DOT Slams Spirit On Consumer Issues

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Andrew Compart andrew_compart@aviationweek.com

The U.S. Transportation Dept. fined Spirit Airlines $375,000 today for failing to comply with regulations such as denied boarding compensation, fare advertising and baggage liability, in what the DOT is describing as its biggest fine ever for those types of violations….

DOT Slams Spirit On Consumer Issues


U.S. Yanks European GBIs; Plans SM-3s

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By Amy Butler

President Barack Obama is making major changes to plans started by his predecessor to establish ballistic missile defenses in Europe, and they will have major ramifications for interceptor makers Boeing and Raytheon….
U.S. Yanks European GBIs; Plans SM-3s


American Boosts RJ Fleet, Key Hubs

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Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com

American today announced a major shakeup to its mainline and Eagle network, and as part of that, is placing new orders for Bombardier CRJ-700s that will almost double the size of this fleet….
American Boosts RJ Fleet, Key Hubs


Delta To Audit Air France Safety Practices

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By Robert Wall

Air France has tapped its SkyTeam alliance partner Delta to audit the carriers’ safety practices.

The French carrier has come under fire from some of its pilots, who say the airline has let safety standards slip in recent years. The accusations were made in the wake of the crash of an Air France Airbus A330-200 (AF447) June 1 on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. The cause of the accident remains under investigation….

Delta To Audit Air France Safety Practices


USAF Mulls Formation Of ISR Command

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By David A. Fulghum

The U.S. Air Force is pondering the creation of a major command focused on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)….

USAF Mulls Formation Of ISR Command


Quest Aircraft Receives Key FAA Certificate

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Fred George fgeorge@san.rr.com

Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft Co. received an unrestricted Production Certificate from FAA Sept. 15, eliminating the need for an agency representative to inspect each Kodiak 100 it completes for airworthiness conformity with the FAA type certificate. Quest received FAA type certification for the Kodiak 100 in May 2007 and customer deliveries began last year. But the firm only has delivered 22 aircraft thus far….
Quest Aircraft Receives Key FAA Certificate


Analyst Sees Smaller Fractional Market

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Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com

The fractional business aircraft industry is entering a new phase – the value era — after reaching the milestone of more than 1,000 aircraft in service, according to a new report from Rolland Vincent, president of the Plano, Texas-based aviation consultancy Rolland Vincent Associates….

Analyst Sees Smaller Fractional Market


Orion Progresses Toward Next Design Cycle

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By Guy Norris

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA and Lockheed Martin are on track to close out all remaining open items from the Orion spacecraft preliminary design review by Oct. 1, program managers say….
Orion Progresses Toward Next Design Cycle


Armadillo Aerospace Qualifies For Lunar Prize

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Armadillo Aerospace flew its “Scorpius” lunar lander rocket vehicle twice in two hours at Caddo Mills Municipal Airport in Texas Sept. 12, simulating a lunar landing and officially qualifying for the top purse in a NASA-sponsored $1 million prize competition….

Armadillo Aerospace Qualifies For Lunar Prize


Common-use Wireless for Techs

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By Henry Canaday

The newest applications for tracking and managing both line and base maintenance can cut costs and boost efficiency. But replacing or modifying old applications, especially legacy systems at major carriers, can be a long and expensive process. That does not fit well with the current financial predicament of most carriers….
Common-use Wireless for Techs