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November 09, 2004

Airbus Could Hold Edge In AirAsia Deal

Up To 80 Short-Haul Aircraft At Stake

Boeing and Airbus may be locked in a battle over government subsidies, but there's a much more tangible war being fought in the marketplace. It's a back and forth war fought with financial calculators and marketing presentations, but a war nonetheless -- and as that war is fought in Asia, Airbus may soon score a big victory.

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Boeing Settles In For Long Run In Trade Dispute

Expert: This One Won't Be Solved Through Settlement

Now that Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher has reportedly pushed the Bush administration into filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization about Airbus government subsidies, it looks like the nation's top aerospace manufacturer will have to settle down for the long haul.

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NWA Pilots Back Salary Cuts

Deep Cuts Show How Much Trouble Lies Ahead

Now that pilots for Northwest Airlines have approved a new contract that cuts their pay and benefits, the question is: will that be enough to save the airline from bankruptcy. From all indications, it's going to be touch and go.

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DHS Okays Tasers On KAL Aircraft

Stun Guns Approved On Korean Airlines Flights In US

Scottsdale (AZ)-based Taser International says it's received approval from the Department of Homeland Security to put its energy weapons on board Korean Air flights operating in US airspace. The guns will be available to "specially trained personnel," according to Taser President Tom Smith, who called the government approval an "exciting new opportunity."

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Active-Duty, Reserve Troops Combine Air Power in Afghanistan

'Round-The-Clock Effort Exceeds Commander's Expectations

In Afghanistan, Air Force Reserve and active-duty pilots have teamed together to protect US and coalition forces from attackers whose aim is to disrupt national stability and to prevent infrastructure improvements, including the building of wells, schools and roads.

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There's Still SOME Transatlantic Cooperation

Boeing Invites EADS To Help Upgrade NATO AWACS Platforms

EADS is participating in the modernization of NATO’s AWACS early warning fleet. As announced on Thursday, Boeing has awarded EADS Defence Electronics an order for the delivery of AWACS mission computers and Multi-Sensor Integration (MSI) computers for NATO’s E-3A AWACS aircraft following successful development.

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Brits 'Shocked' By Backscatter Airport Scanner

The Naked Truth Raises Privacy Concerns Across The Pond As Well

Monday, we told you about a TSA demonstration of new "backscatter" X-ray technology -- the kind that can see everything -- and we mean EVERYTHING -- when a person walks through the scanner. While that technology is being displayed here in the States with promises that it won't be used until screeners can either come up with some sort of electronic fig leaf or hide the scanner from public view, the technology is already at work in London's Heathrow Airport. And yes, passengers in Terminal 4 are understandably red-faced.

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Space Weather Advisory

Sunspots And Solar Flares Expected

A large and moderately complex sunspot group, NOAA Region 696, was responsible for a series of eruptions on the surface of the Sun known as solar flares, including a significant eruption on 7 November 2004 at 9:06 a.m. MST. A radiation storm, currently at the moderate (S2) level, began soon after the eruption was observed on the Sun. Solar flare activity over the past few days has resulted in a series of Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that have impacted Earth's geomagnetic field with severe (G4) geomagnetic storming. Today's large eruption on the Sun may produce further periods of strong geomagnetic storming on 9-10 November.

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Delta II Carries GPS Satellite Aloft

No Ill Effects Seen After Rocket Withstood Hurricanes Frances, Jeanne

The Delta II rocket may have sat on the launchpad while the erstwhile winds of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne blew through Cape Canaveral (FL), but when it came time to fly, the storms apparently had no ill effects. Saturday's rather ironic launch of the Delta II with a GPS satellite aboard appeared to go without a hitch.

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Have You Said Something Nice To Your Airplane Today?

MIT Team Remote-Guides Airplane Using Spoken English

Aeronautics researchers at MIT have developed a manned-to-unmanned aircraft guidance system that allows a pilot in one plane to guide another unmanned airplane by speaking commands in English.

