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February 05, 2004

Another Round Of Layoffs At Boeing

Company Cutting 300 Jobs In San Antonio

Boeing announced Tuesday that it is cutting 300 jobs at its aircraft maintenance facility in San Antonio (TX). Norma Clayton, vice president and general manager of maintenance and modifications for Boeing in San Antonio, made the announcement at the company's local offices Tuesday morning. Affected workers received 60-day notices at a morning staff meeting at the sprawling plant on the former Kelly Air Force Base. Some workers said layoff rumors had been circulating, but that the cuts still caught them by surprise. Boeing officials said the layoffs are largely a result of cutbacks in the aircraft maintenance work it performs in San Antonio for the Air Force. The company does maintenance and upgrade work in San Antonio on

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Northwest and Mesaba Aviation: Avros Aren't Going Anywhere

Companies Agree to Continue Operating RJ85 Fleet

Those 4-engine Avros Regional Jets some of us have flown on -- under the Northwest Airlines livery -- are not being phased out after all. Mesaba Aviation announced Monday that Northwest Airlines has decided not to exercise the early termination clause in the Regional Jet Services Agreement covering Mesaba's Avro RJ85 aircraft. The early termination provision has now been removed from the Jet Agreement. Northwest and Mesaba had agreed to extend the early termination period to Feb. 29, 2004, while Northwest studied the economics of the fleet. Mesaba had removed five Avros from its fleet over the past two months, at Northwest's request. Two Avros will return to scheduled service in April 2004 and the remaining three

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Boeing - QinetiQ Sign Wind Tunnel Deal

Agreement Provides Boost To UK's Aerospace Sector

Boeing is making a major boost to the UK's aerospace sector having signed an agreement with QinetiQ, for testing new and derivative aircraft in the company's 5-meter wind tunnel based in Farnborough (UK) The 5-meter wind tunnel represents a significant national capability which, over the past quarter century, has made a significant contribution to the development of many aircraft currently flying today. Boeing has for some time been the primary user of the facility and to date a number of Boeing programs, including the 777 family, the Next Generation 737 family and the 767-400ER, have benefited from the use of the facility to design high lift systems for improved takeoff and landing performance. The wind tunnel

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What Ever Happened To: 8 Hours Bottle to Throttle?

Grand Jury To Consider Charges Against Airline Pilot

A criminal trial is possible for an airline pilot charged with attempting to fly a Boeing 747 while under the influence of drugs and alcohol in December. A Loudoun County (VA) grand jury will decide whether Richard George Harwell goes to trial in connection with the incident at the Washington Dulles Airport. Harwell appeared before a judge in Leesburg Monday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing. Security screeners reportedly smelled alcohol on Harwell's breath as he prepared to fly a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for London with 400 passengers aboard. He now faces state charges that carry penalties of up to five years in prison and $25,000 in fines. The Loudoun County grand jury meets on March 8

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Forget The Ice... Watch Out For The #$%^& De-Icing Truck!

Sometimes, it's not the hazards we're prepared for that get us... but those that we're not prepared for. We see a LOT of ground vehicle collisions in the FAA daily accident stats. .. so we caution you all to keep your eyes out for collision hazards on the ground as well as in the air. DESCRIPTION COMAIR INC, FL COM913, N807CA, A BOMBARDIER CL-600-2B19 ACFT, STRUCK A DE-ICING TRUCK WHILE MANUEVERING IN A NON-MOVEMENT AREA, NO INJURIES REPORTED, FLIGHT WAS CANCELED, OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNKNOWN, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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