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AIRLINER EVADES MISSILES
Russia has ordered its airlines to
avoid Syrian airspace after a charter airliner with 159 passengers and
eight crew aboard escaped a possible missile attack Monday. Russia Today quoted Interfax as saying the the
Nordwind Airlines A320, on a flight from an Egyptian resort to Kazan in
Tatarstan, was over the mountains of Syria when the crew spotted the
launch of two ground-to-air missiles and took evasive action. The
missiles reportedly exploded "very close" to the airliner at about
30,000 feet, but it was not damaged. The crew then asked ATC for a
higher altitude and continued the trip at 33,000. More...
CRASH CAUGHT ON DASH CAM
Boeing 747-400 operated by National Air Cargo crashed on takeoff from
Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan Monday killing all seven people aboard.
Dash cam video (click through) shows the aircraft climbing before
it apparently pitches up and stalls. [Warning: The video is graphic and
my disturb some readers.] The pilot appears to have initiated a recovery
but runs out of altitude and the aircraft pancakes in a huge fireball.
Various theories on the cause of the crash have been advanced but so far
the only one backed up with evidence is that weather might have played a
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FURLOUGH BILL FIXED, WAITING FOR SIGNATURE
The bill that
would give the FAA the ability to shift money from its airport
improvement budget to suspend furloughs of its employees still has not
been signed into law because of a spelling error. A missing "S" in the
bill rushed through both houses to end a week of delays and political
turmoil surrounding the furloughs prevented President Obama from signing
it. The Senate passed an amended bill Tuesday and it was to have passed
the House by late in the day. The president was expected to sign it by
the end of the day but that had not been confirmed by our deadline. The
original bill was so rushed that parts of it were handwritten.
Meanwhile, the pundits are speculating that air transportation will take
a back seat to surface projects under Obama's pick for a Transportation
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MAKES POWERED FLIGHT
The first powered
flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo propelled the passenger
spacecraft faster than the speed of sound in a milestone test flight
over the high desert of southern California Monday morning. "The first
powered flight of Virgin Spaceship Enterprise was without any doubt, our
single most important flight test to date," said Virgin Galactic Founder
Sir Richard Branson, who was in Mojave for the flight. "For the first
time, we were able to prove the key components of the system, fully
integrated and in flight." The autonomous flight of the spacecraft
lasted about 10 minutes and ended with the vehicle gliding to a landing
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SLASHES AVIATION TAXES
While other governments, including the
current administration, are increasingly viewing aviation as a cash cow,
the state of Indiana has slashed aviation-related taxes that will save
some aircraft operators thousands of dollars a year. The legislature in
Indianapolis has cut fuel taxes from 60 cents a gallon (based on current
prices) to a 10-cent-a-gallon excise tax. Taxes on parts used in repairs
and maintenance have also been eliminated. AOPA says the outcome came
after a lobbying effort it supported involving the local aviation
community. The group showed Indiana lawmakers how Maine had
significantly improved its aviation industry by amending its aviation
tax structure a few years ago. More...
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1,300 hours in three test flight articles. The Garmin G5000 avionics
system provides a sense of control and situational awareness that any
pilot will appreciate," said Matt Freund, Cessna production flight test
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Bill Minkoff is the new VP of global
management and sales. He was most recently a regional sales director for
Hawker Beechcraft. More...
AT AMERICAN EUROCOPTER
Mike Spears is the new senior director
for Lakota production and retrofit at Eurocopter's Columbus, Miss.
facility. He was formerly general manager of the Sikorsky Aircraft
production facility in Troy, Ala. More...
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