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November 27, 2010

Evergreen Crewmembers Threaten Strike Vote

Pilots 'Disgruntled by Six Years of Negotiations'

The Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) Master Executive Council (MEC) has started seeding a media war threatening a strike ballot of its membership, "to be prepared for all possible contingencies should negotiations fail." According to a recent ALPA missive, EIA crewmembers (repped by ALPA), have been negotiating with their management for a new contract for over six years. Pilots are nearing their limit of frustration and dissatisfaction with management even 'as they continue to provide exemplary professional service that sustains the viability of the airline and ensures customer satisfaction.'

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Boeing Admits to Needed Changes In 787 Power Panel, Software Updates

Yet Another Delay For Boeing's Most Ambitious New Airframe

Just after the close of business on Wednesday (ET) , as most of the media was heading off to start various Turkey-oriented pursuits, Boeing admitted that it is developing minor design changes to power distribution panels on the 787 and updates to the systems software that manages and protects power distribution on the airplane. These changes come as the result of what has been learned from the investigation of an onboard electrical fire on a test airplane, ZA002, earlier this month in Laredo, Texas.

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DPE Practicing Deadstick Gets More Realism Than He Bargained For

Practice Emergency Gets REALLY Real

 It's a rite of passage... simulating an engine failure in order to practice and hone skills that you hope NEVER to use. Sometimes the practice becomes a mite real -- too real in the case of a Designated Pilot Examiner who chopped the throttle on an applicant... and then found it wasn't willing to come back to life. Ya just know that a few choice words were uttered upon that realization...

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FAA Dedicates Recovery Act Funded Fire Station At LAX

New Facility Twice As Big As The Existing Building

The FAA dedicated a new, state-of-the-art fire station at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Moneay which was funded by nearly $11 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Silicon Valley Firm Suggests Biometric Screening System

Iris Recognition An Option For Airport Security, Company Says

A California company says it can offer an alternative to TSA's "enhanced" pat down searches and body scanners which have come under fire for what many say is their intrusiveness. AOptix Technologies suggests the use of iris recognition to authenticate passengers and secure air travel.

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S92 Proposed As Platform For German Navy Sea King Replacement

Rheinmetall, Sikorsky Unveil The Cyclone In Bonn

The proposed Cyclone Naval Helicopter was recently presented by Rheinmetall and Sikorsky at a joint news conference in Bonn.

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Bell Helicopter, Chevron Sign Agreement For Two Bell 429 Helicopters

Delivery Is Planned Early Next Year

Two Bell 249 helicopters have been sold to Chevron, the aircraft manufacturer said Monday. The aircraft will be servicing Chevron’s oil & gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico with deliveries planned in early 2011.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.27.10)

“We certainly want a contract, not a strike... That has been our goal since day one more than six years ago—but the new agreement must provide our members with industry-standard wages, work rules, and benefits. We deserve no less. This strike authorization vote will give us the means to take all legal actions to attain the goal of a fair contract.” Source: Professional Flight Engineer William Fink, chairman of the Evergreen ALPA unit, currently considering a strike vote against Evergreen Airlines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.27.10): Threshold Crossing Height

The theoretical height above the runway threshold at which the aircraft's glideslope antenna would be if the aircraft maintains the trajectory established by the mean ILS glideslope or MLS glidepath.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.27.10)

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (CBHC) was formed in 1987 by a small group of volunteers wishing to preserve Ontario's rich bushplane and firefighting heritage. 

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AD: Bell Helicopter

AD NUMBER: 2010-19-51

MANUFACTURER: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230, and 430 Helicopters.

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