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April 24, 2005

ISS Crew Safely Returned To Earth

Welcome Home Expedition Ten Crew

After more than six months in orbit, the tenth crew of the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan in their Soyuz spacecraft at 6:08 EDT Sunday.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.24.05)

"If someone claims that our core mission is just warning the public of hazardous conditions, that's really impossible unless we forecast the weather all the time. You don't just plug in your clock when you want to know what time it is." Source: Ed Johnson, the weather service's director of strategic planning and policy, speaking about legislation proposed by Sen. Rick Santorum.

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Fire Scout UAV Contract Grows

Find Mines From Above

Good news for Northrop Grumman came earlier this week, as the company announced that their "Fire Scout" program is expanding from $55 million to $81 million. It's even better news for the troops in the field.

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NWS/NOAA Threatened By Legislation

Please Don't Take My Sunshine Away

Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has introduced a bill to prevent the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from providing information that is available from a commercial vendor.

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Skydiver Dies After Mid-Air With Plane

Albert "Gus" Wing III, 55, died Saturday after being struck by the jump plane in Deland, FL. Wing and the plane, a DHC-6 Twin Otter were both descending over the airport when they collided.

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Mesaba To Lease 15 Regional Jets

New And Fast Rides

Mesaba Avaition announced Friday that it will lease 15 new Bombardier CRJ-200 jets from Northwest Airlines, starting in September.

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Understaffing Blamed For Tampa Radio Outage

What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

What happens when there aren't enough airport technicians working? Understaffing caused a power outage and communications blackout last Saturday at Tampa International Airport, according to the union representing the airport technicians, Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS).

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Chicago Express Sale Falls Through

Real Estate Investor Backs Out

Okun Enterprises dropped out of plans to buy Chicago Express this week after learning more about the review process. ATA has opened discussions with CSC Investment, who had the second highest bid for the airline at the March 30th bankruptcy auction.

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Georgia Aviation Hall Of Fame Inducts New Members

Ceremony Saturday Evening

The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame inducted four new members Saturday evening at the Museum of Aviation's Century of Flight hangar. Aldine "Al" Patton, Thomas "Pre" Ball, Hollis Harris and Robert Sprayberry are the new members inducted to the Hall of Fame in this year's banquet.

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