.24.04)

"It promises to be a really tough one." Source: Machinists Union Spokesman Bob Wood in Wichita, where the rank and file Tuesday overwhelmingly authorized a strike should upcoming negotiations with Cessna fail. Wood says the talks will be centered on health care, job security and salaries -- and it won't be easy for either the Machinists or Cessna.

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