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John Moody Released From Hospital

"Father Of Ultralight Aviation" Still Has Long Recovery Ahead

I'm happy to announce that John Moody has been released from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. John was scheduled to get out of the hospital on Sunday but remained here for more care and more surgeries. Arrangements had been made for a hospital bed to be delivered to the house loaned by Gary Ward and a wheelchair had been located for him to use.

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What The Military Can Learn From Civilians

Northrop Grumman Applies Commercial Technology To Military Projects

What do you do after you've been awarded a $408 million contract to support the military's networked battlefield concept? Go to the store and pick up some off-the-shelf-hardware.

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Upgraded: Bill Tabbert

Becomes VP/Manager At Falcon Insurance

Falcon Insurance has appointed Bill Tabbert to the position of Vice President and Manager for Falcon Insurance Agency of Dallas, Incorporated. Company President John Allen said, "Bill has been a solid and dependable member of the Falcon organization and I am pleased to move him into this important role". Allen added, "I am looking forward to Bill’s leadership, which will move our successful Dallas Office to the next level."

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UAA Hands Out 2004 Collegiate Aviation Awards

Wheatley Award Goes To MTSU Professor Paul Craig

The University Aviation Association (UAA) recognized its 2004 Collegiate Aviation Award recipients during the Fall Education Conference Awards Banquet in Toronto, Ontario. The organization's renowned William A. Wheatley Award was presented to Dr. Paul A. Craig. Other award recipients included: Dr. Kent Backart, V. L. Laursen Award; Dr. Manoj S. Patankar, Frank E. Sorenson Award; and Dr. Robert P. Olislagers, W. W. Estridge Award.

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Another Honor For Comair

Tenth Straight FAA Diamond Award

For 10 years in a row, Comair has been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) most prestigious safety honor - the Diamond Award for excellence in aviation maintenance training. Comair's 10th consecutive Diamond Award is an industry leading achievement that underscores the airline's commitment to safety and operational excellence.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (11.09.04)

"It was really horrible. It doesn’t leave much to the imagination because you’re virtually naked, but I guess it’s less intrusive than being hand searched." Source: Unnamed female passenger at Heathrow's Terminal Four in an interview with the Sunday Times of London. The woman was reacting to new backscatter X-ray technology being tested as a weapons detector. While the system can spot anything solid underneath layers of clothing, it doesn't leave much to the imagination. The US is demonstrating the system, but says it won't be deployed until someone can figure out how to place an electronic "fig leaf" over the image.

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Washington DC TFR: 11/09/04

NOTAM:  4/2246  Issued:  11/08/2004 22:00  Effective:  11/09/2004 17:30 - 11/09/2004 20:10  State:  DC  Facility:  ZDC - WASHINGTON (ARTCC),DC.  Type:  VIP  Description:  WASHINGTON DC, NOVEMBER 9 2004. 

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Nevada TFR: 11/12/04

NOTAM: 4/2232 Issued: 11/08/2004 17:50 Effective: 11/12/2004 16:00 - 11/12/2004 22:59 State: NV Facility: ZLA - LOS ANGELES (ARTCC)PALMDALE, CA. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE NV. FOR THE AVIATION NATION AIRSHOW.

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AD: Rolls Royce

AD NUMBER: 2004-23-03 MANUFACTURER: Rolls Royce SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-23-03 SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent700 series turbofan engines. This AD requires initial and repetitive borescope inspections of the high pressure-and-intermediate pressure (HP-IP) turbine internal and external oil vent tubes for coking and carbon buildup, and cleaning or replacing the vent tubes if necessary.

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CERTIFIED: EASA Blesses 310HP Thielert Diesel

The diesel revolution is moving forward. According to the folks at Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE), the 310 HP Centurion 4.0 "has achieved type certification according to EASA requirements for the CENTURION 4.0 on 28 October 2004."

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