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November 02, 2008

It's Over: Machinists Vote To End Boeing Strike

Contract Ratified With 74 Percent Of Vote

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced late Saturday its members voted to ratify a new 4-year contract with Boeing by 74 percent... bringing an end to a 57-day walkout that idled the planemaker's facilities in Washington, Oregon, Kansas, and California.

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Heads Up! Space Station Trash To Plunge To Earth Sunday

Pieces Of 1,400-Pound Coolant Tank Will Survive Re-Entry

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the US Space Surveillance Network are tracking a 1,400-pound tank of toxic ammonia coolant jettisoned over a year ago from the International Space Station.

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US Navy Blue Angels Pilot Lands In Hot Water

'Inappropriate Relationship' With Squadron Member Leads To Disciplinary Action

With only three airshows left in the 2008 season, the US Navy Blue Angels will have to make do with one less jet in the performances after two squadron members were removed from duty for having an 'inappropriate relationship.'

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Europe Agrees To US Air Cargo Screening Standards

50 Percent Compliance By February 2009 Expected

The US Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration announced an agreement Friday with the European Union Directorate General for Energy and Transport on air cargo screening standards for passenger carrying aircraft. The agreement was reached in advance of a February 2009 deadline to screen 50 percent of air cargo on passenger-carrying aircraft.

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Lawmakers Infuriated By NTSB Prelim On Maryland Medevac Crash

ADW Controller Not Current And Qualified To Provide ASR Approach

Thursday's release by the National Transportation Safety Board of the preliminary crash report of a medevac flight on September 27 has drawn the ire of some lawmakers, promising to address the issue in Congressional hearings.

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NASA, South Korea Sign Statement On Future Cooperation

Agencies Will Explore Cooperative Efforts In Space

During a meeting Thursday at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) in Seoul, South Korea, NASA's Assistant Administrator for External Relations, Michael F. O'Brien, and MEST's Director-General for Big Science, Munki Lee, signed a joint statement of intent identifying potential interest in cooperation in civil space and aeronautics activities.

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ALPA Says Delta/Northwest Merger, Pilot Agreement 'Sets Historic Precedent'

Adds Delta "Success Story" Should Be An Example For Other Airlines

Capt. John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l, issued the following statement Thursday after the closing of the Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines merger, and on the first day of a single collective bargaining agreement between the pilots of both carriers and senior executives.

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Iraqi, American Firefighters Combine Forces For Airfield Protection

Weekly Training Exercises Teach Teamwork, Hone Skills

As senior government leaders hammer out a new Status of Forces Agreement that will set the path for future American and Iraqi military policies, a group of American and Iraqi firefighters have already developed a working relationship that protects people, structures and aircraft at Baghdad International Airport.

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May: European Emissions Trading Plan 'Contrary to International Law'

ATA Says Airlines Have Solutions Of Their Own

The Air Transport Association, industry trade organization for a number of US airlines, expressed harsh opposition this week to the European Parliament's October 24 final approval of legislation covering the world's airlines under the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.02.08)


This remarkable project will return a legendary Focke-Wulf FW 190 F-8 to the air. Presently, the aircraft is undergoing complete concours restoration to airworthy condition with the correct BMW 801 engine. When the Focke Wulf Fw 190 - White 1 takes to the air, we will be treated to sounds rarely heard since the end of WWII. This is because White 1 will be powered by an original BWM 801 radial engine. There are very few working 801s left today and none are currently flown.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.02.08): Deep Space Communications Complex


One of three DSN tracking sites at Goldstone, California; Madrid, Spain; and Canberra, Australia; spaced about equally around the Earth for continuous tracking of deep-space vehicles.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.02.08)

"This has got a very low likelihood that anybody will be impacted by it. But still, it is a large object and pieces will enter and we just need to be cautious."

Source: NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini. A 1,400-pound tank of toxic ammonia coolant jettisoned over a year ago from the International Space Station is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere Sunday afternoon or evening, though the exact location where the refrigerator-sized tank will land remains unknown.

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