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TOWERS WILL GET SECOND LATE-NIGHT
Effective immediately, 27 airport control
towers that have only controller on the overnight shift will get a
second staffer, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said on Wednesday. The decision was made after yet
one more solo controller was caught napping. About 2 a.m. Wednesday
morning, the pilot of a Piper Cheyenne carrying an ill patient on a
medical flight was approaching to land at Reno-Tahoe International
Airport and could not get a response from the tower. Weather was clear
and the pilot landed safely, according to the Associated Press. The Reno controller, who was out
of communication for about 16 minutes, has been suspended while the FAA
investigates. "Air traffic controllers are responsible for making sure
aircraft safely reach their destinations. We absolutely cannot and will
not tolerate sleeping on the job," Babbitt said. "This type of
unprofessional behavior does not meet our high safety
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Virgin Galactic put out a call for
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Virgin is looking for graduates of test-pilot school with experience
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retired after completing its 39th mission in March. Enterprise, the
first orbiter built, which is now on display there, will move to the
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. Endeavour, which will fly
for the last time later this month, will go to the California Science
Center in Los Angeles. Atlantis, which will fly the last planned shuttle
mission, in June, will be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center
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HITS RJ AT JFK (WITH AUDIO AND VIDEO)
An Air France A380's wing
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the superjumbo was taxiing Monday night at JFK, and spun the smaller jet
nearly 90 degrees. No major injuries were reported due to the collision.
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COALITION ADDRESSES HOUSE COMMITTEE
The Coalition To Save Our
GPS has added members and is taking its fight to prevent the
potential jamming of GPS signals by a proposed wireless broadband
network to Washington. The coalition, which now counts all major
aviation groups and GPS manufacturers along with marine and agriculture
interests among its members, submitted a statement to the House Energy
and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the widely
feared impact of LightSquared's plan to erect 40,000 transmission towers
to distribute wireless broadband to rural areas. As we
reported in February, it's not the service itself that has the GPS
group worried, it's the frequency band that's been allocated.
OPENS APRIL 13
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there are more than 550 exhibitors from 26 countries filling more than
800,000 square feet of exhibit space in 11 halls. The show runs through
April 16. The world's major light aircraft OEMs will all be there and
the show is always a showcase of the latest in Light Sport type aircraft
and gliders. Aero was one of the first shows to embrace electric
aircraft and that tradition continues this year. More...
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OF THE WEEK: GREAT LAKES FLIGHT CENTRE (CYQG, WINDSOR, ONTARIO,
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