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March 04, 2006

Cirrus Wrongful Death Cases Head To District Court

NTSB Says Pilot Error Caused Accident

Two wrongful death lawsuits against Cirrus Design Corp. stemming from a January 2003 accident have been kicked down to Itasca County (MN) District Court, after Cirrus unsuccessfully petitioned for the cases to be heard at the federal level.

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'Duke' Cunningham Sentenced To Eight Years For Bribery

Led From Courtroom... To A Waiting Jail Cell

"You've undermined the opportunity [that] honest politicians have to do good." It was with that damning statement that US District Court Judge Larry A. Burns ordered Randall "Duke" Cunningham -- war hero, "Top Gun" instructor and, most recently, disgraced former US congressman -- to eight years and four months in a federal prison for bribery.

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Northwest Reaches Deal With Pilots

Crisis Averted?

It appears Judge Allan Gropper's decision to forestall ruling on Northwest's ability to reject its current contract with its pilots -- in hopes the airline and its pilots would come to an amicable solution -- paid off Friday, as airline management reached a tentative deal with members of the Air Line Pilots Association over a new contract that could save the bankrupt airline $358 million annually.

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Comair FA's Consider Strike

"Unreasonable Concessionary Demands" Provoke Union Resolution

Earlier this week -- the executive board of Teamsters Local 513 passed a resolution that lays the foundation for a possible strike by 818 Comair Airlines flight attendants. Cincinnati-based Local 513 Executive Board members unanimously passed the resolution, condemning what the union describes as the company's "unreasonable concessionary demands."

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Bankruptcy Math: When Is 'Only' Losing $300 Million Considered A Good Thing?

Answer: When You Lost $314 Million One Year Ago

In the slimmest of signs the airline may be at the beginning of its recovery from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, for the first time in recent memory Delta Air Lines reported losing less money in January than during a comparable period one year ago.

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Schweizer Aircraft Books Record Number Of Worldwide Orders At HAI

Receives 37 Helo Orders In Dallas

Earlier this week, Sikorsky subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft announced it received 37 helicopter orders at this year's Heli-Expo trade show in Dallas, TX. The orders are the most ever received by the company at the trade show.

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Upgraded: Dallas Airmotive's Mike Clarke

Promoted To Territorial Sales Director

Dallas Airmotive announced Friday the promotion of Mike Clarke to the newly created position of Territorial Sales Director for Scandinavia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (03.04.06): How Many Pilots?


The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA, has released its 2005 General Aviation Statistical Databook. To aero-geeks (I’m one) it’s like when the Christmas catalog arrived when we were kids.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.04.06)


Sponsored by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, is a “scary” site. It brings to light all the things the FAA isn’t doing to enhance safety in the skies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.04.06): Bolter

Bolter A carrier landing attempt in which the tailhook fails to engage any of the arresting wires, requiring a "go-around", and in which the aircraft landing gear contacts the deck.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (03.04.06)

"After years of service to my country, going the right way, I made a very wrong turn. No man has ever been more sorry... Some say I've lost everything. But, your Honor, you have no idea. I have three children. I asked them to stay away. I didn't want them to go through this spectacle."

Source: Vietnam War ace, "Top Gun" instructor, and disgraced Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham, pleading with Judge Larry A. Burns Friday for clemency at his sentencing on two counts of bribery. Unswayed, Burns threw the book at Cunningham -- sentencing the former war hero to eight years and four months in federal prison. It would have been ten years -- the maximum allowed under a previous plea bargaining -- but Burns deducted time from that sentence in light of Cu

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AD: General Electric

AD NUMBER: 2006-05-04 MANUFACTURER: General Electric SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-05-04 SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF34-1A, -3A, -3A1, -3A2, -3B, and -3B1 turbofan engines.

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