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emergency. A Southwest Airlines jet landed safely at Sacramento International Airport Monday morning after reporting problems with an engine. The plane, which was not carrying passengers, suffered problems with the left engine, authorities said Source: http://www.kcra.com/news/14992796/detail.html

11. January 7, Computer Weekly – (National) Concerns over Boeing ‘Dreamliner’ IT flight systems. Hackers may be able to access aircraft flight and management systems in Boeing’s new mid-range jet, the 787-8, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority. The FAA said that there are links between the networks that run the passenger “domain,” which allows passengers to access the internet during flights, and aircraft-management systems. This means they do not contain “adequate or appropriate safety standards for protection and security of airplane systems and data networks against unauthorized access,” the FAA said. A Boeing spokesman said the aircraft maker was aware of the problem and would test its fix in March, when the so-called Dreamliner makes its maiden flight. It delayed the first flight in September last year, and postponed deliveries by six months to the end of 2008. At the time it noted an “increasing risk to the delivery schedule,” and said “the margin to accommodate unexpected issues had been eliminated.” Source: http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/Article.aspx?liArticleID=228784&PrinterFrie ndly=true

12. January 6, Boston Globe – (Massachusetts) Pilot reports model rocket near airliner. The pilot of a jet carrying passengers to Logan International Airport reported yesterday that a model rocket appeared to have been fired toward his craft, a Federal Aviation Administration official said. The pilot of AirWisconsin flight 180A saw what appeared to be a spark or firework in front of the plane around 12:26 p.m., after the jet had descended to 500 feet and was preparing to land, said an FAA spokeswoman. The model rocket did not hit the aircraft, she said, and the 40-passenger plane, which had three crew members, landed safely. A State Police spokesman said the plane was flying over the Winthrop-Revere area at the time and the rocket was believed to have been fired from the vicinity of the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation. The state reservation is about a half-mile northeast of two of the airport’s runways. State Police are investigating the incident. Source: h t t p : / / w w w . b o s t o n . c o m / n e w s / l o c a l / a r t i c l e s / 2 0 0 8 / 0 1 / 0 6 / p i l o t _ r e p o r t s _ m o d e l _ r o c k e t _ n e r_airliner/ a

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