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February 08, 2004

Ohio Mayor Under Fire For Flights

The question is this: Did the mayor of Kelleys Island (OH) fly passengers for hire? If so, then the problem is this: he's not properly certificated to do so.

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Ink Still Red At US Airways

US Airways, the nation's seventh-biggest airline, says it's not bleeding red ink as bad as it was before entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but is behind on its plans for economic recovery. "Throughout the year, we made progress in reducing our losses, but regrettably, we are behind in our plan for achieving sustained profitability," said US Airways CEO David Siegel.

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737 Partially Off Runway At KCI

For the fourth time this winter, an aircraft partially skidded off the pavement at Kansas City International Friday, leading officials at the airport to wonder just what's going on. "We normally have zero," spokesman Joe McBride said. None of the 151 people on board the Delta 737 involved in Friday's incident was hurt, he said.

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No, That Finger Doesn't Mean 'We're Number One'

For the second time in three weeks, an American has been arrested in Brazil for flying the fickle finger of... well, you know... in the face of officials who were photographing and fingerprinting him. New Jersey resident Douglas Skolnik, 55, didn't get to see the sights with the rest of his tour group in Foz de Iguacu last week. Instead, he was languishing in a Brazilian jail after being arrested for "showing disrespect" to authorities. Skolnik was jailed, then released, but ordered not to leave his hotel. He can't leave Brazil until he pays a $17,200 fine.

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Skydiver's Diary: Setting A World Record

The Jump That Almost Didn't Happen

(It was the record that almost wasn't broken. Below is a diary of the World Team's record skydiving formation attempt on Friday, February 6, 2004. We'll let team members tell their own story --ed.) There's a certain feeling to a formation that's built, a feeling of solidity and smoothness that somehow gets transmitted from the outer wackers through the base through the lines. The waves stop and the tension goes away. The picture gets boring, because all you can see are the people in front of you - the rest of the formation is on-level and invisible behind the people you can see around you. And that was happening. Did we get it? Was the white guy in? Someone in the base was kicking happily. Note that this is a p

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NTSB Gets Clean Bill Of Health

The Department of Transportation's Inspector General has released results of its review of an audit conducted on the National Transportation Safety Board's financial statements for 2003, saying it agreed with the auditor's unqualified, or "clean," opinion.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.08.04)

"Everything is on the table, from distribution costs, to labor costs, to how we schedule our airline." Source: Neil Cohen, Chief Financial Officer, US Airways. The airline Friday released its quarterly financial statement, showing great strides in stemming the tide of red ink spilling from the company since the same period a year earlier. But Cohen says US Airways is still severely threatened by low-cost carriers like Southwest, which, he says, operate at a cost of at least 25-percent less than his own company.

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Boeing Tests USAF Battle Management System

Military commanders’ access to more accurate and timely information for decision-making and implementing time-critical actions can increase dramatically based on a recent Boeing demonstration of the Battle Management Command and Control System (BMC2) prototype.

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