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February 15, 2008

SoCal TRACON Radio Failure Diverts Flights

Latest Glitch Lasts 15 Minutes

It wasn't the biggest problem to strike the beleaguered Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) but it still left an impression. On Thursday, a radio outage at the facility forced three flights to divert from landing at San Diego's Lindbergh Field.

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DOT's Peters Announces Open Skies Deal With Australia

Eliminates Air Travel Restrictions To Land Down Under

On Thursday, Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced the United States and Australia concluded a landmark Open-Skies aviation agreement that will eliminate restrictions on US-Australia air services for the carriers of both countries. The agreement comes after three days of negotiations in Washington.

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AIR, Inc. Reports January 2008 Saw 1,101 New Pilot Hires

Furloughed Ranks Drop To 2,548

According to the folks at AIR, Inc., airline pilot hiring started out strong for 2008 with 122 airlines hiring 1,101 pilots in January.

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Accused Pilot Wins Appeal For Compensation Claim

Lotfi Raissi Was Detained Following 9/11

An Algerian pilot who was among hundreds of "persons of interest" detained in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks won the right this week to sue the British government for wrongful imprisonment.

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P&W Geared Turbofan Demonstrator Completes Phase I Ground Tests Early

Results So Far Have Been "Outstanding"

Pratt & Whitney tells ANN the company has successfully completed Phase I sea-level performance and acoustic testing on the full-scale Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine ahead of schedule. The engine will now be configured with the flight nacelle system for Phase II ground testing beginning in April in preparation for flight testing on Pratt & Whitney's 747SP flying test bed in mid-2008.

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FAA's Decision To Add To MKE Controllers' Duties Brings Congressional Ire

NATCA Maintains Facility Is Already Understaffed

There's evidence the National Air Traffic Controllers Association is gaining political traction in its frequent, public allegations the FAA is understaffing air traffic control facilities.

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