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November 21, 2010

It's A Deal! AirTran Airways Pilots Reach New Contract

ALPA Claims Deal Improves Pilots’ Pay, Quality of Life, and Job Security

The pilots of AirTran Airways have ratified a tentative agreement with AirTran management after almost six years of negotiations. 86.93 percent of the AirTran pilots who cast ballots supported the agreement. 93.28 percent of the AirTran pilot group participated in the ratification vote, which took place just weeks after Southwest Airlines’ announcement that it intends to acquire AirTran.

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Legacy 600 Involved In 2006 Brazil Mid-Air Returns To US

Tragic Accident Has Been At Center of Political Firestorm

It was one of the most tragic and political aircraft accident in recent history... but the one aircraft to survive an Embraer v GOL Boeing mid-air has finally returned to the USA... four years later and after major political issues in which the Brazilians attempted to assert blame with overtly political motives. 

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NASA Television Will Air Next Soyuz Landing, Launch

Expedition 25 Crew Expected To Touch Down Thanksgiving Day

NASA Television plans to air the Thanksgiving Day return to Earth of three crew members from the International Space Station and the preparation, launch and docking of the newest trio of station residents three weeks later.

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TransAsia Airways Orders Two A330s And Six A321s

First Widebody Aircraft To Joint The Airline's Fleet

TransAsia Airways of Taiwan has placed a firm order with Airbus for two widebody A330-300s and six single aisle A321s.

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Lockheed Martin Submits Bid For 'Space Fence'

Electronic Grid Will Upgrade Tracking Of Objects In Space

The U.S. Air Force is hoping to revamp the way it tracks objects in space ... a project they're calling a "Space Fence."

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GMG Airlines Signs Engine Management Program Agreement With Pratt & Whitney

Long-Term Plan Covers Existing, Future Engines For The Airline

Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners (GSP) signed an exclusive, five-year Engine Management Program agreement Tuesday with GMG Airlines for its current fleet of PW4060 and JT8D-200 engines. The agreement also covers future aircraft models that GMG Airlines will operate.

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Airbus Selects Goodrich For A350-1000 Main Landing Gear

Contract Expected To Generate More Than $2 Billion In Revenue

The pieces of the Airbus A350 XWB continue to fall into place. Among the most recent is a contract for the main landing gear for the -1000 variant of the aircraft, which went to Goodrich.

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Buried Cable Detection System To Be Installed At Two Latin American Airports

Magal Security Systems Receives $1.7 Million Order For Perimeter Security

Two airports in Latin America have entered into contracts for perimeter security that will incorporate an underground detection system. Magal Security Systems, Ltd. received an order of $1.7 million for the protection of the perimeters of the two airports.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.21.10): Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR)

Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) Doppler radar installed at major airports throughout the United States to detect microbursts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.21.10)

Aero-Linx: ADS-B Surveillance and Broadcast Services The FAA's Surveillance and Broadcast Services program office was formed in 2005. The program office will change the nation's air traffic control system from one that relies on radar technology to a system that uses precise location data from the global satellite network.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.21.10)

“By approving this contract, our members have signaled that they are focused on the future and ready to close a contentious chapter in our airline’s history. This deal will provide real improvements in our members’ lives and allow us to concentrate on the important work of merging two great companies.” Source: Linden Hillman, chairman of the AirTran chapter of ALPA, following the approval of a contract, the AirTran pilot group’s first since joining ALPA in 2009. Most elements of the new contract will take effect on December 1.

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