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Government Watchdog Pans FAA Safety Reporting Program

Posted: 05/20/2009 - The aim was to encourage airline employees to voluntarily report safety errors. But a government audit has found that the Aviation Safety Action Program was a "missed opportunity," providing little useful information.

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Spirit AeroSystems Cuts Independent Contractors

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Contract engineers at Spirit Aerosystems are being let go in large part due to the suspension of the Cessna Columbus program which this site was being prepared for. An estimated 25% of about 300 independent contractors are being cut.

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AirTran To Offer Wireless Internet On Flights

Posted: 05/12/2009 - AirTran Airways announced today that it will be the first major airline to offer passengers wireless, broadband Internet access on every flight.

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Boeing Orders Fall By 70%

Posted: 05/07/2009 - Boeing received orders for 17 commercial planes last month. That compares with orders for 58 planes during the same month last year.

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Flight Schools Suffer In Economic Slump

Posted: 05/04/2009 - The slumping economy is forcing student pilots in North America to put their dreams of flying on hold, a trend that is placing a financial chokehold on flight schools.

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Aviation Industry In Kansas Is Suffering

Posted: 05/03/2009 - The aviation manufacturing industry in Kansas has been hit by the recession. But so far, employment in the industry hasn't fallen to the levels it reached after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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FAA Makes Public Its Airplane-Bird Strike Data

Posted: 04/24/2009 - The public will get its first uncensored look this morning at the government's records of where and when airplanes have struck birds over the last 19 years.

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Cessna XLS Lands At World's Highest Airport

Posted: 04/23/2009 - High altitude operations for any aircraft are the most difficult due to the lower density air which results in much higher ground speeds for takeoff and landing than at lower altitudes.

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Boeing Willing To Split Tanker Deal

Posted: 04/22/2009 - Boeing Co.'s top defense executive said Wednesday the company will support splitting a $35 billion contract with rival Northrop Grumman Corp. for new Air Force refueling jets

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Safety Board Objects To FAA Secrecy On Bird Data

Posted: 04/22/2009 - Federal safety officials are objecting to the Federal Aviation Administration's proposal to make secret its data on when and where collisions between birds and airplanes take place.

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Northrop Grumman 1st Quarter Profit Up Nearly 50 Percent

Posted: 04/22/2009 - Northrop Grumman Corp. says its first quarter profit rose by nearly 50%, boosted by higher sales of its electronic systems and progress made in its shipbuilding sector. It raised its full year outlook.

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