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March 10, 2007

Two Lost In Chicago Baron Accident

Weather May Have Been A Factor

Police believe weather may have been a factor in the Friday night downing of a small aircraft, identified in news reports as a Beechcraft Baron, on a busy Munster, IN street.

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Work Continues To Return Atlantis To Launch Pad

Inspections To SRBs Complete; Orbiter, Fuel Tank Damage Still Being Assessed

NASA told Aero-News Friday the agency is almost finished inspecting the damage sustained to the space shuttle Atlantis during a February 26 hailstorm at Kennedy Space Center.

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No Doubt, EADS Would Like To Forget The Past Year

Airbus Problems Result In Big Losses

It's official: this year will go down as the worst-ever in the 37-year history of European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS), parent company of troubled planemaker Airbus -- and according to the company's co-CEOs, the worst may still be yet to come.

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Pilot Aborts Landing At BOS After TCAS Warning

Jets Had Adequate Separation

A Delta pilot aborted a landing Tuesday at Logan International Airport in Boston, after an onboard traffic collision avoidance system alarm sounded.

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Federal Bill To Tighten Airport Security Introduced

Airport Employees To Be Screened, Same As Pax

A loophole in airport security apparently allowed two baggage handlers to bypass airport screeners on several occasions, and board commercial flights carrying a bag containing guns and drugs. On Thursday, federal lawmakers introduced legislation that would close that gaping hole.

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American Airlines Hints At MD-80 Replacement

Says 737-800 Is Strong Contender

In what may be the first tentative step towards replacing the second-most storied (read, aged) fleet of aircraft in service with a major US carrier, American Airlines said Thursday it will consider Boeing's 737-800 to replace its fleet of over 300 MD-80s.

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President Bush Appoints New FAA Chief Counsel

Appointee Brings 30 Years Experience In Aviation Law

On Friday, Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Kerry B. Long has been appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration.

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GAO Says USAF Has 60 Days To Decide On CSAR-X

But Nonbinding Ruling Carries Little Weight

The US Air Force and the US Government Accountability Office are facing off over a contract that some competitors say was improperly awarded to Boeing.

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Next-Generation Pilatus PC-12 Crosses Atlantic

Stops In Iqaluit To Chill Out A Bit

While making its first transatlantic journey from Switzerland, the prototype Next Generation PC-12 stopped at Iqaluit, Canada for a series of cold weather trials, before arriving at Pilatus' North American headquarters in Broomfield, CO.

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Civil Air Patrol Takes Pride In New Wings

Oregon CAP Wing Purchases Cessna 337

Search and rescue readiness is being taken very seriously in Brookings, OR. A small group of Civil Air Patrol pilots and supporters have formed a private organization, Guardians From Above, to fill in cracks in current search and rescue readiness.

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AUVSI To Sponsor Australian 'Outback Rescue' UAV Challenge

Participants Will Develop Unmanned Search-And-Rescue Vehicles

Building on 17 years of sponsoring student-focused competitions involving the design and use of unmanned systems, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) tells ANN it is proud to sponsor a newly announced search-and-rescue unmanned air vehicle (UAV) challenge in Australia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.10.07)

Aero-Linx!

Aviation law governs the operation of aircraft and the maintenance of aviation facilities. Both federal and state governments have enacted statutes and created administrative agencies to regulate air traffic.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.10.07): Beaufort Scale

Aero-Terms!

In 1805, Admiral Beaufort drew up a scale of wind strengths related to commonly observable phenomena. From 0-10, calm to storm. It's all right in the chart.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.10.07)

"It's unfathomable that more than five years after September 11th, a measure as fundamental and simple as this one still has not been implemented. Meticulously screening passengers but giving workers open access is like installing an expensive home security system but leaving your back door wide open."

Source: Representative Nita Lowey, D-NY, co-sponsor of a bill that would mandate airports to subject all workers with access to secure and sterile areas the same screening process as passengers.

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