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December 03, 2006

DOD Confirms F-16 Pilot Killed In Iraq Crash

Airman's Remains Identified Via DNA Testing

CNN has confirmed officials with the Department of Defense determined the pilot flying an F-16CG fighter that crashed last Monday northwest of Baghdad was killed.

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Panel Fails To Reach Consensus On Age 60 Rule

'Contentious' Issue Splits Committee

The volatile question of whether to raise the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots, from 60 to 65, gridlocked the committee named by the FAA to investigate the matter.

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Phoenix, Other Airports To Test Controversial Screening Method

"Backscatter" X-Rays Give TSA The WHOLE Picture

The Transportation Security Adminstration will test a new screening system at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ that has raised privacy concerns. The system, called backscatter, takes X-rays of passenger's bodies to detect concealed explosives and weapons.

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Ryanair Flight Busts Mins On Approach

Irish AAIU Says Crew 'Marginally Avoided' Ground Impact

A Ryanair flight crew descended over well below minimums on approach to Knock Airport last March in what investigators are calling a "serious incident."

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Lockheed And Boeing Get Cozy

Rocket Business Breeds Strange Bedfellows...

Lockheed and Boeing are now officially working together on rockets for the US Government. In the works since May, the pair are forecast to generate nearly $2 billion a year in sales.

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Boeing Patents Airliner Anti-Terrorist System

Autopilot Autolands Aircraft For Incapacitated Crew

A new "uninterruptible" autopilot developed by Boeing and patented in Canada purportedly flies and lands the aircraft in case the crew is incapacitated.

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CAF To Return Its B-24 To Original Configuration

"Diamond Lil" To Be Outfitted As Army Air Corps Bomber

Aero-News has learned the B-29/B-24 Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force has begun restoring the CAF's  B-24/LB-30, AM-927, to its originally-intended B-24A bomber configuration.

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NATCA Claims 'Chronic Radio Frequency Problems' Decreasing Safety Margins At ZTL

No Room On The Radio?

According to a recent missive from NATCA, air traffic controllers at the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZTL) are experiencing a worsening technical problem with the radio frequencies used to communicate with pilots in their airspace, creating a 'maddening challenge that is steadily becoming a safety issue.'

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USAF Reservists Fly From Texas To Hawaii To Aid Navy Sailors

C-17 Flies Burn Team In To Care For Injured Crew

A C-17 aircraft from Washington's McChord Air Force Base was diverted Friday to fly a nine-member Army Burn Center Flight Team from Lackland Air Force Base, TX to Hickam AFB, Hawaii, to care for six Navy sailors burned when a steam line ruptured onboard their ship.

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Acrohelipro Names John Nicholson As Executive Vice-President

Aero-News learned this week Acrohelipro Global Services Inc., a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation, named John Nicholson as Executive Vice-President with responsibility for US operations and for global sales and marketing, based in Acrohelipro's Dallas, TX facility.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (12.03.06): Winter Planning


A major winter storm passed my area yesterday. Today skies are cobalt blue and very cold; seven inches of fresh snow covers the ground. The ambient temperature is 9°F. It would be a very challenging day for a cross-country flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.03.06)


Some great facts and figures on one of the coolest aircraft, ever (in my opinion), the SR-71 Blackbird. The link covers the various incarnations of the plane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.03.06) Chopper


Slang term for helicopter, likely started during the Korean War.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.03.06)

"We'd never turn down a mission like this -- not ever."

Source: Master Sgt. Rich Lutz, a C-17 loadmaster from the US Air Force Reserve's 728th Airlift Squadron. Lutz and his crew were diverted Friday from their mission home to Washington, to instead fly a nine-member Army Burn Center Flight Team from Lackland Air Force Base, TX to Hickam AFB, Hawaii.

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