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June 09, 2005

AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2005-07-05 MANUFACTURER: General Electric (CORRECTION) SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2005-07-05 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-45A, CF6-50A, CF6-50C, and CF6-50E series turbofan engines that have not incorporated GE Service Bulletin (SB) No. CF6-50 S/B 72-1239, Revision 1, dated September 24, 2003, or that have not incorporated paragraph 3.B. of GE SB No. CF6-50 S/B 72-1239, original issue, dated May 29, 2003.

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UK Air Scare

Fighters Escort Thomson Flight To Stansted

Two RAF Tornado F3s escorted a Thomson Boeing 737 into the UK's Stansted Airport Wednesday night after someone on board  the flight spotted an unattended cell phone near the front of the plane.

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Airbus Paris Air Show Party On Hold

No A350 To Announce, No A380 To Show Off

It was supposed to be the mother of all parties at the Paris Air Show this month -- Airbus celebrating the launch of its A350 and the flight testing of its behemoth A380. But orders for champagne have been put on hold, as has any announcement on the launch of the A350. That won't happen until at least September.

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JAL Watch: Crews Failed To Note Missing Lifejackets

Another "Incident" Under Scrutiny In Tokyo

Japan Air Lines, already under close government scrutiny, admitted its flight crews made a mistake by overlooking the disappearance of five life jackets from one of its aircraft.

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What's That Rolly-Polly Guy Doing At The Airport?

Michelin Signs On To 787 Project

Michelin will offer a combination of traditional radial construction tires and new lightweight Near Zero Growth ( NZG ) construction tires. NZG construction offers increased resistance to cuts and wear. The 787 will have 10 tires; two for the nose landing gear and eight for the main landing gear.

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IG Report: FAA Falling Down On The Job

Report Says Airlines' Financial Woes Could Lead To Safety Problems

A new report by the Department of Transportation Inspector General says the FAA is falling behind in trying to keep up with airline maintenance -- especially as carriers hurting for cash are more and more prone to cut corners.

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