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September 13, 2004

That's Twice

They're Baaack

or the second time in two years, Arlington (VA) based US Airways sought protection from its creditors Sunday, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The move came after the airline couldn't get $800 million in annual concessions from its unions.

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What Robert Built, Charley Destroyed

Southwest Florida "Dream Plane" Blown Away By Hurricane

Naples Daily News reporter Jeremy Cox put it best: As Hurricane Charley battered Southwest Florida one month ago, it not only destroyed buildings. It destroyed dreams as well. This is one such story.

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Cessna Workers: 'YES!'

New Contract Wins Big In Wichita

It's a done deal. Over the weekend, members of Local Lodge 774 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) enthusiastically approved a new collective bargaining agreement with Cessna Aircraft Company.

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Despite US Airways Bankruptcy: Bombardier Aerospace Maintains RJ Delivery Sked

Bombardier Aerospace tells ANN that the US Airways' filing for bankruptcy protection will not affect total aircraft deliveries for this fiscal year. As of September 10, 2004, there were 45 Bombardier CRJ aircraft (comprised of two CRJ200 and 43 CRJ700) yet to be delivered to US Airways from the original order of 85 aircraft signed in May 2003.

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Air Jamaica Flies Again

Back In The Air After Hurricane Ivan

Air Jamaica returned to the air Sunday, resuming air passenger service to and from Jamaica following the passing of Hurricane Ivan. All Air Jamaica service to and from Jamaica had been suspended for two days on Friday and Saturday.

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Russian Jet Bombings Dubbed

Despite $12 Billion In Security Upgrades, Few Passengers, Bags Actually Screened

Think about it for a minute. Since September 11th, 2001, Washington has spent more than $12 billion to improve security at airports and in the sky. Privately contracted security screeners have been replaced by federal screeners. The Bush administration created the Department of Homeland Security, which in turn spawned the TSA.

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Klyde Morris 09.13.04

Klyde's Going After The X Prize! Is Burt In Trouble?

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This Could Be One Long Fight

Naples Airport Authority, Jet 1 Center Lock Horns In Epic Battle

When last we visited the court fight between the Naples (FL) Airport Authority and Jet 1 Center owner J. Scott Phillips, the authority was suing him for $5 million in money it says he made through illegal fuel sales at Naples Municipal.

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TSA On A Spending Spree

Commits To Millions At Sea-Tac, Minneapolis-St. Paul

The TSA is spending a lot of money these days. The agency says it's signed an agreement with the Port of Seattle for $6.5 million. The funds will help offset the cost of installing additional Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) machines, associated baggage handling system equipment, and Explosives Trace Detection (ETD) equipment. This explosive detection equipment will support an interim baggage screening solution at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for Alaska Airlines.

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Alaska Airlines, AMFA Battle Over Lay-Offs

Union Says There Should Have Been A Meeting

The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) called today's decision by Alaska Airlines' to substantially reduce the number of its mechanics and related employees "a blatant contract violation" and said this flies in the face of the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) admonition for the airline to bolster in-house maintenance following the 2001 crash of flight 261.

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They're Talking Sport Pilot In Oklahoma City

Industry Types Look For Answers From The FAA

Industry and aviation community representatives focused on the operating limitations for experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) and the requirements for light-sport aircraft repairman certificates and training courses during continuing sport pilot/light-sport aircraft implementation meetings Thursday at the FAA Light-Sport Aviation Branch in Oklahoma City (OK).

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Great Lakes International Aviation Conference Shaping Up

Everything Coming Together For January Event

It's never too early to make plans. The 2005 Great Lakes International Aviation Conference takes place Jan. 20 - 22, 2005, at The Lansing Center in Lansing (MI). An outstanding lineup of nationally known speakers will address this fifth annual weekend conference. Among the headliners are John and Martha King, aviation humorist Rod Machado, airshow great Julie Clark, aviation safety expert Greg Feith, and GLIAC veteran Cathe' Fish.

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They Were Lost While Trying To Help

Aircraft On Hurricane Relief Mission Impacts Florida Communications Tower

A Piper Aztec spraying for mosquitoes to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Frances impacted a communications tower over the weekend, killing both pilots on board.

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Weathering The Storm: How The FAA In Florida Handled Frances

Transition Dubbed "Seamless"

The FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) Primary Network Operations and Control Center (PNOCC) made a seamless transition to a back-up site in Chantilly, Virginia prior to the arrival of Hurricane Frances this past Sunday. The PNOCC, located in Melbourne, Florida, is the main operations center from which the FAA nationwide FTI network is monitored and managed by Harris personnel.

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Low-Flying Aircraft Spook NYC

FAA Has "No Explanation"

Operators at the Staten Island (NY) Advance were minding their own business Friday, when all of a sudden, the phones started ringing off the wall. Why, demanded the callers, are all these commercial aircraft flying so low over North Shore?

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Blakey Backs O'Hare Expansion Plan

Lawmakers Want Fast Action

Go for it. That's the word from FAA Administrator Marion Blakey to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. She went on record last week as backing his administration's plan to expand O'Hare International Airport.

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So, You Wanna Be A Sport Pilot?

November 15 First Day to Submit Sport Pilot Student Applications

Marty Weaver, manager of the FAA's Light-Sport Aviation Branch, confirmed Thursday that FAA's Registration Office in Oklahoma City will be ready to accept student pilot applications for sport pilot certificates beginning November 15, 2004. FAA expects to begin issuing the first sport pilot certificates by early January 2005.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (09.13.04)

"It was a sad day." Source: 86-year old Robert Ulrich, talking about the day after Hurricane Charley destroyed his Dakota Hawk last month. Ulrich had dreamed of flying for 60 years, but hadn't been able to do it until a couple of years ago. He built the Hawk with his own hands and, after battling the FAA on medical issues, flew it for only 10 hours before Charley's 145 mph winds turned it into little more than toothpicks.

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