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October 22, 2005

Eritrea Bans UN Helo Flights

Soldiers Needing Medical Attention Suffer Most

Being a UN peacekeeping troop is tough under any circumstances, but along the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, that job as been made a whole lot tougher. Eritrean government officials have banned the use of helicopters along that tense frontier, putting the lives of peacekeepers in danger, according to UN officials.

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So, How Did It Go In Talks Between US, EU?

Transatlantic Talks Wrap Up After A Week

The already strained relationship between the US and the European Union is being put to the test this week, as trade negotiators work to replace the myriad of aviation agreements between the continents with a single, unified open skies pact. There's money on the line here -- industry executives figure a unified deal will mean about $5 billion more air travel business every year.

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The Passengers Are Revolting

And The Plane's In Bad Shape, Too

It started when a German passenger aboard and Air China flight from Beijing to Nanchang noticed something just didn't sound right as the pilot started the engines. In spite of an apparent language barrier, the German's concerns became the entire cabin's concerns and the flight was stopped before it could take off.

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JAX Ends Attempts To Lure Navy Base Away From Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach Mayor Now "Extremely Cautiously Optimistic" About Chance To Keep Oceana

The battle between Virginia Beach, VA, and Jacksonville, FL, may be over. At least, the mayor of Jacksonville has declared a unilateral truce and the mayor of Virginia Beach says she's "extremely, cautiously optimistic."

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TSA Screener Accused Of Stealing Cash From Checked Bag

$80,000 Was On Its Way To Pakistan

A TSA screener at JFK International in New York was charged Thursday with stealing $80,000 in cash from luggage bound for Pakistan. The 23-year old screener reportedly admitted he'd stolen at least some of the cash and was promptly arrested.

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BizAv Groups Welcome FAA 'Fuel Fraud' Letter

Despite Concerns Raised by FAA, Congress, Industry, Tax Rules Remain in Effect

Business aviation groups Thursday applauded the FAA for sending a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeking suspension of tax rules that are confusing for the business aviation industry to implement and have the potential to decrease funding for important aviation infrastructure projects.

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MD Helicopters Bid Delivered to US Army for Light Utility Helicopter Program

Claims MD Explorer Offers Best Value at the Best Price

MD Helicopters says it's delivered its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) proposal to the US Army Aviation and Missile Command headquarters at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

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Boeing Names KAL Division To Build Dreamliner Wingtips

Not Just A Supplier, But A Customer, Too!

Boeing has selected the Aerospace Division of Korean Air, KAL-ASD, to manufacture wingtips for an extended-range version of its upcoming 787 airliner.

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BAE Providing Advanced Defensive System For U-2

Will Allow Spy Plane Pilots To See Even More

BAE Systems has announced deployment of the company's AN/ALQ-221 Advanced Defensive System (ADS) on US Air Force U-2S reconnaissance airplanes. The system will now be deployed in military operations, after achieving initial operating capability.

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Aviation Services Network Adds Milestone 300th Airport

Catering Outfit Says It's Exceeded All Expectations This Year

Catering consortium Aviation Services Network (ASN) says it has exceeded all expectations in the year since its founding, and recently added the milestone 300th airport FBO to its nationwide network. ASN aims to establish bring common standards for quality, technology, customer service and financial management to the business of in-flight catering, and counts more than 60 caterers as part of its network.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.22.05)

"The feedback I've received in recent weeks makes it clear that the community does not want the master jet base to return, and I respect that." Source: Jacksonville, FL, Mayor John Peyton, quoted by the Associated Press, pulling his city out of the running to base the naval air contingent now stationed at NAS Oceana in Virginia. Although Peyton had earlier pledged $50 million to return military operations to Cecil Field, he cited growing opposition in the community as his reason to just say no.

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South Carolina TFR: 10.28.05-10.30.05

NOTAM: 5/9650 Issued: 10/21/2005 14:20 Effective: 10/28/2005 18:00 - 10/30/2005 19:00 State: SC Facility: ZJX - JACKSONVILLE (ARTCC),FL. Type: AIR SHOWS/SPORTS Description: CAMDEN SC

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