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November 15, 2004

Wither Bombardier?

Stock Falls To Historic Lows After Debt Rating Lowered To Junk Status

Bombardier stock fell to new lows last week after Moody's downgraded the company's debt to "junk status." A share of Bombardier stock went for more than $26 just four years ago. Today, it's worth less than a tenth of that.

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Aussie Circus Performers Rescue Downed Pilot

Send In The Clowns!

It's a darn good thing for a 45-year old Australian pilot that the circus was in town.

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Meigs Field Quietly Being Reshaped

Odds Of Building New Airstrip Considered Slim

Officially, Meigs Field no longer exists. In spite of attempts by local grassroots organizations, the airport's single runway has long ago been demolished and removed. There are paved walkways that run among newly planted trees, prairie grass and wildflowers. Even the name has been changed -- Meigs Field is once again known as Northerly Island.

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Aero-Views: (Last Chance!) Striving For Balance... YOU Can Help!

In response to a recent letter from a valued reader from the sport aviation community, we had a chance to look over the way that ANN covers the news from the entire spectrum of aviation and aerospace. In looking over tens of thousands of stories, columns, Op-Eds, pictorials and the like, ANN Weekend Guru Juan Jimenez compiled some interesting stats.

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Klyde Morris 11.15.04

Aw Klyde... Didja Have To Drag Hillary Into This?

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NZ Pilot Loses Appeal

Despite Criminal Convictions, Grant Craigie Claimed He Was Unfairly Fired

An embattled Air New Zealand pilot won't be flying for the company any time soon, after a government official refused to temporarily reinstate him. Capt. Grant Craigie is accused of assault and flying an amphibian without proper documentation, according to the Employment Relations Authority.

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Van's Aircraft Publishes RV-7 SB

The folks at Van's Aircraft have alerted their builders that RV-7/7A empennage kits shipped between July 1, 2004 and November 9, 2004 may have included an incorrect part. According to Van's, "The horizontal flange of part HS-710 was trimmed too short. (At least one builder who called 11-10-04 was advised by Van’s tech help staff that the part was acceptable before the problem was correctly identified.) While it is physically possible to install the incorrect part, Van’s recommends that it be replaced with the correct part. If you determine you have received the incorrect part, contact Van’s for a replacement."

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Boeing Memo Leads To Reprimand For 31 Workers

"Unauthorized Disclosure"

Boeing's effort to sell its commercial manufacturing plants in Kansas and Oklahoma now has a name, according to the Wichita Eagle: "Project Lloyd."

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TSA Orders Air Carrier Passenger Information

Order Clears Way For Testing Of "Secure Flight"

The TSA last week announced the issuance of the Final Order in the Federal Register on Monday, requiring air carriers to provide historical passenger name record (PNR) information to TSA for testing. The 30-day block of PNR data will be used to test TSA’s new passenger pre-screening program, Secure Flight, which will work to prevent terrorists and others who pose a threat from boarding aircraft. The deadline for airlines to submit the data to TSA is November 23.

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New Australian Aircraft Registration Rules Now In Effect

Sweeping changes to Australia’s aircraft registration rules went into effect Monday. The new rules require the registration details of Australia’s 12,300 aircraft to be updated over the next 12 months. Aircraft owners must complete an aircraft registration transition form setting out details of the aircraft, the owners and registered operators.

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India Agrees To Buy Israeli UAVs

The Indian Army has signed a contract with the Malat subsidiary of Israeli Aircraft Industries worth $200 million, for the purchase of Heron UAV's and supporting equipment for deployment, optics, radar and communications.

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SF Bay Area Town Fine Tunes Settlement Over Oakland International

New Language Could Allow For Second ILS

San Leandro (CA) city officials are taking another look at an addendum to their four-year old settlement with the Oakland Port Authority over an ILS system and a noise abatement agreement stemming from plans to expand Oakland International Airport.

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RACCA Reacts To New Air Cargo Security Proposals

"Layered Approach" To Aviation Security Gets High Marks

The Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) has been studying proposals from the TSA to implement new regulations designed to enhance security of all cargo aircraft operations. The proposed regulations were published earlier this week.

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Chalk Up Another 43 Sales For Airbus

Indian Airlines Will Spend More Than $2 Billion To Replace Fleet

In the ongoing sales war between Airbus and Boeing, chalk up a big one for the Europeans.

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AOPA To Fight Crystal Airport Closure Plan

Plans To Stop Airport Sale In Its Tracks

They're at it again. Some Minnesota politicians want to close and sell Crystal Airport (MIC), a general aviation reliever airport for Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP). But AOPA is at full charge to stop it.

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World’s Largest Simulation Training Exhibition Opens in Orlando December 6

An Entirely Different Global Environment

Against the background of continued conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan and the undiminished threat of worldwide terrorism, the world’s largest exhibition of simulation, training and related technologies will take place in Orlando, Florida on December 6th to 9th.

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Columnist: Puget Sound Braces For Possible Boeing Strike

New Contract Talks Could Change Thousands Of Lives

The coming year will be a big one for Boeing, its thousands of workers in the Seattle area and for the Puget Sound economy as a whole. Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Bill Virgin writes, if you want to know what next year's negotiations will look like, look back to 2000.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.15.04)

"We remain confident we will bring other low-fare carriers to our Airport in the future, despite Southwest's decision." Source: Max Wells, DFW International Airport Board Chairman, reacting to SWA's decision not to fly from DFW, but to continue lobbying for an end -- or at least an change -- to the Wright Amendment. That law prohibits any airline flying out of Dallas Love Field from flying to all but neighboring states.

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