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November 19, 2006

FAA: NATCA Assigned Crash Blame Before Report Released

Says Let NTSB Investigate To Determine Cause

A statement earlier this week from NATCA -- saying the FAA's decision to cut staffing at TRACONS and shift approach control duties to Indy center may have contributed to two crashes -- has been called into question by the FAA.

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CA Man Arrested For Arson And Homicide in Aircraft Accident

Allegedly Set Blaze Resulting In OV-10A Crash

Federal and state investigators arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with an early September Tulare county forest fire.

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USAF Space Plane Program In Works

Unmanned X-37B To Be Service's Space Test Vehicle

The Air Force is working on a space vehicle that will allow government scientists to transport advanced technology into orbit, test its capability there, then bring it home for further study.

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Flight Attendant Disciplined For Tossing Breast Feeding Mom

Airline: FA's Action Contrary To Company Expectations

Freedom Airlines -- a Delta connection carrier -- has disciplined the flight attendant who asked a breast feeding mom to get off a commercial flight.

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ISS Long Shot Scheduled For Next Week

Commander Tyurin Plans To Tee Off On Space Walk

ISS Commander Mikhail Tyurin will engage in a little commercial activity during next Wednesday's scheduled six-hour space walk -- he's going to see how far he can hit a golf ball in space.

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Aeros Airship Nears First Flight

Final Assembly Is Underway

Aeros company executives say the final assembly of its Aeros' 40D Sky Dragon Airship is underway in preparation for a planned first flight before the end of the month.

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More Hailstorm Fallout: Columbia Inventory Glut Means Cut Hours For Staff

Hailstorm Has Lasting Repercussions For Oregon Planemaker

Columbia Aircraft will cut hours for some 400 employees effective November 27.

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Air France May Launch Budget Carrier

Low-Cost Airlines Become More Attractive

A report in Euronews yesterday confirms Air France is considering starting its own low-cost airline to be based in Paris.

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Wreckage Of Missing Twin Otter Found

12 Feared Dead Aboard Chartered Flight

Indonesian authorities say they've found the wreckage of a DHC6 Twin Otter in a remote region of Papua.

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Nanotech 'Bionic Hornet' Under Development In Israel

Flying Robot Would Serve Spy, Anti-Personnel Role

Israeli scientists are developing a flying robotic anti-personnel weapon capable of chasing, photographing and even killing its targets.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (11.19.06): Owner-Performed Maintenance

Aero-Tips!

Many airplane owners like to keep the cost of ownership down by doing some routine maintenance tasks themselves. Some people find that it's fun to do some work on the airplane. What's legal, and what special requirements exist for do-it-yourself work?

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.19.06)

Aero-Linx!

"We have invaded space with our rocket and for the first time – mark this well – have used space as a bridge between two points on the earth; we have proved rocket propulsion practicable for space travel. This third day of October, 1942 is the first of a new era of transportation, that of space travel."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.19.06): WMD-CST

Aero-Terms!

Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team. Intended to help prepare the United States against terrorist use of a weapon of mass destruction and is commonly referred to as a homeland defense measure.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.19.06)

"The NTSB is the sole organization that can determine cause. Let the NTSB do their work." Source: FAA Great Lakes Region spokesman Tony Molinaro in response to NATCA claims that two deadly crashes resulted from the FAA's decision to shift approach control responsibilities to center controllers who shouldn't divide attention between enroute and approach traffic.

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