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October 30, 2005

Trader Jon's Lives Again

Memorabilia From Popular Flyer's Bar Donated To National Museum Of Naval Aviation

Trader Jon's, a Pensacola landmark among Navy and Marine aviators, closed a couple of years ago, much to the chagrin of combat aviators who spent many a night there unwinding and swapping stories. But now, at least some of the bar's memorabilia survives at the nearby National Museum of Naval Aviation. You can't get a drink there, but you can look back at one of the most remarkable collections of pictures and other items that adorned the walls of that venerable hang-out.

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Another Boeing Procurement Scandal?

Special Operations Command, Veterans Association Under Loupe

By Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien Boeing is back in the news, and this time it's not for a record year selling commercial aircraft or for the effectiveness of its military products. The company stands accused -- again -- of misconduct relating to military contracts.

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SPEEA, Boeing: Can We Talk?

SPEEA Opens Contract Talks with Boeing for 18,500 Employees

Negotiations between the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, and The Boeing Company begin Tuesday, with both sides hoping there won't be a repeat of the machinists strike. That job action idled much of Boeing for weeks and threatened to put a dent in the company's burgeoning bottom line.

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Hundreds Protest Arrival Of Air New Zealand 777

Engineers Furious At Plans To Outsource Maintenance

More than 600 Air New Zealand mechanics, told their jobs are in jeopardy because of the airline's plans to outsource heavy maintenance work, were set to protest Saturday's arrival of the company's first Boeing 777 Saturday.

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Aviation Legend Scott Crossfield Takes The Podium

He's The Guest Speaker At EAA's Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner December 17

Scott Crossfield, whose long list of aviation accomplishments includes being the first man to fly faster than twice the speed of sound, will be the guest speaker at EAA's annual Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh.

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Utah State Looks To Beef Up Aviation Program

New Aviation Director Has Big Plans

He's only been on the job for seven weeks, but already, Utah State University's director of aviation, Richard Charles, is already flying ambitiously high.

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Flight Options' Legacy Inventory Sold Out

Fractional Provider Is Pre-Selling New 2006 Legacy Aircraft

Flight Options, a provider of fractional shares in business aircraft and a Raytheon affiliate, says it's completely sold out of its current Legacy inventory and is actively selling fractional shares in 2006 models. Flight Options will take delivery of its first 2006 Legacy in February 2006, which is already half pre-sold, and another Legacy this coming May.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (10.30.05)

"I'm optimistic. We have some tough bargaining ahead, but the company and employees can reach an agreement that works." Source: Tom McCarty, chair of the SPEEA's Puget Sound Professional Negotiation Team, on upcoming negotiations with Boeing. It's the first labor talks to take place at the aerospace giant since its mechanics ended their strike, which crippled the company for weeks.

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