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December 20, 2009

Union Rallies Against Offshore Repair Stations

Focus Is On Untrained Workers And Infrequent Inspections

TWU members visited Congressional offices this week asking for tougher regulations over out-of-country repair stations operating under FAA approval.

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Suspect Arrested In 2008 Pilot Kidnapping

Lakeland Victim Now Presumed Dead

On Friday, police arrested Stobert "Tobie" Holt for the 2008 kidnapping and murder of Robert Wiles of Lakeland, FL. 

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'Crowded' Skies: Fourth Lancair Evolution Takes Off

Fourth In A New Generation of High-Performance Kits Takes Flight

On Saturday Jeff Edwards flew his new Evolution for the first time.... Jeff and Shelby Edwards of Chesterfield, Missouri began the construction of their PT6 powered Evolution kit with their two week builder's assist program at the Lancair factory in May 2009 and then, assisted by Brian Harris (Composite Approach, Redmond, OR) brought it to Saturday's first flight in only 8 months.

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Northwest Flight Diverts To Grand Rapids

Pilots Reported "Tingling Sensation" In Hands And Feet

A Northwest Airlines flight en route to Cleveland from Minneapolis diverted to Grand Rapid Michigan Wednesday night after the pilot and co-pilot reported feeling a "tingling sensation" in their hands and feet. Neither crewmember required hospitalization, though one was taken off the aircraft on a stretcher.

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NASA Opens Door In Flight On Unique 747SP

Airborne Telescope Will Be Used to Unlock Secrets of the Cosmos

NASA reached a milestone in the development of their 747SP Friday when doors covering the plane's telescope were fully opened for the first time during a flight.

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Advocacy Group Calls For Stand-Alone Air Safety Legislation

Says Congress Using Passenger Rights Provisions To Support A $44 Billion Boondoggle

The advocacy group Our Airspace is calling for essential policy changes it says are needed to protect passenger safety and flyers rights to be raised immediately as stand alone legislation, not "buried" in an FAA reauthorization bill.

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Homebuilt Blimp Lands On I-35 In Oklahoma

Pilot Said He Experienced Problems With An Engine Mount

The pilot of a homebuilt blimp was forced to land on an Interstate highway median just south of Ardmore, Oklahoma Tuesday, but it is not clear if the pilot is licensed to fly the airship.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.20.09)

"We are absolutely determined to do whatever we can to protect our customers from this appalling, unjustified decision from Unite. We do not want to see a million Christmases ruined. "

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.20.09): Vertex

Vertex The last fix adapted on the arrival speed segments.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.20.09)

Yuri's Night: The World Space Party

Yuri’s Night is a celebration of humanity’s achievements in space.

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