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December 06, 2011

Updated: Aero-News Alert -- Babbitt Resigns As FAA Administrator

Babbitt Submits Resignation To SecTrans LaHood (Updated with DoT, AOPA Reaction)

ANN Real-Time Update, 120611, 2126: The Washington Post is reporting that former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was flying as the co-pilot aboard an FAA Cessna Citation 560XL, N2, Monday morning, December 5th... some 36 or so hours AFTER his arrest for DWI. They have published an audio recording of the flight. The Fairfax City Police have yet to disclose Babbitt’s blood-alcohol level, but .08 is the legal threshold required to levy charges of DWI, in VA. Babbitt is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 2.

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Transaero Airlines Firms Up Order For Eight A320neo Aircraft

First Customer In Russia And CIS For The Updated Airplane

Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest carrier, has signed a firm order for eight A320neo aircraft following a Memorandum of Understanding signed in August at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2011 in Moscow. The A320neo is an efficiency improvement package Airbus says offers up to 15 percent fuel savings on the A320 Family.

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Elderly Woman Claims She Was 'Strip Searched' By TSA

Agency Says Protocols Were Followed

An elderly woman from New York who opted out of screening by a body scanner before her flight says she was "injured and humiliated" by what she called a "strip search" which caused her to miss her plane. But TSA says on its blog that no strip search occurred.

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Teenager's Purse Raises TSA Hackles

Gun Design On Handbag Flagged As Security Risk

A teenager from Jacksonville, FL, was told by a TSA screener in Norfolk, VA, that carrying her purse with the design of an old-west six-shooter onto an airplane is a "federal crime,"  and had missed her flight by the time the issue was sorted out and the offending bag was checked through to ... Orlando.

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Boeing Launches 787 Dream Tour In China

New Airplane Pays Its First Visit To Mainland China, Landing In Beijing

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived Sunday at the Beijing Capital International Airport, making its debut in mainland China, one of the world's fastest-growing aviation and travel markets. It also marks the start of a six-month worldwide Dream Tour with the all-new jet.

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German B747-8 Intercontinental Debut Set For December 6

Pre-Delivery Testing For Airplane, Personnel

Boeing and Lufthansa are fast approaching the next major milestone on the 747-8 Intercontinental program with the start of pre-delivery testing of the new airplane at Lufthansa's main operations base at Frankfurt Airport from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9.

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