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November 20, 2011

Boeing, ACG Announce 737 MAX Commitment And Next-Generation 737 Order

Commitment Is For 35 737 MAX Airplanes, Firm Order For 20 Next-Generation 737-800s

Leasing company Aviation Capital Group (ACG) has signed a commitment for 35 737 MAX airplanes and its firm order for 20 Next-Generation 737-800s. The Newport Beach, CA.-based ACG is the first airplane leasing company to announce a commitment to the 737 MAX.

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Coast Guard Orchestrates Plane Ditching In Pacific Ocean, Pilot Rescued

Behind-The-Scenes Story Of A Cessna 310 Down En Route To Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii lies in the center of the vast Pacific Ocean more than 2,500 miles from the nearest point of land. Yet despite its remoteness, dozens of aircraft of all sizes make the long flight each day without issue. For one pilot flying from California in a small twin engine Cessna 310, this was a routine, well planned flight.

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GAL, MENA Form Aircraft Interiors Joint Venture

VIP Airliner Interiors Services Launched In The Middle East

GAL Aviation Inc. of Quebec City and MENA Aerospace Enterprises WLL of Bahrain will establish GAL MENA WLL, a joint venture based in Bahrain which will provide comprehensive services for corporate aircraft and VIP airliner interiors design, refurbishment and installation.

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Fantasy Of Flight Announces Fourth 'Legends & Legacies' Series

American Military Heroes Share Tales Of Trial, Triumph And Heartache

History cannot be rewritten, but Fantasy of Flight is bringing America's proud military history to life in an even more compelling and deeply personal way this year through its Fourth Annual Legends & Legacies Symposium Series, which features new and seldom explored aspects of World War II and for the first time, the Vietnam War. 

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NASA Probe Data Show Evidence Of Liquid Water On Icy Europa

Body Of Water Is About The Size Of The Great Lakes

Data from a NASA planetary mission have provided scientists evidence of what appears to be a body of liquid water, equal in volume to the North American Great Lakes, beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's moon, Europa. The data suggest there is significant exchange between Europa's icy shell and the ocean beneath.

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Argus One UAV To Be Tested In Early December

Lighter-Than-Air UAV Will Fly At DOE Test Site In Navada

World Surveillance Group (WSGI) confirmed Wednesday that free flight testing and customer demonstrations of the Argus One UAV will take place at the U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Test Site ("N2S2") in early December 2011. These flight tests and demonstrations at N2S2 are being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense ("DoD") and have been rescheduled from the proving ground facility in Yuma, AZ.

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Alaska Airlines Technicians Ratify New Five-Year Contract

Deal Includes Pay Raises, Job Protection, Bonuses

Alaska Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) announced that the carrier's 626 aircraft technicians and related employees have ratified a new five-year contract. The agreement includes annual pay raises, additional job protection provisions, a long-term contract bonus, and a shared commitment between Alaska Airlines and AMFA to work on minimizing health-care cost increases.

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Nobody Flies For Free! Comtel Asks Passengers For Gas Money

And Not Just A Little ... How About $31,000

When a Comtel charter flight from Amritsar, India to Britain landed in Vienna, where the airline is based, for fuel, the passengers got a bit of a rude awakening. The airline said the passengers in transit were going to have to pay for the fuel to continue the trip.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.20.11)

Aero Linx: Alaska Aviation Weather Unit The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NOAA's National Weather Service Alaska Aviation Weather Unit provides a number of weather reports and services for one of the most meteorologically challenged flying areas in the USA. The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be us

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.20.11): Terminal Data Link System (TDLS)

Terminal Data Link System (TDLS) A system that provides Digital Automatic Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) both on a specified radio frequency and also, for subscribers, in a text message via data link to the cockpit or to a gate printer. TDLS also provides Pre-departure Clearances (PDC), at selected airports, to subscribers, through a service provider, in text to the cockpit or to a gate printer. In addition, TDLS will emulate the Flight Data Input/Output (FDIO) information within the control tower.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.20.11)

"The very first thing that needed to happen was to ensure all response coordination efforts are being managed to the fullest capacity. Phone calls were made to not only to Air Station Barbers Point, but U.S. Pacific Command, the Navy, the nearest hospital and then to Coast Guard Pacific Area Command Center in California and Coast Guard Headquarters." Source: USCG's Richard Roberts, District 14 response management deputy branch chief, detailing some of the efforts that went into the recovery of a Cessna 310 pilot that ditched short of Hawaii.

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