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December 14, 2007

President Makes It's Official: Age 65 Is Now The Law

Older Pilots Rejoice; Younger Pilots Stew

Some may find it hard to drive 55... but airline pilots may now fly up to 65. Thursday evening, President Bush signed legislation officially raising the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots to 65 from 60, bringing US standards in line with those of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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FAA 'Welcomes' New Age 65 Rule

Agency's Official Statement On Pilot Retirement Age

Below is the unedited text of a statement released by the Federal Aviation Administration, applauding the signing of the "Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act" into law by President Bush on Thursday. It's worth noting the FAA fought efforts to amend the "age 60" rule for years, before experiencing a change-of-heart last year...

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Airbus Delivers Its 5,000th Plane To Qantas

Comes Two Years After 4,000th Aircraft Delivery

On Friday, Airbus celebrated a major milestone in its relatively short existence -- the delivery of its 5,000th aircraft, an A330-200, to Australian airline Qantas at a special ceremony in Toulouse.

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American Finds The Going Tough At Love Field

But Carrier Vows It Won't Get Going

The financial resurgence of the airlines in 2007 has been largely a story about what the industry calls load factor. Fewer seats, more demand, fuller planes and less need to cut ticket prices.

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EASA Certifies Engine Alliance-Powered A380

FAA Approval Imminent

On Friday, Frédéric Copigneaux, Deputy Director of Certification and Rachel Daeschler, Project Certification Manager for the Airbus A380, handed over to Airbus the EASA type certificate for the A380-800 powered by Engine Alliance engines.

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FAA Delays Philly Airspace Changes Due To Lawsuit

NIMBYs Don't Want Jets Over Their Homes

The FAA's plan to plunge ahead with airspace reorganization in the Northeast corridor will apparently wait at least a few more days. The agency says it has decided to wait out a court decision in a challenge filed by Pennsylvania's Delaware County.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.14.07

Gary Douglas, President Of The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 12.14.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.14.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- An Aviation Success Story In Plattsburgh, NY: 12.14.07 (ANN Special Report, with Gary Douglas, President Of The Plattsburgh-North Country Chambe

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Boeing To Start Building 777 Freighter Next Year

Design Work Nearly Complete

Boeing reported this week it is set to begin full production of the new 777 Freighter, now that engineers recently have completed more than 90 percent of the design work for the new cargo airplane. Boeing will start assembly of the first 777 Freighter in early 2008 at its Everett, WA facility.

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Boeing Names New Commercial Airplane Sales Chief For North America

Kevin Schemm Will Start Job On January 1

Boeing announced Thursday Kevin Schemm has been named Commercial Airplanes VP - Sales for North America, effective January 1. He succeeds Ray Conner, who will assume his new position of vice president - Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes on that same date, following the previously announced retirement of Larry Dickenson.

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Lufthansa Purchases 19-Percent Stake In JetBlue

$300 Million Deal Is Carrier's First Move Into US Market

One of American's most popular low-cost airlines will now carry a bit of German flavor. On Thursday, Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced it would pay $300 million for a 19-percent stake in JetBlue Airways Corp. -- the first time Lufthansa has made a move into the US airline industry.

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Winter Storm Causing Grief For Northeast Fliers

Airlines Waive Change Fees

A fierce winter storm that pounded the Midwest earlier this week has the Northeastern US in its crosshairs, and is expected cause trouble for airline passengers throughout the weekend.

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Boeing, GE Commercial Aviation Services Announce 55-Plane Order

GECAS Order Includes 53 737s, Two 777s

Boeing and GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) announced Thursday a 55-airplane order that includes 53 737-800s and two Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) passenger jetliners.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Selects Hamilton Sundstrand For MRJ Systems

Will Provide Electrical, Fire Suppression Systems, APU

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) announced Wednesday it selected Hamilton Sundstrand to provide several major systems on its proposed Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).

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Man Drinks Down Booze In Security Line, Goes To Hospital

You'll Never Get My Vodka!

We don't recommend this. A man was transported to the hospital with a case of alcohol poisoning after an incident in a security line at Nuremberg Airport Tuesday.

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