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November 30, 2008

FL WX Foils Shuttle Plans, Endeavour Lands At Edwards AFB

Weather In Florida May Mean Edwards Touchdown

The space shuttle Endeavour crew is expected to complete its mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:19 pm EST on Sunday, concluding a 16-day flight, 11 of which were spent docked to the station.

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Settlement May Bring Familiar Name For Inter-Island Interloper

go! No More?

If you're one of the many airline passengers and aviation enthusiasts who lamented this year's shutdown of Aloha Airlines, you may want to swallow an aspirin before reading this next story. On second thought... make that two aspirin, washed down by an adult beverage.

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USS Theodore Roosevelt Hosts General Petraeus On Thanksgiving

And You Thought Having Your In-Laws In Town Was Pressure!

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) hosted Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, US Central Command, November 27-28 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with the crew. Petraeus, along with Commander 5th Fleet, Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, visited the Nimitz-class  carrier, currently deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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Bangkok Airports Remain Closed By Protesters

Travelers Leaving Area Via Naval Airbase

An anti-government protest group, the People's Alliance for Democracy, has occupied the terminal at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport since last Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of all flights. Service into Bangkok's second airport, Don Meuang, has also been curtailed by the PAD.

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TSA: Delta, Police Mishandled Security Procedures At MCO

Orlando PD Captain Disputes Account Of Incident

A report on a security breach at Orlando International Airport released by the Transportation Security Administration accuses Delta and the Orlando Police Department of failing to follow TSA procedures.

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NTSB: JetBlue A320 Had Fractured Nosewheel Steering Lugs

Fatigue Caused By Normal Cyclic Pre-Landing Tests

The failure of an automatic nosewheel centering system on a JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 led to the flight's 2005 emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.

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Analysts: F-35 Development, Testing Costs Underestimated

Independent Team Predicts An Extra Two Years... And $15B More

A defense trade publication reports that an independent team of Pentagon cost analysts said that previous estimates of time and money required for development and testing of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II are too conservative.

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LAX Announces Major Renovation Plans

Completion Expected By 2013

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles International Airport officials proudly announced plans on November 17 for the modernization and expansion of LAX. Attended by airline executives, elected officials and business leaders, a ceremony at LAX's Flight Path Learning Center presented architectural models illustrating designs for the upgrade.

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Latest Boeing Fastener Problem Gets Bigger

Defective Parts Used On Widebody Jets, Too

Boeing, reporting just two weeks ago that defective fasteners had been used in the assembly of its 737s, now has announced the same parts have been used in its 747s, 767s and 777s.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.30.08)

Aero-Linx!

"We bring together all those who have been or are associated with the BUF-designers and builders, aircrew, maintainers, enthusiasts - to exchange memories. We try to help old buddies find each other. Anything it takes to keep alive the history of the weapon known in its early days as "America's Long Rifle." 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.30.08): Prograde

Aero-Terms!

Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.30.08)

"We are extremely pleased to resolve all claims put forward in this litigation and look forward to re-branding service under the Aloha name in the near future. This settlement resolves all claims by Aloha Airlines related to Mesa's entry into the Hawaiian inter-island market and permits us to focus solely on our core competency of providing the best service, convenient schedules and low fare pricing to our customers. We intend to carry on Aloha's proud tradition, maintain Mesa's status as Hawaii's low cost air carrier and look forward to future growth opportunities made possible by this settlement."

Source: Jonathan Ornstein, CEO of Mesa Air Group. Mesa has settled with the former controlling shareholder of Aloha Airlines, concerning a lawsuit

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